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“A Little slice of paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jamaica Ocean View Villa

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Jamaica Ocean View Villa
Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Little slice of paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

This was our second trip to the ocean view villa, and it was even better than the first time. We did not have a care in the world since the staff at the villa took care of all of our needs. They were happy to accommodate any request concerning our comfort, and pleasure during our stay.The meals cooked for us were wonderful, and the cook was more than willing to accommodate special requests. during our time here, we were treated like royalty. The only bad part of this vacation was when it was time to leave, and go home. We can't wait to return next year to this little slice of paradise.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, January 31, 2014
Thank you for taking time to write your review of our villa. We review all comment with our staff and they will be delighted to know you have enjoyed your stay. Thank you for letting us serve you and your family again.

We look forward to your next visit.
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Halifax, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2014 via mobile

We stayed as a group of 8 at the Oceanview Villa Dec 29- Jan 5. We are seasoned travelers, and have travelled as a group to many Caribbean locations over the past 10 years with various levels of accommodations and services from 3 star to 5+. We have enjoyed each and every vacation, and we understand the level of services and accommodations that Caribbean destinations offer.

This year, we decided to stay at a private Villa, and this seemed ideal, as all staff and services were to be included, with cook, private butler, housekeeping, chauffeur, wifi, magic jack (free phone), daily laundry services, all meals and drinks including alcohol, our own pool, someone to help us plan any excursions, and a private beach only 5 minutes away. We exchanged many emails with the owner prior to our trip, and she confirmed the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus, confirmed that all food, beverages, and the other services and staff above in the ad were included. The advertisement and correspondence suggested that the staff and services provided a luxurious vacation where every need is taken care of.

The reality of Oceanview Villa unfortunately did not match the advertisement or the reviews on TripAdvisor. We have discussed all of the below with the owner (and we made it clear that we expected nothing in return), and that we would be posting our honest reviews as we did not want anyone else to experience what we went through.

Services: Wifi only worked in the living room. There was no magic jack or freephone, and the local phones were turned off. We had to use our own cell phones to call the chauffeur. We packed light expecting daily laundry services, and only had laundry done midway through the week when we asked if it could be done. The butler was absent except for the last three days and didn't introduce herself or speak to us, mostly sat and texted on her phone, provided no services. There was no assistance with plans or the area, queries to Millie (cook/manager) were responded to as if she didn't understand what we were asking. Towels were limited, and we often had no towels for bathing as we had to use those towels for the pool. Toilet paper was in short supply and we often were taking toilet paper from each other's washrooms. On the last day, we had 1 roll of tp (for 8 people). Televisions are not in every room as advertised. Several evenings there was no hot water for showers. The chauffeur was a wonderful person, but he lived 40 minutes away, so we often had to wait long periods if we wanted to go anywhere. Excursions didn't happen, as we discovered those destinations reserve for resort groups. The private beach that is listed as 5 minutes away is reachable by climbing stairs down a steep cliff, and is not sand, it's rocks covered in garbage and the undertow is too strong to swim. There was a man living in the bar area in our Villa (of which we were not told), so we could not use the bar or games area at all. We saw him swimming in our pool in early mornings. Loose dogs were often howling or barking outside the Villa through the night. Millie also lives in the Villa with her daughter.

Food: When we arrived, Millie (cook/manager) acted as if she had never seen or heard of the menu the owner had provided to us. She said she knew nothing about it. Breakfast was two pancakes each from a box mix, and a few pieces of bacon for the whole group, along with 8 slices of a fruit (not each, for everyone). No lunches were provided at all, with the exception of our last full day when we were very forceful about being provided a lunch. Millie first said there was no food for lunch, and then said she had things to do and had to leave the Villa, so she tasked the housekeeper to make three sandwiches cut in halves and a handful of French fries (for 8 people). Dinners were usually a group meal of a very small chicken or fish, rice, and a plate with lettuce, 4 slices of tomato, and four slices of cucumber (for 8 people, not each). No condiments. No desserts. No wine served at dinner. We bought eggs and bacon ourselves so we would be served a little more food at breakfast. One loaf of bread was purchased for the entire week (for 8 people). The BBQ was broken (and looked like it had been broken for years, it had sneakers hanging on it), so no barbecued meals or traditional Jerk Chicken. Meals are served on their schedule, not yours. We made three trips to the grocery store ourselves and purchased and lived on snacks. We also started going out and paying for lunch in Ochos Rios, so we would have a lunchtime meal.

Beverages: Water was available in the kitchen. For all other drinks, including pop for the 2 children, you had to go to the basement bar area where the gentleman/bartender was living. He was often sleeping by the bar, and every visit was made to be an imposition, and was very uncomfortable. Requests for drinks were met with a sigh, and opening a book to slowly write everything down. There were no options for mixed drinks, except a fruit punch. We mostly stuck to beer with the lack of options. We were never offered drinks at the pool or anywhere else. By day 3, we bought our own wine, alcohol, and mixes, and we blended our own drinks. We were told the beer was out on day 4, and we had to ask for additional to be purchased. With none of us wanting to deal with the bartender, if each adult drank 3 beer/ day, that would be stretching it.

The Villa itself is a nice house, and the housekeeper keeps it clean and tidy. Ricardo does a nice job with the grounds and keeping the pool clean.

Unfortunately, we would not rent a Villa in the Caribbean again after this experience. The services advertised and confirmed to us multiple times prior to our trip by the owner, were not provided at this Villa. If you are looking for a luxurious, stress-free, pampered vacation, this would not be recommended.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, January 28, 2014
Dear Guest,
Because the main point of these reviews is to be as helpful as possible to future guests searching for rental properties, I’d like to take this opportunity to lend clarity to your evaluations in order to make them useful to those searching.
With regard to your complaint of limited alcoholic beverages: Your group of 8 booked our all-inclusive package, which included alcohol. For your 7 night stay, we fully stocked the bars with 7 cases of Red Stripe beer, and 1 case of Heineken beer.
I also purchased numerous bottles of Vodka, Gin, Rums, Wines, and Johnny Walker whiskey made available for your arrival.
All-inclusives are never a science, but for most proprietors, including 2 nearby villas with which I have a relationship, the standard is to budget $250 per person/per week.
Your group’s actuals came in at $375 per person.

This is not an issue for us, however. Our family run villa is concerned with providing all our guests the very best experiences of our little spot of paradise in Jamaica that we possibly can.
That is why I was confused by your review. During your stay I called each night to talk with my staff who reported that your group were having a wonderful time; And on 2 nights, that “They are out by the pool, eating, drinking and laughing.”
Also, you left generous tips to each staff member. And, you personally gave Millicent a store-bought card inside which you wrote: “Thank you for taking such great care of us, Millicent!” before signing and enclosing not only your well-thought tip for her, but also your personal contact information.
(I assumed you did so in order to keep in touch with Millicent, and perhaps correspond about best times to return to Ochi and the Villa, as many of our patrons do. This is the kind of positive response we are used to, especially when it comes to Millie.)
Food: On the first morning, you and Millie sat down to create the menus for your group directly after your pre-ordered breakfast of eggs & bacon. (Your pre-ordered dinner of roasted chicken, rice & vegetables was also served 1st night.)
Everything you requested was purchased fresh from local markets. Leftovers were thrown out each morning, and I personally threw out several pounds of beef and vegetables left uneaten from your group.
Our butler did call-in sick for two days, during which time my brother filled in tending bar, as he has in the past. His private quarters are those of the Groundskeeper’s, who he also filled-in for due to a family emergency.

I hope my responses are helpful to you and those reading them.
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2014

Ocean view villa is the place to stay if you want to rent a villa in Jamaica. I have just come back from there I miss it so much the villa itself and the staff are wonderful, Mille is the best she is caring loving and the best cook ever i miss her cooking so much , there is nothing mille wouldnt do for you she ensure my trip was perfect. The view is amazing and a beach is a few minutes walk, not to forget the pool thats there its so relaxing. Ricardo is cool he is funny and always keeps the pool clean . The room are amazing clean tidy spotless and the balcony where u can sit and relax and u get a great view. Its the first time I have stopped at this villa and its not going to be yhe last . Thanks to every1 that made my trip amazing and I need ro come back soon....

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write this review regarding your stay at our Villa. Our family owned and run villa is primarily concerned with providing all guests who choose to come to Jamaica Ocean View Villa with the very best experiences of our little spot of paradise in Jamaica that we possibly can.
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Wakefield, Rhode Island
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

This villa is beyond words! Words can't describe what a wonderful relaxing place this is. You can float in the pool and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. The entire staff, from the drivers to the pool guy and everyone in between could not have been better. Millie is a true gem! She was more like family than staff.there was nothing I asked for that wasn't taken care of with a smile. Millie's cooking was the best. Many times you read about a place and when you arrive it is not what it was supposed to be. Well, this villa is even better than the writ up about it. The rooms were spotless, spacious and very inviting. The craftsmanship of the furniture was breathtaking. I can't think of a better way to start a dat than sitting on the balcony whit the sun shinning down watching the ocean! Wish I could do it every day. The only thing I would have changed, is I would have stayed longer! I can not wait to go back. I have never stayed at a villa before, but I surly will be going back to this one.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Carol D
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Our aim is to provide each and every guest who enter through our doors a unforgetable experience. You arrive as guests and leave as family.
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2013

A group of 12 girls embarked upon a relaxing and fun vacation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Instead of our norm of staying at a resort, we opted to rent a villa. After reading through various reviews of villas in Ochos Rios, we agreed to rent the Ocean View Villa in Ochos Rios. It was a GREAT decision. We had a blast!!! The driver, the cook, the staff.........everyone was a joy to mingle with. I'm not sure if Hewin is the regular driver for villa guests. If not, I suggest requesting him. He was a pleasure to be with throughout the trip. Millie made a meal of oxtails for us that was finger licking good along with callalloo and salt fish for our morning breakfasts. If we weren't at a local beach or night spot, we were hanging out in the pool sipping on Millie's rum punch. Meals were prepared upon our request and Millie would go shopping for anything we requested!!! We loved the staff and we're pretty sure they loved us as well! LOL! I think we were probably one of the funniest groups they've seen in a long time! It was blast and I'd definitely recommend the villa to other groups. We will definitely return for the homecooking and wonderful staff in the future!!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, September 3, 2013
Thank you for choosing our villa for you vacation, we appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

If ever you consider renting a Villa in Jamaica this is the place.

We’ve had the pleasure of staying at this Villa on several occasions and never a dull moment. The Villa is very spacious and clean with a lovely pool.

Millie and Lindo were excellent and did everything possible to ensure our stay was perfect. Millie can cook any dish you requested and Lindo‘s roasted breadfruit was the best.

Getting around was simple. The can call hire cars or you can take a stroll to the entrance of the historical site and catch the local buses or taxi to town.

The owner of the Villa is very helpful and will answer any question or concerns you have before you rent her beautiful Villa.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Debby B
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
We truly do appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit. We look forward to been your choice of accomodation on your next visit to Jamaica.
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Concord, California
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

We had a wonderful time. The villa is beautiful and easily accommodated all of us giving us a true "home away from home".

We learned so much from Lindo about Jamaica. He is truly a gem. We participated in the Christmas Eve celebration, First Market. That was so much fun especially to celebrate with all the wonderful locals.

Millicent prepared 3 wonderful Jamaican style meals for us that were outstanding. She is one of the nicest ladies and truly appreciated her culinary skills.

Sonia and Anita were also fabulous. There was nothing that we were in need of. The house was always so neat and tidy.

Everyone of the staff were so very attentive. We truly appreciated all of their efforts.

Our driver, Dexter, was top notch. He was always concerned with our safety and took us all the way put to Nigrel one of the days. We were lucky enough to meet his family during our visit which we so much enjoyed.

Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful first time visit to Jamaica.

Gina

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Gina K
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Jamaicavilla, Owner at Jamaica Ocean View Villa, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
We are happy that you choose our villa for your first trip to Jamaica; and we made your visit a memorible experience.

We look forward to your next visit.
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Property: Jamaica Ocean View Villa
Address: 26 Battle Site, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Location: Caribbean > Jamaica > Saint Ann Parish > Ocho Rios
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Ocho Rios
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the North Coast of Jamaica in Ocho Rios, only 400 yards from some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the Jamaican Ocean View Villa is a 5-bedroom, 8,000 square foot home in an upscale community, which offers so much more than the often frequented, all-inclusive resorts on the island. With a 5-person staff, your stay here is all about exclusivity and the personal touch. Whether you choose to have your meals prepared by our chef while you relax by the private pool, or you prefer to be more hands-on and want to check out the amazing produce at the local market, the choice is yours. Away from our home there are plenty of authentic, local experiences to enjoy. For the thrill-seeker looking for a white-water experience, or the history-buff wanting to immerse themselves in the culture of the island, you will always have someone on hand with the inside knowledge to guide you in your choices. Some of our favorite local experiences include the iconic Blue Hole Waterfall, a popular swimming hole with rope swings for the adventurous; White River Tubing down a winding 3-mile spring fed river; Mystic Mountain's array of rainforest adventures such as the 1,000-meter bobsled track through the trees; Dunn's River Falls, a prime destination for hiking the Jamaican landscape and sliding down the falls. We haven't even mentioned the emerald, warm waters and famed white beaches! Staying at this fabulous location offers you the chance to experience the real Jamaica, away from the crowded resorts, whilst still enjoying the luxury of having your every need taken care of. ... more   less 
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