Megan T. said...
Mar 29, 2019
Amazing time, amazing place!!
Cardiff Hall, Runaway Bay, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica
Date of Stay
Mar 15, 2019
We cannot say enough about our time at Sunspot Villa! We were traveling with 4 adults and 7 children (ages 2-10). As soon as we made our inquiry about the property, we knew our vacation was going to be terrific. Email communications were quick and responsive. We elected the meal plan, which is WELL WORTH it. And we were able to deal with allergies and food preferences in advance. We even raised a question about whether there was a pool alarm so that our littlest ones would be safe at night, and the owner loved the idea and worked with us to purchase an alarm that is now available to future guests at the home. We were picked up in a large van that fit us and our 14 bags, plus carry-ons. After a 45-50 minute drive from Montego Bay airport, we arrived. The entire staff greeted us on arrival and from that point we didn’t lift a finger for 7 days. The house is impeccably clean and has four bedrooms, plus a casita with two additional rooms. We all had plenty of space and our own bathrooms. There are two master suites with views, which made for a perfect set up for our group. The pool is right off the back of the house with an expansive and beautifully landscaped yard that faces the beach. Our kids played badminton and soccer and loved exploring the flowers and looking for wildlife. The yard is matched only by the beach with its sugary sand, turquoise water, daily visits from a group of local manta rays, and an amazing reef that we snorkeled in for hours each day. In a week, we managed to go horseback riding, take a cruise on a glass bottomed boat, buy souvenirs, body surf, paddleboard (our own that we brought along with permission), and more all without getting in a car. The food was amazing. We opted for traditional Jamaican cuisine and were delighted by the nightly array of seafood, hearty breakfasts (including delicious Caribbean porridge), and various stews, bbq and veggies at lunch. The staff anticipated our every request, cleaned our rooms daily, were warm and friendly to the kids, and made amazing drinks for the adults (and smoothies for the kiddos) whenever we asked. We loved having the property manager staying onsite (though back in a part of the property that we didn’t even notice). She woke early each morning and greeted us with coffee and was available for any questions or needs that came up. We finished our trip feeling pampered, relaxed and recharged. We definitely plan a return trip to Sunspot Villa!
Left on Feb 19, 2019 for a stay in Feb 2019
I hope you’re well!
I wanted to share some great feedback from your recent guest, Corey, who checked out of Sun Spot villa on Feb 19th.
Mrs. C said:” For the past 5 years, a group of 8-10 of us, 4-5 couples, vacations together. Out of all 5 years, we received the most amazing service at Sunspot. From the meals and house experience, to our driver Donovan, there wasn’t anything missing. The beach is a great bonus, the water is so clear you can see the mantarays swimming right next to you! The grounds of the home were in immaculate condition because of Mr. Wilson, and to top it off, security is stationed to watch the house and the beach from 6P - 6A every night. We always felt incredibly safe and secure, even when taking a night stroll down the beach. We will all definitely be coming back!”
Congratualtions on another successful stay!
Left on Jan 19, 2019 for a stay in Jan 2019
Awesome mm mm. ( picked that up from a Jamaican tour guide and thought it very appropriate)
The location and layout of the villa on Runaway Bay was great. Beautiful, well manicured grounds that were lovingly attended to every day by groundsman Wilson. There is nothing we can complain about. Meals were tasty, well balanced and beautifully presented. Loved that they were authentic Jamaican. Each day we looked forward in eager anticipation to see what was on the menu. Erica's help in organising the tours to the exciting and adventure filled Blue Hole, Dunn's River Falls and many other sights; the wonderful attention of the staff, not to mention our driver Donovan - such a gentleman and informative tour guide. The rooms were comfortable and private enough. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Erica and Wayne. All made it a truly memorable vacation.
Left on Jan 16, 2019 for a stay in Jan 2019
"Nature retreat, discover your senses"
Exquisitely maintained gardens, private accommodations, on an amazing stretch of white sandy beach, inviting you to relax, breathe, drink in the sea air, and the local colour. Our meals were lovingly prepared and served to us in a formal dining room, or al frescoe on the veranda next to the pool. While on the beach, the staff served us delicious fresh, local, organic juices. It was truly an enriching experience for our entire family!
Left on Jan 17, 2019 for a stay in Jan 2019
Party of nine saddened that our vacation is coming to an end. We enjoyed tremendously the full service offered by the staff and management of Sunspot Villa. The meals along with freshly made fruit and vegetables are flavorful and amazing. We recommend taking the meal plan.... we are always excited and pleased to see what is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner and some of us are exposed to new tasting foods. The smoothies taste awesome. We went on several day trips while staying here and the villa coordinator always has food/snacks packed for our road trips so you are never hungry. Each room is equipped with a safe,t.v.,ceiling fans,air condition,comfortable mattresses covered with bamboo sheets, modern style washrooms with rain showers and granite countertops. The view of the ocean and the sounds of the waves breaking are so relaxing and breathtaking. We are spoiled from this lifestyle the villa has offered us for the week that we are here and will definitely make this our Jamaican vacation spot.
Left on Jan 7, 2019 for a stay in Jan 2019
loved the villa and the outstanding staff
We were welcomed with the up most respect and friendliest. I loved the villa located walking distance from the beach. the staff was amazing , food was good and the rooms where were clean and nice. would definitely go back again
Left on Apr 21, 2018 for a stay in Apr 2018
Spent 4 days, we were a family group of 12. The house, the layout, pool , garden and beach, all wonderful. Plus the marvelous service from the staff. Don’t think twice!
Date of Arrival April 1, 2018
A perfect holiday location!
This gorgeous beachfront villa on Runaway Bay, Jamaica was a perfect get-away for our large family gathering. It was nothing short of amazing. Our extended family of 13, including 5 young children had a most wonderful week. The villa is tastefully decorated, impeccably clean and is surprisingly large and easily accommodated us. The grounds are beautifully kept with an abundance of flowering shrubs and plantings surrounding the kidney shaped pool. Pass through the gate and there is the soft, sandy beach and turquoise waters of Runaway Bay. Wayne and Erica, our ever-charming hosts, and coordinators, took care of everything and made sure that our smallest needs were attended to. We felt truly spoiled. The staff was kind, friendly, attentive and took pride in their work. The meals were home cooked, delicious, beautifully presented and included kid-friendly options. We especially enjoyed eating many of them outdoors. This was a vacation that none of us will soon forget.
Added features: our snorkelers loved the coral reef, which is a short swim from the beach. Our scuba divers took a dive boat to the underwater canyon and sunken ship. We did a walking tour into the surrounding hills and a day trip to Blue Hole. There was fun for all.
Date of Stay March 23, 2018
Everything you could hope for!
I can safely say that no one in my family of 11 was disappointed. Erica and Wayne have created a magical place filled with magical helpers. The house is clean and comfortable. The outdoor space is perfect, even on rainy days. But the most important factor is the level of service their staff provide. For a few brief days, I felt totally spoiled as did my granddaughters and my 92 year old mom as well as all in between. Chef Fred treated us to authentic gourmet Jamaican food which satisfied all of my foodie kids. Five stars to Sunspot, without a doubt!
March 15th, 2018.
Mrs. Hood said, “Our family of six (children aged 14,14,17,19) throughly enjoyed Sunspot Villa this March. The staff we VERY accommodating, as we highly recommend the on-site cook service. The almost private beach was very peaceful and quiet, allowing us to enjoy the clear ocean waters. The staff keeps the pool and grounds in impeccable shape. Night’s were spent under the cabana enjoying music and conversation. Again, the meal plan was diversified, and over the top delicious. We would love to return to Sunpot again, on our next trip to Jamaica!”
Date of Stay Jan 12, 2018
We had such a memorable and enjoyable stay at Sun Spot. The house and grounds were gorgeous and the homemade Jamaican meals were far superior to eating at a restaurant. We had three young children and an infant traveling with us and the staff went above and beyond to make sure the kids enjoyed their stay too. Erica and the staff bent over backwards to accommodate picky eaters and helped make the adults’ stay relaxing. I joke that a vacation with kids isn’t really a vacation; however, a week at Sun Spot proved me wrong! It was a restful trip that we hope to repeat next year.
Megan, thank you for choosing Sunspot Villa for your family holidays. And thank you for you wonderful review. We really loved having you as our guest and enjoyed your company, conversations and our special cocktails with great laughter. We eagerly await your next visit, and with fingers cross, lots of sunshine. Erica
Date of Stay Dec 22, 2017
Our family spent Christmas week at Sun Spot Villa and everything was perfect. The staff was awesome and the food delicious. Every day we had an amazing fresh juice. Our Christmas dinner was the best we have ever had. The rooms were very comfortable and the villa was right on the beach which was beautiful. The golf club across the street was great; they have hosted the Ryder Cup. Erica was super helpful and arranged for a driver to take us on trips. We expected to have a great time and our expectations were more than exceeded. Sun Spot is great for families, friends, couples...you name it! This is an experience not to be missed. :) Thanks to everyone at Sun Spot Villa for our best Christmas ever!
It was our pleasure to have you family visit Sunspot Villa, and thank you for choosing Sunspot Villa for your family Christmas holiday. We also thank you for your review and the entire staff is most appreciative for the kind words. Your family really adapted very quickly to make the villa their home and it was our pleasure to be around individuals that is warm and friendly. Thanks again for your review and you are always welcome to return.
Date of Stay Mar 24, 2017
This was a great vacation and more than what we anticipated. The home and property is exactly as pictured. Loved the new bathrooms and the beds were very comfortable. Erica was very responsive from the start and she exceeded my expectations after our arrival. We always felt safe at this property. A few highlights: Erica arranged daily transportion for my son to a nearby villa, The staff noticed that some of the traditional Caribbean meals were not to our liking and quickly adjusted the menu to include some American foods. The staff was helpful in arranging our activities ( the snorkeling boat picked us up right at the beach). The rooms, home and grounds were extremely clean. The fresh fish dinner was amazing. Fresh juices were wonderful. They took us to buy alcohol (it's cheaper at the airport) and snacks for our stay when we arrived. Tip: make sure you have insect repellent and take it with you on zip line tours. We had one bad experience to note. There was a cluster of orange ants in our bedroom the first night. I had to sleep with my daughters. My husband stayed in room. The groundsman took care of it that morning and we had no more problems. I did not let that impact my rating since they quickly addressed the issue.
Thank you for your very kind words. It was my pleasure having you and your family at the villa
Taste of Paradise
Left on Aug 4, 2017 for a stay in Jul 2017
From the moment we arrived at the airport we knew our vacation had begun. We were met by two Sunspot Villa representatives who warmly welcomed us to the island. They loaded our luggage carefully and assisted us into a very clean transport. The drive to the villa (approx. 50 mins) was filled with lush scenery to the right and ocean coastline to our left. As the villa’s gate opened, we noticed the well-manicured lawn and landscaping. As we entered the villa we were met by the staff who offered a refreshing drink as they introduced themselves to us. The villa is simply scenic with modern décor. High ceilings and lots of natural sunlight. The bedrooms rooms are large and bathrooms are equipped with modern fashionable faucets, glass shower stalls and granite vanities. More up to date than any 4+ star hotel. The hot water is instant and water pressure is strong. The villa is spotless even the window shutters do not have dust on them. As we settled in, we explored the picturesque back lawn (simply paradise) with great size pool and, once more, well maintained landscaping with mango, apple and almond trees and a large variety of tropical flowers for your eyes to enjoy. There’s plenty of pool chairs around to pool and even bistro sets to enjoy a refreshment and book not far from the pool. Finally we made our way to the ocean. This was not difficult as all we had to do was open the back lawn gate and walk out. The sand is like powder and clean. The ocean water was crystal clear and calm. We recommend the Sunspot Villa meal plan. Originally, we elected to go shopping for food but quickly found out how expensive it would be for the week. The Villa Coordinator was kind enough to adjust billing to include the meal plan at the last minute. Having personally witness the unexpected/additional running around the Villa Coordinator had to do to accommodate this change….I would strongly recommend that you sign up for the meal plan when you book!! The Villa’s meals are delectable. Breakfast included fresh fruit, traditional porridge, plantain, eggs, etc. And for lunch and dinner, the mouth-watering meals included various recipes for chicken, beef, goat, fish, oxtail (the best) always served with rice and vegetable dishes. We wouldn’t have had the same meal twice had we not requested oxtail dinner again...Sunspot Villa crew can cook!! So much to do, if you wish. Runaway Bay golf course is a 2 minute walk. Great course it offers 400 and 500+ yard holes….definitely not a Par 3 course. River rafting is a short drive from the villa. So relaxing. The Villa has a variety of board games too for evening family fun. At night, we often enjoyed just sitting under the gazebo and listening to the ocean waves and sometimes the light show in the clouds. Wi-Fi coverage is great throughout the villa. We only experienced signal degradation on the beach but we had no need for Wi-Fi there with the ocean to enjoy. In summary, often after a few days away from our home we have a desire to go home…not this time. Thank you so much to everyone at Sunspot Villa for your gracious hospitality and warmth. We’ll soon return!!
Beautiful, Super clean, Friendly staff
We stayed here and it was wonderful. First time staying in a house in Jamaica. The experience was wonderful. Home was exactly as pictured. We rented the main house with 4 bedrooms. This was the cleanest home ever with super comfy beds. The beach at the home is wonderful. Great sand and not rocky at all. Security on sight 24 hours and safety was never a concern. The coordinator helped with all our excursions and provided transportation for us. Tip: be specific about your preferred menu. Food was good but some of the authentic Jamaican breakfast items was not to our liking. The chef and coordinator was alert to our eating and altered the menu without us needing to ask. Great service.