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“Celebrated our 30th”

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The Resort at Wilks Bay
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Port Antonio
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“Celebrated our 30th”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2012

Wilks Bay was our choice to celebrate our 30th anniversary and a great choice it was! We had time to relax at this beautiful Jamaican hideaway by the sea and take in the unique sites of Port Antonio. Mary, Jim and their talented daughter Nadia were welcoming and very helpful. We packed in many memories - Jim's 50 cent tour of the bustling friendly market town, the classy reggae act of the "Jolly Boy's" at Gejam, Rufus's forest tour, kayaking, snorkeling and music night. The staff were wonderful and Brenda, our housekeeper, prepared the most delicious Jamaican dishes. Landing in Kingston airport meant that we had the opportunity to travel through the lush tropical blue mountains with an excellent driver.

Room Tip: The cottage unit by the sea was private, with excellent facilities and decor. Loved it!
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

What a wonderful way to finish our honeymoon in Jamaica. We spent five nights at the lovely Wilks Bay. Our hosts, Jim and Mary (and their daughter, Nadia) couldn’t have been more welcoming. Always open to our needs and in making great suggestions of things to do and places to see. Their staff were warm, friendly and their service was impeccable without being intrusive. We must add a special ‘thank you’ to Brenda for taking care of us.

We were lucky that no one else was staying there at the time and so got the full benefit of this beautiful place. The accommodation is lovingly cared for and modern. And the 4 new apartments also look fabulous. The private jetty and small private beach area just added to the serenity of the place. On the whole, this was just what we wanted - peace and tranquility with delicious food.

We found the parish of Portland to be extremely friendly and million miles away from the resort ideology of Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios. San San Beach, Frenchman’s Cove, Blue Lagoon, Boston Bay, Winnifred Beach, Reach Falls and the parish capital, Port Antonio, were all a stone’s throw, or a small route taxi journey away.

When we next visit Jamaica we will be sure to re-visit the area and in particular Wilks Bay. We’d be fools not to. Thanks guys for making our time at your place so memorable.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

We have travelled to many Caribbean islands, but none can top our experience at Wilks Bay!

Where else can you go where you can do Qi Gong (an ancient Chinese healing art) out on the jetty overlooking the sea with Jim (the owner) in early morning? Or, have your personal housekeeper cook fabulous caribbean meals which can be eaten outside your cottage overlooking the sea, or on the beach complete with linen cloth, and tikki torches?

Where else will the owners (Jim and Mary) take you to other nearby resorts for cocktails and
music or to their favorite restaurant, Soldiers Camp, for the special Friday night feast? How
about a personal tour of nearby Port Antonio, (where Jim actually grew up), complete with a stop at the best local patty take out.

In short, by the time our two week vacation ended we felt like we were a part of the Wilks Bay "family"! We certainly want to thank Jim, Mary (the owners), Tatlyn and Cherise (our housekeepers and cooks) and Franklin and Karon (groundskeepers) for making our time at Wilks Bay so memorable! Hopefully, we will return!

Room Tip: The cottage for 2 by the pool was perfect. They are also building 3 more units, all with sea views.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

I just returned from a trip to Wilks Bay, staying in the 3-room villa with friends. The location is beyond imagination: almond trees shade the garden, the pool is yards from the bedrooms, fruit trees provided avocados, sweetsops, coconuts and bananas and hosted a variety of hummingbirds, while the sea conceals a coral reef just off the jetty at the bottom of the garden (borrow a snorkel to investigate further)! Mary and Jim were great hosts recommending day trips and guides (Reach Falls is a must) and explaining local food and culture.

The staff at Wilks Bay are helpful and friendly, keeping the garden and beach clean and beautiful, cooking and serving great food and making the holiday devoid of any stress. The cooking is brilliant, Caribbean or other dishes can be requested - fish, lobster, ackee, callaloo and pineapple pie must be tried!

It's incredible that all this is only 15 minutes from Port Antonio with bars, markets and restaurants, and only a short, beautiful drive from Kingston, which is worth seeing on the way to the airport.

The stay at Wilks Bay exceeded all expectations and noone looking for a quiet getaway could go wrong there.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Lusaka, Zambia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

We had been looking forward to our break away at Wilks Bay since April 2011, (when we had paid in full for the villa) as it is a beautiful spot with its own private beach, swimming pool, fully staffed etc. James and Mary had allowed us to see the villa and facilities beforehand and assured us that the construction on site would be completed before our book in date in October (15 to 23rd). Unfortunately this was not to be. James and Mary did inform us at the beginning of October and apologised that the construction was not yet complete but promised that the contractors were quiet and unobstrusive and may sometimes have to use machinery. We had construction workers on site daily (on weekends and on a public holiday as well). They are constructing a two storey building with 2 X 2 bedroomed units on each level. The contractors were very visible and very audible (hammers, angle grinders, drills etc) all day except during their lunch hour. The owners were staying on the property in the one bedroomed villa at the poolside as well. As friendly and helpful as James and Mary are, we had really anticipated some time out to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the villa and the area and had not realised that there would be anyone else sharing the property, never mind the extent of the construction work.

We were well taken care of by Brenda and Franklin, and also Keron who keeps the grounds in good order.

In conclusion, if its privacy, peace and quite you are looking for, then you may need to reconsider your options.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

If you truly want a Jamaican experience, I highly recommend Wilks Bay resort. I was a little worried about booking a villa there because there were very few reviews available at the time but after speaking to Mary on the phone, I knew it would be amazing. Everything was taken care of from the moment we landed. Warren picked us up from Kingston airport and made sure to stop and get us jerk chicken try for the first time. The resort is beautiful. Their is s 3bedroom and 1 bedroom villa where my mom and I stayed. They were building another 2 bedroom villa during our stay so that should also be available now. The villas all have a bay view. There are also kayaks and snorkeling gear available for guests to use. Each villa has a cook, we had Lorena and she was so sweet! I have a lot of dietary restrictions and they were kind enough to purchase food I could eat before we arrived. Another unique feature of the villas is that you can have your meals set up anywhere on the property (beach, on the dock, by the pool, etc). On our last night, the staff surprised us and set up our dinner on the beach. They decorated the table and area with flowers, tiki torches and candles. They set up music for us too! Jim and Mary really treated us like friends and family. They arranged all our excursions for us like rafting at rio grande and the falls. I had mentioned that I wanted to go surfing and they went and found a staff member who is part of the jamaica surf team to take me and make sure I would be safe. They let us go to their other villa at the blue lagoon so we could kayak and hang out there for the day. They even took us to a neighbors party with them! Jim offered to take us into town whenever we needed to go and we were invited to fun events like drinks and live music at goblin hill. We really felt relaxed and well taken care of at wilks bay. You cannot find this level of service anywhere and we are already planning our next trip there. Thank you Jim and Mary!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2011

We were a party of 4 staying at this amazing villa in the beautiful town of Port Antonio in August 2011. We stayed for 7 nights and had the most wonderful, relaxing, invigorating and pampered time while there.

We arrived in Montego Bay and was picked up by Warren (great guy who like everyone one else we met while there became our friend). He took us to Wilksbay and although it was a long driver of over 4 hours, we broke the drive by stopping at Dunns River and several bars and restaurants along the way.

We arrived at Wilkbays and was met by the owners Jim and Mary, who immediately made us feel welcome. We knew we had made the right choice once we met them and saw where we would be staying.

We were given the 3 bedroom villa and it felt very homely, the rooms were quite big and very clean with french doors which opened out to wonderful sea views.

The staff which took care of us were Brenda and Franklin. I must have gained 10 pounds while there as Brenda made the most amazing meals (we arranged with her what we wanted for our meals and pay her for the shopping and cooking) and Franklin anticipated our every wishes before we even asked. They were attentive, yet not intrusive which was how we wanted them to be. We also met Charles and his brother who kept the lawns and pool clean for us.

The villa has its own beach which although we could not really swim in as it is full of corals and we didn't want to damage them. Also there is a jetty which goes out into the sea on which we spent many hours lounging each day. We were also given free passes to Frenchman's Cove beach which is only a 5 minutes walk away and the beach there is beyond any words I could use to describe it.

We also got the opportunity to spend the day at another of Jim and Mary's property which is at the Blue Lagoon Villas. It was beautiful and totally not expected and we enjoyed the day there, snorkelling and kayaking out to Monkey Island, we truly appreciated being there and their kindness in allowing us access.

We loved our stay at Wilksbay and we highly recommend the property for anyone who doesn't want to stay in a hotel but would like the service of one. The staff, owners, location and hospitality is beyond compare. We will be back!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: The Resort at Wilks Bay
Address: Drapers P A, Port Antonio, Jamaica
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Region: Caribbean > Jamaica > Portland Parish > Port Antonio
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Port Antonio
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Port Antonio
#3 Romantic Hotel in Port Antonio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Number of rooms: 10
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The Resort At Wilks Bay Jamaica/Port Antonio

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