We had a fantastic stay at Sunspot Villa and would recommend to anyone considering a trip to Jamaica!
Demographics: Two families of two kids each, kids ranging from 3 to 8 years old
Just about everything about the villa was perfect for our group. The grounds are more beautiful than the pictures capture. Mr. Wilson works most of the day manicuring the landscaping, and the yard is clean and friendly for activities (and huge!). The location is perfect, in a small block of villas in a gated area just a few doors east of Jewel Runaway Bay (where we had stayed on a prior trip). To the east of the villa there are several friendly vendors including a diver who catches fresh seafood and other items every day (some available for purchase). The vendors are not pushy and do not bother you as you enjoy the essentially private beach beyond the backyard. The staff is happy to bring chairs and umbrellas to the beach (and even some drinks or smoothies upon request)!
The one thing we didn’t realize about the house is only 2 bedrooms are connected with the interior hallway/main room. The other two rooms open to the pool/yard. For us, this was a plus and the kids loved feeling like they had a little apartment. For others with younger kids, it may be a concern that is alleviated by a pool alarm. The rooms were incredibly clean and comfortably, fully functioning A/C and ceiling fans.
The beach is really great. So much room to swim/snorkel on wonderfully soft sand, with manta rays swimming around you. Our kids on a calm day were able to snorkel near the beach and see lots of fish (and the popular rays).
Finally, the pool is perfect for families. Probably 2/3ds of the pool is about 3’6” deep (a guess), which was a perfect height for everyone except the 3 y/o to touch and gave them so much room to safely swim! Temperature was great, we thought the light salt water pool was better than a typical chlorine pool as well. The loungers on the edge of the pool our great. In our particular week, it was so sunny that they were hot to sit in, so we did most sitting in the gazebo.
The gazebo is really sizeable, really nice, and essentially was the family room for our trip. Even when we had the occasional rain, we hung out there, which was dry even in driving, windy rain. And at night after kids are in bed, it was great to turn on some music over the sound system that is hooked to the gazebo and have great conversation.
The meal plan was great and recommended. For the same or less as you would pay at an all-inclusive, the food was much better and tailored to us. In addition to the manager Erica being willing to plan a menu for the week, you have the option to let them guide you, which we did. As the week went on (without request), the head chef modified the menu on the fly to give us (and especially the kids) even more meals that they loved. At every meal, there was plenty of food for all with enough variety for everyone to enjoy. I have the impression we could have been a lot more picky and they would have definitely accommodated, but we had a lot of fun being surprised each day. Also, the desserts were really great!
What can you say, everyone was great! The house manager lives in the back of the property, barely noticeable, but checks on you 2-3 times most days. This was great for us because we were able to order deliveries of beer/wine/snacks since we did not rent a car, and she made sure everything ran smooth. And the rest of the staff was really phenomenal. It was the middle of the week before we realized how much they were taken care of without us even noticing, cleaning up behind us, keeping our stuff out of the weather, responding to anything we needed. Everyone was great.
Very easy to be picked up at airport and dropped off. We had a ton of bags and it was no problem.
Erica had a caddy contact (John) at the course across the street. He came and picked us up and dropped us off both days we golfed! It’s easy to get to, and we took my 6 y/o who had a great time with the caddy. The course is probably in the shape of a nice local park course, but much longer, with no rough. The greens were in fantastic shape, and it’s worth going just for a couple holes that have amazing views.
Odds and ends
- Wine is pretty expensive (which we expected). They just don’t get a lot delivered to Jamaica, so if you’re into wine you should probably expect what would probably be a $10 US bottle at home to be $20-$25. Erica was great at helping us pick reasonably priced wines that did the trick for us.
- Considered a day trip to the water park at the resort, but Erica let us know that ownership just changed and now they make you pay for a full day of full service all-inclusive. Not worth it if you’re just looking for the water park, but maybe that will get better over time. We didn’t need it, the beach, pool and yard provided plenty of entertainment for the kids.
- The management company charges a pretty hefty exchange rate (this was just for the stuff that we had delivered while at the house). It’s not a big deal, it’s rounding on the cost of the total trip, but if you have access to a good exchange rate to pick up Jamaican dollars ahead of time, that might save you a little.
For the past 5 years, a group of 8-10 of us, 4-5 couples, vacations together. Out of all 5 years, we received the most amazing service at Sunspot. From the meals and house experience, to our driver Donovan, there wasn’t anything missing. The beach is a great bonus, the water is so clear you can see the mantarays swimming right next to you! The grounds of the home were in immaculate condition because of Mr. Wilson, and to top it off, security is stationed to watch the house and the beach from 6P - 6A every night. We always felt incredibly safe and secure, even when taking a night stroll down the beach. Our house manager, Erica, knew ya better than we knew ourselves and gave us excellent recommendations on excursions and restaurants. We will all definitely be coming back!”
The location and layout of the villa on Runaway Bay was great. Beautiful, well manicured grounds that were lovingly attended to every day by groundsman Wilson. There is nothing we can complain about. Meals were tasty, well balanced and beautifully presented. Loved that they were authentic Jamaican. Each day we looked forward in eager anticipation to see what was on the menu. Erica's help in organising the tours to the exciting and adventure filled Blue Hole, Dunn's River Falls and many other sights; the wonderful attention of the staff, not to mention our driver Donovan - such a gentleman and informative tour guide. The rooms were comfortable and private enough. Many thanks to our wonderful hosts Erica and Wayne. All made it a truly memorable vacation.
Party of nine saddened that our vacation is coming to an end.
We enjoyed tremendously the full service offered by the staff and management of Sunspot Villa. The meals along with freshly made fruit and vegetables are flavorful and amazing. We recommend taking the meal plan.... we are always excited and pleased to see what is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner and some of us are exposed to new tasting foods. The smoothies taste awesome.
We went on several day trips while staying here and the villa coordinator always has food/snacks packed for our road trips so you are never hungry.
Each room is equipped with a safe,t.v.,ceiling fans,air condition,comfortable mattresses covered with bamboo sheets, modern style washrooms with rain showers and granite countertops.
The view of the ocean and the sounds of the waves breaking are so relaxing and breathtaking.
We are spoiled from this lifestyle the villa has offered us for the week that we are here and will definitely make this our Jamaican vacation spot.
Exquisitely maintained gardens, private accommodations, on an amazing stretch of white sandy beach, inviting you to relax, breathe, drink in the sea air, and the local colour. Our meals were lovingly prepared and served to us in a formal dining room, or al frescoe on the veranda next to the pool. While on the beach, the staff served us delicious fresh, local, organic juices. It was truly an enriching experience for our entire family!