This is a lovely stay, about a 10 minute drive along the coast from Ochi Rios. The curb appeal starts as you turn off the highway into the community, and are greeted by security guards 24/7. The gated open and you begin your ascent into the hills. All the houses are gorgeous, and you feel like you're in a movie. You're wondering which villa is yours, when you are it: high up on the hill looking down on the ocean. Private transport can be arranged through the villa staff (probably the best way to get around), or since the community is right off the main highway, it was pretty easy to catch a bus or taxi. We also noticed a rental car service at the bottom of the hill, but we did not use their services. Overall it was pretty easy to get where we had to go. The rooms are excellent and the private pool is terrific. From the pool deck you can look down on the ocean. There is an inner patio and an outer patio - The inner patio is a great place to take meals. The meals in the dining room are good and very relaxed atmosphere. The food was absolutely fantastic. We bought all our food at the market, and Miss Nicky prepared some delicious meals. Our favourite was The ackee and codfish with festivals for breakfast. The staff were terrific especially Paul, who went out of her way to ensure that we were enjoying our vacation. The only hitch we had during our stay was a power outage caused by a tropical storm. However, the villa has a generator which kicked in within 30s of losing power. The generator can be loud, but it was better than being without power! The last night we had a candlelight dinner by the pool which was truly very romantic. Even without a large group, having the fully staffed private villa to ourselves made us feel like celebrities. 10/10 would return again or recommend to any traveller.
My other half and I arrived at VISTA Del Mar on May 26 2017 for a one week stay. We were met by Paul and Ms Daphne who were very warm and welcoming. They informed us of places to visit in Ocho Rios. We had an amazing view poolside of Ocho Rios. We had an even better view from our bedroom balcony (master bedroom) of the clear blue water. Our bed was a King sized comfy bed, we felt right at home lol. As of now, when visiting Jamaica this will definitely be our home away from home.