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“Secluded Delight”

Review of Villa du Soleil

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So when you ask if the villa is located on the sea . . .
Dining on the verandah watching the sunset
Beach at the bottom of the stairs
Spacious sun deck
Huge pool!
Two hammocks - no waiting
AC Bedroom with king size bed and deck right outside the door
Air conditioned bedroom with queen size bed and direct access to deck
We'll have the table by the sea
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Treasure Beach, Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica

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RMG07
Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Secluded Delight”
Reviewed 13 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
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This review is the same one we just left for Sparkling Waters Villas, of which Villa du Soleil is a part, over on TripAdvisor.

****

There are three villas that are part of Sparkling Waters and we chose Villa du Soleil for a 3-night stay as part of a longer trip in Jamaica. It is set apart from the other two villas (at the other end of a small beach) and has its own private pool as well as semi-private beachfront on the other side (i.e., away from the other two villas). We loved it! It was wonderful to be in a quiet, neighborhood setting after the hustle of Negril - the people in Treasure Beach are very friendly and neighborly and happy to stop for a chat (not to sell you anything) as you pass on the road.

Indoor space:
- Villa would sleep 4 comfortably, although there is only 1 bathroom. As we traveled as a couple this did not bother us. The beds were very comfortable. The bedrooms were not particularly spacious (mostly filled by a bed and dresser) but there were good sized closets to hold luggage, and we spent most of our time outside anyway!
- The villa is situated perfectly to catch both the east/west and north/south breezes, so we did not miss having A/C during the day (only the bedrooms have A/C). Being cold sleepers however A/C at night was a must - both of the bedrooms have strong A/C.
- The kitchen is good sized although we did not use it much personally (more on that below).
- The deck that overlooks/overhangs the ocean is enormous and we spent most of our "indoor" time out there. Depending on the time of day, the water is very clear and we could watch fish swimming around from 20 feet up. We were glad for the view and breezes that there are no screens on the deck, but definitely recommend bringing repellent/mosquito coils for the evenings.
- As you may expect, this is not a traditional "luxury" property, nor is it "rustic/back to nature" -- it is nicely appointed, we had everything we needed, and the villa was very clean.
- Be aware there is no wifi. We knew this going in and it was a plus :)

Outdoor space:
- The pool is the first thing you see pulling in, as it's behind the villa, up a small hill. It's well kept (we saw Everton, the caretaker, cleaning it in the mornings), surprisingly large, partially shaded and supplied with loungers and grilling area.
- The sun deck is also large, up a few steps from the ocean, and supplied with loungers. There's a covered area with a hammock as well as a rinse-off shower.
- The grounds are maintained with a very natural feel - pretty but not over-landscaped.
- There is a fair amount of coral/rocks in front of the villa, but there are two good sized clear areas for wading and swimming. During our stay, the westerly current was quite strong (it felt like one of those treadmill-equivalent swimming pools where you swim in place!) so we stuck to wading.

Ohliz's review below gives good details on the property layout, but the bottom line is that we loved having so much private space to ourselves, from the nicely appointed pool to the covered deck, sun deck, and semi private beach (we saw maybe 5 other people there over the course of 3 days).

Food:
- Through Treasure Tours, we arranged for breakfasts and dinners to be prepared by a local lady, Shantel. We requested simple/local food - like that which Shantel would prepare for her family - and loved the outcome. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked, from jerk chicken with mashed potatoes, to omelettes with fresh local veggies, callaloo, festival, and fish purchased right from the local market on the way to preparing us dinner. We always had enough leftovers to prepare a small lunch (which is all we needed after enjoying a big breakfast).
- We only stayed 3 days and used this time as a secluded mini-vacation in the middle of our vacation (between Negril and Montego Bay) so didn't plan to (and didn't) venture into town to try any of the restaurants.

Excursions:
- We stopped at YS Falls to break up the drive from Negril to Treasure Beach. Really glad we did! The guides that help you climb the waterfall are great and show you where to put your feet, etc. Ours got several great pictures and videos of us standing under the falls, jumping off rocks, and using the rope swing. The falls were not too crowded despite there being a Sandals group there at the same time. The small restaurant on-site is pretty forgettable - next time I'd ask the driver to stop by a local place.
- We arranged through Treasure Tours for a boat trip out to the Pelican Bar (mostly as an excuse to take a nice length boat trip rather than out of any particular desire to see the Pelican Bar). It was about 25 minutes each way and we ended up staying at the Pelican Bar for about an hour and a half - part of the time snorkeling around, and part of the time nursing Red Stripes in the water. Fun trip and glad we picked a calm day to do it. Everton came with us, which we didn't expect but which was fun!

Getting there:
- We arranged for a driver through OneStop (for each of our three legs - Montego Bay to Negril, to YS Falls/Treasure Beach, back to Montego Bay) and were really happy with the service. Specific recommendation to Wayne, our driver on the second 2 legs.
- The villas are not marked at all (that we could tell) from the roadside - our driver asked directions once we knew we were close, and locals pointed him to an unmarked gravel/dirt road. Once we were there, we were glad it was hard to find!

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Liked best: The privacy and food
Liked least: Nothing really
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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MI
Reviewed 19 March 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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Gimli
Reviewed 15 January 2014 for a stay in December 2013

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Relaxing2...
New York City, New York
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7 reviews
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“Ocean waves and beautiful views”
Reviewed 6 March 2012 for a stay in February 2012
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Viewing the property online does nothing for the beauty that awaits you when you walk out on the veranda of the property. The ocean waves gently crash beneath the house and the peaceful quiet is very welcome. Shantel prepared absolutely wonderful meals which were consumed on the verandah over looking the sparkling water. The pool was kept clean and inviting by Dave and we spent a lof of time in the pool after checking out the ocean each morning. Afternoons spent reading in the hammocks or up on the verandah provided the relaxation we desired after the hustle and bustle of home. overall, it was a vacation from a typical vacation. Highly recommended if you know how to truly relax Mon!

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Liked best: Shantel's cooking and the views
Liked least: Nothing!!
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Ottawa
Reviewed 22 July 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Liked best: Location and people.
Liked least: Absolutely nothing.
Your age range 45-54
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