We were lucky to stay in a wonderful and large villa on the Tryall Estate, which was fantastic and were very well looked after by superb staff, but this review is about the wider Tryall Resort facilities shared by villa and Great House guests.
When we looked for a Caribbean villa holiday, initially we were looking for a stand-alone house, not one on an estate or resort. However, having ended up booking a Tryall villa we never regretted it.
We made good use of the Tryall facilities. Staying in a villa here gives you the freedom and independence of a “villa” holiday, but the ability to make use of the facilities of a hotel. It also means that if you get “cabin fever” in the villa, you can at least see other friendly faces down at the beach (or on the tennis courts or golf course). We made good use of the golf course (quiet in low season, but immaculately kept – challenging, but manageable) and tennis. All the staff at the golf and tennis facilities were extremely professional, and very accommodating and went to great lengths to meet all our needs. There is a good driving range and well stocked pro-shop on the golf course, and a full range of coaches, hitting partners and ball boys on the tennis courts.
Also, the beach team will keep you busy in the water either sailing the Hobie Cats, or helping you find the best shell-finding spots. The snorkelling was a bit disappointing but perhaps we did not try hard enough. TJ, the in-house naturalist, does great kayaking and walking tours highlighting the local wildlife – great for children and adults alike. The wonderful wildlife at Tryall is a huge advantage, and we saw Mongoose, Pelicans, Magnificent Frigatebirds, Humming Birds, Eagle Rays, huge crabs and plentiful lizards and toads, not to mention the ever present Turkey Vultures who circled the estate.
The Great House has a well-stocked Commissary (grocery store) whose prices were not as scary as we had anticipated. There was also an excellent beautician who we used for manicures etc.
If anyone was restless in the afternoon, then they would hop in one of the villa’s golf buggies and go for a drive around the huge estate, and cool down. The whole estate is immaculately kept, although the broader landscape remains more than sufficiently rugged and untamed (it is pretty much rain forest) to ensure that you do not think you are holidaying in a suburban “gated community”.
We only ate once in a Tryall restaurant which was the Wednesday night beach BBQ. The food was fine, and there was “Jamaican” entertainment after dinner. The show was undoubtedly very touristy, and even slightly tongue-in-cheek, but the children loved it, and several of the performers – particularly the limbo dancers and contortionist – were genuinely jaw-dropping and highly entertaining. We had drinks in the Great House Bar, and the Beach Cafe – both of which were quiet, but despite that were great locations to sip something and watch the sun go down.
Although I am sure that the Tryall properties vary from villa to villa, we were very pleased with the “central” services provided by Tryall, and would very much have missed them had we “gone it alone” on a stand-alone property.
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