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Ocean Front Villa 1 at Chukka Cove - The Perfect Tropical Escape

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

2 bedroom ocean front Villa 1 with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.

Beautiful two bedroom Ocean front villa 1, large patio set in a tropical garden; the front lawn was used in the filming of the 2016 Season 20 finale of the Bachelor with Ben Higgins while staying at Brown Shuggah, Chukka Cove!

Conveniently located between the resort towns of Ocho Rios and Runaway Bay on Jamaica's North Coast, and tucked away at Chukka Cove Farm, Villa 1 provides unique access to a truly Jamaican experience.

Villa 1 is far from pretentious and it's staff, more so. It is a warm and inviting 'real' home set on a farm and hidden amidst pastures and lush foliage on the edge of dramatic ocean front cliffs in a rural setting. With recently upgraded furniture, newly renovated modern kitchen and second bedroom bathroom it's nothing like the mega all inclusives, sitting in a lovely groomed area shared with only five other villas. Here in the country, you may wake up to the sound of roosters, sometimes hear the neighboring dogs barking, can listen to the crickets and frogs songs at night. Of course, like all farms, the villa has its own resident cat fondly called 'Puss or Reds"' and the friendly neighbour dogs occasionally come for a visit.

Come immerse yourself in the real Jamaica and soak your cares away in the turquoise waters of the cove or in the private pool used only by Chukka Cove villa residents. A safe place to vacation without being locked in a compound!

Your private paradise has a master and second bedroom both with full ensuite bathrooms on the upper level. The master suite includes a seperate living area with a futon, desk and sliding doors out to a small covered balcony with an incredible ocean view, the perfect place for your morning coffee. We recommend 4 adults and 1 child max. No smoking inside please..

Downstairs, the dining room boasts large folding doors that open onto an expansive furnished newly renovated patio. A powder room, modern kitchen and laundry room complete the lower level.

The cliffs at Chukka Cove are dramatic and extensive, great for exploring or simply listening to the sound of the waves crashing ashore. On calm days, a ladder takes you into the cool clear waters.

On property is a small sandy cove, safe and perfect for young children to swim and play. We suggest wearing water shoes. On days when the sea swells are up and you seek calmer waters, a two minute walk east along the edge of the polo field takes you to the spectacular Chukka Cove, a sheltered bay where the waters are always calm and cliff jumping, swimming and snorkeling are the order of the day.

What`s included?

* Check in at/after 3pm. Check out at 12pm.

• Friendly and attentive staff, led by Carleen, keep the villa spotless and prepare authentic Jamaican dishes. She can either accompany you to the grocery, selecting the best items at local markets or prepare the food you purchase.

* VIP arrangements for groceries with complimentary delivery services for pre-stocked items from LFA Country Store, supermarket, deli, pharmacy & liquor. A credit account will be created for you to make payment before leaving. All major credit cards accepted.

• Wifi & Netflix included and a variety of books if you are avid readers- there is no cable TV.

• Privately arranged, professional, friendly and experienced licenced driver/chauffeur for all your transportation needs from airport transfers to trips off property (pre-arranged rates).

• VIP 25% discounted rates for all Chukka Tours. The largest tour operator in Jamaica, award winning Chukka offers multiple locations and tours for your enjoyment. Villa 1 is located adjacent the original tour location Chukka Polo farm you will see over 100 horses head to the stables each morning for the famous horseback ride n swim tour or racing along the pathway pass the villas. Tours depart just a short walk from the Villa.

*Special arrangements for guests with large families of 8-10, looking for 4 bedroom accommodations, we have both Villas 1 and Villa 2 available. We will book and block your requested dates for both. It's that simple :)!

Trish is our reservation's manager (Villa 1 and 2) while Janet is our onsite Villa property manager.

More Details

Zander Melville
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, Jamaican Patois
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Zander Melville

Originally from Ocho Rios, we are a family of three brothers who live, work & play in Jamaica. Marc, Daniel Jr & I love our beautiful Island, 'The land of wood and water'. Dad built the villa in 1985 as a family weekend getaway to relax, unwind and play our favorite sport, polo. We work hard and we play hard!

We invite you to share our home away from home and enjoy the true Jamaican experience.

Zander Melville purchased this villa in 1985

Why Zander Melville chose Saint Ann Parish

The amazing scenery, breathtaking views of the cliffs and the Caribbean sea, as well as access to all activities at Chukka where it's always Play Time. It's safe, quiet and serene.

What makes this villa unique

The stunning view of the sea from the upstairs balcony offers an ambiance of tranquility and peace. The large landscaped grounds, and hidden coves provide the perfect getaway with picturesque sunrise and sunsets. The villa is fully staffed, sit back, relax and enjoy the simple pleasures!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yeah Mon, we had a perfect time at paradise villa with all Jamaican way of feel alright: Reggae festival in Ocho Rios, Bob Marley tour :), Dunn's River Falls and for sure Carleen cooking Jamaican dinner and breakfast; Ridley playing backgammon!!!

Thank's a lot for all you've done for us to feel like in paradise!!!
Aug 2014
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Saint Ann Parish Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Powder room - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , newly renovated
    Master Ensuite Bathroom - toilet , shower , Open concept bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin beds can be put together
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon sleeps 2 small children
  • Master bedroom has a king bed with a futon in the living area that sleeps 1 child/teen while bedroom # 2 has 2 single beds that can be joined together. * A playard is available/included for babies/toddlers. * 4 adults max and 1 child/teen. Any extra adult has to be approved, a nominal fee may be applicable.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
Trish - Our reservation's manager, takes care of all bookings. Originally from Jamaica, now resides in Canada. She's more than happy to answer any questions you may have, provide quick travel tips to ensure your arrival experience a breeze. Miss Carlene, personal host/chef/housekeeper will meet and greet you on arrival. She's very informative, will assist with your Chukka excursion reservations on property. On-site manager (Ms. Janet Vaz) will assist with any local concerns or issues and also manager of the LFA supermarket, Deli and liquor. For all assistance, suggestions or help with any Chukka excursions or off-property locations please ask the above staff.


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Ocean Front Villa 1 at Chukka Cove - The Perfect Tropical Escape
average rating of 4.8 based on 32 reviews
Wichita, Ks

Beautiful Surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

Great location for adventure or relaxation .

Perfect for a family or couple.

Lovely market up the street that delivers food and beverages. (I would not bother with the other markets you'll pass along the way. This place is clean, fresh and well managed. No hustle from anyone!)

Bat cave a short walk/swim away. Must see if the sea allows.

Nice snorkeling the opposite direction.

If you like adventure, you could not choose a better location. Whichever direction you head, adventure is a short drive away. On location are horseback riding and ATV tours.

Truly a hidden gem. Definitely will return.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback Kathi, it was a pleasure hosting you and your husband. We look forward to your return. OneLove!
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Perfect place, secluded spot, wonderful cook!

  • 5 of 5

The house is comfortable, king size beds are awesome, the tiny beach is completely private. There are accesses by ladders to the sea. Carlene is a wonderful cook, she makes her own spicy sauce that is delicious, and so many Jamaican specialties. There is a grocery store within walking distance (less than 10 minutes), a bit more expensive than going in town but practical. Neighbors are friendly as well. The manager (Trish) is very responsive to each email. It was a great week.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Thorne. We're glad to hear you had a great week, Carlene is nothing less than awesome! We look forward to having you back. One Love!
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Chicago, IL.

Absolutely Ahhh-Mazing!

  • 5 of 5

So happy to have come across this hidden GEM in the Caribbean! Arrived on 7/3/2017 to celebrate my Husbands 50th Birthday. We were greeted by our driver Erol at the airport who made a little over an hour drive go by rather quickly with lots of laughing and getting to know a little bit about the culture (he even stopped to purchase the local beer for us "Red Stripe") Upon arriving at the Villa we were greeted by Carlene and I cannot say enough of how she went out of her way each & every day to make sure we were well taken care of, the meals she prepared each day were out of this world! The grounds are like a little piece of paradise, from the landscaping to the Caribbean Sea at your toes. We will cherish the memories had at Chukka Villa1 for a lifetime and look forward to returning one day! Thanks to all for making Pete's 50th one we'll not forget :)

Lisa Cajigas

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, it was a pleasure hosting your group and thank you for your wonderful comments. Glad Pete enjoyed his 50th :).. This will give our potential guests a good idea of the excellent service and Ahh-mazing time to be had at Villa 1 Chukka Cove. One Love!
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Great villa, great location, great price

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to Jamaica for 14 years and this was the first time we rented Villa 1 at Chukka Cove. We loved it. Chukka Cove is a wonderful location: quiet, beautiful well-kept gardens leading to the sea. The villa itself is really comfortable, with great views, and well priced. Best of all was the helper, Carlene, who is an absolute gem. She is a first-class cook and really went out of her to make sure that we and our guests had the best possible time. We shall definitely come back.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful comments Stewart. Our guests are always captivated by our beautiful garden and natural oasis! We look forward to seeing you soon! One Love!
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Chukka Cove The Things Dreams are Made off

  • 4 of 5

The location is breath taking and beautiful even amidst a full storm. The villa sits within siren grounds with mountain and sea view. I have seen some beautiful things in this life but this one will be very hard to beat.

Carlene, Carlene - absolutely 5* service offered with a smile everything was on point, rooms catering shopping, there was nothing that phased her. Carlene you are incredibly professional ..... we thank you.

The force of nature took our electricity out for 1.5 day unfortunately the site does not have a back up generator; so may I suggest this be added to the agenda for the future. However, Janet carried out full negotiation with the power services to get us linked up ASAP in addition to replacing all food items lost as the fridge that had defrosted and provided my mother and I with complimentary sandwich's on the following morning.

The employees on the farm are completely endearing; as females we felt relaxed and safe throughout our stay and enjoyed a completely relaxing stay with lots of laughter

Thank you Carlene, Janet and all the staff of Chukka Cove.

We look forward to seeing you shortly.

Kind regards

Vikki and Dorothy

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback Viki. We will definitely put the back-up generator on the agenda for discussion but this is what having a true Jamaican experience is all about; the opportunity to disconnect and reflect, to just breathe, relax. And hear nothing but the waves and the wind or the tapping of the rain on the roof top or just cuddle and talk about the good ole' days.. The Team looks forward to your next trip. One Love!
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Would love to return some day!

  • 4 of 5

We were 2 couples who chose this villa because we wanted to experience more than an all-inclusive resort. From the moment we were picked up at the airport we knew we were in for a special week! Starting with Errol, he was our dedicated driver, and I'll admit we considered renting a car vs using a hired driver. Boy, am I glad we didn't rent our own! Errol knew just where to take us and how to get us there safely. His expertise came in handy all week long. At the villa we were delighted by the setting of Villa definitely has the best view of all of villas in the cove. And what a view! No, you don't have a beach (except for the small private area on one side of the walled cove which was just fine for us), but what you do have is a spectacular coastline of rocky cliffs and the most amazing private cove for swimming/snorkeling just a few minutes walk from the villa. You're close to the other villas which wasn't an issue except for a few days when there was a family with small crying children next door. We never had problems using the pool. One thing you need to be aware of is the cats and dogs who roam the property. Reds is the resident cat of Villa 1 who makes himself at home next to you on the settee, or on your chair when you're not looking! We loved him. But there were some neighboring dogs who barked all night, and also 2 large dogs who just came walking thru our villa a couple of times (we were told they belonged to one of the other villa owners). No real problem except Red really didn't like them! As for the villa itself, the downstairs seemed small at first glance, but we quickly realized that all of our time was going to be spent on the fantastic patio. We ate every single meal (except our first) outdoors. I just loved that space! The bedrooms are large, and while the master suite is bright and updated, the second suite could use a makeover. It was kept clean and tidy every day, but could use some TLC. Now for the best part about Villa 1...Miss Carlene! I don't now what can be said about her that hasn't already been said, but she is really what made our stay here so special! From the welcome meal she prepared, to each and every dish she made for us thru the week, we kept exclaiming how great the food was! She will go out of her way to make your stay perfect, and I bet like us you will be wanting to take her back home with you! Kudos also to Janet and the wonderful service she gave us...loved the convenience of the Country Store.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments Lenore. We look forward to your return next time around. One Love!
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Chukka Cove
Dunn's River Falls
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Ocho Rios
Nearest Airport
71 Kilometres
Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Chukka Cove Farm pub and Tiki Bar
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Runnaway Bay Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
400 Metres
Northcoast High Way, A1
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Multi-Scotchies, Sharkies, Miss T
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
Mammee Bay, Chukka Cove & Runaway Bay
Car: not necessary

Villa 1 sits on the cliffs that were used in the filming of the 1973 film “Papillion” starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, and in 1985 Walt Disney’s mini series “Return to Treasure Island” was also filmed at Chukka Cove.

The cliffs were also used in the filming of the recent 2016 Season 20 finale of the Bachelor with Ben Higgins while staying at Brown Shuggah, Chukka Cove!

*VIP arrangement for Golf at the Runaway Bay Golf Club.

* Avis car rental in Ocho Rios office, free pick up (availability).

*VIP arrangement with LFA Country Store supermarket, complimentary delivery service.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Cancellation: If you wish to cancel or change your reservation, the first change is free; all subsequent changes will incur a US$25 admin fee per change. Deposit will be refunded as follows minus US$25 admin fee:
Over 90 days prior to arrival, 100% refund
61-90 days prior to arrival, forfeit 25% of deposit
31-60 days prior to arrival, forfeit 50% of deposit
30 days or less days prior to arrival, forfeit 100% of deposit which will be credited towards a future stay at Villa 1. There will be no refunds due to airline delays, weather or acts of God. We recommend flight or trip cancellation insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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