Hey Mon! Welcome to The Villa Life. It is refreshingly different from a vacation in a hotel room. When you are living the Villa Life, you rent an entire house or cottage complete with staff. This particular villa has Pool Man Roy, 2 Maids, Ms. Una our Cook, Chef Scotty, and Live In Houseman, Ritchie, to cater to your every need. It is the way to vacation if you want your days to be on YOUR schedule instead of a resort or cruise ship’s schedule.
It’s time to go back home, Mon! Join us for 7 nights in paradise
April 30th – May 7th 2016.
We have secured a lush villa just a few feet from The Caribbean Sea.
$735 per room for all 7 nights A non-refundable $200 deposit
plus 5 installments of $107 gets you in the crib.
Choose between a room with 1 Queen, 1 King or 4 Twin size beds. Cost is $735 per room, not per person so if you elect to have a room mate, in the King room cost is $367.50 each person. Owner does not allow more than 2 people per room for Queen or King rooms. Up to 4 are allowed in Twin rooms.
(The $735 rate is based on renting all 7 rooms in house. If we book fewer than 7 rooms, the price will be higher)
We are accepting reservations in the order in which $200 deposits are received.
The owner makes no refunds for cancellation, so if you back out, you will need to “sell” your room to someone else if you need to be reimbursed. Also, be aware that EVERYONE’s rate is affected if your room were to be cancelled, so it is REALLY important that if you sign up, that you honor your commitment to pay the full amount.
The other costs groceries & any excursions you decide to do. We all pitch in on the Grocery Kitty. The 2016 grocery budget is $35 per day….which was $245 per person for 3 meals per day. If it is not all spent the balance of the Grocery Kitty will be divided equally & returned to each Villa Mate. If we exceed this budget, we will all chip in equally to cover tab. Going to the market to buy vittles for the week is one of the unique experiences of The Villa Life. It can also be left to the villa staff, but that tends to raise grocery expenses.
Those that wanted lobster daily, (instead of once that week) pitched in $20 each to the lobster man in the morning when he would come with live lobster. Also fresh fish is available right off the fisherman’s boats next door, which was purchased from the Grocery Kitty. We don’t buy liquor out of the Grocery Kitty, so you will need to set aside cash for your cocktail fund, lol.
You also need to bring a tip fund of 15-25% of your rental fee to tip the staff at the end of the week . I don’t think the owner pays them much if anything…they depend on the tips. And they really earn them! No one told us no for any thing. Stitch up Terrence’s gigantic swim trunks so the don’t fall off…no problem. Iron Mommy’s dress before she goes to the club…no worries.
This is not a traditional resort/hotel set up. It is a gated community of privately owned homes. This is great because the beach is private and you never have to get up a dawn to go claim your beach chair like at a crowded resort. Having a staff at your beck and Call is an amazing experience. They will even do your laundry…go home with a suitcase full of clean clothes.
The drawback is it is not located right in the tourist area, so when you want to do touristy things you have to hire a driver. Sitting around the Villa or at the swimming beach can fill a LOT of time. I love floating on a boogie board, they have paddle boats too. We had the Spa come to the house and give us massages under the coconut tree by the sea. You will find Spa Pricing in the “In Our Hood” section of this website. But if you are feeling adventurous, there is plenty to do. The horse stables are only 4 miles away. In addition to horses they offer bikes, kayaks and white water rafting. Check the Excursions section of this website for details.
The villa is located in Duncans which is about 45 mins from Montego Bay. If you drive 45 mins in the other direction you will be in Ocho Rios. In Ocho, you will want to climb the Waterfall at Dunns River.
Floating down the Martha Brae River is supposed to be romantic….but I went with the girls so it was just relaxing, lol.
Our favorite “excursion” is visiting the teen girls at The Father’s House. After chatting & getting to know the girls, we leave them with goodie tote bags filled with lip gloss, earrings, toothbrushes, hair bows, panties, feminine products, pens, pencils, candies, etc etc.
If you look at the photos in “The Giving Back” section you will see the bags we stuffed and some of the girls.
Negril is about 2 and a half hours….makes a nice day trip. Ricks cafe is famous for the brotha’s jumping off the cliff