|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
This beautiful beach front - 5 bedroom, 5 bathrooms, 1 bedroom annex, large living room and dining room, 3 spacious patios upstairs and lots of open property to explore, is located in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.
Runaway Retreat is ideal for vacationers who want the option of privacy but who also wish to be in close proximity to the attractions. Fifteen minutes east of Runaway Bay is Ocho Rios, which boasts some of the best attractions and entertainment in Jamaica . Many of the most interesting places to see are all located within minutes of Runaway Bay.
The villa has it own filtered fresh water pool by the sea and it's own private white sand beach for active personal water sporting and other sporting activities. A championship golf course is located less than a mile away .
One of the pleasure of Runaway Retreat is the kind, friendly, courteous and experienced staff, who provides good source of information about local attractions, customs, culture and cuisine, which will help to make your stay an enjoyable and memorable visit .
Night security is available on request at an additional cost.
This house was built by my husband
Runaway Retreat is situated on 2 acres of manicured lawn with beautiful white sand beach. Sitting on the balcony, you can observe the beautiful sunset.
Runaway Retreat is located in one of Jamaica's most naturally beautiful place. It was named Runaway Bay because it was once an escape rout for runaway slaves. The first native settlers to the island were the Aarawak Indians.
Runaway Retreat is a place of relaxation yet you are not far away from the the best Jamaica has to offer in entertainment.
Close proximity to the best entertainment and attraction, this villa has 3 Large balconies which give you a sea view and also a view of the surrounding mountains.
I just stayed at Runaway Retreat and couldn't wait to get back to write about it. This place is truly amazing if you are looking for a piece of the real Jamaica and not just the huge resorts, I stayed at large resports on my last 2 trips and will never do it again. The staff is truly wonderful, the garden/yard is beatiful, the beach is a crawl away and if you're not feeling like the beach the pool is still there for you. Great seafood restaurant/bar in walking distance. Very close to Ocho Rios. 3 different balconies to relax on and catch the scenary. I am already planning my next trip to Jamaica and will only stay here going forward.
Oh, where do I begin-- Come with me as I take you through an adventurous thrill that was beyond anything I could have visioned; but, a higher power saw my great need and Answered: 'Odette'. Firstly, have you ever tried planning a funeral or any event while three thousand miles away from the venue? Well, with my sympathetic nervous system into high gear; I had such a task -- plan my beloved soul-mate "Going Home Rites and Burial". When I booked the 'Retreat' I had no idea the tremendous force my host, Merlyn, played when she dropped a hint about having the best cook in the world for an additional charge, 'Odette', her GoTO resource at Runaway Retreat". Well, was I in for a shock, not only is Odette the absolute best cook in the world; but, oh, she is so much more - a one-stop consultant/solution provider, planner, organizer, group leader with an abundant command of the needed business savvy to steer any project from inception to implementation. Odette singlehandedly took the rein in hand and didn't slow until she had constructed and laid out the blue-print of what had to be in place, making the arrangements as well as all of the details that went into making the events as highly organized and smoothly executed as they were. Just minutes after first speaking with her she put together and sent me a Budget for the events as well as an organized itinerary for all phases of the events along with delegations of the appropriate personnel to head each phase with duties, responsibilities and resources. Odette made what no doubt would have been an otherwise anxiety laden experience one of such elation and awe that though not stopping for sleep or rest for three days we all moved with pep and vigor swaying to the conscious lyrics that flowed from the musical department. To witness Ms. Odette in operation as she command the respect and support of the entire Runaway Retreat staff and all those who played a role; be it from the fishermen with whom she made arrangements to obtain the fishes, folks to buy a goat or two from as well as the hundred of pounds of chicken, down to obtaining the many pots needed along with rental of tents and tables, etc was in itself a most valuable lesson. Odette, thank you for taking my plans a couple step up the ladder in a flawless and perfect "So Long" to my Soul Mate. Finally, without Merlyn's Runaway Retreat adding the ideal setting where the various team members assembled to put it all together was icing -- Grandson had a divine time.
We had the best vacation ever!!! We were right on the beach and also had a pool. The staff is awesome and always willing to help in any way they can. The owner, Merlyn went out of her way to be helpful. We've been going to Jamaica for the last 6 years, and never actually saw Jamaica like we did this year. Going back soon and so looking forward to it. The property was very clean and there was so much to do
Let me start by saying this property actually deserves a NO star rating!!!!! This property is not at all as described on the listing and I sincerely doubt that it has ever truly gotten a 5 star rating. Upon arrival I was in complete shock. There was NO beach!!!!!!!!! When we asked about the beach, we were told that the beach was there the week before? I am not sure where the pictures were taken for this listing. There was a very small beach on the property next door that was littered with water bottles, milk jugs, etc. As we entered the property, the shock continued, the kitchen looked as if it belonged in a shack, the bathrooms were severely dated, dirty and smelled of mothballs, none of the beds had real pillows, the so called "balconies" were holes cut in the walls with gaping holes around the doors, leading to the roof, the "annex" out back was a shack and we were afraid to even look in it and the pool was dirty. We were also given individual keys to our bedrooms we had chosen and were told that we would need to lock the doors every time we left and when we slept at night, each door also looked as if it had been pried open in the past. There were also several people on the property and it didn't seem like they would be leaving, which we thought was very odd. This property is by far the most disappointing property we have ever stayed in and we obviously felt extremely unsafe.
We immediately approached the owner and let her know that we would not be staying because it was not as
described. She was dismissive and rude and would not refund any of our money even though we did not stay one night on this property. When we contacted VRBO.com about this matter they showed a complete lack of responsibility and concern in this matter.
At the very least I hope this review will help families to not make the same mistake we made by renting this property.
I would not ever recommend this property to anyone!!!!
I was here in June and it was incredible. It's right on the beach, which is awesome, and the staff was very attentive. I was also impressed by the garden. I have stayed at a couple of all-inclusive hotels in Jamaica and have been very disappointed by what I got for the money. You will not regret staying at the Runaway Retreat. They really treat you special.
This space is truly heaven on earth. Beautiful turquoise ocean right in your backyard. Clear cool swimming pool. Big breezy colour full rooms. Everything you need for a relaxing vacation all in one spot. Resorts can be so large and impersonal, see the real Jamaica and experience it's wonderful culture. Runaway Retreat allows for an intimate and relaxing vacation. One day during our stay we walked down the beach and bought fresh fish from local fishermen. Located just a short drive from Ochi Rios. Don't waste your time in an overcrowded resort, stay at Runaway Retreat!
Runaway Retreat is located approximately 15 minutes outside of Ocho Rios - St. Ann (Jamaica), This beautiful beach house with well manicured lawn is ideal for:
• Group Retreats
• Family get-together
• Destination Weddings
• Reunions & More