My wife and I have visited Jamaica several times and done the all inclusive resorts before and have stayed at another private villa before. The Bahia Cottage was an absolutely amazing place to stay. From the great location, to the wonderful staff, and the pristine beach and water you cant ask for a better spot to spend time together.
The location is perfect for us. You are 10 steps out of the door to the soft white sand beach and crystal clear water. Marlon and Dale do an excellent job of making sure that the beach is free of debris and clutter. Everyday it is raked and cleaned up by them first thing in the morning. We also like the fact that this property is a 5 minute walk to the Runaway Bay Golf Resort which we definitely make use of while we are there.
The beautiful grounds are kept in perfect condition by the staff and there are many wonderful flowers and birds to look at. Such a peaceful oasis and the sounds of the ocean lull you to sleep every night. The beach is a public beach which we thought was great as people would walk by during the day and some would stop and chat. On weekends and holidays, lots of locals come to the beach and spend time with their family and friends. It was great to see some of the local vendors and listen to the music. Lots of fun!!
The 2 neighboring properties which are owned by the same owner, are amazing as well. We were given the opportunity to walk through them since there was nobody staying in them at the time. If you you are coming with friends you should definitely check them out.
The cottage itself is pretty much exactly what you see in the pictures. It is small, but for a couple, or even a couple with a child, it is perfect. What else do you need really. If you are spending your time indoors in a place like this, you are on the wrong island. The cottage is kept very clean by the ladies and the little porch is the perfect place to have meals while watching the ocean and watching people walk by on the beach. It also has a hammock to relax on if you decide to have a nap, super comfortable and cozy! The only thing I personally found is that maybe the bed could use to be replaced. The one on the main floor we thought was a little worn out. We did not try the bed in the loft though.
I think one of the biggest highlights of this property is the staff. Sharon, Marlon, Lavern, Janet, Dimples, and Dale do an amazing job and help you out with whatever you need. The house is kept clean, the grounds trimmed and beautiful, and the meals are absolutely a reason to come back. We kind of gave Sharon free range with the meals, we just told her what we didn't like and she would prepare us breakfast and supper. We normally did not do lunch as we were always on the golf course, and if we weren't we would just wander up the street to one of the local places to eat lunch. We were amazed at how flavorful and well prepared everything was. They do the jerk chicken for you on a charcoal grill out back which gives it that true authentic flavor. So many other dishes such as grilled fish, jerk pork, homemade mac and cheese, fruits, salads, everything was phenomenal. We definitely never left the table hungry. The property also has night security to keep any possible stragglers from the beach coming onto the property. We didn't have a whole lot of interaction with them, but they were friendly and seemed to do their job well as we did not have any problems.
People always say to me that they cant believe we love Jamaica so much and ask why we keep coming back instead of going to other places. Well, a place like Bahia makes you feel so comfortable and at home, why would you want to go anywhere else. Everything we look for in a relaxing, fun vacation is right here. Lots of people feel that Jamaica is dangerous and you cant go off the resorts. It is just like in your own city, if you go wandering into dark alleys at night looking for trouble you will probably find it, but if you treat people with respect as you normally would, and be smart about where/when you are venturing to, you will not have any issues. We have visited this area 6 times now and people actually recognize us when we are walking around and stop and say hi. For us it just feels like home and we cant wait to get back!
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