Canoe Cove

Canoe Cove

When villa owner John Bailey renovated his family’s long time second home, he wanted to build somewhere memories could be made for generations to come. Jamaica Experiences finds out what makes Canoe Cove so special and why you should choose it for your next holiday.


JE: What inspired you to build Canoe Cove?

JB: Canoe Cove has been our family vacation home since the 1950s and needed a renovation. Because of the design and layout and all the amenities it has to offer, we thought it would also make sense to put it on the villa market.

JE: Unlike many other luxury villas in the area Canoe Cove features several sporting amenities and as such, has hosted celebrity sports personalities as guests, including world champion tennis player Serena Williams. Was this a niche you had in mind when building the villa? Is this something that guests specifically come for? Are all your guests active?

JB: Yes, definitely a niche, as we recognize how important having an active lifestyle is in today’s society. But it is also a place that has a lot of spots to chill and do nothing but relax and enjoy the great vibes and views of the villa.  Most of our guests make use of the sporting facilities especially the 75’ pool, clay tennis court, basketball court, putting green & kayaks. We have also seen guest use the ¼ mile-jogging track! The villa has also attracted groups of writers and musicians who enjoy the tranquility and serenity that the villa has to offer.

JE: Other than the sporting amenities, what are some of the features of the villa that makes it a popular choice for visitors to Jamaica?

JB: The proximity to the amazing quiet natural sand beach and ocean views from all bedrooms, but the biggest attraction is the very open concept of the villa as it flows well for entertaining family and friends.

JE: Do you offer any unique services?

JB: An amazing team of service oriented staff and the best chef and butler service around! Foodies will get a delightful treat with each meal served. Not to mention our Villa Manager who will go above and beyond to cater to the unique requests of our guests.

JE: What is your favourite feature of the entire property?

JB: The location and layout of the property – we are centrally located from both Kingston and Montego Bay international airports and 20 minutes from Ian Fleming’s private airport. We are also surrounded by some of the best attractions and culinary experiences just 5-15 minutes away. The layout of the 3-acre property was also carefully designed to offer places through the landscaping for guests to find something interesting and relaxing to do right at the villa.

JE: Why should someone choose a stay at Canoe Cove over other properties in the area?

JB: From the moment we began to conceptualize Canoe Cove we knew we did not want to get into villa comparisons. We just wanted to create a very unique and special space for our family and friends to come together – make memories for a lifetime and generations to come. Our design team collaborated and created exactly that. Our amazing staff completes and contributes to the warmth of this home away from home vibe that each guest will experience once they arrive.

To book Canoe Cove on the Beach

at Old Fort Bay visit

or call (301) 229 4300. 


For the athlete in you...

Canoe Cove offers the following:

Junior Olympic-size swimming pool: 

3 competition lanes, 75’ long

Har-Tru green clay tennis court:  the only Har-Tru court on Jamaica’s north coast (racquets provided)

5-hole 1,300-sq-ft graded synthetic turf putting green & sand bunker (putters & wedges provided)

Private gym:  SOLE recumbent stationary bike, PRO-FORMA treadmill, bench & weights

Private massage room next to gym

1/4-size basketball court

Paddle boards & kayaks (lifejackets provided for adults & children)