In Robin’s Bay, St. Mary, lies a cosy collection of cottages by the sea called Strawberry Fields Together. A room called ‘Moonlight Magic’ overlooking the sea was reserved 2 months in advance, but miscommunication led to staying in ‘Secrets and Dreams’ just below it. Besides the elevated view, the room seemed just as nice.
The highlight of the room is its location by the seafront, which grants a lovely view and soothing sounds of crashing waves. Along with an outdoor shower, the outer deck has a bar-b-que pit and seating area. ‘Secrets and Dreams’ is slightly tucked in the corner of the property, which grants access to a somewhat secluded section of the sea, making for your own semi-private beach!
After checking in, bags are carried to your cottage on the beach. Strawberry Fields Together offers a guided hike to Kwaamen Falls, which is where most of my first afternoon was spent. There are 2 options for the journey: hike to the waterfall from Strawberry Fields Together (~1.5hrs each way) or take a boat to a black sand beach and hike (about 0.5hrs from there). Another popular activity offered by the eco-resort includes snorkeling at a nearby reef, with transport by community fishermen. After the scenic and lengthy hike ended just before nightfall, made-to-order dinner requests can be submitted.
Enjoy a warm shower before making your way to the on-site Strawberry Patch restaurant for dinner. Meal choices that night included fried fish, bammy and festival which, coupled with the day’s hike, prompted an early bedtime. The waves just outside the patio orchestrated the perfect lullaby!
Watching the sunrise on the beach is worth setting an early alarm. Seeing the light peek from behind the hills and stroking the rolling waves is enough to make you feel blessed to witness a new day! After the dawn’s orange hue faded, and the sun’s brilliance nears full force, take the time to stroll around the usually quiet property.
Observe the different cottages, the stretch of the beach, and maybe even campers in tents at the property’s peak. Then, head over to the Strawberry Patch for a local breakfast. I opted for my all-time favourite – ackee and saltfish, calalloo, and dumplings, preceded by fresh fruits. If plantain and boiled banana were added, I would’ve been the happiest piggy in the pen.
Ensure to take a dip in the turquoise waters surrounded by powdery white sands. Large rocks continually break sizeable waves to caress your skin, as the wind blows gently. It’s easy to see why persons travel far distances to enjoy the tranquil, natural surrounding.
Midday is checkout time. While getting packed and ready to leave, it was here that I learned a very valuable adult lesson – for the first time, if I wanted coffee (which I did at the time) I HAD to use a coffee maker. After a couple calls to my parents, and gauging the differences between the coffee maker at home and the one in our room, a satisfying cup of coffee was brewed! One step closer to having my life together.
With a soul now content, you’re still never truly ready to say goodbye to our little beach cottage.
- Room 85%
- Affordability 80%
- Staff Interactions 70%
- Food 80%
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