My First Jamaican Villa Experience
Seaview Chateau in Ironshore, Montego Bay
This is my very first upscale villa experience in Jamaica and I have to say I wondered if the villa lifestyle would really be suitable for me. I had preconceived notions about renting a room in a large house with a shared kitchen and villa staff, all of which went out the window now that I’ve been in this villa for 7 days. Here’s my official review of Seaview Chateau, and I’d like to send out MANY thanks to the villa for inviting me to stay and giving me this opportunity.
Arriving at Seaview Chateau, I was warmly greeted by Miss Joyce who is the cook and housekeeper here. She showed me to my awesome room on the front side of the villa and the minute I walked in I realize why this is called “Seaview”. My balcony doors open onto an expansive and unobstructed sea view where I’ve spent many hours sitting and watching planes fly in and out of Jamaica. I also have a full view of the HUGE pool deck and private pool below me. I’ve taken several dips in the pool, in the daytime and after dark. It’s the most refreshing way to cool off in the hot Montego Bay air.
For my first few days in the villa there were other guests staying which would have been my main concern. But after sharing a couple breakfasts and conversation with them it was kind of a nice feeling to gather in the dining area every morning. Turns out they were also Canadian (Jamaican descent) and we had some fun chats. After breakfast everyone goes on about their day and we rarely ran into each other. I did see this group using the kitchen and cooking their own meals but Miss Joyce is also here to prepare awesome meals if you choose to have her do it. All you need to do is bring in your groceries and leave her to it! She makes wicked brown stew chicken, and I might add she’s been preparing breakfasts of her choice for me every morning and she can do it all from omlettes to traditional Jamaican breakfasts.
Another staff member on site at all times is Andre who soon adopted the name “Mr. Everything”. He’s the gardener but has been awesome for everything else too, right down to stirring my coffee and just sitting on the back veranda chatting. You’ll also catch him singing quite often. For the majority of my stay I’ve been the only guest so I’ve spent lots of time and laughs with Miss Joyce and Andre. This property also has night security at all times, and that would be Paul. He’s very handy helping you learn the ropes if you choose to try the local taxi system. He walked with me out to the main road and waited with me for a route taxi. He also provided me with his number for when I was returning so he could meet me at the gate to make sure I get in okay. Overall, I felt secure, comfortable and very welcome by the staff here. The boys might not admit it but Miss Joyce runs the show and has an awesome sense of humor!
After the other guests checked out I had a chance to peek into most of the other rooms to see what else Seaview Chateau has to offer. I believe there are 4 rooms the size of mine, which is one of the biggest suites. Mine came complete with a standup shower and a big jacuzzi tub, and a huge walkin closet space. There are 10 rooms in total and the other 6 are also great sizes and have 2 double beds in each, the front rooms have sea views and the back rooms have garden views. All rooms also have their own ensuite bathrooms, cable TV, wireless internet and air conditioning. Altogether this property can sleep 20 people very comfortably.
My room, a master suite
Jacuzzi tub in my suite
A double room
Another of the double rooms
Aside from sleeping accommodations, Seaview Chateau has loads of common space where groups can gather, or you can just chill out and read a book or surf the internet on your laptop. The main floor has a large veranda facing the pool deck with lots of seating, and an indoor living area with couches to hang out on. The second floor has the same large balcony space with plenty of seating and tables and an indoor lounging area with couches, a sound system and cable TV, DVD and VCR. In fact, this is where I’m sitting right at this moment – sprawled out on the couch listening to Andre sing in the kitchen downstairs.
Main floor living area
Second floor living area with TV and sound system
After having stayed at this villa for a full week my ideas of villa life have changed quite a bit. I was never disturbed by other guests, and the staff is here if you need them but don’t disturb you if you don’t. There’s MORE than enough space here for large groups to rent the entire home for a vacation, and enough privacy that if you’re traveling solo you’re not all up in anyone’s way. The patio space is great for social gatherings, which I had a few. My coworker and friends spent nuff time here with me for drinks, dinners, and just hanging out. Friends are free to come and go.
Seaview Chateau is located in the upscale neighborhood of Ironshore, Montego Bay and the only thing you’ll find around you are more huge villas and homes. Only a 5 minute drive away from this villa is the Blue Diamond shopping center and another shopping center across the road, where you’ll find supermarkets, souvenir shops, restaurants, laundrymat, casino, Harley Davidson Jamaica, Payless Shoes (yes Payless is here!), etc. More than enough conveniences in the area. Sangster airport is only about 15 minutes drive.
I learned how to take a taxi in and out of this area which is dirt cheap. If you’re willing to walk out on the main road and catch a route taxi you’ll only pay $120 jmd (About $1.50) from Ironshore right onto the main strip in Montego Bay. And you’ll probably only pay about $50 jmd to get to the shopping center. They are safe and quick, and if you’re going out at night you can get the driver’s number to call him on your way back and he’ll pick you up and bring you right to the the villa gate. If you’re not into public transport and wish to charter a ride into Montego Bay you’ll probably pay about $20 – $30 USD for the ride.
Again I would love to thank Seaview Chateau for having me as their guest this past week. As an added note, if you and/or your group are interested in booking into this villa please CONTACT ME first. I have some special things worked out here for you!