Jamaican Villa / Vacation home rental 8 Bdrm 5 Bath Gorgeous pool, minutes to
About Karen Hill
I was born in Canada in the early 60's outside of Toronto. I attended high school in Brampton, Ontario and was bit by the travel bug at an early age. At 17, fresh out of school my girlfriend and I started out on a venture to western Canada, hitchhiking across the country (I didn't exactly tell my father about the hitchhiking part!) After travelling for a few months all over B.C and Alta. we finally landed in the beautiful resort town of Jasper Alberta. I spent the next five years working three jobs, partying in between and then traveling at every opportunity that came my way. I was fortunate enough to spend nine months wandering around Europe, Greece, Israel and Turkey. The next year I went to Mexico twice, unfortunately my father passed away shortly thereafter. The first trip I took after his death was intended to heal my soul from his passing. I decided on going to Jamaica. As they say 'the rest is history' I fell in love with the island back in 1986 when I first landed here. The pulse of the island grabbed me from the moment I arrived.The rich historic culture, the gorgeous scenery, the succulent food, the Reggae music playing everywhere, I loved it all. The following year I was to receive a small inheritance from my fathers death. I was young (22) single and motivated to live in the tropics! I made it official and moved to Jamaica by myself!! Although I was quite young I did not think of myself as being particularly naive to the ways of the world given the vast amount of traveling I had already done. After traveling Jamaica extensively the first time here, I had already pretty much decided on Negril. Of course I needed a source of income and so my first business here was a restaurant. That is where I met my future husband. We were married for 17 years, however my husband passed away 12 years ago now. We have two adult children (27 & 24 ) and I now have a grandson as well! We as a family are trying to continue to build on this business and make him proud of us!
Karen Hill purchased this Villa in 1988
Why Karen Hill chose Negril
After moving to Jamaica and opening a restaurant there I realized I would need a permanent living solution as I was renting for the first several months after I arrived. I began a search for a piece of property. I traveled the island extensively and found myself drawn back to Negril time and again. I did not want to be in the city of Montego Bay nor did I like the grainy beaches of Ocho Rios. The seven mile stretch of white sand beach in Negril and the undeveloped small town feel is where I decided I would purchase land. Through my friend and former business partner I found a piece of land for sale that fit all my criteria. It was undeveloped, close proximity to the beach and town center and best of all it was in my budget! I loved the historic rock formations on the property and saw some huge potential for development. This was 1988 and Negril was still virtually undeveloped back then. It was inevitable to me that the sleepy little town of Negril would become a larger tourist destination on the island one day, how could it not? The only spot on the island to have a seven mile stretch of pristine white sand beach! I was sold and bought the land in March of 1988, first moving a small prefab home onto the grounds, and so we began. My husband planted every one of the beautiful fruit trees which now adorn the property. We had to have a giant jack hammer break down some of the rock formations just to be able to build, but the potential was there!! We designed the house ourselves and began purchasing material. It has taken many years to reach the point we are at now, as I mentioned the property was virtually undeveloped, with nothing on it. It has been a long arduous process that was both frustrating and rewarding at the same time. There has literally been blood, sweat and tears in the developing of this property. We now have a 6 bedroom villa and a gorgeous pool that were built through years of hard work, and something I am extremely proud of accomplishing.
What makes this Villa unique
. I love the central location of the villa, in the heart of the town yet in a private secure location, just minutes from the beach or west end road. Groceries, the bank and essential services are all within a few minutes walk. We have a gorgeous swimming pool which is sparkling clean, inviting and over 20 feet long! Surrounding the pool is an awesome terraced pool deck area which has several lounge chairs and table and umbrella sets. We have recently added a pool side bar to blend up amazing fresh fruit drinks or have fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast served poolside!! Our authentic charcoal jerk pan makes amazing jerk chicken or grilled lobster.We have our recently added beautiful water fountain which my grandson loves to play in, or it creates a wonderful ambiance for dining. Our location benefits from a lovely tropical breeze (hence the name) which flows through the property due to an abundance of fresh fruit trees. (Mango, plantain, pear, ackee breadfruit ) to name a few. I love having the option to eat fresh fruit right from the trees or go into the garden and pick my own choice of herbal teas. We have lemon grass, mint, orange, lime, sour sop. We also plant much of our own produce, the land is extremely fertile and whatever is planted there grows in abundance!! When I look up into the avocado tree (when it is in season) there are literally hundreds of them in the tree, to the point that they start dropping off when they are ripe! Same with mango and breadfruit! The national dish in Jamaica is ackee and codfish. The tree at my front gate produces ackee a minimum of three times per year. Plantains grow so big here we end up giving away produce for it to not spoil! We have just planted many beautiful flowers on the property as well so I am excited to see them blossom and bloom with color. I love the colonial style design of the villa with the many arch ways, private balconies and open kitchen concept. Small stage area allows for live music to be played
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Not Like The Videos/Pictures Online
The property has not been updated since the video for the property has been made. Owner did mention she is still fixing things up , but there are things in the property that should have been rectified before having guests. Ie: broken tiles, ac units, communication between her and her employees, etc. the property is very big and a great location if you’re staying in Negril. We just had some plumbing issues and such that made it uncomfortable for such a large party to deal with when we had such a short stay. I would not stay again u less confirmed fully renovated. I would never have a wedding here....
Just returned from a lovely week in Negril. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We visited with our children and grandkids. This home is in the heart of Negril- walk to beach, very short walk to fruit/veggie vendors, and grocery. Our stay would not have been the same without Karen and Marvin who not only fed us incredible meals, made great suggestions on activities, restaurants, etc. TAKE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS! you will not be sorry! This is not a location for those that want a "resort" experience- this is for those want to experience the local culture and food. Beach is great, close though a little walk... Property has a nice pool. This villa can sleep LOTS of people. We felt very safe in the area, and were very welcomed by Karen and Marvin. There are many things to do in the area, and they will not steer you wrong. The only con I would say is that we may have used a few other utensils, pots in the kitchen. If you want a Jamaican experience - this is your place. I can't say enough about Karen and Marvin- such great people and interested in enhancing your stay!
Thanks so much Cindy for your great review, and quick too!! We appreciate your taking the time to do so. It was a pleasure hosting your family and we would love to see you back at Tropical Breeze Villa in the near future.
Canuck in Negril
We had a very pleasant stay. Everything was clean, secure, and we felt very much at home. Owner was always available and very helpful with regards to choice of foods, tours, local knowledge and sites to visit. We recommend Tripical Breeze for all those who wish to take their "home " with them on vacation.
Seemed great. NOT!
Looks nice upon arrival, but looks are deceiving, unfortunately. NO property manager. Desroy no longer works there. Rooms unmade, pool full of algae. I cried the Night we arrived. Make sure you know what should be provided. Otherwise, it may not be.
I spoke to this guest the night of her arrival, all was well. There was definitely a property manager on site for this guest. The pool was ""sparkling clean and beautiful "" quote unquote upon speaking to this guest. The problem arose when the guests thought they had booked for 10 nights and only paid for 7 nights. I had new guests arriving and this reviewer became extremely upset when she realized she had in fact only booked for 7 nights. she blamed the company for not billing her correctly and started crying then when she realized her mistake. This guest had made one complaint about the pool which was addressed immediately.
Kate ( owner)
Great July 4th Holiday 2016
What a great time we had at Tropical Breeze. Karen and Desroy and Marvin made us feel like we were in the "real" Jamaica not in some resort in Miami. It was a perfect place for me and my kids and my grandkids to spend the holiday. Karen even invited one of the two year olds from the nerighborhood, to play with our two year old grandson in the kiddie pool. The beach was a short walk and the market was even closer. We bought the meal plan which was a deal. Marvin is a great cook. He taught us how he makes jerk chicken and we are doing our best to recreate it back in Chicago. Desroy was there every day to make sure all was well and to direct us to everything we needed. Sunday morning was lovey with the singing from the church down the road. We will be back, especially because I hear Karen is adding an extra air conditioner in the kitchen/living room for us wussie folks from the US.
Amazing Negril Experience!
Tropical Breeze was a very authentic and unique way to experience Negril. There were six of us (three couples) and we used the main level of the Villa – which has four large bedrooms, two washrooms and a kitchen and living area. It’s very clean, nicely tiled and very comfortable. Karen was an amazing host, Desroy was fantastic for absolutely anything you might want, and Marvin cooked us very authentic Jamaican cuisine with really great flavours; and Kerrianne kept it all nice and clean for us. They are a great group – they’re there for you whenever you need them, but are in no way intrusive or in the way. We knew we had this team there for us, but were still surprised at the level and quality of service we received. Whatever we needed, they made it happen – very accommodating and easy to get along with. The outdoor property was also amazing – a really nice porch to enjoy our meals and evenings; a big pool with lots of lounge chairs and tables; and a large patio to hang out on. It was cool to experience being right “in town” and being around the locals; yet it was a quick 7-minute walk and you’re on the start of the most beautiful 7 mile beach – with lots of places to grab a lounge chair and hang out, grab some lunch, or do some of the great beach experiences (glass bottom boats, catamaran tours, parasailing, etc.). You really get the best of both worlds by staying at Tropical Breeze – the real authentic Negril feel, as well as being so close to what I think is the most beautiful beach. Would definitely go again! Thanks Karen, Desroy, Marvin and Kerrianne for a terrific vacation.
We are within a short walk of the beach Negril is famous for and Its seven mile stretch of white sugary sands. Long Bay is known as one of the top ten beaches in the world. Here you will find an abundance of water sports of every variety available from glass bottom boat tours to scuba diving and everything in between.There are many bars and restaurants to choose from in the area both on the beach and One love Drive (known to locals as the west end) offering mainly Jamaican fare with a few Italian and Chinese places in town as well. Night life is thriving in Negril with a multitude of options for catching a live Reggae show or an evening of Jazz at Roots Bamboo. Internationally known reggae artists often perform in Negril and the surrounding areas. Eco tours, waterfalls, horseback riding, all water sports, golf and cliff diving/ snorkelling are within a short distance of the villa..Ricks cafe the world famous bar is a short drive away which we can arrange transportation to. Other spots of interest locally are Kool Runnings water park , catamaran tours and island snorkeling trips are always popular. Other majestic scenic spots abound such as Mayfield river walk( my kids personal favourite!) Black river boat tour (see the crocodiles basking in the tropical sun riverside) rafting on the Martha Brae river followed by a boat tour of the glistening waters. Whatever you choose, whether a leisurely stroll on the beach, bird watching or zip lining Jamaica has it all to offer. We assist you with your tour choices, arranging economical transportation for you, and upon request, preparing lunch for your tour.
Jamaica has an abundance of water falls and natural scenic spots, please get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery.