Just returned form a wonderful holiday at Datura Villa overlooking Montego Bay and still remarking to myself how enjoyable it was. This time, my husband and I, and some friends did something different than staying at one of those large resorts or the touristy, all - inclusive spots. We pooled our funds to stay at Datura Villa – a gorgeous private residence that came equipped with a full staff and all the facilities you would want. It was a delightful holiday and to my mind – a far better version for a family or group of friends than the typical resort option. So to sum up – here are my top ten reasons why we loved our week at Datura.1. The View. Picturesque spot with a spectacular view of Montego Bay and the surrounding areas. At night, you were mesmerized by the stars above or the twinkling lights of the town below. 2. Beautiful Residence - a lovely and very comfortable private residence – with a subtle luxurious feel and all your creature comforts. 3. Gorgeous pool and hot tub over looking the bay ... and worth noting, the pool is all yours – in contrast to a resort where you are sharing with all the other guests! 4. Attentive and helpful Staff – from our driver Chisholm who is available to take us on outings, to the cook, Shereen who can accommodate your food interests in the most tasty ways, to Henry who is always ready to do a training session/stretch class.5. Perfect Base for Day Trips. We loved having both the quiet and privacy of the villa – and using it as a base for day trips to to check out various resorts, beaches and nearby attractions. eg snorkeling at Round Hill, spa activities at Half Moon, dinner out to a fine restaurants 6. Great Meals – tasty, healthy and with a Jamaican flair. One day we decided to splurge on lobsters. Shereen was able to arrange for their delivery that day and grilled them to perfection for us. 7. Lush Property - with different types of flowers and interesting vegetation. Every day I would do the walk down to the private gate as a morning exercise routine taking in all the lush plant vegetation, bamboo trees and flowers. 8. Work Out Facilities - nicely outfitted Fitness Building. 9. Security on site. 10. And lastly – everything is very easy and taken care of for you.
So all told – Datura Villa had all the elements of a superb vacation – and we are planning our getaway for next year!