The Bluefields Bay Villas are six unique homes along a private waterfront, each with its own stretch of beach for swimming, snorkeling or cloud-watching, and each has its own personality.
Largely designed inside and out by owner Debbie Moncure, the homes have open air designs outfitted with island and British influences, including antique Jamaican pieces that make Bluefields Bay the largest repository of such rarities in the world, according to A. Houston Moncure, our guide for this visit.
Learning that the inlaid wood table you just plopped your suitcase on is a priceless antique is unsettling. But the table is there for you to use and enjoy, a useful feast for the eyes and hands.
This vacation spot lets you have as much privacy and solitude as you wish. If you want to sit down by the sea for some nude sunbathing, you are within you own private domain where no one will intrude unless you invite the intrusion.
And if as you sit naked on that beach (but do keep a towel handy) you feel a sudden desire for pie, it will be delivered by Marvin, freshly made with natural local ingredients by chef Rose.
Details take this place a step beyond fabulous.
The Bluefields Bay Villas are all about the little things, the extra and unnecessary touches. Here your senses are treated by the antique embroidered napkins and table clothes set in the open air dining room, the hibiscus flowers in the baths and on the beds.
If anything else is wanted, it will be provided by an attentive and friendly staff that is there to ensure you are well fed and comfortable and having an extraordinary day.
On Jamaican Island time, of course. Having three home-cooked, beautiful and delicious meals served to you every day adds a level of relaxation and family time to your vacation. You just won’t get that in hotels that cater to large numbers, no matter how efficiently they do it.
Here food is lovingly cooked, and the variety is wonderful. Rose and Sharon are artists of the stove and skillet. Their masterful hands create meals that are balanced, beautifully plated and filled with the flavors of the island.
This is Jamaican home-cooking with style.
Marvelous Marvin, the house headman is there to prepare a daiquiri or a snack or to bring you a bit of ice cream
The lunch that met us on our arrival was delightful and foretold culinary delights to come. We were served a sesame chicken with a bit of island allspice and a shredded potato crepe.
The crepe was crisp, yet still managed to sop up the juices from the chicken, which had been stewed with onions and green peppers Take a walk along the ocean after your meal.
There you’ll find Nicholas and yet another Rose, ready to massage the stresses of the journey from shoulders made tense by carting luggage, a body made sore by hours on a plane that squeezes passengers and luggage into every cubic inch of space, seating passengers at uncomfortable angles with not an inch of personal space.
All of this, the stress and even its memory, is erased from muscle and soul to the sounds of cooing doves and crashing waves. The gentle strength of Nicholas’ hands wipes away all that was wrong with the day. An afternoon thunderstorm creates a perfect excuse for a nap on the romantically netted four-poster bed. The room’s large double doors are open to the sea, letting in the gentle roar of the waves and the crash of thunder.
And so we began our weeklong experience to learn more about Bluefields and Westmoreland, a once-thriving fishing village fighting its way back to self-sufficiency as farmers and fisherman learn to live, once again, from the land and the sea.
We learn how one family, the Moncures of the Bluefields Villas and Washington, D.C., works to provide not only an unparalleled vacation experience, but also to be a force for good in their Jamaican community.
Through their support of growth programs for local businesses, the local elementary school and programs that encourage environmental awareness and sustainable fishing and agricultural methods, the Moncures seek to create livelihoods for families and development in their community, and to improve life for all. It was tough getting here, but once we slid out of Percy’s van, all that had happened became secondary to what we know will be coming.
This story was originally published April 2012
The With white sand beach, private pools, luxurious Jamaican decor, all-inclusive format, full staff (w/ childcare), lush tropical foliage, will be a vacation travel experience to cherish.