Our family of 19 stayed for 10 days at Hermosa Cove, renting all three of the 3 bedroom villas. To begin, the grounds are immaculate--- the walkways seemed to be swept around the clock and there is so much beautiful foliage it lends privacy between all of the buildings. The villas themselves are new and beautifully, but uniquely, decorated. Their are super-powerful A/C's in each of the bedrooms, but none downstairs in the living room/kitchen area, and none needed. The housekeepers always wear a smile and will keep all of the rooms sparkling. Your private pool will be cleaned every morning. The beach is not large, but big enough to enjoy the lounge chairs or have children play in the sand. Kayaks are kept clean and are brought out with a smile by David, who also painstakingly cleans and rakes the sand every morning. We brought our own snorkeling equipment and while the snorkeling is not the best, it is a fun activity -- you will see some colorful fish and, if you're lucky, an octopus as my daughter did. The restaurant staff is very accommodating (Yanique, Mayjean, Cleveland!, etc.) and meals are enjoyed in the open air with a gorgeous view. The complimentary continental breakfast is served up fast and is comprised of fresh fruit, banana bread and coffee or juice. Meal service for dinner is not fast, but we didn't find timely meal service anywhere on the island! We had a special birthday celebration one night and the staff made it all possible -- meeting with the singer we hired, setting up tables on the beach with candles and tiki torches and even joining in as we all sang Happy Birthday. Katherine, the manager, is extremely helpful with everything from planning excursions to hiring a private chef in one of our villas one night to helping print boarding passes -- she is a gem!
Bottom line -- if you enjoy huge, all-inclusive resorts -- Hermosa Cove is not for you. However, if you prefer personal attention, where the staff knows your name (and your children!) by the end of the first day, it is well worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Caribbean’s most distinctive handcrafted resort, Hermosa Cove offers the discerning traveler a private island home. Nestled in twelve lush acres on Jamaica’s Gold Coast, our secluded villas evoke the intimate charm of an idyllic seaside village. Luxurious art-filled interiors open to tropical gardens with glistening dip pools. Several villas have spectacular ocean views, and all nine are just a short stroll from the water. The resort’s reef-studded cove features two pristine beaches with complimentary kayaking and snorkeling. Christopher’s, our award-winning signature restaurant, serves up locally sourced cuisine with international flair, and The Broken Rudder offers the atmosphere of a cozy jerk shack down by the beach. A seaside paradise with unmatched seclusion, Hermosa Cove is conveniently located in Ocho Rios just minutes from Jamaica’s most popular attractions and most breathtaking natural wonders. Our friendly staff will help arrange your personal adventure, and even accompany you as a tour guide. Whether your dream getaway involves adventure or solitude, romance or reconnection, come indulge your senses and revive your spirit…your way. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hermosa Cove - Jamaica's Villa Hotel Ocho Rios