Rafjam Bed & Breakfast – Blue Mountains
This is going to be a long post in order to show just a fraction of the beauty that surrounds this bed & breakfast I stayed at in the Blue Mountains. The blue marker on the map below shows the area where this secluded paradise is located.
Location of B&B
Rafjam B&B is so remote that the owners offer to meet you in a tiny town called Red Light and guide you in because you might not find it otherwise. It’s owned by Jamaican Susan and her Belgian husband Rafael and from the minute you arrive they are at your service. The following photos are what the property looks like on your way in.
Sign on the front fence entering the property.
Front of the main guest house
Path leading to additional guest rooms
We arrived around 11am and made previous arrangements with them for breakfast which was hot and ready by the time we arrived. Friends of ours who were already staying here raved about their ackee and saltfish so of course that’s what I wanted to try first. There was a private table already set up on the back deck overlooking a waterfall, with ackee and saltfish, fried plantain and some roasted breadfruit ready to serve.
Ackee & Saltfish for breakfast
Roasted breadfruit and fried plantain
After breakfast they showed us to our rooms. The property is pretty big and they have more than enough rooms to accommodate a large group of people and Susan told me they will soon be adding cottages to the property as well. The rates for rooms vary depending on size and you can check the different rates on their website link at the end of this post. These are the two rooms we occupied. The window in the second picture opens to the back of the property and the sound of the waterfall is what you get to listen to. It was heavenly.
My son's room
On the back deck where we dined Raf also has a little “Tiki Bar” set up there with almost any refreshment you could ask for from fresh fruit juices to cold Red Stripe, and complete with ambient music playing on the stereo. We spent hours just sitting back here chatting and taking in the breathtaking surroundings.
The most memorable thing about this place for me (besides the outstanding service) was the mountains surrounding us. There is a walking trail directly off the back deck which leads you up and into the mountains. If you hike up for 10-15 minutes you will eventually reach a tiny little town that seemed to only have a barber, a car wash and a little store where we bought some cigarettes, magnum and frozen bag-juice. Then we continued hiking for about 2 hours. All the locals we encountered on the way pretty much just kept to themselves – a sharp contrast from the busy tourist towns where everyone is trying to sell you something. However I also got the impression that if we’d stopped and introduced ourselves we could have chatted with them for hours.
Here is a picture I took from the top of the hill behind the guest house. This is looking down at the entire property. Spectacular and so isolated.
View of entire property from the hills
Here is another random shot I took while hiking so you can see exactly how hidden the place is and the lush mountains you can hike in for hours. And once the sun goes down and its dark in the back, if you look up on the hillside you see hundreds of tiny fireflies lighting up the trees. It was spectacular!
After the hike I was worn out and super hot so I decided to take a dip in the little river and waterfall on the property. The water was COLD and so refreshing! What a little paradise this place is! Here I am cooling off with some of the other guests.
Cooling off in the waterfall and river at the back
For dinner I had saltfish fritters, sorry no pictures of dinner! But it’s worth mentioning that they have an entire menu of dishes you can order early in the day for dinner the same night. All the food was amazing and home cooked, and reasonably priced.
Overall, Rafjam B&B was a super comfortable place to be. Raf and Susan are great hosts who are always around if you need anything. And they even take time to relax on the deck and chat with you about whatever comes up. I only spent one night here and that was just enough to make me want to book back in for a few more. I definitely want to spend some more time here, it was unfortunate that I was on a schedule this trip. And the ultimate seal of approval came from my 18 year old son who said this was by FAR his favorite of the four places we stayed on this trip. It was quiet, relaxing and such a great retreat.
CLICK HERE to view their website for more information.
CLICK HERE to link with Rafjam on Facebook.
A few things worth mentioning about this location: Lime phones don’t get reception up here but Digicel is fine. Also they have wireless internet access for any of your computing needs.
SPECIAL THANKS to Susan and Rafael for making our stay here very memorable!!