Yanique and I had always wanted to have a home outside of the United States (more on why in another blog). After putting an offer on a property only to be told the next day that it had been sold (side-eye), we settled on Point of View. But, after making our decision it was clear that we didn't just choose Point of View; it also chose us!
We recently caught up with Dee Hardy, owner of Dee’s Tropical Paint Parties, who has hosted fun paint parties for Point of View guests. Read on and treat yourself to a healthy dose of inspiration from her magical story.
Tell us that you are a foodie, and we will have plenty of delicious options for you on an island known for its curries, jerk seasoning and world-famous rice and peas. Yet, we tell all foodies this: above all else, you must visit Stush in the Bush, a farm-to-table experience in the hills right outside of Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Not only is it the best vegan/vegetarian food that Ronnie and I have ever had, it is just superb food. Period.
As we move into 2019, it’s important that we reflect on all of the good things (and people) that 2018 brought us. Read about our accomplishments here and enjoy the photos of all our wonderful adventures.
In preparation for the January yoga retreat, we sat down with Erica Robinson to learn about how she got her start as a yoga instructor, some benefits of doing yoga, and what to expect at the Creative Vinyasa Flow Retreat in January 2019. Check it out!
We just want to say a big thank you to Vanessa who visited Point of View in 2017 with a group of girlfriends and came back for her birthday this year and brought her mom and more friends! Every year we honor our repeat guests by providing a 25% discount on a future stay. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your dates by January 31st. Enjoy pics from Vanessa’s stay!
How can we ever truly describe with words the very first marriage retreat hosted at Point of View Villa & Spa? It was a beautiful mix of morning reflections on marriage and testing out tools to diligently sustain it and afternoon excursions, including a dune buggy ride through the heart of Jamaica. On that ride we saw tree roots that jutted four feet out of the ground, water so unbelievably clear flowing in a labyrinth of rivers and streams and the prettiest blue holes ranging in color from aqua to sapphire that made us gasp when we saw them.
“All we need now is a prime minister,” said San San, shop owner and former student of Content Basic School during my visit this month. That’s because this tiny three-room school in the hills of Montego Bay, right down the road from Point of View Villa and Spa, has produced doctors, lawyers, accountants and business owners. But, make no mistake; while I believe that the children are naturally gifted, it takes teachers who care to nurture that talent.
I had the pleasure of hosting 13 of the baddest changemakers in the world at Point of View for a retreat last month. If you are starting a business or have dreamed about the prospect of taking your idea to scale, you want these people in your corner. The fellowship program to which we all belong is called the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies—BALLE for short—and we care about building an economy that works for everyone, not just a few.
In 2018, the Point of View blog will bring you closer to the parts of Jamaica that Ronnie and I have grown to love. We will review our favorite spots on the island and feature some of the amazing people we have met along the way. First up: Treasure Beach on Jamaica’s south coast. As the young people say, “It is everything!”
As Point of View Villa and Spa celebrates its one-year anniversary, we thought it apropos to share an excerpt from a guest review. After all, that’s why we created Point of View—to provide an awe-inspiring space of respite for our guests and then wrap them in radical hospitality. Ericka sent us a review about her time at the villa in October for a writing retreat. Here is her point of view:
Ronnie and I hosted our 10th wedding anniversary party at Point of View Villa and Spa in May. We invited 70 of our closest family and friends to celebrate the launch of the villa and our anniversary milestone. It was more than we could have ever imagined.
What is now known as Point of View Villa and Spa has quite a storied history. To start, it wasn’t always the vacation villa that you see today. The site of the villa was originally an artist studio for famed Polish painter and activist Michael Lester.
Our thoughts go out to those who were affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We saw a rare occurrence of three active hurricanes churning simultaneously in the North Atlantic Basin. Jamaica was spared as Irma coursed through the Caribbean, and thankfully Jamaica gets very few direct hit hurricanes (approximately one every 11 years). But, we know that if Irma had shifted just 200 miles south, it could have been us.
Cuba has surpassed Jamaica in the number of tourists to the island, largely due to the easing of U.S. restrictions on travel to the island nation. While Cuba sits roughly 150 miles north of Jamaica, there are no direct flights between the two countries and no ferries. As new villa owners in Montego Bay, Jamaica, we found ourselves wondering how this would affect our business. But, after our recent trip to Havana, the real question is, “Why must the islands compete?”
Since we launched Point of View Villa and Spa late last year, we have hosted 11 groups of family and friends. Some groups come with an explicit mission—to party in Jamaica until the sun comes up. Other groups come for healing and restoration. No image embodies the latter more than the one posted on Instagram by Ashley, who stayed with us in June 2017.
My daughter, Alana, is almost 21. She uses the new term “adulting” a lot these days. When she is getting ready for work (she has a summer internship in L.A.), she says she is “adulting.” When she is entering receipts for her job with the family business, she says, “I am adulting.” As you can see, she is equating work and responsibility with being an adult. But, shouldn’t adults get to play?