We stayed in Villa Amour for our honeymoon. The villa has a nice big comfy bed with mosquito net (which we found to be essential), effective air conditioning, balcony overlooking the river, satellite tv with about 60 channels, a basic kitchen (fridge freezer, cooker, sink) and a basic en-suite bathroom (good hot water if you remember to leave the boiler on before you go out, but not much pressure)
We were picked up at Kingston Airport by "Mr. Bing" who was our tour guide for the rest of the holiday - he took us for the 3 hour drive to Port Antonio via the bumpy mountain road. On arrival late in the evening they'd prepared us a tasty dinner of jerk chicken.
For the rest of the stay breakfast was served on a veranda overlooking the river where Miss Odette served us tasty pancakes and fried eggs, bacon, delicious juice and good coffee. A couple of times we opted for the traditional Jamaican breafast of Salt fish and Ackee which is highly recommended.
Our honeymoon package included dinners which we enjoyed on the veranda at about 7.30 each evening and we let Mrs. Sharon serve up whatever she thought best and we weren't disappointed - delicious local food, even lobster on the final night!
At breakfast and dinner we were entertained by a family of lizards who scurried around between the plant pots that line the veranda.
We were the only guests for the first 5 days of our stay and it was only at the end that there were others. We got the impression that Rio Vista haven't been pushing their marketing in the last year particularly after the owner passed away.
The swimming pool is nice, perhaps a bit cool, with good loungers to relax on.
Inside the main building there was evidence of busier times in the past, for example a bar, which was unmanned during our stay but the staff were always happy to attend to us. (We bought our own drinks from the supermarket in the end, which stayed nice and cold in the fridge)
On the plus side this accommodation is good value and the food really is very good. The service is excellent from the friendly owner and staff.
On the down side, the peace and quiet of this beautiful setting is spoiled by the noise from the sand and gravel extraction operation close by which has big trucks arriving and leaving throughout the night, every day but Sunday. We were able to zone out the noise but some may not be able to.
Also in Villa Amour the lizards appeared to have a nest in the roof and some might be disturbed by the occasional rustling in the rafters!
A hire car is essential - we hired ours from Eastern Car Rental who were friendly and efficient.
If you go, be sure to take a raft trip on the Rio Grande - there are reviews of it on this site.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the stunning blue waters of St. Margaret's Bay and the mouth of the Rio Grande river, sits the Rio Vista Resort. The hotel is nestled atop a lushly vegetated hill, with breathtaking views of the Blue Mountains, its peaks hovering at over 7,000 feet. The Blue Mountains is home to one of the world's best coffees. The Rio Vista offers a range of beautifully appointed guest rooms and villas. Choose from river/mountain, garden, pool, or sea views. Free continental breakfast included. The gazebo deck is the perfect place to start and end the day with an ice cold Red Stripe beer or a refreshing glass of coconut water. Sit back and take in a picturesque Jamaican sunset, while watching rafter floating by on the meandering Rio Grande river. A variety of Activities are available in close proximity to the hotel. Explore the variety of exciting packages and promotions being offered in the area to enhance your vacation experience. Boat rides on the World famous Blue Lagoon, tours of a Blue Mountain Coffee plantation, rafting on the Rio Grande, water fall climbs at Somerset Falls, nature walks, beautiful beaches and much much more. Rio Vista is a ten acre estate with individual rooms and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas. The property is located four miles west of Port Antonio, on Jamaica's north coast, nestled between the Rio Grande River and the Caribbean Sea. We are approx 1 1/2 hours from Kingston (Norman Manley Int'l Airport) through the mountains and 3 hours from Montego Bay (Sangster Int'l Airport) along the north coast highway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rio Vista Resort Villas Hotel Port Antonio
- Rio Vista Resort Villas Jamaica/Port Antonio