Bambu Villa, a Montego Bay luxury property, is located at Tamarind Hill on the lush west side of Montego Bay. Bambu is located approximately nine miles west of Montego Bay International Airport. The property is conveniently located only a few minutes drive from Round Hill, Jamaica's most elegant hotel and five miles from the Tryall Club with its internationally acclaimed 18 hole championship golf course and other facilities.
This hill top estate of over seven acres is superbly sited to enjoy magnificent views over the Caribbean Sea and along the coast line to Montego Bay. Bambu is set in beautifully landscaped grounds with well manicure...d lawns bordered by lush tropical flora containing a wide variety of plants including the rare Japanese lantern hibiscus, Giant White Birds of Paradise, West Indian lilies, Giant lilies and ground planted orchids. There are wild white begonias, three varieties of heliconia, bougainvilleas, rare Bromeliads and Epiphytes with an interesting collection of Palm trees including Fox Tail Palms, Chinese Fan Palms, Lady Palms as well as Royal Palms and Coconut Palms together with white and lavender orchid trees and a bamboo garden. The grounds are well fruited with oranges, limes, guava, avocado, papaya, ackee, honey bananas and three varieties of mango. There are Poinciana trees surrounding the house on the north and east sides and tucked away in this lovely garden are a tree house for little boys and a play house for little girls.
Originally designed by the distinguished architect Robert Hartley in the early 1960's, Bambu is an impressive combination of classic West Indies architecture mixed with Italian Venetian style and Palladian arches. Together with the William Paley cottage at Round Hill, photographs of Bambu appeared in Slim Aarona's "A Wonderful Times" in 1974. In 2005 the house was entirely renovated from top to bottom and the newly landscaped gardens completed in 2006. In September 2008 Bambu was on the cover of Veranda magazine together with a featured article on the house and its interior designer Charles Faudree who accurately described Bambu as a blending of Old World elegance with New World comforts.
The house is entered through a wrought iron gate and double mahogany doors in to an impressive double level entry hall 40 feet high with antique brick floors and limestone walls. A semi circular staircase climbs to the main level of the house where on the west side there is a balcony with views of the Caribbean Sea and Round Hill and on the east side a large arched opening gives access to the main parts of the house through a covered walkway leading to the pool area.
The elegant circular swimming pool surrounded by Palladian arches is a focal point of the house and was inspired by the Emperor Hadriana's villa at Tivoli. On the west side of the pool area is the dining room (17ft x 17ft) which has four wooden louvered windows, large double doors opening to the pool and access to the pantry and kitchen. On the eastern side of the pool area is the octagonal living room, each of the eight sides being 12ft 8ins and five of the sides having tall arched French windows. Also on the west side of the pool area is the master bedroom suite with an entry foyer, a large bedroom (28ft x 19ft) and two dressing rooms and bathrooms en suite. There is a private verandah off the master bedroom and a path leads from the verandah to a private outdoor patio overlooking the Great River. On the south side of the pool area there are two guest bedrooms (16ft x 16ft) and a children's bunk room all with bathrooms en suite.
On the north side of the pool area there is an octagonal outside dining pavilion, each of the eight sides being 7ft 6ins with great views of the Caribbean Sea and the tropical gardens.
A significant amenity for guests in this villa is membership at the excellent Tryall Club. On 2,200 acres, Tryall's golf course is among the most beautiful in the world. Its 18 hillside and seaside fairways have been home to the Johnnie Walker, Mazda and other PGA championship events. The resident pro offers workshops and private lessons. The Tryall tennis club features nine Nova Cushion courts, some lit for night play, with world-class pros on call. Kids Club membership included.
<b>Bedding and Bath Configuration</b>
MASTER BEDROOM 500 SQ FT + 130 SQ FT DRESSING ROOM AND OFFICE
High kingsize four-poster bed. Two separate Travertine marble his 'n' hers bathrooms feature double showerheads in each. From the bedroom, French doors open to a 26' covered verandah with a breathtaking view of the sea and the distant town of Montego Bay. The Master Suite is quite private from the rest of the villa. Both showers are handicap accessible.
High kingsize bed. Travertine marble en-suite bathroom with double sinks and spacious walk-in shower. French doors open directly onto south poolside terrace. Bedroom 2 can be considered the second Master.
BEDROOM 3 - CHILDREN'S ROOM
Two pairs of bunk beds, pink and white and very cute. The single door can remain bolted and locked to prevent unsupervised access to the pool terrace. A pass-through in the children's bathroom leads to Bedroom 4 next door, creating a connecting parent-child suite.
Two full/double beds in each. En-suite bathrooms are Travertine marble and have spacious walk-in shower.
BEDROOM 7 - THE HIDEAWAY
Queen bed and small bathroom in private hideaway tucked into the loower hillside and overlooking a gorgeous prospect of the blue sea and the distant town of Montego Bay and its romantic nighttime twinkling lights. This room's special folly is its outdoor stone shower and bathtub under an ackee tree.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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