Quarter deck is one of several private villas rented through the Silver Sands booking system. It is a 3 bedroom villa (can be rented with only 2 bedrooms, as we did). The master bedroom has a double bed, while the 2 other bedrooms have 2 twins, which, when placed side-by-side are the size of a king. It was built in approximately 2000 and while it isn't one of the newer villas, it is relatively spacious and quite comfortable. The A/C in all the bedrooms worked well, and we only felt the need to use it at night as the rest of the day the villa gets a good breeze.
My husband and I were traveling with our 1.5 year old son. Quarter Deck Villa is well set up for young children, which was one of our reasons for choosing it. It's all on one level there's only one step to get from the living room to the outdoor eating area - and (big bonus!) that area is surrounded by a railing/gate so our son could not access the pool area without us. This was great, since we could easily let him roam the villa without worry. We could also close the door to the kitchen when he was being a nuisance in there - not that Ms. Jennifer or Ms. Evadney ever complained! They were great with him! All this to say, we were tremendously happy with our choice of villa given his age and the safety aspects required. We are told that Salt Ash villa has a similar lay out.
The one reproach I could make to Quarter Deck Villa is that the bedroom decor is a bit dated, the comforters should be changed (they're fairly worn) and the beds are rather hard. It never kept my husband and I from sleeping - but we did notice the mattresses being rather uncomfortable. Improving these issues would be of great benefit to this particular property. But even with these downfalls, I cannot bring myself to rate it lower than 9.5 out of 10. We absolutely loved the private pool and the meals and attendance provided by Ms. Evadney and Ms. Jennifer, respectively. Quarter Deck is clean and comfortable, it's 500m from the beach - a lovely walk and it doesn't feel far at all. And the beach itself is beautiful. Well worth it.
In terms of Silver Sands as a whole - it's a dream. Most of the visitors are either retired or young families. Everyone was great with our son, and seemed genuinely interested in him (everyone was friendly!) There's limited night life at Silver Sands (though they do seem to want to encourage a bit of night life during the week, but that seems to suit their clientele just fine.
The food is an additional cost to the villa. After doing some research, we thought the price would likely be $100 USD per person for food for a week. We found it to be considerably more than that - closer to $160 USD per person for a week. We are not "big" eaters and usually only had 2 meals per day, so this was a bit more than anticipated. Then again, unlike some other islands, Jamaica is not "cheap" by comparison to North American prices. Mots of the purchases are made from the Villa Mart on the Silver Sands Estate. Some additional purchases (seafood and some meat) were made by the cook, so from time to time we gave her cash for those purchases. We never felt our money was misused. Things just aren't cheap.
Note that alcohol at Silver Sands is also relatively expensive by comparison to other islands too. The beach bar serves cocktails for approximately $7 or $8 USD each (I recommend starting a tab!) That said, the quality of the cocktails is very good (the ingredients are of high quality and not watered down) - Chantal makes full strength cocktails - bless her! The Villa Mart sells beer, wine and liquor. It was approximately $12 USD for the cheapest bottle of wine and $23 for a 750ml of rum. It's comparable to prices in Ontario (Canada), but more than we had anticipated. Again, this doesn't seem unreasonable now that we're more familiar with Jamaican prices - but it's something to keep in mind.
It's important to remember that a tip of 10% (during high season) is recommended to be divided between the staff at the villa. While we initially felt this was quite pricey, they certainly deserve it.
- Also Known As:
- Silver Sands Vacation Villas Hotel Jamaica
- Silver Sands Vacation Villas Jamaica/Duncans