Getting the extended family together for an epic vacation is a bucket list item for many. Shared days spent building sandcastles, splashing by the pool, delicious barbecues, loud rounds of board games and cozy movie nights are the memories we all cherish for a lifetime.
Although there are many hotels and all-inclusives that could meet a lot of a family’s needs while on vacation, let’s face it, the idea of being in paradise and being able to do everything to your own unique rhythm is its own special form of joy. If you just happen to decide to have an impromptu 2 a.m. game of hopscotch with the kids or organize a special paint and sip evening for a special occasion, a villa is the perfect option to have your vacation, your way.
Every family is unique and being able to choose a villa that is perfect for the special people in your life is a luxury Villas by Linda Smith offers, and, rest assured, at any one of these properties, every other luxury will also be taken care of.
Perhaps your family is looking for a property hidden away on the edge of the sea, with all the charm of a cozy beach cottage yet with enough space for ten along with all the modern amenities, blending the charm of the seaside cottage with ultimate comfort. Cliffside Cottage has breezy rooms that flow from one to the other with views of the pool perched on the cliff and the sea beyond on one side and the glittering lights of Montego Bay in the distance on the other. The large cut stone private terrace is the perfect spot for lazing about and catching up with open air spa treatments and long talks, while fun movie nights also await you with a fully stocked DVD library and cable TV.
Staying at Cliffside also gives every member of the family the opportunity to spend your days filled with activities from access to nearby golf and tennis as well as fitness club with access upon request to the luxurious Tryall Club facilities, which even has its own kids club. If you choose to hang out back at the villa you’ll be just as pampered, as the staff will indulge you with delicious meals all day and serve you wine while you dance under the stars at the end of the evening before you retire to your air conditioned bedrooms with private baths for a good night’s sleep after the perfect day in paradise.
AQUA BAY VILLA
With a perfect blend of modern sensibility and the beauty of nature, the beachfront Aqua Bay Villa also has full access upon request to Tryall Club’s luxuries. You may be hard pressed to leave this villa however with its sleek contemporary design softened with touches of the warmth of wood accents and comfortable furnishings. Your biggest decision will simply be whether you would prefer to stay indoors or head out into the tropical sunshine. Inside a waterfall at the entrance ushers you through to the serenity of the large central living area with a built in bar inviting you to lounge, while ocean access, a heated infinity pool, lap pool, hot tub and sunny lidos call to you from outside.
Lazing about soaking up the sun while you’re waited on hand and foot by the staff and eating delicious meals prepared by the chef aren’t your only outdoor options however. With Tryall Club membership access you’ll have a variety of other ways to play and so will the children at the Hummingbird Kids Club. Even rainy days here leave something to look forward to with a full gym, including 2 Peloton bikes (just bring your shoes) with a private massage room to work on those muscles after. For those who just want to chill, an air conditioned TV room with comfy seating & 75” TV with Apple Television, Amazon Fire Television, Cable Television call to you along with a Sonos sound system throughout the house. You’ll no doubt find it won’t be so easy to go home again after staying in this stunning four bedroom villa that can sleep up to ten quite comfortably.
This stunning 5 bedroom Tuscan-esque luxury villa can accommodate twelve people quite easily and offers a range of modern amenities as well. A fully equipped gym and Peloton bikes are available to make sure you won’t have to change your routine at all, simply bring your shoes and ride before stepping into the private spa area with steam facilities, plunge pool, private garden and loungers to reward all your hard work. Afterwards the cool, covered verandah, sun deck, heated infinity pool and sunken sitting room are there to enhance that absolutely relaxed feeling. The staff will be on hand to ensure that you are pampered at every moment no matter your bliss.
Villa Christina is a golfer’s dream destination however, as caddies can meet you right where the villa sits on the 11th hole to tee off on a 36 hole championship golf course, with further access to two more 18 hole golf courses, White Witch and Cinnamon Hill, all yours with membership access provided with your booking. Access is also available to the Half Moon Beach & Tennis Club with options for all ages including lessons for both adults and children for activities from golf lessons to horseback riding. As you sit by the wet bar on the stunning grounds of this villa and sip a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio, you can almost believe you’re in wine country except for views of the stunning Caribbean Sea and the warm tropical breezes, in other words, the best of all worlds.
ALWAYS SEA ISLAND
For some, being able to look around and instantly feel connected to the rich history of the island is why they choose Always Sea Island Villa again and again as their favourite family holiday getaway. Driving through the impressive gates of the villa immediately transports you to a state of relaxation and indulgence in every moment. Sharing days and nights with your family whether it’s by the pool with sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea or playing doubles on the property’s own private tennis court will become the only thing on your to do list.
The wide verandah running the length of the house lends itself to evening cocktails and conversation while Chef Brenda is known to win the little ones over when she invites them to join her to help make her delicious chocolate chip cookies. English and French colonial meet Jamaican island design underneath vaulted wooden ceilings and starry skies for delicious al fresco dining. You’ll fall asleep to those same high ceilings in air conditioned comfort right after showering in one of the famed sunken showers of this six bedroom villa that can comfortably sleep twelve people with connecting rooms for the children. The sweeping lawn is enhanced by gently swaying Royal Palms along with local tropical fruit favorites. Seated on the cool 125-ft long L-shaped verandah you’ll be swept up in the graceful elegance and feeling of this beloved home away from home.
Step into true old world elegance in a stay at the Coach House on the Good Hope Estate, a former plantation. Although the name may seem diminutive, the seven bedroom private cut-stone country house on 2000 acres of glorious estate land with sweeping views is anything but. Able to sleep fourteen people comfortably, the set up also allows for a great deal of individual privacy while inviting interaction. A large outdoor terrace compliments the fifty foot long infinity pool with stunning views of the undulating hills of the Cockpit Country, also the perfect setting to use the outdoor movie projector on a starry night.
The fully staffed hour may tempt you to stay in this setting that feels like a slice of paradise, however, a part of the charm of the Good Hope Coach House is its access to all the Good Hope Estate has to offer. Perfect for children of all ages (including mom and dad!), a world of activities from ATV-ing and horseback riding to their family friendly Jungle Adventure Falls waterpark and ziplining await. For the adults, Appleton Rum tasting and even High Tea can be enjoyed one afternoon. For those who crave the beach, it’s a 15 minute drive away and is meant for Good Hope guests only. The 110-ft stretch of beach is perfect for a day that will leave the whole family ready to head back up the hill for a delicious dinner and a spectacular sunset before the kids snuggle in to Netflix and chill.
No matter your tastes and pace of your family holiday, these child friendly villas in Montego Bay are only a few of the many options offered across Jamaica for those looking for properties for the perfect villa vacation. Luxurious villas with stunning views of the sea abound in Montego Bay. Opulent properties with access to all the tourist town of Ocho Rios has to offer are dotted across that part of the Jamaican north coast. Others are waiting in the quiet serenity of Discovery Bay, located between the two, to be filled with the sounds of your family’s laughter. One thing is certain, at any property you book with Villas by Linda Smith you will be pampered beyond your wildest dreams and return home with memories of the perfect family vacation in Jamaica.
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