MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Amid the busy travelers stopping by for their quick fix of Jamaican paradise, there are lifelong locals who call the island home. Blind to tourist eyes is a place where families gather for Jamaican jerk barbeques, kids venture out to explore the lively coral reef, and adults laze away the afternoon under the shade of a mango tree. This is the familiar way of Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International, and his growing multi-generational family. Sundown Villa, a private home set in the historic fishing village of idyllic Discovery Bay, is the venue for many of their fond memories. In 1976, Stewart discovered a Caribbean cottage by the sea and envisioned the small two bedroom retreat as the place where he would pass on his love of Jamaica and the sea to his family. It has since expanded to a nine bedroom compound, accommodating the ever-growing Stewart clan and continuing to serve as the central location for their gatherings and annual holiday vacations. A part of Your Jamaican Villas, Sundown Villa's recent enhancements elevate the property and allow it to accommodate the largest villa vacation groups in all of Discovery Bay.
"Sundown Villa has served as the backdrop for many unforgettable moments with my family. By opening up my private home to guests, I hope that they too can find a place to unwind and reconnect," said Gordon 'Butch' Stewart. "As my family continues to grow, so too does the need for more space. With the all-new guest house, larger groups can vacation together and relish every moment of their vacation in paradise."
Completed in February 2013, the newly-constructed two-story cottage exudes Caribbean charm following designs thoughtfully hand-picked by the Stewart family. With vaulted ceilings, luxurious king-size beds, fitness center, and personal kitchenettes on each floor, friends and family seeking a comfortable escape will not be let down. The original main residence houses an additional three bedrooms with four poster king-size beds and two bedrooms with two double beds. With a total of nine bedrooms available, the villa is perfect for multi-generational families, but also offers guests the flexibility of exclusively renting five or seven bedrooms of the compound for smaller parties.
Between the two houses, guests are graced with lush gardens boasting exotic flowers, an oceanfront freshwater pool, and easy access to the private white sand beach. Kayaks, a windsurfer, aqua cycle, Hawaiian paddle boards and snorkeling equipment are provided for those inclined to dive into the crystal blue waters, while an expansive oceanfront veranda with oversized couches provides the ideal spot to hang when relaxation is the word of the day. For more recreation, a Ping-Pong table, kid's jungle gym and fishing dock are footsteps away, as are two seaside gazebos, perfect for private dinners and romantic moments.
A dedicated household staff becomes an extension of family from the moment guests arrive, ensuring that their every need is met with renowned Jamaican hospitality. The passionate team includes a personal butler who is on hand to add special touches to the vacation experience, from providing seaside drinks and snacks to setting the scene under the beach gazebo for a romantic evening under the stars. A private chef is also provided, ready to cook any dish guests desire using fresh, locally-grown ingredients and fish straight from the sea. With attentive service at all hours of the day, guests are invited to put their feet up and throw all cares to the wind.
Once remarked as "The fairest isle that eyes have ever seen" by Christopher Columbus in 1494, the scenic landscape of Discovery Bay beckons guests to experience Jamaica's lush northern coast with an array of alluring escapes. For golf enthusiasts, the nearby Sandals Golf & Country Club welcomes guests of Sundown Villa with unlimited green fees, while adventure seekers can elect to take a Jamaican Bobsled Adventure through the rainforest, ride an exhilarating zip-line canopy, or enjoy a deep fishing charter off the coast. Guests can even mingle with locals during a shopping excursion to Ocho Rios and find special gems from Jamaica to carry back, allowing their vacation memories to live on long after leaving the island.
Week-long rates for Sundown Villa begin at $9,500. For more details, please visit www.yourjamaicanvillas.com.
About Your Jamaican Villas
The private homes of Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Your Jamaican Villas – Sundown Villa, Lime-Acre Villa and Rio Chico Estate – invite guests to experience authentic island living at its best. Offering guests privacy and comfort along Jamaica's most beautiful coasts, these luxurious beachfront residences each boast their own stretch of private beach, deluxe accommodations with state-of-the-art amenities, and unparalleled service from a dedicated household staff. Whether choosing to spend the day exploring the island on an exotic excursion or relaxing poolside, Your Jamaican Villas provide the perfect backdrop for any private or group getaway. For more information, please visit www.yourjamaicanvillas.com.
SOURCE Your Jamaican Villas