Jamaica 2008: Blue Harbour

January 21, 2009

The view from Blue Harbour

If I were to return to Jamaica it would be for one reason: Blue Harbour

This place was amazing, and came totally by surprise. This was the one thing we had booked ahead of time, but information we were going on in no way did it justice. The views were amazing, the place was amazing. Full of history, totally comfortable. I was completely relaxed in a matter of hours.

Me at the pool at Blue Harbour

The place sleeps something like 10 people. There is one main Villa and two smaller one room Villas. Meals are traditional jamaican food, homecooked by the staff who are super friendly but very non-invasive. On Christmas Day, we had the WHOLE PLACE TO OURSELVES.

For me, one of the most thrilling aspects was the history of the place. Blue Harbour was the Jamaican party house of Noel Coward, a English playwright and actor. I had no idea who this guy was, but some research proved enlightening (note: All this research was done after I returned, I was laptop free for two weeks)

 

  • Years after the war, Noel Coward finally admitted to being in British Secret Service, MI5, just like his neighbor Ian Flemming.
  • He was listed in the Nazi’s Black Book, which would mean had they invaded England, he would have been executed.
  • Sir Noel Coward knighthood for his service during WWII was delayed from 1941 to 1969 due to his rumored homosexuality and party reputation making him too controversial.
  • Was offered the role of Dr. No in the James Bond film of the same name, but replied, “No No No” to the telegram from Jamaica.
  • Stewie Griffin of Family Guy is supposedly loosely based on him.
Here are some photos framed on the wall in the main house:

 

Alec Guinness (aka Obi-Wan) at Blue Harbour          Sean Connery was here


One Response to

“Jamaica 2008: Blue Harbour”

  1. Dad Says:

    Cool! Who knew your Bond education would be useful someday?

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