Serendipity is heaven on earth! We visited with our toddler and my parents and it was the perfect spot to relax after a day exploring the area. The photos don't do it justice. Clean, breezy, tastefully decorated and equipped with everything you need. The pool was a highlight- with its amazing view- and our baby loved the goats that roamed the hillside. Evelyn and Jeff were wonderfully friendly, helpful hosts and we couldn't have felt more comfortable.
We had an extrodianary time at Serendipity. It has an absolutely amazing view from room. We took advantage of staying in pool ( it's a gorgeous brand new pool, we loved it)rooms were very clean and thank you for the tasty fruit you gave us. Evelyn and Jeff thank you for making our visit special. All your tips and helpful advice. Would highly recommend !!!!
On my return flight from Montego Bay to Fort Lauderdale en route to California, I had the unenviable middle seat. I was flanked by a Jamaican on my left and a zookeeper from Detroit on my right. The zookeeper was in her late 30s, blonde, bubbly, a bit sunburnt, and after a pleasant chat, she soon fell asleep. The Jamaican, let’s call him Nicholas, a man about my age, which is to say old enough to have a 19-year-old child, which we both do, had little interest in talking with me until he learned that I’d spent my vacation in Treasure Beach. He said he’d assumed I’d gone to one of those ubiquitous all-inclusive resorts. He said this with an expression of mild disdain.
The more we talked, the more animated Nicholas became. He wanted to know which Jamaican foods I’d eaten and nodded approvingly at my answers: ackee with saltfish, callaloo, snapper with the bones in, bammy, yams, plantains, breadfruit, sweetsop, jerk chicken, coconut water from a jelly (a young coconut that is not yet hard on the outside). I told him how Roddy, the neighbor, had returned from fishing with lobsters, turbot, and a snapper, and how we’d kept him company in front of his house while he built a fire and cooked the lobster, hanging each one on the fence when it was done and the shell was red.
This is the Jamaica you get to visit when you stay at Serendipity.
From the veranda, the view of the sea is beautiful, with the water changing color from indigo to pewter to aqua. Snowy white egrets rise from the pond. Turkey vultures soar overhead. A herd of goats graze in the meadow. And once in a while Prince Albert the donkey brays from the field below.
As for the practical details:
The apartment is lovely and immaculate, with a thoughtful design that allows breezes to flow through and the French doors in both the living area and front bedroom give you this constant shockingly beautiful view.
The kitchenette is well-equipped. Buy groceries at MegaMart in Montego Bay (don't forget the rum and Red Stripe!) and you're all set to cook for yourself. Or you can go into town for meals or hire a local chef.
The location is up the hill, so you get a spectacular view and a cooling breeze, but you're close enough that town and the beach are only a short and very pleasant walk away.
The pool is designed with a bench seat, so you can cool off in the water and relax and read.
The owners are friendly, generous, and beyond helpful.
The neighbors, Judy and Roddy, who are also the property managers when the owners are away, are also friendly, generous, and beyond helpful.
Warning: It will take all your willpower to hoist yourself out of the hammock for a dip in the pool. Then it will take all your willpower to leave the pool for drinks on the veranda. Marshal your inner resources and just do it.
We recently had the most amazing stay at Serendipity Villa. We can't say enough good things about our experience. The villa is beautiful and has everything needed for meal prep and consumption. It is tastefully decorated and doesn't feel like you're staying in someone else's space. There is no AC, which I was initially hesitant about, but there is a nice breeze that keeps the entire place at a very comfortable temperature even at the heat of the day. Is also very child and baby friendly, which is a huge plus! I was a little worried about slats in the verandah fencing, but after asking the owners about it, they added baby proofing to the larger spacing and a gate to fully enclose the space. It's a bit removed from Treasure Beach proper, but it's just a short 10 minute walk to town so it's doesn't feel far away, but it is more quiet and private which is really nice. While there is plenty to do and see we found ourselves spending more than half of our trip just lounging around on the veranda enjoying the view of the sea and various athletic events at the sports park. All in all, we have no complaints! We will defend be back!
Serendipity might be more aptly named Serenity. I was able to deeply relax on the spacious veranda with its panoramic views of the Caribbean, exquisitely cooled by the breeze off the sea. Situated in an quiet Jamaican neighborhood, the villa is sheltered from what little commercialism exists in the peaceful community of Treasure Beach. I could have spent all my time in this sanctuary. However, the delightful 15 minute walk through the homes and fields of semi-rural Jamaica to Jack Sprat beach was irresistible. I'd slowly saunter through the fields and dirt lanes to where I could swim in the warm waters and sit in the shade of a palm tree. Serendipity is place that will inspire you to surrender to the unhurried and open-hearted here-and-now that is the gift of Jamaica.
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