My Official Review
“Sur Mer” is French and means “on the sea”. I had to Google that but it all makes sense now. This week I had the awesome experience of staying at this gorgeous property and I’m not lying when I say I could have stayed there forever! I have posted a video tour below because there were simply too many photos to show how amazing this place is.
Villas Sur Mer is located in the west end of Negril, almost directly across the road from Rick’s Cafe. The first thing that caught my attention about this property is that you would never know it’s there from the road. I never imagined there could be such a large property behind the gates from the main road. This is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest properties I’ve ever toured and stayed at. The long pathway that winds through the separate villa suites is lined with palm leaves and lush greenery which keeps every unit private and gives you a rainforest feel.
I stayed in villa #5 on the property which is a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom suite with living and dining room, full kitchen and an amazing section inside the living area that’s open to the outdoors. I was praying for rain while I was inside just to see how it would look to have rain falling in my living room. Unfortunately the only time it happened to rain I was away from the villa. But I still got to enjoy bright natural light, the breeze and the sound of singing birds the entire time I was inside.
The feel inside each of these villas is rustic but very plush and classy. There are lots of wooden louver windows that let the breezes flow freely through all the living space. I found it very relaxing to wake up to white sheer drapes billowing in the wind and it made me never want to get out of bed. I could have laid there all day enjoying it. The decor throughout each suite is white with splashes of colorful cushions and throw pillows creating a calm and subdued feeling.
One of the most unique features of the suites are the bathrooms, as you will see in the video below. Most of them are done in raw concrete that’s been glazed over to make it smooth. I would have never thought plain gray concrete could be a luxury feature until I saw it here. I would like to know who designed and decorated this property and hire them to make me one! Plenty of white linens are provided in each bathroom along with shampoo, soaps and hairdryers – good to know if you’re packing for vacation. It seems Villas Sur Mer has thought of everything because there was even an umbrella in each suite. I wish I would have known that before I packed and brought my own from Montego Bay.
Another fabulous feature of all the suites are the fully functioning kitchens. Of the units I viewed, each has a mini-fridge, coffee maker, gas cooktop, toaster and everything you need to self-cater. They also have room service and bar service, there are menus in each room of what’s available to order. I scanned the menu and the prices seemed to be in the reasonable range for tourist prices, comparable what you would pay for better than average dining back home.
You Don’t Need the Beach to Get to the Ocean Here!
A couple of undeniably coolest features of Villas Sur Mer are its water features. At the very back of the property there are two pools; one is designed to look like a lagoon surrounded with large rocks and plants. It feels like a spa getaway retreat area. Beside the large pool is a smaller sitting pool. Both pools are surrounded by a huge deck with plenty of comfy lounge chairs and a bar area.
The other water feature that only guests of this property can enjoy is a cave that leads straight to the sea. At the front of the property there are stairs leading down into what looks like a dungeon. You walk through a short dark cave that passes underneath West End road and within seconds it opens up directly onto the stunning blue sea! Down here are lounging chairs and a freshwater shower so you can either relax and listen to the waves all day or go snorkeling and rinse off afterwards. Snorkel gear is complementary at the front office.
The property at Villas Sur Mer has a variety of styles that anyone can enjoy. There are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites with each bedroom having private ensuite bathrooms. Prepare yourself for a spectacular honeymoon suite with a rainfall shower head in the luxury bathroom. All suites are located across the road from the ocean and have access to both pools, bar and underground cave leading to the ocean.
On the seaside of the property is where you’ll find the incredible 6 bedroom 6 bathroom villa with stunning views of the crisp blue ocean and cliffs that surround it. The 6 bedroom house has its own private pool and jacuzzi tub on the massive pool deck. This villa is also fully staffed with a personal chef and housekeeper so you don’t even have to do a thing except be on vacation! You really need to see the stunning ocean view from here to believe it. You can also watch the divers of Ricks Cafe from your balcony on the sea side.
All villas on the property have cable TV, DVD players, wireless internet, Ipod docks, air conditioning and ceiling fans (which I might add are top of the line!) I was entertained for hours with all the functions of the ceiling fan remote!
The location of the property is perfect if you like the west end of Negril. It’s not on the beach but I didn’t even miss the beach for a minute because of what’s around the property. Directly across the street is LTU Pub which was a great spot to have morning coffee overlooking the sea, afternoon drinks or evening dinner. I walked across a couple of times just to enjoy the ambiance. The property is also about a one minute walk from Rick’s Cafe, a very popular cliff jumping and tourist fun spot in Negril. There are plenty of food and shopping vendors lining west end road and within walking distance, as well as pubs and bars.
Summary and Contact Info
My stay was WAY too short here and I would go back in a heartbeat. The management is awesome and very personable (Hi Kimi and Peter!), the staff is friendly and the night security guard is very helpful. I’m not sure I have anything to recommend that could have improved my stay here except that I want to know when I can move in! This property is a true hidden gem.
MANY thanks to the management for inviting me. This has been one of my favorite places ever visited in Jamaica.