Your Jamaican Vacation: A Villa or Resort

When planning your vacation in Jamaica, one of the first questions that you have to ask yourself is: “where do I want to stay?” You have a variety of options depending on your budget and group size. For larger groups, the most ideal choice is either a resort or a villa. This way, everyone has their own space as well as a shared space for spending time together as a group.

Probably one of the most important decision-guiding difference is the cost. Here is a comparison between Ocho Rios’ Ocean View Villa and Sandals resort. The cost for eight adults staying seven nights (tax included) during the month of December is:

  • Villa: $6,500
  • Resort: $14,000

Let’s talk about some of the other differences between either vacation styles to assist your decision making process.

Water Activities

With a resort vacation, you likely have access to a beach and the pool. Similarly, Ocean View allows access to a nearby private beach within walking distance. Not only that, but reserved for your group guests staying in the villa there is a completely private pool with an outdoor dining area. Both resort and villa offer diving, however Sandals charges a nominal fee for diving expeditions. Ocean View has diving equipment exclusively for villa guests.

Cultural Exposure

Both resort and villa have ties with nearby touring companies. However, the benefit of a Jamaica villa rental is the location. Ocean View is located in a private gated community in the heart of Ocho Rios. You will have the opportunity to tour local markets and shops to experience the culture in a more hands-on way than the typical resort experience. It’s truly a more of a cultural immersion rather than just another resort stay with pretty views.


Resorts offer single, double, and more occupancy rooms and suites. There are a variety of public areas for groups to meet up in for activities such as the pool, lounge, and restaurants. Ocho Rios Ocean View villa has five beautiful bedrooms including a master suite. Since it will be rented exclusively to your group, the family room, pool area, rec room, and dining area are all places where you can spend time with your friends and family.

Your fantasy of a Jamaican vacation begins with making that first step. Depending on group size, renting out a villa might be the perfect way to infuse luxury lodging with local culture. Click to for more information about villa rentals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.