A 'roots luxe' beach front guest house in Treasure Beach on the South Coast of Jamaica.
This section of the South Coast is one of the special hide-away spots of Jamaica.
Treasure Beach has no 'all inclusives', & Calabash House is surrounded by Jakes , long considered to be 'the hippest resort in the Caribbean'.
We offer a laid back, small town atmosphere, perfect for family vacations, or small workshops, as well as couples, friends or the individual traveler.
Our gracious staff will make sure you feel at home.
Jamaican food has always been considered the best in the Caribbean, & our cook Suzzet will be sure y...ou know why.
Breakfast on the back veranda overlooking the sea, with fresh squeezed orange juice & delicious local fruits, some grown in our own yard, is only the start of your perfect day.
TB has a wide variety of local attractions, all within walking distance, including live music by Joe Issacs of the original Heptones playing various nights of the week at one of the local bars, South Jammin, as well as other musicians, visiting or local, at various small venues. Bring your guitar if you play, you never know when you might find an open mike.
A completely safe atmosphere for grown-ups & teens to wander, day or night, there are short walks, longer treks, small cafes, wide spread internet access, ice cream breaks, everything you would want to see, at several local beaches, the best of which is right out your back door at Calabash House.
If you want to take to the water there are wonderful boat excurious with local fisherman.
You are only a 20 minute boat ride to the world famous & completely original Pelican Bar, built by Floyd in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.
Just another few miles on the fishing boat will take you into Black River, the largest morass in the Caribbean, full of crocodiles, birds, fish, beautiful trees & plants, including endangered mangroves.
The other direction will take you to the fabulous 'Little Ochie' a seafood restuarant where you pick your seafood, have it weighed, decide how you want it cooked & then hang out in beached fishing boats with a thatch roof chilling out with a red stripe until your cook brings you the delicious fare.
Afterward you can go look for the manatee at Alligator pond, one of the many interesting sites in the area.
Just north of Black River is the beautiful YS Falls, with the longest zip line in Jamaica, for the bold, & a relaxing swim in any one of several pools of this magnificant, many tiered fall.
Once again, a myriad of flowers, plants & birds as well as huge trees in this lovely, well cared for attraction.
Treasure Beach & Calabash House offer you the unique oppertunity to enjoy the Jamaican people, one of the friendliest & most accessible populations in the English speaking Caribbean.
The owner/artist, Elizabeth, has decorated the walls with original mosaics & some of the many participants in art workshops at Calabash House have graced the walls with their paintings.
No shortage of provocative art or reading materials, we stock the bookshelves with works from emminant Caribbean authors every year at the Calabash Literary Festival, considered by insiders to be the festival you most want to be invited to, as well as the standard detective thrillers, in case your idea of the perfect vacation means never getting out of the hammock [beachfront, of course].
You can check out the on site Mermaid Art Gallery for that special unusual treasure to take home to the ones who didn't get to go, or to remind you of the fun you had at Calabash House when you are back shoveling snow, or trying to force that frozen door lock.
Please ask about nightly rates. Prices listed do not include services of chef.
SUMMER: April 15 to December 14 - $85 US per night, per room / Cottage
WINTER: December 15 to April 14 - $95 US per night, per room / Cottage
Staying at Calabash House was like being in heaven on earth!
Left on 02/05/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | 412robin
For anyone who wants to visit the real Jamaica, not the all-inclusive, over-touristy "bells and whistles" north coast, safe and serene Treasure Beach on the south coast is heaven on earth. And for those of you bored or tired of resorts, Calabash House is like having your own laid-back, artsy (filled with wonderful mosaics by the owner Elizabeth Seltzer), and lovely private home and garden staffed by sweet and talented Suzett, Uonie, and Michael. And the delicious breakfasts and dinners served on the verandah over looking the garden, bay, and beach-more heaven on earth. You don't even have to leave the property to shop becasue the Mermaid Gallery attached to the house is filled with all kinds of loveliness. Then there's the perfect and almost private beach with waves big enough to body surf and decorated with exquisite shells to entertain beach-combers. Then there are the nightly sunsets...ahhh!!! The only bad thing about Calabash House is it is so hard to leave! My group of four started discussing our next visit on the way back home. Read more
It was so lovely having you here!!
We can't wait for your next visit.
The Calabash Crew
Charming cottage right on the beach -- what's not to like?!
Left on 07/04/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Turtle wrangler
Ahhh.. Just back from a much needed seven-night jaunt to Treasure Beach. I slept like a baby, lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean each night, in the charming Calabash House cottage. Off the beaten-path of the large tourist towns, Treasure Beach is a beautiful, rural gem with a close-knit community of friendly people. There is plenty to do and see in the area, if you look, and lots of peace and quiet if you don't. Calabash House, which boasts its own art gallery, is centrally located and right on a sweet little spot of beach. The property is well-tended by a helpful, yet non-obtrusive staff. Michael's bike rentals, on the property, are a nice bonus! The cottage that I stayed in had a bed that lured me in for long naps, a half-bath and a place to hang my clothes; an outside shower and kitchen rounded out the amenities. I was looking for somewhere to relax and unwind and I definately found that at Calabash House. Read more
So glad you enjoyed yourself with us.
The Cottage is my favorite too.....
You can really avoid the world!
Hope to see you again soon.
Cherry Hill, NJ
If you are looking for the real deal and not just another touris
Left on 07/04/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | M&M vacationers
Calabash house is a great combination of attractive beaches and amazing topography. The vibe from the time you arrive is low-key and the staff is among the friendliest in the Caribbean.
The house itself is large and spacious; the living room is open to the kitchen and provides areas to lounge while you read a book, play a game of chess, or just chat with your fellow travelers. The rooms are over sized and allow you to spread out and really feel at home.
The hub of activities takes place in the back of the property. There is a wonderful shaded porch that looks out onto a private beach and has a large family style table for meals or late afternoon tropical drinks. The beautifully landscaped backyard leads you to an oasis of hammocks, warm sand, and blue water.
I must say that our favorite activity was exploring the area on daily walks. There are several shops and galleries representing local painters, sculptors, and other artists. There is also lively local cuisine available within walking distance but you might not get that far if you've had a chance to taste Suzette's food, the cook at Calabash. She is amazing!
While you can certainly relax into an almost zen like state while visiting there are activities to keep you busy if you wish. The YS Waterfalls, boat trips down the Black River, rum factory tours, or a visit to the Pelican Bar are only a short car ride away.
I can't recommend you visit soon enough and hope I have the opportunity to return. Read more
So glad you could all vacation with us.
Next time the zip line!
Beauty and art in Paradise
Left on 06/28/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | cmtraveler
Staying at Calabash House was wonderful. I plan to come again and would highly recommend a stay to friends.
The house is located in a beautiful part of Jamaica, unpopulated by crowds of tourists or noisy traffic. It is a haven (especially for artists) with the original paintings, mosaics, and vibrant colors in every corner. The views are breathtaking, both of the surrounding hills and the backyard paradise beach. The garden is decadent, well cared for, and filled with tropical fruit trees and splashes of local flowers, saturated with color. All of this against the bright blue sky and the cool turquoise (yes actually turquoise) of the ocean water.
The house is open and fresh; the staff are genuinely friendly and keep everything clean and welcoming. There is nothing like sleeping on cleanly made sheets, fresh from drying in the Jamaican sun. Suzzet is an amazing cook, and her meals were possibly the best part of the trip.
There are a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars within a very short walk, all with friendly service, local offerings, and some with live music. Ys Falls are nearby...I would highly recommend a trip there. It was the first time I have ever (if somewhat reluctantly) jumped off a waterfall. It was glorious, surreal, incredible.
If you'd love to rest in paradise for awhile without doing the same with hundreds of other paradise-seeking tourists, Calabash House is the place to go. Read more
Left on 06/28/2012 for a stay in March 2012 | KellieMcL
My husband, 2 young sons and I have now traveled to Treasure Beach and Calabash House 2 times. On both occasions (which were for family reunions), we were met by the hip, friendly owner, Elizabeth, who - along with her staff - makes a stay there pure bliss!
The location in Treasure beach is pretty much perfection! It was only about 100 feet from the house to the hammocks, sand, and beautiful waters. My boys played happily in the shallows most mornings and even enjoyed body surfing/boogie boarding on the calmer days with a couple of local boys, too!
We were thrilled with the food prepared by the staff - and they were super nice/accommodating to our boys, who were the youngest of the family members at the house. Local fruit and veges, fish, lobster, and jerk chicken are just a few of the things you can expect!
While staying put is our idea of a relaxing vacation, we did venture out for day trips including the appleton Rum Tour, boats trips to the Pelican Bar and to Little Ochi for a seafood feast, and especially YS Falls! Everywhere we went, we were treated kindly, never hassled.
All in all, Calabash House is a wonderful place to spend time in the South of Jamaica away from the hectic, overpriced, touristy all-inclusives. Choose this spot for friendly locals, local cuisine, artsy environment and more. This is the real Jamaica!
Left on 01/23/2012 for a stay in January 2012 | Maya vanessa
As my mother would say "Calabash House is truly a magical place." The owner herself welcomes you into her home as if you were family and makes sure that your experience is unforgettable. Even the gardner and the housekeeper feel like family during your stay. It is surrounded by both natural beauty as well as beautiful artwork that the owner herself creates. If you want a true Jamaican experience than forget the commercial resorts and come to Calabash House. I can promise you that your experience will surpass your expectations!
The Best Location, Food and atmosphere in Jamaica!
Left on 06/09/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | Claire M
Ten of my friends and I decided we needed some sunshine at the end of a very long and cold winter. We chose Jamaica and the Calabash House as our home away from home for the week.
Treasure Beach is exactly that, a Jamaican treasure. Set off the beaten path with just enough going on that you don't feel too remote. No crowds or vendors harassing you.
Calabash House has the best beach in Treasure Beach. We woke up with a swim in the rolling waves and ended our days with rum punch on the porch overlooking the water. In between being totally lazy and our day adventures we were fed incredible food cooked by the amazing Suzette. Calabash House was the perfect location and setting for the 11 of us to relax and have a great time. Suzette and Yoni are completely fantastic and helped us out with everything we wanted to do - arranging massages, boat trips, etc. - couldn't have asked for a better staff to make the trip easy and comfortable.
This was my second trip back to Calabash house and it definitely wont be my last!
Make sure you check out;
YS Falls, Pelican Bar, Jake's, Little Ochie
Left on 05/10/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | kgardner40
I had a amazing one-week stay at the Calabash House in Treasure Beach, Jamaica. A delicious breakfast and dinner were provided daily and included many local Jamaican dishes, which was a real treat. The chefs Suzette and Yoni were amazing, extremely friendly and professional. The Calabash House itself was breathtaking, all the mosaic work done by Elizabeth really lent to a unique vacation experience unlike anything I've been a part of before. I feel like we got a really authentic experience of Jamaica as opposed to a generalized vacation package that most tourists probably got upon flying into Montego Bay. We were beachfront, had plenty of time to relax and play in the water, had indoor and outdoor showers and a great lounge in the main house. I would reccommend Calabash House to anyone seeking an authentic, relaxing trip in Jamaica off the beaten trail. Thanks for making my experience unforgettable!!
Left on 05/08/2010 for a stay in April 2010 | georgettek
The Calabash House was such an amazing experience, I would definitely recommend it to anyone heading to Jamaica! It was not touristy at all, which is exactly what our group wanted. Though at the same time, there were fun experiences for tourists under an hour's drive away. Our chef, Suzette, was amazing, she made the best breakfasts and dinners that I've ever had! The housekeeper, Yoni, had clean sheets on our beds every day and kept the house clean and in order. Though there were eleven of us, we fit comfortably in the house, on the veranda, and of course, on the beach! If you want a vacation away from the hustle and bustle, Treasure Beach is the place to go and the Calabash House is the place to stay!!
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