Let me apologize to Villa Mishkan for the is late review. When I was booking this location I was working with Sacha, the manager at that time. She was great to work with and very responsive when I sent emails to her. The location looks as advertised, you will not be disappointed. There is a short walk to the beach, but it was not an issue for me, since I was driving all over the island. There was a reggae festival in runaway bay and it was a short car ride from the Villa to the venue. If you are not worried about being on the beach, this is an excellent place.
I got to say, I was against staying at a vacation rental for a couple reasons including, no all you can eat, no unlimited alcohol, no hotel entertainment, but my wife convinced us to try this "a la carte" style vacation at the Villa Mishkan. The experience was just so much more in every way!
We only have good things to say about Villa Mishkan and the service. Their service and attention to our needs by far exceeded our expectations. Special mention to Sacha and Jack (the managers) they were fantastic and just kind and friendly hosts. The rooms are cozy and clean and the local area has tons of food options and beatiful attractions. The private beach is very close by, only a couple minutes walk which is also a bonus.
We (my wife and I) just wanted to get away and in this setting we were able to do just that and for a very reasonable price.
I can't really see myself regressing back to the all you can eat for the exact reasons I thought they were superior. For one thing, I am able to get much better food and drinks in this Runaway Bay / Ocho Rios area than what they offer at the resorts.
I was able to enjoy the entertainment at local bars and restaurants when we felt like it and weren't forced to be around all the noise like when we were at the large resorts. We also were much more inclined to explore the local attractions which we did. There is just so much to do and to see in this area and to be able to come back to a quiet and comfortable environment like Villa Mishkan was a perfect match.
I will definitely repeat.