Villas & Guest Houses In Jamaica by Wellesley Gayle
"No matter how nice a hotel is, it's not home." Bill Kreutzmann
Whether travelling on business on pleasure, there is a noticeable shift in visitor preferences in relation to their accommodation here in Jamaica.
Grand resorts and hotels are still great, especially the all-inclusives. They have some of the most convenient facilities a guest can ever imagine, but in many cases, there is still a void, something is missing.
What is that?
Exactly, it is that intimacy, 'homely', authentic feel.
That's where small B&B's, lodges, villas and guest houses here in Jamaica are unparalleled.
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And the distinguishing features of the resorts hotels which speaks more to convenience are all blurring in relation to them.
For example, the provision of meals, engaging guest in activities, and even the all inclusive packages, are increasingly provided by villas and guest houses here in Jamaica!
So what else is there about villas and guest houses in Jamaica? What should you as a guest consider the option these days?
Here they are...
10 GREAT Reasons To Consider At A Villa OR Guest House In Jamaica
Hands down, you can stay at a guest house for a fraction of the cost of a resort.
I did quick comparison check and found that on average, guest houses can be as cheap as just 20% of hotel prices! Which allows you to save more money for other activities.
And cheaper, does not necessarily mean less luxurious, many local operators have stepped up their game and have made their rooms and offerings just as impressive!
Bye bye to the days when you only sleep over at a guest house; today, not only does breakfast /meals are commonplace, proprietors now have customized offers for you, which includes extra meals, fun activities, excursions and more at your preference! In other words, where you want, when you want!
Usually Bigger Rooms
In most cases, a villa or guest house offers more space than traditional hotel rooms which are typically standard sized.
A guest house is usually a typical home, made or converted for guests.
Also, in many cases, the entire house is available, which makes it ideal for friends or family trips.
Not as busy as hotels
Well that said for obvious reasons.... and that means less sharing of the facilities too!
Was that ever a pain point for you at the big resorts?
Oh yes, local food! And may I dear say, FRESH food as well?
Local, organic, healthier foods from the local community, prepared by local hands, the way locals do it!
It doesn't get (and taste) better than this!
Don't worry about standing in lines for food nor waiting on someone else to finish before you are able to.
Typically the only crowd is you and your friends/ family.
Rich Community Experience
No need to pay for that at an additional tour/ cost, you are there!
Community tours are encouraged but most guest houses in Jamaica are typically right there in the local community.
At the least, you can see the real Jamaica from your balcony!
Perfect For Special Occasions
Most hotels do offer facilities for weddings, vow renewals, etc. But what when you want to have a baby shower, birthdays etc. and want to invite friends without spending an arm and leg?
Villas and Guest Houses offers that at a fraction of typical resort prices.
It's understandable that hotels have rules to protect their guests and property, but in many cases, they impede or restrict with your personal taste and comfort.
At a guest house or villa your comfort is first! And finally, the real essence...
More Personal Experience With Staff
Not only will you know EVERY staff by name, in most cases, they become your genuine friend.
And yes, they are waaaaaay more personable than some of those you might have come in contact with at the other places :-)
In all, guest houses and villas are typically more romantic, intimate, cozy, relaxing, and yes, less expensive!
So you see, a villa or guest house here, offers much, much more than you probably would have other wised imagined.
Promise me you'll at least consider one next time :-)
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About The Author
A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' since April 2007.
To date, he serves over 9,300 unique readers / viewers per day.
efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications,
including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers,
as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies