Villa Juanita is REAL Jamaica

Villa Juanita offers real Jamaican experience

Jamaica Gleaner 10 Feb 2016- Gareth Davis, Sr Hospitality Jamaica Writer

 A view of Villa Juanita

A view of Villa Juanita

PERCHED ON a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the picturesque 19-bedroom Villa Juanita has as one of its assets the highly vegetated Blue and John Crow mountains ridge as a backdrop.

This villa is fast becoming renowned for offering visitors a true Jamaican experience.

Located 28 miles east of the resort town of Port Antonio, in Hectors River, Villa Juanita is famous for its service offerings, including the traditional Jamaican breakfast. The villa offers Maroon culture and folklore on display, spa treatment and nature tours.

The distinction between Villa Juanita and other tourist attractions in Portland is its highly touted experience, complemented by the parish’s rich history, heritage, food, and culture.

“We serve complimentary breakfast to all our guests, who are seeking solace, relaxation, and delicious food,” said Raymond Lewis, owner of Villa Juanita.

“Our traditional breakfast comprises ackee and salt fish, run- down, corn pork and ackee, fried plantain, eggs, bacon, ham, roast breadfruit, porridge, salt mackerel, red herring, and other side dishes. This is definitely a villa with a difference. We also offer tours to the various attractions sites, including Reach Falls, Boston Beach, Rio Grande rafting, Moore Town (a Maroon village), and Bath Fountain for its mineral bath experience,” he added.

According to Lewis, a special treat for guests is the skilfully prepared authentic meals, some of which are renowned traditionally, including jerk pork, wild hog, wild deer (venison), shark steak, bussu, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, conch, fish and octopus, which are prepared by the in-house chef, upon request.

Dubbed the Portland experience, Lewis pointed out that preliminary talks with the Jamaica Tourist Board have been great thus far, and expectations are that Villa Juanita will be certified as a tourist destination soon, allowing them pride of place in advertising on the tourism body’s website.

He added: “It is now an open secret. Come to Villa Juanita for the real Jamaican/Portland experience.”

With breakfast included in the rate, the rooms are affordable, Lewis said.

Villa Juanita also provides live entertainment in kumina, reggae music and folk songs.


View the full article at the Jamaica Gleaner HERE.

Hospitality Jamaica Endorses Villa Juanita

Villa Juanita offers real Jamaican experience

Gareth Davis Sr, Hospitality Jamaica Writer

  A view of Villa Juanita.

A view of Villa Juanita.

Perched on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the picturesque 19-bedroom Villa Juanita has as one of its assets the highly vegetated Blue and John Crow mountains ridge as a backdrop.

This villa is fast becoming renowned for offering visitors a true Jamaican experience.

Located 28 miles east of the resort town of Port Antonio, in Hectors River, Villa Juanita is famous for its service offerings, including the traditional Jamaican breakfast. The villa offers Maroon culture and folklore on display, spa treatment and nature tours.

  Chef ‘Oliver’ prepares conch fritters, a special at Villa Juanita.

Chef ‘Oliver’ prepares conch fritters, a special at Villa Juanita.

The distinction between Villa Juanita and other tourist attractions in Portland is its highly touted experience, complemented by the parish's rich history, heritage, food, and culture.

"We serve complimentary breakfast to all our guests, who are seeking solace, relaxation, and delicious food," said Raymond Lewis, owner of Villa Juanita.

"Our traditional breakfast comprises ackee and salt fish, run-down, corn pork and ackee, fried plantain, eggs, bacon, ham, roast breadfruit, porridge, salt mackerel, red herring, and other side dishes. This is definitely a villa with a difference. We also offer tours to the various attractions sites, including Reach Falls, Boston Beach, Rio Grande rafting, Moore Town (a Maroon village), and Bath Fountain for its mineral bath experience," he added.

According to Lewis, a special treat for guests is the skilfully prepared authentic meals, some of which are renowned traditionally, including jerk pork, wild hog, wild deer (venison), shark steak, bussu, lobster, crayfish, shrimp, conch, fish and octopus, which are prepared by the in-house chef, upon request.

Dubbed the Portland experience, Lewis pointed out that preliminary talks with the Jamaica Tourist Board have been great thus far, and expectations are that Villa Juanita will be certified as a tourist destination soon, allowing them pride of place in advertising on the tourism body's website.

He added: "It is now an open secret. Come to Villa Juanita for the real Jamaican/Portland experience."

With breakfast included in the rate, the rooms are affordable, Lewis said.

Villa Juanita also provides live entertainment in kumina, reggae music and folk songs.


See the full article at Hospitality Jamaica HERE.

Raymond Lewis investing in his community; Jamaica Gleaner

Back Home To Build

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMGareth Davis Sr


Hectors River, Portland:

Honouring his mother's request was always on the mind of Raymond Lewis, hometown boy and past student of Titchfield High School in Portland, who has not only constructed a home, but has completed a 19-bedroom villa.

Lewis, who was among the class of 1986 at Titchfield, left for Canada in 1987 and became exposed to many opportunities. He did well for himself in business.

"Today, I am back to help with the rebuilding of my community and, by extension, my country," commented Lewis.

"While away, the request of my mother to rebuild the family home was never forgotten, and as such, I have not only built a home, but also Juanita Villa - named after her. This is a villa with a difference, which will allow tourists to become exposed to the Jamaican experience, and for the local people and those from other parishes to become acquainted with the Portland experience. I chose to return home, so as to create meaningful employment for the people," he added.

Juanita Villa is neatly perched on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea - with several acres of green and lush vegetation in the background.

Lewis pointed out that investing in the parish was a privilege, as it allows him to interact and reacquaint himself with family, lifelong friends, other community residents, and the political directorate.

View the original article HERE.

Jamaica Observer reports on Villa Juanita

Villa Juanita fulfils a dream

By Everard Owen Observer writer

Monday, January 18, 2016

Villa Juanita sits on a hill overlooking the sea.

A 19-room property has been added to Portland’s tourism stock after native Raymond Lewis invested some $250 million to construct the property in honour of his late mother.

Villa Juanita sits on a hill overlooking the Caribbean sea near the border of Portland and St Thomas.

Lewis said he acquired the property 23 years ago from his parents and made a commitment to his mother that he would someday build on the land.

“I had no idea what it would be and here it is now, Villa Juanita, as I named it after her in memory of her.

Lewis, a past student of Titchfield High School, said the concept is to establish a home away from home in a community tourism environment.
“ This is going to be a success through partnership — partnership with the local community, partnership with other local businesses and individuals, partnership with the police, our security forces, partnership with the government — and it gives me great confidence to know that I am doing this in the safest parish in Jamaica, Portland,” he said.

He noted that the guest experience will be a great one, with the local bars, cook shops, restaurant, crafts and entertainment places all expected to benefit.

Custos Rotulorum of Portland Major Lincoln Thaxter, in addressing the official opening ceremony, said this is “a historic occasion in which an idea that has been festering for quite some time in the mind of Raymond Lewis, who had informed me that he made a promise to erect this villa as a promise that he made to his mother to build on this property.”

Thaxter, who is also Lewis’s schoolmate, said this is a tremendous demonstration of faith by the Lewis family. “It takes a special visionary in these times to commit financial and human resources when there are so many naysayers who feel that all things are falling apart,” he said.

He noted that the property will further bolster heritage and cultural tourism in the parish, given the integration of activities from community groups like the Manchioneal Cultural Group.

Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield said the property is a welcomed addition to the room stock in that parish.

“ You have put in an amazing amount of work and have created a vast number of jobs and job opportunities for the locals who are here, and that is a major contributor to the economy of this area,” he said.

He noted that many in the creative industry, hospitality, transportation and food will all benefit.

“The eco-tourism will be enhanced in this area also, as there is a trail at Kensington which we spoke to the prime minister about that leads to the Rio Grande Valley that needs to be opened up and become a source of income. You have just positioned us with a master stroke showing us that this part of Portland can be part of our tourism product,” he said.

The building is retrofitted for the physically challenged.

See the full article in the Jamaica Observer HERE.

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