Before arriving, we had been asked about foods we liked, but the meals were beyond our expectations. Delicious ginger lobster, fresh snapper, corn fritters, jerk chicken, coconut cream pie-all served on bone china, with lace tablecloths and crystal. And it was nice not having to decide where to eat each night. Many of the villas are set on bluffs, and the views are stunning. From our bedroom’s four-poster bed and mahogany rockers – the villas are styled like Jamaica’s old great houses – we could see out to lush foliage and the blue-green sea. Kayaks, a tennis court, snorkeling, and a modern spa down the road all tempt, but this is a place to relax, be pampered, and soak in Jamaica’s beauty. Unlike at big hotels full of American tourists, you won’t feel like you could be in Florida. The papayas and pineapples at breakfast were fresh, not flown in.
If there is a pot of gold at the end of one of Jamaica’s most winding, bumpy roads, it has to be The Villas on Bluefields. It’s worth every mile it takes to get you to this superb haven, which seduces you from the moment your arrive. Unlike the much-populated northern coast where resorts abound, this all-inclusive has no walls and is surrounded by small villages on the southern coast of Jamaica, just an hour-and-a-half from Montego Bay’s international airport. Simply known by many repeat guests as Bluefields, this romantic enclave overlooks the Caribbean Sea, giving you non-stop ocean views from nearly every room.