Last week I had the opportunity to stay at Goblin Hill Villa in Port Antonio, Jamaica and I have one word – GORGEOUS! This is my official review of what to expect and what not to expect. And I’d like to give special thanks to the management there for accommodating us in such a beautiful place! Thanks Raf!
Finding Goblin Hill Villa was a breeze, I drove in from Ocho Rios and once I hit Port Antonio Icalled the villa for directions. The lady who answered was very helpful and all I had to do was drive straight through the town, pass San San beach and look for signs on the right side of the road. The entrance is located directly at the famous Blue Lagoon. When we arrived at the front desk the staff was expecting us and were more than pleasant, friendly and smiling, and our villa was ready for us.
Our villa was spectacular! As you all know I’m not used to staying in very high end places so I didn’t know what to expect besides what I’d seen on their website. But you truly have to see this place in person to appreciate because all the villas have been upgraded from the website photos. We opened the door to a beautiful kitchen, dining room and sunken living room with large sliding doors that open to a full sea view of San San beach and lush green yard. Amazing. There is also a half bath on the main floor.
We went upstairs to the second level which had two huge bedrooms, each have their own full bathroom. The front bedroom had a king size bed and the same view as the living room downstairs, the back bedroom had two smaller beds, a full view of a large green space on the property and a partial sea view. Both rooms had AC and ceiling fans.
I took a walk around the large property to view the full tennis court, the large swimming pool, the sea views and the small bar on site. As far as I know at this time the bar only offers beverages in a really nice ambient area but there are no snacks or food to speak of. Management told me that in the future they’re looking at adding a small menu. They’re also building a gift shop in the same area as the bar.
Each villa on the property has it’s own housekeeper/cook who will prepare your meals with groceries you purchase and bring in. They do have a meal suggestions brochure but anything can be made to order at your request, you just have to provide the food. The housekeeper will also come in and clean your villa when you require and she’s there to help out with whatever you need.
Goblin Hill villas are not beach front but when you check in you get a complimentary pass to Frenchman’s Cove. And to access the famous Blue Lagoon all you have to do is walk down the driveway of Goblin Hill and you’re there. They also provide tours of the many attractions in Portland parish, you just arrange your tour at the front desk.
My stay at the villa was more than comfortable, I slept with only the fan one night and the AC the next night. If you have windows on both sides of the unit open a nice breeze flows through.
Here are a few things that are worth mentioning:
*There’s excellent Wifi in the villas, I had no issues with wireless internet access.
*There is cable TV
*If you like to eat out you should be prepared to either have a rental car or get used to the taxi service into Port Antonio because I didn’t notice anywhere in the vicinity to dine.
*If you’re bringing in groceries for the cook you have to bring EVERYTHING right down to salt and pepper. That’s one of the things that I would change about this set-up. I thought it would be nice if they had a little basket of seasonings and cooking oil in each villa so you don’t have to purchase things you’ll never finish using.
I really enjoyed my stay at the villa, it was a treat for me to see how the other half live. The rates are higher than I’m used to but I can see why now that I’ve been there. It’s truly beautiful and a little slice of heaven on Jamaica’s east coast.