A short flight to Jamaica and you leave the frigid blasts behind, stepping into a vacation where there is no winter: discover Norse Hill Estate in Port Antonio, the “other Jamaica” where the island is still as it used to be, laid-back, friendly, peaceful. You will relax in the elegance of a large, beautifully designed villa with a full staff who will make you feel as if you are in your own private hotel. The per person cost for a group of family or friends will bring an even bigger smile to your face – eight friends, from the east coast of the US, can have an all-inclusive summer season cost of about $1,500 for a week!
The new Garden Cottage increases capacity to 14 guests when rented with the main villa. Bi-level, bedroom, bathroom, wrap around decks on each level, full kitchen - rent the Garden Cottage separately for special pricing. Contact us for details.
A fully-staffed villa – what does that mean, you ask? It means a lot of “don’t” -
• you don’t have to make sure there is food for breakfast – the housekeeper does that!
• you don’t have to prepare the breakfast, trying to remember everyone’s preferences – the chef does that!
• you don’t have to serve the breakfast or do any of the clean-up – the butler does that!
• you don’t have to organize your excursions – a quick call to the local manager and the driver will be there!
• you don’t have to eat in the dining room - the butler will bring the meal to you!
• you don’t have to mix cocktails - the butler mixes them and brings them to wherever you are on the property!
• while you enjoy the aroma of whatever you’ve asked the chef to cook for dinner, which the butler will serve in the dining room – or on the patio!
And did I mention that your rooms will be kept clean and neat, your laundry will be done, the villa will be kept in order – and your requests met with a smile?
Weddings? Romantic, intimate, never-to-be-forgotten weddings? The gracious villa, huge lawn, gardens filled with rare trees and plants, all combine to provide a spectacular ambience for a small, intimate wedding that will glow brightly in your memories. We work with a wedding planner who specializes in creating magic that will fit any budget. Check the website of White Light Events in Jamaica and look for the Norse Hill Villa photos under the Be Inspired page: http://www.whitelighteventsja.com
A travel magazine lists Port Antonio as one of the 20 must-visit places for 2015. We can agree with that. But there is a niggling concern here; we like to be in a place where life is simple, uncomplicated. Port Antonio gives us that experience. Some recent articles have given lyrical descriptions of the charms of Port Antonio, like this one: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/09/errol-flynn-the-other-jamaica
Families and groups of friends who want to enjoy what a recent guest said her family voted the best family vacation place ever, are welcome to contact us for more details on Norse Hill Estate - and we will do our part to keep Port Antonio the same friendly, casual place it is now!
Check reviews for the huge range of activities enjoyed by guests: excursions to beautiful places where there are few other people, swimming in crystalline water, snorkeling, surfing, tennis, volleyball, strolling through the eight acres of tamed jungle that are our gardens - Norse Hill Estate is a safe and convenient location, with a splendidly designed and maintained villa. The staff ensure that you have nothing to do but enjoy a perfect retreat.
The closest beach is Frenchmans Cove. San San Beach is a few minutes away. There are half a dozen other beaches about ten minutes away, each with their own appeal. Snorkel at Winnifred Beach, swim and eat jerk pork at Boston Beach, claimed to be the home of jerk-style seasoning, go surfing at Boston Bay.
The three bedrooms on the upper floor of Norse Hill have bathrooms and balconies. Beds are king or queen size. The lower floor bedroom has sleeping loft (great for children), private patio and bathroom.
All bedrooms have a/c and fans but the elevated location gives you cooling sea breezes at night - enjoy the song of birds through the open, screened windows.
At-home evening entertainment options include many board games, video games, books, TV with DVD player and a computer internet connection gives access to Netflix and other online TV programming. If you must, keep in touch with the rest of the world via wifi or with the mobile ‘phone lent to you for the duration of your stay. ‘Phone cards are readily available or the property manager will have one delivered to the house for you.
The property manager ensures that everything works smoothly during your stay.
The gardeners also keep the pool immaculate and ensure that the estate grown fruit such as papaya, banana, oranges, limes will appear each morning on your breakfast table. Between meals, the butler will bring you glasses of fresh limeade, and do not miss his Norse Hill special cocktail.
Food for your meals can be purchased daily by the housekeeper. Estimated cost is $35-40 per person per day, not including alcohol. Supermarket costs are similar to those in the US and Canada. Receipts are carefully documented and presented to you each day. Payment can be made in major currencies; the manager can arrange for currency exchange.
The private tranquility of Norse Hill Estate awaits you, with 4,000 sq ft main villa and delightful Garden Cottage - sea views through the jungle.