Fabulous Private Property, Ocean views, full staff, member beach, 20 bedrooms
- english, spanish, finnish, English
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Escape from the deep freeze
Family and friends visiting Jamaica, a much deserved escape after the long cold winter. After some flight delays and frustrations during the travels, it was awesome to arrive to this beautiful property and be welcomed by the wonderful staff, who had a delicious dinner ready for us, rum bunch and cold beer on the ice! This is a tropical paradise, with so much nature all around, we never expected such a unique private oasis compared to the usual type of places. The pictures do not show the true beauty of this place at all. We all loved our rooms, the poolside and celebration lounge. It was hard to decide to go on the road, as here at the villa were were so comfortable and the staff were spoiling us all day long. The cooking was by far the best. The jamaican food that we have tasted before, was nothing compared to food at Jaquar Villas. Each meal here was an exciting experience with new flavors and dishes. Some of us are vegan, some with allergies to seafood and others scared of spice, yet the cooks provided a perfect menu each day, to please each one of us. They worked so hard. This place is worth every penny, you will never find a place at this value and quality, for a large group especially. The beach is stunning, never knew that Runaway Bay has such amazing beaches. Perfect. Better than Negril, no hasslers. We will return for sure. Thank you Jaquar Villas crew; Sally, Jackie, Taylor and OB ! Miss you already !
Thank you for taking time to write a review. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time in Jamaica and at the Jaquar Villas. We hope to see you back soon. All the best until then !
Beautiful property; lovely staff; be attentive to kitchen
Amazing! Stay here! Used the entire property for stay.
We throughly enjoyed our stay.
I want to give a special shout out to the property manager, Taylor. His attention to detail helped our guests in too many ways to count. He made us all feel as if Jaquar Villa was our home.
Helena, the curator of the property will be the person you communicate with and plan your stay. Her email response time and costumer service is bar none. I swear I haven't had the pleasure of working with someone better and I travel a lot. She was perfect!
We had an great wedding weekend because the property and the staff were so beautiful.
I would absolutely stay here again. There are some things you should know:
Crawling critters were all over the property (lizards, water-bugs, large spiders etc....) They were not intrusive but simply apart of the nature thats abundantly around.
Barking dogs. Actually they howled and scraped and cried all night into morning. It was quite strange.
The kitchen staff were wonderful ladies, helpful and their gift for cooking is evident but not all of the food we brought into the property was cooked. Breakfast never seemed to be enough for all guests. In fact many guests overheard conversations by the kitchen staff about diving up the food ingredients bought amongst themselves. For others this may seem alarming but for us we knew we had intentions of allowing them to have whatever was left over and so decided for the sake of the peaceful weekend not to make a big deal of it. For anyone reading this do not be put off by this just keep an eye on the food being cooked and the ingredients being used.
Special shout out to Mr. Gilling. He is the driver for the property. On time service with a smile. Accommodating! Friendly! Knowledgable about the ins and outs of the island!
I encourage anyone with a large group to stay here. Memories were made that will last my family a lifetime.
Thank you very much for taking time to write a review. I am glad that you had a wonderful time and I thank you for your kind words. Congratulations on your wedding! As we all know, Jamaica is a tropical island and the nature is alive with "critters" of all types. In Jamaica they are all harmless. Also the barking dogs is a phenomenon all over the Caribbean and other parts of the world, outside the US. One gets used to it with time. They don't always park, but when they do - I call it the dog opera! Your comment about the kitchen staff and food here is very concerning on the other hand. I wish you had communicated about this right away to the manager. It would have been looked into immediately. This property has zero tolerance policy for any inappropriate behavior by any persons providing services to the guests. Strict rules are in place and the staff know their rules and duties. Due to your special wedding event with enormous amount of guests, extra help was brought to assist the regular staff but the strict rules still apply to extra staff also. What appears to have happened in fact, is that the staff were dividing some of the foods between the two villas, so that each cook has ingredients for the guests within that unit. This is the report from the management. So there has been a misunderstanding and I am sorry for that. Communication would have cleared any confusion while you were there, rather than now in a review after you have departed. But thank you again and we wish you all the best and look forward to your return soon.
The Villas were beautiful and peaceful
This was the most memorable vacation I have ever been on! The staff was incredible and friendly and helpful. We always felt safe and taken care of. All of our villas were stocked with snacks and beverages every morning. My boyfriend and I stayed in one of the middle cozier places with his brother and girlfriend, it had an awesome view from our little deck. It became the hang out spot for most people in our little group for coffee in the morning and a smoke at night. The two bigger villas were amazing for bigger gatherings and games to play around larger tables. The food was incredible! Our kitchen staff was very cool and sweet, Sally was the head of the kitchen and she was so kind to give me pointers on recipes and tell me what was in everything. I love cooking so I was fascinated to learn about a new cuisine. When we first picked out our room the air con wasn't working properly but Taylor and Obrian got right on it and it was fixed by the time we got back from our trip to the beach that day. We had no problems after that. Jackie and Nola were happy to braid some of the people in our group's hair and that was fun for those who got that done. Obrian was our main guy. We really developed a close relationship with him over the days we spent in Jamaica! He was by far the kindest most genuine person I have had the pleasure of meeting in a very long time. I look forward to continuing our friendship throughout our futures! We can't wait to get back down there and spend more time with all the friends we made there. There were two super cute puppies that O.b. was caring for, that hung around the villas and they made my trip so much more enjoyable too! I loved the names he gave them, Rocky Dog and Mia Pup! Sounds so island life to me and kind of melted my lil heart! I really cannot speak highly enough about the service and helpful nature we received while we were there. We miss it so much! Especially O.b. and the puppers! This was a trip to remember for the rest of our lives!
Hello Rachel! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review and your kind words. We are happy that your group had a wonderful time in Jamaica and at Jaquar Villas in particular. Yes, the staff love making the guests happy. This is such an important detail of about Jaquar Villas. Service and attention. OB is a great guy indeed, the world needs more people like him. We look forward to your return, all the best to your all until then !!!
Second time around, double the fun
This was our second trip to Jamaica and we wanted to stay at Jaquar Villas again, where we stayed during our stay 2016. We were a huge crowd, family and friends. This property is perfect for a big group of people as there are 4 separate units. We cannot say enough about the kind staff that worked long hours to cater to our schedule. Wonderful breakfasts and dinners were enjoyed all together, 46 of us, at the Palashia's large dining space. We had a all white party one night with a pig roast BBQ and DJ for music, it was a blast. There was scuba diving and fishing one day, golf tournament one day, 4 wheeling one day and lot of beach relaxation. We are already missing Jamaica and started planning next trip already. This time it wont be 3 years. Hopefully next year. And we are definitely booking Jaquar Villas again as it is the best place - awesome staff, great set up, private yet close to town and beach, near all the action of Ocho Rios and the coolest places. One Love !
Thank you for your kind review and indeed it was great to have you and your wonderful group back. The staff loved your joyful and happy group, lots of fun. We look forward to your return. All the best till then.
Ultimate Jamaican getaway
This was the ultimate Jamaican getaway. We searched for the perfect place to experience island life, while still having the luxury of being pampered by the villa staff. Jaquar Villas is a tropical paradise. Total privacy with lots of space to spread out for our group. We loved our mornings with the delicious jamaican breakfast. Some of us walked to the beach, some were driven by our driver. The beach is a hidden gem. Perfect white sand beach, almond trees giving shade for those who dont want to cook themselves under the hot jamaican sun. The ocean is so warm and gentle. We had lunch on the road every day, while exploring the multitude of fun places. Scotches jerk centre is great, with wicked hot sauce. We loved Sharkies and Evita's. A trip to the blue mountains is so great, did some hiking on the top and enjoyed some of the best coffee in the world. Looking down at Kingston was a fab view. Each time we got back to the villlas, the intoxicating smell of the chef's cooking welcomed us back to our jamaican home. Every night was a dinner party, with reggae playing and rum coctails flowing. Man, that was the best time we all ever dreamed of having. Ventured out after dinner few times, clubbing once and other time to a karaoke bar. So much fun. And a big thanks to the drivers, who patiently waited for us where ever we stopped at. They were good guides and in addition to the attentive villa staff, made our vacation the best time ever. We could not have been happier with the accommodations that we found here. Tropical, rustic and spacious, clean and comfortable. One week is not enough at all. Next time must make it a longer trip.
Hello Susan, Thank you for taking time to write a review for Jaquar Villas. We are so glad you and your group enjoyed yourselves thoroughly. We look forward to you returning soon, until then, all the best !
Escape to Paradise.
Oh my gosh! what a wonderful experience. I was at the Jaquar Villas (which includes Tangerine and Palashia villas, Bamboo cottage & Zen pavilion) for a trip on January. We were a multi-family group and used both Villas. I have previously been to Jamaica to an all-inclusive resort which don't get wrong was it's own different fabulous, but once you're on site it could have been anywhere with sun, sand and tropical climate. This time we wanted to experience "real" Jamaica and that's exactly what we got. Upon arrival we were welcomed by staff that we came to realize were genuinely wonderful. They were most helpful and made sure we had a great time. The property was stunning. Breathtaking views. I loved the indoor-outdoor feel. I loved the visits from the Geckos or Salamanders or whatever they are called. The cool breezes were delightful. Some of our group did use the A/C units but I preferred the tropical breeze. The food was outstanding. We had a real mix from what I would call adventurous eaters to the downright picky (my teenage son was one of those!!). The chef artfully catered to all of us. Some of us got to taste some foods we'd never heard of and loved it. As we did our shopping for the foods/ingredients it gave us an opportunity to go to a local store and experience that. Isn't that the point of travelling. For sure it didn't look like the supermarkets I shop at here at home, but they had everything we need and more. Sally was able to turn her hand to anything that was asked of her. A true Chef. So the adventurous eaters and the picky ones were all satisfied. The pools were wonderful. I could have lounged there all day with an adult beverage (local rum of course, Oh and that Ting, local grapefruit soda... Yum!) the setting in a natural "jungle" was true Caribbean for me. I certainly don't need the manicured lawns of suburbia when in the Caribbean. Like I said I could have stayed on the property all day, but did venture out and so glad we did. The private beach was exactly that. The kids definitely had a blast down there. They even got to ride horses in the ocean. It was only a few minutes by car, but if you need to get your step count up (and who doesn't after lounging by the pool?) you can walk down to the beach. It was what I would call a good exercise walk. After that a side trip over to Sharkie's for some fresh caught fish. Devine. Back to the Villas, with rooms individually decorated with Caribbean décor. Such vibrant colors.
We'll be back.....
Thank you for your wonderful and colorful review. We are so glad you found the Jamaican vibe while staying at Jaquar Villas. The staff enjoyed catering to your group, as you sure are worldly and appreciated all that they do. The staff work hard and it really makes them feel good when the guests are enjoying the outcome of their efforts. We sure hope that you will return soon, there is so much to do nearby. Until then, all the best.
Other Activities: RIDING HORSES INTO THE OCEAN, BOB SLEDDING AND CANOPY TOURS IN THE RAINFOREST, SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS, WATERFALLS, CATAMARAN CRUISES, DEEP SEA FISHING, GOLF, SCUBA, FOUR WHEELING, POLO, KITE SURFING,