We spent the week after Christmas 2015 at Datura. It was our second
visit to Datura and it won't be our last. The villa staff makes the stay
more than just a vacation. You feel like you are among friends and that
adds to your relaxation.
Shereen's cooking is amazing. For those of you who like to "eat
local," they've been doing this in Jamaica forever. We had crab, red
snapper, conch fritters and warm-water lobster, the lobsters being
delivered fresh (and still alive) to the villa. Shereen's homemade soups
are perfection and we loved all of the fresh fruits and vegetables. I'm
not particularly a dessert person, but I devoured each and every
delight from Shereen; her lemon cake is sublime.
Carole and Opie also spoiled us and kept us laughing the whole
week. They didn't mind the boys following them into the kitchen asking
for another beach towel/banana shakes or leaving dominoes and water
Henry showed us around the property and shared with us his vast
Jamaican horticultural knowledge. He organized a bonfire on NYE for the
boys and gladly chased off wasps. His laugh is very melodic!
What would we do without Chisholm? It was so good to spot his
smiling face at Sangster and know that our vacation was underway. He
gladly took us back to some favorite spots (Negril, the Yacht Club and
Round Hill), and introduced us to a new place: Lethe. Lethe ("LEE-tee")
is about 20 minutes "up the hill" in the heart of the Jamaican "jungle"
and the site of a zip-lining course. I was skeptical, but it was fun and
the boys LOVED it.
The property itself is equally as fantastic as the staff. Bring
binoculars, as the one pair there isn't enough when there are six eager
pairs of eyes scanning Mo Bay from the house's spacious terrace. The
rooms are comfortable and Jamaican. You won't wake up in a generic hotel
room; the mahogany plantation shutters, hardwood floors and plaster
walls add to the atmosphere. If swimming and sunbathing isn't your
thing, then rest assured that there is enough space (and shade) to
spread out and read or listen to music. We read almost 10 books between
the six of us! The hammock is particularly pleasant.
If you want to unplug and relax surrounded by nature, then come to Datura.
If you want to explore Jamaica with a trusted guide, then come to Datura.
If you want to break bread and drink rum with your friends, then come to
Datura. It's perfect for any of these goals. I highly recommend it.
JC, Mission Hills, KS, December, 2015
There is nothing difficult about a vacation at Datura Villa except for leaving!! Oh my goodness. We had the BEST vacation ever last week. Thank you for your help and assistance in preparing us and the villa for our trip. Our families had such a lovely time from the moment we arrived till the sad moment when we had to say goodbye. Chisholm was wonderful. Polite, professional, knowledgeable, easy-going, AND an experienced and safe driver! (we did the Mayfield falls trip and we were soooo grateful he was doing the driving!!!) Our kids loved him. Shereen, Opie and Precious were absolutely amazing...so sweet, kind, professional, thoughtful and such good cooks!!!!! They really treated our families like their own and we were so appreciative. Our children loved them too...lots of hugs and pictures on Saturday night. Henry was great and also easy-going...very kind-natured and helpful. The villa was beautiful...the view was exceptional. This really was an extraordinary trip and experience. You might see an upswing in your bookings with how many people I've told about Datura Villa since we've been home. :-)
All of us would love to return again sometime....so I will stay in touch!
Thank you again and please pass along to everyone at Datura Villa how happy and pleased we were with our vacation there.
M.F. North Carolina, June, 2016
SeWe had such a wonderful time! From the first morning when I woke up
and realized I had no demands on my time other than visiting with
friends and eating. The staff was great! Especially Henry. The food
was always good. Sharene made pumpkin pie at Rick’s request and it took
me back to my grandmother’s pumpkin pie. She also showed us how to
make the ginger ice tea which will always take me back to Montego Bay.
Everything was up to date and clean. The paint in the living room was
lovely. We did our morning walks with Henry and then yoga and in the
afternoons he lead us through aqua size. Randel, it was a perfect
vacation and the staff made us feel so at home with nothing to want for.
I feel bad that we didn’t go much of anywhere so we didn’t get to
spend much time with Chisolm. We did love hearing his stories and the
information he had about the town and the countryside and Datura Villa.
This was one of the most relaxing and pleasant vacations I have ever
spent. I hope we get the opportunity to visit again. The staff did you
credit. We felt well taken care of. Thank you so much for the
KC, Gardena, CA March, 2015
A friend invited me to spend a couple of days in Jamaica at Datura Villa last month, and I can't say enough about this beautiful property and the wonderful staff running the show! First of all, Datura Villa is located about 20 minutes from the airport in Montego Bay. Chisholm, the property manager, met me at the airport and pointed out some of the sights in Montego Bay as we drove to the villa, which is located on several acres of property with spectacular views of Montego Bay. The accommodations are what I'd describe as "Old World Jamaica" with modern amenities, including new bathrooms, wifi throughout, a gym on the property, and a pool and hot tub situated on a hillside overlooking Montego Bay. The house is comfortably furnished, with lots of space and separate areas for hanging out with friends or just curling up with a book and spending an afternoon undisturbed. To be perfectly honest, I was looking for a bit of a retreat, and thus had no desire to sightsee or go anywhere. The chef, Shereen, served three delicious meals every day - breakfast on the terrace, lunch "under the almond tree" (no joke), and dinner in the dining room. Everything is very casual, but I felt very well taken care of at the same time. The food was terrific, with great local ingredients and specialties at every meal. Much of the fruit at breakfast was grown on the property! I had no special requests with regard to ingredients, etc., but I was asked about allergies and food preferences. The jerk chicken and pork was a standout, as were all desserts and pastries. I believe the eggs came from chickens on the property next door. I even took home some of the homemade jerk sauce as gifts. Every afternoon, several of us worked out with Henry, the on-site trainer. Henry is built like a tank and put us through our paces for an hour or so daily. The fitness room is in a new addition to the property, and has weights, machine, yoga mats, etc. After that, a nap, dinner and drinks on the terrace. I'm sure many guests go out or leave the property, but I was content to spend several quiet and very restful days at Datura Villa. I would highly recommend to friends, and will be returning again next year with a larger group, and I hope to be able to plan for this as an annual getaway!
SW, London, UK, December, 2014
“Christmas in Jamaica - a true vacation”
Some vacations are more like "trips," with lots of duties, chores
and bustling about. I'm happy to say that three generations of us spent
Christmas week at Datura, where the staff made sure we were on a
From the moment we met Chisholm at the airport until 7 nights
later when he dropped us back there, we were happy and relaxed.
Chisholm, Shereen, Henry, Carol and Opie made sure of that. They asked
us what we wanted and then made it happen. They were also very
responsive when we had specific requests regarding meals, meal times,
The house and grounds are tidy, comfortable and beautiful.
Datura is also big enough that everyone was able to find a spot to relax
or play. The kids loved being able to run all around the flora and
fauna playing imaginary games. The adults were able to find sunny or
shady spots for reading, napping and relaxing. (Over 5 books were read,
so that's a measure of the relaxing going on.)
The staff also made sure our Christmas in Jamaica was special,
making us a delicious lobster meal, as well as a great Jamaican punch
drink, sorrel. We ate out Christmas Eve at Round Hill (posh resort 10
minutes away) and Shereen's cooking was better! For Boxing Day, Chisholm
took us on a short road-trip (1 hour, 15 minutes) to Negril to a calm
and lovely beach.
The listing was accurate. The floor plan was especially
helpful. The owner/rental agent is very responsive and was available by
phone or email during our stay. The house's WiFi worked very well.
Although the four adults didn't watch TV, there was cable TV, which the
two children with us loved.
Five of the six of our party had never been to Jamaica before, but
all six of us will be returning! I would (and already have) recommend
this property to friends and relatives.
J.C. Mission Hills, KS., December, 2014