My wife and I stayed with our daughter and son in law and their twin baby daughters for the three weeks leading up to and including Christmas at Cottonwood cottage. Even though we have stayed at maybe 20 different hotels in the Caribbean over maybe 60 visits, the Villa experience is totally new to us.
It seems too simple to say that is different from the regular hotel in that you have all the same facilities but new thing is that they are wholly dedicated only to you in the villa. The villas in the group at Bluefields are separate and sufficiently spaced that there is no interaction between guests unless specifically organized. The villa pool is yours and used by no one else. The food is cooked especially and only for you and is different from the food in the other villas. And all is supplied by a large staff who are available as you want but disappear when not required. This is very refreshing and calming.
The bedrooms have an ambience which is a class above any other hotel in Jamaica, large, cool, classical, hard-wood, filled with antique furniture and “things” and a four-poster bed, with balconies overlooking your villa’s grounds. Hotel rooms in comparison are concrete and sparse, even the marble and glitz of Ritz Carlton does not match. That is not to say that all of the usual, slightly tatty nature of Jamaican structures, well known to the experienced traveler, and caused by the usual low level of Jamaican craftsmanship combined with the corrosive atmosphere of the coastal environment and the encroachment of nature, have been eradicated. But if you are willing to overlook this, as you should, the rooms are an absolute treat.
The dining table overlooks the bay from magnificent balconies and in some of the villas is high above the sea in the trees. An experience totally different from the typical hotel where the dining room is filled with “outsiders” and is often located indoors or at best away from the sea and with limited or no sea view.
The food is selected with the chef often based on what he has best available and is beautifully prepared to a high level of cuisine but with a delightful Jamaican character. One advantage is that, leaving the chef to do his thing caused me to be served food which I would not normally select from the hotel buffet or menu and stretched my palate to new experiences which I enjoyed immensely. Chef Harry is a delight and will create for you whatever you require
The twins were looked after by two lovely ladies who loved them and kept them entertained by carrying them on walks around the properties introducing them to people we never got to meet and waving to the passing traffic in the Jamaican road outside
The staff are all from the small rural community and retain their native Jamaican friendliness which has often been squeezed out by more formal hotel training.
Bluefields Bay is untouched by development and mostly empty of tourists and their traditional entertainment so that the view over the bay contains only the occasional fisherman and owner Debbie padding each morning in her kayak.
Anything you want is available either included or if you want special wines or other unusual item they are readily available at the fully stocked supermarket in Sav-la-mar or the liquor store in Mobay.
We had the pleasure of meeting the owners Debbie and Braxton who have done marvelously in Rural Jamaica to create a uniquely elegant, beautiful but slightly quirky atmosphere, closely mirroring their own beautiful, charming but slightly eccentric nature.
What a treat. We are going back in May with a group of friends to party and next Christmas to a larger one of the villas with a larger family group.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfort, privacy, and luxury combine for a distinctive blend of all-inclusive Caribbean waterfront travel. Bluefields Bay offers the ultimate in personalized service at its six luxurious waterfront villas, each with a private pool and expertly-trained staff. Enjoy gourmet meals and tropical drinks as you vacation in natural settings beyond compare.The six secluded seafront villas are perched on the Caribbean Sea with dazzling views of crystal-clear sparkling blue calm waters perfect for snorkeling and sea-kayaking. Relish spectacular sunsets from this southwestern Jamaican fishing and farming village called Bluefields after an invigorating hike up the untouched mountain right behind the homes. This South Coast of Jamaica is unspoiled by commercialism, and so this is a place where visitors can interact easily with local residents who welcome them heartily.The private and luxurious villas offer gourmet meals prepared by your own chef to your personal specifications. Each house has a “headman” (Jamaican concierge) who serves meals, clarifies preferences on food and drink, and helps your experience unfold like the tropical foliage. Housekeepers not only keep rooms sparkling, but also send guests home with suitcases of clean clothes at no extra charge. And, if people bring children, devoted and caring nannies are provided. Each staff is rounded-out with a waterfront attendant, gardener, night porter for after-hours service, and driver when needed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bluefields Bay Villas Hotel Bluefields