Drive an hour from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and you’ll find the secluded, all-inclusive Bluefields Bay Villas is worlds away from the busy resort-dotted northern coast.

The four-acre property, with its six distinct seaside villas designed by American architect Debbie Moncure (she and husband Braxton own the resort), offers guests an island experience that’s all about laid-back Jamaican hospitality, unspoiled natural beauty and complete R&R.

Mooney-eyed newlyweds, families holding reunions and adventure-seekers can find their own slice of paradise at the Providence, Cottonwood, Milestone, Mullion Cove, San Michele or The Hermitage cottages. All the villas are linked via a stone pathway landscaped with orchids and fruit trees that lead right down to the beach. Personal chefs, housekeepers and concierges see to your every need and, if you fancy a taste of the local culture, a private driver can whisk you to the nearby towns of Whitehouse, Belmond or even Negril for a night out.

Here’s how to have a relaxing stay.

Sleep in a villa


Bluefield’s six villas each evoke modern plantation-style luxury. Hear the waves outside your windows as you sleep in a four-poster canopy bed with embroidered linens. The rooms are decked out in West Indian antiques, mahogany furniture and Oriental rugs on the floors. Some even have private ensuites with indoor/outdoor showers. The villas vary in size and sleep from four to 13 people.

Go fishing, snorkelling or kayaking


While most guests come here to disconnect and bliss out in their own private oasis, Bluefields Bay is ripe for outdoor adventure just steps away, with deep-sea fishing excursions, snorkelling, kayaking and more. Sip rum cocktails in a private gazebo or at the communal Tree House clubhouse, play a game of tennis at the night-lit Laykold tennis court or hike the nearby Bluefields Mountain.

Swim in the sea or in your private pool


Laze about on the private half-mile-long powdery white sands of Bluefields Beach, then cool off in the sea or take a dip in your villa’s private, heated infinity pool with whirlpool jets. At The Hermitage villa, the pool is only steps from the open-air living room and dining area. Catch your breath over the glimmering blue waters of the Caribbean Sea framed by flowering bushes, orchids and cottonwood trees.

This story was originally published in February 2012 and was updated on January 16, 2018.