Absolutely fantastic. Wow what a beach so beautiful. The ocean water warm. It was great that they dredged an area in the ocean so it was all sand to walk on. The pool was wonderful and refreshing. The staff were amazing helpful and very pleasant to b...
Idle Hours Villa is one of the most amazing villas in Jamaica located in Runaway Bay. This villa has prime location, sitting on one of Jamaica's largest privately-owned white sand beaches. For people looking for an intimate and private holiday where they can idle the hours away; Idle Hours Villa is the perfect spot. It is located in Runaway Bay, just 20 minutes from Ocho Rios and 55 minutes from Montego Bay.
The interiors of Idle Hours Villa are vibrant and brightly furnished. French doors open out from the dining and living room onto a lovely ocean view and a private beach. Meals can be served in the indoor dining room or on the covered verandah that also offers wooden rocking chairs for enjoying the view while rocking away. All three bedrooms are spacious and have attractive décor, with rich colors on the walls, classy furniture and tasteful fabrics. They offer air conditioning, ceiling fans and en suite bathrooms that are equally vibrant and lively.
The exterior of the Jamaica villa is just as magnificent. Idle Hours Villa sits directly on the beach, with only a few steps of the verandah separating the guests from dripping their feet into the warm sand and cool water. The beach is 25,000 square feet with 200 feet of sea frontage. There is a large almond tree in the middle of the beach, perfect for shade and features a hammock for idling time away. Additionally, Idle Hours Villa has just built a freshwater swimming pool for guests’ enjoyment. The pool is very expansive and oval, 26ft long, 12ft wide; depth is 3.5ft - 5ft (no diving). It features a pool deck with very comfortable furniture.
Idle Hours Villa is fully staffed with a professional cook, butler, housekeeper and night security guard. The staff is eager to pamper guests with legendary Jamaican hospitality, meals and service. Furthermore, night security is provided.
Bedroom #1: The master bedroom features a king-size bed, en-suite bathroom with tub-shower combination. It has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. This bedroom has a gorgeous ocean view.
Bedroom #2: Optional king-size or twin beds, en-suite bathroom with tub-shower combination. It has air conditioning and a ceiling fan. Pull out sofa to sleep extra two persons for a maximum of 4 people (Green room).
Bedroom #3: Optional king-size or twin beds, en-suite bathroom with tub-shower combination. It has air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. This bedroom also features a day bed for extra sleeping accommodation. Baby crib is available. (This room sleeps a maximum of 3 persons)- Aubergine colored bedroom.
Excellent recreational facilities are located a few minutes away, such as Breezes eighteen-hole golf course and watersport facilities. Great scuba diving and snorkeling options are available directly off Idle Hours beach. Chukka Cove, Jamaica's premier riding stable is within 10 minutes’ drive, and along with horseback riding, also offers as many as 6 tours, including the newest craze, "tubing" down the White River.
Summer April 16 - Dec 14
Winter Dec 15 - April 15
Effective December 15th, 2014 increase in rates to the following:
April 15th to December 14th $3300USD per week
December 15th to April 14th $3800USD per week
Christmas and New Years $4500USD per week
Rates are based on 7 night stay, and are stated in US dollars
Includes villa staff of at least a cook/housekeeper, poolman/gardener etc (Certain townhouses, condominiums etc have only housekeeping services. Please check with us on your specific villa for the staff )
Includes linens, bed sheets, bath towels, beach towels
Includes the private villa for your family only, villas are not shared with other families that you don't know
Pre – shopping before you get on island! Yes, your cook will shop for you before you get on island .
24/7 Jamaican Treasures concierge services on island
You are still able to get full services of Lisa, Stephanie, Tricia, Patricia, Swady! We are here with you every step of the way.
Concierge services such as:(Some services attract a service fee and we will inform you of these costs)
Meet and greet service at the airport
Arranging airport transfers
Arranging car rental
Organizing weekly private driver and minivan for your vacation
Organizing welcome drinks on board your minivan! Cold red stripe beers and cold water!
Reggae bands, steel bands entertainment at your villa
Villa massages, manicures, pedicures, beauty treatments etc
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:
A $25 booking fee only
Any island tours, activities, nightlife, casinos, restaurants etc that you engage on while you are in Jamaica.
Food/ Groceries and alcohol
Tips to villa staff
Summer months 15% of the rental.
Winter months 10% of the rental.
** You can give the tips to staff when you are departing the villa.The staff may already have envelopes so that you can put each staff tips and give them individually. You will enjoy them and they will work hard for you!
What other costs do I have to pay in Jamaica?
GROCERY COSTS – Estimate only:
How many adults: $40 per day x Number
How many kids under 12: $20 x Number
Number of nights you are staying in the villa:
Grand Total =
** Please note that the grocery costs is an estimate only. We don’t know what items you are going to choose, and we don’t know your quantities. Our estimate is a good budget as this is what other guests express that they spend while on island. If you skip villa meals as you may be touring the island, or you have decided to try our local restaurants, then the budget will be less for villa meals.
To: Idle Hours - Runaway Bay
Absolutely fantastic. Wow what a beach so beautiful. The ocean water warm. It was great that they dredged an area in the ocean so it was all sand to walk on. The pool was wonderful and refreshing. The staff were amazing helpful and very pleasant to be around. They went out of there way to make your stay memorable and enjoyable. The only thing that was a slight bother was it was a little noisy from the road . This was only an issue at bed time. This vacation was absolutely beautiful our kids loved the beach , pool and laying in the hammock under the almond tree. If your looking to put your feet up relax and unwind this is it.
* please always check availability directly with us as these calendars may not reflect the latest bookings.
You should arrive at the Montego Bay airport (MBJ). Once you clear immigration and customs, you will proceed to the arrivals hall where your luggage will then be taken by a porter. Your driver will personally meet and greet you at the airport. He will be just outside the glass doors holding a sign with your name/your villa/Jamaican Treasures. Over the years, we have found that the van package with our licensed and dependable villa drivers provides the easiest and the most convenient way to travel in Jamaica. We will give you the drivers cell number, name and other useful information before you get to Jamaica. If you decide to take your own mode of transport, you will need the relevant villa address and telephone numbers. Unauthorized local taxi drivers may not familiar with the location of our private villas and we don't want you to get lost! Best to at least take the airport transfer from us to your villa.
Welcome to your Villa!
Upon arriving at your private villa, you will be greeted by the friendly staff, who will give you a tour of the property. You can then select your rooms and relax thereafter. The cook would have prepared your choice of meal and will be served at your preferred dining area. The following day, you will be given a bill that can be settled at the local grocery store by cash (USD are acceptable) or credit card (VISA is preferred). If your cook has purchased this with his/her own monies, we appreciate you refunding promptly.
Jamaica's cellular system operates on the TDMA network. Please check with your service provider if they are compatible with the Jamaican providers, Cable and Wireless and Digicel. You are also able to rent local mobile phones at the airport. Please ask us for more information.
The villa staff usually work 8-10 hours per day.(Silver Sands villa staff often work up to 5pm so if you need them to stay later, let us know so we can make arrangements). We are proud of our villa staff and feel they are the true treasures of your Jamaican villa experience. They are very affable and will go that extra mile to ensure you are comfortable. At times, they anticipate your needs and fulfil your desires that you didn't know you had! One of the best things about villa vacations is the authentic Jamaican cuisine!
We suggest working with the villa cook, and plan out a dining schedule for the week. If you are eating out, that is fine too, and best to let the cook know your activities/schedule for the week.
What you can expect for meals in a villa:
Breakfast between 8am to 10am
Start with fresh fruit juice, Jamaica's famous Blue Mountain Coffee.
Main Entrée �" Pancakes, waffles, omelettes, eggs, bacons, sausages. You can also try al real Jamaican breakfast of Ackee and Saltfish, Johnny Cakes, Spinach or as we refer to this in Jamaica as "Callaloo”.
Lunch: 12 noon to 1pm
Choose and vary your lunch options! You can enjoy Jerk chicken, sandwiches, hamburgers, Caesar salads, lobster salad, Jamaican patties (Must try when on island and reasonable! These are best bought at Jucie Beef or Tastee Patty shops �" local delicacy)
Dinner 5:00pm to 7:00pm
First course is usually a homemade soup �" such as Red peas soup, pumpkin soup, chicken soup, various salads etc
Second course is a main entrée served with fresh vegetables, potatoes, local breadfruit, yams, rice and peas etc
Third course �" homemade desserts!
Drinks can be served throughout the day and night �" please let your staff know your favourites and they can make sure they have the right mixers, chasers etc from the supermarket.
With regards to the Meals in villas:
Before you depart for your vacation, we will ask you to fill out a Food and Beverage Request Form. This will tell us what you would like for your first dinner and first breakfast. This means that the cook will go out and pre purchase the groceries to make your first meals. Its best to keep your first dinner and breakfast simple. Once you are in Jamaica, you can then reimburse her for the groceries. At this time, you can then discuss the types of foods you would like for the rest of your stay, if any one has any allergies or food dislikes etc. The cook in our villas are very versatile and are able to cook a wide range of dishes/menus.
Cost of the meals are really the grocery bills that have accumulated for items used to prepare meals for your group while at the villa. If you are not going to eat at the villa, then no groceries are used. If you are going to eat out, simply tell the cook you will not be requiring a meal, so that she will not prepare.
The cook will do the grocery shopping for you. (She may need a taxi fare and this is about $20 depending on the distance to the grocery store and the villa). If you need certain things, from the supermarket, you can just make a list and she will get them. Remember you are on vacation! If you would like to go to the grocery store, you are also welcome to go and see what is available.
A good budget is about $40-$55 per adult for 3 meals and about $20 per child per day. Meal costs are variable and depending on what you do choose, this will affect the budget. Choosing items such as lobster, shrimps or imported meats will increase your budget. Also, be aware that local lobster and conch are delicacies that have seasons. The lobster season is closed April 1 to June 30 and the conch season is closed July 1 to October 30. The only way these should be purchased is if there were available frozen in grocery stores and this too is regulated.
Paying for your Groceries:
You may plan to pay for groceries and gratuities in cash. Both US Dollars and JA Dollars are welcomed. You may also accompany your cook to the supermarket and liquor store where your credit card will be accepted. Most commercial establishments accept credit cards. Small roadside merchants and craftsmen will require cash.
Tipping Villa Staff:
This can be distributed at the end of your stay (unless otherwise stated). For the staff, an appropriate gratuity is 10% - 15% of the villa rental (10% in Winter and 15% in Summer) and 10% of the van rental to your driver. The suggested tipping allocations are as follows: cook 30%; butler 30% housekeeper 20%, laundress 10%, gardener/poolman 10%. This will vary bearing in mind some villas have different size staff complement.
Cook/ Head of House 30%
All Jamaican Villas are required to have a night watchman/ security guard and is included in your villa rate. This guard will arrive about 6pm and leave about 6am. However, it is always recommended that you need to take the same degree of care with security that you would in your own home.
Day of departure:
On the morning of your departure, enjoy your breakfast before leaving the villa. Your driver will inform you of the pick-up time from the villa. While we wish you did not have to leave our wonderful island, we have to remind you that you need to reach the airport at least 2 hours prior to your flight time. You may also want to consider the VIP Club Mobay lounge tickets, which whisks you through security and customs at the airport, and also you can go and enjoy the new air conditioned lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks. We can arrange this for you for $30 per adult and $15 per child. It is well worth it so if you must leave, you can depart in style of a VIP!