We were hosted by Goblin Hill Villas at San San, but all opinions are our own.
WELCOME TO GOBLIN HILL
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Nestled among 12 lush acres, overlooking sparkling Jamaican white sand beaches and turquoise Caribbean water, Goblin Hill Villas have the perfect recipe for guest satisfaction in San San, Portland, Jamaica!
We have yet to stay anywhere else in the world that has given us such an adventurous and fulfilling experience. With it's tropical beauty, serene atmosphere, and divine people, Goblin Hill Villas at San San gave us a week full of mental and physical relaxation, new endearing friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.
We're excited to share our experiences and review one of Jamaica's most treasured gems!
LOCATION AND ARRIVAL
As we mentioned, Goblin Hill Villas are perfectly placed on the hilltop overlooking the alluring San San Bay while being surrounded by meticulously manicured, lush lawns and nearly endless tropical foliage.
The villas are a 2.5-3.5 hour drive from the airport depending on which one you chose to fly into. Although this might sound like a hassle to you, we were actually glad we had 3.5 hours in the car because there is nothing like cruising down the north coast of Jamaica seeing what each little parish has to offer and hearing about the rich history from the well educated drivers. Sit back and enjoy the winding roads filled with the beautiful, vibrant colors of Jamaica.
Upon arrival, expect to be met by either the very charismatic and charming reception lead, Derron, possibly the infinitely friendly guest relations lead, Sonya, or perhaps one of the other lovely members of the Goblin Hill staff. There are few words capable of expressing how genuine the staff are in attempting to care for you and ensuring you have a stay of a lifetime. Few places on the planet go to as many lengths as the staff at Goblin Hill will go for you, and in an industry that is attempting to streamline themselves into the 21st century resulting in less staff members worried about your stay, Goblin Hill puts it's best foot forward with it's people.
Each villa comes with it's own portfolio of unique views, but we assure you no matter which patio or balcony is yours for the week, you will undoubtedly be stunned by the immaculate scene. Planned, developed, and built to immerse the guest in Jamaica's infinite beauty, know each window, balcony, and patio is perfectly positioned to allow you to feel one with nature and maximize your mental recovery.
There are no shortage of compliments we could give to the facilities at Goblin Hill, but we especially enjoyed how much space was provided with each villa. There was clearly no drive to cram as many units on the property, but rather a clear vision to allow the guests to freely feel as they owned their own piece of Jamaican perfection.
Everyone knows the feeling of missing your own bed and space while on vacation, but at Goblin Hill you'll be entranced with your living quarters. There are a couple floor plans you should consider depending on the size of your party, but know each villa has a large master bedroom for the king and queen of your group.
The 1-bedroom villas are one-story and are fitted with either a balcony or patio depending on floor level. The 2-bedroom villas are two-story with a beautiful patio, expanded living room and dining area as well as an additional spacious room fitted with twin beds. Our most fond memories of the trip were eating each meal on our balcony while overlooking San San Bay and soaking up the mesmerizing sunsets.
HOUSEKEEPER AND FOOD
When you stay at Goblin Hill Villas you are provided with a world-class housekeeper whom not only handles all the villa tidying, but also specializes in catering to all of your breakfast, lunch and dinner desires. Prior to arrival you are asked to select your meals (menu provided, but options are not limited to) so that your housekeeper can plan and fetch the necessary groceries to accommodate your stay.
Ever dreamed of having hand prepared dinner on a cool spring evening on a balcony over looking the Caribbean sunset? Well entertain the idea that your dreams are destined to be met during your stay at Goblin Hill! Our experiences were far beyond anything we could have expected and in large part credit must be given to our beloved housekeeper Wendy. Ms. Wendy left her mark on us and oh how we miss her to this day. With the sweetest soul, brightest smile, and most exquisite cooking skills, you have someone you will forever cherish.
Some of our favorite dishes she prepared were the seasonal fruit plate that we enjoyed each morning for breakfast (the Star Apple is a must!), her Sweet and Sour Chicken, Escovitch and the Vanilla Rum Cake.
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There are a couple other notable spots among the grounds at Goblin Hill Villas. We made an effort this trip to never miss a sunrise or sunset during our stay and with that in mind, The Overlook is THE spot for those seeking the best views on the property. We kicked back in the lawn chairs with either our Blue Mountain Coffee or a Blue Lagoon cocktail and soaked up every second of God's artistry.
The Hummingbird Terrace is another exclusive, iconic must see with a revered history of bird watching. It was nice to grab a drink and socialize while watching some of the most rare hummingbirds on the planet pass through and enjoy a snack on the hanging feeders. Finally, just steps away from The Hummingbird Terrace you can take a dip in the pool, kick back in a hammock or unwind and catch rays in the poolside lounge chairs.
Although Goblin Hill is hard to venture away from with everything it has going for it, we believe there are some great surrounding excursions that are worth checking out during your time in Portland Parish to ensure you experience the best Jamaica has to offer.
EVENTS AT GOBLIN HILL
By this point you should sense the attentive yet tender care every member of the staff has for their guests. While this sets the stage for your stay to be endlessly relaxing and give you the opportunity to find your best self, Goblin Hill doesn't forget about the fun either and hosts events each week to give their guests opportunity to socialize and build bonds of a lifetime!
For starters, every Saturday a Rum Punch Party is held during the evening, starting at 5:00 P.M. Everyone gathers for live music, rum punch and homemade coconut chips that will change your life!
Wednesday evenings are for The Cocktail Party where each week a different cocktail is served in the hummingbird terrace to educate and elaborate the guest's pallet. Side note, Goblin Hill has a signature craft drink referred to as the 'Blue Lagoon' that we'd recommend trying any night of the week.
The grounds of Goblin Hill are truly out of a storybook, and what better place to have a storybook wedding? We wanted to quickly add that the staff at Goblin Hill is experienced in hosting weddings. They can cater and appease all of your beloved family, guests and wedding venue ideas whether you're just needing a select few rooms for a small gathering or need to rent out the entire location for all your guests and their plus ones!
In need of a beach day? Hopefully so if you've found your way to Jamaica and have no fear Goblin Hill Villas are near the best. Just down a winding staircase off the property, you'll come to the road in which you are just a quick walk to San San Beach, or a bit further to Frenchman's Cove. Frenchman's Cove is infinitely gorgeous and is one of the most coveted beaches around the world. At Frenchman's you can not only expect a clean beach, but also nearby food, drinks, and bathrooms facilities.
San San Beach gives more of the peaceful, secluded vibe, but is not quite as clean and developed. You'll have to bring your own snacks here, but this beach excels very much in its' own right. Although it can be a bit of work to find a clean stretch of the beach at San San, we will forever treasure the one of kind view of Princess Nina Island and Alligator Head out in the bay.
With plenty of information out there on the different excursions Jamaica has to offer, we thought we'd highlight our favorite from our trip and hopefully inspire your visit to Reach Falls. Tucked back off the coast, Reach Falls has got to be one of the more heavenly places on earth. While the falls are your best photo op, your guide will take you up stream to experience the endless crystal clear pools, falls and jungles. Only a a brief 30-minute ride up the coast from Goblin Hill and you have the opportunity for hours of exploring, swimming and waterfall jumping.
On our way back from Reach falls our driver gave us the opportunity to stop and eat at the Boston Bay Jerk Center and outside of Wendy's delicious cooking, this is the best food we had in all of Jamaica. The history of this Jamaican dish originated in Boston Bay and it was an incredible experience to eat Jerk Chicken right off pimento wood!
While a half-day is necessary to experience the above, just a few steps away from your villa is The Blue Lagoon. Natural underground springs meeting the ocean, a plethora of rich greenery, and deep blue water is the recipe for another one-of-a-kind experience. One of our favorite swimming holes to date!
Lastly, one thing we did not get to experience, but was highly recommended to us is rafting the Rio Grande. You'll ride down the calm stream of the Rio Grande among a bamboo raft steered by your guide down to the coast. This is a roughly 3-hour adventure and is most definitely on our list of to do's when we return!
We sincerely hope each and every one of you get to experience The Goblin Hill Villas at San San. Although a nearly indescribable experience, with our words and pictures we hope to have done our best to enlighten the world to the shear excellence of Goblin Hill and ultimately give you a glimpse into the tranquility that can be found here. Treat yourself and your family to a stay at The Goblin Hill Villas at San San and truly discover Jamaica!
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