SEA HAVEN ON DISCOVERY BAY
Located in Discovery Bay where Columbus is said to have first landed in Jamaica, Sea Haven offers entryway into this tropical paradise that so marveled its first explorers. The periwinkle blue exterior, sunshine yellow interior and barrel vaulted blue sky ceiling within the classic structure of the villa help make this an idyllic destination by the sea. On one side of the waterfront is a built-up sandy area and, on the other, cut-stone steps that lead to delightful snorkeling spots and the offshore raft.
The garden consists of just under an acre of tropical shrubs and trees, the trunks of which are spotted with wild orchids. Fruits abound and an exotic allamanda vine shades the entrance. An irresistible half moon pool tiled with ocean blue mosaics and the shade of the gazebo are also favorites. A bird “feeding tree” frames the view. The chef will be happy to serve you in the dining room, on the verandah or alfresco, by sunlight or candlelight.
The many antiques at Sea Haven include a 200-year-old twig rocker and tortoise-back mahogany dining chairs that came from Admiralty House in Port Royal. The pieces were once used by Admiral Lord Rodney and Horatio Nelson when he was an ensign. The living room opens to the wide sixty foot verandah, a veritable feast of pickled wicker, draping vines and floral colors.
The four stately bedrooms at Sea Haven include en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A rough hewn chair in the master bedroom once belonged to the captain of a schooner that plied between the Caribbean islands in the seventeenth century. The sea and tropical views are absolutely enchanting.
Less than an hour from the airport, Discovery Bay is a unique horseshoe bay that offers a foray into Jamaica’s rich history. At nearby Columbus Park, you can learn about the Spanish colonial era through the artifacts on display. Today, Sea Haven belongs to strip of houses colloquially referred to as either “Millionaire’s Row” or “Jamaica’s Riviera.” Lounge on the seaside hammock and let your cares melt away.