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“Very charming, beautiful appartement at the most beautiful place of Jamaica” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Search-Me-Heart
Ranked #6 of 25 Port Antonio B&B and Inns
Hamburg
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very charming, beautiful appartement at the most beautiful place of Jamaica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2013

We went to Search-Me-Heart just after Negril. This is the opposite, in a great way! No crowds at the perfect beaches, and instead of an big Resort a very unique and beautiful apartment! Rosanna and her crew treated us as family members. They gave us very good information about the area and we spent some nice hours in the little bars with good Reggae music. If you have any problem you can call Rosanna and she will find a way to solve it. After a trip to the Blue Mountains we came back to Search-Me-Heart to enjoy the real Jamaica for some more days! Get there and enjoy it! (PS: Thanks for the flowers you gave to Natalie. We will tell you when Jamaica blooms in Germany!)

Best wishes to Drapers from Natalie and Bastian

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bastian M
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Fleetwood,PA
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2013

We spent six wonderful days and nights at Search-Me-Heart, a lovely guesthouse in Drapers, Jamaica.

Rosanna Trifogli owns the guesthouse and was our caring and delightful hostess. She was ably assisted by her stepson Roy, who cooked dinners for us and was our guide, and Kay who prepared nice breakfasts everyday and kept our room fresh and clean. The guesthouse and grounds are attractive, and we relaxed on the veranda in the evening listening to crickets and whistling frogs and in the morning watched Bananaquits and butterflies. We were very comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Rosanna and Roy took good care of us. Rosanna arranged transportation for us from Ocho Rios to Drapers as well as a chartered drive through the scenic Blue Mountains. She oriented us to the price of things and where we might want to visit locally. She also arranged a birding guide for us. Roy was a wonderful cook. He brought us local fruits. We enjoyed his Akee and Saltfish, Shrimp and Coconut Rundown, Brown Stew Chicken and delicious vegetarian entries made with local yams, potatoes, cabbage, dasheen root and more. Roy was also a superb local tour guide. Our vacation would not have been as informative or fun without him.

Search-Me-Heart is situated a short distance from three of the most exclusive resorts in Jamaica. Birds are plentiful including endemics, and you can walk or take a short taxi ride to numerous beautiful beaches. The town has a safe, lively family feeling. There is a vegetarian stand with great food and juices, a wonderful bakery, a general store, friendly bars and Woody’s delicious eatery. We thoroughly enjoyed socializing with all the people we met.

Whether you are a traveler who likes to emerge yourself in the local culture or someone looking for a quiet, private get-away I would highly recommend Search-Me- Heart. Rosanna and Roy made our stay very memorable. We look forward to returning.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 401KathleenC
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Bonn, Germany
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

We spend 3 lovely weeks at search-me-heart and enjoyed our stay very much. the bedrooms are clean, rosanna is a very helpful and friendly guestkeeper and roy and his friends made this trip a great experience. drapers is a really calm neighbourhood and perfect for people, who try to avoid the hotspots of tourism and want to explore another side of jamaica - especially the beach "winniefred" ( the only beach in this area which is not privatized yet) is worth more than one visit - the view is amazing and you can buy extraordinary jamaican food just in front of the beach.
we would love to come back and relax within this wonderful atmosphere of drapers, rosanna and the boys! thank you so much for this experience!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Marie J
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Barrie, ON
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

I had travelled around the island 18 years ago, and when it came time to plan our next trip, I insisted we go to Port Antonio. We were so happy we did! We have never stayed at a B & B before - always worried it would be too intimate with the other guests versus the anonimity of a large resort. But, we came away feeling like we have new family! Rosanna was an absolutely wonderful hostess, and I so enjoyed our conversations.

The numerous reviews previous to this all attest to the cleanliness, delicious breakfasts, and great beaches. All very important issues! What we really loved was the freedom, the beauty and the friendly warmth of the area. Walking any where was so safe, we even had our 5 year old daughter with us. Taking the local taxis were a great experience, cheap and easy. Passing almost anyone on the road would result in a smile and a "Good Morning" - where does that happen any more?!

I am sorry we missed out on meeting Culture - given the reviews, I was looking forward to it! But his son Roy did an admirable job filling his boots. We had a great curry dinner prepared by Roy, as well as some exclusive tours to some very private areas we would never have found without him. And he was fantastic with our daughter!!

He made arrangements with a couple of friends who proved to be great ambassadors for PA. One lovely young man was Oraine Bunting, who drove us to Reach Falls. He was full of information and conversation along the drive.. He even offered to drive us back to the airport, but we had already made plans. (876) 387-4785.

Speaking of Reach Falls, we had an amazing experience there, as well. Our guide was arranged through Roy (I believe...?) and he was great. We were the only ones at the falls, and he lead us through the path so quickly and easily, and even carried our daughter while doing it. Showed us every step to take so we wouldn't slip. And even got us fresh coconuts on the way out. Don't hesitate to call him to do your tour!! Aston (876) 561-0039

We stayed for 10 days and would have been happy to stay another week! Would love to go back!! I can't say enough about what a great experience this was for us as a family.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank SMM_9
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2013

This guesthouse was a great choice for me and my boyfriend! It is located in a nice and calm neighborhood with friendly locals. Also, it as a nice local feel because there are not a lot of tourists in that area yet. The rooms were simple but clean and well equipped with a ventilator and a mosquito net. The breakfast was very good (great jams and fruit selection) and the service was friendly! The atmosphere at the place is really chill and they have a nice patio in the front with cozy chairs and a hammock!
The staff was willing and pleased to give us directions and suggestions on places to visit! Do go to misses Annes little restaurant which is a 5min walk ....the food is fabulous !
We will come back!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lara P
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a few nights in November. The owner is an Italian woman and she had two other Italian staff running the B&B. They were all extremely friendly and knew the area very well. They have us tips for great local restaurants and beaches that we otherwise may not have known about. The room was clean and the place had a great laid back vibe. We came and went and explored the area as we pleased and were made to feel at home. A great affordable and comfortable place to stay while exploring Port Antonio.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Larina H
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Charków
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

This guesthouse received a lot of positive comments, that is why i chose it, but after my visit i do not agree with those opinions. First of all, they advertize on their website that there is a 40% discount for the rain season, make sure you ask when is the low season. During my stay (5 days) it rained all day and night, still the manager (Ricardo) charged me with a full price (64 usd for one night). I think the owners struggle with some financial issues, for breakfast i got two toasts with some banana jam, nothing more, nothing less, every day the same. Secondly, there was no electricity and no hot water. They kept saying it's because of the hurricane, i saw that other hotels solved the problem by putting up engine generators, but not here. Finally, i think that for this prize you can find something more agreeable in Port Antonio, which by the way has lovely and beautiful beaches.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank fu333
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rosannina, Owner at Search-Me-Heart, responded to this review, 30 November 2012
I'm very sorry for what the guests had to go through during their trip, locked in a hotel room in New York because of Hurricane Sandy and then here to cope with the aftermath of the same storm but their review is totally unfair and lacks empathy towards the sufferings this country has been facing and also towards our efforts to return our guesthouse to its pristine condition. The guest does not take absolutely into consideration the extensive work done to the house and garden, days of cleaning, fixing, painting pruning, cutting dead limbs and trees etc so that guests could come to a well maintained place.
October 24th Jamaica was hit by one of the most vicious hurricane, Sandy, of the last years. As newspaper reported: Portland (that's where we are) was in tatters. All the guests who were supposed to come afterwards, as it was logical to do, contacted us to know how was the situation. All of them received an answer just because I was in Italy at the time as here phones were down and there was no internet. They were informed that the house was perfectly all right, we did not suffer any major damage, we had water but no electricity and due to the extensive destruction in the area we were not able to say when electricity would have returned. All these guests decided to come and had a great time (see the review written on trip advisor by a French guest).
The guest who wrote this review in object, FU 333, never bothered to contact us. He just came and as a matter of fact sent an email from New York saying he was stranded there because of the same hurricane Sandy that put the entire city on his knees. Again not a question on the situation here whereas he should have seen from what was going on in New York that the storm was just bringing a lot of destruction in his path.
Guest FU333 arrived one day late and was not charged for the night he didn't sleep, which we should have. He arrived at 3:00 in the morning and was offered drinks and informed about the electricity situation. Nobody forced him to stay.
Now the guest says that we charged the full price and we shouldn't have because it was raining and in the website it is stated that we grant 40% discount in rainy season. Well what our website says, and anybody can see it, is that the 40% refers to deposit and not discount. Never heard in my life of a hotel giving discount if it rains.
As for the breakfast he got the same breakfast that has been higly praised by more than 25 reviews. Riccardo should have been thanked instead for what he went through to provide a varied breakfast because around here there was not much left and all the groceries were hard to find. They even baked cakes and went as far as possible to provide fresh fruit.
The guest FU333 spent most of his time in the room because of the rain, which was a result of the tail of the hurricane. He did not realize that the area was completely destroyed and most of the accomodations around here were closed due to the extensive damages and we were only one of the few operating. So I do not really know which was the hotel with generators he's talking about, none that we know about.
Yes, it's true, we do not have a generator, but we usually do not need it and I'd like to stress the fact that generators are typical of big and expensive resort and not little unexpensive guesthouses.
I'd also would like to stress the fact that apart from the rain and lack of electricity the guests received the same attentive and professional treatment everyone gets here at Search-Me-Heart.

Rosanna Trifogli
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Property: Search-Me-Heart
Address: Drapers | 10 minutes walk to Frenchman's Cove, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Search-Me-Heart is a great value accommodation located in Port Antonio, Jamaica,in an area of uncontaminated beauty. In April 2016 we have completed a total renovations of the building and everything is brand new. This charming guesthouse is surrounded by a beautiful tropical garden. It's situated within walking distance to beaches like Frenchman's Cove, San San and the Blue Lagoon. ... more   less 
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