My family went to Bluefields for the first time from December 22-29 / 2012 after having spent previous year end holidays either skiing or at all-inclusives in mostly the Dominican Republic. We decided to try Bluefields as we were tired of the same all-inclusive experience, notwithstanding the great beaches (rushing to get cots in the morning, reserving restaurants, mediocre food and terrible night time entertainment, rude guests), and thought that a more exclusive experience would be better - the best decision we made, for sure. Bluefields is private, quiet, very beautiful and you are treated like royalty. Our chef, Shaki, made incredible meals and accomodated all of our wishes with a huge grin and a great attitude. Tamara, our housekeeper, made the best omeletes we have ever eaten and kept the place spotless. Dwight, our butler, was incredibly attentive, always making sure that we were happy, catering to every whim, bringing drinks when we asked and when he thought we needed them even if we didn't ask - and he was always right. His enthusiasm to our comfort was over the top.
We stayed at the Cottonwood Cottage and it was perfect for our family (2 parents and two boys 18 and 22) with two bedrooms and a common living area as well as the treehouse where we ate all of our meals which provided stunning views of the sea. All our meals were served on fine bone china with sterling silver cutlery and lace tablecloths and although very formal, we felt perfectly comfortable coming to meals in our swimsuits and bare feet.
The bedrooms were very large and comfortable with the master bedroom having a shower with doors that opened to the outside so that you could shower effectively in the open air, but with complete privacy. The only issue was that the hot water did not work for the first few days, but it was fixed in the end.
We went on two excursions, horseback riding and the Black River cruise / YS Falls tour. I highly recommend the horseback riding - completely private through a 2,000 acre natural landscape, including a private white sand beach where the horses ran through the surf. I would skip the Black River cruise - pretty boring, but I would go to YS falls for sure as it is beautiful and very fun with a pretty high rope swing into the water, zip lining and natural pools. Bluefields sent us with a gourmet picnic lunch (best fried chicken ever) served again with real plates and cutlery (no plastic or paper), so no need to stand in line for tourist food.
The only issue we had was that the sand flies loved our boys who got very bitten all over, so bug spray is required.
We will be back again.
- 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