Hammerstein Highland House Villa sits high in the hills
with breathtaking views of Montego Bay. This six-bedroom luxury villa,
only 20 minutes from the Montego Bay airport, presents you with a grand
tropical retreat featuring private indoor and outdoor living areas,
extraordinary dining, and unforgettable sunsets. Once owned by Dorothy
and Oscar Hammerstein (where he wrote The Sound of Music), this very
private, 7000 square foot estate is located on 17 acres lush tropical
Nestled in an idyllic mountain setting with mango trees, papaya groves, towering palms and vivid gardens, the Highland House boasts some of the most astonishing views of Montego Bay. From three stories, a groomed green lawn draws your eye toward the sea. Scenic pathways and secret stairways connect the estate's various environments, which are centered around a marvelous fresh water pool. Immerse yourself in the visual grandeur of the Caribbean from any
of the five verandas.
The numerous living spaces provide something for everyone. Enjoy a bird's eye view of the sea from the rooftop sundeck. Play card games or take an afternoon nap in one of the many cushioned sitting areas on the terrace and around the pool. For movie time, the main gathering hall features comfortable sofas, high-peaked ceilings, and large plantation doors that invite the scenery and breezes inside. Downstairs you'll find a wet bar, darts, and pool table.
From candlelit dinners at dusk on the terrace to formal feasts at the grand roundtable, the Highland House dining areas are as delicious as the cuisine. Breakfast and lunch can be served next to the pool under a canopy of vines and greenery.
A short walk from the house takes you to the newly added pavilion designed to immerse you in tropical beauty. The wooden screened structure seems one with the landscape, and provides a secluded place for yoga, Pilates, ecstatic dance, and even special events.
You would be hard-pressed to pick a favorite from the six Highland House suites. Each offers an en-suite bath, an individual ambiance, and a sitting area.
-Bedroom 1 The Zen Room features a king-sized 4-poster cedar bed, spacious sitting area with satellite television and VCR, private bath, 2 sinks, shower, 4' x 8' Roman tub, 5 ceiling fans, sliding doors to the lower lawn and a panoramic view of the sea.
-Bedroom 2 The Jamaican Suite connects with the Zen Room. It's a smaller room designed for children with twin beds, en-suite bath (lower sink and toilet for a children's theme) walk-in closet, and private entrance. Wonderful collection of Jamaican and Haitian art.
-Bedroom 3 The Owner's Suite features a queen-sized 4-poster mahogany bed, satellite television and VCR, dressing room and en-suite bath, and cedar plantation doors open to the private furnished terrace.
-Bedroom 4 The Mahogany Suite offers a queen size bed, satellite television and VCR, large en-suite bath, French doors opening to a view of the lawn, jungle and sea. This room shares a covered terrace with the Deco Suite. The Mahogany Suite also has a day bed.
-Bedroom 5 The charming Deco Suite features twin mahogany beds, an en-suite bath and a walk-in closet. It shares the covered terrace with the Mahogany Suite.
-Bedroom 6 The Bird Room can be configured as a king or twin beds, and has a sitting area, satellite television, en-suite bath with shower and walk-in closet, and private deck surrounded by lush foliage. This room is totally secluded from the remainder of the house.
Villa amenities include large fresh water swimming pool, garden pavilion,
pool table, ping-pong table, and massage table.
Spa services (at the villa) are offered at additional
cost. The villa also has a membership at the Seawinds Beach Club a short 5 minute drive from the villa.
The villa is fully staffed with a cook, butler, housekeeper, laundress
and a gardener. The professionalism of the staff insure a truly memorable
villa experience. Guests have the option of purchasing a meal
plan in advance and to prepay a 15% staff gratuities. Click for meal
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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