Coral Cove Villa
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Description from the manager
Coral Cove Villa is a delightful beach front property located in the exclusive Fortlands Road section of Discovery Bay. The newly renovated and expanded villa (2009) has 5 air conditioned bedrooms on two levels with great views out to the sea. There is a new front entrance leading into a much enlarged living room, private dining room, two downstairs bedrooms and outside dining verandah. The villa interior is comfortably furnished for casual living. Upstairs is a lovely new family room with satellite TV and 3 large bedrooms.
Coral Cove Villa
Discovery Bay, Jamaica
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|Rate Summary||$0||$4,000 - $12,000||$0||-|
|Bdrms 3||-||$4,000 - $5,800||-||-|
|Bdrms 4||-||$4,700 - $6,500||-||-|
|Bdrms 5||-||$5,400 - $12,000||-||-|
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What Past Guests Are Saying
Wonderful in many ways -- in spite of weathering a hurricane.
Our trip to Coral Cove Villa, Discovery Bay, Jamaica, in October, 2012, was a time to remember in many ways -- we enjoyed a beautiful villa, a beach-front property with a reef for snorkeling, a lovely pool, great food, a wonderfully attentive staff, and a little adventure - in the form of an unexpected hurricane. My husband and his brother and sister, along with the three spouses, chose Jamaica for an eleven day vacation to celebrate a 35th wedding anniversary and a 64th birthday. And we loved our get-away – in spite of the storm!
Coral Cove Villa on Discovery Bay is about an hour’s drive east of Montego Bay. Because there were six of us traveling together, we rented a 7 passenger van at the airport. We had read warnings about driving in Jamaica, and it didn't take long to see why many travelers choose not to drive. The main road from Montego Bay to Discovery Bay (and on to Ocho Rios) is well maintained. We had experienced driving on the left side of the road in our travels to St. Croix, New Zealand and the Bahamas. So we thought we’d have no problem.
We managed just fine, but we do have a caution for anyone planning to drive in Jamaica: Jamaicans tend to pass on the right as often as possible – even when there are oncoming cars who are also passing. Traffic seems to line up behind a slow driver (there are lots of those), then an impatient driver will pass several cars at one time – on a curve, on a hill, and with limited sight distances. Driving is not for the faint of heart, but if you sit back, relax, take your time, and let the speedsters get around you, the trip and scenery are actually beautiful.
As soon as we arrived at Coral Cove, we were welcomed by the staff: Norma, Kevin, Penny, Louise, and Devon. Over the next week and a half, this staff was the best part of our entire experience. Norma’s cooking was excellent in every way, and she tried to accommodate our wishes for every meal. We asked for some Jamaican dishes, and she prepared rice and peas, bammy, plantains, goat, corn fritters, curried chicken, johnny cakes, and baked snapper. For our anniversary and birthday meals, she prepared lobster and steak, and she made a special birthday cake for Steve. Every day, we had something new, and desserts at dinner were always delicious.
Kevin, our butler, had coffee ready early in the morning and drinks whenever we requested them. He has worked at this villa for twelve years, so that says a lot about the quality of attention that we received. He was great! Penny, Louise, Devon and Paul were always friendly and seemed to only wish to make us happy. They were a wonderful team!
The villa itself was everything we had seen in photos and more. We used three of the five bedrooms – each of our bedrooms had a king-sized bed and private bath. Two of us chose second floor rooms that shared a balcony. The third couple chose a first floor bedroom with an outside entrance. The villa itself was not air-conditioned, but during the day the fans and sea-breezes kept us comfortable. We ate almost every meal on the outside veranda.
In the evening the staff turned the air-conditioners on in each bedroom, so that by bedtime, we all slept in cool comfort. The room air-conditioners were operated by remote control, and each couple could choose their preferred coolness.
The pool (private to just our villa) was perfect. The bay was about thirty feet from the pool. We had plenty of lounge chairs, tables, and shaded areas, as well as an outdoor shower. We all love snorkeling, and the reef was a short distance from the beach. We saw coral and fish of all descriptions. We were delighted!
We ate out only once during our trip (a compliment again to Norma’s meals), and that was when we visited Scotchie’s for authentic jerk chicken and pork. It’s about fifteen minutes from Ocho Rios, and is west of the entrance to Dunn’s River Falls. The best guide for finding it is that it’s on the main road, near Mammee Bay, next to an Epping gas station. It’s a little hard to find, but the reward is worth the effort. You order and pay first, pick up your plates, find a seat in the open-air, covered seating, and enjoy authentic Jamaican jerk food. We later learned that there is a Scotchie’s in Discovery Bay. It adjoins Columbus Park, and even though we didn’t get to go there, if it’s as good as the location we tried, it’s a “must try” for any visitor.
The six of us enjoyed seven days of sunshine and calm seas, but then the weather reports started to worry us. Hurricane Sandy started as a tropical depression, but soon she was headed for a direct hit on Jamaica. The staff assured us that we had nothing to worry about – Coral Cove Villa had weathered other storms, and the back-up generator would supply all the power we would need. So, to add a little excitement to our vacation, we experienced a hurricane. The eye passed near Kingston, on the southern shore, but we saw lots of rain, wind, and crashing waves. Sure enough, the generator came on, and there was not a single pleasure that we missed (except the TV, and that was due to loss of power at the transmission site). We still had air conditioning at night, internet, good food, and everything else that we needed in a storm.
The storm surge ruined the pool overnight, flooding it with sand and debris, but we did not complain. We felt lucky to have a safe, comfortable port in a storm. We all appreciated the owners’ foresight in preparing the villa and the staff for such an unexpected event.
The best way to summarize our vacation is that we got much more than we ever expected. In spite of a hurricane, we had a great time, and we’ll have wonderful memories of our time in Jamaica. Finally, we would like to say “thank you” to the owners, the staff, and our booking agents (who called to check on us). We loved our trip!
This Place is awesome
We rented both the cottage and villa for a week. The facility comfortably fit our large party of 16. Both the buildings and grounds are well-maintained and equipped. The staff were very hard-working and did everything they could to make our stay enjoyable. The butler staff (Kevin, Jimmy, and Devin) always made sure we had a drink in our hand. Norma and Penny were excellent cooks and kept us very well fed. The place is so quiet and relaxing. We hope to come back soon.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Hoped it would be this good, and it was...!!!
After searching for a long time to find a suitable property in Jamaica for our trip I found this one. Everything on-line looked great, and the rental agent (Sunvillas) was extremely helpful when I emailed several times to ask various questions. There were 7 of us travelling (4 adults / 3 children).
On arrival (which was quite late after a long flight) we were met by the house staff and warmly welcomed. The villa was completely ready for us, tidy and welcoming.
The next day we got to see the fullness of what we had booked and it was amazing. The property is spacious and had excellent amenities. The three upstairs bedrooms are excellent and the beds very comfortable (we didn't use the downstairs bedrooms although we did see them - upstairs rooms were definitely nicer). Air conditioning units were all modern and working. Bathrooms were well appointed - quality hotel standard. Showers were not that powerful but nice all the same. Linen was crisp, clean, cotton and great quality. There were no mosquito nets but there were plug in repellant units in each of the rooms.
The pool, garden and beach were lovely, tidy, well kept and with great sunloungers. There were even kayaks, life jackets and some snorkelling equipment - a real added bonus.
Staff at the villa really were great, and it is worth saying that although the villa was really great and was as good as the photos it was complimented greatly by Norma, Kevin, Devon, Penny, Louisa and Paul. They made us feel really welcome and were so helpful and great with all of us. The food that we ate (cooked by Norma) was superb - we had wanted to eat authentic Jamaican food and we were very well catered for!
In terms of location Discovery Bay was perfect for us. It is not a 'touristy' place. It had everything we needed but if you are used to well developed tourist destinations it isn't really one of those - Ocho Rios was very evidently catering to the tourist. Discovery Bay was just what we wanted - authentic Jamaica.
We felt (and were) safe for the entirety of our visit. The villa was perfect for relaxing and getting away from it all. We did not want to travel much - although had we wished to we were not too far from the North Coast attractions and transport was cheap (tip: route taxis caught on the main road are really affordable but you will be charged lots more if they come direct to the villa. Alternatively ask about hiring a bus & driver).
Negatives? Not really any. The photos on the website don't show the bauxite loading terminal on the other side of the bay - which you can see from the villa and when you are on the beach - but its not that ugly, you get used to it and it certainly didn't spoil the holiday at all for us (I quite liked it, although it did make me wish that Jamaica could make more money for itself from its natural resources rather than for other nations...).
I would certainly recommend the property - and we are seriously thinking of going back at some point.