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4.5 of 5 bubbles
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View from Ridge Bay Chateau Roof Top Balcony
View from the Front Porch
The spacious yet cozy interior
The imposing four poster plantation style king size bed in the Master Suite
En suite master bathroom
From the Gardens @ Ridge Bay Chateau, fashioned by Guest Natalie Montecalvo
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This regal tropical palm tree so majestic in the gardens at Ridge Bay Chateau
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7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 18
Port Antonio, Portland Parish, Jamaica

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Tom A
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect Retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013 for a stay in December 2013
1
person found this review helpful

My wife and I booked the one bedroom cottage on the Ridge Bay property and were thoroughly satisfied with our stay. Our hosts, Max and Gary, were extraordinarily helpful in booking our visit, assisting us in our arrival and in settling in to the cottage.

The property was as advertised, nicely appointed and in great, super-clean condition. The kitchenette allowed us to make ourselves breakfast each morning and of course we stocked the fridge with cold Red Stripes and other assorted comforts. The views from our front yard and from the deck were stupendous. While we purposely picked Portland Parish for it's relative lack of tourism, the property's access to Frenchman's Cove, the Blue Lagoon, Boston Jerk Centre, the Rio Grande, and Port Antonio itself made our stay even more enjoyable.

Always self-reliant travellers, we chose to rent a car which gave us a great deal of flexibility in our visit, but most travellers would be just as well served to rely on the many local taxi services to make your way around the sights. Driving in Jamaica is not for the faint of heart!

If you're looking for a quiet place to take in the real Jamaica, look no further than Ridge Bay Chateau.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The views were stupendous and the location ideal.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
16 Dec 2013
Hi Tom,

We are very grateful for your most kind compliments. Thank you for choosing Ridge Bay Chateau and for telling others about your experience. Your review is certainly helpful to travelers but even moreso, we are delighted you took the time to do it as it certainly helps us to grow too.

Max
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Saimamas
Mandeville, Jamaica
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Spectacular view of the bay, gracious caring hosts, excellent housekeeper (Marva). One of our group members left $21,000 jamaican dollars in a drawer of a bedroom. When Marva found it after our departure, she immediately called me.. How's that for honesty? The main guest house is quite good..the 2 main bedrooms are nice, bathrooms are nice and living, kitchen areas good. If I had one critique, it would be the third bedroom which is a bit small, and is not air conditioned. The small cottage is good, and is quite comfortable. Driveway can be tricky in the rain..you must not lose speed. The view from the deck is amazing..probably second to none overlooking the bay. Rates are good...good value for money..very good place to stay to spend a few relaxing days in beautiful Portland.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Views
Liked least: Wi Fi gave problems
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
30 Oct 2013
Dr. Ahmad,

Thank you for your kind words. We aim to please. Honesty is one of our hallmarks. Marva has been with Ridge Bay Chateau since its inception as a vacation cottage. She has served many a guest and has always demonstrated utmost honesty and has proven time and again that she is trust-worthy. Thank you once again for choosing Ridge Bay Chateau. We look forward to seeing you and your family and friends again soon.

Best Regards

Max Osborne
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kingston
1 review
“wonderful vacation house located in spectacular port antonio, jamaica”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012

the house was very nice, very clean and well kept, and very inexpensive. there were 2 large bedrooms and 1 small bedroom with a single bed. there is also another smaller house on the property that they rent out. we stayed over christmas, and they even decorated a christmas tree for us. the owners are very nice people. all in all, no problems at all.

port antonio is beautiful, and there are many beautiful areas to visit around the little city. the house is about 10 minutes outside of port antonio.

if i go back to port antonio, i will definitely return to this vacation rental.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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YiYi627
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Delightful Jamaican cottage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012

My husband and I very much enjoyed our stay at Ridge Bay Chateau. It's in a great location right across the street from the water with a great view from the large private front deck. This deck will be perfect for weddings once it is completed. Max and Gary are fantastic people and were a pleasure to meet. They were very helpful and communicative.

We stayed in the 3 bedroom cottage and had the whole place to ourselves. We didn't use the services of the cook or housekeeper, but cooked ourselves instead which was very nice. The fridge and freezer are large, so you can buy plenty of groceries to fit in. The master bedroom is spacious with a large comfortable bed and air conditioning to keep the room nice and cold. There is also parking space outside. We felt very secure with our car here the entire stay.

The attractions in the area are very accessible from the cottage. We went to the Rio Grande for river rafting, Frenchman's Cove for the beach, and Somerset Falls to kayak underneath the waterfall. I highly recommend doing all of these things. This area of Jamaica is truly beautiful and not overrun with touristy resorts.

Ridge Bay Chateau offers you a wonderful Jamaican experience. I would recommend it to anyone staying in the Port Antonio area.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: the location
Liked least: no air conditioning in the living room area
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
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Sunshinef...
South Florida, Florida
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75 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Relaxing Stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2012 for a stay in October 2012

We stayed at Ridge Bay this pass week. The location is just beautiful and 5 minutes away from everything. This location made accessing attractions in Portland hassle free.
We felt at home the moment we got there, the house had a very welcoming feel. All our meals were prepared by our housekeeper Marva who was a delight to be around. We would wake up and have a chat each morning as she prepared breakfast which was excellent everyday , not to mention the delicious Dinners.
The owners emailed us everyday until arrival to make sure all is well and that our request were met. She also welcomed us personally to the house which was a plus.
Our group was four adults and an infant and we all agree we would definitely visit again.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The View of the Bay in the morning
Liked least: No beach access
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Families with young children
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Susannejl
Asheville, North Carolina
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
1
person found this review helpful

We had the best time at the Ridge Bay Chateau. This is a roomy, comfortable house with all the amenities. The pictures are absolutely accurate. The view was gorgeous, the privacy legendary and the location is perfect. Max was very helpful and hooked us up with some very knowledgeable guides. We did not hire a house cleaner and had no need for a cook, since we wanted the privacy and also the opportunity to shop in town. If you want total independence then this is the place for you.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The view and location.
Liked least: I wish the fridge had had some food in it for the first night.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
16 Jul 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review about your stay at Ridge Bay Chateau.

We welcome feedback and absolutely love it when our guests leave us satisfied.

It is our pleasure to give the utmost to visitors.

Once again Thank you Nardria and family.

Max Osborne
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Lauren_Bo...
South Orange, New Jersey
Level Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A private, unspoiled escape to Jamaica awaits you”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011 for a stay in November 2011
2
people found this review helpful

Port Antonio is a wonderful slice of true Jamaican culture and the Ridge Bay Chateau is a perfect base from which to explore it.  If you prefer to meet and mingle with residents rather than follow the crowd on a structured tour, this is the place for you! Our family of six (grandparents, parents and school aged children) stayed at Ridge Bay Chateau for a long weekend and had a wonderful adventure. The location and view are ideal and we wanted for nothing more. We are barely home a day now and thinking about when we can return. The place is well appointed, clean, and comfortable inside and out. The gardens and decks are amazing and the bedding is terrific. Everyone associated with the Chateau is warm and friendly, caring only that you have a great experience.

Maxine was instrumental in helping us accomplish all of the things we wanted to do within the few days we had. She connected us with terrific guides, suggested locations, and advised us on travel routes and what to expect. She even waited to greet us despite our travel delays and called to be certain we were happy and having fun.  Everything was perfect and it was because she sincerely cared about our experience and saw to our needs. I would be remiss to ignore the Chateau's housekeeper/chef, Marva's, contribution here. She prepared amazing jamaican foods for us, navigated the markets so we could go to the beach, and provided a perfect balance of service and companionship. It was never strange to have her there with us-- she would fade into the scenic background, but appeared smiling the moment someone needed her. She is such a delight and her food is delicious! If you have the option to have Marva with you, we highly recommend her.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Stellar views and sunsets amid a tropical paradise setting
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Management Response
14 Nov 2011
The ultimate endorsement!

It was certainly our pleasure being of service to the Boyer family.

We look forward to the opportunity to serve you again.

Much appreciated.

Max
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