We were looking for a quiet place away from the traditional tourist areas of Jamaica and we found what we were looking for at The Resort at Wilks Bay. The villas are set in an idyllic cove with the waves pounding the sand and crashing against the rocks. There are no other rental properties on the cove, which provides a perfect setting to relax and enjoy the beauty of the ocean. There are many trees which provide shade, and are wonderful locations to enjoy reading a book or talking with friends. Jim and Mary own the resort and were very helpful in all aspects of our stay.
The villa we stayed in (two bedrooms on the second floor) was built recently and was attractive and had sufficient space for our family of four. The two bedrooms were air conditioned. The living room is large and is a good place to gather. The balcony runs the length of the villa, and offers a great view of the ocean while you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The balcony also has a comfortable lounge chair.
The coral and rocks come very close to the shore, so it is a good idea to bring beach shoes, although some are provided at the resort. Wilks Bay has a jetty which extends to a point where you can jump into the water for snorkeling. The snorkeling is very good as you get past the initial rock and coral formations to the two rocks that extend above the water. It is a blast to swim between the rocks, and there are countless fish and even a few eels. Jim is very knowledgable about the layout of the coral and guided me a couple of times to the best spots.
Although there is a lot of coral and rocks at Wilks Bay, Jim and Mary wisely have passes to San San Beach which is protected by a coral reef, so that it is very calm. San San has a gorgeous, long beach with soft sand. My wife and daughters enjoyed floating and swimming in the calm surf. It is a very easy walk (pretty much right next door). You do not need to walk all the way to the parking entrance, but can go through the small opening and stairs. The great thing about the two beaches is that one offers great snorkelling and the other offers great swimming.
Brenda did a fantastic job with our meals and housekeeping. She was very mindful when we needed something done and anticipated a number of our needs. Her cooking is very good and she can cook a number of different styles, though we especially enjoyed the more traditional
Jamaican food. You can get lobster very inexpensively and we had it two times for dinner. Your cook will go to the store daily to purchase the food, so make sure you have Jamacian dollars. It is a blessing to have someone purchase and cook the food you request. In addition, it is wise to plan your first day or two of meals before you arrive, making sure to be specific about what you want. All of the staff is fantastic and very helpful.
The best part of our stay was Jim and Mary's helpfulness in making sure our stay was enjoyable. Jim took us to his bank and helped expediate obtaining Jamaican dollars. He also set up a fantastic trip to Reach Falls, and tracked down fresh caught lobster. Jim and Mary also let us visit another property they own by Monkey Island (which is within snorkeling distance). Jim and Mary have a vision for Wilks Bay to be a place of rest and healing, and their kindness and helpfulness are already accomplishing their dream. It is a wonderful place to stay to relax and enjoy many blessings.
- Also Known As:
- The Resort At Wilks Bay Jamaica/Port Antonio