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Review of Te Moana Cottages

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Te Moana Cottages
Montville, NJ
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Private and Romantic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

We celebrated our 25th anniversary at the seaside cottage, and loved it!! Extremely private, with excellent views of the sea and easy access to some incredible snorkeling spots right off the shore. We enjoyed using the kayaks there as well.
The seaside cottage is very unique, and we really liked the colorful Caribbean decor and open-air shower downstairs (it was SO hard to go back to a regular enclosed shower!) We also kept the doors open, and the cool breeze kept us very comfortable - happy to report no mosquitoes at all during our stay.

In my op, this cottage is ideal for those who are:
- seeking a very private experience, but still close to Ocho Rios
- wanting to hear, smell, see and touch the sea!
- independent and adventurous (we recommend renting a car).
- wanting to avoid an all-inclusive or disney-like experience.
- snorkelers/divers - great coral reef within a couple feet of the dock!
- art lovers - owners Annabella/Peter own Harmony hall, and I highly reco a visit to the art gallery.

Our only disappointment was that we found it difficult to walk to town (dark at nite, somewhat seedy along the main road, with lots of hustlers, barking dogs, loud cars etc ), so we ended up driving a lot. Looks like though it is easy to hail a cab once you get on the main road (1/4 mile from Te Moana).

We definitely will return!!

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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33 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2011

We booked the seaside cottage for a week and we were absolutely blown away. The house is stunning, amazing huge bedroom with balcony overlooking the sea, a cool breeze that is constant and no mosquitoes whatsoever! We slept with the doors open every night. Downstairs was a fantastically equipped kitchen and a stunning garden with hammocks to lie in and an outside dining area. A few steps down to your own private deck - a slice of absolute paradise. Also loved the outdoor shower in the evening. The owners next door are so friendly and helpful, as is their housekeeper and gardener. In fact everyone locally was incredibly friendly and we felt completely at home straight away. We didnt have a car and found it an easy 15 minute stroll into the centre each day. The local beach was really lovely and there are some fab places to eat locally (Miss T's is divine, cheap and friendly for jerk and red stripe and Toscanini at Harmony Hall is definitely worth a splurge - the food is out of this world. The only local place we were disappointed with was Passage to India. We found the food really bland and overpriced). I woudl come back to Te Moana in a heartbeat and recommend it to everyone. The best self catering place we have ever stayed and when we moved on to a 5 star boutique hotel later on our trip we actually said the rooms werent a patch on our heavenly house Te Moana! Oh and if you do stay here, please feed and look after Kaya, the most beautiful cat who slept on our bed most nights and hung out with us in the garden. She loves sardines :)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2011

Stayed in the garden cottage for 3 nights, what a lovely homely place. It has all you need to feel at home, a terrace, fully equipped kitchen, cosy bedroom and living room, it's all there.

The cottages are tucked away in a quiet street right by the coast, while the town centre is still within easy walking distance.

Best of all are the hosts, Peter and Annabella will help you with anything you need, and know a great lot about the area. Definitely plan a visit to the Harmony Hall gallery, and dinner at Toscanini's, Pierluigi's creations are not to be missed!

In a relatively touristy spot like Ochi, this is a true gem if you like your accommodation to feel like home. We'll definitely be back here when we set foot on Jamaican soil again!

Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2011

We (two couples), stayed at the two cottages for a week in March. All in all we were very happy with our choice. We were looking for a private place where we could hang out, cook our meals and wouldn't see the usual hoards of resort and cruise ship tourists. With the exception of the occasional Jet Ski and the Sandals party boat (about 4 times a day); we had our peace and quiet.

We ended up spending most of our time on the porch of the sea side cottage with perfect views of the Caribbean. If you are renting the garden cottage, you do have access to the sea, but you would be limited to hanging out at the small deck at the sea, which is fine for a couple but would be really crowded if you had to share it with anybody you do not know. In the sea you can swim, snorkel or Kayak (snorkeling gear and Kayak equipment are provided by the owners). It is recommended to wear aqua socks while doing so, since the corals can be quite sharp. The access to the sea is quite a luxury in this part of Jamaica since beaches are either private or require you to pay a fee between 5 and 10 USD per person.

The amenities were as advertised. Both cottages had their own kitchen stocked with dishes, pots and pants. The housekeeper will wash your laundry on site if there is a need for it. Also for those who need to be connected with the rest of the world, there is free wireless Internet and satellite television broadcasting all the major US stations.

You do not necessarily need a car if you are staying at Te Moana. The town center with the local market and the restaurants is about a mile away, but there are small convenience stores local food shacks within 10 minutes walking distance from the cottages. If you want to venture further, there are cabs and hired drivers available.

One of the best parts of staying at Te Moana are the owners Annabelle and Peter. Transplants from the UK, they have been living in Jamaica for over 30 years. They are deeply entrenched in the local community and gladly provide any information you might need. I would recommend contacting them via www.harmonyhall.com to help you make arrangements such as bus transfer from the airport or buying groceries when you are planning your trip.

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Findhorn, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2010

What a gorgeous place. Very romantic, secluded location. You can swim in the sea just below the back garden, with access via an iron ladder into a sandy pool in the midst of a coral reef. The interior has a lot of original art, much of it Jamaican, as the owners also own Harmony Hall Gallery in Ocho Rios. The interior design is quirky and original, and although the cottage is showing its age a bit, this does not detract from its cosiness, comfort or charm. There is a very comfortable sitting room downstairs with two sofas and a daybed, which would also provide a bed for a third person. The kitchen is well-equipped and spacious with a full hob/oven and a large fridge/freezer.There are two bathrooms, one downstairs, one upstairs. The upper floor has a large bedroom with French doors opening to a small balcony with a direct view of the sea. The bedroom has a very comfortable king-size bed and a comfy sofa.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2010

We stayed in the Garden Cottage and the Cottage by the Sea, and I cannot say enough great things about either one. Both were very charming and comfortable. Eclectic is a good description of the style, especially the Cottage by the Sea. With very cool art work! Each cottage was fully equipped with everything you may need. The location was quiet and had beautiful views of the sea. The dock was perfect for swimming, anytime of day or night. We utilized the kayaks and the snorkel gear right from the dock, it was awesome. The owners Annabelle and Peter were very welcoming and friendly, yet not at all bothersome, but available and very knowledgable of everything. Very fun and interesting people. The Harmony Hall Art Gallery is not to be missed, nor is their first class restaurant, delicious!! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed staying there, felt like a home I never wanted to leave!!! Why would anyone want to stay in a all-inclusive hotel is beyond me, when there are wonderful places like this!!!!!!!! Thankyou Annabelle and Peter for your hospitality!! We will be back!!!! Andrea and Todd

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Te Moana Cottages
Address: Hermosa Lane | Main Street, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 31 Speciality Lodging in Ocho Rios
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ocho Rios is the perfect place from which to explore Jamaica, being almost equidistant from Montego Bay, Kingston and Port Antonio. The cottage, located 1 mile from the centre of the popular resort town, is next to Peter and Annabella Proudlock's home, yet is completely self-contained, with separate entrance and small garden. Steps to the grotto give private access to the sea via steps, with interesting snorkelling on the adjacent reef. Downstairs, the fully equipped kitchen adjoins the comfortable living/dining area, with i-pod dock, a bathroom with outdoor shower, and single-bedded alcove. The veranda features two hammocks, and a dining table. An external staircase leads to the large bedroom, with sitting area, king-size bed, cable TV, shower room and ceiling fan. The view over the Caribbean Sea is stunning. Peter and Annabella will happily give advice on the many nearby attractions, which include their own Harmony Hall art & craft gallery and restaurant, the world famous Dunn's River Falls, golf, swimming with dolphins, riding, plantation tours, Noel Coward's Firefly, duty-free shopping and more. For those who have to stay in touch, there is complimentary high-speed internet access. ... more   less 
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Te Moana Cottages Jamaica/Ocho Rios

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