We were a group of friends who had planned a one-week holiday to Jamaica. All of us desperately needed a break and one week of the Caribbean sun in one of the most beautiful islands in the world seemed to be a great idea. We wanted the trip to be special and more than everything we wanted to get away from it all, to let go and for some days, be what we actually wanted to be and not what was expected of us. A hotel environment seemed too impersonal, too formal. We wanted something more relaxed, more private and a holiday villa seemed to be more in tune with our needs. We searched around on the internet, compared property photos and prices and finally settled on Fantasy Villa on the beautiful Bengal beach. A part of the secure Silver Sands villas community, the three bedroom spacious villa was ideally located in Rio Bueno, St. Ann, off the North Coast Highway, beside the Coconut Lagoon Rest Stop. This designer-decorated home featured a large swimming pool, next to the beach but elevated for privacy.
We had booked an airport pickup and there was a driver and a jeep waiting for us. The drive to the villa was lovely. The driver was a local and he had a great knowledge of the place. He pointed out some of the attractions during the journey.
On reaching the villa, we were greeted with refreshing drinks. The staff then helped us settle in and assisted us with the luggage. The villa included the services of a cook and food was one of the greatest highlights of our stay in the villa. It was nothing like we have had before—heavenly is the adjective that best describes it. We enjoyed a variety of foods including the famous Jamaican jerk chicken, which was amazingly good.
From the patio, we could take in the spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. The water was every shade of blue and green you can imagine. We dined here most of the times, taking in the views and enjoying the cool, gentle tropical breeze.
We enjoyed the usual beach activities—swimming, snorkeling, and playing volleyball. The long walks under the star lit sky with the wind playing among the palms, was an experience we will cherish for times to come. For the first time in life we knew what real contentment really is.
Soon it was time to venture out and explore what the rest of the island had to offer.
We went to the deceased reggae artist Bob Marley’s home and saw the rock where he rested his head while thinking of his music.
We next visited Ocho Rios, Jamaica’s most famous landmark. The 600-foot waterfall is simply spectacular. The tourists can wade right into the water. We joined the other tourists and formed a human chain to climb the stone steps leading up to the waterfall. All in all, it was an exhilarating experience.
Far too soon the week came to an end. We had captured the scenic surroundings on camera. The warmth and hospitality of the people and more so the staff of the Silver Sands villas was imprinted in our hearts for ever. We left with the promise to visit the beautiful island of Jamaica, again, again and again.