La Sirena exceeded our expectations in every regard. The house suited our family of 10 perfectly. From kids to adults, everyone was happy. Miss Ida and her crew took great care of us with amazing prepared meals. We enjoyed getting to know her family while there. We typically had the beach to ourselves, with the exception of a few other happy tourists or the local fishermen. The pool was the perfect size for the kids or for a quick dunk after hitting the beach. Treasure Beach is a lovely laid-back community with friendly locals. There are plenty of excursions available, but you will likely want to hang out and enjoy La Sirena as we did!
We have just returned from Jamaica where we had a truly superb stay at La Sirena Villa, Treasure Beach. This is our 6th trip to Treasure Beach, but previously stayed at Jakes Hotel and fancied a change. Uan picked us up from the airport and took us to the villa and what a nice surprise when we arrived to be greeted in the floral front garden by Miss Ida and her daughter Monica who had a lovely meal waiting for us. Our rooms were well appointed with an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning and comfortable beds (there are also two smaller rooms which share a bathroom off the kitchen). The spacious lounge had ample seating, a sound system, television and WIFI that had a good range. Breakfast was also served under the Gazebo where we had a beautiful view of the ocean and wall to wall blue sky. The pool , which was surrounded by decking , was very clean and proudly maintained by Monica's brother Shepherd who also maintains the garden. All of the staff are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable about local flora and fauna. I had some interesting chats about birds and butterflies- both of which were plentiful in the gardens. A short walk down the garden took us to the beach with beautiful golden sand. In the sea, there are some patches of rock, but there are large areas for safe bathing (to the delight of our grandson). A short walk from the property, are a number of small bars where you can sample local cuisine or just a red stripe (local Beer). We found the locals were extremely friendly and happy to chat if you wanted, or just say 'hello' if you didn't. We booked some boat trips via 'Captain Dennis' who took us to Pelican Bar, Black river and a small beach for lunch, which he cooked on open fires. The villa was comfortable, with plenty of sun bathing area on the decking, and shade under the gazebo. The dining experience was amazing. Miss Ida gave us such a variety of food, and was happy to cater for all our special needs (lactose free, spicy, non spicy etc.) and stocked up with wine and beers before we arrived. Our diet starts now and we are saving for our return to La Sirena.
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My mom and I stayed at La Sirena for a week in June for our first trip to Jamaica. It is difficult to find much info on this villa, so hopefully this will help:
Check in: You just show up and they are there to greet you. No key pick up, nothing. And your fridge is stocked when you get there.
Location: It's near the end of Billy's Bay on a dead end street. It is very private and cannot be seen from the street. It is gated and has a circle drive with an amazing garden. Within a 3-5 minute walk you can get to the area of Billy's Bay where the fishing boats come in; to South Pole which is a small convenient store-- and it's common to see locals playing cards there; Strikey T's restaurant which is closed during the summer; Desireen's cook shop called "Lykkle Diamond" which has awesome daily specials; Villa Elegance which has Karaoke on Wednesday nights. The area is completely safe. My 67 year old mom and I (38) walked back to the villa after midnight after karaoke joined by a few local kids and could not have felt safer. It is fairly remote and transportation is not as easy as I had hoped. Walking to Jake's is possible but it's a LONG walk. Bicycles would work but part of the way is up hill. Find a local driver, get his cell # and call him when you need transport or use the route taxi- which doesn't come around very often.
Bedrooms: I picked La Sirena because two bedrooms opened out onto the pool area and had ocean views instead of the usual villa with one bedroom far better than the others. We made the right choice!! The villa has 3 bedrooms- all 3 bedrooms and adjoining bathrooms are identical except: two have doors that open out onto the sea/pool and have king (or queen) size beds and the third has twin beds and a beautiful garden view. The beds were super comfortable.
Accessibility: The house seems to be fairly accessible, there are some stairs up to the front door. However, the trail to the beach has very soft sand and part of it is pretty steep until you reach the stairs. It's not difficult but anyone with trouble walking would not be able to make it.
Staff: Ms. Ida, Ms. Monica, and Shepherd are all wonderful. It is a mother and her daughter and son. They become family within a day or two.
Amenities: There's a washer and a clothes line, showers in each bathroom, a small tv that we never turned on, there's a stereo that has an ipod connection but my ipod nor my iphone worked with it. The local radio station is good though and the speakers are loud. The pool is much bigger than it looks in the pictures. There is no grill. The bedrooms have AC that is very cold. All windows and doors have screens. Shepherd keeps a stash of pool noodles :)
Vendors: There were a total of three vendors that came by. The come in the mornings when someone from the staff is there. Ms. Monica or Ms. Ida will come and get you to see if you want to look at their crafts. The vendors are very friendly and appreciate you looking, even if you don't purchase. I bought something from each of them- Stanley was my favorite. He heard that I had regretted not buying one of his hand carved boats and walked over an hour to come back before I left.
Airport transfer: I highly recommend Gairy Brooks. He lives in TB and you can book from his website.
La Sirena is really an amazing place. The pictures do not do it justice. The locals are wonderful and we enjoyed venturing out and meeting them so much that we didn't really end up doing much else. There was a beach bon fire at the bottom of our stairs the last night that was put together by the owners of Irie Rest for their departing guests and we spent a very nice last evening enjoying the fire with them. Make sure you visit Shirley for a massage- she'll send a driver for you.
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