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Caribbean Dawn, High On Value Low On Cost

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,900 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Specious Villa in Mammee Bay Perfect For Families And Large Groups

Caribbean Dawn is a charming and character-full Villa. It was built in the late 50’s and has been lovingly bought up-to-date. The original features have been maintained such as the original Terrazzo stone floor in the bedrooms and the original stone entrance to the villa.

You will get much more than the four air-conditioned bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. There is a large open planned area at the Centre, which is a nice space to hang out in. You can play a game of pool, chess, or garden darts on the lawn. The outside space has some shady spots to sit in; or you may want to chill out in the secluded courtyard garden at the back and catch up with your emails.

You may see Hummingbirds enjoying nectar from the Hibiscus and Heliconias by the front patio, so close, you could almost touch them.

Mammee Bay Estate has a beautiful private beach, restaurant bar and changing facilities.

The vista from the beach is amazing. Your gaze can follow the curve of the bay all the way down to the cruise ship pier in Ocho Rios. Could that be why many wedding photos are taken at this spot. The beach is protected by a Coral Reef just a few strokes from the shore. You can practically wade across to it.

Our lovely villa is light and specious with high vaulted ceilings. It is an ideal space for families and friends to relax in but there are many quiet areas where you can relax with a book or magazine. Children love it here, there’s so much space for them to run aground in both inside and out.

There are 4 double bedrooms all with air-conditioning and 3 bathrooms.

You enter via a nice patio/veranda into a huge lounging area that is separated by two archways at the centre.

The kitchen leads off from here and which was built by a local craftsman. There is a separate dining area that leads out to a courtyard that is set off with a lovely Bougainvillea tree.

More Details

Property Manager
Kay Porter Whyte
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Kay Porter Whyte

We love our home in Jamaica and are there often. It’s really lovely to be able to sharing it with our family, friends and guests. We’ve lived in London for over 40 years but now we spend 3 – 4 months a year enjoying the Jamaican sun.

After enjoying 3 family vacations in Mammee Bay Estate, we finally bought our house from the family of Bryon Lee, one of Jamaica’s premier music pioneers. Byron Lee and his group the Dragonaires brought Caribbean music to the attention of the world.

Kay Porter Whyte purchased this villa in 2001

Why Kay Porter Whyte chose Mammee Bay Estates

The Bamboo Studio is one of my favourite rooms in the house; I am really pleased with the presentation. I also love the way that daylight floods the Lounging area. It’s a real treat to sit under the Lignum Vitae tree with a nice glass of wine at the end of the day.

What makes this villa unique

Villa Caribbean Dawn is a place where families can come together and share the space in comfort. The photographs of the huge living area cannot do it justice. It's wonderful being there with my family - four generations have spent many happy times there.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Pictures DID NOT do it justice :-), April 20, 2015

By Felicia (Jamaica, NY) I spent my time at this lovely villa with my boyfriend our 2 children and 5 other family members and with the amount of space provided we barely crossed each others paths which believe me sometimes can be a GREAT thing LOL. We were quite pleased to have Nellie and Suzanne they were great to talk to as well as very helpful during our stay. The owner was also very good with touching base to make sure that everything was to our liking. The security guards were also great to have around and they made us feel very safe. It is very close to tourist attractions Dunns River, Dolphin Cove, Wataland etc. and also a short ride into town. The private beach was also great and had a restaurant called the Bamboo Blue which we frequented during our stay. I definitely would recommend this to friends or family and look forward to staying there again myself.
Apr 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mammee Bay Estates in Saint Ann Parish

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please use A/C responsibly
  • Keys and beach pass must be returned to the Guest Relations Manager
Location Type:
  • beach
  • resort
  • town
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , This bathroom has a free standing bath and separate shower
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite to bedroom 4
  • There are 3 bathrooms 2 of which are en-suite. 1 has a P shape bath shower, 2 has a separate shower unit and 3 is a shower room.The bathrooms are attractive and stocked with all the necessary toiletries - shower gel etc.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8-10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The master bedroom has a King-size bed and gives access to courtyard garden. Bedroom 2 has a double & a single beds. Bedroom 3 is also a double room. Bedroom 4 has bamboo 4-poster bed and sofabed. Most of the bedrooms are furnished in bamboo.
  • Books
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Caribbean Dawn is well furnished through out with good quality furniture. It is very specious and there is plenty of room for extended families and you will not be on top of each other. You will simply be able to enjoy the space and each others company in good quality accommodation. You will be well taken care of by Nellie, our family helper who has been with us for several years. Outside: Caribbean Dawn sits in an acre of gardens planted with mature fruit trees and tropical flowers. The master bedroom and the dining room leads out to a large courtyard garden to the rear of the villa. There are several varieties of fruit trees such as mango's and coconuts. These are among the favourites enjoyed by our guests. Utility Room: The separate utility room houses the washing machine and drying area. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide good quality towels and linen and the bathroom are well stocked with toiletries and other necessities. A welcome food pack is also provided. Our family helper will take care of the domestics and our gardener will keep the grounds looking nice.


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Caribbean Dawn, High On Value Low On Cost
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Great holiday spot

  • 5 of 5

Kay and Team Were great hosts, the house was very well located and beach was great.

Value for money this place cannot be beat!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay at my villa with access to the beautiful beach, with such good amenities. It good to hear that it's great value for money too.
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Phoenixville, PA USA

It was truly AMAZING! Spacious with a Caribbean feel.

  • 4 of 5

Every room was so lovely and the home has great character. Short walk to an awesome beach with small coral reef and fantastic restaurant on the beach. The only reason we didn't give the home 5 stars is that we would prefer air conditioning throughout the home, it's only in bedrooms but those are nice and cold for sleeping. The fruit on the grounds is absolutely delicious. The pictures are completely accurate. If you want an authentic old Caribbean feel, with ceiling fans and open concept, this is the place for you. We plan on returning.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Donna, Thank you for your great review. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your visit. Because of the open planned aspect of the lounging space we were unable to install air conditioning in that area. Thankfully, it is only very warm during the summer months of July and August. I hope you enjoyed the shady spots in gardens when it was too warm inside. Thanks once again and we look forward to having you stay again. Kind regards Kay
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Lovely spacious villa

  • 5 of 5

Caribbean Dawn is a lovely spacious villa within the safe and well maintained Mammee Bay estate. The Villa has four seizable bedrooms all with air conditioning. There is a very large living area divided into different areas all well laid out. Large double doors look out onto the beautifully maintained garden that includes two mango trees. The villa also comes with a pool table and that most important of modern requirement wifi. A short pleasant walk along a coconut lined avenue takes you to a private beach with a beach bar. It's not cheap but then you a paying for good service and a view to across the sea. There are various activities available or just enjoy a cold beer or cocktail.

We were met by Audrey who introduced us to the villa as well as Nellie who comes in each weekday and will cook for a small payment. Her ackee and saltfish went down a storm. Without doubt Nellie is a gem.

A short drive along the coast takes you to the busy town of Ocho Rios which contains a number of restaurants. We would recommend Miss T's just past the amazingly busy clock tower on the left. Good quality food at reasonable prices with a number of vegetarian options. Just watch the car's undercarriage when you go into their car park. Evita's is up the hillside and a little more expensive but definitely worth a visit. For those who prefer quick food then try the Island Grill and Juci Patties.

There is now a new toll road just down the road from the villa that takes you into Kingston and Spanish Town. State of the art road which goes through some stunning countryside. The national art gallery in Kingston is definitely worth visiting.

So for those looking for a good safe family sized villa in a lovely setting, near to the beach and within easy access to Ocho Rios then like us Caribbean Dawn could be the place for you.

Mark, Paulette, Wesley, Louis and Jasmine.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mark and Family, Thank you so much for your lovely and thorough review. Caribbean Dawn is a family villa,so I am especially pleased, that you and your family enjoyed your stay; and had a great time in Jamaica. Audrey and Nellie will be thrilled to hear your comments and we hope that you may visit with us again in the future. All the best, Kay
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Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ocho Rios is probably the most popular cruise ship destination in the Caribbean. Mammee Bay is only 5 minutes to three very popular attractions on the North Coast. There are many fabulous beaches. Mammee Bay Beach, James Bond beaches and Reggae beach; these are truly outstanding but there are many more to choose from. There are several duty free shopping areas and Craft Markets and great restaurants and bars. There’s so much to do in this area - climb a waterfall, or raft on the White River. Visit a nature parks or swim with dolphin. How about some deep sea fishing, diving or snorkeling. Take a horseback ride along the beach or a jeep or bike safari. Take a cable car ride up a Mystic Mountain and take bobsleigh or zip line down. How about a round of golf? There are several golf courses close by. Whatever you want to do you will find it in beautiful scenic Jamaica. It’s nature at its best.


Mammee Bay beach club has very great facilities with a beach side restaurant and bar. You can enjoy the shower and changing facilities as you listen to piped music. Spoil yourself with a lovely beach side massage as you gaze out to the Caribbean Sea which is like a warm bath. The beach is sheltered by a Coral Reef and you can book watersports too. All this is a short walk from our villa.


Mammee Bay, Ocho Rios is mid way between Montego Bay and Kingston and is a very central location. The journey from Montego Bay Airport is approximately 90 minutes and the new North Coast Highway makes getting to our villa a dream – you will be there in no time. If it’s your first visit to Jamaica, it’s a nice introduction to our beautiful island.

Further Details:

Mammee Bay Estate is 10 minutes picturesque drive to the Ocho Rios town centre where there are several restaurants and bars and duty free shopping. Island Village is a great place where you will find many individual shops. Margaritaville is located in Island Village and it is a lively entertainment spot that leads out to another lovely beach.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mammee Bay Estates, Caribbean

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7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
The price range varies between £1200.00 - £1,500.00 per, week year round, to allow flexibility. The villa sleeps to 8-10 people comfortably. Our booking terms are fairly flexible and we can provide a payment schedule to help you plan you holiday. Please contact the owner for further information. Payment can be made PayPal secure system.

A refundable damage deposit of £300.00 is required and will be added to your final Booking Confirmation statement.

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure to be agreed with the guests.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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