It has been our experience, by questioning our past guests, that the menu has pleased the palates of even the most discerning of diners. We have tried to combine the genuine flavors and authentic recipes of Jamaica with the most traditional fares of North America to achieve a happy medium to please all.
We have planned the following menu to further ease your mind while on your vacation at Shoreham Green. To fully appreciate the art and talents of your own personal cook, we have drawn from many different succulent dishes as you will see in the following weekly menu samples.
In our attempts to plan the perfect vacation for your party, we have prepared these plans for your perusal so that we are well prepared for you upon your arrival to paradise. We have gone to great lengths to coordinate with local suppliers, farmers and fishermen to ensure you are supplied with the freshest produce and goods for your dining pleasures. The meal plan allows our guests to begin and end their holiday with as little effort as possible. Most importantly, we are here to serve "you" on your holiday and that begins by planning and preparing your meals well in advance. However, we do put the responsibility on you to show up at the table.
Jamaica enjoys typical Caribbean weather: 80's and 90's by day and 70's at night. Winter to summer variance is only 10 degrees. It is more likely to rain in May/June and September/October than in other months. Dress is casual. Coats, ties and expensive jewelry are not appropriate. In winter months, you may need a cotton sweater after sunset. Do take mosquito repellent!
US dollars are accepted island wide. Exchange rates vary if you choose to purchase Jamaican dollars. Exchanging money is not necessary. Most commercial establishments (including restaurants, supermarkets and liquor stores) accept credit cards. Staff members and drivers do prefer to receive their gratuities as cash in US dollars.
Tourism is Jamaica's leading industry, so reserve flights early. Your destination is Montego Bay (MBJ). Air Jamaica, Air Canada, Air Tran, American, British Air, Continental, Delta, Jet Blue, Northwest, United, USAir and Virgin Atlantic are major carriers. Several charters operate from the East Coast, the Midwest and Europe. A new private plane terminal enables expedited Immigration and Customs clearance for our private plane passengers.
Your time is valuable! We can connect you to the Travel 100 Group who, with one call, will find the lowest air fares available for your dates of travel when you identify yourself as a Villas by Linda Smith client. Simply call (847) 897-7061 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an instant quote. Be prepared to provide your date of birth and your name as it appears on your passport. Travel 100 Group will advise our office of your itinerary so we can schedule your transfers without bothering you.
Check-in and Check-out Times
Check-in time is 1:00 p.m. in most villas, 3:00 p.m. in others. Check-out time is 11:00 a.m. in most, 12 noon in others. Ask us when you have selected your villa what times apply to you. If no other guests are scheduled to occupy your villa on arrival and departure days, you are welcome to check in early and check out as late as you wish. Ask any agent in our office to advise you of the occupancy schedule of your villa. Remember that the schedule may change prior to your travel date, so you may wish to check with us again the week prior to your trip.
Current is essentially the same as US: 110 volts, 50 cycles (US is 60 cycles). Converters are not necessary for US-made appliances.
Telephone – Overseas Calls
Do bring your cell phones with you; they will probably work in Jamaica depending on your plan. Otherwise, we recommend Digicel cell phones, available at local outlets in Jamaica. For a low fee, Digicel offers overseas free calling plans. Some of our villas offer complimentary Digicels. If you would like your staff to have your Digicel phone at the villa and loaded with some starter minutes when you arrive, just ask us. No problem. You can quickly upgrade to an overseas calling plan once you're there.
Nearly all our villas have complimentary high speed wireless Internet access, so bring your laptop. Every staff knows how to reboot should you temporarily loose connection. Because Jamaica has occasional power surges or brief blackouts, log off and disconnect when you’re not working in your laptop.
We recommend our team of excellent private drivers, part time or fulltime (see driver rates). Let us know if you want to do your own driving (left side driving, right side steering) and we will arrange your rental.
Recommended staff gratuity at the end of your stay is 10% of the villa rental in High Season, 15% in Low Season, divided among your staff members in accordance with the Gratuity Guide you'll find in your Welcome Book. Don't forget to tip your driver too – 15% recommended.
Payment, Cancellation and Damage Deposit Policy
A 25% deposit confirms a reservation. Balance is due 60 days before travel. No refunds for cancellations are made within 60 days prior to scheduled occupancy. For cancellations made 61 or more days prior to scheduled occupancy, we will refund all deposits less a 20% cancellation fee. (Deposits for Roaring Pavilion, Sundown and Rio Chico are non-refundable.)
A $500 damage deposit also is required; we will refund this promptly when you return home if no damage occurs during your stay. (A few villas require a larger damage deposit.)
Policies for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's weeks differ. A 50% deposit confirms a reservation. Balance is due 90 days before travel for Thanksgiving week and 120 days before travel for Christmas and New Year’s weeks. No refunds for cancellations are made within 120 days prior to scheduled occupancy. For cancellations made more than 120 days prior to scheduled occupancy, we will refund all deposits less a 20% cancellation fee.
- Take a current passport! EVERY passenger must present a valid passport or will be denied passage by your airline.
- Take your driver’s license! To use a credit card in retail establishments in Jamaica, you will be asked for an ID.
- Traveling Christmas, New Year’s, February, March or April? Book early!
- Want to economize? Book dates between April 16 and December 14 for Low Season rates.
- Bring cash (US$ welcomed) for tips to villa staff, drivers and nannies, spa technicians, caddies and others who provide services to you. Service personnel cannot accept credit cards or cheques.
- Budget a total tip to your villa staff of 10% of the villa rent in High Season (Dec 15-Apr 15) and 15% of the villa rent in Low Season (Apr 16-Dec 14).
- Don’t over-pack! Dress is casual and you will have a personal laundress on staff. Fly home with clean clothes!
- Do pack mosquito repellent and sunscreen.
- Talk to your staff! Ask for what you want because you will probably get it. Your villa staff wants to please you.
- Dine in your villa! You have a fabulous chef and butler. Chefs can provide vegan and vegetarian diets and will respect food allergies.
- Allow your chef to show off his/her best (that’s what I do!) … or select your own menus if you prefer. You can’t go wrong.
- If you wish to dine out a time or two, ask for my list of Recommended Restaurants. (Jamaica was named Best Foodie Destination in the Caribbean.)
- Meet Jamaicans! Jamaica was named the Friendliest Island in the Caribbean by Caribbean Travel+Life readers. Reach out to discover this for yourselves and your children.
- Don’t listen to outdated inaccurate tales of danger. Safety of tourists in Jamaica is among the highest in the world: Today’s rate of offenses against tourists is 0.01%.
- Do not put on your agenda any of the following: food shopping, cooking or bartending; making beds or cleaning bathrooms; washing dishes or doing laundry ... not even lighting the candles. Enjoy the luxury!