Starfish Villa Jamaica

Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica

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Dockside drinks
Poolside view
Upstairs guest room #2
Upstairs guest room #3 with ocean views
Upstairs guest room #3 adjoining bathroom
Upstairs guest room #4 with ocean view and private balcony
Master Suite with private balcony
Master suite
Salty Kisses and Starfish Wishes
Breakfast on the upstairs balcony
Master bathroom with double shower
Master bathroom with double sinks and make up area
Downstairs guest room with ocean views
Enjoy delicious meals prepared by Chef Mazie
Living Room Ocean View
T.V. room
Veranda  outdoor living
Ready to entertain
After dinner lounge area
Sunset dinner
Sunset veranda Ocean View
Rear of Starfish from Dock
NIghttime view of house and pool
Nighttime pool views
Sunset poolside
Sunset drinks dockside
Romantic dockside drinks
Starfish sunset
Boat rental available.  Shown here is our first 250 lb Marlin catch!
Community tennis courts
Community 25 m swimming pool
  • Description

    Stunning beachfront 5 bedroom villa in an exclusive, upscale, gated community located in Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Only a short drive from the airport, this gorgeous villa has it's own infinity edge swimming pool and private sandy, white beach.

    Details

    • Accommodates:10
    • Bedrooms:5
    • Bathrooms:5.5

    Amenities

    • Amenity Availability Air Conditioning
    • Amenity Availability Balcony
    • Amenity Availability Bathtub
    • Amenity Availability Beach View
    • Amenity Availability Beachfront
    • Amenity Availability Cable TV
    • Amenity Availability Coffee Maker
    • Amenity Availability Communal Pool
    • Amenity Availability Deck / Patio / Balcony
    • Amenity Availability Dishes & Utensils
    • Amenity Availability Family
    • Amenity Availability Gym
    • Amenity Availability Handicap Accessible
    • Amenity Availability Hangers
    • Amenity Availability High Chair
    • Amenity Availability Housekeeping
    • Amenity Availability Internet
    • Amenity Availability Iron & Board
    • Amenity Availability Kayak / Canoe
    • Amenity Availability Kid Friendly
    • Amenity Availability Kitchen
    • Amenity Availability Linens Provided
    • Amenity Availability Microwave
    • Amenity Availability Minimum Age Limit For Renters
    • Amenity Availability No Smoking
    • Amenity Availability Ocean View
    • Amenity Availability Oceanfront
    • Amenity Availability Outdoor Grill
    • Amenity Availability Oven
    • Amenity Availability Pack 'n Play Travel Crib
    • Amenity Availability Pantry Items
    • Amenity Availability Parking Included
    • Amenity Availability Pool
    • Amenity Availability Private Pool
    • Amenity Availability Refrigerator
    • Amenity Availability Restaurants
    • Amenity Availability Shampoo
    • Amenity Availability Staff
    • Amenity Availability Swimming
    • Amenity Availability Telephone
    • Amenity Availability Tennis
    • Amenity Availability Toaster
    • Amenity Availability Towels Provided
    • Amenity Availability TV
    • Amenity Availability Video Games
    • Amenity Availability Washer/Dryer
    • Amenity Availability Washing Machine
    • Amenity Availability Wireless Internet
    • Amenity Availability Apple TV
    • Amenity Availability Beachfront
    • Amenity Availability Control 4 wireless audio
    • Amenity Availability Daily Maid service
    • Amenity Availability Free overseas calls
    • Amenity Availability Housekeeper
    • Amenity Availability Paddle Boards
    • Amenity Availability Private Chef
    • Amenity Availability Sea Kayaks
    • Amenity Availability Xbox and WII

    Rates and Availability

    Weeknight Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Min Stay
    Winter 2020
    01/01/2020 - 04/13/2020
    $1750 / night$1750 / night$11760 / weekN/A5
    Summer/Fall 2020
    04/14/2020 - 12/12/2020
    $1350 / night$1350 / night$9450 / weekN/A5
    Winter 2021
    12/13/2020 - 04/10/2021
    $1800 / night$1800 / night$12600 / weekN/A5
    Summer/Fall 2021
    04/11/2021 - 12/11/2021
    $1400 / night$1400 / night$9800 / weekN/A5

    Specific Rate Details

    Standard rates do not apply for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Easter weeks.
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    • ONE HEART ONE LOVE (Starfish staff)

      Reviewed by Harlan and Debbie Wichelhaus from Houston Texas on May 20, 2019 for their trip during May 11, 2019

      The most restful and rejuvenating vacation ever! My wife is in remission from her cancer and I chose Starfish for a birthday surprise for her. She (and I) have never been so pampered and loved! From Roc's reception at the airport till Mazie cooked our last meal before departure a week later, we had not a care in the world. Her culinary talent with ANY request left us in awe each day ...she cooks with love is the best way to describe it! Roc's butler skills and wonderful refreshments left us in eager anticipation for the next day! His enthusiasm for serving his guests is amazing! Our housekeepers (Juliet, Earika) and our gardeners (Kenneth, Romeo) are our family now! The villa is exquisite and the grounds immaculate. Our every need was met from helping with excursions (river rafting, horse-back riding, Luminous Lagoon, Great House tour) to wonderful conversations about our families and Jamaican history. The weather was perfect every day and the bedroom air-conditioning much appreciated at night. Roc even prepared a birthday bubble-bath complete with flowers and candles for my wife! Mazie made an awesome choclate cake to celebrate! We both agree that our Starfish vacation was better than our honeymoon! Many, many thanks to Anne and her family for sharing their Starfish family and home with us! We are counting the days till we can return. Anyone trusting in Roc and Mazie for a restful, rejuvenating, relaxing vacation with their spouse or family will not be disappointed!

    • Wonderful Vacation

      Reviewed by Russ from Wellington, FL on April 14, 2019 for their trip during April 03, 2019

      Although we have been to Jamaica many times our visit to Starfish Villa two weeks ago was beyond our expectations in every way. Chef Mazie leads a staff who are well trained in providing 5 star hospitality to Starfish guests. The Villa is in an ideal location with every amenity. The master bedroom suite is triple the size of any we have visited before. On the water with beach and infinity pool, you are treated to spectacular Jamaican sunsets each day. Don't plan to lose weight as Mazie's meals are the best and Rochester keeps the rum punch flowing.

    • Best Birthday Celebration Ever!!

      Reviewed by Kellie Gearhart from Leesburg, Virginia USA on March 19, 2019 for their trip during January 19, 2019

      Nine of my friends and family celebrated my 50th birthday at the Starfish Villa. We were blown away by how beautiful the house and property were as soon as we arrived. Mazie is the most incredible chef and such a lovely person. She was very accommodating to our dietary needs...she even made me a pumpkin cheesecake for my birthday! Roc is the most amazing bartender and butler -- his personality combined with his skills at making delicious cocktails made this trip super memorable. I can't even put into words how much we enjoyed ourselves! Thank you to Anne and to all the staff at the Starfish for making this such a special memory for all of us. We hope to be back to visit again soon!! Cheers!

    • Best Birthday Celebration Ever!!

      Reviewed by Kellie Gearhart from Leesburg, Virginia USA on March 19, 2019 for their trip during January 19, 2019

      Nine of my friends and family celebrated my 50th birthday at the Starfish Villa. We were blown away by how beautiful the house and property were as soon as we arrived. Mazie is the most incredible chef and such a lovely person. She was very accommodating to our dietary needs...she even made me a pumpkin cheesecake for my birthday! Roc is the most amazing bartender and butler -- his personality combined with his skills at making delicious cocktails made this trip super memorable. I can't even put into words how much we enjoyed ourselves! Thank you to Anne and to all the staff at the Starfish for making this such a special memory for all of us. We hope to be back to visit again soon!! Cheers!

    • Vacation of a Lifetime

      Reviewed by “True Story” from Maine on November 18, 2018 for their trip during November 09, 2018

      To our Jamaican friends, Thank You! Five couples decided to take a vacation to celebrate our wedding anniversaries (anniversaries ranged from 12-31 years) and we could not have chosen a better home! The Villa was as elegant and beautiful as the pictures on the web site and the location was perfect for us. It would be easy to Say the staff treated us like royalty but the true story is they treated us like family. Mazie, Roc, Erica and Juliette were wonderful and we are pleased to call them friends. We had read reviews which said don’t go out to eat at restaurants as you will not get a better meal. How True! Mazie’s cooking was world class and we enjoyed planning the meals and shopping with her. To Roc, we enjoyed your company and can’t thank you enough for making our stay the most fun. Lemon Drop shots, frozen drinks, cold beer, pool volley ball , enough said. To Erica and Juliette, thank you for taking care of us during our stay, we never had a want for anything and who cleans a white shirt better than you! To Anne and your family, thank you for sharing your home with us, this will be a memeory that will last us all a lifetime!

    • Most Relaxing Vacation!

      Reviewed by Jessica from Ohio, USA on August 27, 2018 for their trip during November 04, 2017

      Spent an amazing week relaxing with family at Starfish Villa. The house was the perfect size for our family of 11 (6 adults and 5 kids). Great gathering spaces and a lot of room to spread out. The outdoor living space by the pool made this rental extra special - great place to relax, but be close to the action. The pool temperature was very comfortable for our November 2017 visit. The kids LOVED the kayaks and despite pretty much not leaving for the whole week, we never felt bored. But what truly makes this rental amazing is the staff. They took care of our every need - meals, drinks, clean house and smoothies and snacks for the kids :) Hope to make it back to this beautiful villa again in the future!

    • Dream Team--Jamaica's Finest!! :)

      Reviewed by Akilah from Houston, TX on July 03, 2018 for their trip during June 22, 2018

      Oh my! I'm not even sure where to begin. We are a team of friends and family 8 adults and 3 children, all I can say for a complaint is our trip was too short! Everything was absolutely AMAZING! From all our questions being answered promptly and politely in advance to our stay, to us arriving at the house and the crew greeting us with hugs, smiles, Rum punch, cooled Eucalyptus mint towels to die for! All the way through to coordinating our adventures and transportation with the lovely Dwayne,to our drop off for departure at the airport. The pictures do not do the place justice! Make sure you snorkel with fish, boat ride, jump in the Blue Hole, parasailing to name a few! Take everything in. There is nothing to describe the scenery you wake up to and go to sleep to, kayaking in the morning right outside of the home, to lounging around outside or in the pool just taking in the beauty of it all. The house was absolutely beautiful but what made it come alive was the DREAM TEAM the FANTASTIC FOUR!! Mazie hands down made every meal with LOVE and you could tell. We were never disappointed and always rushing home to partake of something tantalizing and mouth watering! She was able to take whatever we presented to her and make it with her love and her own special amazing twist! To top it off sitting outside to a beautifl setting each and every time as well as eating out on the deck! Can you say spoiled! Rochester (Roc) was a man of many hats and talents! He's a master at mixology/bar-tendering/coordinating and so much more! There was nothing he couldn't do! From making water taste better than it ever has and so revitalizing and refreshing to making drinks for each and every setting, occasion down to just being in-tune with your mood and just knowing just what you need when you need it. There was never a moment he wasn't there to make sure your every need was met and ALWAYS with a smile and #truestory. From coordinating with Mazie and taking care of groceries to coordinating our transportation with Dwayne and Leo there was never a moment we had to worry. And he could set a table like no other to make all Martha herself jealous. Erica and Juliet were made our stay so warm and inviting. They were always a step ahead! The rooms were spotless and turn down was always right on time. All the way down to remembering how each of us like our air temperature to knowing exactly how to fix our rooms to suit us and our personalities. Erica was always checking if there was anything else she could do to make our stay more enjoyable. Erica and Juliet were always there and everywhere with a smile. Starfish Villa thank you for sharing such amazing people and beautiful home with us!! Everyone made our stay so much more worth it! Our vacation and stay definitely exceeded our expectations.We are already looking into plans for a future vacation again!

    • Dream Team--Jamaica's Finest!! :)

      Reviewed by Akilah from Houston, TX on July 03, 2018 for their trip during June 22, 2018

      Oh my! I'm not even sure where to begin. We are a team of friends and family 8 adults and 3 children, all I can say for a complaint is our trip was too short! Everything was absolutely AMAZING! From all our questions being answered promptly and politely in advance to our stay, to us arriving at the house and the crew greeting us with hugs, smiles, Rum punch, cooled Eucalyptus mint towels to die for! All the way through to coordinating our adventures and transportation with the lovely Dwayne,to our drop off for departure at the airport. The pictures do not do the place justice! Make sure you snorkel with fish, boat ride, jump in the Blue Hole, parasailing to name a few! Take everything in. There is nothing to describe the scenery you wake up to and go to sleep to, kayaking in the morning right outside of the home, to lounging around outside or in the pool just taking in the beauty of it all. The house was absolutely beautiful but what made it come alive was the DREAM TEAM the FANTASTIC FOUR!! Mazie hands down made every meal with LOVE and you could tell. We were never disappointed and always rushing home to partake of something tantalizing and mouth watering! She was able to take whatever we presented to her and make it with her love and her own special amazing twist! To top it off sitting outside to a beautifl setting each and every time as well as eating out on the deck! Can you say spoiled! Rochester (Roc) was a man of many hats and talents! He's a master at mixology/bar-tendering/coordinating and so much more! There was nothing he couldn't do! From making water taste better than it ever has and so revitalizing and refreshing to making drinks for each and every setting, occasion down to just being in-tune with your mood and just knowing just what you need when you need it. There was never a moment he wasn't there to make sure your every need was met and ALWAYS with a smile and #truestory. From coordinating with Mazie and taking care of groceries to coordinating our transportation with Dwayne and Leo there was never a moment we had to worry. And he could set a table like no other to make all Martha herself jealous. Erica and Juliet were made our stay so warm and inviting. They were always a step ahead! The rooms were spotless and turn down was always right on time. All the way down to remembering how each of us like our air temperature to knowing exactly how to fix our rooms to suit us and our personalities. Erica was always checking if there was anything else she could do to make our stay more enjoyable. Erica and Juliet were always there and everywhere with a smile. Starfish Villa thank you for sharing such amazing people and beautiful home with us!! Everyone made our stay so much more worth it! Our vacation and stay definitely exceeded our expectations.We are already looking into plans for a future vacation again!

    • Pure Paradise

      Reviewed by Jennifer Clarke from Toronto on February 01, 2018 for their trip during January 28, 2018

      Starfish Villa is a little piece of heaven on earth, and the thoughtful, friendly staff are the perfect complement to the gorgeous site. The food is excellent, Mazie's skill as chef made every meal special, and Rochester's attention to detail as well as his personal touch ensured that we were in want of nothing. This is truly a very special place, from the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and restored, we would return in a heartbeat, and we would not hesitate to recommend Starfish Villa to our friends, family, or any the most discerning vacationers. The rooms are beautiful, the decor tasteful, the open air living room and dining spaces with truly magical views over the infinity edge pool out to the dock sublime. Thank you to the full staff who cared for us during our stay, we hope to see you again soon! We will be dreaming of your creme brûlée Mazie!

    • Beautiful, relaxing Starfish villa

      Reviewed by Teressa l. source VRBO from Livingston, Texas on May 24, 2017 for their trip during May 07, 2017

      Not sure even where to begin in an attempt to describe our stay at the Starfish. Our group of friends has taken an abundance of trips together (with this being our third time to Jamaica), but this trip, by far, exceeds them all in all realms. As for the time leading up to our arrival, booking with Anne was extremely easy and she was incredibly helpful answering any and all questions we had and then expounding further. She even recommended that we go off the map of usual activities and try “Paint and Sip”. We were the first group to try it at the house, and we think the staff loved watching us as much as we loved being in the middle of it. For an incredibly minimal charge, someone came to the house with all of the supplies needed for each of us to paint according to the directions of the instructor while Rock ensured that our cocktails remained full. It was an absolute blast, even for the men in the group. Now for more on the stay itself…the food was over the top amazing with our precious Mazie blowing our expectations out of the water at every meal. The food was all very fresh and the meals were all well balanced and presented in the most beautiful manner. She always managed to put a wide variety of items on the table, never being redundant in what was served. Another nice extra was the appetizers served each afternoon. She would create delicious bites of things ranging from artichoke dip to jerk meatballs, and again, she was always serving something new. It was more than evident that Mazie’s top priority was our happiness. She met with us on the day we arrived to learn about our likes and dislikes and she went over a thorough choice of menu items to make sure she could hit a home run with every meal for us, and she clearly did just that. She is a true master at her game. And then there was sweet Juliet and adorable, little Ms. D. They were continually cleaning, mopping, straightening, you name it, in an effort to make sure the house was immaculate. And the last, but definitely not the least, member of the staff to mention is Rochester, or as we quickly learned, “Rock”. Both Rock and Mazie were our go-to's for everything, but when it came to “hydration”, Rock always seemed to be right over our shoulder when our glasses were ready to be re-filled. He was superb at creating cocktails, both old and new for us, and he also went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of in any other aspect imaginable. He quickly became a regular fixture to our group, whether we were hanging out at the pool or on the dock. He was always right there to help out however, but he was also ready to just partake in conversation. He arranged for a private boat ride for us that was over the top, and he took care of any other special requests that we had. On our last night, Mazie and Rock created a beautiful candle-lit dinner for us on the dock and had Chinese lanterns for us to light and release after the meal. A special touch that we will remember always. As mentioned earlier, our group has taken several trips together and stayed in a house arrangement like this a number of times. However, the Starfish clearly stands out above the rest. The staff truly helped make the trip one of our best yet. As soon as we arrived, they simply made it feel like home and they became family in no time. Mazie and Rock get the kudos for putting this one over the top. It was a trip that we definitely didn’t want to come to an end, but we know that the new friendships we developed with our Starfish family will be lasting.

    • Oh my goodness

      Reviewed by Carolyn B. source VRBO from Virginia Beach on May 24, 2017 for their trip during May 14, 2017

      The BEST vacation, ever. Property is so beautiful, every design detail so pleasing to the eye. Staff keeps it super clean, and are attentive to every detail. However, it is the chef and butler service that makes it beyond amazing--a warm, cheerful, hard-working team who made our group feel so special. Maizie produced 3 delicious meals per day; her beef tenderloin was fork-tender with a well-seasoned crust (Spectacular!) The lobster was SO good. Best I have ever had, hands down. Native dishes served upon request and also scrumptious. Fresh fruits and salads kept my weight gain to 4 lbs in 6 days. I can honestly say there are zero complaints. Filtered water was no problem for anyone--totally safe to drink and tasted good, surprisingly. Rochester, the handsome and charming Starfish butler, is wonderful as well. His smile and demeanor light up the room. Each meal was set at a beautiful table with colorful linens, pretty napkin folds, fresh flowers. "Rock" kept our glasses full of delicious concoctions; his bar tending skills were on point, with lovely presentation. No request was refused. He was so entertaining and endearing. In fact, do yourself a favor. Book now. You will not regret a moment of your stay. 10 Stars to the Starfish team, our new Jamaican family. Thank you to all of Starfish Villa. See you in 2019, if not sooner.

    • White Glove Service in a Tropical Paradise

      Reviewed by Mark & Shannon from Mississauga, Ontario - CANADA on May 03, 2017 for their trip during April 28, 2017

      We felt welcomed and comfortable from the moment we arrived at Starfish Villa. Mazie met us at the door with cooling towels and Rochester had prepared us some lovely rum punch. The entrance to the house is quite majestic with a large living room that opens up onto the patio with infinity pool and ocean in the background. Breathtaking! The house is stunning with large designer decorated rooms, comfortable beds and furniture and the outdoor living area is perfect for parties, lounging by the pool, catching the baseball game on the large tv or having an amazing meal. The staff at Starfish Villa take the time and effort to ensure that everything is perfect including fresh tropical flowers in every room. Miss D and Juliet kept the house spotless, ensuring fresh towels and toiletries before we even knew we needed them! Mazie continues to be a culinary genius. She wanted to know what kinds of things we liked to eat and then went above and beyond our expectations with each meal. She made so many amazing treats for us: delicious local callaloo and fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast (with belgian waffles, strawberries and cream!); salads with chicken and shrimp and a fantastic jerk flavoured pasta salad for lunch; jerk chicken, beef tenderloin, and lobster for dinner and chocolate flan for dessert. The food was out of this world. Rochester, or "the Roc" as we learned with time, was a new add to the Starfish team from our last visit and he is spectacular! No matter what we needed or wanted, Roc delivered. He is so calm and lovely and really takes pride in delivering a high end customer experience. Roc is a master mixologist and very helpful at offering up suggested beverages to suit your taste. He makes an amazing frozen margarita that you must try! He and Mazie also prepared delicious appetizers for us every afternoon including smoked marlin, artichoke dip and home made salsa and chips. Roc also helped arrange a private boat tour for us. We were able to see many lovely sights and spent several hours just off the boat at Doctor's Cave beach one afternoon. Overall, another great trip to the Starfish at Lagoons. This is a vacation destination that you will talk about for years and will want to keep coming back to. We highly recommend Starfish Villa - 10+++ stars!!

    • Paradise

      Reviewed by Louise from Toronto on February 24, 2017 for their trip during February 10, 2017

      There are no words to describe how amazing our stay at Starfish villa was. From the moment you arrive at the beautiful house and are greeted with a rum punch to your last few minutes enjoying the view before you leave, you will feel like family. The home has all of the amenities you could ask for and the staff are true professionals. From Mazie's amazing food to Rochester's attentive and friendly service we could not have felt more pampered. We are already looking forward to our next visit.

    • Amazing Tropical Getaway

      Reviewed by Lindsay J. from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 2016-1-17 for their trip during January 05, 2016

      I don't even know where to start - I spent a week at Starfish Villa with my fiance and wished our vacation lasted much longer. The property is beautiful and provides all the amenities you could possibly want in a vacation rental. The poolside/dock outdoor setting is fantastic - you can't beat the views of the lagoon at sunrise or sunset, and our room was spacious and luxurious. Our location was perfect for day trips to Doctor's Cave or the Appleton Estate as well - though we would have been perfectly content to hang out on the poolside loungers each day! Beyond the property and location, Miss Maizie's cooking was incredible - we had dinner at a couple of local restaurants while we were there, but nothing compared to what she cooked up for us! I will definitely be recommending this to anyone - couples or families - planning a trip to Montego Bay.

    • Tropical Paradise

      Reviewed by The Lockwoods from Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada on 2016-1-10 for their trip during December 16, 2015

      What an incredible experience! Ocean side living with all the amenities for an unforgettable family holiday - infinity pool, tennis courts, paddle boards, table tennis. The villa's layout and decor were fantastic, especially the outdoor living spaces. Location was perfect, and we enjoyed our day trips to the Appleton Estate, Negril, Dunns River Falls and Doctors Cave beach. There was something for everyone - our 9 year old lived in the pool, built sandcastles on the beach and hunted for crabs; the teenagers loved the poolside loungers, WiFi and paddle boards; mom and dad enjoyed drinks on the dock at sunset. Staff was so welcoming and attentive, and Miss Mazie's food was amazing: curried goat, ackee and saltfish, lobster, jerk chicken, grilled fish, chocolate cake ... We miss Starfish already and will definitely be back!

    • Best Vacation

      Reviewed by Sunny Kay from Michigan on November 28, 2015 for their trip during May 03, 2015

      Starfish villa is a dream property. The villa is in a gated community and is absolutely gorgeous. The house is just as amazing as shown in the photos. With the infinity pool, and daily picturesque sunsets, you will not want to leave once you get here. Not only did we enjoy Jamaican food, but Chef Maizie cooked us anything we wanted. We will miss her cooking the most! Can't wait to come back next year!

    • Just like living in Paradise!

      Reviewed by Shannon from Toronto, ON on November 22, 2015 for their trip during April 30, 2015

      Everything about our stay at Starfish Villa was perfect. The house is beautiful - so clean, open and airy with large rooms and decorated exquisitely. The property is stunning - sunset views every night over the infinity pool and great, comfortable seating areas. Better than anything though, is the service. They take care of everything and Chef Mazie is a culinary genius - I wanted to bring her home with me! A great place for a family or a few couples. I'll be back!

    • INCREDIBLE SERVICE AND HOME IN PARADISE!

      Reviewed by Rachel from New York on November 10, 2015 for their trip during October 08, 2015

      I highly recommend staying at the Starfish Villa in Lagoons. It's impeccable and has the most beautiful view in Lagoons, with an infinity pool overlooking the lagoon. Even more incredible was the service we received. The staff was so friendly and truly offer a 5 star service. The food was the best food I have ever had in my life! I will definitely be returning for a visit and recommending Starfish to anyone traveling to Montego Bay.

    • INCREDIBLE SERVICE AND HOME IN PARADISE!

      Reviewed by Rachel from New York on November 10, 2015 for their trip during October 08, 2015

      I highly recommend staying at the Starfish Villa in Lagoons. It's impeccable and has the most beautiful view in Lagoons, with an infinity pool overlooking the lagoon. Even more incredible was the service we received. The staff was so friendly and truly offer a 5 star service. The food was the best food I have ever had in my life! I will definitely be returning for a visit and recommending Starfish to anyone traveling to Montego Bay.

    • Just like living in paradise!

      Reviewed by shannon v.

      Everything about our stay at Starfish Villa was perfect. The house is beautiful - so clean, open and airy with large rooms and decorated exquisitely. The property is stunning - sunset views every night over the infinity pool and great, comfortable seating areas. Better than anything though, is the service. They take care of everything and Chef Mazie is a culinary genius - I wanted to bring her home with me! A great place for a family or a few couples. I'll be back!

    • Birthday trip to Jamaica

      Reviewed by Aarti from New York

      My friends and I rented this home to celebrate my 30th birthday in Jamaica last October. We still can't stop talking about how much fun we had. This house is incredibly beautiful! Stunning views, comfortable rooms, great outdoor space, pool and ocean front. The staff was incredible. Miss Mazie had a daily menu that was comparable to any top restaurant in New York city, and we are not a very easy crowd to please. Our butlers were also very nice and always available to mix drinks for us by the pool amongst any other request we had throughout the day. We also did a few day trips which they helped us prepare for by packing towels and coolers to take with us. I highly recommend Starfish Villa for a fun filled, safe and memorable experience in Jamaica. If I could give it 6 stars I would.

    • Friend's 30th birthday

      Reviewed by Aarti from New York

      I stayed at the starfish villa for my girlfriends 30th birthday. It was one of the most beautiful and intimate birthday celebration i have ever attended. The house was so gorgeous and the views it offers are breathtaking. Every room had the proper things to comfortably accomodate guests. The staff were extremely friendly and always willing to go above and beyond to make sure everyone was having a pleasant stay. Every morning the villa employees made the rooms and made sure everything was spotless throughout the day. The food and fresh juices provided were delicious and plentiful. The outdoor area is very enjoyable. The infinity pool, paddle boards, comfy outdoor furniture and tranquil lagoon are set to fulfill any mood you are in. Starfish villa is in a safe location close to several good restaurants and a quick drive from the bustle of the montego bay city center. I highly recommend this villa to anyone.

    • 5 Star Caribbean villa was our dream home away from home

      Reviewed by Okanagan Living from Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

      Starfish villa was our luxury 'home away from home' during our recent family holiday in Montego Bay. It had everything we needed to feel completely comfortable and pampered: ocean-side location with an infinity pool, large outdoor living spaces and a gorgeous and airy interior, wonderful and attentive staff. Our teenagers loved the poolside loungers, WiFi, paddleboards, table-tennis; while our 9 year old made full use of the pool, caught crabs and built sand castles. Mom and dad played tennis and enjoyed gorgeous sunsets with drinks on the dock. We miss having morning coffee and breakfast on the patio! Miss Mazie's food was fantastic, she will make you anything you request and we really enjoyed local dishes like ackee and saltfish, curried goat, rice and peas, lobster and fried fish. The location was also perfect if you are interested in seeing more of Jamaica. We didn't have a car, but that was no problem - staff made arrangements for a private minibus and driver to take us on day trips to Negril, Appleton Estates, Doctor's Cave beach, and Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Fantastic outings - we had an especially unforgettable time climbing Dunn's River Falls (those photos will definitely be on next year's Christmas card!). Starfish is an amazing property and we would definitely stay there again.

    • Amazing Tropical Getaway

      Reviewed by Lindsay J.

      I don't even know where to start - I spent a week at Starfish Villa with my fiance and wished our vacation lasted much longer. The property is beautiful and provides all the amenities you could possibly want in a vacation rental. The poolside/dock outdoor setting is fantastic - you can't beat the views of the lagoon at sunrise or sunset, and our room was spacious and luxurious. Our location was perfect for day trips to Doctor's Cave or the Appleton Estate as well - though we would have been perfectly content to hang out on the poolside loungers each day! Beyond the property and location, Miss Maizie's cooking was incredible - we had dinner at a couple of local restaurants while we were there, but nothing compared to what she cooked up for us! I will definitely be recommending this to anyone - couples or families - planning a trip to Montego Bay.

    • star villa

      Reviewed by pg from TORONTO

      beautiful place amazing food and service- if there was a ten star rating this place would get it.

    • A"MAIZIE"ING!! Spectacular views, service and fun in a 5-star water-front villa

      Reviewed by anna w.

      We recently had an amazing stay at Starfish Villa! We were two families on spring break with teeenage boys. What made our trip were the 5-star accommodations and food and service. Every room was either a very comfortable king or queen, very nicely decorated with all the amenities you would ever need. We arrived greeted by the house chef Mazie, Rochester the butler and Dotlin (sp?) the housekeeper with a tray of freshly made rum drinks and punch for the boys. When we walked into the house and saw the spectacular views we knew our trip was off to a great start. What really made our vacation was the specatular food by chef Mazie. Every morning, lunch and dinner we had a five-star meal or could dial it down to something simple if wanted. Her jerk chicken is not to be forgotten, cooked callalou with our morning eggs A+, and fresh coconut cream pie and chocolate mousse pie for dessert (our boys were in heaven) not to be forgotten, among many other memorable meals. My younger son says that the service was what made the trip - service that felt like family. We were hugging everyone when we left. This house has a beautiful pool and is right on the water with two paddle boards and a double kayak. There are tennis courts in the gated community and a little gym (nothing fancy here but there is another gym right across the street with yoga, spin etc...) We had friends who rented another house across the street so it made our trip even more fun. Please don't hesitate renting this house. It would be ideal for family reunion or families traveling together. If you want to do any sight seeing a driver can easily be arranged. We went ziplining one day. Very fun! A final note - the owners made sure we were well taken care in advance of our trip arranging travel, food and other requirements. They were such a pleasure to do business with - we really hope to go back! Please don't hesitate to be in touch with me if you have any questions.

    • A week in paradise!!!!!

      Reviewed by Leah M.

      We just returned from a week long stay at Starfish Villa. Everything about the vacation was great! The owner was very helpful and friendly throughout the booking process and in planning our trip. Once we arrived we had everything that we needed and more. We love to travel and this was one of the most relaxing vacations that we have ever taken. The house is lovely and well appointed. The open floorpan allowed us to spend lots of time outdoors (a wonderful change from the cold and snowy winter back home). The infinity pool was beautiful and the views were amazing. We were able to see beautiful sunsets each evening from the dock while enjoying cocktails and snacks. We also took advantage of the kayak and paddle boards. The best thing about the visit was the villa staff. Miss Mazie, the chef, cooked delicious and creative meals. Our favorites were the jerk chicken, coconut cream pie, callaloo, key lime pie, and homemade salsa. Rochester the butler also catered to our every need and we enjoyed his master bartending skills. Dotlynn ensured the house was also picked up and clean each day. All in all, we had a fabulous time and we hope to go back again soon!

    • Simply wonderful!

      Reviewed by Tracey P.

      This vacation was an office reward for an awesome 2015. The house is lovely and provided us with ample room to relax, rest, and refresh. We enjoyed getting to know Chef Mazie, Butler Rochester and Housekeeper Dotlynn and wished they could have returned with us to the US! Mazie's cooking is fabulous. Having never vacationed in a fully staffed house, it took a few days to get used to TRULY not having to lift a finger. Rochester is so funny and personable and he and Dotlynn have learned the perfect balance of helping out but giving us space. The house is beautifully decorated and very comfortable whether you were in the air conditioned bedrooms, open living spaces or out by the pool. There are many books, board games, video games, movies to keep you entertained if desired. TV's available in every room too and strong wifi throughout the house and exterior patios. With a bathroom available for every bedroom, it easily accommodated our group of adults. A few suggestions: a small motorized boat would have been awesome to get to the reef at the mouth of the lagoon. With our large group, and the winds, some days it was too difficult to make it all the way out there. For those who did, they said the reef was much better than the one we paid to go to out of Ocho Rios. We weren't prepared to pay cash for everything. It would have been helpful to allow a check or credit card for food expenses, as we needed an ATM run to have enough money. No one wanted to leave when our time was up. We would have even left with the house cat Domino if we could have figured out a way to do it. The "Last Supper" out on the dock by candlelight was an absolute highlight ending with lighting of the candle hot air balloons. Truly a special night! We would absolutely rent this house again and again and again.

    • SPEECHLESS....just SPEECHLESS!!!!

      Reviewed by falisa t.

      The moment you walk into the home, you get a glimpse of what heaven will be like! Simply AMAZING! I celebrated my birthday with a group of friends 6 men, 6 women and I promise you each of us teared up when it was time to say goodbye to the PHENOMENAL staff and leave the BEAUTIFUL Starfish Villa! The villa was hands down one of the BEST of ever stayed in. The furniture, decorations, outdoor living, pool, beach, everything was hands DOWN the best! Amazing Mazie (that's her new name) cooked meals fit for a queen, king and the President! Every bit of her heart and should went into her food and you could taste it! Rochester (the Roc) made sure NOTHING was missed in my celebration. He went out of his way to make sure every detail was executed with the finest details. Ask him to set up a picnic on the lawn or dinner on the pier and watch his magic go to work! Dothlyn (little shorty) absolutely BLEW my mind! I think she was under our bed because every time there was a wrinkle on the sheet, she would straighten it out. I've NEVER seen any housekeeper that did the job she did. She is the foundation of that home! I'm in tears writing this review, because each person on that staff did their job with pure love and joy. It was genuine--nothing more! Anne, you ROCK and the staff you hire is a testament to the person you are! Thank you for allowing us to spend a week at your home! We can't WAIT to return!

      Owner Response: Falisa! From the moment I got your email I knew the type of person you were, an amazing, spirited individual. Thank you for your kind words and we sincerely hope to host you back at Starfish in the near future.

    • Starfish Villa is a "True Story"!!

      Reviewed by nicole G.

      How do Fairy tales begin...."There once was a villa named Starfish, on the wonderful Isle of Jamaica!" Although I jest, vacationing at Starfish was truly a fairy tale for my family and I. What you see is what you get! The pictures of the villa are exactly how it looks in person. The property is emaculate! Upon arrival we felt immediately at home. Mazie and Rochester greeted us outside with Rum Punches for the adults and a coconut beverage for the kids. We had 8 in our group ranging from age 65 to 6 yrs old and the house and staff accommodated all of our wants and needs. We spent most of our time in the outdoor living area and the kids spent most of their time in the pool. Rochester had the tunes playing for us all day everyday, ranging from Top 40 to Reggae. Let's talk food. From the setting of the table to the presentation of the food. Every meal was like an event for us. My group are big foodies so we were super impressed by Mazie's delicious cooking. It wasn't what she cooked, as we picked our menu and obviously have had these foods before. It was how she cooked and prepared it. The twist she put on it, the seasoning, the flavors. When we left to fly home and had a layover in Miami, we checked into a hotel and the 6 yr old said "..but who is going to cook for us??". I think that says it all. Above and Beyond. There was a ping pong table and Rochester was nice to play with my 8 yr old. And when the 6 yr old got sick, Mazie and Rochester helped us nurse her back to health and helped us keep an eye on her. There were board games and the owner was nice enough to provide us with pales and sand toys for the beach which the 6 yr old played with happily a the beach at MargaritaVille in Negril. She also prepared a little welcome basket for us with snacks and treats. Day Trips: We were there for 6 days and we took 2 day trips, one to Ocho Rios and one to Negril. Rochester secured a driver for us, $35 round trip for adults and $20 for the kids. This is not a bad price as he not only drove us there and back but he stays out in the parking lot and waits. Ultimately, it was the staff that made our trip amazing. They were personable, kind, funny. Mazie won the fam over with her cooking, laugh and dancing. Rochester won us over with his smile, hospitality and charm and had the whole fam saying "True Story!" It has become a part of our normal vernacular back at home. We simply can't stop saying it...lol...."True Story"

    • SIMPLY AMAZING!

      Reviewed by Alicia A. C.

      The week we just spent at Starfish Villa cannot be described. I've taken many vacations in my 60 years of life, but this one exceeded anything I've ever experienced. Our group of 10 (7 adults and my 3 Grandkids) all cried as we hugged our amazing Team to say our goodbyes. They all became part of our family in just 7 nights. They were not only professional, but also detail-oriented, caring, fun and totally dedicated to making our days and nights special. Chef Mazie cooked spectacular meals every day, making sure everyone's favorite dishes were included. "The Rock" (who is extremely smart and intuitive) made sure everything was perfect and was always available to indulge us; "True Story!" Starfish was impeccably clean with gorgeous views, orange sunsets at the dock, beautiful furnishings, large comfortable bedrooms and everything we could possibly need. We were pampered at all times and enjoyed every moment of our stay. I would give it "10" stars if that was possible! It's been two days since we got back and we all can't stop talking about our week at Starfish. THANK YOU ANNE & YOUR ENTIRE STARFISH TEAM FOR THESE MEMORIES THAT WE'LL ALWAYS TREASURE!

    • The absolute BEST!

      Reviewed by Justin P.

      Our stay at the Starfish Villa was simply amazing. It by far exceeded every expectation we could have had. The house was beautiful and spacious just as the pictures portray. The staff was AMAZING!!! Mazie's cooking and hospitality was unbelievable. Never disappointed. The Rock, he is the man! Anytime we asked for anything he was right there to make sure we got it and answered every question we had, and made sure we got to do all the activities we wanted, from playing Golf, taking the yacht out, seeing the luminous lagoon and just being waited on hand and foot. The starfish staff made this trip unforgettable. We were sad to leave but left feeling like we had new international friends. We look forward to our next Starfish Villa vacation!

    • Can't say enough good things about Starfish Villa!

      Reviewed by Kerri H.

      From the moment I reached out to Anne (the owner) via vrbo to get information on Starfish Villa to leaving there giving big hugs to Mazie, Rochester and Juliette, my experience was absolute PERFECTION!! Anne was responsive and willing to provide as much information as needed. She answered my many questions patiently and thoroughly. Once we arrived at Starfish, the impeccable 5-star service continued. I cannot recount all of the wonderfulness here ... but, here are a few of the most AMAZING things ... absolutely delicious food at every single meal (we had American, Italian, Mexican, Jamaican and other Mazie originals (my husband simply could not get enough of her balsamic vinaigrette!)); the turndown service that included water left by our bedside, the impeccably clean and new facilities with every possible amenity you could need (from the high-quality toiletries to the paddle board to the board games to the lovely tablescapes that were different every time!), and the warm and friendly staff who wanted nothing more than to make us feel like we were at home and welcome. We had 2 grandmas, 2 toddlers, and 2 adult couples in our group. Every single one of us absolutely THRILLED with the service and experience that we had here. I could go on and on ... bottom line: book Starfish as soon as you can for as long as you can!

      Owner Response: Kerri, Thank you so much for your kind words! Your family was an absolute delight and we hope to see you back sometime very soon.

    • Heaven on zearth

      Reviewed by Barbara R. from Birmingham, AL

      The villa is beautiful, the view spectacular, the sunsets indescribable, nothing can compare. The staff makes all your dreams come true. Such a peaceful and relaxing time. We stayed a week and only left the villa twice. We just did not want to leave. Every time we walked out to the deck on the water, we saw beautiful starfish. One of our group gave Mazie the nickname "Amazing Mazie". She really is amazing. She is a genius in the kitchen and she truly loves her job. Rochester is terrific. He can do it all. Mazie and Rochester seem to anticipate what you want. Dotlin and Juliette were wonderful as well. They all work together as a team. Let Mazie plan your menus. She is the expert. This was a dream come true and we plan to return same time next year. I cried when I left. Beautiful place, beautiful people and great time.

      Owner Response: Barbara, The team misses you already! Thank you for all the kind words and we look forward to welcoming you back to Starfish!

    • A fun stay at an amazing home

      Our group of 4 couples just finished a 5-night stay at Starfish and loved it. It was a truly unique experience having a chef (Mazie) and bartender/butler (Rochester) to help facilitate everything for us. The staff greeted us at the door and Mazie made the most amazing artichoke dip for us to get the week started. All the reviews on here do a great job explaining the experience, so here were a few things that I'd like to point out that were really nice surprises: * the pool is deeper than most in the US. It was more like 4feet deep which is great for hanging out and drinking in. * the tennis courts and lap swimming pool are only like 3 houses down. * the outdoor bar station is right next to the outdoor living space. * Duane the shuttle driver was awesome. Had great insight and was only $14 round trip per person when we went into town for Margaritaville and other things. * the wives lined up a masseuse through the staff to come right to the house and the wives loved it. The owner is very on point with emails throughout the booking process and answered all of my questions. There was a large number of jellyfish in the water near the property, thus we didn't swim in the ocean. We did use the kayak and paddle board some though. I'd highly recommend Starfish, and we may do a family trip in the future there.

    • The second stay is even better than the first!

      Reviewed by Okanagan Living from Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

      Going back to Starfish for the 2nd time was just like going home - if your home is a fully staffed, luxury, ocean front villa. What a fantastic family vacation, our 10 year old and teenagers were so excited to return, it honestly was even better than we remembered. The spacious and open layout was relaxing and rejuvenating, with the outdoor living areas, pool and dock that we enjoyed so much last time. Table tennis was a new addition and we took full advantage of it! Mazie and Rochester looked after all of us so well, service was amazing and they are such nice people. Fantastic food and beverages - definitely recommend having Mazie plan your menus, you will not be disappointed. A highlight of this trip was the professional family photo shoot on the grounds - we looked gorgeous!! The owners arranged for a local photographer to come to the villa and the results were spectacular. Looking forward to planning our next escape to Starfish ...

      Owner Response: It was an absolute pleasure having you at Starfish again. Thank you for sharing some of your family photos with us, they really were amazing. We hope to see you back with us again sometime soon!

    • Amazing Vacation!

      Reviewed by Dawn K.

      First I just want to say Thank You to the staff at Starfish. I am not sure where to begin.....When we arrived we were greeted at the airport and had no issues. The drive only took about 20 min to the house and when we arrived we where greeted with some cocktails and some appetizers. We had 6 adults 1 teenager and 4 kids and it was plenty of room for all of us. Let's start with Mazie (amazing Mazie) she made the most amazing food I have ever had. Our favorites were the Jerk Chicken, and the steak just melted in your mouth. We all miss her already and cant wait to come back. Rochester (Rock) truly made our experience very smooth and was very helpful with every question we had. The kids miss his smoothies and still talk about them everyday. I am pretty sure he made at least 100 smoothies during our stay. Our favorite excursion was the bluehole and the kids loved Ricks Cafe. The one thing that you should know is that you couldn't swim in the ocean at the house because there were so many jelly fish and the pool was really cold otherwise it was an amazing place and would go back in a heart beat. Thank you for the amazing stay! I have already recommended the house to a couple friends.

      Owner Response: Dawn, thanks so much for the kind words! It was a pleasure having your group at Starfish. We are so happy that the service was everything that you expected. Those pesky jellyfish seem to be a new thing and hopefully they won't stay long. Thank you for the referrals, we hope to welcome you back soon.

    • AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!

      Reviewed by jody J.

      Amazing! That was definitely the word of the week. We could barely get out a sentence without using the word Amazing. First of all the staff was Amazing! I would give them 10 stars if I could. Amazing Mazie our chef made the most Amazing meals for us every day! Everything was perfect! The beautiful table settings at every meal were also enjoyable. Rochester spoiled us rotten all week. He never missed a beat! Miss D and Juliette kept everything spotless all week. They definitely took care of us. They felt like family to us on the first day. Everything all week was so perfect! The house was Amazing! Just as beautiful as the pictures. Everything top notch. Beds and linens extremely comfortable! We were a group of 5 ladies on girls trip. Everyone had their own room and bathroom. It was perfect. The outdoor area is where we spent most of our time. It's absolutely beautiful! I didn't see one bug the entire week! Now that was enjoyable. The weather was low 80's everyday. We did a day trip to Negril one day and went to Margaritaville and Ricks Cafe. Mazie's food is way better than anything we experienced there. The drivers we had all week were all great and very knowledgeable about the area. If there is anything you want to do or have done Rochester will make it happen for you. We asked for massages and within a couple hours we had 2 massage tables set up on the balcony and enjoying massages! We wanted to go to the hip strip to shop...he had a driver outside for us within the hour to take us. We were heartbroken to leave this place. We go on a girls trip every year and always try someplace new. I'm not sure how we are going to top this place! AMAZING!! Definitely recommend! Also the process of booking and making arrangements was a very smooth and effortless process as Anne was a pleasure to deal with and took care of everything on that end for us!

      Owner Response: Jody, Your group was an absolute pleasure and we hope that you will break your rule of going somewhere new and come back and see us again! Thank you for all the kind words.

    • When can we go back?

      Reviewed by andrew w.

      Hard to put the experience in words. It was the first place we've ever been to as a family where the pictures didn't even come close to doing it justice. Most places have good pictures and then you're a little disappointed when you arrive, but this was the opposite; Starfish was simply incredible. Our family loved Mazie, Rochester, Miss D, and Juliette. The food was incredible (let Mazie plan your meals), Rochester made amazing drinks and provided 5 star service, and Juliette and Miss D kept the place spotless. They truly think of every detail. We loved the table tennis and the tennis courts in the neighborhood. We ventured out on a couple boat trips, but other than that stuck pretty close to the house to simply enjoy everything about it. We can't wait to book a return trip and would highly recommend it to anyone. Much better than other houses we've rented and by far better than an all-inclusive resort.

      Owner Response: Andrew It was our pleasure having your group and we are all looking forward to seeing you again, soon hopefully!

    • PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!

      Reviewed by Gayle J.

      This home is simply gorgeous! Pictures don't do it justice. So very well appointed, super clean and really felt like home. The owners are accommodating, responsive and very friendly. Anne was a pleasure, taking care of everything! The service is top notch and the staff is in a word AMAZING! We had the most delicious meals prepared everyday for us by Chef Mazie, fun-filled cocktail hours with Rochester who mixes up the best cocktails and Juliette and Miss D kept the house spotless all week and provided the most lovely turndown service. The staff is professional yet so very sweet and immediately felt like family. They did everything in their power to ensure we had a memorable vacation. They staff/service really do make the experience. I frequent a lot of 5 star resort and the service provided at Starfish beats them all. I highly recommend this property, far better than what any resort has to offer. This was my 11th visit to Jamaica and absolutely the BEST. Best accommodations, best service, best food, best views, best people....I will be returning soon! Perfect in every way!

    • Absolutely Perfect!

      Reviewed by Thomas B. from Sacramento, CA

      The home itself is outstanding and coupled with the first class Starfish team, the entire experience was truly amazing! Starfish is a wonderful place for a relaxing getaway where you can kick back and not worry about a thing. The stunning sunset views, beautiful decor, expansive home, picturesque outdoor pool and patio all combine to create a very memorable experience. Rock, Mazie and the entire team arranged every detail and really made us feel at home. Mazie's cooking is tremendous and Rock's drinks (and attentiveness) were outstanding. The villa is used to accommodating larger groups, and the team was able to adapt really well to provide a unique and personalized service to our small family of 4. The small touches from poolside meals, dockside appetizers (and dinner), candlelit ambiance, and smoothies for our daughters really made for an unforgettable trip. We hope to visit again sometime and return to Starfish!

    • White Glove Service in a Tropical Paradise!

      Reviewed by shannon v.

      We felt welcomed and comfortable from the moment we arrived at Starfish Villa. Mazie met us at the door with cooling towels and Rochester had prepared us some lovely rum punch. The entrance to the house is quite majestic with a large living room that opens up onto the patio with infinity pool and ocean in the background. Breathtaking! The house is stunning with large designer decorated rooms, comfortable beds and furniture and the outdoor living area is perfect for parties, lounging by the pool, catching the baseball game on the large tv or having an amazing meal. The staff at Starfish Villa take the time and effort to ensure that everything is perfect including fresh tropical flowers in every room. Miss D and Juliet kept the house spotless, ensuring fresh towels and toiletries before we even knew we needed them! Mazie continues to be a culinary genius. She wanted to know what kinds of things we liked to eat and then went above and beyond our expectations with each meal. She made so many amazing treats for us: delicious local callaloo and fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast (with belgian waffles, strawberries and cream!); salads with chicken and shrimp and a fantastic jerk flavoured pasta salad for lunch; jerk chicken, beef tenderloin, and lobster for dinner and chocolate flan for dessert. The food was out of this world. Rochester, or "Roc" as we learned with time, was a new add to the Starfish team from our last visit and he is spectacular! No matter what we needed or wanted, Roc delivered. He is so calm and lovely and really takes pride in delivering a high end customer experience. Roc is a master mixologist and very helpful at offering up suggested beverages to suit your taste. He makes an amazing frozen margarita that you must try! He and Mazie also prepared delicious appetizers for us every afternoon including smoked marlin, artichoke dip and home made salsa and chips. Roc also helped arrange a private boat tour for us. We were able to see many lovely sights and spent several hours just off the boat at Doctor's Cave beach one afternoon. Overall, another great trip to the Starfish Villa at Lagoons. This is a vacation destination that you will talk about for years and will want to keep coming back to. We highly recommend Starfish Villa - 10+++ stars!!

      Owner Response: It was an absolute pleasure hosting your group! Please come back and visit us again soon.

    • Beautiful, relaxing Starfish Villa

      Reviewed by Terresa L. from Livingston

      Not sure even where to begin in an attempt to describe our stay at the Starfish. Our group of friends has taken an abundance of trips together (with this being our third time to Jamaica), but this trip, by far, exceeds them all in all realms. As for the time leading up to our arrival, booking with Anne was extremely easy and she was incredibly helpful answering any and all questions we had and then expounding further. She even recommended that we go off the map of usual activities and try “Paint and Sip”. We were the first group to try it at the house, and we think the staff loved watching us as much as we loved being in the middle of it. For an incredibly minimal charge, someone came to the house with all of the supplies needed for each of us to paint according to the directions of the instructor while Rock ensured that our cocktails remained full. It was an absolute blast, even for the men in the group. Now for more on the stay itself…the food was over the top amazing with our precious Mazie blowing our expectations out of the water at every meal. The food was all very fresh and the meals were all well balanced and presented in the most beautiful manner. She always managed to put a wide variety of items on the table, never being redundant in what was served. Another nice extra was the appetizers served each afternoon. She would create delicious bites of things ranging from artichoke dip to jerk meatballs, and again, she was always serving something new. It was more than evident that Mazie’s top priority was our happiness. She met with us on the day we arrived to learn about our likes and dislikes and she went over a thorough choice of menu items to make sure she could hit a home run with every meal for us, and she clearly did just that. She is a true master at her game. And then there was sweet Juliet and adorable, little Ms. D. They were continually cleaning, mopping, straightening, you name it, in an effort to make sure the house was immaculate. And the last, but definitely not the least, member of the staff to mention is Rochester, or as we quickly learned, “Rock”. Both Rock and Mazie were our go-to's for everything, but when it came to “hydration”, Rock always seemed to be right over our shoulder when our glasses were ready to be re-filled. He was superb at creating cocktails, both old and new for us, and he also went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of in any other aspect imaginable. He quickly became a regular fixture to our group,

      Owner Response: Our sip and paint guinea pigs! We are so happy you had a great time. Please, please come back and visit us again! You guys were awesome!

    • OH.MY.GOODNESS.

      Reviewed by Carolyn B.

      The BEST vacation, ever. Property is so beautiful, every design detail so pleasing to the eye. Staff keeps it super clean, and are attentive to every detail. However, it is the chef and butler service that makes it beyond amazing--a warm, cheerful, hard-working team who made our group feel so special. Maizie produced 3 delicious meals per day; her beef tenderloin was fork-tender with a well-seasoned crust (Spectacular!) The lobster was SO good. Best I have ever had, hands down. Native dishes served upon request and also scrumptious. Fresh fruits and salads kept my weight gain to 4 lbs in 6 days. I can honestly say there are zero complaints. Filtered water was no problem for anyone--totally safe to drink and tasted good, surprisingly. Rochester, the handsome and charming Starfish butler, is wonderful as well. His smile and demeanor light up the room. Each meal was set at a beautiful table with colorful linens, pretty napkin folds, fresh flowers. "Rock" kept our glasses full of delicious concoctions; his bar tending skills were on point, with lovely presentation. No request was refused. He was so entertaining and endearing. In fact, do yourself a favor. Book now. You will not regret a moment of your stay. 10 Stars to the Starfish team, our new Jamaican family. Thank you to all of Starfish Villa. See you in 2019, if not sooner.

      Owner Response: Carolyn, Thank you so much for this wonderfully descriptive review! Your group was an absolute delight and we all hope to see you back sooner than 2019!

    • The Best Vacation of my LIFE

      Reviewed by Paula Q. from Virginia Beach, VA

      I have stayed in some very nice resorts over the years. Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman many times, The Cove in Atlantis, many times, Peter Island, Turks and Caicos, and many other places. I love to travel. But more importantly I love to relax and rest. The moment we got out of the van we were made to feel as though we were at home. All of the reviews you read here simply do not paint the picture you experience. We left the property twice. Both times we all looked at each other and said, “Let’s go back.” We were 6 women traveling together and most of us meeting for the first time. We left with a bond and a love to continue to travel together and first on that list of places to visit………Starfish. Hands down, all of us want to make reservations to return asap. Everything you read about Mazie, Roc, Miss D, and Juliet are all true and then some. Not for a single second did any of us feel out of place or uncomfortable. We developed a friendship with these lovely people that will last a lifetime. My only complaint about this entire experience is I had to leave. I actually cried real tears. That was a first for me. Typically I’m the one rushing to get to the airport to come home. Not this time. I just wanted to stay, enjoy the hospitality, the friendship, the laughter, the amazing relaxation of the home and Mazie, Roc, Miss D and Juliet. Thank you for everything!

      Owner Response: Paula The team misses you all already! Your group was an absolute favorite! Please come back and see us soon!

    • Pure Perfection

      Reviewed by Sherrell J.

      Starfish villa is absolutely beautiful and working with Anne from the very beginning was so easy. She's easy to work with, has great suggestions and was totally responsive. My group of 9 (ages 10 to 72) arrived and the driver was waiting for us. About 20 min late we arrived to Starfish to cool drinks and smiling faces. We were made to feel right at home. The home is gorgeous, really gorgeous and modern. It was my mom''s 72nd birthday and there was a cake available just as I'd asked. Our first dinner was oxtail's , rice and peas, cabbage and festival. It was all delicious. We also had lasagna, and the very best scalloped potatoes I've had in my life. I could go on and on about Ms. Mazie''s cooking. Also had an opportunity to go grocery shopping with Mazie. She is super fun! Now on to Rock. He was amazing as well. He made great cocktails and was most charming. When we went on excursions, he had our beach bags ready with towels, cooler packed along with snacks. He make the most beautiful table arrangements as well. The housekeepers were as sweet as pie and nothing was ever too much for this team who ended up feeling like family. You don't have to lift a finger...you will be pampered and awed beyond your wildest dreams. We had a photographer come in who did a wonderful job. Also had a local artist come in for a sip and paint. We had a blast. On our last night the staff prepared a table for us on the deck with candles and colorful lanterns in the pool. Do not hesitate..just book it. We stayed for 9 days and hated to leave our new family. One love Starfish!!!!

    • Pampered Vacation

      Reviewed by ronda w.

      I can't say enough good things about the Starfish Villa. The house is truly beautiful, but Maizy and Rochester made the vacation unforgettable. They are so attentive and friendly and we wanted for nothing. Ms. Maizy's meals were all delicious and she made a a special cake for us to celebrate the 4th of July. Rochester was awesome at his bartending skills and so helpful setting up our excursions. I highly recommend this vacation and we definitley will be going back.

    • THE BEST!

      Reviewed by Nanci C.

      My family and I just returned from a stay at Starfish. It was WONDERFUL. There were 9 women and 2 two year olds and we all loved our vacation. To start the owner Anne is fantastic. She responds to all questions, offers pre-visit planning and preparation, helps with information and request. She made the rental process stress free. I recommend doing Sip and Paint for a fun afternoon activity at home. From the time we were greeted by the welcoming staff until the moment of our regretful goodbyes we felt we were in paradise. As my 23 cousin put it "I feel like I died and went to Jamaica"... The house is gorgeous, the location, setting, and view are awe inspiring; the neighborhood is beautiful and we enjoyed morning walks there. As has been mentioned by other reviewers the staff is wonderful. Mazie's cooking, in a word, is perfection. We ate one meal away and vowed not to eat away from home again. She always made sure to accommodate everyone's tastes and special requests. Beside that she is a lovely soul. There's love in her cooking and we fell in love with her! Rochester is fabulous. He TOOK CARE OF US. We were pretty active and no matter what our plans for the day, everything we dreamed up to do Rochester made it happen; he made sure we always had everything we wanted and needed and was SO kind and warm; he's a mix master and we all agreed that both he and his creations were delightful! He is truly a DARLING - none of us wanted to leave him in Jamaica. Julieth and Tenezia were so sweet. They kept everything clean and provided a lovely turn down service. They made the house feel like home. They were wonderful with the little ones making sure they were included in things they like to do like feeding the fish. The Moms were especially touched by their thoughtfulness. My wish for everyone is that they get to experience as wonderful a vacation as we did here. Everything from my first interaction with the owner Anne, Mazie's stunning floral arrangements and incredible meals, Rochester's pampering and thoughtfulness, to the beautiful home and breathtaking setting made this vacation AMAZING. We have stayed at fabulous villas and resorts around the Caribbean and Starfish is certainly among them. But Mazie and Rochester are in a league of their own and we will always be grateful for their making this special family vacation one we'll remember forever. TRUE STORY...

      Owner Response: Nanci Thank you for all the kind words. We are so thrilled that your stay was everything that you hoped it would be. Easy guests make for great vacations! We sincerely hope to see you back at Starfish soon.

    • Best Ladies Unplugged trip ever!!!

      Reviewed by Michelle A. from Tomball, TX

      I am not sure that I have words to adequately describe how wonderful this villa and the staff are. We are a group of 10 professional women who get away every year to "unplug". Unplug from work, kids, significant others, extended family, social media, email, etc. Starfish Villa not only allowed us to do this but it exceeded all of our expectations. It started with booking the villa. Anne is absolutely amazing!! She helped us with every step of our planning from booking to transportation to menu selections. I cannot thank her enough for this. Planning a trip for 10 ladies is hard and she made it a breeze. Once we arrived in Jamaica, the staff took over and they were wonderful. Pick up from the airport was handled seamlessly. Upon arrival at the villa, we were greeted by two of the most beautiful souls we have ever met, Ms. Mazie and Rochester aka Rock. Ms. Mazie's food is by far some of the best I have ever had. She helped us pick out a menu and we asked her to make her favorite dishes. Wow!!! Every meal was delicious. We left the table each time beyond stuffed. So good!!! Rock took great care of us with the bar and helping us plan excursions, get to the gym, to the grocery store, etc. We never had to ask for drinks because usually, he was there handing us a new one. "True story"! Service at its best. We loved this villa so much that we are trying to decide if we will go somewhere else next year for Ladies Unplugged 2018 or just make Starfish Villa our annual getaway. I am really afraid that nothing else will ever compare to Starfish. Thank you all for allowing us to unplug and take a moment for ourselves. Because you were so wonderful, you allow us to return to our normal lives as the best moms, wives, friends, employees, that we can be.

      Owner Response: Michelle Starfish would love to see your group every year! You were such AMAZING guests, taking care of you ladies was so easy. Thank you for all your kind words.

    • The property was beautiful!!

      Reviewed by beth c.

      Thanks Anne for sharing your wonderful home & helping line things up for our arrival. We had a wonderful time. The house was amazing. We enjoyed just being at the house enjoying the beautiful scenery, or kayaking, or sitting on the wharf. Mazie cooked delicious meals and pampered us. Rochester recommended and booked activities or restaurants to visit. He made wonderful cocktails and spoiled us as well. It was a terrific experience! Thanks Starfish!

    • Unbelievable trip...

      Reviewed by Catharine S.

      We had a large group at the Starfish property to celebrate a 40th birthday. The trip ended up being one of the best vacations we have ever experienced. We had very little knowledge of Montego Bay prior to our arrival, and the owners made sure that every detail was taken care of in advance. Anne helped with dinner reservations, boat rental, grocery lists, etc. Once we arrived, the house and property were spectacular. We were greeted by the entire staff and it felt like a resort. The house has a perfect layout with 5 large bedrooms and plenty of outdoor space. We utilized the outdoor dining area and veranda area throughout our stay. The staff was simply incredible. Mazie, Rochester and the rest of the staff made the trip. We never had to lift a finger. The food was spectacular and we ended up canceling other dinner reservations to eat Mazie’s food instead. Rochester helped us with every detail while we were there, and he is an unbelievable bartender. Again, you feel like you are staying at your own private resort. We cannot say enough positive things about our experience. We will absolutely come back to Starfish and we have recommended the property to many of our friends.

      Owner Response: Cat Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure hosting your group, we couldn't have asked for better guests. Starfish can't wait to see you back here again, we hope it will be soon!

    • Like a vacation rental dream come true!

      Reviewed by Catherine P. from Toronto, Canada

      This is one of those vacation spots that will take your breath away! While the pictures on the listing give you a remarkably accurate idea of what the villa looks like, it is still that much better in person! You will probably spend a good deal of time just soaking in your surroundings, enjoying your room, and relaxing in the outdoor living areas. This place will meet your highest expectations, and if you are dreaming of relaxing and receiving VIP treatment, this is the place for you. Everything about this villa and property is deeply satisfying, from the design details inside to the immaculately maintained and picturesque property and ocean view. We felt the stress of our hectic lives back home just quickly melt away. Your craving for good food will be fulfilled by Mazie's incredibly delicious cooking – better than anything found at any of the island restaurants! Rochester will look after your every need - from keeping your favourite beverage close at hand, to driving you where you need to go, to helping with any activities or site-seeing adventures you may have in mind. If your request is possible, he will make it happen! The attention to detail by all staff is truly outstanding – each staff member went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible time and that everything was perfect for us. We felt like we were at our own private, luxury resort. If you can tear yourself away from this slice of paradise, Montego Bay has some fabulous beaches to explore, and Ocho Rios and Negril are fairly close by and definitely worth a visit. The Great Houses on the island are a must for history buffs. I have traveled extensively all over the world, and I can truly say this is one vacation I will never forget. Thank you for some wonderful memories. My only complaint is that our visit was much too short!! A second visit is definitely on the horizon. Catherine & Peter, Toronto, Canada

      Owner Response: Catherine and Peter, Thank you both for these very kind words. We hope to have you join us again in the very near future.

    • Better than expected, by a lot!

      Reviewed by Ashley J.

      I traveled to MoBay for a conference that was held at one of the local resorts and I decided to rent a beach villa and make a quick vacation out of it. Rochester (Roc) was waiting for us just outside the door of the airport and had us at the house in 15 minutes. The rest of the staff was waiting for us when we arrived and had Rum Punch and snacks waiting. Every aspect of the house exceeded expectations; Roc is a great host/bartender/driver/coordinator, the ladies do a great job keeping the house tidy and helping with whatever is needed, but the real Superstar is Miss Mazie and her amazing cooking. We had everything from quiet breakfast on the dock for 5 to a Lobster dinner for 15 and a Superbowl party for 30. Everything she cooked was awesome, and next time I come I will be planning to have her prepare every meal. The entire experience was great. You will love it. BTW- don't rent a car, just have Roc drive.

    • Everything you could ask for plus more!!!

      Reviewed by Stacy A. from Minnesota

      We had two families joined together for a week at Starfish Villa. Ages of our group were 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20 plus 2 couples. Starfish Villa and the staff accommodated for all ages. With the arrange of ages we had, we were apprehensive about food, safety, and the unknowns of renting a villa we had never been to in a foreign country. Anne the owner responded to every question and concerns we had. She reassured us regarding the safety. As she said, we arrived into a gated community with a guard and we felt very safe within the community and her villa. We were also nervous regarding the food. Mazy the chef is very professional in her kitchen and takes extra steps to be sure of the guests safety with cleaning the food extra well prior to cooking. Mazy does an AMAZING job cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. We all wanted to take her home. She accommodated for the adults and the children with her meals. We received beautiful gourmet meals three times a day everyday and she doesn't miss a thing. In a previous review someone stated they went out to eat in town and had way better food prepared by Mazy. This is very true statement!! Roc the butler, went out of his way for us. He entertained us adults along with the children. He is the go to man, whatever you need he is on top of it. I forgot my SD card for my camera and Roc had one to me the next day. He made arrangements for golf, fishing, and massages. Roc is top notch bartender. The kids loved his smoothies as us adults loved his cocktails which were over the top in presentation along with being delicious to the taste. We rented Anne's 42' boat called Absolutely Special II for an afternoon of excursion. Highly recommend, we all had a great time. We fished and visited a beach. Roc and Captain arranged for a fishing guide to join us and as we caught fish which Mazy prepared for us for dinner. It was such a treat. Anne has a her own private captain for her boat. Captain is a great man who is certified and knows his way around the sea and the vessel. The photo's that are shared on VRBO are beautiful and you get exactly what you see. This Villa is very clean, the staff that does the cleaning doesn't miss a spot. Needless to say, the Starfish Villa, and its staff and the owner go out of their way to make you feel right at home and apart of their family. I can not say enough wonderful things about this villa and the people we met during this unforgettable vacation.

      Owner Response: Stacy, Thank you so much for the fantastic review. It was our pleasure having all of you and we are thrilled that your first villa experience was so positive. We sincerely hope to see you back at Starfish soon!

    • Amazing Family Vacation!

      Reviewed by David P. from Atlanta, GA

      It's hard to write something about Starfish Villa that hasn't already been mentioned in a prior review but I will try. Our multi-generational group of 10 traveled to Montego Bay in late March to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. Among us were 6 adults and 4 kids ranging from age 4 through 9. To say we had an amazing time would be an understatement. From the moment our trip planning commenced with Anne last summer, it felt like her number one goal was to ensure that our needs were met, including some that we would have never thought of. From arranging a personal escort through customs and immigration at Montego Bay airport (and avoiding a massive line) to arranging for car seats in our personal mini-bus to the villa and ensuring that were didn't miss the end of Caribbean Lobster season, Anne and her team were able to anticipate ways to make our trip effortless and focused on relaxing and having fun. As for the house itself and the amazing staff, the reviews here are certainly on point. The pictures do a great job of helping to get you excited about your stay but it isn't until you walk into the house and check out all of the beautiful bedrooms and outdoor spaces that you realize what a special place this is. The water in the lagoon is a color that doesn't even seem real and the entire back portion of the house is an indoor/outdoor paradise. Many folks on here have sung Chef Mazie's praises and you can count us among some of her biggest fans. In addition to everything being deliciously prepared and beautifully presented, she went out of her way to accommodate our group of kids who can be picky eaters for sure. Don't be surprised to see her on Top Chef or Chopped one day soon! Since none of us have ever experienced having a butler before, I'm not sure any of us knew what to expect from the amazing Rochester. Part bartender, part social chairman and part camp counselor, Roc took great care of all of us and made sure that everyone was having fun and relaxing. He even served as first mate on a snorkeling/fishing trip that he helped arrange which was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. And finally, I have to recognize Erica and Julieth who seemed to be everywhere helping to make sure we were comfortable in the house at all times. All and all a fantastic trip and we will certainly be looking forward to another chance to vacation at Starfish Villa very soon!

      Owner Response: David Thank you for the lovely review. We can't wait to see you back at Starfish. We can't agree more regarding the Starfish team, they truly are second to none!

    • Absolute magic

      It’s difficult to equate and give the reader this experience as I still cannot believe since returning that we had such a wonderful holiday. Compared to any other vacations this was absolutely amazing and Four seasons or Ritz could not even come close . From being whisked through the VIP arrival at the airport to the most amazing house and staff. The meals were gourmet- nothing gets my daughter out of bed so to see her leaping up for Ms Maise’s Pancakes and breakfast feast was awe inspiring. We had 5 mons with daughters on this trip and Rochester’s fresh fruit smoothies were the best. His personality kept the girls engaged and the boat trip was another highlight - captain Morgan brought us to the best spots. You can really tell these guys love their job and the respect and love we received was so genuine. I really miss Jamaica and cannot wait to return- we are already planning our next trip - my daughter is cleaning her room every day motivated for another visit to starfish- ms maise needs to write a cookbook or else come and visit us in Boston in the meantime! Thank you so much for your hospitality- Kathryn and Lauren ;

      Owner Response: Thank you for this lovely review! We can't wait to have you back at Starfish in the very, very near future.

    • Beautiful Property - better than a 5-star hotel!

      Reviewed by karin m.

      The pictures look impressive, but in person it's even that much better! We visited recently on a mom/daughter trip (all girls ages 9-14) and couldn't have been more relaxed and happy. The food was incredible (Maize is a gourmet chef!). The service was top-notch (Rochester's drinks and personality made the trip!). The maintenance of the property was impeccable. We felt like anything we could possibly want or need was already anticipated before we even asked. We went on a boat excursion to go snorkeling and sight-seeing which the kids are still talking about. The captain was amazing ~ in short, anyone we encountered that was associated with the starfish was inviting and professional. From the minute we landed and were met by someone helping us through customs, until the time we left we had no care in the world! Thank you so much for such great memories - we are already planning our return trip!

      Owner Response: Karin Thank you for the kind words. We are hoping that this mother daughter trip becomes an annual vacation! We can't wait to have you back again soon.

    • Stop looking and start booking

      Reviewed by Adrienne M. from Germantown, WI

      We are an extended family of 8 (6 adults, 2 kids aging 8-60yo) & we all can’t stop talking about the vacation of a lifetime! There may be other options THAT look similar to starfish because they are in the same gated community but starfish is in a class of its own. The furnishings are upscale, the staff is warm, friendly & amazing Mazie made food that was truly amazing. The attention to detail and pampering starts the moment you get off the airplane & sails through your entire vacation regardless if it’s a day by the pool or an excursion , everything is covered. I’ve done high class cruising, fully staffed villas and all-inclusive resorts, so I feel I have a good base to judge our experience. The Staff Chef Mazie- a genuinely sweet, loving soul who's smile will warm your heart & who’s food will tantalize your taste buds. When the other reviewers say don’t bother going out for dinner, please believe them. My fav’s coconut curry pumpkin soup, salmon, escovitch fish, tenderloin, scallop potatoes, salsa and artichoke dip and her deliciously homemade salad dressing (bottle it baby, I’m ready to buy). Butler Rochester - his fun-loving nature, gleaming smile , attention to details & his mixology skill bring the vacation to a whole new level. Plus he also rocks an apron like no man I have ever met! What time is it??? House keepers- silent and efficient, They did an excellent job keeping the home sparkling. The vacation wouldn’t have been the same without their tireless help. The house/grounds The outside entertainment area was the highlight for us with great seating area and a sound system that will blow your mind. We were struck most with the beautiful furnishings & the very comfortable beds. The beach is way bigger than I anticipated from the pictures & there was plenty of room for sandcastle building. Use the kayaks to go across the bay to the end of the rock point & snorkel there for free. Its not fabulous snorkeling but you’ll see lots of fish if you go to the resort side. Final tips Figure out the menu ahead of time, sit down with Mazie to finalize, have her pair up the sides to the mains ahead of time so you know what to expect from app’s to desert & bring a copy of your original list to the store Spend at least ½-1 day away, experience some of Jamaica Go to blue hole instead of dunns river (less crowded & more fun) Rent the boat, we love marc and captain Many may say it, but I mean it the Maurer’s will be back.

      Owner Response: Adrienne, It was such a pleasure having your family. Thank you for that AMAZING review. Rock said he learned so much from your kids and their amazing snorkeling discoveries. We can't wait to welcome you back to Starfish sometime very soon!

    • Beautiful Villa+Amazing Staff= Perfect Vacation!!

      Reviewed by Roger B.

      We were a group of five couples who were looking for a place to relax, decompress and have some fun, boy did we find all of that and more at Starfish Villa! From the moment we contacted Anne we knew this was a special place. Anne was so responsive to our many questions often getting back to us within an hour or two. When we arrived in Jamaica there was a gentleman waiting for us who expedited us through customs and immigration. Dwayne was waiting right outside the door to drive us to Starfish Villa. When we arrived at the Villa the staff of Miss Juliet, Erica, Mazie and Rochester (Rock) were waiting at the door to greet us with chilled hand towels and cold rum drinks! What makes Starfish Villa so special isn’t the fact that the house is so beautiful (because it is BEAUTIFUL!!!) it’s Mazie, Rock, Miss Juliet and Erica. These four do everything in their power to make sure your stay is everything you dreamed it would be. Mazie’s food is outstanding!!!! We were so glad we listened to the other reviews and stayed in for dinner. Mazie cooks with love and it shows! Rock is a Rockstar who makes a mean cocktail, can set a table that would make Martha Stewart jealous and basically can make whatever you request happen. Miss Juliet and Erica are quiet and sweet in personality but these ladies never stop moving. The house was always clean and pristine! We rented the boat one day and enjoyed the company of Captain Allen and his fishing guide Brunelle. He took the men out in the morning to go deep sea fishing and then we all went out later in th day to go snorkeling and watch the sun set. We caught a mahi mahi which Mazie then prepared into delectable fish sticks for our snorkeling trip! On our last full day we took an excursion to the Blue Hole, it is a bit of a drive and the drive home took even longer due to hitting Friday evening rush hour traffic so my advice would be to go earlier in the day or not on a Friday. But it was a fun day never the less and it was made even better because Mazie and Rock joined us!! The house was plenty big enough for everyone to have their own space but somehow by the end of the day we would all end up at the end of the dock sipping on one of Rock’s creations and watching the sun set. When our co-workers ask if this vacation was everything we dreamed it would be the answer is absolutely YES!! It was an amazing vacation and although we were sad to leave, we made a few new friends for life!!!

      Owner Response: Roger Thank you so much for this spectacular review and for also choosing Starfish Villa. I think your review perfectly captures what's special about Starfish and why it stands out from many other vacation homes. It truly is a home away from home. I know that the team hopes to welcome back your group soon. Amazing guests make for great holidays!

    • AMAZING!!!

      Reviewed by Toni C.

      If I could give Starfish Villa 10 stars, I would! We were a group of 10 women on our annual girls trip. We were in awe from the moment we arrived (we were greeted with delicious rum punch and cool lavender scented towels) to our tearful goodbyes (four of us cried when it was time to go). The accommodations are clean and comfortable and the views are amazing. The entire staff (Dwayne, Erica, Juliette) was so respectful, helpful, knowledgeable, and just overall good people. The true stars are Mazie and Roc. We LOVED them! Mazie is an exceptional cook! Every meal was delicious and prepared to perfection. We ate out a few times and we all couldn’t wait to get back home to Mazie’s cooking! They changed the table linens every meal, which was a very nice touch. She loved on us so much and has such a kind, quiet, gentle spirit. We started referring to her as Mama Mazie. Roc is awesome as well! He kept the drinks flowing and they were always strong and tasty. Roc is such a sweetheart and he was very protective of us during our stay. He was like a brother to all of us and made our time in Jamaica memorable and downright fun! Mazie and Roc made this house a home for us and it was like visiting family. You cannot go wrong with Starfish Villa. Hands down, the best girls trip we have ever gone on!! We cannot wait to return!!

    • Best Family Vacation Yet!

      Reviewed by Brandon B. from Allen

      As a family that is spread throughout the country from Anchorage, Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York City, we value any opportunity we have to come together as one large group. Without a doubt, our time at Starfish was the highlight vacation for all of us. With ages varying between 2 years old and 66 years old, this place had everything we could ask for. We arrived in Jamaica in three separate groups, yet were all greeted in the jet way and whisked through customs. Within 45 minutes of landing, we were sipping delicious rum punch made by Rochester. Rochester aka Rock was really appreciated for his willingness to cater to whatever we wanted. He took all requests with a smile on his face and a positive attitude. During the trip Rochester was our chief mixologist. He never backed away from a challenge and even perfected a skinny, spicy, margarita that my sister in law declared the best she has ever had. Whether he was taking requests for individual drinks, making large batches of Jamaican Delight or Rum Punch, the beverages were spectacular. He even took the time to spoil my girls ages 2 and 6 with special fruit smoothies topped with whip cream that never failed to bring a smile to their face. Miss Maize was a dream. I told my wife if she weren’t so pretty, I would seriously consider leaving her for Miss Maize’s cooking. With no exaggeration whatsoever, it was some of the best food we ever have had. Her soups were creative and fantastic. If you book, get a soup with every meal. You will not regret it. The main courses are spectacular and Maize will sit down with you to plan the menu and then accompany you shopping so all the proper ingredients are purchased. She has a positive and energetic demeanor and her efforts were evident in everything she did. Maize runs the household, and she does a fantastic job! While spending time at Starfish, there is also a full time maid staff that takes care of everything behind the scenes. When the entire family sat down for breakfast, the staff was quick to attend to the rooms, make the beds, pick up any mess, and arrange things for you to perfection. The highlight of the house has to be the outdoor living area. Our family congregated there throughout the day and evening and really enjoyed sitting in the warm weather, sipping cool drinks, and watching world cup soccer on the large screen TV. All of our meals were also taken outside and we loved it. My advice, book this house now.

      Owner Response: Brandon Thank you so much the for wonderful, kind words. Your family was a dream to have and we hope to see you all back very soon!

    • First Class Experience

      Reviewed by Julie E. from Atlanta, GA

      Wow, just wow! My stay at Starfish Villa was perfect all the way around. From the first interactions with the owner Anne till the day we departed was all a great experience! This was for my 50th Birthday celebration and I could not have found a better place to host this special occasion. The house is beautiful and very well kept. The outdoor living area rivals any resort. We loved relaxing by the pool in the day and sitting out on the dock in the evenings. The beds are very comfy and the bedrooms and the layout of the home is great for 5 couples. Anne even surprised me with a bottle of wine for my 50th birthday....very thoughtful. But what REALLY makes this place special is the Starfish staff....that is what takes this villa to the next level. Mazie is an "AMAZING" chef! Every meal was so delicious and a special treat. Mazie loves to cook and it shows in the taste of each meal prepared. Oh how I miss her cooking now that I'm back home!!!! Roc is the most fun butler you will ever meet! He always had us laughing and we loved trying all his wonderful drink creations. You will never find him without a smile on his face. And then Juliet and Erika are the housekeepers and they are like magic elves. You finish breakfast and your bed is made. Then after dinner you go to your room and there is water by your bed. It is all these nice extra touches that make Starfish so wonderful. And let's not forget the great Captain Prento....rent the boat...it's so much fun! We also enjoyed massage services provided by Marsha and team....they were the best we have experienced. My friends and family will never forget this vacation. It was so special and I'm grateful for Anne and the Starfish dream team. Thank you for everything and I hope to return again one day! You guys are the best!

    • Impressive!! WONDERFUL Vacation!

      Reviewed by Angela G.

      This was a great vacation villa — went well above and beyond our expectations! The property is truly beautiful, well-maintained and immaculate (I’m a stickler for cleanliness, so this was really important to me). The owner took great care to provide us with all the details needed to ensure we had a great vacation. From the pickup at the airport and assistance through immigration to the AMAZING staff and relaxing environment, this was truly a memorable experience. I booked this trip to give me and my sisters an opportunity to bond, and bond we did! We bonded over amazing meals by Mazie (authentic Jamaican dishes and delicious baked deserts), drinks by the pool (Roc is a genius at mixology), dancing to music pumped throughout the house, and relaxing in a spacious and comfortable environment. I have and will continue to recommend this location to friends and family. THANK you Starfish for providing us a truly rememberable vacation!

    • AMAZING

      Reviewed by kristin s. from Fort Pierce, FL

      I cant say enough good things about this beautiful home and the amazing people who make it extraordinary! It was one of my MOST favorite vacations! I will be returning without a doubt!

    • Fantastic stay with family

      Reviewed by YS S.

      Our experience at Starfish was even better than the reviews promised. We were two families vacationing with adult children, 9 in total. The property is absolutely beautiful. It was out first time renting a home - we had always vacationed in a large resort. The stay at Starfish was next level, and as previous reviewers have said, this is because of amazing Mazie, and her staff. Each meal looked and tasted outstanding. The table was always set beautifully by Rock. I especially enjoyed the indoor/outdoor spaces with ceiling fans. It was very hard to leave this house and these special people. It truly felt like home. Fortunately we are planning our return next year!

      Owner Response: We hope to see you back soon. It was a pleasure hosting your family and can't wait to welcome you back again.

    • Amazing!

      Reviewed by Elizabeth R.

      What an amazing vacation experience! First of all, the pictures are very realistic, what you see online is exactly as Starfish Villa appears. What cannot be captured in photos is the amazing open air feel and how pristine the staff keeps the house and grounds all day every day. This was our first time to Jamaica, we were 2 families of 4 plus a nanny and the house was perfect for us. The people in Montego are so friendly and happy, it really was refreshing! Every bedroom was beautiful with plenty of closet space and bathroom space. To say the staff was so nice and accommodating is a complete understatement. Maize’s cooking is amazing, she was very easy and understanding with the kids requests. The Roc was always there to help us plan, make us drinks, pack a beach bag, check in, play with the kids, drive us to the beach club, put on music, etc, etc. the housekeeping staff kept everything tidy and spotless and you didn’t even notice they were there. The bay that the community is on is breathtaking and I really can’t say enough, this is definitely the way to vacation! In a whole sea of positives, the only things less than perfect for us were that we could not swim in the ocean in front of the house due to jellyfish there the time of year we stayed (although you can still wade and play on the beach) and the pool is not heated which was not a problem for anyone other than my 4 year old and he did finally get in and have a blast.

    • Amazing Stay!!

      Reviewed by Matthew W.

      Where to begin.... The house was amazing. So clean, so big, and perfect for 7 adults a 4 young kids. We still had a extra bedroom for kid nap time. Ms. Mazie....was incredible. Every meal was perfect....5 stars. She even woke up at 1 am and drove us to the hospital when our little one spiked a bad fever. ROC! The drink specialist and great guy. He made us feel welcome and was always on his game. I still dont know if he let me beat him in ping pong. We are planning our next trip in 2 years. Dont hesitate. Book this house.

      Owner Response: We can't wait to welcome you back! We are excited that your visit was everything you expected.

    • True vacation

      Reviewed by Dan R.

      Anne, Mazie and Roc - thank you for a great stay, we truly enjoyed it. To have every need taken care of made it a real treat for parents and kids alike :) We enjoyed the hospitality and your home greatly, and would recommend it to our friends!

    • Amazing Tropical Getaway

      Reviewed by Lindsay J from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

      I don't even know where to start - I spent a week at Starfish Villa with my fiance and wished our vacation lasted much longer. The property is beautiful and provides all the amenities you could possibly want in a vacation rental. The poolside/dock outdoor setting is fantastic - you can't beat the views of the lagoon at sunrise or sunset, and our room was spacious and luxurious. Our location was perfect for day trips to Doctor's Cave or the Appleton Estate as well - though we would have been perfectly content to hang out on the poolside loungers each day! Beyond the property and location, Miss Maizie's cooking was incredible - we had dinner at a couple of local restaurants while we were there, but nothing compared to what she cooked up for us! I will definitely be recommending this to anyone - couples or families - planning a trip to Montego Bay.

    • Birthday trip to Jamaica

      Reviewed by Aarti from New York

      My friends and I rented this home to celebrate my 30th birthday in Jamaica last October. We still can't stop talking about how much fun we had. This house is incredibly beautiful! Stunning views, comfortable rooms, great outdoor space, pool and ocean front. The staff was incredible. Miss Mazie had a daily menu that was comparable to any top restaurant in New York city, and we are not a very easy crowd to please. Our butlers were also very nice and always available to mix drinks for us by the pool amongst any other request we had throughout the day. We also did a few day trips which they helped us prepare for by packing towels and coolers to take with us. I highly recommend Starfish Villa for a fun filled, safe and memorable experience in Jamaica. If I could give it 6 stars I would.

    • 5 Star Caribbean villa was our dream home away from home

      Reviewed by Okanagan Living from Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

      Starfish villa was our luxury 'home away from home' during our recent family holiday in Montego Bay. It had everything we needed to feel completely comfortable and pampered: ocean-side location with an infinity pool, large outdoor living spaces and a gorgeous and airy interior, wonderful and attentive staff. Our teenagers loved the poolside loungers, WiFi, paddleboards, table-tennis; while our 9 year old made full use of the pool, caught crabs and built sand castles. Mom and dad played tennis and enjoyed gorgeous sunsets with drinks on the dock. We miss having morning coffee and breakfast on the patio! Miss Mazie's food was fantastic, she will make you anything you request and we really enjoyed local dishes like ackee and saltfish, curried goat, rice and peas, lobster and fried fish. The location was also perfect if you are interested in seeing more of Jamaica. We didn't have a car, but that was no problem - staff made arrangements for a private minibus and driver to take us on day trips to Negril, Appleton Estates, Doctor's Cave beach, and Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. Fantastic outings - we had an especially unforgettable time climbing Dunn's River Falls (those photos will definitely be on next year's Christmas card!). Starfish is an amazing property and we would definitely stay there again.

    • Just like living in paradise!

      Reviewed by shannon v.

      Everything about our stay at Starfish Villa was perfect. The house is beautiful - so clean, open and airy with large rooms and decorated exquisitely. The property is stunning - sunset views every night over the infinity pool and great, comfortable seating areas. Better than anything though, is the service. They take care of everything and Chef Mazie is a culinary genius - I wanted to bring her home with me! A great place for a family or a few couples. I'll be back!

    • star villa

      Reviewed by pg from TORONTO

      beautiful place amazing food and service- if there was a ten star rating this place would get it.

    • A"MAIZIE"ING!! Spectacular views, service and fun in a 5-star water-front villa

      Reviewed by anna w.

      We recently had an amazing stay at Starfish Villa! We were two families on spring break with teeenage boys. What made our trip were the 5-star accommodations and food and service. Every room was either a very comfortable king or queen, very nicely decorated with all the amenities you would ever need. We arrived greeted by the house chef Mazie, Rochester the butler and Dotlin (sp?) the housekeeper with a tray of freshly made rum drinks and punch for the boys. When we walked into the house and saw the spectacular views we knew our trip was off to a great start. What really made our vacation was the specatular food by chef Mazie. Every morning, lunch and dinner we had a five-star meal or could dial it down to something simple if wanted. Her jerk chicken is not to be forgotten, cooked callalou with our morning eggs A+, and fresh coconut cream pie and chocolate mousse pie for dessert (our boys were in heaven) not to be forgotten, among many other memorable meals. My younger son says that the service was what made the trip - service that felt like family. We were hugging everyone when we left. This house has a beautiful pool and is right on the water with two paddle boards and a double kayak. There are tennis courts in the gated community and a little gym (nothing fancy here but there is another gym right across the street with yoga, spin etc...) We had friends who rented another house across the street so it made our trip even more fun. Please don't hesitate renting this house. It would be ideal for family reunion or families traveling together. If you want to do any sight seeing a driver can easily be arranged. We went ziplining one day. Very fun! A final note - the owners made sure we were well taken care in advance of our trip arranging travel, food and other requirements. They were such a pleasure to do business with - we really hope to go back! Please don't hesitate to be in touch with me if you have any questions.

    • A week in paradise!!!!!

      Reviewed by Leah M from Baltimore, MD

      We just returned from a week long stay at Starfish Villa. Everything about the vacation was great! The owner was very helpful and friendly throughout the booking process and in planning our trip. Once we arrived we had everything that we needed and more. We love to travel and this was one of the most relaxing vacations that we have ever taken. The house is lovely and well appointed. The open floorpan allowed us to spend lots of time outdoors (a wonderful change from the cold and snowy winter back home). The infinity pool was beautiful and the views were amazing. We were able to see beautiful sunsets each evening from the dock while enjoying cocktails and snacks. We also took advantage of the kayak and paddle boards. The best thing about the visit was the villa staff. Miss Mazie, the chef, cooked delicious and creative meals. Our favorites were the jerk chicken, coconut cream pie, callaloo, key lime pie, and homemade salsa. Rochester the butler also catered to our every need and we enjoyed his master bartending skills. Dotlynn ensured the house was also picked up and clean each day. All in all, we had a fabulous time and we hope to go back again soon!

    • Simply wonderful!

      Reviewed by A guest from Virginia beach, Va from Virginia beach, Va

      This vacation was an office reward for an awesome 2015. The house is lovely and provided us with ample room to relax, rest, and refresh. We enjoyed getting to know Chef Mazie, Butler Rochester and Housekeeper Dotlynn and wished they could have returned with us to the US! Mazie's cooking is fabulous. Having never vacationed in a fully staffed house, it took a few days to get used to TRULY not having to lift a finger. Rochester is so funny and personable and he and Dotlynn have learned the perfect balance of helping out but giving us space. The house is beautifully decorated and very comfortable whether you were in the air conditioned bedrooms, open living spaces or out by the pool. There are many books, board games, video games, movies to keep you entertained if desired. TV's available in every room too and strong wifi throughout the house and exterior patios. With a bathroom available for every bedroom, it easily accommodated our group of adults. A few suggestions: a small motorized boat would have been awesome to get to the reef at the mouth of the lagoon. With our large group, and the winds, some days it was too difficult to make it all the way out there. For those who did, they said the reef was much better than the one we paid to go to out of Ocho Rios. We weren't prepared to pay cash for everything. It would have been helpful to allow a check or credit card for food expenses, as we needed an ATM run to have enough money. No one wanted to leave when our time was up. We would have even left with the house cat Domino if we could have figured out a way to do it. The "Last Supper" out on the dock by candlelight was an absolute highlight ending with lighting of the candle hot air balloons. Truly a special night! We would absolutely rent this house again and again and again.

    • Friend's 30th birthday

      Reviewed by Aarti from New York

      I stayed at the starfish villa for my girlfriends 30th birthday. It was one of the most beautiful and intimate birthday celebration i have ever attended. The house was so gorgeous and the views it offers are breathtaking. Every room had the proper things to comfortably accomodate guests. The staff were extremely friendly and always willing to go above and beyond to make sure everyone was having a pleasant stay. Every morning the villa employees made the rooms and made sure everything was spotless throughout the day. The food and fresh juices provided were delicious and plentiful. The outdoor area is very enjoyable. The infinity pool, paddle boards, comfy outdoor furniture and tranquil lagoon are set to fulfill any mood you are in. Starfish villa is in a safe location close to several good restaurants and a quick drive from the bustle of the montego bay city center. I highly recommend this villa to anyone.

    • SPEECHLESS....just SPEECHLESS!!!!

      Reviewed by falisa t.

      The moment you walk into the home, you get a glimpse of what heaven will be like! Simply AMAZING! I celebrated my birthday with a group of friends 6 men, 6 women and I promise you each of us teared up when it was time to say goodbye to the PHENOMENAL staff and leave the BEAUTIFUL Starfish Villa! The villa was hands down one of the BEST of ever stayed in. The furniture, decorations, outdoor living, pool, beach, everything was hands DOWN the best! Amazing Mazie (that's her new name) cooked meals fit for a queen, king and the President! Every bit of her heart and should went into her food and you could taste it! Rochester (the Roc) made sure NOTHING was missed in my celebration. He went out of his way to make sure every detail was executed with the finest details. Ask him to set up a picnic on the lawn or dinner on the pier and watch his magic go to work! Dothlyn (little shorty) absolutely BLEW my mind! I think she was under our bed because every time there was a wrinkle on the sheet, she would straighten it out. I've NEVER seen any housekeeper that did the job she did. She is the foundation of that home! I'm in tears writing this review, because each person on that staff did their job with pure love and joy. It was genuine--nothing more! Anne, you ROCK and the staff you hire is a testament to the person you are! Thank you for allowing us to spend a week at your home! We can't WAIT to return!

      Owner Response: Falisa! From the moment I got your email I knew the type of person you were, an amazing, spirited individual. Thank you for your kind words and we sincerely hope to host you back at Starfish in the near future.

    • Starfish Villa is a "True Story"!!

      Reviewed by nicole G.

      How do Fairy tales begin...."There once was a villa named Starfish, on the wonderful Isle of Jamaica!" Although I jest, vacationing at Starfish was truly a fairy tale for my family and I. What you see is what you get! The pictures of the villa are exactly how it looks in person. The property is emaculate! Upon arrival we felt immediately at home. Mazie and Rochester greeted us outside with Rum Punches for the adults and a coconut beverage for the kids. We had 8 in our group ranging from age 65 to 6 yrs old and the house and staff accommodated all of our wants and needs. We spent most of our time in the outdoor living area and the kids spent most of their time in the pool. Rochester had the tunes playing for us all day everyday, ranging from Top 40 to Reggae. Let's talk food. From the setting of the table to the presentation of the food. Every meal was like an event for us. My group are big foodies so we were super impressed by Mazie's delicious cooking. It wasn't what she cooked, as we picked our menu and obviously have had these foods before. It was how she cooked and prepared it. The twist she put on it, the seasoning, the flavors. When we left to fly home and had a layover in Miami, we checked into a hotel and the 6 yr old said "..but who is going to cook for us??". I think that says it all. Above and Beyond. There was a ping pong table and Rochester was nice to play with my 8 yr old. And when the 6 yr old got sick, Mazie and Rochester helped us nurse her back to health and helped us keep an eye on her. There were board games and the owner was nice enough to provide us with pales and sand toys for the beach which the 6 yr old played with happily a the beach at MargaritaVille in Negril. She also prepared a little welcome basket for us with snacks and treats. Day Trips: We were there for 6 days and we took 2 day trips, one to Ocho Rios and one to Negril. Rochester secured a driver for us, $35 round trip for adults and $20 for the kids. This is not a bad price as he not only drove us there and back but he stays out in the parking lot and waits. Ultimately, it was the staff that made our trip amazing. They were personable, kind, funny. Mazie won the fam over with her cooking, laugh and dancing. Rochester won us over with his smile, hospitality and charm and had the whole fam saying "True Story!" It has become a part of our normal vernacular back at home. We simply can't stop saying it...lol...."True Story"

    • SIMPLY AMAZING!

      Reviewed by Alicia C.

      The week we just spent at Starfish Villa cannot be described. I've taken many vacations in my 60 years of life, but this one exceeded anything I've ever experienced. Our group of 10 (7 adults and my 3 Grandkids) all cried as we hugged our amazing Team to say our goodbyes. They all became part of our family in just 7 nights. They were not only professional, but also detail-oriented, caring, fun and totally dedicated to making our days and nights special. Chef Mazie cooked spectacular meals every day, making sure everyone's favorite dishes were included. "The Rock" (who is extremely smart and intuitive) made sure everything was perfect and was always available to indulge us; "True Story!" Starfish was impeccably clean with gorgeous views, orange sunsets at the dock, beautiful furnishings, large comfortable bedrooms and everything we could possibly need. We were pampered at all times and enjoyed every moment of our stay. I would give it "10" stars if that was possible! It's been two days since we got back and we all can't stop talking about our week at Starfish. THANK YOU ANNE & YOUR ENTIRE STARFISH TEAM FOR THESE MEMORIES THAT WE'LL ALWAYS TREASURE!

    • The absolute BEST!

      Reviewed by Justin P.

      Our stay at the Starfish Villa was simply amazing. It by far exceeded every expectation we could have had. The house was beautiful and spacious just as the pictures portray. The staff was AMAZING!!! Mazie's cooking and hospitality was unbelievable. Never disappointed. The Rock, he is the man! Anytime we asked for anything he was right there to make sure we got it and answered every question we had, and made sure we got to do all the activities we wanted, from playing Golf, taking the yacht out, seeing the luminous lagoon and just being waited on hand and foot. The starfish staff made this trip unforgettable. We were sad to leave but left feeling like we had new international friends. We look forward to our next Starfish Villa vacation!

    • Can't say enough good things about Starfish Villa!

      Reviewed by Kerri H.

      From the moment I reached out to Anne (the owner) via vrbo to get information on Starfish Villa to leaving there giving big hugs to Mazie, Rochester and Juliette, my experience was absolute PERFECTION!! Anne was responsive and willing to provide as much information as needed. She answered my many questions patiently and thoroughly. Once we arrived at Starfish, the impeccable 5-star service continued. I cannot recount all of the wonderfulness here ... but, here are a few of the most AMAZING things ... absolutely delicious food at every single meal (we had American, Italian, Mexican, Jamaican and other Mazie originals (my husband simply could not get enough of her balsamic vinaigrette!)); the turndown service that included water left by our bedside, the impeccably clean and new facilities with every possible amenity you could need (from the high-quality toiletries to the paddle board to the board games to the lovely tablescapes that were different every time!), and the warm and friendly staff who wanted nothing more than to make us feel like we were at home and welcome. We had 2 grandmas, 2 toddlers, and 2 adult couples in our group. Every single one of us absolutely THRILLED with the service and experience that we had here. I could go on and on ... bottom line: book Starfish as soon as you can for as long as you can!

      Owner Response: Kerri, Thank you so much for your kind words! Your family was an absolute delight and we hope to see you back sometime very soon.

    • Heaven on zearth

      Reviewed by Barbara R. from Birmingham, AL

      The villa is beautiful, the view spectacular, the sunsets indescribable, nothing can compare. The staff makes all your dreams come true. Such a peaceful and relaxing time. We stayed a week and only left the villa twice. We just did not want to leave. Every time we walked out to the deck on the water, we saw beautiful starfish. One of our group gave Mazie the nickname "Amazing Mazie". She really is amazing. She is a genius in the kitchen and she truly loves her job. Rochester is terrific. He can do it all. Mazie and Rochester seem to anticipate what you want. Dotlin and Juliette were wonderful as well. They all work together as a team. Let Mazie plan your menus. She is the expert. This was a dream come true and we plan to return same time next year. I cried when I left. Beautiful place, beautiful people and great time.

      Owner Response: Barbara, The team misses you already! Thank you for all the kind words and we look forward to welcoming you back to Starfish!

    • A fun stay at an amazing home

      Our group of 4 couples just finished a 5-night stay at Starfish and loved it. It was a truly unique experience having a chef (Mazie) and bartender/butler (Rochester) to help facilitate everything for us. The staff greeted us at the door and Mazie made the most amazing artichoke dip for us to get the week started. All the reviews on here do a great job explaining the experience, so here were a few things that I'd like to point out that were really nice surprises: * the pool is deeper than most in the US. It was more like 4feet deep which is great for hanging out and drinking in. * the tennis courts and lap swimming pool are only like 3 houses down. * the outdoor bar station is right next to the outdoor living space. * Duane the shuttle driver was awesome. Had great insight and was only $14 round trip per person when we went into town for Margaritaville and other things. * the wives lined up a masseuse through the staff to come right to the house and the wives loved it. The owner is very on point with emails throughout the booking process and answered all of my questions. There was a large number of jellyfish in the water near the property, thus we didn't swim in the ocean. We did use the kayak and paddle board some though. I'd highly recommend Starfish, and we may do a family trip in the future there.

    • Amazing Vacation!

      Reviewed by Dawn K.

      First I just want to say Thank You to the staff at Starfish. I am not sure where to begin.....When we arrived we were greeted at the airport and had no issues. The drive only took about 20 min to the house and when we arrived we where greeted with some cocktails and some appetizers. We had 6 adults 1 teenager and 4 kids and it was plenty of room for all of us. Let's start with Mazie (amazing Mazie) she made the most amazing food I have ever had. Our favorites were the Jerk Chicken, and the steak just melted in your mouth. We all miss her already and cant wait to come back. Rochester (Rock) truly made our experience very smooth and was very helpful with every question we had. The kids miss his smoothies and still talk about them everyday. I am pretty sure he made at least 100 smoothies during our stay. Our favorite excursion was the bluehole and the kids loved Ricks Cafe. The one thing that you should know is that you couldn't swim in the ocean at the house because there were so many jelly fish and the pool was really cold otherwise it was an amazing place and would go back in a heart beat. Thank you for the amazing stay! I have already recommended the house to a couple friends.

      Owner Response: Dawn, thanks so much for the kind words! It was a pleasure having your group at Starfish. We are so happy that the service was everything that you expected. Those pesky jellyfish seem to be a new thing and hopefully they won't stay long. Thank you for the referrals, we hope to welcome you back soon.

    • The second stay is even better than the first!

      Reviewed by Okanagan Living from Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

      Going back to Starfish for the 2nd time was just like going home - if your home is a fully staffed, luxury, ocean front villa. What a fantastic family vacation, our 10 year old and teenagers were so excited to return, it honestly was even better than we remembered. The spacious and open layout was relaxing and rejuvenating, with the outdoor living areas, pool and dock that we enjoyed so much last time. Table tennis was a new addition and we took full advantage of it! Mazie and Rochester looked after all of us so well, service was amazing and they are such nice people. Fantastic food and beverages - definitely recommend having Mazie plan your menus, you will not be disappointed. A highlight of this trip was the professional family photo shoot on the grounds - we looked gorgeous!! The owners arranged for a local photographer to come to the villa and the results were spectacular. Looking forward to planning our next escape to Starfish ...

      Owner Response: It was an absolute pleasure having you at Starfish again. Thank you for sharing some of your family photos with us, they really were amazing. We hope to see you back with us again sometime soon!

    • AMAZING! AMAZING! AMAZING!

      Reviewed by jody J.

      Amazing! That was definitely the word of the week. We could barely get out a sentence without using the word Amazing. First of all the staff was Amazing! I would give them 10 stars if I could. Amazing Mazie our chef made the most Amazing meals for us every day! Everything was perfect! The beautiful table settings at every meal were also enjoyable. Rochester spoiled us rotten all week. He never missed a beat! Miss D and Juliette kept everything spotless all week. They definitely took care of us. They felt like family to us on the first day. Everything all week was so perfect! The house was Amazing! Just as beautiful as the pictures. Everything top notch. Beds and linens extremely comfortable! We were a group of 5 ladies on girls trip. Everyone had their own room and bathroom. It was perfect. The outdoor area is where we spent most of our time. It's absolutely beautiful! I didn't see one bug the entire week! Now that was enjoyable. The weather was low 80's everyday. We did a day trip to Negril one day and went to Margaritaville and Ricks Cafe. Mazie's food is way better than anything we experienced there. The drivers we had all week were all great and very knowledgeable about the area. If there is anything you want to do or have done Rochester will make it happen for you. We asked for massages and within a couple hours we had 2 massage tables set up on the balcony and enjoying massages! We wanted to go to the hip strip to shop...he had a driver outside for us within the hour to take us. We were heartbroken to leave this place. We go on a girls trip every year and always try someplace new. I'm not sure how we are going to top this place! AMAZING!! Definitely recommend! Also the process of booking and making arrangements was a very smooth and effortless process as Anne was a pleasure to deal with and took care of everything on that end for us!

      Owner Response: Jody, Your group was an absolute pleasure and we hope that you will break your rule of going somewhere new and come back and see us again! Thank you for all the kind words.

    • When can we go back?

      Reviewed by andrew w.

      Hard to put the experience in words. It was the first place we've ever been to as a family where the pictures didn't even come close to doing it justice. Most places have good pictures and then you're a little disappointed when you arrive, but this was the opposite; Starfish was simply incredible. Our family loved Mazie, Rochester, Miss D, and Juliette. The food was incredible (let Mazie plan your meals), Rochester made amazing drinks and provided 5 star service, and Juliette and Miss D kept the place spotless. They truly think of every detail. We loved the table tennis and the tennis courts in the neighborhood. We ventured out on a couple boat trips, but other than that stuck pretty close to the house to simply enjoy everything about it. We can't wait to book a return trip and would highly recommend it to anyone. Much better than other houses we've rented and by far better than an all-inclusive resort.

      Owner Response: Andrew It was our pleasure having your group and we are all looking forward to seeing you again, soon hopefully!

    • PERFECT IN EVERY WAY!

      Reviewed by Gayle J.

      This home is simply gorgeous! Pictures don't do it justice. So very well appointed, super clean and really felt like home. The owners are accommodating, responsive and very friendly. Anne was a pleasure, taking care of everything! The service is top notch and the staff is in a word AMAZING! We had the most delicious meals prepared everyday for us by Chef Mazie, fun-filled cocktail hours with Rochester who mixes up the best cocktails and Juliette and Miss D kept the house spotless all week and provided the most lovely turndown service. The staff is professional yet so very sweet and immediately felt like family. They did everything in their power to ensure we had a memorable vacation. They staff/service really do make the experience. I frequent a lot of 5 star resort and the service provided at Starfish beats them all. I highly recommend this property, far better than what any resort has to offer. This was my 11th visit to Jamaica and absolutely the BEST. Best accommodations, best service, best food, best views, best people....I will be returning soon! Perfect in every way!

    • Absolutely Perfect!

      Reviewed by Thomas B. from Sacramento, CA

      The home itself is outstanding and coupled with the first class Starfish team, the entire experience was truly amazing! Starfish is a wonderful place for a relaxing getaway where you can kick back and not worry about a thing. The stunning sunset views, beautiful decor, expansive home, picturesque outdoor pool and patio all combine to create a very memorable experience. Rock, Mazie and the entire team arranged every detail and really made us feel at home. Mazie's cooking is tremendous and Rock's drinks (and attentiveness) were outstanding. The villa is used to accommodating larger groups, and the team was able to adapt really well to provide a unique and personalized service to our small family of 4. The small touches from poolside meals, dockside appetizers (and dinner), candlelit ambiance, and smoothies for our daughters really made for an unforgettable trip. We hope to visit again sometime and return to Starfish!

    • White Glove Service in a Tropical Paradise!

      Reviewed by shannon v.

      We felt welcomed and comfortable from the moment we arrived at Starfish Villa. Mazie met us at the door with cooling towels and Rochester had prepared us some lovely rum punch. The entrance to the house is quite majestic with a large living room that opens up onto the patio with infinity pool and ocean in the background. Breathtaking! The house is stunning with large designer decorated rooms, comfortable beds and furniture and the outdoor living area is perfect for parties, lounging by the pool, catching the baseball game on the large tv or having an amazing meal. The staff at Starfish Villa take the time and effort to ensure that everything is perfect including fresh tropical flowers in every room. Miss D and Juliet kept the house spotless, ensuring fresh towels and toiletries before we even knew we needed them! Mazie continues to be a culinary genius. She wanted to know what kinds of things we liked to eat and then went above and beyond our expectations with each meal. She made so many amazing treats for us: delicious local callaloo and fresh fruit smoothies for breakfast (with belgian waffles, strawberries and cream!); salads with chicken and shrimp and a fantastic jerk flavoured pasta salad for lunch; jerk chicken, beef tenderloin, and lobster for dinner and chocolate flan for dessert. The food was out of this world. Rochester, or "Roc" as we learned with time, was a new add to the Starfish team from our last visit and he is spectacular! No matter what we needed or wanted, Roc delivered. He is so calm and lovely and really takes pride in delivering a high end customer experience. Roc is a master mixologist and very helpful at offering up suggested beverages to suit your taste. He makes an amazing frozen margarita that you must try! He and Mazie also prepared delicious appetizers for us every afternoon including smoked marlin, artichoke dip and home made salsa and chips. Roc also helped arrange a private boat tour for us. We were able to see many lovely sights and spent several hours just off the boat at Doctor's Cave beach one afternoon. Overall, another great trip to the Starfish Villa at Lagoons. This is a vacation destination that you will talk about for years and will want to keep coming back to. We highly recommend Starfish Villa - 10+++ stars!!

      Owner Response: It was an absolute pleasure hosting your group! Please come back and visit us again soon.

    • OH.MY.GOODNESS.

      Reviewed by Carolyn B.

      The BEST vacation, ever. Property is so beautiful, every design detail so pleasing to the eye. Staff keeps it super clean, and are attentive to every detail. However, it is the chef and butler service that makes it beyond amazing--a warm, cheerful, hard-working team who made our group feel so special. Maizie produced 3 delicious meals per day; her beef tenderloin was fork-tender with a well-seasoned crust (Spectacular!) The lobster was SO good. Best I have ever had, hands down. Native dishes served upon request and also scrumptious. Fresh fruits and salads kept my weight gain to 4 lbs in 6 days. I can honestly say there are zero complaints. Filtered water was no problem for anyone--totally safe to drink and tasted good, surprisingly. Rochester, the handsome and charming Starfish butler, is wonderful as well. His smile and demeanor light up the room. Each meal was set at a beautiful table with colorful linens, pretty napkin folds, fresh flowers. "Rock" kept our glasses full of delicious concoctions; his bar tending skills were on point, with lovely presentation. No request was refused. He was so entertaining and endearing. In fact, do yourself a favor. Book now. You will not regret a moment of your stay. 10 Stars to the Starfish team, our new Jamaican family. Thank you to all of Starfish Villa. See you in 2019, if not sooner.

      Owner Response: Carolyn, Thank you so much for this wonderfully descriptive review! Your group was an absolute delight and we all hope to see you back sooner than 2019!

    • The Best Vacation of my LIFE

      Reviewed by Paula Q. from Virginia Beach, VA

      I have stayed in some very nice resorts over the years. Hyatt Regency in Grand Cayman many times, The Cove in Atlantis, many times, Peter Island, Turks and Caicos, and many other places. I love to travel. But more importantly I love to relax and rest. The moment we got out of the van we were made to feel as though we were at home. All of the reviews you read here simply do not paint the picture you experience. We left the property twice. Both times we all looked at each other and said, “Let’s go back.” We were 6 women traveling together and most of us meeting for the first time. We left with a bond and a love to continue to travel together and first on that list of places to visit………Starfish. Hands down, all of us want to make reservations to return asap. Everything you read about Mazie, Roc, Miss D, and Juliet are all true and then some. Not for a single second did any of us feel out of place or uncomfortable. We developed a friendship with these lovely people that will last a lifetime. My only complaint about this entire experience is I had to leave. I actually cried real tears. That was a first for me. Typically I’m the one rushing to get to the airport to come home. Not this time. I just wanted to stay, enjoy the hospitality, the friendship, the laughter, the amazing relaxation of the home and Mazie, Roc, Miss D and Juliet. Thank you for everything!

      Owner Response: Paula The team misses you all already! Your group was an absolute favorite! Please come back and see us soon!

    • Beautiful, relaxing Starfish Villa

      Reviewed by Terresa L. from Livingston

      Not sure even where to begin in an attempt to describe our stay at the Starfish. Our group of friends has taken an abundance of trips together (with this being our third time to Jamaica), but this trip, by far, exceeds them all in all realms. As for the time leading up to our arrival, booking with Anne was extremely easy and she was incredibly helpful answering any and all questions we had and then expounding further. She even recommended that we go off the map of usual activities and try “Paint and Sip”. We were the first group to try it at the house, and we think the staff loved watching us as much as we loved being in the middle of it. For an incredibly minimal charge, someone came to the house with all of the supplies needed for each of us to paint according to the directions of the instructor while Rock ensured that our cocktails remained full. It was an absolute blast, even for the men in the group. Now for more on the stay itself…the food was over the top amazing with our precious Mazie blowing our expectations out of the water at every meal. The food was all very fresh and the meals were all well balanced and presented in the most beautiful manner. She always managed to put a wide variety of items on the table, never being redundant in what was served. Another nice extra was the appetizers served each afternoon. She would create delicious bites of things ranging from artichoke dip to jerk meatballs, and again, she was always serving something new. It was more than evident that Mazie’s top priority was our happiness. She met with us on the day we arrived to learn about our likes and dislikes and she went over a thorough choice of menu items to make sure she could hit a home run with every meal for us, and she clearly did just that. She is a true master at her game. And then there was sweet Juliet and adorable, little Ms. D. They were continually cleaning, mopping, straightening, you name it, in an effort to make sure the house was immaculate. And the last, but definitely not the least, member of the staff to mention is Rochester, or as we quickly learned, “Rock”. Both Rock and Mazie were our go-to's for everything, but when it came to “hydration”, Rock always seemed to be right over our shoulder when our glasses were ready to be re-filled. He was superb at creating cocktails, both old and new for us, and he also went out of his way to make sure we were taken care of in any other aspect imaginable. He quickly became a regular fixture to our group,

      Owner Response: Our sip and paint guinea pigs! We are so happy you had a great time. Please, please come back and visit us again! You guys were awesome!

    • Pure Perfection

      Reviewed by Sherrell J.

      Starfish villa is absolutely beautiful and working with Anne from the very beginning was so easy. She's easy to work with, has great suggestions and was totally responsive. My group of 9 (ages 10 to 72) arrived and the driver was waiting for us. About 20 min late we arrived to Starfish to cool drinks and smiling faces. We were made to feel right at home. The home is gorgeous, really gorgeous and modern. It was my mom''s 72nd birthday and there was a cake available just as I'd asked. Our first dinner was oxtail's , rice and peas, cabbage and festival. It was all delicious. We also had lasagna, and the very best scalloped potatoes I've had in my life. I could go on and on about Ms. Mazie''s cooking. Also had an opportunity to go grocery shopping with Mazie. She is super fun! Now on to Rock. He was amazing as well. He made great cocktails and was most charming. When we went on excursions, he had our beach bags ready with towels, cooler packed along with snacks. He make the most beautiful table arrangements as well. The housekeepers were as sweet as pie and nothing was ever too much for this team who ended up feeling like family. You don't have to lift a finger...you will be pampered and awed beyond your wildest dreams. We had a photographer come in who did a wonderful job. Also had a local artist come in for a sip and paint. We had a blast. On our last night the staff prepared a table for us on the deck with candles and colorful lanterns in the pool. Do not hesitate..just book it. We stayed for 9 days and hated to leave our new family. One love Starfish!!!!

    • Pampered Vacation

      Reviewed by ronda w.

      I can't say enough good things about the Starfish Villa. The house is truly beautiful, but Maizy and Rochester made the vacation unforgettable. They are so attentive and friendly and we wanted for nothing. Ms. Maizy's meals were all delicious and she made a a special cake for us to celebrate the 4th of July. Rochester was awesome at his bartending skills and so helpful setting up our excursions. I highly recommend this vacation and we definitley will be going back.

    • THE BEST!

      Reviewed by Nanci C.

      My family and I just returned from a stay at Starfish. It was WONDERFUL. There were 9 women and 2 two year olds and we all loved our vacation. To start the owner Anne is fantastic. She responds to all questions, offers pre-visit planning and preparation, helps with information and request. She made the rental process stress free. I recommend doing Sip and Paint for a fun afternoon activity at home. From the time we were greeted by the welcoming staff until the moment of our regretful goodbyes we felt we were in paradise. As my 23 cousin put it "I feel like I died and went to Jamaica"... The house is gorgeous, the location, setting, and view are awe inspiring; the neighborhood is beautiful and we enjoyed morning walks there. As has been mentioned by other reviewers the staff is wonderful. Mazie's cooking, in a word, is perfection. We ate one meal away and vowed not to eat away from home again. She always made sure to accommodate everyone's tastes and special requests. Beside that she is a lovely soul. There's love in her cooking and we fell in love with her! Rochester is fabulous. He TOOK CARE OF US. We were pretty active and no matter what our plans for the day, everything we dreamed up to do Rochester made it happen; he made sure we always had everything we wanted and needed and was SO kind and warm; he's a mix master and we all agreed that both he and his creations were delightful! He is truly a DARLING - none of us wanted to leave him in Jamaica. Julieth and Tenezia were so sweet. They kept everything clean and provided a lovely turn down service. They made the house feel like home. They were wonderful with the little ones making sure they were included in things they like to do like feeding the fish. The Moms were especially touched by their thoughtfulness. My wish for everyone is that they get to experience as wonderful a vacation as we did here. Everything from my first interaction with the owner Anne, Mazie's stunning floral arrangements and incredible meals, Rochester's pampering and thoughtfulness, to the beautiful home and breathtaking setting made this vacation AMAZING. We have stayed at fabulous villas and resorts around the Caribbean and Starfish is certainly among them. But Mazie and Rochester are in a league of their own and we will always be grateful for their making this special family vacation one we'll remember forever. TRUE STORY...

      Owner Response: Nanci Thank you for all the kind words. We are so thrilled that your stay was everything that you hoped it would be. Easy guests make for great vacations! We sincerely hope to see you back at Starfish soon.

    • Best Ladies Unplugged trip ever!!!

      Reviewed by Michelle A. from Tomball, TX

      I am not sure that I have words to adequately describe how wonderful this villa and the staff are. We are a group of 10 professional women who get away every year to "unplug". Unplug from work, kids, significant others, extended family, social media, email, etc. Starfish Villa not only allowed us to do this but it exceeded all of our expectations. It started with booking the villa. Anne is absolutely amazing!! She helped us with every step of our planning from booking to transportation to menu selections. I cannot thank her enough for this. Planning a trip for 10 ladies is hard and she made it a breeze. Once we arrived in Jamaica, the staff took over and they were wonderful. Pick up from the airport was handled seamlessly. Upon arrival at the villa, we were greeted by two of the most beautiful souls we have ever met, Ms. Mazie and Rochester aka Rock. Ms. Mazie's food is by far some of the best I have ever had. She helped us pick out a menu and we asked her to make her favorite dishes. Wow!!! Every meal was delicious. We left the table each time beyond stuffed. So good!!! Rock took great care of us with the bar and helping us plan excursions, get to the gym, to the grocery store, etc. We never had to ask for drinks because usually, he was there handing us a new one. "True story"! Service at its best. We loved this villa so much that we are trying to decide if we will go somewhere else next year for Ladies Unplugged 2018 or just make Starfish Villa our annual getaway. I am really afraid that nothing else will ever compare to Starfish. Thank you all for allowing us to unplug and take a moment for ourselves. Because you were so wonderful, you allow us to return to our normal lives as the best moms, wives, friends, employees, that we can be.

      Owner Response: Michelle Starfish would love to see your group every year! You were such AMAZING guests, taking care of you ladies was so easy. Thank you for all your kind words.

    • The property was beautiful!!

      Reviewed by beth c.

      Thanks Anne for sharing your wonderful home & helping line things up for our arrival. We had a wonderful time. The house was amazing. We enjoyed just being at the house enjoying the beautiful scenery, or kayaking, or sitting on the wharf. Mazie cooked delicious meals and pampered us. Rochester recommended and booked activities or restaurants to visit. He made wonderful cocktails and spoiled us as well. It was a terrific experience! Thanks Starfish!

    • Unbelievable trip...

      Reviewed by Catharine S.

      We had a large group at the Starfish property to celebrate a 40th birthday. The trip ended up being one of the best vacations we have ever experienced. We had very little knowledge of Montego Bay prior to our arrival, and the owners made sure that every detail was taken care of in advance. Anne helped with dinner reservations, boat rental, grocery lists, etc. Once we arrived, the house and property were spectacular. We were greeted by the entire staff and it felt like a resort. The house has a perfect layout with 5 large bedrooms and plenty of outdoor space. We utilized the outdoor dining area and veranda area throughout our stay. The staff was simply incredible. Mazie, Rochester and the rest of the staff made the trip. We never had to lift a finger. The food was spectacular and we ended up canceling other dinner reservations to eat Mazie’s food instead. Rochester helped us with every detail while we were there, and he is an unbelievable bartender. Again, you feel like you are staying at your own private resort. We cannot say enough positive things about our experience. We will absolutely come back to Starfish and we have recommended the property to many of our friends.

      Owner Response: Cat Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure hosting your group, we couldn't have asked for better guests. Starfish can't wait to see you back here again, we hope it will be soon!

    • Better than expected, by a lot!

      Reviewed by Ashley J.

      I traveled to MoBay for a conference that was held at one of the local resorts and I decided to rent a beach villa and make a quick vacation out of it. Rochester (Roc) was waiting for us just outside the door of the airport and had us at the house in 15 minutes. The rest of the staff was waiting for us when we arrived and had Rum Punch and snacks waiting. Every aspect of the house exceeded expectations; Roc is a great host/bartender/driver/coordinator, the ladies do a great job keeping the house tidy and helping with whatever is needed, but the real Superstar is Miss Mazie and her amazing cooking. We had everything from quiet breakfast on the dock for 5 to a Lobster dinner for 15 and a Superbowl party for 30. Everything she cooked was awesome, and next time I come I will be planning to have her prepare every meal. The entire experience was great. You will love it. BTW- don't rent a car, just have Roc drive.

    • Like a vacation rental dream come true!

      Reviewed by Catherine P. from Toronto, Canada

      This is one of those vacation spots that will take your breath away! While the pictures on the listing give you a remarkably accurate idea of what the villa looks like, it is still that much better in person! You will probably spend a good deal of time just soaking in your surroundings, enjoying your room, and relaxing in the outdoor living areas. This place will meet your highest expectations, and if you are dreaming of relaxing and receiving VIP treatment, this is the place for you. Everything about this villa and property is deeply satisfying, from the design details inside to the immaculately maintained and picturesque property and ocean view. We felt the stress of our hectic lives back home just quickly melt away. Your craving for good food will be fulfilled by Mazie's incredibly delicious cooking – better than anything found at any of the island restaurants! Rochester will look after your every need - from keeping your favourite beverage close at hand, to driving you where you need to go, to helping with any activities or site-seeing adventures you may have in mind. If your request is possible, he will make it happen! The attention to detail by all staff is truly outstanding – each staff member went above and beyond to make sure we had the best possible time and that everything was perfect for us. We felt like we were at our own private, luxury resort. If you can tear yourself away from this slice of paradise, Montego Bay has some fabulous beaches to explore, and Ocho Rios and Negril are fairly close by and definitely worth a visit. The Great Houses on the island are a must for history buffs. I have traveled extensively all over the world, and I can truly say this is one vacation I will never forget. Thank you for some wonderful memories. My only complaint is that our visit was much too short!! A second visit is definitely on the horizon. Catherine & Peter, Toronto, Canada

      Owner Response: Catherine and Peter, Thank you both for these very kind words. We hope to have you join us again in the very near future.

    • Amazing Family Vacation!

      Reviewed by David P. from Atlanta, GA

      It's hard to write something about Starfish Villa that hasn't already been mentioned in a prior review but I will try. Our multi-generational group of 10 traveled to Montego Bay in late March to celebrate my father's 70th birthday. Among us were 6 adults and 4 kids ranging from age 4 through 9. To say we had an amazing time would be an understatement. From the moment our trip planning commenced with Anne last summer, it felt like her number one goal was to ensure that our needs were met, including some that we would have never thought of. From arranging a personal escort through customs and immigration at Montego Bay airport (and avoiding a massive line) to arranging for car seats in our personal mini-bus to the villa and ensuring that were didn't miss the end of Caribbean Lobster season, Anne and her team were able to anticipate ways to make our trip effortless and focused on relaxing and having fun. As for the house itself and the amazing staff, the reviews here are certainly on point. The pictures do a great job of helping to get you excited about your stay but it isn't until you walk into the house and check out all of the beautiful bedrooms and outdoor spaces that you realize what a special place this is. The water in the lagoon is a color that doesn't even seem real and the entire back portion of the house is an indoor/outdoor paradise. Many folks on here have sung Chef Mazie's praises and you can count us among some of her biggest fans. In addition to everything being deliciously prepared and beautifully presented, she went out of her way to accommodate our group of kids who can be picky eaters for sure. Don't be surprised to see her on Top Chef or Chopped one day soon! Since none of us have ever experienced having a butler before, I'm not sure any of us knew what to expect from the amazing Rochester. Part bartender, part social chairman and part camp counselor, Roc took great care of all of us and made sure that everyone was having fun and relaxing. He even served as first mate on a snorkeling/fishing trip that he helped arrange which was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. And finally, I have to recognize Erica and Julieth who seemed to be everywhere helping to make sure we were comfortable in the house at all times. All and all a fantastic trip and we will certainly be looking forward to another chance to vacation at Starfish Villa very soon!

      Owner Response: David Thank you for the lovely review. We can't wait to see you back at Starfish. We can't agree more regarding the Starfish team, they truly are second to none!

    • Everything you could ask for plus more!!!

      Reviewed by Stacy A. from Minnesota

      We had two families joined together for a week at Starfish Villa. Ages of our group were 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20 plus 2 couples. Starfish Villa and the staff accommodated for all ages. With the arrange of ages we had, we were apprehensive about food, safety, and the unknowns of renting a villa we had never been to in a foreign country. Anne the owner responded to every question and concerns we had. She reassured us regarding the safety. As she said, we arrived into a gated community with a guard and we felt very safe within the community and her villa. We were also nervous regarding the food. Mazy the chef is very professional in her kitchen and takes extra steps to be sure of the guests safety with cleaning the food extra well prior to cooking. Mazy does an AMAZING job cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner. We all wanted to take her home. She accommodated for the adults and the children with her meals. We received beautiful gourmet meals three times a day everyday and she doesn't miss a thing. In a previous review someone stated they went out to eat in town and had way better food prepared by Mazy. This is very true statement!! Roc the butler, went out of his way for us. He entertained us adults along with the children. He is the go to man, whatever you need he is on top of it. I forgot my SD card for my camera and Roc had one to me the next day. He made arrangements for golf, fishing, and massages. Roc is top notch bartender. The kids loved his smoothies as us adults loved his cocktails which were over the top in presentation along with being delicious to the taste. We rented Anne's 42' boat called Absolutely Special II for an afternoon of excursion. Highly recommend, we all had a great time. We fished and visited a beach. Roc and Captain arranged for a fishing guide to join us and as we caught fish which Mazy prepared for us for dinner. It was such a treat. Anne has a her own private captain for her boat. Captain is a great man who is certified and knows his way around the sea and the vessel. The photo's that are shared on VRBO are beautiful and you get exactly what you see. This Villa is very clean, the staff that does the cleaning doesn't miss a spot. Needless to say, the Starfish Villa, and its staff and the owner go out of their way to make you feel right at home and apart of their family. I can not say enough wonderful things about this villa and the people we met during this unforgettable vacation.

      Owner Response: Stacy, Thank you so much for the fantastic review. It was our pleasure having all of you and we are thrilled that your first villa experience was so positive. We sincerely hope to see you back at Starfish soon!

    • Beautiful Property - better than a 5-star hotel!

      Reviewed by karin m.

      The pictures look impressive, but in person it's even that much better! We visited recently on a mom/daughter trip (all girls ages 9-14) and couldn't have been more relaxed and happy. The food was incredible (Maize is a gourmet chef!). The service was top-notch (Rochester's drinks and personality made the trip!). The maintenance of the property was impeccable. We felt like anything we could possibly want or need was already anticipated before we even asked. We went on a boat excursion to go snorkeling and sight-seeing which the kids are still talking about. The captain was amazing ~ in short, anyone we encountered that was associated with the starfish was inviting and professional. From the minute we landed and were met by someone helping us through customs, until the time we left we had no care in the world! Thank you so much for such great memories - we are already planning our return trip!

      Owner Response: Karin Thank you for the kind words. We are hoping that this mother daughter trip becomes an annual vacation! We can't wait to have you back again soon.

    • Absolute magic

      It’s difficult to equate and give the reader this experience as I still cannot believe since returning that we had such a wonderful holiday. Compared to any other vacations this was absolutely amazing and Four seasons or Ritz could not even come close . From being whisked through the VIP arrival at the airport to the most amazing house and staff. The meals were gourmet- nothing gets my daughter out of bed so to see her leaping up for Ms Maise’s Pancakes and breakfast feast was awe inspiring. We had 5 mons with daughters on this trip and Rochester’s fresh fruit smoothies were the best. His personality kept the girls engaged and the boat trip was another highlight - captain Morgan brought us to the best spots. You can really tell these guys love their job and the respect and love we received was so genuine. I really miss Jamaica and cannot wait to return- we are already planning our next trip - my daughter is cleaning her room every day motivated for another visit to starfish- ms maise needs to write a cookbook or else come and visit us in Boston in the meantime! Thank you so much for your hospitality- Kathryn and Lauren ;

      Owner Response: Thank you for this lovely review! We can't wait to have you back at Starfish in the very, very near future.

    • Beautiful Villa+Amazing Staff= Perfect Vacation!!

      Reviewed by Roger B.

      We were a group of five couples who were looking for a place to relax, decompress and have some fun, boy did we find all of that and more at Starfish Villa! From the moment we contacted Anne we knew this was a special place. Anne was so responsive to our many questions often getting back to us within an hour or two. When we arrived in Jamaica there was a gentleman waiting for us who expedited us through customs and immigration. Dwayne was waiting right outside the door to drive us to Starfish Villa. When we arrived at the Villa the staff of Miss Juliet, Erica, Mazie and Rochester (Rock) were waiting at the door to greet us with chilled hand towels and cold rum drinks! What makes Starfish Villa so special isn’t the fact that the house is so beautiful (because it is BEAUTIFUL!!!) it’s Mazie, Rock, Miss Juliet and Erica. These four do everything in their power to make sure your stay is everything you dreamed it would be. Mazie’s food is outstanding!!!! We were so glad we listened to the other reviews and stayed in for dinner. Mazie cooks with love and it shows! Rock is a Rockstar who makes a mean cocktail, can set a table that would make Martha Stewart jealous and basically can make whatever you request happen. Miss Juliet and Erica are quiet and sweet in personality but these ladies never stop moving. The house was always clean and pristine! We rented the boat one day and enjoyed the company of Captain Allen and his fishing guide Brunelle. He took the men out in the morning to go deep sea fishing and then we all went out later in th day to go snorkeling and watch the sun set. We caught a mahi mahi which Mazie then prepared into delectable fish sticks for our snorkeling trip! On our last full day we took an excursion to the Blue Hole, it is a bit of a drive and the drive home took even longer due to hitting Friday evening rush hour traffic so my advice would be to go earlier in the day or not on a Friday. But it was a fun day never the less and it was made even better because Mazie and Rock joined us!! The house was plenty big enough for everyone to have their own space but somehow by the end of the day we would all end up at the end of the dock sipping on one of Rock’s creations and watching the sun set. When our co-workers ask if this vacation was everything we dreamed it would be the answer is absolutely YES!! It was an amazing vacation and although we were sad to leave, we made a few new friends for life!!!

    • Stop looking and start booking

      Reviewed by Adrienne M. from Germantown, WI

      We are an extended family of 8 (6 adults, 2 kids aging 8-60yo) & we all can’t stop talking about the vacation of a lifetime! There may be other options THAT look similar to starfish because they are in the same gated community but starfish is in a class of its own. The furnishings are upscale, the staff is warm, friendly & amazing Mazie made food that was truly amazing. The attention to detail and pampering starts the moment you get off the airplane & sails through your entire vacation regardless if it’s a day by the pool or an excursion , everything is covered. I’ve done high class cruising, fully staffed villas and all-inclusive resorts, so I feel I have a good base to judge our experience. The Staff Chef Mazie- a genuinely sweet, loving soul who's smile will warm your heart & who’s food will tantalize your taste buds. When the other reviewers say don’t bother going out for dinner, please believe them. My fav’s coconut curry pumpkin soup, salmon, escovitch fish, tenderloin, scallop potatoes, salsa and artichoke dip and her deliciously homemade salad dressing (bottle it baby, I’m ready to buy). Butler Rochester - his fun-loving nature, gleaming smile , attention to details & his mixology skill bring the vacation to a whole new level. Plus he also rocks an apron like no man I have ever met! What time is it??? House keepers- silent and efficient, They did an excellent job keeping the home sparkling. The vacation wouldn’t have been the same without their tireless help. The house/grounds The outside entertainment area was the highlight for us with great seating area and a sound system that will blow your mind. We were struck most with the beautiful furnishings & the very comfortable beds. The beach is way bigger than I anticipated from the pictures & there was plenty of room for sandcastle building. Use the kayaks to go across the bay to the end of the rock point & snorkel there for free. Its not fabulous snorkeling but you’ll see lots of fish if you go to the resort side. Final tips Figure out the menu ahead of time, sit down with Mazie to finalize, have her pair up the sides to the mains ahead of time so you know what to expect from app’s to desert & bring a copy of your original list to the store Spend at least ½-1 day away, experience some of Jamaica Go to blue hole instead of dunns river (less crowded & more fun) Rent the boat, we love marc and captain Many may say it, but I mean it the Maurer’s will be back.

      Owner Response: Adrienne, It was such a pleasure having your family. Thank you for that AMAZING review. Rock said he learned so much from your kids and their amazing snorkeling discoveries. We can't wait to welcome you back to Starfish sometime very soon!

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    • A week in paradise!

      Reviewed by Leah M from Baltimore, MD

      We just returned from a wonderful stay at Starfish Villa. Everything about the vacation was great! The owner was very helpful and friendly throughout the booking process and in planning our trip. Once we arrived we had everything that we needed and more. This was one of the most relaxing vacations that we have ever taken.The house is lovely and well appointed. The open floorpan allowed us to spend lots of time outdoors. The infinity pool was gorgeous and the views were amazing. We were able to see beautiful sunsets each evening from the dock while enjoying cocktails and snacks. We also took advantage of the kayaks and paddleboards.The best thing about the visit was the villa staff. Miss Mazie, the chef, cooked delicious and creative meals. Our favorites were the jerk chicken, coconut cream pie, callaloo and homemade salsa. Rochester the butler also catered to our every needed. Dotlyn ensured that the house was picked up and clean each day.All in all, we had a fabulous time and we hope to go back again soon.