Located on a private waterfront acre, Sea Haven is a traditional West Indian home dressed in a miracle of colour. Periwinkle blue exterior, sunshine yellow inside, with a barrel vaulted blue sky ceiling and yet more sea to view on the trompe l’oeil wall. Antiques include a 200 year old twig rocker made by slaves, and tortoise-back mahogany dining chairs which came from Admiralty House in Port Royal and were used by Admiral Lord Rodney, and Horatio Nelson when he was an ensign. A rough hewn chair in the master bedroom belonged to the Captain of a schooner that plied between the islands in the seventeen hundreds. The living room opens wide to the 60″ foot verandah, which is a feast of pickled wicker, draping vines, and more colour.
A bird “feeding tree” frames the view and dapples the gazebo, and in the afternoon, the plunge pool. On one side of the waterfront is a built-up sandy area, and on the other cut-stone steps lead you to perfect snorkelling and the off shore raft. The butler is the chef and will serve you in the dining room, on the verandah, or “al fresco” by sunlight or by candlelight, according to your whim. Relax in the warm glow of the sunset from across the bay.
Less than an hour from Montego Bay’s airport, Discovery Bay is absolutely unique, an incredibly clear, blue, beautiful and placid body of water, a perfect sheltered horseshoe bay, one mile across, protected by coral reefs.
This “strip” of houses on the eastern shore is colloquially known as both “Millionaire’s Row” and “Jamaica’s Riviera”. It is now the villa destination of choice in Jamaica.