Writer David Hochman explores Jamaica’s south coast. In his own words:
“Bluefields has six seafront villas perched high over a crescent cove so luminous with greens and blues, the views look like a child’s drawing of Earth from space. The service is out of this world, too. We are welcomed Fantasy Island-style by our butler, Marvin, bearing a silver tray with cool washcloths and two freshly made rum punches. Yes, I said butler.
Bluefields is a splurge, for sure, but the payoff is huge.”
Bluefields Bay Villas own Houston Moncure and Carmen Hibbert were recently featured in the Vice Food article, “There’s a Venomous Fish We Should All Be Eating.” The article exposes the impact that the invasive species are having on the Caribbean, and discusses how resorts like Bluefields Bay Villas are leading the charge in popularizing the delectable fish for the good of the environment.
Bluefields Bay Villas has partnered with the National Aquarium in Baltimore to bring attention to the non-native lionfish invasion plaguing the Caribbean sea. The goal is to educate communities on how to prepare and eat the delectable fish. Continue reading
Eat ‘em to Beat ‘em! That’s the catch phrase in Jamaica right now as we fight off the invasive lionfish taking over the Caribbean Sea. Bluefields Bay Villas was the first resort in Jamaica to start serving lionfish, educating our guests and joining the fight to eliminate the devastating invasion. On Sunday, May 18, 2014, we are hosting a Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Seafood Dinner at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. Watch the videos to see Bluefields Bay Villas owner Houston Moncure and Executive Chef Carmen Hibbert on Fox 5 DC & WBAL 11! Continue reading
There are mom ‘n’ pop B&Bs, there are small, family-run hotels, and then there’s Bluefields Bay Villas. Yes, it’s an amazing setting, with a caring and attentive staff and a marine sanctuary…but it’s also a great entryway to the real Jamaica away from the tourist crowds of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril. Listen to Peter’s most recent show to hear from all the people who make Bluefields and Jamaica so special.
Jamaica issues an island-wide ban on fishing for and consuming lobster each year from April 1 through June 30. Bluefields Bay Villas, supports the ban and has substituted Jamaican Shrimp (which are actually crayfish) until the ban is lifted on July 1. Learn more by reading the full article from Travel Agent Central.
You might just hate yourself for ever having to leave this luxury resort.”
For the seasoned Caribbean traveler, who is likely accustomed to a certain tropical roughness in the best of surroundings, Bluefields Bay Villas is a stark exception: an all-inclusive resort with standards of elegance and luxury we’ve rarely experienced before, anywhere else in the world (all-inclusive or otherwise). A cozy gathering of six resort homes directly on Jamaica’s gentle south coast – all fully staffed with a butler, housekeeper, maids, nannies for child care, footmen at meals, and each with a personal chef – Bluefields is a welcoming world far from the madding tourist mobs that flock to the more cookie-cutter, all-inclusive resorts of Montego Bay and Negril.
Bluefields Bay, at 7,413 acres the country’s largest marine reserve, has seen fish, waterfowl and other wildlife return since fishing villagers lobbied for its creation in 2009. Invasive lionfish can still be caught legally; try them sauteed at Bluefields Bay Villas, which also serves locally made jams and organic produce.
His uncommon travels have taken him to some truly remarkable corners of our home region (and beyond), of course, but somehow JA’s charms have eluded him. I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing that all the sprawling mega-resorts, faux-local bars and tripe touristy attractions most commonly identified with the island’s tourism product keep his compass pointing in other directions. This place, I think, might change his course in 2013…