|We recently spent a week at the Blue House Bed and Breakfast Villa in Ocho
Rios Jamaica and had a wonderful experience.
Elise was a gracious and attentive hostess who met our every request, with
a smile. She is a real pleasure to be around. Chef Darryl provided food you
would expect to find only in the finest restaurants and we were treated to
many wonderful traditional Jamaican dishes. The villa and the rooms were
clean and comfortable, spacious and lovely.
Our week at the Blue House was the most relaxing of my life; I came home
refreshed, rested and with wonderful memories. Thanks, Elise!
Becky & Lee
|"A Hidden Jamaican Jewel !"
|Elise's brother Darryl is the house chef and his cooking made us never want
to eat anywhere else. Between breakfast and dinner, every bite we ate was
spectacular. Elise and Darryl knew we wanted to try all of the local cuisine
and we were presented with a fantastic meal at every sitting. Darryl went
out of his way to make sure that each meal suited our tastes and
everything was DELICIOUS! Oh, how I miss his cooking :)
From going to Reggae Beach almost every day to our awesome day-trip to
Kingston and the Blue Mountains, Lesa made sure everything was perfect.
She is an excellent guide and now a great friend as well.
Elise knew we wanted to visit the Blue Hole and we went on our first full
day. The natural splendor of this secluded area made it the one of the most
stunning places I have ever been. Milky turquoise water, lush forest, and
levels of waterfalls and natural pools...I could've spent all day there. It's the
kind of place that I hope stays a secret and a trip the Blue Hole is an
Elise and the staff at The Blue House provided us with so much more than
just a place to stay. We met some terrific people, had great conversations,
and were shown a side of Jamaica that few people get to see. I would like to
publicly thank Elise for providing us with a phenomenal experience that
was so much more than we could've ever expected....Thanks Elise :)
Not only do my wife and I plan to return one day, but we are sending my
parents there for their 60th birthdays later this year. I cannot recommend
The Blue House enough and I hope you enjoy your time there as much as
Josh and Michele, Philadelphia, PA
|My husband and I do not care for the "plastic feel" of the all-inclusive resort,
so whenever we travel we most often stay with friends, family or at B&Bs.
The Blue House started out as a B&B adventure and ended up feeling a bit
like the other two!
Elise Yapp is an excellent hostess, who runs a quality business in a lovely,
clean, light and well-kept home. The grounds of the home are filled with the
beauty of God's creation, a myriad of colours and sounds. We especially
enjoyed watching the hummingbirds at several different feeders Elise has
placed around the property. The so-called "Doctor Bird" with his long
braided tail and reddest of red beaks was our favourite.
Elise's staff are all very friendly, helpful, polite and kind.
We particularly enjoyed the last day of our stay when Elise's niece, Lesa
took us around a bit, to drink coconuts, eat sugar cane and local food.
All in all, I have to give "The Blue House" a mega "WOW!!!!", which was
Lesa's son's Adam favourite word :-). If you are considering a trip to Ocho
Rios, you simply can't go wrong with a stay here.
|When we arrived at The Blue House we were overwhelmed with the beauty
of the house and the lush landscraping with an amazing and lovely variety
of trees and plants. When Ms. Elise said, "This will be your home for the
next six days," we couldn't have felt more welcome. We stayed in the aptly
named Serenity Room which is comfortable and serene.
Who knew we would have a 5 star restaurant just 20 feet from our bedroom
door? I joked that I needed one of the staff to wheel me away in a donkey
cart when it was time to leave.
Elise is the consummate hostess who understands how to make her guests
feel pampered and relaxed. Her well-trained staff is friendly and
personable. I enjoyed kidding around with Orlando! By the way, the pool
area proved to be our favorite hang-out.
If you want to experience Jamaica in a beautiful home with fabulous food,
then spend some time at The Blue House. You'll be in good hands with Elise
and her family and staff and their exceptional hospitality.
Tim & Sherrie
|We stayed for 3 nights at the Blue House in January 2009. I had high
expectations from the other reviews I had read and really hoped that the
Blue House would be like staying with family friends. Having high
expectations is risky; that Elise managed to surpass them is therefore all
the more praise for her accomodation, hospitality and Darryl's food!
The rooms are clean, well appointed and very nicely decorated ('colonial' is
probably the best description). Elise has a knack of making everyone feel
welcome and comfortable; we immediately felt at home. And the great
reviews about the food are in no way exagerated!
The Blue House had 3 rooms plus a cottage in the grounds. One unknown is
who the other guests are and how you all get along. Although it is only one
option (Elise was very discrete in asking if we wanted to eat alone or in a
group), we ate breakfast and evening meals with the other guests. We felt
we had been lucky that the other guests were entertaining and that we got
along famously, but judging from other reviews this seems to be a common
|Travelling is our passion and we have been very lucky to have travelled to
many beautiful places and met wonderful people. Leaving is always hard
when you have had a good trip. Standing in line at the airport waiitng for
our plane with tears streaming down my face, was a first! After 6 beautiful
nights in Negril we travelled to Orch Rios to stay with Elise and Daryl at
the Blue House. We had read about the Blue House and it sounded like
everything we were looking for but a little out of our budget. However we
needed a break after experiencing a diffiuclt year so we managed to
convince ourselves that this would be worth it. I don't want to make it
sound like the accomodation was expensive, but given our financial
circumstances, it was more than we would normally spend. The Blue House
was everything and more than we could have expected. I felt like I had met
a part of my family that I was meeting for the first time. Elise goes out of
her way to make sure that you have the best possible experience. Just
mention a fruit or food that you have not tasted and you will see it on your
plate for the next meal! The rooms are beautiful with attention to small
details. The staff are friendly and the food is totally amazing! (I am not
always easily pleased when it comes to food). We spent New Years Eve at
the house and the food was to die for!
Tessa and Robert
|Our stay at The Blue House Luxury Bed and Breakfast Villa in Ocho Rios
Jamaica was in one word SUPERB.
|When we first thought about visiting Jamaica, the options available were
mainly "all inclusive" big hotels on the beach.
In spite of travelling with a 5 year old child and being tempted by the "kids
clubs", it was not quite what we wanted. We felt that Jamaica is neither an
all inclusive paradise nor a dangerous crime scene, so we tried to find a
place that would help us to discover the real Jamaica as well as relax and go
to the beach.
The Blue House in Ocho Rios was the right choice!
The owners, Elise and Darryl Yap, are wonderful hosts. They showed us
some hidden treasures and were always available to take us here and there.
During our conversations with Elise, we learned a lot about Jamaica, its
traditions, history, ways of living, habits, points of interest, and more.
Through Elise's charity work, we had the opportunity to get in touch with
the local community, visit villages and families and their local church.
Also to be aware of the daily difficulties that Jamaican people have to deal
and live with as well as the good things.
|We just returned from five nights at The Blue House in Ocho Rios. From the
moment we arrived at this charming, luxury B&B ( past midnight due to a
three hour flight delay), we were made to feel like old friends or family. We
stayed in The Upper Room, a large deep periwinkle-colored refuge with an
adjoining large bathroom featuring a rain-forest shower. Fresh flowers
adorned the room, towels folded in decorative shapes with floral petals
appeared on our kingsize bed, and wraparound windows faced luxuriant
foliage and the pool.
We chose the breakfast-dinner plan and were thrilled with the food. Darryl,
the "barefoot chef" has gifted hands! He prepared food according to our
personal dietary choices ( we don't eat seafood or pork) and was able to wow
us with typical Jamaican delights, even with our dietary restrictions.
Breakfast was served alfresco on the upstairs balcony ( lovely!) Dinners
were served in the lovely dining area facing the mountains. Elise, our
hostess has a tremendous gift of hospitality. We were blessed by her
presence at our meals, and learned much about her native Jamaica, and
about her heart for the poor among her people.
Elise accompanied us to her neighbor Betty's yard where we encountered
an "orchid paradise". Betty is president of the Orchid Society and has a yard
filled with perhaps 10,000 orchids of all colors and varieties. I have perhaps
10 orchid plants in my backyard here in Ft. Lauderdale, but never in my
life have I seen anything like this! To top it all off, Betty welcomes guests of
The Blue House to take a dip in the White River that runs behind her house:
a crystal clear cool ( but not cold) pool that was truly heavenly!
Elise personally took us to Reggae Beach, extended hospitality to some
friends who stopped by to see us, and asked her brother to take us to The
Blue Hole - an out of the way, local swimming hole that again seemed like
the Garden of Eden with its beautiful waterfall and natural "jacuzzis". One
of the local boys asked if we would like to see another waterfall. Darryl went
with us as we trecked through the forest for about 25 minutes until we
came upon a hidden waterfall and another heavenly blue pool. We jumped
in and the refreshing was phenomenal.
Darryl personally escorted us to a local supermarket to buy Blue Mountain
coffee ( very smooth and delicious), and to a local place to try their
Jamaican beef and chicken patties. Does this sound like individual
attention?? We have traveled all over the world, and have seldom
experienced such unique, giving hosts!!!
Jamie and Neil, Florida
|The Blue House in Ocho Rios was nothing
short of sublime! The owners (Yap family)
were very gracious and hospitable.
The food was 5 star, and the accomodations
I checked numerous web sites in the search
for a suitable place to stay; from
Mo Bay, Negril, And Ochi, this was the only
place I saw where every reviewer gave it
positive marks. It deserved them.
Michelle & Nelson
|When planning our trip to Jamaica, the only thing we were clear about
was that we didn't want to stay in an all-inclusive. Then we stumbled
across reviews of the Blue House on Trip Advisor , and suddenly we knew
where we wanted to stay! But once it was booked I started to wonder - could
it really be that good?
Well, I can assure you it can and is! We had a wonderful stay here and our
only regret about choosing it was that we hadn't booked for longer ;)
Everyone who stays here seems to enthuse about the hospitality of Elise and
Darryl, and rightly so. We really felt as if we were staying with friends
rather than as paying guests in a B&B. Nothing was too much trouble - a
lift to church or to a local restaurant, a call to pre-book an excursion,
checking shipping schedules so we could avoid the crowds at Dunn's River
Falls, and so on.
Darryl's cooking is another plus point. From the first evening, when we
were welcomed with a dinner of curried goat and rice and peas, we realised
we were in for a few treats. Both breakfasts and dinners here afforded us lots
of welcome opportunities to sample Jamaican specialities - ackee & saltfish
or rundown for breakfast, conch or that goat curry for dinner. We also
enjoyed a lovely Chinese meal one evening. We HAD planned to only eat a
couple of dinners here and go out for the others, but the combination of
tasty food and good company was too hard to resist!
But in enthusing about the hosts, I should also mention the house itself,
which is very stylish and set in a pretty garden. Maybe its distance from
town (about 2 miles) is a small drawback, but more than compensated for
by the quieter location - apart from the crickets and frogs, that is! My
favourite spot was the terrace, in the early morning before breakfast, with
a mug of Darryl's strong coffee to wake me up and the hummingbirds
flitting among the blossoms :) And our room, the "Sanctuary", lived up to
its name: cool and comfortable after a day's sightseeing on the island.
An added bonus of staying somewhere like this is that you meet like-minded
travellers. Within a few hours we had hit it off with Monica and Javier (see
their review here too!) and with Michael, and had agreed to do some of our
sightseeing together - which added to the fun and reduced the costs. And
finally, a special mention for Dave, who drove us around so safely and was
great company on those outings.
Thanks to all for a great stay,
Sarah & Chris, UK
|We stayed at The Blue House for six days with our two young children and
were thrilled with the accommodations, the generosity and the food. This
was nothing less than the best experience we could have had in Jamaica as
a family, no doubt. Our children are picky eaters and the first evening we
were there, Elise sat down with us and asked the children what they
wanted to eat. And then they provided those things. All the while making
the most delicious, authentic Jamaican cuisine for us each meal.
Darryl and Elise shuttled us to the beach, shopping and local attractions
and we were very grateful for that. They provide top-notch service for their
guests and genuinely care, a rarity in these times.
We will be back to The Blue House, no question.
|A Week Living Like Royalty
|Truly Deserving Of #1 Rating On Tripadvisor
|“A Special Place You Know You Will Return To”
|“A Real Jamaican Experience”
|“It Was Like Staying With Old Friends Or Family"
|“Unsurpassed hospitality and fabulous cuisine”
|“Really Excellent B&B - Incredible Food and Lovely,
|AMAZING Time At The Blue House
|Boutique, Luxury Hotel”
|“The Blue House is the place to stay in Jamaica!
|A Real Find
|My wife and I just returned from an
unforgettable eight night vacation at The
Blue House B&B in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
My wife is 6 months pregnant and we were
looking for one last relaxing getaway before
the baby arrives. From the moment we
arrived, I knew we made the perfect choice.
The grounds of The Blue House were
immaculate and everything about our stay
there was top notch. The staff was incredibly
helpful and friendly and the owner, Elise,
treated us like family.
|This was our second visit to The Blue House.
The first time we stayed in the Upper Room and this time we stayed in the
Sanctuary. We were met on arrival by Elise who made us feel like
returning family. She told us that the record for return visits was 9 and we
told her that we hope to break that record someday. On our return home
last night we kept saying this was our best vacation ever.
The Blue House run by Elise and her gourmet cook brother Darryl, the
“Barefoot chef” exceeds expectation. All Darryl’s meals are simply superb
not only to the eyes but the palate.
While the location of The Blue House set in the lush hills of Ocho Rios well
above the hustle and bustle of downtown, we told Elise it’s not only the
brick and mortar of the building which makes it a great place to stay but
the fantastic hospitality of her and the staff. Elise is a great
conversationalist and even more evident at dinner with her interaction
with the guests. She knows every corner of Jamaica and places to see and
things to do to suit every taste. We could not stump her with our many
questions on Jamaica and even stumped me when she said the Island of
Jamaica was one of the first places in the world to get electricity.
On our last day we went to purchase some groceries for the needy families
she helps in the Ocho Rios area. We went with her to visit and deliver the
groceries and it was an emotionally satisfying experience.
Later that day Elise arranged with a local fisherman named Mr. Brown to
take us on a water tour of the Ocho Rios area. This should be a must for a
different view of Ocho Rios from the sea.
On Monday, December 7 she arranged for Patrick, a driver, she uses to take
us to the airport for our flight home. Patrick is courteous and professional
and Elise call upon him to take her guests to various places.
So Elise, only 8 more visits to break the record of return visits! We are
already planning another trip. Regards to everyone at The Blue House. A
Blessed Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
Howard And Violet
|We just returned from a wonderful weeks holiday at The Blue House Bed
and Breakfast Villa in Ocho Rios Jamaica. It was punctuated by great
hospitality and personalized care. The entire villa staff did a tremendous
job in meeting our every need -- excellent food, service, accommodations.
which were large and comfortable. They provided an additional single bed
for our 2 year-old daughter, as she slept in our room... The beds were very
The pool and backyard were beautiful and inviting... We greatly enjoyed
the White River, a stone's throw away (see Betty's Backyard Tour on The
Blue House's web site), Reggae beach, and of course, Dunn's River Falls.
Elise called and found the right time to visit the very busy Dunn's -- when
the cruise ships were not in... The tour of Walkerswood Foods factory was
very interesting and enjoyable (impossible not to buy some products after
|I've rarely written one of these reviews, but after staying at the Blue House
this past weekend with my husband, I am compelled to sing its praises.
Let's begin with the food - consistently, the meals far surpassed anything
you could ever get at a restaurant - either in Jamaica or I'd venture in the
US. Daryl the chef has a gift and he uses it beautifully. Every meal was an
adventure in Jamaican traditional cooking with an haute cuisine flair.
Gorgeous presentation and amazing variety. And it's all personalized. He
and Elise the owner made sure to get our food preferences well ahead of our
arrival so she and Daryl could plan our meals according to our tastes, down
to her daily trips to the fish, meat and fruit markets.
As for Elise, I have never had such lovely, personal and warm treatment at
any hotel or B&B. She joined us for meals and was a delight to talk with.
She knows everything about the Island, its history, politics and its people
and she's a fantastic resource as a result. And she really runs the place as if
it's a joy to open her home - not just a business. Each night she had special
drinks concocted for us and invited us to watch the exotic hummingbirds
congregating outside her window.
As for the house, it's really a small island mansion of sorts, with an
individual bath for each room, lovely gardens in the back and a pool. Elise
has great taste and the house is very clean (the staff is incredibly polite,
trustworthy and a pleasure to see each day, by the way) and every aspect
of it it designed with the guests in mind. Some rooms are larger than
others, so if that makes a difference, let Elise know.
Reggae Beach is very nice for day jaunts and we walked there with ease,
though Elise will shuttle you via car over any time you like, which I
thought was a great touch. We actualy splurged one day and bought a day
pass to the resort across the street, and had a nice time, but the food really
sucked, actually, and the beach was no different than Reggae Beach, just
more tourists and worse service.
The one thing to keep in mind is that the Blue House is a home, and you will
be interacting with people, from Elise, to the staff, to the other guests, at
meal times and such, so if you are looking for complete seclusion or the
anonymity of a larger resort, where you don' have to chat with others, this
is not the place for you. If you want a warm, affordable, lovely atmosphere,
with the best cooking you can get in Jamaica, then this is definitely the
right place for you.
One last note, I recommend getting the breakfast and dinner option as there
is very little in the way of good restaurants in Ocho Rios, and Daryl's
cooking is so truly authentic and varied and delicious and fresh, it's so
worth it to eat at the Blue House for as many meals as you can.
We LOVED it and can't recommend the Blue House enough!
Lindsey, Washington DC
|“Just returned home, already thinking of next stay at
The Blue House!”
|Bed and Breakfast resorts usually are simple establishments offering a
nights stay followed with a quick breakfast to get you going on your way.
Not here. If I could take this resort and bring it with me to all my vacation
spots, I would.
The rooms are comfortable and homey with plenty of room and the ac will
freeze you if thats your thing, you get an amazing breakfast outside on the
second story balcolny overlooking the lush garden with plenty of wildlife to
view such as the humming bird, better known as the doctor bird in jamaica.
With the help of Elise ,owner, your day can be planed out, no need to
pre-plan before the trip, she knows everyone! When returning from your
day either at the private beach down the road, which is one of the best from
what i have seen, or hiking to the blue hole and Cranbrook, horseback
riding, river tubing, zip line, dune buggy etc.... you return home and this
is where the best part of the day, for me at least, starts.
All and all the Blue House comes through, nothing can beat this and I
recommend it! The Blue House made my vacation one of the top vacations I
have taken, and I have taken plenty.
Luis & Tik, California
|“True Bed & Breakfast Stay
With Family Touch and Dinner!!!”
|The difference in the blue house can be summed up in one word, its people.
To be honest I was very disappointed when we initially got to the blue
house. WE were on a bus from the airport and all these people were getting
down at these glitzy all inclusives and when our bus finally dropped us we
got down at this house. I was expecting something a lot bigger. After all this
was my honeymoon. Then I wanted to go out in the evening but it was dark
and I felt like we were forced to eat dinner at the blue house for what I felt
was an exhorbitant sum for Jamaica $40 per person for dinner. This was
my first time to Jamaica or for that matter to the Caribbean and I was
expecting thrid world prices.
Thankfully my better half had more sense than me and convinced me to
have dinner at the Blue House. Darryl's food is simply magic there is no
other way to describe it. It would be doing him a disservice describing his
food as five star or homecooked or homestyled. The best word is wizardry I
tell you. Then, Elsie turned out to be an unbelievable host. The first night
she took us into Ocho Rios because one of the guest was promised ice cream
but she had some incredible bread pudding instead. I also had the ice cream
(Devon House, again incredible) on Elise's tab after having the bread
pudding. Now that's service.
This was repeated every day. Getting up to incredible breakfast, then going
sightseeing in the morning with the other tourists (thereby splitting the
tab) and Patrick, the driver who was also simply great. Then coming home
getting rested and getting ready for an incredible dinner and incredible
conversation with Elise and the other guests. We went to firewater, Dunn's
River Falls, the market and Mystic Mountain, all must sees. Darryl's
cooking ( I ate so much my wife claims I embarassed her :), Elise's
hospitality and local knowledge, Orlando and Michael (the help), Patrick
ofcourse and the interaction with the other guests make this a must visit.
By comparison check my review of the Sunset at the plams whwere we
stayed next whcih absolutely blew compared to the blue house. Ofcourse
this brings me to the one problem that I had with this place. It absolutely
ruined my all inclusive portion of the vacation since I couldnt help but
sorely miss the blue house and wanted to go back.
We loved it so much that we intend to go back with our entire family in
Nov. 2010 (at thanksgiving) and book the entire house. Elise if you are
reading I am expecting a good rate ;) Guys keep up the excellent work.
|Darryl, the brother, is a self taught chef who picked up cooking from his
mom, grandparents, friends and just living in Jamaica who cooks meals
that you don't want to miss. After you try the first meal, whether its whole
fish with lobster along with pumkin rice or chichen and pork BBQ along
with shrimp rice or homemade dipping sauces, you plan your day around
his dinners - not wanting to be late!! The side dishes alone are amazing.
|We started our day
with a delicious cup of
Mountain coffee with
the hummingbirds on
the balcony. Breakfast
started with fresh fruit
followed by an
entree such as ackee
and saltfish, sardine
favorite), and cassava
pancakes. Darryl is a
gifted chef who
prepares a fantastic
variety of Jamaican
dishes for breakfast and
dinner. All dishes were
skillfully prepared and
The Blue House experience was truly wonderful. The staff was really
attentive and they did all they could to make our wedding day a special
one. This is the perfect place for a private, intimate wedding embedded
within a lush, tropical atmosphere. Our wedding was held in the garden,
and the package was exactly what we wanted for our day.
All the meals were excellent. The accommodations were ideal. Provisions
were made for the little ones (9 comfortable and had a real down-home feel.
I would definitely return to The Blue House!
|“Wonderful Intimate Wedding Experience”