Where do I begin? This place is magical. Heaven on earth. From the 180 degree view of the sea to the incredible care takers (Betty, Alicia, Chut), chefs and angels who cooked for us and made the trip unforgettable. I really can't recommend this place enough. Every detail in the house was thought out so carefully and diligently. Highly highly recommend!
This is gorgeous, rural Jamaica where we experienced the countryside with nature all around us. If you're looking for developed beaches with scores of bars and restaurants, this villa isn't for you. Goats graze just beyond the shore and the only litter is driftwood. Every morning after Betty and Eleicia served us a healthy breakfast feast (ask for their special de-tox tea with ginger and tumeric, it's marvelous!), we took a short walk along the beach to loll in one of several coastal turquoise coves. Lunch was prepared on our own with scrumptious leftovers from the morning. We luxuriated in the shade of the patio parasols, sipping our drinks, reading our books or happily gabbing in the pool with the expansive sea views inspiring our afternoons. At four o'clock we grabbed glasses, chilled wine and cameras and headed up to the roof to watch the nightly sunset show. Meanwhile Betty and Eleicia were preparing another dinner-to-die-for and our appetites were again indulged. The caretaker Chut was there in an instant if we had the merest request ( help, the parasol isn't opening!). The home has a zen vibe, an exotic blend with nature that lends itself to relaxation and contentment. The photos of the house are exact. A ride in Captain Ted's boat is a must, especially if dolphins are in the area. We had dinner one night at the nearby Frenchman's Reef by the sea, more of an outing than anything else, and spent a fun afternoon hanging out at the Lobster Pot, a beachside seafood shack where we saw our just-caught fish arrive fresh from the boat. Recommended - surf shoes for walking some coastal terrain, bug spray for evenings if you're at the beach after dark and a reading light if you stay up later than your partner. We're definitely going back!
There are so many wonderful things to say about our stay at Villa Elia that it's hard to know where to start!
We chose to rent a car at the airport at Montego Bay and make the drive to the south side of the island and having driven other places around the world I can say Jamaicans are crazy behind the wheel of a vehicle! We had a great trip, stopped in MB on the way out to buy comfort items (liquor being a prerequisite) and a few other simple provisions. It's a beautiful drive and my google maps with my Verizon service phone gave us very good turn by turn directions all the way there.
First, the house itself is without question amazing. The design, layout, location and decor should certainly exceed anyone with discerning tastes expectations. The one of a kind Artemano furniture pieces simply have to be seen to be truly appreciated. The beds were incredibly comfortable which is an absolute must for us. We really enjoyed the roof top terrace in the mornings and evenings... watching sunsets were breathtaking! The pool was clean and very well kept along with the rest of the surrounding property. Every morning and sometimes more than once during the afternoon we found ourselves walking the entire beach as far as you could explore...the water access was excellent. Now to what honestly made our stay so special.....the staff...without question our expectations in this regard were far exceeded.
Betty, Eliesiea and Chut are what make Villa Elia your home away from home. They not only will spoil you with amazing food (Betty is a master chef that rivals what we have experienced at five diamond resorts around the world), warm hearted conversations and challenging games of dominoes but they will open their world to you as family. We were blessed to have been there during Christmas and they invited us to attend the lighting of the tree at town square with great local music as well as joining them at their church Christmas Eve services with beautiful singing. Chut served as our personal travel guide graciously riding with us to Black River for the day so that we could go to the Falls and swim, rope swing and get some great pictures. And then there's Rebecca that manages the property that we decided IS the local mayor after being around town with her...even though she is quick to tell you no to that title...you can tell that Treasure Beach locals have a very special love for her and what she does for the community.
Bottom line is this....choosing to stay here should be a commitment of the heart because you will be loved, cared for and truly blessed in a way that you just simply would not be able to experience staying at a resort.
We thank God that he led us to this place and blessed us with new friendships that we will cherish for our lifetimes. Thank you is just not enough.
Villa Elia is a true paradise in every sense! This beautifully appointed home created and decorated with such thought and care, the magnificent and natural setting, views and sunsets, the sumptuous Jamaican cuisine, and all the pampering from Betty, Elieicia and Chut contributed in a memorable week for us with our friends.
I would highly recommend this villa if you're looking for the ultimate in relaxation, beautiful untouched beaches away from the tourists, and a myriad of spots to sit, sun, look out on the ocean, read or meditate.
We took a couple of outings (a boat ride with Captain Ted to The Lobster Pot- I'd highly recommend! and a trip to WS Falls to swim in the waterfalls) but always happy to come home to Villa Elia - we couldn't get enough of the beauty! The rooftop deck at 5 pm was the place to take in the magnicent sunsets!
Betty and Elieicia prepared delicious meals morning and night; 2 special ladies always happy to please!
Everyone should indulge in a vacation like this where you really get away from everything, and truly relax!
Thanks for the beauty and warmth, and sharing your special home with us!
We will certainly be back next year!
Mimi & Peter
UNFORTUNATELY, WITH ABSOLUTE HONESTY, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO PUT OUR HEAVENLY EXPERIENCE INTO WORDS.
ALL IS A-1!! ....incredibly magnificent home, breathtaking setting & views, amazing sandy beach with spa-like warm sea water, incredibly delicious and nutritious meals prepared by Betty and Eliecia, insane property maintenance by Chut who was available (with a big Jamaican smile) at all times for any questions we had.
We felt guilty and too indulged at times. We had zero responsibilities which we have not experienced in many many years!
AN ABSOLUTE RECOMMENDATION WITH NO HESITATION!
As an interiors photographer it was an absolute privilege to stay and shoot Villa Elia.
Architecturally splendid and luxurious with stunning uninterrupted views of the wild coastline set in complete privacy.
The staff, Betty, Eliesiea and Chut couldn’t have done anything more and the breakfast Betty cooked was delicious.
I would highly recommend villa Elia for a complete escape from the madding crowd.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with the staff (maintenance, chef & cleaning) and we're treated like royalty. The house is completely renovated using exotic recycled furniture from SE Asia with each piece more jaw-dropping than the other. The food prepared by chefs was always fresh and organic (upon request) with a stunning long stretch of beach right at your feet. Crystal waters and practically all for yours to swim/snorkel. I would definitely recommend this place for anyone looking to see Treasure Beach in Artemano style.
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