Note that prices, unless otherwise noted, are in US dollars.
Prices are per room, based on double occupancy. In the case of all-inclusive properties, prices are per person.
$ = up to $50 per day
$$ = $51 to $100 per day
$$$ = $101 to $175 per day
$$$$ = over $175 per day
THE ASTRA COUNTRY INN AND RESTAURANT
62 Ward Avenue, Box 60 Mandeville.
876-962 7758 or 962-3725, fax 876-962-1461
Astra offers 20 guest rooms, each with air conditioning and some with kitchenettes. We enjoyed a stay in the housekeeping suite, complete with bedroom, living room with convertible couch, and full kitchen. This isn’t the suite of a North Coast resort, but for the money and hospitality here, it can’t be beat. Operated by Diana McIntyre-Pike. She’ll point the way for guests – whether you’re looking for a remote bird watching site, a rum shop for a game of dominos, or dinner with local residents.
FLEUR FLATS RESORTS
10 Coke Drive
PO Box 485, Mandeville
876-962-1053, fax 876-905-3429; reservations 305-252-0873
There’s nothing fancy about Fleur Flats, but if you’re interested in an extended stay in the Mandeville area, this is a good choice. The furnished two-bedroom apartments come with the comforts of home and maid service is available.
BUTTON BAY BEACH GETAWAY
Fort Charles, Treasure Beach. St. Elizabeth
Reservations: 1-866-490-3691/(876) 965-3873/(876) 997-7690
Button Bay Beach Getaway, consists of the Parrot Villa, a 12 bedroom villa, dining area, living area, fully equipped kitchen and balcony overlooking the swimming pool and blue Caribbean Sea. The Seahorse and Pelican rooms each have their own bathroom, kitchenette, and balcony overlooking the sea. Amenities at the property include a fully staffed kitchen, kayaks, tour desk and Internet access just to name a few.
HOTEL VILLA BELLA
876-964-2243, fax 876-964-2765
This bed and breakfast is in the community of Christiana, 13 miles from Mandeville. Perched at 3,000 feet above sea level, it has the feel of a country inn. There are 18 rooms in the two-story property, which also includes six acres of gardens, a reading room, television lounge, the Nasturium Room restaurant, cocktail lounge, outdoor garden terrace, gift shop and, on request, high tea.
INVERCAULD GREAT HOUSE AND HOTEL
PO Box 12
Black River PO,
876-965-2750 or 968-1053, fax 876-965-2751
This Georgian-style hotel has 52 air-conditioned rooms and suites with private bathrooms and balconies. This great house was built over a century ago by a Scottish businessman, and only recently became a hotel. Dr. Trevor Hamilton, an international businessman born in the area, converted the home into a hotel for visitors looking to enjoy the South Coast. Amenities include a restaurant, cocktail bar, swimming pool, tennis, disco, gift shop and tour desk. Active travelers will also find bicycles, tours to cultural and ecological attractions and aerobics.
876-965-0635; reservations 800-OUTPOST
In the past few years, Jake’s has almost become synonymous with Treasure Beach and, while small, is the best-known property on the South Coast. Part of the Island Outpost chain owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, Jake’s is a unique property, a place for those really looking to get away from it all and into a relaxed rhythm with the sea.
Beach kitsch best describes the decor of the resort’s eight guest units, each in pale shades of ochre, blue, pink and lavender with tin roofs. Five single cottages and two two-bedroom cottages make up the offerings, along with Abalone, a two-story, three-bedroom guest villa built in the style of a miniature Moroccan palace with terra-cotta walls. Each of the guest rooms at Jake’s is filled with rustic local furniture: cast iron beds and platform beds covered with a veil of mosquito netting. Each room has a private bathroom and outdoor shower. Rooms are not air conditioned, but they do have ceiling fans.
4 Hotel Street, Box 78
876-962-2460, fax 876-962-0700
The Mandeville offers a delightful blend of traditional Jamaican elegance with modern comfort and convenience. Just steps from the downtown square, the hotel sits on the site of one of Mandeville’s first buildings, a structure used as an officers quarters and mess in a former hill station. In 1875 the site became the Waverley Hotel, later changing to the Brooks Hotel, before finally becoming the Mandeville Hotel. It’s operated by Ceceline McIntyre, and has a warm and charming atmosphere.
There are 46 units, including 17 housekeeping suites with one, two or three bedrooms. The hotel has a nice pool adjacent to the restaurant. Part of the Insider’s Jamaica program.
This great house has been operating as a hotel since 1992. Located 1½ miles from Bluefields, the home offers single and double rooms with breakfast, lunch (or a beach transfer) and dinner. Camping is also available. Right behind the great house hikers can enjoy a trail to the communities of Rosebank and Content.
TREASURE BEACH HOTEL
876-965-0110, fax 876-965-2544; reservations 800-742-4276
This quiet hotel offers air-conditioned rooms right on the beach. It’s also home to the Yabba Restaurant and near many attractions, such as Lover’s Leap. Each of the rooms has a ceiling fan and private verandah. A pool is set in a grove of tall coconut palms.