Welcome to Barukamba, the cozy and colorful hideaway nest of famous Jamaican dub poet Muta Baruka and fashion designer Jackie 'Amba' Cohen.
Barukamba, situated in laid-back Billy's Bay (Treasure Beach - St. Elizabeth), has a unique vibe and architecture. Completely made out of wood, it is built on a rock facing the ocean. The front terrace opens up on one of the most beautiful ocean views in Treasure Beach, while the beach is only 250 meters away.
If you are looking for a real Jamaican living experience, then Barukamba is the perfect spot. We consider our visitors not as tourists, but as our guests. Our friendly staff will make your stay as pleasant as possible, without interfering with your privacy.
We will gladly assist you with transport to the house. We can pick you up at the airport, give information on car rental, send road descriptions, explain you how to take public transport, etc. The choice is yours.
Once you have arrived at our place your Jamaican housekeeper Sarah will welcome you. As a long time resident of Billy's Bay and neighbor of Barukamba (she is living at the bottom of the stairs leading to the house), she will tell you everything about the area: where to shop, eat and drink, how to get to the different beaches, where to find the best spots to mingle with the locals, and much more.
Sarah can shop and cook for you as well. She does this with a smile and for a reasonable fee. The fee depends on the kind of dish you would like to savor and has to be arranged with her in person. Guests preferring to do their own cooking can do so in the fully equipped kitchen of the house.
The Barukamba house consists of:
- 1 master bedroom (36 m2) with a large and comfortable double bed, offering a gorgeous view on the ocean
- 1 mezzanine (9 m2) with a double mattress, the ideal bedroom and playground for kids
- a spacious living room (33 m2) with a colorful ethnic look and feel
- a fully equipped kitchen (fridge, stove, microwave, blender, coffee maker, toaster, ...) (12 m2), annex bar counter serving as dining table
- a funky bathroom (9 m2), its azure tiles and colored window pane creating an underwater feeling
- a back terrace (28 m2) and private garden (120 m2) with two swings, a sink for doing the laundry, and an outdoor grill for the best of barbecues
- a large front terrace (25 m2) with a 180° view on the ocean during the day, and an amazing view on the stars and the milky way at night
The Barukamba house is the ideal place for relaxing, spending time at the beach, reading or writing a book, enjoying some lovely food, discovering the country side, and integrating yourself into the local community of farmers and fisher men. Far away from the hustle and bustle of some of Jamaica's better known but overdeveloped tourist destinations like Negril or Montego Bay, it is located in one of the few spots on the island that are still left unspoiled.
For those guests wanting more action, we offer hiking tours, bike tours, boat tours, and other excursions. In general we assist our guests with any kind of trip they would like to make, be it a visit to a well known tourist attraction (Appleton rum factory, Pelican Bar, YS falls, the Maroons' Accompong town, Port Antonio, ...), or the discovery of a local beauty spot (hike across the reef to Lover's Leap, exploration of the Bluff, ...).
Whichever type of holidays our guests have in mind, we always try to exceed their expectations. And by keeping our rental fee down we offer one of the best price-quality relations in the area.
Our rates are:
high season (December - April) = 90 US$/night for 1 or 2 persons + 25 US$/night for each extra person
low season (May - November) = 65 US$/night for 1 or 2 persons + 25 US$/night for each extra person
Minimum stay is 2 nights. Maximum number of guests is 4.
Prices include accommodation and cleaning. Tipping the housekeeper is appreciated.
Should you need any kind of additional information, or should you have any questions, please contact us.
Come and experience the magic.
the Barukamba team