Lime Tree Farm will re open, but not as soon as the rest of Jamaica. We are provisionally assessing the possibility of early November and we will be watching closely how the return of tourists and foreign travelers will impact Jamaica. Our plan is to re open for guests in stages, initially offering two cottages only (separated at each end of the property). In line with protocol set down by the Jamaican Tourist Board, we prefer to assess the effectiveness of measures implemented before opening fully. Lime Tree Farms’ location, has the advantage of its’ remoteness and small local population, it is possible to hike locally and not meet another person, local or tourist – real social distancing! Rather than take the Corona virus epidemic as a setback, we are seeing this as an opportunity to set Lime Tree Farm on a new path. Watch this space as plans unfold.
Following a recent scathing review, where we were slated for the terrible condition of the road to Lime Tree Farm – ‘my partner hated it’, it reminded me of a similar review a number of years ago for a guest house close to Irish Town. The establishment was generally praised, though marked down significantly due to the condition of their road – they immediately had my sympathy. I felt it was unfair, since the condition of the road is beyond their control – the responsibility of the government surely? (fellow taxpayers will agree). We have a terrible road, all agree, I am constantly apologizing to guests,( but it is only 30 minutes, 3 miles ) while at the same time pointing out that the egregious condition of the road is the reason Lime Tree Farm enjoys the privilege of such a beautiful, isolated, quiet and unspoiled location. Would it be fair to give a less than favourable review if guests endured a bad flight to Jamaica or were stuck in traffic for hours passing through Kingston? Still, it has proven to be a fun topic of conversation with guests over dinner.
As an addendum to an older blog ‘ Large amounts of peace and quiet in the Blue Mountains’, we, at Lime Tree Farm would also like to point out that there are nearly zero amounts of noise, water, light, people and air pollution. These conditions will not last. Inevitably, the spread of houses, infrastructure and people will increase the levels of all these pollutants, and (what is now being termed) the ‘unspoiled’ side of the hill will be – to us and our lifestyle – spoiled. So, the message is – visit our side of the Blue Mountains sooner, rather than later.
My wife and I, on a whim, decided to get away for a few days, a break – yes, get away from our little spot in paradise to check out the tourist supermarket, Ocho Rios. We trawled through hundreds of potential listings – guest houses, hotels, condo apartments and rooms in houses on various booking websites. After many hours we settled down to scrutinizing ten final contenders for our hard earned dosh. What quickly became apparent was the front page price (the price designed to suck you in) was, more often than not a lot less than we would be asked to hand over to secure the room.
Admin charges, ‘local’ taxes (I have no knowledge of these local taxes in Jamaica), and cleaning fees, as high as 60US$! It also became clear that we were expected to pay (on certain properties) an additional charge for certain items normally considered to be included in the price of a rented room or property. The phrase ‘for your convenience’ we can provide linen and towels at an additional cost made a very tedious search a little more amusing.
At Lime Tree Farm, for your convenience, we provide, free of charge, linen, towels, soap, toilet paper, bed and furniture. Your room is cleaned daily – beds and towels changed every second day at no extra cost. We won’t hit you up for ‘local’ taxes or admin charges – or indeed any other charge we incur in the normal running of our business.
I know you are all dying to know which place we chose. A condo apartment overlooking the cruise ship dock. It was nice enough, (a tad noisy compared to the mountains! ) though we were given one small bar of soap, one bath towel each and one set of bed linen, this to last for 3 nights.
Sunrise hiking to the Blue Mountain peak is increasing in popularity, especially during the full moon – and in particular, the super full moon: this phase can be as much as 15% larger and 6% brighter. Hiking through the night may not sound that exciting, but the payoff is more than worth it. Average hiking time to the peak is only 3 hours, the trail being good and well maintained. ( We strongly recommend a guide!) A few dates to note, though, obviously the info is readily available on the interweb.
Mar 9 Super full moon
Apr 7 Super full moon
A lot of guests contact us and enquire if we can accommodate their vegetarian or vegan requirements. With bountiful organic vegetables and fruit on the property and surrounding area there is no problem. In fact, Jamaica generally is, and especially in the country a very good destination for vegetarians or vegans. We specifically ask guests prior to arrival if they have any particular dietary needs, dislikes or allergies.
Lime Tree Farm will shortly have a brand new website for the 2018/19 tourist season. We are making a number of changes to the property also.
Two new areas will be available to guests, Breezy Hollow (designed by my wife Tifony) and the yet to be named (by a guest?) large patio area below ‘Nyaam Inna ya’.
We are also introducing new options for budget travellers to Jamaica. As they say – watch this space.
We at Lime Tree Farm are proud to be able to announce the completion of a new room with a view to die for of Blue Mountain itself & the Cedar & Yallus Valleys. The room was added on-top of one of our existing cottages so as you can imagine the view is even more spectacular than before. Suzie our world renowned chef (my wife) & I plan to use this room in the short run whilst we rebuild the original Lime tree great house which has suffered in the past few years from considerable hurricane damage.