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  1. What does Silver Sands offer that a hotel resort doesn't?
  2. Should I fly into Montego Bay or Kingston?
  3. Will I have to share the house with other people if I don't book all the rooms?
  4. I'm not sure how many rooms I'll need. What should I do?
  5. Do I have to arrive and leave on specific days?
  6. What is the minimum length of stay?
  7. The house I'm interested in only has a weekly rate posted. How do I determine the cost for shorter stay?
  8. Will there be someone to take care of the house while I'm there?
  9. Do I have to pay the staff myself?
  10. How much should I tip the staff?
  11. What are the staff's hours?
  12. Should I provide the staff with meals?
  13. Are there baby-sitting services available?
  14. How does the food arrangement work?
  15. Who does the shopping?
  16. Can I do my own cooking?
  17. Are there medical facilities nearby?
  18. Is safety a concern in Silver Sands?
  19. Should I rent a car during my stay?
  20. Where is the Silver Sands office?
  21. What should I pack for my stay?
  22. What is the nightlife like at Silver Sands?
  23. What are some of the most fun places to visit in the area?

  1. What are the benefits of staying in a private house, instead TOPof a hotel?

    When you stay at Silver Sands, your private villa becomes a second home. Spend the entire day indoors with family and friends, or relax on our private beach that's never crowded. Each villa comes with its own staff and cook to cater to your needs for a fabulous stay. Silver Sands is perfect for a large group, far more economical than booking individual rooms at a resort.

  2. TOPShould I fly into Montego Bay or Kingston?

    Sangsters International Airport in Montego Bay is the closer airport, only 45 minutes drive. When the North Coast Highway is complete this ride will be shorter. The Kingston airport is on the south coast, about a three hour drive. For an additional fee, we can arrange transport to and from this airport

  3. Will I have to share the house with other people if I don't book all the rooms?

    No, the house is for your use only and you'll have access to the bedrooms you booked.

  4. TOPI'm not sure how many rooms I'll need. What should I do?

    We recommend you book the minimum number of rooms in the house you are staying. You can always rent additional rooms later on.

  5. TOPDo I have to arrive and leave on specific days?

    No. You can book your stay to begin and end on any day of the week, of course depending on house availability.

  6. TOPWhat is the minimum length of stay?

    Most villa owners prefer you book a minimum of three nights. But some houses have a minimum of one week. Please contact Silver Sands to determine the specifics for the house you're interested in.

  7. The house I'm interested in only has a weekly rate posted. How do I determine the cost for shorter stay? TOP

    As long as the house does not have a one-week minimum length of stay, the nightly rate is one-seventh the weekly rate.

  8. Will there be someone to take care of the house while I'm there?TOP

    Your house comes with its own staff, including a cook.

  9. TOPDo I have to pay the staff myself?

    No. The cost of the staff is included in the rental price. You can tip if you want.

  10. How much should I tip the staff?
    If you are pleased with the service you receive, a good guide is to tip 10% of the total week's rental cost. Divide the tip among staff members, with a little more allocated for the cook

  11. TOPWhat are the staff's hours?

    The staff work a total of eight hours per day, unless stated otherwise. Some villas have more than one shift to offer more service to guests.

  12. TOPShould I provide the staff with meals?

    No, the staff provide for themselves.

  13. TOPAre there baby-sitting services available?

    Yes. We can make arrangements for someone to care for your children. We do not recommend you use your villa staff to care for your children, as they have their regular duties to attend to.

  14. TOPHow does the food arrangement work?

    The cook will prepare whatever you wish to eat, but the menu depends on your budget. We advise you to inform the cook of your food budget.

  15. TOPWho does the shopping?

    You may do your own shopping if you wish, or rely on the staff to take care of this.

    You can shop at the on-site store, Villa Mart, which carries a superb selection of items. There are also local markets in Brown's Town and Falmouth.

    If you ask the staff to shop for you, tell them your budget and your eating preferences. Request receipts for what they buy.

  16. TOPCan I do my own cooking?

    Sure. Toss some ingredients for your favorite dishes. Or, if you're interested specifically in preparing Jamaican dishes, feel free to consult the cook.

  17. TOPAre there medical facilities nearby?

    There are several medical facilities and private practitioners located in close proximity to Silver Sands. Cornwall Regional Hospital, a full-service hospital, is located 45 minutes away in Montego Bay. When you arrive, we'll provide you with contact information of all health providers in the area. Of course, our staff is here to offer assistance for any minor or major medical situations.

  18. TOPIs safety a concern in Silver Sands?

    Silver Sands has always been an extremely safe community, partly because so many of the homes are often owner occupied. A private company provides 24-hour security, manning the entrance and patrolling the grounds.

  19. TOPShould I rent a car during my stay?

    It is not really necessary, especially if you intend to chill for most of your vacation. Road conditions can also be challenging, but a car does offer freedom. Silver Sands offers a private bus service if you wish to leave the grounds for day excursions. JUTA has the best reputation among taxi operators. Agree on a price with before beginning any journey.

  20. TOPWhere is the Silver Sands office?

    Our main office is on Jacob Taylor Beach, known as Fisherman's Beach. When you enter Silver Sands, take the road left 100 yards towards the beach.

  21. TOPWhat should I pack for my stay?

    Take shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits and light cotton clothin, sun block and snorkeling gear. In the winter months, pack a light jacket for cool evenings., and bring a few evening wear outfits if you plan on going out. We provide linens & towels.

    If there's a favourite food you must have, we suggest you bring it. Flashlight and batteries are also a smart safety precaution, in case of electrical outages.

  22. TOPWhat is the nightlife like at Silver Sands?

    Occasionally the Club House management, organises socials especially at major holidays. There are many places near Silver Sands that offer evening entertainment that we can recommend.

  23. TOPWhat are some of the most fun places to visit in the area?

    Many of Jamaica's most popular attractions are a short drive away from Silver Sands. Click the following links for a list of places and activities you can check out in and around Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.