Hotels & Villas in Mandeville, Jamaica

by Joanne Thomas

Although it is the fifth largest town in Jamaica, known for its pleasantly mild climate and picturesque landscapes, Mandeville has a relatively limited range of lodging options for visitors. It lies off Jamaica's well-beaten tourist path, about 2,000 feet above sea level and about as far from any coast as you can get on the island. Those who stay for a while learn that Mandeville's mountain resort ambiance proves that Jamaica's attractions extend far beyond its beaches.

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The Mandeville Hotel

The Mandeville Hotel is located in the center of the town, within walking distance from shops, markets and public transport. The hotel is a landmark of Mandeville with a history intertwined with that of the town. It dates back to 1876 when colonial officers' quarters were converted into its previous incarnation, the Waverly Hotel. The restored building now offers 65 guest rooms and suites; its grounds include expansive lawns and fragrant tropical trees. Room rates include breakfast at the poolside Arches Restaurant, which also serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as a barbecue feast every Wednesday night.

Tropics View Hotel and Suites

Tropics View Hotel and Suites is located in a quiet suburb about five minutes from the heart of Mandeville by car. Its accommodations are spacious enough for families and groups to stay together, with a choice of one- and two-bedroom suites. Each has a furnished living room and a full kitchen. The hotel caters to active guests with a fitness center, swimming pool, whirlpool and a multi-purpose games court. Other handy facilities include a coin laundry and an Internet station.

Mountaintop Villa

Mountaintop Villa is a privately owned, five-bedroom, five-bathroom property in the hills of Mandeville. Totaling 11,000 square feet, the villa features high mahogany ceilings, marble floors, a spiral staircase and a whirlpool tub in the master suite. The outdoor space includes a swimming pool, sun deck, gazebo and multiple patios and verandas. Guests are pampered with a Jamaican brunch upon arrival, and the hospitality continues with complimentary tour in the local area -- perhaps a beach excursion or a visit to the Milk River Bath mineral springs.

Comfortable Country Home

The privately owned four-bedroom Comfortable Country Home, which is available through Owner Direct Vacation Rentals, sits on an acre of lawns, gardens and fruit orchards in Mandeville. It is located within walking distance from the oldest golf course in the Caribbean -- the Manchester Club -- ensuring a peaceful atmosphere and unspoiled views. The home has a formal living room with plush furnishings, a fireplace and an LCD-screen television; one of its most attractive features is the atrium and indoor garden. The kitchen is stocked with essentials and some unexpected extras such as a waffle iron and ice machine.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.