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Merlyn Mullings

Member since: 2014
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Spacious Beachfront Villa with Lovely Garden and Seaside Pool

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Photos and Description of this Runaway Bay holiday chateau / country house

A Place To Unwind And Relax With Friends And Family And Let Nature Do Its Work.

This beautiful beach front - 5 bedroom, 5 bathrooms, 1 bedroom annex, large living room and dining room, 3 spacious patios upstairs and lots of open property to explore, is located in Runaway Bay, St. Ann.

Runaway Retreat is ideal for vacationers who want the option of privacy but who also wish to be in close proximity to the attractions. Fifteen minutes east of Runaway Bay is Ocho Rios, which boasts some of the best attractions and entertainment in Jamaica . Many of the most interesting places to see are all located within minutes of Runaway Bay.

The villa has it own filtered fresh water pool by the sea and it's own private white sand beach for active personal water sporting and other sporting activities. A championship golf course is located less than a mile away .

One of the pleasure of Runaway Retreat is the kind, friendly, courteous and experienced staff, who provides good source of information about local attractions, customs, culture and cuisine, which will help to make your stay an enjoyable and memorable visit .

Night security is available on request at an additional cost.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Senior Adults Only Community
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Merlyn Mullings (Owner)
Member since: 2014
Call Owner
Speaks english

About Merlyn Mullings

This house was built by my husband

Why Merlyn Mullings chose Jamaica North Coast

Runaway Retreat is situated on 2 acres of manicured lawn with beautiful white sand beach. Sitting on the balcony, you can observe the beautiful sunset.

Runaway Retreat is located in one of Jamaica's most naturally beautiful place. It was named Runaway Bay because it was once an escape rout for runaway slaves. The first native settlers to the island were the Aarawak Indians.

Runaway Retreat is a place of relaxation yet you are not far away from the the best Jamaica has to offer in entertainment.

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Close proximity to the best entertainment and attraction, this villa has 3 Large balconies which give you a sea view and also a view of the surrounding mountains.


based on 8 traveller reviews

Spacious Beachfront Villa with Lovely Garden and Seaside Pool
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews

3rd Time to Jamaica, best time ever!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I just stayed at Runaway Retreat and couldn't wait to get back to write about it. This place is truly amazing if you are looking for a piece of the real Jamaica and not just the huge resorts, I stayed at large resports on my last 2 trips and will never do it again. The staff is truly wonderful, the garden/yard is beatiful, the beach is a crawl away and if you're not feeling like the beach the pool is still there for you. Great seafood restaurant/bar in walking distance. Very close to Ocho Rios. 3 different balconies to relax on and catch the scenary. I am already planning my next trip to Jamaica and will only stay here going forward.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best vacation ever

  • 4 of 5

We had the best vacation ever!!! We were right on the beach and also had a pool. The staff is awesome and always willing to help in any way they can. The owner, Merlyn went out of her way to be helpful. We've been going to Jamaica for the last 6 years, and never actually saw Jamaica like we did this year. Going back soon and so looking forward to it. The property was very clean and there was so much to do

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

Let me start by saying this property actually deserves a NO star rating!!!!! This property is not at all as described on the listing and I sincerely doubt that it has ever truly gotten a 5 star rating. Upon arrival I was in complete shock. There was NO beach!!!!!!!!! When we asked about the beach, we were told that the beach was there the week before? I am not sure where the pictures were taken for this listing. There was a very small beach on the property next door that was littered with water bottles, milk jugs, etc. As we entered the property, the shock continued, the kitchen looked as if it belonged in a shack, the bathrooms were severely dated, dirty and smelled of mothballs, none of the beds had real pillows, the so called "balconies" were holes cut in the walls with gaping holes around the doors, leading to the roof, the "annex" out back was a shack and we were afraid to even look in it and the pool was dirty. We were also given individual keys to our bedrooms we had chosen and were told that we would need to lock the doors every time we left and when we slept at night, each door also looked as if it had been pried open in the past. There were also several people on the property and it didn't seem like they would be leaving, which we thought was very odd. This property is by far the most disappointing property we have ever stayed in and we obviously felt extremely unsafe.

We immediately approached the owner and let her know that we would not be staying because it was not as

described. She was dismissive and rude and would not refund any of our money even though we did not stay one night on this property. When we contacted about this matter they showed a complete lack of responsibility and concern in this matter.

At the very least I hope this review will help families to not make the same mistake we made by renting this property.

I would not ever recommend this property to anyone!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The management of Runaway Retreat takes pride in ensuring that our valued guests received the package as advertised and when our clients are unhappy we take it very personal. Many of our clients have fallen in love with the property so much that they keep coming time and time again. We thank you for your response and hope that you will give us the opportunity to serve you in the future.
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  • 5 of 5

I was here in June and it was incredible. It's right on the beach, which is awesome, and the staff was very attentive. I was also impressed by the garden. I have stayed at a couple of all-inclusive hotels in Jamaica and have been very disappointed by what I got for the money. You will not regret staying at the Runaway Retreat. They really treat you special.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 10

My favourite place in the world!!

  • 5 of 5

This space is truly heaven on earth. Beautiful turquoise ocean right in your backyard. Clear cool swimming pool. Big breezy colour full rooms. Everything you need for a relaxing vacation all in one spot. Resorts can be so large and impersonal, see the real Jamaica and experience it's wonderful culture. Runaway Retreat allows for an intimate and relaxing vacation. One day during our stay we walked down the beach and bought fresh fish from local fishermen. Located just a short drive from Ochi Rios. Don't waste your time in an overcrowded resort, stay at Runaway Retreat!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 10

a piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Great location, excellent place to unwind , I slept like a baby, wifi connection great excellent staff and food an excellent place and location to relax and see the beauty of the island at the same time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
38 Miles
Sangster International Airport
Car: recommended

Runaway Retreat is located approximately 15 minutes outside of Ocho Rios - St. Ann (Jamaica), This beautiful beach house with well manicured lawn is ideal for:

• Group Retreats

• Family get-together

• Destination Weddings

• Conferences

• Reunions & More


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chateau / country house in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Rental Basis:
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16 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest
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5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house rental in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 15 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , bath with shower
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 double bed
    Bedroom 5 - 1 extra lg. double bed
  • 5 Bedrooms there is also a one bedroom annex
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 bicycles
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Senior Adults Only Community ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Meals. Private Chef is available Breakfast Lunch Dinner Catering services also available