Caribbean / Jamaica / Montego Bay

Nine miles west of Montego Bay is a large private site overlooking perhaps the most glorious view of sea and sky on Jamaica’s renowned north coast. Elegantly perched on eight and a half acres atop this hill is Bambu, a grand six-bedroom private villa distinguished by its classic architecture and appreciated by discerning vacationers.

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  • 5+ -Bedrooms, 5+ bathrooms for up to 10 adults and 4 children under 12 years old
  • Child Friendly: fun train carriage style bunk beds for 4 children under 12 years old, connecting bedrooms, pool section for toddlers
  • 10,000-sq-ft home on 8 1/2 acres overlooking a breathtaking panorama of the Caribbean Sea
  • Full staff: butler, cook, housekeepers, gardeners, laundress
  • 45’ Diameter round solar heated pool (approx. 7 ft) with stairs and a shallow platform for children
  • Indoor & outdoor dining rooms
  • Large well-maintained garden overlooking the sea, many different dining areas, and terraces
  • Multiple dining areas, and terraces
  • Wireless Internet
  • TV den with granite bar and 52” television
  • Fitness room with treadmill, spin bike, yoga mats, weights, balls, and jump ropes  
  • Satellite, X-Box, and Apple TV
  • Complimentary overseas calls to the US, Canada, and landlines in the UK
  • Handicap accessible: 2 seamless shower entrances, 8’ wheelchair platform in the pool, accessible arrival entrance

Bambu was designed by architect Robert Hartley in the early 1960s as a unique melding of West Indies architecture and Italian Venetian style. Its Palladian arches, dramatic central pool, Italian sculptures, and breathtaking view make it one of the most photographed homes in this collection. In 1974, images of Bambu appeared in Slim Aaron’s A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life

Multiple dining areas take advantage of the spaciousness and vast views of this special property.  Breakfast at the river is a marvelous way to start the day. Lunches on the covered garden terrace overlooking Montego Bay, and dinner in the gazebo feature one of the most beautiful nighttime light shows in the world.

Renovations of interiors and grounds have resulted in an impressive face-lift of this elegant grande dame. Wireless Internet, Apple television, and marble bathrooms complement lovely new interiors.  Today its modern comforts and infrastructure mesh with Bambu’s original Euro charm and glamour.  As designer Charles Faudree wrote when it was featured on the cover of Veranda magazine, Bambu is the “….blending Old World elegance with New World comforts.”  Its newest folly is an open-air garden shower and bathtub outside a small hideaway bedroom downhill from the main house ... with a nine-mile view across Montego Bay.

Notable also are Bambu's sprawling grounds and gardens. Headed by talented Sam, the gardeners have created a lush and lavish tropical paradise, with natural stone pathways that wind through gardens to unexpected terraces for private quiet times.

With handicap access in mind, a separate entrance designed especially for guests in wheelchairs features a ramp to a level entrance to the villa, avoiding all stairs.  The Bambu pool features a broad 4" deep wheelchair platform as well.  This shallow water platform is also a thoughtful, safe pool area for toddlers.

If you've left your pets at home while you're on vacation, be advised that Bambu is home to a couple of affectionate dogs and a fabulous parrot!  At your preference, they may be allowed to roam the grounds and come in to play with the guests or be kept in their large, open-air kennel.


Master Bedroom - 500 sq ft + 130 sq ft Dressing Room and Office
High king-size four-poster bed. Two separate Travertine marble his 'n' her bathrooms feature double shower heads in each. From the bedroom, French doors open to a 26' covered verandah with a breathtaking view of the sea and the distant town of Montego Bay.  The Master Suite is quite private from the rest of the villa. Both showers are handicap accessible.

Bedroom 2
High king-size bed.  Travertine marble en-suite bathroom with double sinks and spacious walk-in shower.  French doors open directly onto the south poolside terrace.  Bedroom 2 can be considered the second Master.

Bedroom 3 - Children's Room
Two pairs of child-size beds, pink and white, and very cute. The single door can remain bolted and locked to prevent unsupervised access to the pool terrace.  A pass-through in the children's bathroom leads to Bedroom 4 next door, creating a connecting parent-child suite. The children’s room is suitable for children up to 12 years old only.

Bedroom 4
King-size bed. En-suite Travertine marble bathroom connects to Children's Bedroom 3.  Opens to the pool terrace.

Bedroom 5
King-size Beds. En-suite Travertine marble and has a spacious walk-in shower.

Bedroom 6
King-size bed. En-suite Travertine marble and has a spacious walk-in shower.

COTTAGE – situated in the garden, below the Breakfast Terrace -
Queen-size bed with en-suite shower room, this very simple informal bedroom is a great location for young couples. Outdoor whimsical bathtub and terrace. 

Tryall Membership 

All guests of Bambu must pay a resort entry fee of US$32 per person per day plus a 15% tax to have access to the resort amenities at the Tryall Club.  Children 13-15 years of age pay a discounted rate of 50% off plus 15% tax and children 12 & under are complimentary.

After paying the Temporary Membership Fee, members may use most Club facilities at no charge with the exception of the tennis shop, ball boys, bar & restaurant, spa, grocery, motorized water sports, nanny services, and golf.  Complimentary amenities include the beach, non-motorized water sports, tennis, the excellent gym, the Hummingbird Kids Club, Great House afternoon tea, the Manager's Cocktail Party, and various special events.

Please note: Tryall Club membership is guaranteed for guests traveling through November 30, 2024.  There may be occasions when some or all the facilities of the hotel may be closed for membership guest services due to a private hotel event. The Tryall Club reserves the right to change or alter its membership packages with no advance notice.




5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms

Sleeps 10 Guests

10000 Interior Square Ft.

  • Bedrooms Only
  • Bunk Beds
  • Connecting Bedroom(s)
  • Playground on Site
  • Kids Club Membership
  • Golf Nearby
  • Seamless Shower Entrances
  • 8' wheelchair platform in pool
  • accessible arrival entrance
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Toddler pool
  • Solar heated swimming pool
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Butler
  • Chef
  • Housekeeper
  • Laundress
  • Gardener
  • Full Gym Nearby
  • Tryall Club Membership
  • Spa Nearby
  • Wedding (maximum guests: 60-75)
  • Bathrooms: Hair Dryers
  • Satellite TV
  • X-Box
  • Apple TV
  • Communications: Computer or Laptop


Beach Details

Tryall Club & beaches are approximately 10-15 minutes away depending on traffic
Doctor's Cave beach is also about 10-15 minutes away

Pool Details

The pool measures 45 feet in diameter and is heated by solar energy. It has a depth of approximately 7 feet and features stairs as well as a shallow platform for children to enjoy.

Distance Details

Tryall Club: 12 to 15-minute (approx.) drive
Town: 22 minutes via driver
Airport: 22 minutes
Doctor's Cave Beach:10-15 minutes drive

Villa Notes

Please note: Food & beverage and gratuities are an additional cost

Rates and Availability

Accidental Damage Waiver
A $149 Accidental Damage Waiver applies to every reservation.
Minimum Stay Details
High Season: 7-night minimum stay required
Low Season: 5-night minimum stay required
Holidays: A 7-night, full-house rate is required for all holiday weeks which include Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
Check-In Times
Check in: 3:00 PM - Check out: 11:00 AM
Rate Policies
Bambu has an additional informal cottage in the garden that can accommodate up to 2 guests for an additional $50 per person per night.
4 extra children of 12 years & under can be accommodated. $30 per child per night. Must be approved by the homeowner.
Wedding Details

Damage Deposit: $2,000 | Wedding Venue Surcharge: $30 per guest | Maximum Guests: 60-75 | Minimum Stay Requirements: 7-nights in high-season, 5-nights in low season

Villas in Proximity: Windsong

Surcharge for festive bookings
5% surcharge for festive bookings



The staff were fantastic. Jackie is a great cook, Thomas was amazing. All the staff were friendly. The villa was very clean & beautifully kept.
It was fantastic, thank you for having us. We will be back.

-Reinhard Party

The place was awesome and literally one of the most relaxing vacations ever. Everyone that came was blown away... Peaches and Wayne were awesome. The food was fantastic and I don’t have a bad word I could say. I would definitely consider this place again. I am not used to going this scale of rental. However, after doing this, there is no going back on vacation without a set up like this.

Jay M.

We spent the holidays in paradise with three generations (ages 19-80)...and everyone was blown away by Bambu. The most amazing staff (Peaches, Peter, Pamella, Julian, Hosea and Sam) greeted us on arrival and immediately became a part of our extended family. Their service and expertise were very much appreciated...and the food coming out of Peaches' kitchen was beyond compare. Moving on to the house and! The rambling layout allows each and every person (young/old, sun-lover/shade-lover) to find their happy place to while away the day. The decor is classically-chic "island", yet has every modern convenience (excellent wifi, a wonderful speaker system for playing music throughout the house, beautiful furnishings, updated bathrooms). We could not have asked for a more perfect place!!

Angela E.

We had a lovely stay, everything was so good,

The villa was just perfect, you were instrumental in me finding this perfect spot.

Thank you so much!

Sharifa F.

This is the best vacation we have ever taken!

Beautiful villa, plus a remarkable staff!! From the rooms, to the location and the animals. It is well maintained, beautifully appointed...the villa is beautiful, but the staff go beyond anything we have ever seen. Leslie, Peaches, Hosea and everyone go far beyond the call of duty.

My parents are in their early 80’s and said they have never had a more wonderful vacation. Thanks again!

Donna S.

Wonderful. The entire staff went above & beyond to make our stay great. The house is beautiful and always immaculately clean. Our kids loved the playhouse!

Leslie, the butler even rocked the baby to sleep, so we could eat our dinner!

Beth G.

Bambu Villa was extraordinary! We have stayed at many fabulous villas in Jamaica as well as throughout the Caribbean but this one stood out from all the rest. The staff were outstanding and made the trip even better!

I have always had the most professional service when dealing with Villas by Linda Smith. Barbara is exceptional at her job and always makes it easy to book a Villa.

Chip M.

Condition/Cleanliness: Excellent - Amazing every day. Top class!
Staff & Service: Excellent - They were amazing. All guests could not stop speaking about how fantastic they all were.
Accommodation: Excellent - Amazing!
Ground Transportation: Pleasure
Overall Expectation: Exceeded - We would stay if we could
Would You Recommend: Yes!
Would You Return: Yes!

-Smith Party

Condition/Cleanliness: Excellent - A beautiful place.
Initial Reservation Service: Excellent
Staff & Service: Excellent - The most wonderful staff
Accommodation: Excellent - We loved it!
Ground Transportation: Excellent
Overall Expectation: Exceeded
Would You Recommend: Definitely!
Would You Return: Definitely!

-Campbell Party

We can't say enough wonderful things about all the staff and the service we received. They took such good care of us and we are privileged to get to know all of them. Jackie's cooking was exceptional, Davian's attention to detail, Shon's special care of our mother went above and beyond, Lester took such good care of us and the house, and Wendy was always helpful...all made for a wonderful stay!

I am not sure how many adjectives I can use to describe this amazing house and the gardens, the pool, and everything around it. This was truly a special week for our family that we won't forget!!

I would highly recommend this villa and the exceptional staff to anyone looking for a special week in Jamaica.

-Yanofsky Party

We loved it here!!!!!
Where do we even start? We love the staff. They have been super kind and accommodating. They always went out of their way to be helpful and flexible. They provided us with everything we needed, when needed. Our rooms were always clean. Jackie is an AMAZING cook! Davian was so helpful, kind, and great at his job. Ivan was HILLARIOUS, attentive and warm/welcoming. The property was well kept and beautiful.

We were a group of 10 who were here for a celebration. While we were here, we felt loved, cared for, and well taken care of. We are grateful for everything
and for the staff and their hard work and genuine kindness. EVERYONE was friendly! We appreciate them tremendously!

-Key Party

One-million-star service! Bambu would not have been the same without them. I felt like each one of them is special and exceptional. You are so lucky to have found them. Truly amazing and beyond all my expectations. They make it a paradise here!

Amazing property, no complaints, everything was wonderful. The architecture was breathtaking.

Bloecker & Curtis Party

Bambu is gorgeous. We cannot thank the staff enough for their hospitality, everyone was wonderful. We will definitely be back!

Vanova H

We will be back!!!

Adam S

The staff is outstanding. All of the meals were terrific. Jacky, Davian and all of the staff treated us like royalty. The property is beautiful.

Caleb P

We will be coming back with more family and friends. We had a blast. Davian, Jacky and all of the staff were so welcoming and did an amazing job. Bambu villa is amazing, the location and views are awesome.

Peachie S

The home is gorgeous, and we will definitely return. All the staff did a fantastic job. Jackie was the best chef. All the staff did a fantastic job.


Exceptional experience. The trip would not have been what it was without the staff. We will be back!!!!

Chancey H

I can't express my gratitude and joy at how Gordon & staff rose to the occasion upon our arrival. The staff did not get notice of our arrival until we pulled up in the van. We have been overwhelmed by the professionalism, care, food, amenities and overall hospitality. This has surpassed our expectations on every level and I can now never vacation any other way. Each day I got to know each staff member more & more and we felt like this was home away from home. This trip would not have been what it was without this staff!
Charmaine & Wendy ensured that the accommodations were cleaned daily. We did not expect them to wash & launder our clothes as well, but what a wonderful surprise to come back to from excursions all day! Again the staff is what makes this experience so memorable and you have a great team here! I have already been reaching out to family & friends to tell them about it & start planning to come back to Bambu!
Gordon is the glue that holds this place together and makes it run like a well oiled machine! He's a keeper! Ms. Jackie has the best food we've ever tasted! They responded to every request & made this experience exceptional!

Heyward party

Gordon was extremely accommodating. He was very professional & efficient. He made our stay pleasant. Jackie was the best chef and everything that came out of the kitchen was immaculate. The laundress and groundskeeper were nice and did a fantastic job. The home is gorgeous. We were supplied with all necessities. We love the property and would definitely return. We cannot thank Gordon, Jackie, and Charmaine enough for their hospitality. Everyone was wonderful. We hope they enjoyed us as much as we did them.

Hawkins Party

Davion & Jacky & Charmine & Wendy made us feel welcome. They are so sweet and awesome at their job. We are definitely coming back for another vacation here with them at Bambu. Bambu villa is amazing. The location and views are awesome. My vow renewal was beautiful thanks to this beautiful place. Rooms and pool were gorgeous as well. We will be coming back with more family and friends & we had a blast. Davion, Jacky, Charmine, Wendy are one of the family.

Parhan party

Everything at Bambu was fabulous! The hospitality and attention to detail was perfect! We will all miss our new Jamaican family and look forward to visiting everyone again very soon! Thank you for taking such good care of all of us!

Algor/Kottke Families

Our Jamaican stay-cation was wonderful! The hospitality was incredible & so attentive to our needs. The kids & adults had a blast in the pool & playing on the lawns. We loved every minute at Bambu - and we hope to be back soon!

Dowding/Auden/Limsang/Baswani families

Comfort, Relaxation and oh la la,.... the view was breathtaking!!!

We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in this beautiful home! Nora, the owner, was very responsive to our questions and helped to make our vacation plans go smoothly. The views of Montego Bay are simply breathtaking. The Gardens are lovely and very well kept. The staff took very good care of us during our stay.... We love Jamaica!!

Mignon P

What a treat!!! Communicating with Nora prior to our trip was a pleasure. From the moment we arrived at her breathtaking home (with jaw dropping views) we were spoiled endlessly by Jacky, Del Roy, Erica, Sam and Lester. They could not make us feel more welcome at Bambu Villa or more relaxed! Jacky is the most incredible chef but her warmth extends way beyond the kitchen. We took Nora's advice and visited Tyrall Club for tubing, sailing and a great lunch and took a day trip to Negril. We are so thankful for such a wonderful stay!

Allison S.

Bambu Villa Outstanding Property

This property is spectacular!! The views, the lush vegetation, the elegant, yet whimsical decor is nothing short of amazing. Each room provides a unique view, luxurious breeze and an opportunity for lounging, eating, sleeping, socializing or swimming. Our biggest dilemma was which of the many rooms to utilize. Jackie, our house manager and cook, delighted us with meals prepared with love and attention to our individual tastes. Our butler Del Roy presented each meal on beautifully set tables overflowing with freshly cut flowers from the gorgeous and vast grounds. He suggested outings and day trips that allowed us a unique experience on the Island. The driver Benjie was available to drive us anywhere on the Island so that we could feel save and comfortable at all times. We slept soundly each night in our air-conditioned suites after enjoying our full days on the Island. Nora, thank you for making this elegant, yet especially warm villa available for us to experience!

Robert P

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