Unbelievably low rates. High standard rental . Clean, comfortable and homely.
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About Neil Gray
Neil and Pauline Gray are based in Chepstow UK when not in Jamaica.
Neil Gray purchased this Villa in 1990
Guests in Pimento share the pool and pool terace only with the occupants of Almond Tree Villa and the other 2 studios. For security reasons strictly no visors are allowed on to the property other than the 2 guests named in the booking. We ask you to kindly respect our neighbours and other guests by keeping noise levels to a respectable level. Please help us conserve energy by switching off fans and lights before going out.
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
3 weeks at a lovely spot - ideal if you drive
I spent 3 weeks at the Almond Tree Villa (main house) Dec 2016-Jan 2017.
The Villa is a 5min drive from Ochi Town - perfect for those wanting to be in the mix of things but who also want to retreat to living like a local in a nice residential area.
Perfect hub for those travelling around the island – 90 mins to Mobay, Portmore or Portland, 45 mins to Linstead, 60mins to Spanish Town, just under 2 hrs to Kingston. I made regular journeys to these places and back within a day which was a big plus.
In terms of transportation, the White River turning leads you to the roads up to the villa also leads to a well established community & therefore there are taxi's every few minutes for those not driving. As long as you are prepared to walk out to the main road (a 5 min walk).
Personally I drove, as did quite a few of the other guests - there is ample parking at the property and it makes getting around very easy. Highly recommended especially if you are used to driving a left hand drive. You will save lots of money by driving.
The rooms are spacious with all amenities as listed and the main house was perfect for our needs, I would definitely stay at the property again.
There were a few initial hiccups which were mainly to do with the lack of information on arrival and cleaning/presentation of facilities I reached out to the owner Neil and like always he resolved all issues within a day or so - quite typical of his communication even before I arrived at the Villa - always helpful and willing to rectify any issues., the perfect owner.
A few things to note:
Cost of Transportation. We hired the service of Junior as recommended by Neil to get us from Montego Bay to Ocho Rios. The cost of this was approx. $70US! Please note there are much more affordable options to get from the airport to the villa - you can pre book/pay online many services which will cost 30-50% less (like for like) however what you may not get is Junior's wit, charm and insight into the villa and advice on local activities etc. So in the end we were happy to pay the $70US but there are cheaper options.
- At least 60% of the time there was no hot water when showering, not uncommon in the Caribbean but for a guesthouse something that can be easily solved.
- We used the washing machine service 3 times and 2 of those 3 times there was either no soap powder or fabric softener which should come as part of the service.
All in all it was a great stay, I would be happy to return.
Quaint older home on a quiet dead end street
We enjoyed our time at the Almond Tree Villa. We liked having the space and the private pool. We visited in June and most days were a bit warm for us with just the fans, if we visit again in the summer we are likely to find somewhere with AC. This property is off the grid using solar power, but the current battery bank does not always last through the night. The water pressure in one of the showers was low enough that we only used the shower in the master bath. We had a rental car which gave us the freedom to get around when and where we choose. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of room, even during the portion of our stay when there were eight of us. The pool was clean and refreshing but had little shade so we avoided it during peak UV.
The villa matched the description, was clean and fairly well maintained. Neil and Nigel were both very helpful. I would recommend this to some friends, based on their needs and desires. We really enjoyed the Blue Hole up the white river a bit, this place is called Eire blue hole and the original blue hole etc. We accessed the river via a crocodile farm on the other side of the river where the prices were better. The sign there is "The Original Blue Hole".
Restaurants vary, there are more varied choices in the eastern part of Ocho Rios, further from the cruise ships.
Nice place but needs work
The set up of the place is great if you have a large group as we did. We rented out all three properties during the time we were there. The pool is wonderful and we used it extensively. When we got there we noticed the place wasn't very clean especially in all the kitchens. There was food on the walls near the stove and cupboards were dirty. We found a bowl of food in the micro and dirty dishes in the stove. I am not a neat freak but I expect better deep cleaning when you have a rental. There were no supplies for us to clean it up. My husband fixed a few things around the place such as a light in the main bedroom. Nigel was great and helped out a lot since the water kept going out and we would have to restore it for us. There is no air conditioning in the main house. You definitely have to hire someone to drive because you are secluded from downtown. Junior's friend, MC picked us up from the airport and we used him as a our main driver. He was wonderful and really took care of us. Neil was great to work with and got back to me right away about renting the place.
I would not recommend this property to others due to the cleanliness alone. We had a great time in Jamaica but I would not come back to this property.
It is very disappointing to receive a negative review and this is actually the one and only time that we have received such poor feedback. However I must accept that on this occassion it looks to be genuine and fair comment on behalf of these guests. The issue is the poor standard of cleaning which I agree is unacceptable and there can be no excuse. I know that attaining a high level cleanliness and comfort is one of the most important factors in running a successful holiday rental business and something that I take very seriously. We have obviously fell short of the mark here and I am annoyed with our cleaner. She has been with us for sometime and usually does a good job but there is no excuse for this and she has been told so.
Unfortunately there was no direct contact with myself from these guests during their stay to voice any complaints and give me the opportunity to put things right immediately but I do apologise for our shortcomings.
I would like to assure our customers that they can always expect the highest of standards and service from us at all times.
We do pride ourselves on offering quality holiday accomodation at real value for money prices for our customers and we have many guests who return to us year after year.You will see from the other reviews that most of our guests are delighted with the service they receive.
In this case it's not too good to be true
Neil was friendly and patient with us as we had 1000 and 1 questions regarding the property. As we were very reluctant to book over the internet.
Once we arrived every doubt went out of the window. What an absolute delight and surprise. We were picked up from the airport by Junior and the fun began from there. If you want to live like a local or a tourist this place is perfection. It's very secure and friendly location mins from town. Junior is always available to take you anywhere your heart desires as he is so knowledgable about Jamaica he will always have somewhere exciting and new to take you. Nigel and he's family live close and are always available if you need anything. The villa is clean and cleaned daily. The pictures are exactly what you get, but what it does not show is the positive and fun energy it has.
This was my mums first time and she enjoyed herself soo much she is returning this July. After making good friends with everyone that works in the villa she feels safe to return by herself.
Thanks for making this a fantastic family holiday. See you soon ; )
Never wanted to leave
This was mine and my husbands 3rd time back the lovely island of Jamaica and the 3rd time at Almond Tree Villa.
We wouldn't want to stop anywhere else, everything about it is perfect, the villa is clean and well maintained, the location of the villa is also perfect, its quiet and private and not to far from Ocho Rios town center.
The owner neil is very atentive to all your needs, we are just so happy that we found Almond Tree Villa as this is a place were we feel we will always go back too.
On this vacation we did more than we've ever done and seen more than we've ever seen thanks to Juniour the taxi driver.
All our needs are always catered for which makes stopping at Almond Tree the most plesent experience
Have just returned from staying in the villa,with my wife,daughter and grandchildren aged 12&14 and what a wonderful holiday we had,having been to Jamaica on two previous occasions and having stayed in the all inclusive hotels we thought this year we would rent a villa and we are so glad we did.The villa was spacious, clean and situated at the end, of a very quite road and as an added bonus a swimming pool which the kids and adults really enjoyed.Neil the owner will arrange for you to be picked up at the airport by Junior,you will also meet Lorraine the house keeper who comes in twice a week to do your bedding and tidy through for you,she is a lovely person also you will have Nigel who stays in a self contained apartment at the rear off the villa he keeps the garden tidy and is there in case off any problems.We used Junior as our guide to Jamaica and although we have been before and sort of knew our way around Junior really showed us the real Jamaica so to him and his beautiful family whom we spent time with, we thank you for making our holiday that bit more special and look forward to seeing you all again.So if your looking to book a villa people this is the place so give Neil the owner an email and get set for a wonderful holiday .
Almond Tree Villa and the three studio apartments Pimento, Tamarind and Cinnamon are situated together on the upscale estate of Selbourne Gardens in the peaceful suburban district of Eltham.
Selbourne Gardens was highlighted in the Sunday Gleaner as one of the most desirable places to live in and around Ocho Rios. Most of our closest neighbours are elderly returning residents from either USA or UK.
It’s a quiet and private location tucked away at the end of a Cul-de-sac with no through access to non-residents. We are sure you will enjoy the peaceful, safe and secure feeling that the local area offers and at the same time it is literally only a 10 minute drive into the heart of Ocho Rios town centre.
The Eltham route taxis run past the entrance to Selbourne Gardens every few minutes.
On the other side of the ball park Eltham has a few local bars and convenience shops and a friendly top class barber called Sada who will also be pleased to come out the villa to cut your hair at home. Please ask Nigel for more details.
The nearest beach where White River meets the sea is less than a mile away and there are several other lovely beaches within a couple of miles of the property.
Dermott’s Beach at Coconut Grove is a favourite with many of our guests. They have a little beach bar and food is usually available.
There is a small supermarket and other shops and bars at White River and you can eat the freshest fried fish and bammy right by the riverside at the local fry fish joint opposite the Fisherman’s Pub.
It is only 3 miles from the property to downtown Ocho Rios. 'Ochi' is a splendid major tourist resort with an impressive array of hotels, restaurants, bars and night life. The market is well worth a visit with its huge selections of exotic fruits, fresh produce and fish.
Other nearby tourist attractions include the famous Dunns River Falls, Mystic Mountain, Prospect Plantation and Chukka Cove for horse riding, Dolphin Cove where you can swim with the dolphins, Island Village, Bob Marley's birthplace at Nine Mile and playwright Noel Coward's house Firefly with its spectacular view over Port Maria.