The two cottages at Te Moana share a landscaped 1-acre waterfront lot with owners Peter & Annabella Proudlock’s home.
Only one mile from the centre of Ocho Rios, yet a world away, Te Moana offers a quiet and romantic haven from which to escape the real world.
The cottages come with fully equipped kitchens, appliances, crockery, cutlery, 100% cotton sheets and towels, and hot water.
The property is perched on a cliff 30 ft above the Caribbean Sea, which is accessed by steps over smooth rocks to a sandy swimming area. The adjacent reef provides shelter from the waves and interesting snorkelling. Complementary single and double kayaks are a fun way to explore the coastline. Passing fishing canoes offer a motorised alternative. There is a sunbathing/sunset-watching deck just above the sea. Four reasonably well-behaved dogs and four rather shy cats provide the requisite security, but will not intrude unless invited. There are two well-stocked grocery stores, and a beach within easy walking distance.
There are attractions for every taste in and around Ocho Rios: the world famous Dunn’s River Falls, golf (at nearby Upton or Runaway Bay, 30 minutes), swimming with dolphins, parasailing, scuba diving, riding, canopy and plantation tours, Noel Coward’s Firefly, and duty-free shopping to mention a few. Obviously, we want our guests to visit our own Harmony Hall (3 miles /4.8 km), the north coast’s leading art and craft gallery.
It is also home to the area’s best restaurant – Toscanini’s, an Italian gem, which even our very demanding Italian neighbour concedes is excellent. Passage to India, in Soni’s Plaza downtown, is exceptional by any standard, while the popular Spring Garden offers a variety of seafood. The best jerk is to be found at Scotchies in Drax Hall. There are several fast food franchises and patty shops.
Island Village has added a new element, with Margaritaville providing an excellent venue for entertainment. The centre also houses some of the best shopping in the area, a cinema and special concerts from time to time. Amnesia, on Main Street, is a hot local disco. James Avenue is notorious for its particular type of frolics and fun.
Staying at Te Moana is like staying with family without the obligations. You can do whatever you want, but help is always available if you need it.