Wonderful little cottage! The view, small private beach and amazing staff had me falling in love with the place!
Thanks so much to Milo, Ms. Barbara, Melissa and Nathan!
First of all, this lovely blue cottage sits on its own PRIVATE beach, just steps away from the activity of Ocho Rios. But it might as well be miles away because all you wake up to and hear all day are the wonderful sounds of small waves hitting the sand on your private beach! The cottage has a lovely veranda that looks out to the beach where the water is warm, clear and calm.
Every day my family (my husband, our 2 daughters ages 8 & 10, and me) was wonderfully looked after by Milo, who raked the beach each morning, took care of the grounds and landscaping and provided security each evening, and Ms. P who cooked daily breakfast and lunch (so delicious!) and did light housekeeping during our weeklong stay. My husband is going to try to replicate her amazing stewed pork, but I don't know if it can be done. On our first day we went to the local supermarket to stock the fridge and shelves and then Ms. P took over. She made us a special Christmas breakfast of ackee and saltfish and roasted breadfruit along with our usual bacon, eggs, waffles, papaya...everything we could ask for. It was heaven!!
The accommodations were just right for us - a lovely master bedroom with full bath for the parents, and a spacious bedroom with twin beds for our girls with their full bath just down the hall. We generally ate breakfast at the dining table in the house, but ate lunch and dinner out on the veranda as we looked out over the ocean. When we had enough sun, the girls could watch Netflix or read their books while we lounged on the day bed on the veranda listening to the waves roll in.
Melissa, the owner, has maintained a lovely home away from home with plenty of beach towels, some chaise beach chairs for sun bathing and a nice conch shell outdoor shower to rinse off after a swim. She met us at the cottage upon our arrival and showed us around the property. She left us in excellent hands with Milo and Ms. P.
If you're looking for a relaxing vacation on a private beach with or without children, I highly recommend Eden Sands. It was just what we wanted for our Christmas on the beach!