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Canoe Cove on the Beach on Old Fort Bay • Ocho Rios, Jamaica Villa

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About Canoe Cove on the Beach on Old Fort Bay

In the 1950’s, Kingston attorney Clinton Hart happened onto this remarkable 3-acre waterfront location, bought it and built a simple beach cottage for his family. Through four generations, Canoe Cove has been a beloved family home, virtually unembellished. In 2015, Hart’s grandson replaced the worn cottage with a new sort of architecture, straightforward, uncomplicated and loaded with thoughtful comforts and essentials to redefine luxury in a beachy, barefoot lifestyle.

  • 7-bedroom contemporary beachfront villa on three private acres
  • 8-1/2 bathrooms
  • located on Old Fort Bay, 5 minutes west of Ocho Rios
  • full staff: chef & assistant cook, butler, housekeepers, personal laundress, gardener, pool & beach man
  • Junior Olympic-size swimming pool:  3 competition lanes, 75’ long
  • 2 sun shelves with loungers connected to main pool
  • child-friendly:  shallow pool entry and oversize sand box on lawn above beach
  • paddle boards & kayaks (lifejackets provided for adults & children)
  • Har-Tru green clay tennis court:  the only Har-Tru court on Jamaica’s north coast (racquets provided)
  • 5-hole 1,300-sq-ft graded synthetic turf putting green & sand bunker (putters & wedges provided)
  • private gym:  SOLE recumbent stationary bike, PRO-FORMA treadmill, bench & weights
  • private massage room next to gym
  • 1/4-size basketball court
  • hot tub for 10
  • live reef 50 yards out, more reefs beyond (snorkels provided)
  • air-conditioned TV room with comfy seating
  • large thatch roof gazebo & bar for al fresco meals, sunset cocktails or just hanging out
  • wheelchair ramps
  • helicopter pad nearby

Here is a dream come true for the three-generation family whose wish list of individual requirements includes copious space for togetherness; intimate space to take a nap, finish a novel or have a massage; sporting options to satisfy restless cravings for activity and the stimulation of competitive sports; and spacious dining areas when those other cravings kick in and your chef rings the bell that signals time for another long, leisurely, luscious meal.  In short, make your multi-faceted wish list and take a look at Canoe Cove.

The 200’ beach ranges in width from sea wall to surf from 15’ in high tide to 30’ in low tide, varying with weather patterns.  For joggers or strollers, the extended beach length is approximately 1,000 feet.  The uninterrupted view extends all the way to the horizon, punctuated a few times each week by tall white cruise ships drifting silently across your view toward the harbor. 

Canoe Cove encourages a relaxed, un-fussy vacation with an abundance of sporty options balanced with as much pure relaxation as anyone could want.  The location is amazing. The service is excellent. The villa itself is stylish without pretense or overstatement, uncluttered and totally livable.  Inside, textures of exotic woods establish a grounded, organic ambience as backdrop against stylish furnishings.  Cedar, Jojoba, Honduran pine, marble, coral stone and natural cement floors are cool under bare feet.  Finishes of reclaimed teak and driftwood echo the Caribbean venue.  Decorating a hallway is a whimsical 6’ pendant lamp made entirely of old magazines and looking remarkably like bark.  Across the lawn, supporting structures of the gazebo are purloined telephone poles with bamboo-clad bases.  Delicate orchids cultivated on site contrast with other natural materials and adorn most rooms.

For tennis buffs who want to bring their own pro from home, on-site sleeping accommodations can be arranged and villa staff will look after this guest.  Nannies from home may sleep in the child’s room.

Accommodations

Downstairs – 4 bedrooms

Bedroom 1
Kingsize bed, queen sofa bed, en-suite bathroom with deep tub + open-air shower, opens to patio

 Bedroom 2
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, opens to patio

Bedroom 3
Kingsize bed, queen sofa bed, en-suite bathroom with deep tub + open-air shower, opens to patio

Bedroom 7
Children's room adjacent to Bedroom 1, also suitable for adults, 2 queen beds, small walk-in shower, no access to patios or balconies

Upstairs - 3 bedrooms

Bedroom 4
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, opens to balcony

Bedroom 5
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom, opens to balcony

Bedroom 6
Kingsize bed, en-suite bathroom queen sofa bed, opens to balcony

Combining bedrooms 1, 2 and 7 creates a convenient family suite, each bedroom door being a few steps from the next.

Child Friendly
The swimming pool has a shallow entry for toddlers, a man-made sandbox big enough for everyone, nearby outdoor shower and a grassy yard for lawn games.  Kayak life jackets come small-medium-large.

Additional Information

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Nearby Activities

  • Dunn’s River Falls – 3 minutes
  • Dolphin Cove – 4 minutes
  • Mystic Mountain – 5 minutes (zipline, bobsled, restaurant)
  • Island Village – 8 minutes (good mall, jewelry, books store, coffee shops, more)
  • Chukka Cove Farm – adventure excursions from mild to wild
  • Drax Hall Polo field (Saturdays)
  • Sailing, fishing and private boat excursion charters for various fees can be arranged by your staff
  • Restaurants – recommend Sans Souci (upscale, excellent, 14 min); Scotchie’s (rustic casual, best jerk joint, 4 minutes) … if you ever wish to forsake the Canoe Cove chef a time or two.

Old Fort Bay is on the western perimeter of Ocho Rios.  Drive time from the Montego Bay Sangster International Airport is approximately 90 minutes on the new North Coast highway.

Rental Rates

Season Bedrooms Weekly Rate
High Season
December 15 - April 17
1–5 $21,700
High Season
December 15 - April 17
6–7 $24,300
Low Season
April 18 - December 15
1–5 $17,360
Low Season
April 18 - December 15
6–7 $22,570
Easter
April 10 - April 17
Easter week is any 7 nights that includes Easter Sunday
1–7 $24,300
Thanksgiving
November 18 - November 25
1–7 $23,180
Christmas
December 19 - December 26
1–7 $28,900
New Year's
December 26 - January 2
1–7 $29,900

Click Here for 2018 Rates (for arrivals after January 2, 2018)

Damage Deposit: $1,500

Additional Guests $100 per person per night (past 14 guests)

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Guest Reviews

  • The staff was great + made us feel comfortable. This is one of our BEST family vacations to date – thank you all!

    Schmid - April 2016

  • The staff made our stay very enjoyable. I would recommend the Villa to everyone!

    Bushey - March 2016

  • The staff displayed a positive attitude. They made our experience excellent!

    LoCascio - March 2016

  • Wonderful staff & Villa!

    Phillpotts - March 2016

  • We enjoyed our stay so much it’s hard to put into words. We highly recommend this Villa to everyone!

    Palmer - February 2016

  • This villa was like HEAVEN – we didn’t want to leave!

    Noseworthy - February 2016

  • Fantastic time and service. Thanks so much!

    Chin - January 2016

  • Everything was PERFECT!

    Moore - January 2016

  • Could not have been more perfect. This was a 5 star experience!

    MacDonald - January 2016

  • Omg I'm in heaven here. Wow we are having fun. We all renewed our wedding vows yesterday. It ended with everyone jumping in the pool with our wedding outfits on. The staff has come to be like family. Going home isn't something we want to plan for. We are extending till….I wish it was forever. Many thanks for everything!

    Carolyn - Canada - Feb/Mar 2016

  • Fabulous villa -- and even better staff. Really great. Totally comfortable and warmly decorated -- reminds us of … Nantucket. People will love this place...the view, the furnishings, the staff, the design, the athletic facilities...A truly spectacular villa!

    Gene A. – Washington DC – December 2015

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