Features for Bambu
Location Montego Bay
Neighborhood Round Hill
Category 7 Luxury+
AC Bdrm Yes
Ceiling Fans Yes
Bedroom Bed Configuration 2Q + 2K + 5T + 4D
Bedroom Phone Yes
Safe or Lock Box 4
Hair Dryers Yes
High chair No
Microwave Oven Yes
Smoking Outside only please
Pool Size large round
On the Ocean No Tryall Membership
On the Beach No Tryall Membership
Ocean View Yes
Nearest Beach Tryall Club Beach - on resort
Owner's Pets Yes
Resort Membership Tryall Golf, Tennis & Beach Club
Kayak Yes at Beach Club
TV 2 - Family Room and Master Bedroom
Cable/Satellite TV Yes
Telephone Comments Free calls to USA
Second Phone Line No
Guest Cell Phone No
Guest Cell Phone Details
Internet Access Yes - DSL & Wireless
Ground Transportation Can be provided at additional cost
Wheelchair Friendly Yes. Ramps everywhere including into pool.
Bambu Villa Guide
Welcome to Bambu, Montego Bay your Jamaican vacation villa. Here is some information to help organize and make you visit more enjoyable.
You should plan to arrive in Jamaica at the Montego Bay International Airport (MBJ). All passengers:
clear immigration - you need to know that you are staying at Bambu in Montego Bay
After clearing customs leave the Main Terminal customs area and enter the transportation hall, proceed out the exit doors directly on your right to the taxi/van waiting area (outside). Your driver will be waiting for you in this area. He will have your name on a small sign. If you use porters tip them $1.00/bag.
Our experience is that our van or car packages provide the easiest most convenient ground transportation for the villa bound traveler to Jamaica. Your driver will personally meet you at the Montego Bay Airport. No need to wait in lines for rental cars or the confusion of driving after a long flight. Your party will be comfortably transported, using a private, air conditioned van, directly to Bambu. The drive will take about 20 minutes and is a wonderful first introduction to the island of Jamaica. When you arrive at Bambu you will be met by the staff. They will tour you through the property and allow you to select your rooms and relax before dinner. The cook will have ordered food for evening dinner and basic supplies for the week. You will be given a bill that can be paid at the local grocery store by cash (USD are acceptable) or credit card (VISA is preferred) the next day. Dinner will be served by your staff possibly on a terrace overlooking the sea, garden or in a formal indoor dining room. It's your choice!!
Bambu phone number is: 876-609-6561. The Jamaica 876 area code is dialed like any other US area code typically with a 1 before it.
Most telephone credit cards will not work in making long distance calls from Jamaica. You should check with your service provider before your trip. We recommend that you purchase a Jamaican prepaid calling card to use instead of your telephone credit card for all international long distance calls. These cards are readily available in most grocery and drug stores around the island. The Jamaican wireless system operates on a TDMA network, so it is not compatible with CDMA, GSM or 3G networks. Cable & Wireless and Digicell, the Jamaican providers, do have roaming agreements with the following service providers:
USA - AT&T Wireless, Sprint and Cingular Wireless
Canada - Rogers Wireless
Barbados & Cayman - Cable & Wireless
If you have roaming service with these providers, you may be able to "roam" while in Jamaica, but check with your wireless service provider. Your van driver always has a cell phone and would be more than happy to let you use the phone when needed.
The staff are the true joy of a Jamaican villa experience. They are wonderfully accommodating and will try to do anything you want. Just ask. Some staff live off the property or in separate accommodations on the villa grounds. Our cook will consistently delight you with wonderful Jamaican meals, special cakes for birthday or anniversary events. Staff members may bring unusual fruits or vegetables that they have grown in their own gardens to the villa for you to sample. The staff should not be tipped until you leave (see tipping below).
Ask any repeat traveler to Jamaica about where the best restaurant is and most will tell you "the villas". Villa cooks are fantastic. They can whip up a wonderful western omelet or prepare a supeThey can whip upThey They can whip up a wonderful western omelet or prepare a superb Jamaican specialty such as ackee and saltfish. It's your choice. You can ask that the cook to "surprise" you with her Jamaican cooking skills, or w
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We are The Johnson Family. Passionate travelers who have a true love for Jamaica. Its beauty, people and culture. We bought our first Jamaican home in 2005, after selling in 2008 it became clear we all miseed owning a piece of paradise. We gather here as often as possible from boarding schools in Virgina & CT and homes in FLA & MI. We are always happiest when we arrive and saddened upon departure. Our staff is like extended family and loves taking care of guests.
The Owner purchased this estate in 2011
After many years traveling to other locations we came to realize weather was most reliable in Jamaica. Always warm in the winter and a welcome relief to the heat of the summer with beautiful trade winds. Along with the stunning topography, mountain views and huge vistas of sea in every direction. Jamaican food, music, art is a very dynamic and exciting. Jamaica is very pure and true to its self.
Our property allows for total peace and quiet in a stunning enviroment all while being cared for by a fabulous staff. Including butler, cook, housekeeper, laundress and 2 gardners.
This was a last minute booking but the owners went above and beyond to insure our trip was stress free. Unexpected to us, Leslie the butler met us at the airport with the driver, and made it his mission to take care for the rest of the week. The owners who live in Florida appear to be very involved in the management of the property and it shows.
We arrived to chilled towels and met the rest of the 7 person staff who greeted us with “welcome home”. They endeavored to satisfy us in every way possible for balance of our stay. Never intrusive, always friendly, and available day and night, they quietly went about their daily routines in keeping the Villa and grounds in top shape.
As they say, the best Chef’s on the island are found in the better villas and Bambu's Peaches is the best we have experienced in multiple villa stays over 20 years of visits to Jamaica. Leslie joked our first night that the meals would progressively get better each day, but we found every dinner to be equally exceptional.
We opted to enjoy all of our meals in the open air dining pavilion which afforded excellent views over to Montego Bay both day and night. Other options included a formal dining room as well as a beautiful terrace area on the ocean facing corner of the property. Peaches’ multi course creations were always served by Leslie, each meal served on a different and unique place setting. All meals were restaurant quality!
The villa itself is unique for the area…a blend of Caribbean Architecture (roof lines) with some old world Italian inspired features (arches; iron work) including the statues around the swimming pool which may remind some of a roman spa, or at least the Garden of the Gods at Caesars Palace (Vegas Edition).
The show stopper is the grounds. Multiple levels of well-manicured lawns, fruit trees, palms, dotted with fountains and quiet spaces. Well placed Royal Palms towering over the roof tops give the property a true paradise feel. Not a bad view anywhere. In addition to the usual “free range” island foul, the owner’s love of animals is present on their island estate. The “Arc” as I called it included roaming bunnies, a few peacocks, a friendly Great Dane Pup, goats, and even a parrot who added to the menagerie.
The pictures do not do the place justice. We were two and more than comfortable, but Bambu easily works for multiple couples or a larger family because of the many “hiding places” affording on demand quiet time.
5 Star Experience
Membership to Tryall included at minimal additional cost. Tryall ammentities include award winning golf course, tennis program, kids club, beachfront facility, several dining venues. Round Hill across the way, fun bar atmosphere and excellent dining venue. Bambu also bordered by Great River affords wonderful activities including river rafting.