I posted a review on Prospect Plantation on the regular auction page, but I thought I would write a longer description here in the spirit of "community posts" for anyone that wants more detail.
First, I thought it was a wonderful villa. It's a very nice size with each bedroom having a double sink bathroom. Each bedroom incidentally can be set up with two twins or they put the two beds together to make a king. If you indicate in advance which is your preference, they will have it set up however you want upon arrival.
They ask you in advance if you would like for them to go grocery shopping for you. Absolutely take them up on that offer. For those that are unfamiliar with island life, meat is flown in once a week and the best of it is purchased right away. The staff at Prospect Plantation will go shopping for you there by avoiding all the mark up at the grocery store for the tourists.
Even more important than that is that the cooks at each of the villas are amazing and you will want them to cook most of your meals. Dining in the local area is ok as well. But it is really a shame not to enjoy the friendly full service butler and cook. They are completely sweet.
While I didn't go with kids (we were all a big group of friends), it is good to note that the maid and cook are available to babysit for those traveling with children. For the adults, I loved the fact that our butler Omar just kept the drinks cold and coming. He had an endless supply of fruity island rum recipes and was more than happy to make them. Indeed, the staff almost gets upset if you don't let them do their job as they want you to completely relax.
As for transport, I would consider renting a car for a day if you want to explore. Cabs are a little expensive. If cost is not a concern, then just hire a car for the day as riding around can get expensive.
Interestingly, for divers, the one dive site they might take you to is adjacent to the Prospect plantation. They can literally pick you up at the villa and take you to the dive site.
I hope that helps anyone that was considering this resort. Be happy to answer any questions people might have.
Prospect Plantation is in Ochos Rios, which is on Jamaica's north shore. You can fly into Montego Bay (what I did), or you can fly into Kingston. The plantation staff will pick you up from both. It is about 2 hours from Montego Bay in a simple van, which our motley crew ofscoobie fansdubbed the mystery van .
Pretty much everyone takes and even prefers US currency and there are even ATMs in Ochos Rios that only vend US currency. However, the max you can take out is about $200USD and the ATM fee can be as high as $5. I suggest using a bank card that pays you back the fee such as an eTrade.
There's lots to do in Ochos. Obviously all sorts of water activities are available. I personally wasn't a fan of the shopping as it was geared toward tourists, but they do have some lovely crafts and paintings in Ochos. The bar scene was very "island" so do not expect a NYC or Miami party. I think most will stay at the resorts (ex. Sandals is very big there for tourists). Bob Marley's house is nearby but I sadly never made it as the service and atmosphere lulled me into a too relaxed state to make the effort.
Oh! As a fun fact, I would mention at the plantation, they have trees planted by all the famous people who have stayed there (you will see this on the plantationtour which normally comes with the packages tha are offered on LL). My favorite is Shakira as that is recent and more pop cultur-esk, but there are heads of state, etc...You are pretty secluded if you want to be; and the staff is there to really get you into a relaxed state.
LMAO... well, possibly there are some 20 somethings here or partying 30 somethings that would be excited to hear your stories. I will say that while I was there, it appears there were several raids occurred that resulted in the burning of canibus plants throughout the region. I think that may have lulled me into a sleepy state throughout my time there. I understand that happens regularly. My Dr. friends tell me it's not possible for that to have caused any effect given we were not in close proximity, though.
While I enjoyed reading your post on the Prospect Plantation in Jamaica, I would like to point out to you and others, that we should really use this particular board for General Travel Q&A only. Your post would have better served under Destinations without cluttering up the General Travel Q&A board. There is also such a thing as rating in this community. Please do rate the posts that you are replying to. In the end, all contributors are being judged by these ratings and therefore we should abide by the rules that LL sets out for us. I hope I did not offend you with my comment.
Hi lhbrown, I have the ratings turned off for now. IMO the ratings here aren't useful. I never rated anyone, but my profile had an average for ratings given by me. I've seen threads without any replies rated, so a reply is not needed to rate. I couldn't be bothered rating posts when it has so little meaning IMO. I'm afraid ratings can turn into a petty matter as well, people can be childish online.
I've seen some of your posts in destinations that deserve 5 stars for all the work put into it. I think, I'll save rating for special posts that people put enormous effort into writing.
You are, of course, entitled to your opinion on the rating. However, I strongly believe we should follow the LL rules. If LL didn't want us to rate the posts and be judged by the ratings, they would not have put them there. I believe the rating by the community counts in LL's overall decisions. I agree with you, 5 star ratings should be reserved for exceptional posts, but I also believe a thank you or acknowledgement of info deserves at least a 1 or two.