2 bedroom ocean front Villa 1 with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea.
- english, Jamaican Patois
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's Bay
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!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We had an amazing stay at Chukka Villa 1. Only problem was we didn't stay long enough.
Villa 1 was even more beautiful in person. Everything from initial booking of Villa to meeting everyone there was fantastic. Carlene welcomed us like family and prepared amazing meals. We would recommend the property 100%. Location perfect as well.
We were very blessed to have come across this property and its amazing staff of quality people. I cannot recommend it enough! We were there for 6 days and only left the house once. You have cliffs right behind the house with several levels of jumps; which all end in the most vividly clear water you'll ever see. You can see clearly see the bottom from outside the water. If you are into some excitement, ask Anthony to take you to some other special spots on the property. the sheltered cove and the bat cave are out if this world and will give your family an experience of a lifetime. To top it off, our host Carlene was simply amazing! She treated my family and I as if we were her own, and one cant help but make connections with people like that. I STRONGLY recommend you try all of her soups, jerk chicken, pumpkin rice, Festival bread and anything she makes really. Phillip is very attentive and will be of great help should you need any guidance while there. The property is full of amazing fruit tress like mango, avocados and cherries to name a few, and it is expertly landscaped by the crew. My family and I went to the blue hole, tubing and zip-lining... we haven't stopped talking about it. The property offers several unique qualities that no resort or hotel can compare with. Should you need/want to explore the surrounding areas, David will be your guide. I recommend doing your grocery shopping yourself, at either Progressive or Champion Supermarkets. The nearby grocery store is rather expensive and for a weeks worth of groceries, it's better you find an alternative. Take plenty of sunscreen and water shoes as they will be very useful around the cliffs and in any Chukka Adventure tours you happen to venture on. Being that the house is on Chukka property, all tours come with a 25% discount. I want to thank everyone who made this experience so great! Especially Carlene, Anthony and Phillip. We cant wait to be back.
Thank you for your wonderful comments. It was our pleasure hosting you and your family at Villa 1. The Team enjoyed your company as well and can't wait for your return.
All the best for the summer and looking forward to having you back for sure..
Relaxing and beautiful!
Villa 1 far exceeded our expectations! The entire staff was amazing. Carlene was so great to make sure our meals were fabulous and we had everything we needed. Phillip and Anthony made sure we were having a great time and took time to check in on us. Our family of five were very comfortable in villa one with plenty of space for everyone. Jumping off the cliffs into the refreshing beautiful ocean was a delight we all enjoyed. We are all sad to leave our new friends and look forward to returning.
Thank you for your feedback Brenda and we are happy to hear we exceeded your ecxpectations! The villa Team is always courteous and welcoming and we enjoyed having your family. Looking forward to your return...
Until next time,
Maison agréable au bord de l’eau
Maison agréable, services professionnels, Carlene est sympathique et cuisine bien.
I would give this place 6 stars if I could!! You name it: Miss Carlene taking care of your every whim at the house, Anthony's impeccable care of the grounds and pool, Phillip providing security and friendly acquaintance, David personal driver with abundance of local knowledge and professionalism...I can go on and on. Best vacation my family has ever taken. Want to do all the adventures close and far? (i brought my 16 and 12 year old kids), this group will make it easy, answer all your questions, help with any arrangements needed. Want to lounge by the pool, in the hammock, or on the patio and soak in your own little piece of heaven doing nothing, look no further. You can do as much or as little as you like. The house was maintained impeccably by Miss Carlene and the meals she made us were excellent. My only regret is I should have asked Miss Carlene to cook for us more, she is a very good cook and just a sweet woman. Conveniences like groceries (delivered if you like) right across the way, sheets and towels replenished daily, updated and clean washrooms, cold AC for warm nights, are all better than any all-inclusive you may be contemplating.
My warmest regards to the wonderful group at Chukka Cove-you provided a fantastic vacation getaway for me and my family. :-)
We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review after a few weeks of returning home but do understand how busy the daily routines can be after a vacation :)..
Glad to hear you had such an amazing time at Villa 1 and a great stay in Jamaica. To hear we exceeded your family expectations is fantastic news! Miss Carlene and the Team mentioned what an absolute pleasure it was having you all and the entire staff look forward to having you again in the future.
To all future guests: John has graciously offered to be a referral and is willing to speak with anyone who may be doubtful as he was, about staying at Villa 1.
Thank you and One Love John!
Good not great
I wanted to love this place and it was unfortunately disappointing. The property itself is beautiful but the villa is extremely run down. The staff on the property is nice but are there all day (not their fault it is what they are told to do) and sit right out front of the villa so there is no privacy. We came for Valentine’s Day and rented a villa for privacy and unfortunately got the opposite. Miss Carline is so nice but we ate most meals out. We also had a very difficult time with the locals when we left the villa and found the customer service at local reataursnts to be extremely disappointing. The house cat Reds and the driver Clarence were the absolute best. We went to chukka tours and they knew nothing about the discount. The local store is very expensive and Ocho Rios itself is very impoverished it was very upsetting to see. Just giving an honest review as I was shocked after reading so many great reviews. Again no offense to the staff they are fantastic I just wanted to share our unfortunately disappointing experience.
Thank you very much for taking the time to write your personal views and feedback, Emily. We are sorry that you felt disappointed about your visit. We are also surprised to hear you think the villa is run down, as it was renovated only months before your stay. We actually haven’t even had a chance to update the photos, so the villa should have superseded your expectations. Carlene noted that you even complimented how much you liked the villa.
Jamaica is a developing country and this is the reason we provide our recommendations for restaurants and places to visit. Because anywhere you go out and interact on your own in a rural town, you will normally get a mix of experiences. We find that when you only have a limited time in a new country, local recommendations helps to eliminate dissatisfaction.
As you confirmed in our guests' reviews, we've never had any issues with privacy and so we will look into what could have caused this feeling.
Naturally, we endeavour to respect the wishes of every guest and our staff is always complimented as being courteous and respectful.
One Love and warmest regards!
Villa 1 Team
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 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 and L & M meats supermarket, complimentary delivery service included.Conditions apply.