The well-appointed rooms of Tranquillity stretch over 6,300 square feet of rich marble floors. Artful landscaping ensures year-round flowers in bloom which in turn ensure regular visits from hummingbirds and parrots. The grounds resemble a private park dotted with mango, guava, banana, plantain, lime, soursop, apple and papaya trees.
The entrance draws you past an indoor waterfall garden as you approach the spacious Great Room which opens to an 86' furnished verandah. Meals are served by the butler on the verandah overlooking two acres of landscaped grounds and the sea ~ or in the inside formal dining room ~ or, as a special treat, in the romantic waterfront gazebo by candlelight. On calm nights, two or three local fishermen may ease through the water beyond the gazebo carrying torches and laying nets for the fresh catch they will deliver to your chef the next morning. The overall ambiance is quite beautiful.
Two large master suites are privately located in a wing on the east end of the villa. Two smaller bedrooms are beyond the living room on the west end of the villa. The fifth bedroom and a smaller sixth bedroom most suitable for children are in the Beach Cottage across the lawn on the water's edge. All bedrooms are air-conditioned. The state-of-the-art kitchen in the main house includes a 6-burner Vulcan gas stove, microwave and double fridge with icemaker.
Meals here merit special attention. Chef Danny has extensive experience in a number of cuisines including Italian, Spanish and Jamaican. He received his formal training in Italy and has been Head Chef at several of Montego Bay's better restaurants. Danny's experience and creativity, as well as his willingness to create menus to suit special requests, make the culinary part of everyone's stay at Tranquillity something to savor. A formal herb garden is steps from the kitchen and provides the Chef with fresh herbs and vegetables for your meals. His fresh kale and spinach soup can be a healthy and delicious way to start one of your dinners.
Tranquillity shares a basketball hoop and private tennis court with neighbouring Serenity on the Beach (bring racquets and balls). Combining Serenity and Tranquillity creates a 10-bedroom compound with 2 pools, tennis court, long beachfront and staff of 10. Beyond Tranquility is our glamorous neighbor, Noble House on the Beach, which accommodates 8 or 10 more guests. This 8-acre beachfront compound is a favorite for weddings and family reunions. All 3 villas are child friendly and very private from each other.
100 yards offshore is Holden's Reef, a continuation of the barrier reef complex that fronts much of Jamaica's north coast. Easily reachable by kayak, this live reef is home to a myriad of tropical fish and corals. At low tide, portions protrude above the water so you can step from your kayak to snorkel in shallow water. On the ocean side, deeper waters beckon the more adventurous or scuba equipped.
If you've left your pets behind, be advised that Tranquillity is home to friendly dogs. They are not permitted in the house or on the verandah. They spend days in the yard and on the beach and the staff cares for them. If you enjoy them, they'll run with you on the beach and romp with you in the sea. They are gentle, well-behaved and love guests.
Distance to Beach: Beachfront property
Distance to Town: 20 minutes to Montego Bay
Distance to Airport: 20 minutes to Sangster International Airport (MBJ)
6: Butler, Chef, Housekeeper, 2 Gardeners, Laundress
Kingsize 4-poster bed, modern en-suite bathroom, open shower with twin rain forest shower jets, flat screen cable TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, 4 pairs of mahogany French doors to verandah, steps to the pool
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, bathtub, separate walk-in shower, flat screen cable TV, high-ceilinged suite, air conditioning, ceiling fan, French doors to private furnished verandah, 3 steps down and path to pool, gazebo and beach. (400 sq ft)
Kingsize or Twin beds, en-suite bathroom, double vanity, walk-in shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, second very private shower in outdoor walled garden, French doors to verandah.
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, walk-in shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, French doors to private patio, grounds and tennis court.
Queensize bed, hall bathroom, walk-in shower, small extra bedroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan, lower level
Kingsize bed, large en-suite marble bathroom, oversize walk-in shower, air conditioning, ceiling fan, over-the-beach balcony with lounges, upstairs
Bunk beds, shares a bathroom with the Master Bedroom, air conditioning, provides another parent/child suite.
*Designed as the owners' private quarters, this exquisite 2-story cottage IS right next to the sea. Downstairs are the living room, kitchen with microwave, VCR, cable TV and sound system, The lower level opens to a private terrace on the edge of the beach where meals are served if only the Beach Cottage is occupied. (If more than two guests are in residence, all meals are served on the main house verandah, although coffee and fruit may be served at the Beach Cottage.)