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Doug Schmidt

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

5 BR, Staff of 4, 5,200 Sq. Ft. Pool, Great Location & View!!

27 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Runaway Bay Villa Rental Photos and Description

Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)

Rendezvous Villa is one of the nicest villas in Jamaica and located in a great neighborhood,

Google 'rendezvous villa jamaica face book' for some additional pictures.

The villa is within 20 minutes of the islands most popular attractions. Nestled on a hill side above Breezes, Runaway Bay Golf Course and just a few quick minutes to the beach. Once you experience the calm evening breezes and panoramic Caribbean views, you will wonder why you ever considered a sea-side villa.

Rendezvous Villa is spacious, with over 5,200 square feet, five bedrooms that accommodate ten, a large living room, two dining areas (one on the balcony), two large verandas, and a large pool area. Smoking is not allowed inside the villa, however is acceptable on the verandas. Each bedroom has air conditioning, however it is rarely needed. All furnishings are updated on a regular basis and our villa is very well kept.

Rendezvous Villa is a great place for families and friends to vacation in casual comfort. You have the exclusive use of the villa and its private pool. This also means that the full-time staff of three is there for you and only you. So pack your shorts and leave the dress cloths at home. No need to over pack, your staff does all the laundry, ironing, cooking, cleaning, and maintain the pool and grounds. The staff prepares breakfast and dinner and you are on your own for lunch.

The villa is kid friendly and stocked with hi-chair, pack & play, stroller, toys, kids DVD's, pool toys, sand toys for the beach, games, movies, kids plates, cups, etc. Nanny care is available from 9 AM to 6 PM for $250 per week with advance notice.

The golf course and the Cardiff Hall private beach is just a few minutes. The private beach is equiped with chairs, snack bar and showers.

Rendezvous villa is one of the nicest villas in Jamaica. Our rates are very reasonable. We do this to keep our staff occupied and we enjoy sharing this wonderful place with others. There are several villas in the area with equal or higher rates that do not compare.

Keywords: Villa, staffed, large, pool, golf

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Doug Schmidt (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Doug Schmidt

Douglas and Nicole Schmidt from Nebraska. We have two children, ages 8 and 5. We love Jamaica and the vacations our family have there together. We travel on a regular basis, however we haven't found any place quite like Jamaica.

Doug Schmidt purchased this villa in 2003

Why Doug Schmidt chose Jamaica North Coast

We love Jamaica and this is one of the few places that fully staffed villas are common. We've visited staffed villas in other locations and they just aren't the same. We could have purchased a villa on the beach or the golf course, however once you experience the view from Rendezvous you will understand why we made our decision.

What makes this villa unique

The location is great an the staff does a great job. Wonderful meals are served to you on the balcony for breakfast and dinner. The beds are turned down at night, pitchers of ice water are in every room. The size of our villa is a big plus. Over 5,200 sq. ft. gives you plenty of spots to spend time as a group, however you can always find a quiet place to read a book too.

Reviews

5
based on 27 traveler reviews

5 BR, Staff of 4, 5,200 Sq. Ft. Pool, Great Location & View!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

What a great way to vacation with family and friends!

  • 5 of 5

We had never experienced a staff villa vacation prior to this. We have stayed in many VRBO houses in the past, however nothing was quite as enjoyable as this. The staff was great and never in the way. They work from about 9AM to 9PM. The food was wonderful, the villa was spotless and Mr. Lawford makes the best rum punch and bbq ribs and chicken we have ever had. I can't say enough about the beach and the location. The beach was perfect and my wife had a list of things she wanted to do and they were all very close to the villa. We did take a day trip towards the end of our stay, that was about a 2 hour drive there. We left at 9:30 and made it to Ricks for lunch and then made some stops on the way back. It was a good day. We hired Andrew as a driver, Doug set this up for us. He was top notch and we were all very glad we had him as part of our group. I would suggest this place to anyone with a group of friends or a family trip. The house is great and the views of the coast are amazing. We cant wait to get back there.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind comments. Glad you enjoyed it.
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Wheaton, IL
5

Very Solid Choice for Jamaica Exploration Base

  • 5 of 5

Villa Rendezvous was the perfect location for our party of 10 (5 Adults and 5 Kids) to use as a base for our exploration of the North Coast of Jamaica.

The owner, Doug, was a very good source of information prior to our arrival, easy to communicate with, made sure that our arrival transportation was seamless, and that we arrived to a fully stocked, spotless villa.

The Villa itself is in a good location, up the hill a ways from the beach, which affords for really good views of probably 10 miles of coastline. The villa's 5 bedrooms, public areas, verandas, pool, grounds, etc. are all top notch, very clean, in very good condition and maintained to a very high standard, you would be hard pressed to find anything that is less than 'excellent' throughout. You are within 30-45 minutes of every attraction you would want to do over the course of the week, and the local beach is great for those days or afternoons that you want to stay local. Good spots for lunch (eat in or take out) are within a 10 minute drive.

The Villa staff each perform their tasks in a friendly, unobtrusive manner, and are really a pleasure to have around. Ms. Tiny and Ms. Betsy prepare a really good variety of meals for breakfast and dinner, so good that we only went out twice for dinner. The service they provide during mealtime is excellent, you are truly a guest and made to feel as such. Lawford maintains the grounds, cleans the pool each day, and does a fine job on the grill. Between the three of them, they keep the place absolutely spotless.

Hiring Andrew for Transportation for the week is a no brainer, he will prove to be your tour guide for the week, and will take you to a good mix of on and off the beaten path spots.

Our entire group of people from age 8 to 76 could not have been happier with our time spent at Rendezvous Villa!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Mike, I'm glad you enjoyed the trip and the villa. Thanks for the kind words too.
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5

Amazing Villa with staff we will always remember!

  • 5 of 5

Our 2015 family vacation was enjoyed at Doug's villa and I can not say enough amazing things about this villa! The pictures to not due it justice. The villa is spotless and beautiful. If has everything you could ever want for an amazing week. The pool is sparkling clean and the beach was fantastic. Doug is an excellent owner and was always there to recommend places to go, things to do, or answer any of our questions. The staff is absolutely amazing. Ms. Betsy makes amazing meals totally catered to want you enjoy. We planned on going out for dinners but never did as we couldn't imagine missing her cooking! Ms. Tiny keeps the villa spotless and is there for whatever we need. Lawford keeps the grounds perfect and took us to the beach whenever we wanted to go. They because like family and I can honestly say there where tears when we left. I would recommend this villa to anyone. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Western NY
5

THE ONLY WAY TO VISIT JAMAICA!!!

  • 5 of 5

I simply can't say enough about Rendezvous Villa. We just completed our 4th stay at Rendezvous, and have already booked our 5th. The villa is perfect for families, and anyone who wants to truly experience Jamaica. We laugh at people who go to the 'all inclusive' resorts and think they have seen Jamaica. Rendezvous is a much better and cheaper way to experience the island. The resorts would love people to believe that staying with them is the best way to visit Jamaica. THEY ARE WRONG!

The staff at Rendezvous are truly wonderful people. If you go, I encourage you to get to know them, talk to them, learn about them. Tiny's food is equally fantastic and authentic. Betsy makes sure that the living space is comfortable. Lawford keeps the grounds beautiful (plus he makes some great bbq ribs, bbq chicken, and some killer rum punch). These people are a big part of the reason we keep coming back, and we look forward to seeing our 'Jamaican family' every year.

I also encourage anyone who goes to Rendezvous to hire Andrew as their driver. It's well worth having someone to take you around, share information about local attractions, history, towns, etc. Also, for families with children, hire Paula as a babysitter. It will seem weird at first (as it did our first year), but you'll see how amazing she is with the kids, and it will be worth it ($250 for the week! No better deal for babysitting). The kids love her, and she even calls them on their birthdays now.

The villa itself is absolutely beautiful. The owner (Doug) just completed some renovations, and the place is truly deluxe. It is very family friendly. Toys/games/movies for kids. Plus, the pool area is fantastic, and separated by a staircase and a locked door, so young children can't accidentally make their way to the pool area without adult supervision.

This year, we arrived a day early, and we reluctantly had to get a different villa in Montego Bay for a night before heading to Rendezvous. It was then that we realized just how special Rendezvous is. While the MB villa was very nice, it didn't even compare to Rendezvous. We agreed that had our MB villa been our first villa experience in Jamaica, we likely wouldn't be coming back every year, even thought it was a nice place.

Finally, Doug (the owner) is very responsive and easy to work with. He gave us a lot of ideas and thoughts before our first trip there 4 years ago.

I encourage anyone traveling to Jamaica to stay at Rendezvous Villa.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, glad to hear you guys enjoy it so much. Didn't realize this was your fourth trip either. Our staff does make a difference and they are very special people. They have all been with us for 12 years now and Paula took care of my youngest when she was only 2 months old. I will pass your nice comments on to them all and glad to see you are coming back again next year.
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Southern California
5

This family of 6 had a great family vacation, thank you for sharing this very special place!

  • 5 of 5

We were a family with 2 adults and 4 children, ages 8 to 18. When we arrived, we all stood on the balcony for at least 30 minutes and just stared at the view, pictures do not do it justice. We continued to enjoy that view every morning with our coffee and meals were served on the balcony too. The bedrooms are spacious and so are the living areas. The villa has been updated and we were pleasantly surprised. (the old pictures looked great, but you need to update these when you have time). I read another review that commented on the beach and feel that it is worth mentioning. Being from California & seeing lots of beaches in our day, this beach was wonderful. You pull right up to it in the golf cart and you are on the beach. We are used to parking a mile away & hiking it in. In addition, we had never seen a white sand beach that had lots of amazing trees on it. Plenty of sun, don't worry about that, but shade on a beach is something we had never seen before. Two attendants there got us chairs & were busy taking care of it all day. I went with the driver to a local Jerk restaurant and we brought lunch back to the beach, there are a few tables there to eat on too. The pool at the villa was great and we spent some time there too. We hired Andrew to be our driver & he was a great guy & we would suggest a driver to anyone staying there or anywhere in Jamaica. He got us where we needed to go & we didn't have to worry about a thing. We enjoyed plenty of activities & usually got out of the house around 10am and were home by 4pm, it was great. Dunns River, Blue Hole, Dolphin Cove, a quick drive through Fern Gully and we stopped at Wassi Pottery, Bamboo raft ride down the Martha Brae & then we did a day trip to Negril. We left the villa at 9:30 and arrived at Ricks Cafe for lunch and watched the cliff divers. Two hours at Ricks & then headed back (not much to do in Negril) We did stop at Margaritaville for about 30 minutes in Negril, nice beach, but very busy. Then we stopped for an hour at Margaritaville in Montego Bay, then arrived at the villa at 5:30 that evening. My final comments will refer to the amazing staff. They are so nice and did a wonderful job. Our kids loved all of them & Lawford is a very special man & talented with his BBQ grill. Betsy and Ms. Tiny kept the house spotless and forgot nothing. Thank you Doug for always being so available and answering my 1000 questions and thank you for sharing this special place.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and thanks for all the kind comments.
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
5

Great location, villa is wonderful and the staff is the cherry on top!

  • 5 of 5

8 of us stayed for 7 nights and upon arrival we couldn't not have been happier with the villa. It has been recently renovated and the pictures on line are not up to date yet. The villa looks great and I know everyone else has said it, but the views and the staff were perfect. Lawford made us rum punch all week, Betsy and Ms. Tiny kept the house spotless and the food was great too. The beach is like something out of a story book. Quiet, shade trees and there was a reef just off the beach for some snorkeling too. We did hire the driver for the week and very glad we did. He was great to have around for the few trips we had, but nice to have for running to the store or to change money. We originally planned on eating out a few nights during our stay, however the cooking was so good we didn't. We were close to the beach, close to Ocho Rios and the airport was under one hour away. The villa was very spacious and the rooms were a nice size and very comfortable. We loved our stay and hope to return soon. Thanks to Doug for all the help planning our trip and thanks to the staff for all the TLC you gave us during our stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. Sorry, last time I was there I forgot my camera at home and haven't got around to updating the photos yet. Glad you liked it and I will pass your kind comments on to the staff. Have a great 2015!
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Montego Bay
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Tanya's Sports Bar
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Flavors On The Beach
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Cardiff Hall Private Beach
Car: recommended

Swim with the dolphins, Canopy Tours / Zip lines, Calypso Bamboo Rafting, River Tubing, Cave Tours, Horse Back Riding, Margaritaville, Craft Market, Fern Gully, Wassi Pottery, ATV Tours, Jeep Safari, Tree Top Canopy Tour and Many More. Days at the beach and villa are nice too. ALl of the above is 30 minutes or less away. We are fortunate to be in a great location.

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Rates & Availability

Runaway Bay Villa Rental Rates

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Low Season
Apr 16 2016 - Dec 20 2016
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are for groups of up to 8. Groups over 8 adds $200.00. Rates "include" full-time cook and housekeeper (total staff of 4). They "do not" include tips, groceries, cook or airport transfers. Airport transfers (Montego Bay): $100 up to 10 people with standard luggage-one way. Heavy packers may require a second or larger van.

CANCELLATION POLICY: 100% refund if cancelled at least 90 days before arrival date.

Half of the payment is due at the time of booking and the balance is due 90 days prior to arrival. Personal checks are fine. Mail to: Doug Schmidt / 3725 Touzalin Avenue / Lincoln, NE 68507

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Amenities

Runaway Bay Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (3) 3 king beds. Other 2 rooms are twins, these are pushed together and fitted with a king sheet for couples., Twin or Single Beds (4) Two rooms have two twin beds, these are put together when couples are in these rooms., Baby Cribs (1) One pack and play, one high chair, lots of movies, beach and pool toys.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Notes:
Full-time Staff of Four, Security, Outside dining area with great coastal view, 5,200 sq. ft. of living space, close to many of Jamaica's most popular tourist destinations.

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