We stayed at the Villa du Soleil for 10 days (3/17/18 - 3/27/18) and kept pinching ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming. The location is great for privacy, swimming and snorkeling, and just relaxing to the sound of the waves. Rebecca (Treasure Tours) greeted us upon our arrival and made sure everything was ok. The drive from MoBay was about 2 1/2 hours. Immediately we were greeted by the waves crashing on the shore which stayed with us for the entire ten days. Shantel's cooking was wonderful and included fish stews, jerk chicken, coconut curry lobster, and many fresh Jamaican fruits and vegetables. Papa kept the pool clean and the grounds looking great, and arranged a boat trip to the Pelican Bar. The current can be strong in front of the cottage but was fun to swim against for exercise. The beach was great and the pool was a nice option for swimming as well. The veranda overlooking the Caribbean Sea was our favorite hangout and we ate our meals there. All in all a great place to relax and enjoy a true Jamaican vacation! Treasure Tours did a great job organizing day trips and managing expenses with credit card charges. We hope to return to paradise next year.
"Perfect" is the word that I have been using to describe our stay at Villa Du Soleil. We loved everything about it! It was so relaxing and a perfect setting to reconnect as a family. We loved the deck because we could be on the ocean without worrying about a sun burn. I actually found myself kind of hoping for rain so that we could have that cozy feeling playing cards or reading books. For any other beach vacation, I would pray for never ending sun but Villa du Soleil is perfect in any kind of weather. We really enjoyed the floats in the pool and watching the birds and butterflies while floating around up there. The beach was also lovely and we appreciated that there was a shallow area for our young daughter. Shantel's cooking was amazing and we loved getting to know her. Papa kept the grounds looking so beautiful. We have already booked our vacation for next year and hope to come back many times. If I had a two year old who liked to climb, I might think twice about this house because I would feel stressed on the deck where a child could climb over the railings. Otherwise, if you are looking for a relaxing, low key vacation, this place is perfect!
My husband and I just returned from our first stay in Treasure Beach and Villa Du Soliel. It was amazing and we will be back. The house, yes it's rustic but that's the charm. If you are looking for a five star resort, this isn't it. But that is what makes Villa Du Soleil wonderful. It is a home. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom. The kitchen area has anything you would need. We didn't feel like we were guests visiting, it felt like our little oasis during our stay. Shantal, and Everton (Papa) were fabulous. They take great care of you while you are there.
The view from the verandah is breathtaking. I spent so much time out there just taking it all in. The beach is literally steps away. We were there after the torrential rain/flooding so the sea was rough when first arrived but cleared up soon after. There is plenty to see in the reef. Listen to Shantal and Everton's advice when it comes to swimming the reef, they know it well! We very seldom saw another soul on the beach. We also spent quite a bit of time at the pool. Shantal's cooking was so amazing!! We tried to watch her cook at times just to see if we could replicate it at home. We loved spending time talking to her about her family. Anything you need her or Everton will help. The location is secluded, this was a draw for us since this was an anniversary trip. It is a bit of a walk into town (about 20 minutes), but definitely worth the stroll. We were going to rent bikes but we loved the walk.
We booked through Treasure Tours. They were also incredible. I will post a review for them on their TripAdvisor page.
I guess my husband and I really enjoy Villa Du Soleil – this was our fourth year in a row we have stayed and we are booked for next year! Why do we enjoy it so much? VERY RELAXING - For us there is nothing better than sitting on the veranda in the morning having breakfast looking out at the sea – it is beautiful and never gets old. THE FOOD – OMG the food. Shantel is a great cook – everything she makes is a treat for us from the oxtail, the fish (brown stewed, steamed, escovitch – I don’t think I have a favorite way to prepare the fish they are all wonderful), curry coconut shrimp, chicken, jerk pork – all good. The fruit (naseberry, star apple and custard apple were our favorites this year). THE POOL – Everton (aka Papa) keeps the pool sparkling clean. Everton will also arrange any tours you may wish to take – just ask him about it (Pelican Bar is a must). THE SEA – some years rougher than others, but always fun – we usually snorkel no matter (if it is too rough we just don’t go out far from shore – still plenty to see). Most days we have a private beach – not too much activity there. SHANTEL AND EVERTON – They are wonderful people and we enjoy talking with them learning more and more about their families and Jamaica in general. THE PEOPLE OF TREASURE BEACH – they are very kind, interesting and a lot of fun. No hassle here – you can walk anywhere and you will be greeted with a smile and hello, not a “come look what I am selling.” TREASURE BEACH – we love the community – it is truly a special place. Last but not least – THE ENTIRE TREASURE TOURS TEAM – they truly make everything come together for a great vacation!
Villa Du Soleil may not be for everyone – if you are a 5 star resort type person it may not be for you. It is fairly secluded but only about a 10 minute walk to Billy’s Bay and a 20 minute walk or so to Calabash. We usually rent bikes which makes getting around very easy and we get a little exercise too! Always fun to see smiling faces and people waving hello as we ride by.
The villa itself is older, but the owners keep fixing things up – every year there is some sort of an improvement. Both bedrooms got new air conditioners this year (which most people will like but we have never used them). Cable TV was added, and they also added Wi-Fi which was huge for us this year. First time on a trip to Jamaica my husband had to bring work with him and the Wi-Fi worked great!!! The inside of the villa is nondescript – two bedrooms (comfortable beds), one bathroom, kitchen (is well appointed with anything you may need – including new blender this year for our banana daiquiris), TV area with couch and love seat and an indoor eating area. It is the outdoor areas which we love – the veranda is awesome. Beautiful views of the sea and down the coastline. If it isn’t too windy we will eat every meal out there. The sunsets are fantastic and at night the stars can really put on a show. There is also a sun deck with a thatch cover (nice to sit under during an occasional afternoon rain) with stairs from the sun deck down to the beach – we only saw a couple other people at the beach the whole time we were there. The pool area - I am now spoiled by having my own pool. Great place to hang out and relax for an afternoon with a banana daiquiri. The pool gets both sun and shade and has a nice view of the sea.