5 Bdrm villa (sleeps 10-14) ,
About Cynthia Lusack
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to look at my home. I currently reside in the UK and built the Big White Villa as my future retirement home and a place for the family stay whilst returning home to the island. I decided to open up my home and share the experience with you all. I am an avid traveller and understand the needs and expectations of guests and this is the inspiration behind the design of the property. Please drop me a line if you have any questions. I am happy to help make your dream holiday come true. Cheers and see you soon! Cynthia x
Cynthia Lusack purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Cynthia Lusack chose Saint Mary Parish
I love the villa because it is so spacious and airy with enough room for you not to be on top of each other and is walking distance to the beach and river.
What makes this Villa unique
Close enough to the beach for you to hear the sound of the waves from any of the many balconies. We offer complimentary refreshments on arrival and a 'Welcome Hamper' to all guests. All weddings at the villa come with an experiencd Wedding Planner and the free venue hire. The view from the upstairs balcony is out of this world. Very relaxing and quiet especially for you to sleep well at night but close enough to the center of Ocho Rios with the hustle and bustle of the shops, bars and party vibes!
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Wonderful place, great staff!
Loved our stay! Great secure place! Kevin the chef was top notch!
Thanks Paul for such a lovely review,glad you had a good time and the staff actually raved about you.
Come back soon!!
Great Villa with Amazing Staff
The Big White Villa was the perfect size for our group of 12 and offered plenty of space for everyone. The house manager, Aretha, along with the grounds keeper, Sam, met us upon arrival and were very friendly and welcoming. All of the rooms offer an A.C. Unit however the unit in the master bedroom did not work. Luckily, there was a nice breeze the majority of the nights so between that and a couple fans we were able to sleep comfortably. The hot water heater was also an issue. Everyone got about 5min of hot water for a shower before it turned cold no matter how much we tried to stagger shower times. Again, we made it work but when paying so much for a vacation, I didn’t expect to be taking cold showers. I can’t say enough about Kevin, the chef, he was amazing! We asked him to make traditional Jamaican meals and he did not disappoint. Errol and Errol chauffeured us around and were very resourceful when when planning activities and answering any questions we had about the island. It was truely a pleasure getting to know them. Taneisha , the housekeeper, was so sweet and attentive during our stay. The beach is just a short walk away however it is very Rocky as the pictures show. There is an amazing little restaurant called “Sugarpot Ruins” about a 10 min walk down the beach that offers an absolutely beautiful beach though. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely stay here again!
Wonderful staff! Enormous amounts of room!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Big White Villa. Kevin was a wonderful chef. Sam & Leticia were so warm and helpful. The rooms were large and gave us all enough room to relax. I would recommend this rental to anyone.
We are happy the holiday makers enjoyed their stay at the villa. As we have recently done some updating
Of which we are very pleased with.
Beautiful home at a great location would become perfect with some maintenance and cleaning
We had a great vacation in Jamaica. It’s a lovely place. The people are friendly and helpful. The drive down from Montego Bay to the Big White Villa was smooth. Our ride was through Travel Jamaica Tours and Errol Bowen who drove us down entertained us and kept us laughing all the way. He is awesome. He and Errol Williams did all our chauffeuring during our stay. They were a pleasure to work with.
The staff at the Big White Villa were friendly and resourceful. The property manager worked with us to prestock food and supplies before our arrival. She was present along with the staff when we arrived. We love Kevin, our Chef! He whipped up delicious meals and accommodated our preferences and diet restrictions cheerfully. He went out of his way to help with other needs in the house as well. A shout out to Sam as well. He was a quiet gentle presence who unfailingly stepped up as needed.
The house itself is a spacious and airy place that easily accommodated our group of 14. The location is beautiful. The landscaping is lush and tropical. We enjoyed the pool. The sights and sounds of the ocean are close by. The neighborhood is quiet and secure. All our excursions and shopping or dining trips were a short drive away.
A little more attention to maintenance and housekeeping would make the Big White Villa near perfect. But for them the small annoyances would have been absent. As such it falls short of the ‘luxury’ tag. Nevertheless all in all we enjoyed our Jamaica experience. The food. The sights. And most of all the friendly folk!!
Great location, beautiful view, friendly staff ... a little dated, and some maintenance issues
We had some difficulty finding the Villa, the address provided did not appear on Google map, the property is marketed as Ocho Rios (which is largely in St. Ann) but it is actually located just outside of Ocho Rios in St. Mary. My other guests had similar experiences with finding the Villa.
The actual accommodations were adequate, we had 5 bedrooms in the main house and 2 bedrooms accessible from outside by the pool area. They were good size rooms with enough amenities to be comfortable.
We met the maintenance person, the house keeper, private chef and manager on the first day. Everyone was friendly and happy to assist in making our vacation enjoyable. The view from the upstairs balcony was amazing. The beach (while quite stony and challenging to access via a steep stair) was generally okay.
The property is not air-conditioned in the common areas, each bedroom has an air-condition unit, however, we had to keep the doors open to maintain a reasonable temperature in the living room, kitchen, and upstairs lounge areas. Having the doors open also meant mosquitoes which were a bit annoying.
There were a few maintenance issues (refrigerator beeped 24 hrs per day because the Freezer did not work, blinds in master bath were broken and could not close, door on shower was broken etc. etc.) but nothing that was a fatal flaw.
The chef did an amazing job and cooked some really delicious local meals for us, however, I think the house cleaning had a bit to be desired and the dust did a number on my sinuses.
The Villa is also located near a public park area and there was loud music which played every night during our four night stay.
Honestly, we had a good time in Jamaica, we visited Dunn's river falls, the town in Ocho Rios, enjoyed local fruits, and other amenities. The Villa met our needs for somewhere to sleep (as we were out for most of the days) however, I wouldn't describe it as "luxurious".
We had a group of 12, there was ample space for everyone and no one really complained. It is a great villa in a great location, it just needs a few tweaks in the maintenance area and I would give it at least 4 stars.
Perfect place to stay
We loved the big white villa. We were 12 people. 6 couples. The villa was very spacious and comfortable. Great for a big group. The staff was amazing. Kevin the chef cooked the most incredible meals. The location was great for experiencing the north side of the island. Rocky but very quiet and somewhat private beach a short walk down some steps. If you have more than 6 couples it might get too crowded as two of the seven bedrooms share a bathroom. The upper balcony with sea views is an amazing spot to have breakfast and all hang out.
The Villa is located in a secured gated community just 10 minutes from the town of Ocho Rios, at the historical Rio Nuevo battle site and memmorial park. The place where the final battle between the British and Spanish forces was fought in 1658.
Other famous attractions in the area, include the Dunns River Fall where you can swim in the river, find caves behind falls and mini-whirlpools. Ten minutes away is Dolphin Cove, where you can swim with dolphins.
Close by is the Mystic Mountain which is located on rain forest terrain 700 feet above sea level and features a roller coaster ride and an aerial tramway canopy tour.
At The Prospect Plantation Tour you will discover how a plantation site works, and enjoy open-aired carriage rides, horseback and camel rides; There is also a wonderful butterfly aviary and you can even feed the ostriches.
Be sure to visit Golden Eye, the house where Ian Fleming lived and wrote all 13 original James Bond books.
For more fun ideas, please visit https://www.visitjamaica.com/