Associate editor Cathy Carroll recently stayed at Roaring
Pavilion. Her report follows.
ST. ANN'S BAY--The powerful marketing budgets of many of
Jamaica's large resorts can create the perception that the
destination has little left of quality to offer.
Nevertheless, based on my experiences, agents looking for a
luxury spot for demanding clients should investigate the Roaring
Pavilion, which has its own spa. Its setting is so lovely that it
was the site of a classic romantic scene between Ursula Andress and
Sean Connery in the original James Bond film "Dr. No."
Only about a 10-minute drive outside of Ocho Rios, the villa is
located on its own private beach, at the edge of a branch of the
Roaring River. The 5,000-square-foot property features a staff of
nine, including a full-time mass-euse/spa therapist.
Facilities include four master bedroom suites, each with marble
baths; indoor reflecting pools; lush landscaped grounds; a
lagoon-style swimming pool, and a large screen satellite television
and a remote-control sound system throughout.
It is said Celine Dion sang at the baby grand piano in the
sitting room during her stay here; Jack Nicholson hid out here for
a week, and TV celebrity Roseanne went deep-sea fishing when she
entertained a party of eight here.
Roaring Pavilion is owned and managed by LaCure, the villa
rental and yacht charter company. I did not fly in from Hollywood
but I got the star treatment, too, during my stay. For example,
when I went running on the beach, I was accompanied by one of the
villa's guard dogs, Shane, an intimidating, large German
When I swam in the ocean, Shane chaperoned there too, guiding me
back in with his paw when he thought I'd gone out far enough. The
time I spent at the beach also provided an example of the
staggering level of unobtrusive service here. After spending a
couple of hours up and down the beach and in the water, I returned
to find the staff member in charge of recreation striding across
the manicured lawn, holding out two fluffy yellow towels.
I realized the staffer must have been keeping a watch out for me
for hours to have timed that towel delivery. Inside, maids and
butlers, dressed in crisp linen uniforms, served spa cuisine. The
chef also prepares fusions of European and Jamaican specialties
presented with French wines.
My meal was served on Spode china with Christofle flatware,
Stuart stemware and a sterling silver tea service. The spa
treatments are done on an outdoor, teak terrace, surrounded by
fragrant lush foliage. The only sound I heard during my massage was
Available treatments included Swedish and biodynamic massage,
rejuvenating body wraps, facials, exfoliating scrubs, aromatherapy,
reflexology, jet shower, hand and foot therapy, hair conditioning
and manicures and pedicures. Each of the bedrooms has a theme or
The Balinese Wing offers South Pacific decor, a sunken marble
whirlpool bath, twin showers and a private patio with views of a
branch of the Roaring River. The Mahogany Room, with louvered doors
opening onto the pool area and sea, features a genteel British
Colonial ambience with a four-poster bed.
The Peacock Room has 16-foot-high ceilings, opens onto the pool
and features hand-painted wrought iron finishes. The Ralph Lauren
Room has a rattan bed and a walk-in garden shower. Rates at Roaring
Pavilion cover full use of the house
and grounds, staff service, all meals and nonalcoholic
beverages, all available spa services, use of beach equipment,
activities, a chauffeur-driven car and an airport greeting with
transportation to and from the villa.
Not included in the cost are staff gratuities and alcoholic
beverages. (A bar selection can be arranged before the trip). Golf,
tennis, horseback riding, scuba diving, windsurfing, waterskiing,
shopping excursions and other activities not included in the villa
rates can be arranged by the majordomo at the house.
Through December, the villa nightly rates for two guests are
$3,500; for three to four guests, $4,000, and for five to eight
guests, $4,500. From December through April, rates for two guests
are $4,000 per night; for three to four guests, $4,500, and for
five to eight guests, $5,000.
Phone: (800) 387-2726
Fax: (416) 968-9435
E-mail: info[email protected]