Roaring Pavilion caters to clients looking for luxury

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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 shepherd.

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 from birds.

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 distinct style.

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.
LaCure
Phone: (800) 387-2726
Fax: (416) 968-9435
E-mail: info[email protected]

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