“A laid-back villa in Cousins Cove with a superb pool, extensive gardens and friendly staff: a great base for a relaxing holiday (sleeps 10)”
All 5 bedrooms are spacious and simply furnished with a sense of understated cool: white walls, four-poster kingsize beds, good sheets, white chests of drawers, carved wooden shutters terrazzo tiled floors and plenty of storage behind louvered doors. The master bedroom upstairs benefits from a private terrace; otherwise, all rooms are similar.
The ground-floor rooms are interconnected - though you can lock the doors if you prefer - and 2 open out onto the living room. Three are doubles, and one can be set up as a twin by request. All have ceiling fans (three have air-con), and metal grills on the windows remove any security concerns.
All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers over tubs. The white ceramic tiles may be laid at a jaunty angle, but things are functional, though the shower pressure is rather low. Remember to bring toiletries and hairdryers as this isn't a hotel.
But if seeking mod cons, the open plan living room has a large TV with DVD player (US only) with local and US channels plus cable with sports, film and kids programming - there is also a sound system with mini jack input and speakers in the main room, the day room and by the swimming pool.
The large open-plan kitchen is well stocked in terms of equipment and mod cons (pots, pans, a juicer, good selection of knives etc), but it’s fairly simple. There's cutlery and crockery for 12 people plus a lot of plastic cups – these are functional when you want to be by the pool, although a few proper glasses would be welcome.
You can request a specific list of items for the shopping service in addition to the welcome food and supplies basket you receive for booking through i-escape (soap, bread, milk, fruits, juices, cheese, bacon, water, soft drinks and beers). The villa manager keeps the receipts of anything you ask for and guests refund him on arrival. We'd recommend that you take advantage of this service or stock up on supplies in Negril to get you through the first days.
Outside (with a roof) there's a large dining table, which comfortably seats 10, and a BBQ with prep area and sink. If you choose to DIY, the Negril Hi-Lo supermarket is a good place to buy food, or alternatively you can ask chef Yogi to prepare as many meals as you'd like.
With a few hours' notice Yogi effortlessly rustled up a fresh BBQ'd lobster with garlic butter, roasted sweet potatoes and spicy tomato sauce for dinner on our visit - perfect. He also specialises in Jerk Chicken cooked on the authentic drum BBQ served with rice and peas and a fresh green salad, or curried crab with rice and home-made coleslaw, or fresh fish fried and roasted with dumplings and pumpkin, plus salad. Usually Yogi cooks dinner on the first night to allow guests to settle in, thereafter it is up to you how many nights or other meals you want catered.
You could also eat at nearby beaches such as Half Moon, or go down the road for dinner at Kuyabi, Splash or Margaritaville in Negril, but with so much space all to yourself back at home it's very tempting to stay put and enjoy the relaxed surroundings.
This is a great place for families with older children. The garden allows them to tear around and let off steam, the large pool will provide hours of entertainment and there is plenty of space in the house. Babysitting and a travel cot can be arranged on request but otherwise there are limited provision for babies and toddlers.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All 4 downstairs bedrooms are interconnected, making these best for children. The sofas in the sitting room and a blow-up mattress serve as extra beds.
Available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The main areas of the house and access to the sea are all secured with gates, the driveway and garden have night-lights and a security light is fixed on the courtyard entrance to the property. Feedback suggests that the property is not well suited to under 5s as the grounds have prickly bushes and sharp rocks everywhere.