Our UK party of 8 found the villa spacious and well-equipped. Numerous bathrooms, the pool, the ocean view. Wow!
Owner, Kevin, was extremely helpful from the start. His suggestion of pre-booking a meal delivery from nearby Jackie's Bar and Grill for our arrival worked well. We took advantage of Jackie's culinary talents twice during our stay and sipped cold beer and rum cocktails several times at her bar on our doorstep.
Other dining experiences we loved were East Point Bar and Grill, The Roundhouse (another view to die for!), Cafe Luna, Marco Polo and various restaurants at The Crane Hotel.
The younger members of our party were delighted not to lose their lifeline (internet access!) during our stay. The villa's wi-fi worked well considering there were times when all 8 of us were accessing it at once.
Our 'away from it all' villa was a great base for visiting the island's attractions. Nearby beautiful beaches such as Bottom Bay and Bathsheba, or a 30-40 minute drive took us to calm, aquamarine Caribbean beaches like Alleyne Beach and Pebble Beach. At Mullins Bay we swam out to a floating raft with benches. Watching the sunset from that raft was a moment of magic I will never forget! Other highlights included a visit to St Nicholas Abbey, a walk along the boardwalk at Hastings, the Mount Gay Rum Distillery tour and a brief escape from the heat in the Harrison Caves.
The biggest highlight was our private snorkel trip with Therapy Charters. Our crew of 2 sailed us to the perfect Caribbean location for swimming with turtles and shipwrecks. (Coincidentally, the owner of the charter lives next door to the villa!)
The villa's drive-way was perfectly sized for our 2 hire cars. Although there are regular bus services everywhere I'd recommend hiring your own vehicle, ideally 4-wheel drive as there are numerous pot-holes, particularly hard to spot post-sunset!
We knew that the villa had no air conditioning, and were happy to take a chance on sea-breezes and fans. For most of our household this was adequate, but some of us did struggle to sleep, especially on nights when the breeze had dropped as it got very hot and sticky. If the choice was mine, I'd come for a return visit to Orion's View only if they installed air conditioning, but I know it wasn't such an issue with other members of my party. It's a matter of preference. If you're not usually bothered about air con, you'll probably be fine. I'm guessing air con would bump up the price, somewhat, so it depends on what's a bigger priority for you. Over all, you’re getting value for money and a real gem of a property.
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Spent a couple days here with 9 friends and collectively, we had an excellent overall experience. Clean and relatively modern facilities with a security system. The pool was smaller than it looks in the photos but surprisingly it's really spacious. All 10 of us were in it at one point in time. We would definitely consider staying there again.