This is not your ordinary vacation rental! Situated in a small fishing village (not a resort town), Villa Serene's beautiful back yard filled with fruit trees and beautiful flowers, is right on the ocean. You can see the Pelican bar in the distance and Tyrone (a neighbor) will gladly take you there. During our stay, we met neighbors who wanted us to learn about their culture and politics. They were eager to teach us about Jamaica and we were happy to learn. We enjoyed daily visits by the neighbor goats, pigs, and dogs. I could watch baby goats eat mango leaves all day long!! We were a group of cooks so we only took advantage of Shamoir's (sp?) chef services twice. He accompanied us to the grocery store to help us choose ingredients for a special dinner one night. He tidied up after us many times which was something we had to get used to. He made a fresh pot of coffee for us on our first morning and was a pleasure to have on site. Villa Serene was clean and well maintained. The cleaning staff was in and out and did a great job. We enjoyed the pool most of every day although it rained on us a tiny bit. My only complaint was that the outdoor hot tub wasn't a hot tub. It had bubbles but the water was the same temp as the rest of the pool. It would have been great to soak in the tub when the sun went down. Also, watch out for the man eating mosquitos. We had to buy bug spray and then ended up coming inside to hide in the evenings. There were 8 of us and we had plenty of room for everyone to feel comfortable, just like home. All in all, wonderful memories were made at the Pelican bar, YS falls, horseback riding, and wandering down the beach. Sheryl- well done and thank you!
Villa Serene exceeded our expectations. It's right on the beach!! I booked this place for myself and 8 of my close friends for an early birthday trip. Upon arrival, Cheryl greeted us to show us around the villa and even had birthday cake waiting for me. She was very helpful even before we arrived with answering questions for locations for groceries, restaurants, bars and things to do. I would suggest going to YS Falls and Black River Safari for sure!! We had a blast swinging from the rope into the waterfalls and we even went for a swim on the safari tour. Pelican Bar is must as well as having a few drinks at Las Vegas!! If you enjoy fresh fish, walk over to Basil's!! We met him while walking along the beach and he showed us his fresh catches of the day!! We rented vehicles to explore Negril since it was about an hour and a half away. Our GPS worked fine, but the roads conditions were pretty bad in areas and lots of blind corners. Thanks again Sheryl for everything!!! Shamoir was a pleasure to have around!! Please let us know when you come to Vegas for sure!!! Thank you Tracy for keeping the place nice and tidy for us!! We really enjoyed ourselves and it's a place we will never forget!!
The villa was great so beautiful and the host were so nice. When we went we brought the whole family and enjoyed ourselves. We had a fun time in the pool. Then jumped out and went straight for the ocean. The villa is located very close to pelican bar (which is a cool bar located in the middle of the ocean) all you have to do is walk down to Bass's pay for a boat ride who'll take you to the bar. We hang out at the bar until the chef was done preparing dinner. This is a place where our 97 year old Grandma and our 6 month old baby both had a great time. The whole experience was so peaceful and enjoyable we will be coming back again.
This house was everything me and 7 of my friends needed for 5 days and 4 nights. We flew into Montego Bay and arranged for private transport to the house. We stopped off at Scotchies for Chicken and ate in the car. As we ascended the hills, the twists and turns towards Black River, we ate and looked out the window towards real Jamaican life. We stopped at a local fruit stand for pineapple and the best watermelon ever. When you can see the sea you are nearly there and you will need to catch your breath with its beauty. When you pass the Parrottee Bay slow down, the gate will open, and you will be greeted with a wide Sheryl smile. We were ushered inside, shown around, and I knew we were in capable hands because a case of Red Stripe, Jucii Jamaican patties, and a birthday cake was awaiting our arrival.
We were introduced to our fixer, Shamoir, who single-handedly made sure we had everything we needed for an amazing time. To say he cooks sells him short; take advantage of his talent and try the tastiest dishes Jamaica cuisine has to offer. Sure you can have pancakes and pasta, I’m sure it’s good, but we had oxtails, pig tails, conch, Parrot Fish, Cod fritters, greens, omelets, plantains, rice and beans, fried, BBQ, pressure cooked it just didn’t stop. Everything fresh, seasoned, and delicious. We were up early at 7am and breakfast was already prepared. Then he started on lunch. Once lunch was done, he started on dinner. This went on for 5 days. When the days’ festivities were over, Shamoir made sure everything was clean, tidy and the house secure. Clearly, he’s the man!
The house was perfect for us. Awesome pool out the back. When the sun gets too much, lounge under the mango tree for a nap. When one falls to the ground, pick it up, rinse it off, and eat it! The hammock provides for a rocking good time too. The outside BBQ area was nice for lunch. The beach is just through the gate.
The rooms are air conditioned nicely. They were spacious, and each with its own bathroom and shower. Tracey will make sure your bathroom is refreshed with new towels and your bed is made every day. When you want to go to Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Tyrone will pick you up in his boat and bring you out there. Tyrone will also drive you into Black River so you can shop at the market for food or whatever you need (think Rum Cream!). Tyrone will also fish for you. He came over with a big bag of lobsters and fish, freshly caught, that Shamoir fried and BBQ for our dinner one night. It was heaven on earth.
Sheryl knows what she is doing. The service level was top notch. I highly, highly recommend.
We absolutely LOVED our stay at Villa Serene! Sheryl's home is exactly as pictured, and the location was perfect for us. Having the pool to relax in and around, and the beach and vibrant fishing community surrounding was exactly the kind of experience we were looking for. Aside from lounging in the sun and warmth, we enjoyed yummy Jamaican meals cooked by Shamoir, a boat trip to Treasure Beach for some snorkeling and lunch, a drop-in at the Pelican Bar, a safari down the Black River, and many walks along the miles of vast, beautiful beach. Sheryl was so helpful and communicative in setting up everything we needed and answering all of our questions prior to our trip as well. We would absolutely stay at Villa Serene again and recommend highly!