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Hidden Bay by the Sea perches dramatically on one of the most remarkable sites on Jamaica's renowned North Coast. Completed in 2014, the property captures both the drama of an extraordinary elevated panorama of blue sea and the proximity of its own sandy beach. Its well planned design attracts groups of up to 12 adults and especially two and three generation families. The architect listened when these homeowners ordered a full range of the comforts of a family style home, equal accommodations for all guests, and capture of the outrageous beauty of their unique location. The interior designer added an uncluttered, immaculate style of unpretentious glamour. In short, an ideal vacation home. For those who want privacy during all this togetherness, ten individual outdoor sitting areas dot the seafront wall. A thatched roof outdoor bar is yet another informal sitting area with tables for drinks and games.
As remarkable as the home itself are the finely tuned staff members, pampering without ever intruding and starring by season two marvelous cooks, Cook Kim and Chef Lyn.
The main house consists of four bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, approximately 4 000 square feet.
A comfy wrap around veranda with glorious view is the favorite gathering area. Step off the porch onto a grassy lawn, fresh water pool and terrace, and travertine stepping stones to the piece de resistance, an open sitting area on a dramatic promontory over the sea with sweeping views from horizon to sunrise to sunset. Sunset vigils with butler served trays of drinks and hors d'oeuvres create indelible memories of each day's long, breathtaking dusk. Cameras mandatory.
From this promontory, a stairway leads down to a private over-the-water stone deck supported on eons-old coral rock, an enviable spot with chaises for sunning and a jumping off point into the bay.
Or, across the lawn, walk down a Harry Potter style rock clad stairway that looks like it could open to a cave and voila! The hidden beach is a 100' stretch of sand by the sea for barefoot shell gathering, for toddlers to splash in shallow waters and for taller guests to venture into the waves. Kayaks and vests are complimentary.
From the moment we arrived at the airport, all of our needs were taken care of sometimes before we could even think of what we needed.
Hidden Bay is a spectacular oasis. Waking up to the ocean waves crashing against the reefs and then walking out onto the porch is a memory that I have embedded in my mind. Everywhere you walk, there is another place to explore- the hot tub provided the backdrop for our late afternoon cocktails as we watched the sun set. The lower level was a great place to swim out into the sea or just watch the fishermen trying to catch their daily meals. We used the smaller cottage for our spa afternoon- Verona and Joy set up their tables on the porch and created the most relaxing atmosphere.
The staff at the villa couldn't have been more gracious. Kim's cooking was fantastic! She made sure that my special dietary needs were met and did a great job of not wasting any of the food. Tommy and Ritchie made sure that our glasses were never empty and our belly's were always full of Kim's yummy creations. On the eve of my sister-in-law's birthday, they set up tables for cocktails, strung lights across trees and created a beautiful and festive vibe. I think the staff had fun when the got to see one of the members of the steel band surprise us as he started dancing and juggling with fire! What a memorable moment.
Other memorable moments came when we went snorkeling and of course our trip to Secret Falls. We actually thought about not doing the lazy river but I am so glad that we decided to traveled down together while singing our favorite Bob Marley songs. The views were again, amazing and the memories were priceless.
I hope to visit Hidden Bay again and I long for Kim's banana nut muffins.
Thank you for recommending Hidden Bay. Thank you for helping me plan my birthday celebration. I am grateful for the lasting imprint this trip gave me.
Gail and Reed Slogoff
60 minutes to the airport.
Five minutes to Runaway Bay Golf Club.
20 minutes to Ocho Rios.
This home, pools and gardens sit solidly on a horizontal expanse of coral rock. The privacy of Hidden Bay belies its location in the heart of the historic little town of Runaway Bay. In fact, one may miss the villa’s entrance gate and impressive wall that spans 450 feet along the road just feet from the sea. But do not miss the opportunity to stroll through this local Jamaican village, unspoiled by super clubs or mega hotels. Immediately across the street is the irresistible Best Little Pattie Shop in Jamaica. The supermarket and hardware store are in the village center. The friendly townspeople will welcome you warmly.