|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Lovely Hikaru has undergone a very sensitive renovation, honoring the striking modern clean lines, while adding some new touches overseen by our very talented designer Sophie and her Building Team under the direction of Mr Luke. We now have 4 bathrooms featuring outdoor stone showers, a new kitchen house with polished concrete floors and counters, a much larger open living room with built in concrete couches, restored original vintage Quaker furnishings, ceilings opened to the metal roof lined with white tongue in groove board, African fabric covered furniture, new locally made Ratan lighting, high efficiency white 3- blade ceiling fans, and AC units in the 4 bedrooms (for those who want them- many will not so that they can be soothed by the ocean/mountain breezes and the sound of the crashing waves).
You will now enjoy a covered chic seating area on the lower seaside facing terrace, and a covered front porch with built in seating. We will certainly preserve the many wonderful mid-century features of this home.
This unspoiled area is one of the few fisherman's villages that welcomes tourist -- not a tourist area that tolerates fishermen.
Our four-bedroom beachfront villa includes a 50-foot lap pool, private tennis and croquet courts, and wonderful cook-housekeepers.
You can walk deserted beaches, or snorkel, body-surf, or fish. You can photograph and share the lives of our fishermen neighbors; or you can enjoy the privacy of an acre-plus lot, shielded by trees and flowers.
Privacy: We're in a fishing village, but shielded by heavy plantings on an acre and a quarter. And you even pick your own tropical fruit! Our village neighbors will welcome you if you choose to visit, but will not intrude. Watch for returning fishing boats from our patio, then walk 300 yards to the harbor to watch fish weighed and sold -- and bring some home! Or walk to the west over a series of all-but-deserted beaches, half-mile scallops of sandy beach separated by reef spurs you can climb over or wade over in reef shoes.
We allow two tradespeople -- a basket maker and wood carver -- to come into the back yard to show their wares. Miss Vanecia will tell you they're there; it you say no thanks, they'll pack up and leave.
You can walk a hundred yards down our lane, if you'd like, to learn to play grown-up dominoes at a neighbor's bar.
Touristic things: Our groundskeeper leads a walk into the hills behind us, pointing out birds and orchids.
You can drive to Black River, or hire a local boatman, to see the historic slave-trading block, visit the colorful local outdoor market, or -- best of all -- go up the river a few miles, through mangrove forests and open marshlands occupied by colorful birds and crocodiles. On the way home, stop at the famous Pelican Bar for a drink.
The night sky and views : With almost no light pollution, the stars are brilliant. Go for a midnight dip in the pool, but once there turn the pool lights off to enjoy the magnificent sky. Only one Dipper at a time to the north; the Southern Cross rising over the ocean during the night.
Our wide patio catches an onshore breeze most of the day, and gives you a panoramic view of the Caribbean at your doorstep so wide you'll have to turn your head to take it all in.
All this while Miss Vanecia and Miss Elesha keep house for you, shop and prepare and serve all meals, and make it a very special vacation.
It is easy to make friends with fishermen in our area, and we did. The area has remained relatively undeveloped because the South Coast is in a 'rain shadow': the northeast trades wring themselves out on the mountain spine, so we have half as much rain as Ocho Rios. For many years, we relied largely on rain caught on the rooftop. Large-scale hotels just weren't possible. Piped water arrived a few years ago, but tourist development has been blessedly slow.
The house accommodates up to eight -- but when one wants to be alone, there are a half-dozen places to sit, birdwatch, read or just contemplate the Caribbean.
Hikaru is a vacation destination for the inner adventurer in all of us waiting to escape.
Even though the option to swim in the pool or the ocean or just lie in the sun is ever-present, discovering the local color is a defining part of the stay. A boat ride up the Black River to see crocodiles or to jump off a jungle rope swing hanging down 30 feet in the air into that same river, playing dominoes with the locals at the corner bar in town, listening to ragae at Jake's, a fine dinner of Miss Vannessa's lobster salad, lunch at the Pelican Bar (right out of "Survivor"), it's all there for the taking. So much to discover.
The 8 of us were lucky enough to stay at Villa Hikaru for Christmas week, 2016. We were the first guests after the wonderful renovation. Although we never saw the property pre renovation, it is certainly spectacular now! The beach, grounds, pool, tennis court, and staff are wonderful. The 8 adults were very comfortable and all fell in love with Treasure Beach and Villa Hikaru. The sunsets, outdoor showers, and wonderful food prepared by Venecia and Elisha made for a very special and relaxing week. The grounds and pool are even more beautiful than the pictures indicate. The groundskeeper, Patrick, takes pride in his work and results are impressive. Treasure Beach and Billy's Bay provide an authentic Jamaican experience. It is impossible not
This was the most relaxing place to stay ever. We had total seclusion with our own pool and seaside beach. The ladies cooked our meals, grocery shopped and cleaned up after us. Patrick the groundsman was perfect in every way. He booked us a tour to Pelican Bar which you can only get to by boat. And our captain and crew were the best. He made sure we got to tour a small bit by getting us a taxi ride to where we wanted to go (about 4 miles total) as we didn't want to go very far. He also made sure we were supplied with all the necessities of Jamica and was always there to check on us. Rebecca did an excellent job in getting us to and from the airport, a massage therapist and visited us every other day. The Treasure Tour Team made us feel very welcome upon our arrival. Keys, spirits, food, all necessary items needed to make our stay was provided. The pool was cleaned daily and the beach was within walking distance. If you want a really laid back vacation this is the place. We will be back in 2018 to see the upgrades to be done and of course hoping some of the retro will stay. HATS OF TEXAS OFF THE ALL OF YOU AND WE LOVE YOU ALL!!! MUAH - GRANDMAS FROM TEXAS
Here are the reasons to come to Hikaru: gorgeous view of the beach, a perfect, private pool, Ms. Vanesha, Ms. Elisha and Mr. Patrick (the house staff who are warm, talented, and generous), a complete lack of tourists and a wonderful taste of real Jamaica. We came with 3 of our kids (ages 10, 16 and grown), son-in-law and baby grandson. There was plenty of room for all of us, and we were well taken care of by the staff: Mr. Patrick giving us fresh coconuts from the tree by the beach and Ms. Vanesha and Elisha cooking really amazing food (be sure to get the lobsters!) and keeping everything clean. It's like living on your own private beach resort. On cook's night out, we went out to Egge's and watched the sunset while eating curried conch, while our youngest 2 played hide and seek on the beach with a big bunch of kids. Took a day trip to YS Falls and the Appleton Rum Estate, with one of the drivers from Treasure Tours, and that was lots of fun. We can't wait to go back!
This was our 3rd trip to Villa Hikaru with our 2 kids (ages 5 and 7). We've traveled extensively in many parts of the world and Hikaru has come to be our "go to" place for restful family vacations. The set up is ideal for us. Our kids love exploring the property; they find "secret" spots in the garden, spend long days at the pool and building sand castles. The staff are wonderful people and the food is delicious. For us it is the ideal family vacation spot. The slow pace, incredibly beautiful scenery, and "off the beaten track" feel make for restful and joyful days together. We can't wait to go back.
A wonderful place to get away with NO stress. Gracious staff who made fantastic food, kept the place immaculate, and yet somehow also managed to be totally unobtrusive. Spectacular grounds with way more to offer than any other villa we looked at. You will feel welcome and extraordinarily relaxed. We spent mornings and evenings by the gorgeous pool, and afternoons out at the almost deserted beach.
Particulars - Don, the owner is extraordinarily helpful. He provided a TON of helpful information before we got there, and coordinated everything on very short notice. Travel to Treasure Beach is a bit rough; I spent the first night recovering from car sickness. Plan to break up the journey a bit if you can. And don't expect a super luxurious house. It is comfortable though a bit dated, but really, you will have no reason to be inside except to sleep. And you will feel like royalty because of the great service.
Treasure Beach, known as the home of community tourism, is an unspoiled series of fishing villages a half-hour east of Black River. We have been offering experiential tourism before that term was even thought of. Check out http://treasuretoursjamaica.com/tours_menu.cfm for a listing of some of the available tours of the area. But the best feature of a holiday in Treasure Beach is meeting and mingling with the local folks. We are proud of our community and can't wait to show it off to you! Our community is made up of fishermen and farmers who can show you how we fish and farm here. We are especially proud to be the 2nd largest sea turtle nesting area in Jamaica and from June - November you can witness this amazing occurrence. Whether you love to hike and bike, sit back in your lounge chair, or do a bit of both Treasure Beach is the place for you. We promise once you live it, you will love it and you will want to return often!
Rates are for a "base group" of four; 10% each additional person. Cost of groceries (our housekeeper will shop for you, on your instruction) paid separately to Don Noel, 141 Ridgefield St., Hartford CT 06112-1837. Call or email for details: email@example.com, (861)713-9960.