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Mark Queener

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english

Great Escape-Private Staffed Villa on Jamaica's Southcoast

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Saint Elizabeth Parish Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-8)

Built by the owners in their favorite area of Jamaica, this oceanfront get-away rests on ten quiet acres of beautiful, secluded landscape just two miles from Treasure Beach.

The contemporary villa provides three bedrooms [two air conditioned], sleeper sofa, three baths, DVD surround sound system, WI FI,movie library, satellite TV,sirius satellite radio, stereo with CD player,Klipsch i Pod docks freshwater pool, mountain bikes,kayaks and a special 'clubhouse' on the ocean. Snorkeling, mountain biking, hiking, and incredible sunset gazing are just some of the outdoor pursuits. Browse the craft shops in nearby Treasure Beach; visit world-famous 'Jakes' and sister property Jack Sprats.

The villa's friendly staff provides delicious cuisine ,groundskeeping, guided excursions, as well as cleaning and laundry service. Airport transportation is available. Children are welcome; nanny is available. Let this sandy beach and crystal blue water invite you to spoil yourself with the vacation of a lifetime!

Keywords: Private Oceanfront Villa

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Mark Queener (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Mark Queener

I first traveled to Jamaica when I was 19 and fell in love with the Island.I proposed to my wife Carolyn at the top of Dunn River Falls and we were married in 1991.We continued to travel back to the Island and upon a day trip came across the Treasure Beach area and shortly thereafter started our search for a property in the area.We purchased the property in 1998 and spend as much time as we can at Great Escape. Both of our boys have been to Jamaica since infants and have come to love Jamaica as much as we do.

Mark Queener purchased this villa in 1998

Why Mark Queener chose Jamaica

We stayed at a nearby property during our search and the opportunity arose to buy a house already built along with a ocean front parcel and additional acreage.We refurbished the house,added a pool and built the 'clubhouse' on the ocean.

What makes this villa unique

We love the location being a few miles out of Treasure Beach and the quiet surroundings. Gorgeous sunsets,star gazing at night and a staff that is off the charts!


based on 13 traveler reviews

Great Escape-Private Staffed Villa on Jamaica's Southcoast
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
fairfax MN

Beautiful place, Great Staff

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Jamaica and was picked up at the airport by the driver Rambo (excellent driver and the cold beverages was a nice touch), it was a beautiful drive and seen so much of the beauty of the country, the stop at the jerk shack a must, we liked it so much we stopped on the way back to the airport. The house was what I was looking very own paradise for 8 days!! We had a blast on the boogie board, and it was nice having the outdoor shower, and the grounds keeper Nevil kept the place immaculate, everyday there would be fresh water on the top of the steps to get the sand off your feet, again a nice touch!! The beach is very private and the beach bar area is AWESOME!! We even had a dinner served down there, and speaking of the food....Shayne and his wife are amazing cooks and servers!! We arrived to an amazing shrimp dish on our first night and then he sat down with us and took our request ( and we requested to eat Jamaican style, so we pretty much gave him the control, and he did not let us down!!) We tried lots of different foods it was absolutely perfect!! We went on a few excursions with Rambo at the wheel, he was very informative! We also (tried, actually got a ride half way there from the locals) walked to Treasure Beach, and went to Jakes for pizza...took a long time but was worth the wait! Also I would suggest the boat tour, fun way to spend the day, seen dolphins along the way VERY COOL! All in all we had an amazing time, one thing to remember you are very secluded so if you want snacks or beverages get before you go to the house! Also one day the housekeeper (who also did an amazing job) had a friend come to the house to sell us local crafts, got a hand crafted wood fold down fruit bowl, very neat!! Thanks Mark for sharing your piece of paradise!!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't say enough about how awesome Great Escape is!

  • 5 of 5

If you want a vacation surrounded by beauty where you can visit a Jamaica that you will never find in a resort, with staff who are kind, genuine and, well, simply wonderful, then this is the place for you. This was our third time in Jamaica, but our first outside of a resort.

Mark (the owner) was great. We actually had to change our dates due to medical issues, and he had no problem with that.

We only went on a few excursions that Shane arranged for us. Highly recommend Captain Ted for a Black River tour with a stop at Sister Lou's and the Pelican Bar. Also did Lover's Leap with a late lunch at Jack Sprats. Rambo did the driving for us.

We definitely plan to come again. Hopefully for our son's college graduation in 2017. Shane said he'd show him fishing Jamaican style. :)

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Oldsmar, FL

Perfect Birthday Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My 60th birthday was at the end of December and we spent a wonderful week at Great Escape. What an awesome way to celebrate this milestone. My husband and I met friends on 12/28 at the Jamaica airport and thanks to Mark's tip, we were expedited thru customs by VIP Attractions (the extra $50 was SOOOOO worth it).

The ride to Great Escape was a treat, with Rambo driving and being an entertaining tour guide. We made quick stop at the market in Montego Bay to stock up on snacks and adult beverages and then a stop at Border Jerk for some great chicken. What a wonderful start to an amazing vacation.

The Villa was even better than we expected. Two bedrooms and two baths and a great pool (expertly maintained by Nevil) at the main house and the clubhouse at the beach was PERFECT for watching the sunset!! And Wifi!!!!!

Shane prepared delicious meals for us and his rum punch should be bottled! We took a few (not many) trips to nearby attractions -- Frankly, being at the Villa was so perfect, we really didn't feel the desire to go anywhere.

We did take a boat trip to the Pelican Bar and down the Black River to Sister Lou's......Captain Ted was amazing! The sea was quite choppy, but he navigated the small boat expertly.

Pansy cleaned for us every day and even did some laundry for us.

All and all, the combo of the villa, the staff and the laid back Jamaican culture made for a PERFECT birthday!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom, Surrey

Wonderful Peaceful Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mark's villa for two weeks and it has been the best holiday we have had in quite a while. The villa itself is in a peaceful location just outside Treasure Beach. The club house on the beach has a bedroom and bathroom which is cute and the fact that they wasn't aircon was not a problem. The staff were more than willing to help with anything you needed. Special thanks to Rambo for all the driving we had loads of trips out to see all sorts of attractions, Rum Factories, waterfalls, spa baths etc and trips into Treasure beach when we fancied a night our from the villa, and to Shaun for the wonderful meals just say what you would like and off Shaun goes and comes back with the receipts and all the ingredients for some wonderful meals, the best by far was the barbecued pork and seeing him club a tree to snap off the dead wood was a sight in itself. The communication with Mark was very easy and fast and the whole process was smooth and trouble free. I would highly recommend Great Escape. Julia Thornton and family. (husband, two grown children and their partners).

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Almost perfect

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one week in early February of this year and had a fantastic time. Everything was as advertised, swimming (sea or pool), Kayaks, view, etc. Mark, the owner, was easy very easy to deal with. And the staff, Rambo, Anne, Shane, etc. were always up to the task. Anne's meals were fantastic. The only slight issue was that the bikes on site were not in service at the time. Other than that, people who aren't used to the tropics need to understand about insects, but we are from Florida, so no big deal. I'll certainly return in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a Beauty....Unspoiled Jamaica

  • 5 of 5

I visited hello for a short getaway weekend which turned out to a fabulous last minute on Valentines weekend.

It was the day before that we contacted Mark the villa owner to let him know we finally got a flight and we would like to rent his villa. Mark made our experience so awesome and everything ran so smoothly.

The villa itself is beautiful and full of character. The pool and deck with the authentic hammock was most relaxing. The deck had music, modern lounge chairs, and everything you need while daydreaming on the beautiful ocean directly across the street. But it does not end there. Across the street the villa also have a beach house with a one bedroom one bath room directly on the Caribbean ocean...the views are spectacular and ambience is to die for. Pictures doesn't do the villa justice.

The sweetest part was the boat to Pelican Bar picked us up directly from the beach house and we zipped across the ocean to the most awesome drinking spot and seafood hut in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.

The staff was most accommodating...whatever we wanted...they were ready to please. If ever you want to stay a week or just a quick weekend getaway this villa really is the spot for an off the beaten path way experience.


  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Saint Elizabeth Parish Villa Rental Rates

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Jun 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
Nov 1 2016 - May 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Holiday rates 12/17/16 through 12/31/16 are $2000 per week,12/16/2017 through 1/1/2018

50% deposit at time of reservation and balance 30 days before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Saint Elizabeth Parish Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis

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