- Q: Who are we?
A: We are one of the most experienced and respected companies in the Vacation Villa Rental field. We have been a leader in the industry since 1989. We use an advanced computer system insuring the absolute best and most comprehensive selection of rental properties on the market.
Our experienced staff will help guide you through the villa selection process. Each of our helpful reservations and representative agents have visited and inspected our villas, so they know first hand what you should expect when you arrive.
- Q: Airfare - Do we offer airfare to Jamaica?
- Q: Arrival Day - Does a weekly rental always start on the same day each week?
A: In Jamaica, you may arrive on any day of the week for most Villas, as long as the villa is available. Please note that as each Villa is individually owned, each owner reserves the right to set their own terms...
- Q: ATM Machines – Are there an ATM machine in Jamaica?
A: Yes most major banks such as the Scotia Bank and Commercial Bank etc., have ATM machines at their banks. The ATM will dispense Jamaican dollars. Your home bank should charge your account at the current exchange rate.
- Q: Cancellations - What are the cancellation policies?
A: In general, private villa and apartment rental payments are nonrefundable items. We therefore highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance is available and can be added to your booking up until the final payment due date (but not there after.
Should you need to cancel your reservation and have not taken travel insurance, we will always do our best to negotiate a refund for you with the property owner, however success cannot be guaranteed. If we are able to negotiate a refund for you, a cancellation fee will be assessed at the time of negotiation. Changes and/or revisions are subject to a 10% service fee.
- Q: Cellular Telephones - Can I use my cell phone in Jamaica?
Be warned however that the roaming charges can be very expensive.
We recommend you check with your cellular service provider in advance to make sure of compatibility. Alternatively, you may also rent a cell phone in Jamaica and set up a temporary account with Jamaica’s cellular provider.
- Q: Cellular Telephones - What if my phone will not work in Jamaica?
A: If your wireless telephone will not work in Jamaica, we will provide you with rental phones which can be picked-up and returned at the Airport.
Any unused amount of your deposit will be refunded. All charges are computed in Jamaican dollars, so the exchange rate at the time charges are incurred will affect the exact US dollar amount.
- Q: Children - Are children welcome in all the Villas.
A: There are a few homes that have restrictions. More importantly we recommend you let us make a few suggestions. Certain homes are more child-friendly than others in terms of safety and bedding considerations.
- Q: Credit Cards - Do grocery stores accept credit cards?
A: Yes most of the larger grocery stores do accept credit cards:
- Q: Currency - What is the currency in Jamaica?
A: The official currency in Jamaica is the Jamaican Dollar. Currently the exchange rate is approximately US $1.00 = JA $92.00 / 1 GBP = JA $113.00. You may exchange money into Jamaican Dollars at banks or licensed exchange bureaus in the airport or in resort towns. Most establishments also accept US dollars, British Pounds, traveller’s checks, and credit cards.
- Q: Damage Deposit - Are damage deposits required at all villas?
A: A number of villas require a prepaid damage deposit. The amount varies depending on the particular home, however a typical amount is US $500 – some select villas will request a higher amount.
This deposit is refunded to you after departure as long as no damage has occurred to the house and its contents.
- Q: Departure Tax - What is the Departure Tax at the airport?
A: Jamaica has a departure tax that is payable in cash only at the airport upon your departure. Currently, the tax is JA$1000 or US$27 or 15 GBP (or equivalent in foreign currency).
Most Airline tickets are issued to include this departure tax.
- Q: Electrical System - What is the electrical system in Jamaica?
A: Jamaica’s electrical system is the same as the U.S. – 110 volts / 50 cycles – so you will not need an adapter if you opt to bring items requiring electricity such as hairdryers or portable stereos.
- Q: Food Shopping - How do we shop for food?
A: There are a couple options. One option is to let the villa staff purchase all the food on your behalf based on a menu that you prepare. The staff will present you with an estimate for the cost for the cost of food and transportation and return any change along with the receipt. Some villas have prior arrangements with the grocery store to provide groceries in advance of payment: please check with your villa staff.
The daily cost for food and beverages per adult runs approximately $30 to $50 per person depending on whether you are a light or heavy eater as well as the your menu selection The cost would be more if you add in alcoholic beverages - especially imported wines and champagnes.
The second option is that you go to the market and grocery store either with the cook or by yourself and purchase the food. We find that a trip to the market with the cook is quite interesting.
Making at least one trip to the market and grocery store will also give you a perspective on the cost of food in Jamaica.
- Q: Ground transportation and Car Rentals - Should we rent a car in Jamaica?
A: Driving in Jamaica can be difficult for foreign residents, (bad roads, left hand driving, limited signs etc), however drivers accustomed to driving in Europe and South America enjoy the freedom of having their own vehicle.
We also suggest you consider a van or car and full time driver. We price this package very competively. The rate is all inclusive and unlimited mileage. You can go anywhere in Jamaica. We have excellent drivers very familiar with your villa and the area who can also act as your guide, take you and the cook to market and just basically insure that you can focus on your vacation and not have the worry about driving in Jamaica.
Take a look at our web site details. http://www.personalchoicejamaica,com/
- Q: Ground Transportation - What options do we have for ground transportation and/or car rentals?
A: We can offer you several options at varying costs for transportation while in Jamaica. We offer private car transfers, bus transfers, car rentals, or van and driver services.
Transfers vary in price depending on how many people require the service and to which area in Jamaica.
Car rentals range between $245 to $650 per week, depending on seasonal factors and the size of the car required. Car rentals are subject to additional tax, insurance fees, and liability deposits.
Please remember that in Jamaica you must drive on the left!
For larger groups or if you prefer to have a driver, a 12-passenger van & driver service is wonderful option starting at approximately $800 per week.
- Q: Honeymoons - Is a villa a good idea for a honeymoon?
A:It's an exceptional idea and a great value. Villas are private and spacious and many have Hot Tubs or Jacuzzis. Many of our listings offer reduced rates for 2 persons or Honeymooners
- Q: Hurricanes - When is hurricane season and what are the chances a hurricane will hit Jamaica?
A: Hurricane season begins June 1st and ends November 1st. No one can predict if or when a hurricane or tropical storm will hit Jamaica with 100% accuracy. However, with today’s technology, these storms can be discovered well in advance and their paths can be fairly accurately projected.
- Q: Internet Access - How do I access the Internet in Jamaica?
A: MOst Villa provide wireless & wired Internet access. Some of our villas have computers with Internet access, most however do not. You can also access the internet from Internet cafes in all of towns where our villas are located.
Do turn off your computer when you're not using it as Jamaica experiences occasional power surges, brownouts, blackouts and phone spikes. An ideal setup would include and extension cord, a surge protector and a phone splitter ~ but it is possible to operate without all these.
- Q: Length of stay - What is the required rental period.
A: Normally a 4 night stay is required. Some villas may accept shorter stays, especially if it is close to your departure date or during the “Low Season”.
During the Christmas and New Years Holiday period, most villas require a minimum of 7 to 14 nights and/or special arrival dates.
- Q: Medical Emergency - What arrangements are there if I get sick?
A: There are a number of doctors in all Tourist areas of Jamaica. Your villa staff will know how to reach a doctor. For serious problems, we recommend Montego Bay Hope, a new state-of-the-art medical diagnostic and treatment center which has a link with a hospital in South Florida should you need to be transported off the island.
Before your visit, please check with your insurance company so you know what procedure to follow just in case you do develop a medical emergency
- Q: Money issues - How easy is it to exchange money?
A: It is very easy to exchange foreign currancy at local Cam bios. Theses money exchange operations are located throughout Jamaica. All they do is exchange money.
This is much quicker than going into a bank, which we never advise doing unless you have to as the lines are long and the exchange rate is not usually very good.
US$ cash just about everywhere? You can use US$ in most places but you will probably not get the best exchange rate and you will get Jamaican $ back as change.
- Q: Nanny Services - If we want to go out for a night on the town, could we leave the kids?
A: Yes you may. We can arrange for nanny service. Depending on how late you will be out you may have to pay for the night or pay for the taxi for the nanny to go home. The rates are extremely reasonable.
- Q: Payments - What are the payment requirements?
A: Once you have selected your property and are ready to confirm, a deposit of 30%. Your balance will come due 60 days prior to arrival.
For holiday reservations, the deposit amount is 50%. – this deposit is non-refundable. Payments must be by personal check, cashiers check or official bank check (sorry no credit cards or money orders please!). The final payment is due ninety (90) days prior to departure.
- Q; Problem Areas - Are there any "problem areas" we should avoid like Kingston?
A: Jamaica like any other location in the world has areas that are less desirable than others. Most of our guests rent a car or van with driver which really prevents them from getting into problem areas.
Our drivers know Jamaica and can allow the guest to enjoy Jamaica and their vacation rather than worrying about driving. We visit Kingston every year without problems.
We however NEVER suggest that you drive your self to Kingston. We always use an experienced Jamaican driver who know the city.
- Q: Rental Seasons - When is High Season and Low Season?
A: In Jamaica, 'High Season' begins in mid-December and lasts until mid-April. The lower rates of 'Low Season' take effect until mid-December. Your villa consultant will reconfirm this upon your inquiry, as there are a few exceptions. Certain Holiday periods such as Easter and Thanksgiving may attract higher rates from selected Villas.
Q: Seasons - What are the dates for high & low season? Are there any periods with surcharges or discounts?
A: Most properties have at least two rates – one for high season and one for low season. High season runs from December 16 – April 15 and low season from April 16 – December 15. A majority of properties also have a surcharge for the Christmas/New Years period and a few also have a surcharge for Thanksgiving. In some cases, select properties also feature “shoulder” rates in which rates are lowered! In general, “shoulder” or discounted rates fall in May/June or September/October.
- Q: Security – Villa Security
A: All properties represented by us are licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board and like hotels, provide security.
At private villas, this usually means that in addition to the houseman, a licensed security guard comes on duty around sunset and patrols the grounds throughout the night. Most crime in Jamaica is centered in a few neighborhoods in Western Kingston, 125 miles and a mountain range distant from Montego Bay. Only a tiny percentage of visitors to the north coast experience any crime, usually theft of belongings left on a public beach. Almost all of our private villas have no history of crime.
- Q; Staff Tipping - What would you recommend for a tip for the staff?
A:Recommended gratuities are 10% to 15% of the villa rental in High Season ~ 15% of the villa rental in Low Season. These percentages apply to the entire staff, not to each individual staff member. This should be distributed the day you leave.
A suggested allocation of the amount might be: Cook-50%, Maid-25%, Gardener-25%
If your villa has a butler we suggest: Butler – 40% Cook – 40% Maid – 20%
we typically place the tip in individual envelopes for each staff member. We give it to them when the van picks us up for the airport.
- Q: Service Charge - Is there an added service charge?
A: We do not have added service charges. We suggest 10-15% tip for our staff. You may hand your tips directly to your staff and driver on departure day. Or you may prepay these monies through our office and our property manager will deliver your tips to your staff. In this case, we will advise the staff that you have prepaid their tips. Recommended gratuities are 10% of the villa rental in High Season ~ 15% of the villa rental in Low Season. These percentages apply to the entire staff, not to each individual staff member.
- Q: Travel to Jamaica – How do I get to Jamaica
A: Air Jamaica, Air Canada, American, Delta, British Airways, Northwest and USAir are the major carriers to the Caribbean. Several charters operate from the East Coast, the Midwest and Europe. Your destination is Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the airport code is MBJ. Please contact us with your requests
U.S. CITIZENS • a valid passport (or a passport expired for no more than one year) AND a valid driver's license with photo I.D., or • an original birth certificate with raised seal AND a valid driver's license with photo I.D., or • a certified copy of an original birth certificate with a raised seal issued by the Dept of Human Services or Division of Vital Records http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/howto/w2w/w2welcom.htm AND a valid driver's license with photo I.D., or • A naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship AND a valid driver's license with photo I.D.
CANADIAN CITIZENS • A valid passport or a "Statement of Live Birth" certificate AND a valid government-issued photo I.D. If you have questions about these requirements or are a citizen of another country, please call 1-800-233-4582 (Jamaica Tourist Board). Or check with the Embassy of Jamaica, 1520 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 telephone: (202) 452-0660.
- Q: Telephone - Can family and friends call us at our villa?
A: Yes. Jamaica uses the North American Dial Plan, so people can call you at the villa from the US or Canada by dialing 1+ Area Code and the 7-digit telephone number. From other countries, callers should normal international dialing procedures. The area code for Jamaica is (876).
- Telephone - Will my telephone credit cards work in Jamaica?
A: Most telephone credit cards will not work from Jamaica. You may be able to use your AT&T, MCI or Sprint cards from Jamaica by dialing the respective 800 numbers, but that can be an adventure. You almost certainly will not be able to use your telephone credit card to connect to your ISP outside of Jamaica. We recommend that you purchase a Jamaican prepaid calling card to use instead of your telephone credit card for all international long distance calls.
- Q: Telephone - Can I use my wireless telephone in Jamaica?
A: The Jamaican wireless system operates on a TDMA network, so it is not compatible with CDMA, GSM or 3G networks. Cable & Wireless and Digicell, the Jamaican providers, do have roaming agreements with the following service providers: • USA - AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless • Canada - Rogers Wireless • Barbados & Cayman - Cable & Wireless If you have roaming service with these providers, you may be able to "roam" while in Jamaica, but check with your wireless service provider.
- Q: Travel Details - Are there any items we should bring with us?
A: Sun block, mosquito repellent, favorite foods, film for cameras, baby food, pool float, good wine and champagne.
- Q: Travel Documents - What documents are required to enter Jamaica?
A: USA/Canada Citizens: Valid passport. Or passport that has expired not longer than one year; or an original birth certificate with raised seal, along with photo I.D. (both bearing the same name). Those visiting as tourists may remain for a period not exceeding six months. If you are married and using a birth certificate you will need a copy of your marriage license to show the name change?
UK Citizens: Commonwealth citizens need passports (no visa is required).
Japan Citizens: Passport required. Visa is required for stays of over 30 days.
All other countries: Please contact the JTB office nearest you for requirements.
- Q: Villa Amenities - Are there hair-dryers available in the villa?
A: Most of our villas have a portable hair dryer. Please check our detailed information for your particular Villa on our Web site.
- Q: Villa Amenities - Is there a stereo, CD and Tape player?
A: Please check our detailed information for your particular Villa on our Web site.
- Q: Villa Amenities - Is a converter or special plug needed for US appliances, computers etc?
A: The current in Jamaica is 120V the same as US. All your US appliances, radios, computers will work in Jamaica. The telephone lines also have standard RJ-11 plugs.
- Q: Villa Guests - Can I have guests over if I rent the villa?
A: You may have a few guests over to visit; however, there may be additional charges for meal preparation and for any other services or facilities used beyond that provided for the rental party. You may not invite groups of people (separate from the rental party) to the villa for functions, such as family reunions, meetings, weddings etc. without prior written consent.
Guests separate from the rental party may not stay overnight.
We ask that you do not invite strangers (people you did not know prior to your trip) into the villa for security reasons. The occupancy for the villa is as stated in the reservation invoice and may not be modified except by prior written agreement.
- Q: Villa Amenities - What does the villa come equipped with?
A: Your villa comes fully furnished and with a full staff. This includes items such as beach towels, bed sheets, room towels, tableware, cutlery etc.
- Q: Should we provide you with a list of things we want at the villa when we arrive, like alcoholic beverages, etc?
A: We ask for a pre-order list of food items one month before your trip. This includes the menu for the first night dinner and next day breakfast, any problem foods, and any liquor you might like to have us pre-order. You will pay for this at the local grocery store after your arrival (next day).
Q: Villa Life - Why stay in a villa and not a hotel?
A: The only true privacy you get in a hotel is in your bedroom or suite. Every other part of the facility you will have to share with countless numbers of strangers. Wherever you go, there they are too ~ the pool, the restaurant, the sun terrace, the beach, the bar.
In a villa everything belongs to you ~ the pool, the sun beds, the terrace, the music, the TV ~ it is your home every minute of the day. You will only see the people you wish to see. Even your staff will become "invisible" if that is what you want; appearing only at those times you ask them to serve you.
In a hotel you fit your schedule around the hotel's. In a villa you decide everything from what you eat to the time you eat it. And yet, despite having all these major advantages, a villa vacation compares very favorably on price with a hotel.
- Q: Villa Rates - Are the rates per person or for the entire villa?
A: Our rates are for the entire villa, but there can be no parties, weddings or large gatherings allowed in the villas without written permission. Villas may not be occupied by more guests than specified in the rental contract. Rates are based on occupancy and additional fees may apply.
- Q: Villa Times – What time can we check-In
A: Check-in time is 1:00 p.m. on arrival day. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. on departure day.
At The Tryall Club villas, check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and checkout time is 12:00 noon. However, if no other guests are scheduled to occupy your villa on arrival and departure days, you are welcome to check in early and check out as late as you wish.
Ask any agent in our office to advise you of the occupancy schedule of your villa. Remember that the schedule may change prior to your travel date, so you may wish to check with us again the week prior to your trip.
- Q: Villa Rates - Do we have to pay full rent if we book a home with more bedrooms then we need?
A: Not necessarily. Many villas can be rented at a reduced rate when you do not use all the bedrooms. This is noted on the villa rate listings on this site.
- Q: Villa Occupancy - If we do not book all the bedrooms in a villa will someone else (i.e. strangers) be using those bedrooms and sharing the house?
A: Absolutely not. You are renting the entire villa and you never have to share a villa with anyone other than those in your party.
- Q: Villa Staff - Do all of your villas include staff personnel?
A: All pour Villas in Jamaica are fully staffed.
Maid service is included in most Apartments/Condominiums, but, please confirm this with your villa consultant.
- Q: Villa Payments - What is your deposit and cancellation policy?
A: For most of the islands the following standard practices apply: A 30% deposit is required within 7 days to hold a reservation. Reservations are not considered firm until the deposit is received. A confirmation letter is sent to you upon receipt of the deposit. The balance of your payment is due 60 days prior to your arrival date. In general, for written cancellations received outside the 90 days of arrival - 10% of gross rental price is retained. For cancellations inside the 60 days of arrival the cancellation fee differs from Destination to destination, but it many cases the entire deposit is forfeited. Please check at point of booking. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.
Q: Villa Occupancy - What is the maximum occupancy of a villa?
A: As a general rule, villas have a maximum occupancy of 2 guests per bedroom. Therefore if you are a party of six, we suggest a three-bedroom villa. If you are a party of eight, a four-bedroom villa is most suitable, etc. Since villas are wonderful accommodation choices for families, additional children may be accommodated beyond the maximum occupancy if enough bedding is in place at the particular villa chosen. In some cases, additional adults can be accommodated; however additional person charges or cot fees may apply.
- Q: Villa Rates – How are you Villa rates displayed?
A; Rates listed on this site are NOT per person. Rates shown are per VILLA per Night and based on two people per bedroom. For example the rate shown for a studio or a one-bedroom would be the total for one week for up to 2 guests, the rate for a two-bedroom would be the total for one week for up to 4 guests, etc. unless otherwise noted; all rates are in US dollars
- Q; Villa Rates - Is tax and gratuity included?
A: Most private villas include tax in their rates (The new Room Occupancy Tax may be collected in Jamaica).
Staff gratuity however, is not included and we suggest a minimum of 10-15% gratuity for staff services. Gratuity is based on the total villa cost and should be paid to the staff directly at the end of your stay. Additionally, we suggest you divide the tip among the staff instead of leaving one lump sum. Using your own discretion, you may choose to give a larger portion of the tip to the staff member who provided the majority of the services or who provided services above and beyond the call of duty.
At apartments/condos and cottage resorts, Jamaican room tax and service charges may not be included in the price of your rental and would be collected locally. We will always advise you of the percentages collected for local tax and service be
- Q” Villa Staff - Do all the properties listed have full staff?
A: In general, all private villas provide a full staff. Most villas come with a staff of three including a cook, housekeeper and gardener/houseman. Some villas have additional staff members including butlers, nannies, laundresses, and villa managers/concierges. At apartments/condos and cottage resorts, staff is generally limited to daily maid service.
- Q: Villa Staff - What services do the staff provide? What are their hours?
A: The staff is responsible for all aspects of meal preparation as well as keeping the property and grounds clean and maintained. The staff can also do grocery shopping for you if you like. Household laundry is done by the staff, however personal laundry may be at an additional cost, depending on the villa selected. You will also find the staff to be an invaluable source of information on the area. They can tell you about local restaurants, attractions and entertainment.
If you need a nanny or a taxi, they can also assist in setting up these types of services.
- Q: Villa Meals - How is meal preparation and grocery shopping handled?
We will send you a preliminary grocery/menu planner with your final documents. A few weeks prior to arrival, we ask that you use this list as a guide and choose what you would like the staff to pre-stock at your villa as well as what you’d like them to prepare for your first night’s dinner and first morning’s breakfast. If any member of your group has food allergies or special dietary needs, we ask that you let us know this as well so the staff can be forewarned. You will be presented with a bill from the grocery store for the items that have been pre-purchased. After that, you simply communicate with the staff as to what you’d like for the balance of your stay.
Generally the cooks excel at Caribbean-style meals, but are also very adept at American and continental cuisine. Please remember that villas are not run like restaurants in which each person orders a different meal. Plan for “family style” meals with one or two main entrees. The cook will always do his or her best to accommodate for individual tastes. For example, you may opt to order Jerk Chicken for dinner, but ask for some to be “mild” and some to be “spicy”. Shopping for groceries can be accomplished in several ways. You may do your own shopping, you may ask the staff to shop for you, and some grocery stores may deliver.
Many guests opt to ask the cook to join them on a shopping excursion – this is an excellent way to get a good sense of the products available in Jamaica as well as where to go to get the best fresh produce, fresh fish, fruit, etc.
- Q: Villa Costs - What additional costs should we plan for?
A: Food, transportation, tours & excursions and incidentals (e.g. phone calls) are not included in the cost of your rental. Food costs can vary greatly depending on your tastes and needs. Simple meals like a traditional Jamaican chicken fricassee with rice and salad can be quite affordable. If you prefer multi-course meals or entrees requiring imported ingredients, then the food cost can rise significantly. An estimated average would be about USD $150-$200 per person for a week for meals.
Costs for tours and excursions can be obtained by contacting local tour operators – inquire with your staff upon arrival for recommendations. Local phone calls from your villa are generally complimentary; however keep in mind that calling from town to town in Jamaica is considered long distance.
Outbound international calls are usually not feasible from private villas (unless you call collect) as international calling codes are necessary, however phone cards can be purchased for this purpose and you can also leave the number to your villa with friends and family so they can call you instead.
- Q: Villa Rates - Aren't villas more expensive than a hotel?
A: As you explore the villas we represent you'll see that many villas are often much less than prices at hotels of the same quality standard. When you factor in all the benefits and amenities of a private villa, you'll quickly realize that villas offer a superb value. (Remember to compare rates per room/ per night).
- Q: Why a Villa?
A: A private villa is a unique vacation experience! Many travellers return to the same villa year after year and come to think of the property as their Jamaican “home away from home”. This is because villa vacations are all about personalized attention and service. Do you prefer breakfast at noon? No problem. Would you like having a pool all to yourself? Lounging in a hammock in your own private tropical garden? This is what a private villa vacation can provide. Privacy, the ability to set your own schedule, genuine relaxation, and the opportunity to experience true Jamaican hospitality and service. We are taking this opportunity to introduce a wonderful alternative to the generic hotel vacation package – your private Villa.
A luxurious, private villa vacation offers luxury, privacy and your very own personal household staff.
Personal Choice Villas offer an extraordinary range of Villas in the Caribbean. Our beautiful private villas – homes away from home – offer the ideal setting for vacation, family reunion or corporate retreat. We offer you an extraordinary choice of styles and locations. Some villas are located by the sea, others offer both the beach and private swimming pools and yet some others are set on the hillside offering panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea with the ever-changing hues of blues and greens.
Our Villas are selected to satisfy your most exacting requirements, at your pace. Your dedicated household staff will pamper you and cater to your every need (or wants) while maintaining an unobtrusive presence. Sample Caribbean cuisine or revisit family favorites, a cocktail reception by the pool, a beach barbeque or a candlelight dinner; the choice is yours and the location is your own private Villa.
Our Villas also offers apartment rentals for business or vacation. These properties located in the most desirable locations are designed to provide comfort and privacy while maintaining a local identity
Each home is unique. We can help you identify which houses are especially good values, which are on the nicest beaches, which are the most private and which homes we have had the most enthusiastic feedback. For your next vacation or business retreat, please contact one of our Professional Villa representatives, or browse our web site.
We would be pleased to assist you in all phases of your travel plans.
- Q: What is the difference between a villa, apartment/condo and cottage resort?
A: A villa is a free-standing private home that is made available for rent to vacation travellers. Private villas range from 1-8 bedrooms in size and offer additional living space such as living rooms, dining areas, patios or verandahs. Some also have dens or recreation rooms. Almost all private villas have their own private pool and full staff.
Apartments and condos range from studios to 3 bedroom units and are generally found within small complexes with shared pool facilities.
Most apartments and condos offer fully equipped kitchen facilities or kitchenettes for guests to do their own cooking. All apartment/condo units offer daily maid service and some offer additional cook service.
Cottage resorts vary in style – some offer free-standing individual cottages, while others offer different accommodation-types housed within one building. Whatever your preference, JAVA has the style of accommodation you need!
- Q: What should we bring with us?
A: Jamaica is a tropical climate and day-time temperatures are usually in the 80’s or 90’s, so light summer clothing is recommended.
You may wish to bring a light sweater for winter evenings when the temperature can get into the 70’s or for air-conditioned restaurants.
In general, Jamaica is casual in style and we therefore recommend you not bring expensive jewelry along. Please do bring personal toiletries such as toothpaste and shampoo. Sun block and mosquito repellant are also good items to have handy.
Villas provide bed linens and bath towels; however you may wish to carry your own beach towel. You may also reduce your grocery budget by bringing NON-perishable food items like canned tuna fish, peanut butter, cereal, etc. Items such as these are not locally produced and can therefore be fairly expensive.
- Q; Wines - Is there a place to buy decent wine?
- A: Yes you can purchase wine and liquor in the main grocery store in most towns; they normally will have a fair selection of US, French and Australian wines. Prices are about 25% higher than in the US. We advise our guests to bring in wine if they have very specific requirements (2 bottles per person allowed).
Return to the Home page