Villa, 5 Bedrooms, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10)
About Peter Kennedy
We are “island people,” having lived in the Caribbean—and having traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and Pacific. We moved back to the US from St. Croix in 1980, realizing we needed a more stable environment in which to raise and educate our children. (Karen concentrated on technology and healthcare marketing, and Peter worked in sales and customer service.) We found Treasure Beach when we were searching for a sweet and unspoiled place in the Caribbean to visit—and first stayed there in 1985. We immediately fell in love with the people, returning as often as we could. We purchased 5-1/2 beachfront acres in 1988, designed Rainbow Tree, and had it carefully constructed from 1989-1991. (Because we lived in the Caribbean, we understood the special design and construction considerations.) Our staff has been with us since 1990. We have become an integral part of the community and regard Treasure Beach as our second home. Karen heads Treasure Beach Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to providing educational opportunities for the students of Treasure Beach.
Peter Kennedy purchased this Villa in 1991
Why Peter Kennedy chose Treasure Beach
Treasure Beach is well outside the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas of Jamaica. The residents are decent and hardworking—and they call tourists “guests.” Treasure Beach has a casual, laid-back feel. When we had the opportunity to purchase 5-1/2 acres—what we thought was the finest land in the area—we jumped at the chance. We have had a relationship with our employees for 20+ years; they delight at making our guests feel as comfortable as possible—and are largely responsible for our exceptionally high rate of return guests and referrals.
What makes this Villa unique
Our land extends from the road to the beach. The villa itself is superbly designed and constructed. There are 17-foot cathedral ceilings throughout, keeping it airy and cool. All rooms and closets are oversized. The living room alone is 30 feet long and has several seating areas. All bedrooms have cross ventilation, and A/C is available in each; all mattresses are custom-made to hotel standards. The villa is full of original Jamaican art and photography. Large verandahs surround the house, providing numerous areas to relax. The 30 foot freshwater pool has a large deck, a gazebo, and two sun shelters. We recently added an outside kitchen in which the staff prepares amazing Jamaican meals including jerk chicken and pork. The sound system has speakers inside and outside; wi-fi is there if you care to keep in touch with the outside world. Our villas manager is available to take you on delightful day trips. Loving, responsible nanny service can easily be provided.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Relaxing and Laid Back!
We haven’t even left the property yet and I wanted to write a review. This was the vacation of our dreams! Rest, relaxation and we did NOTHING! The staff here is amazing and bends over backwards to make sure you enjoy you stay. We would get up, go for a walk on the beach (only saw one other couple in the am), breakfast was served on the covered patio, we would read for an couple hours, head for the pool, eat lunch, take a nap, head to the pool, and then read some more until dinner - which by the way was amazing EVERY night! Except to go reef fishing in front of the property we never left and never saw anyone except the staff and massage therapist who came out to the house. The perfect vacation for my husband and I to reconnect after a crazy busy year. Thank You Peter and Team for a great vacation. A couple tips: Bring cash - no ATM close to here. Bring Wondercide (a natural bug spray is great - can buy online) lots of little gnat like bugs at night. Don’t over pack - you don’t need much. Book a massage or two with Joshua (Peter can hook you up) - he is amazing!
In our discussions before you rented, you told me you were looking for a place where you could totally decompress after a hectic business Holiday. I told you that you had picked the right place with us.
I am gratified to see from your review that it worked out just the way you expected.
You are always welcome.
Secluded retreat with breathtaking views!
We visited Rainbow Tree for the sixth time and will keep going back. We love relaxing by the pool and hanging out in the hammock hanging from an almond tree overlooking the ocean. The beach is pristine and very private. On several occasions, we were the only people there and we never saw more that three other tourists. So peaceful! A world away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The Staff, Miss Jenny and Miss Laura, are so warm and friendly. And they prepare authentic Jamaican meals using locally sourced ingredients. Much of the fruit came from the property! Go once and you too will be hooked!
We are gratified by the large number of repeat guests that we experience, yourselves included.
I blame it all on our staff!
Repeat Visitor Always Amazed
As far as the eye can see
there are no clouds
The pale blue sky gives testimony
to the sparkling sea stretched beyond
I lie under the grape tree
mesmerized by the sound and sight of the waves
Listening to the sway of the grape tree leaves
I am a returning guest who enjoyed the restful solitude and withdrawal from the intensity and demand of urban American life. On previous visits, I have taken boat trips exploring Black River, eaten fried fish at Floyd's in Billy's Bay and dined at local restaurants across the road. On this visit I immersed myself the joy of doing "nothing". I was nourished in body and soul by the people and the place. I was greeted, fed and cared for by the staff who have been at Rainbow Tree for 25 years. They are the Treasure.
Absolute paradise for a perfect quiet getaway!
Rainbow Tree is spot of heaven way off the tourist-beaten path in a little fishing village with the kindest people you've ever met! You're surrounding by the stunning beauty of nature, delicious meals, and the thoughtful care of a top-notch staff who have been there since it was built over 15 years ago.
It's perfect for a group of 6-8 looking for a quiet, peaceful, and truly lovely getaway. We love rising with the sun with delicious coffee on the veranda and enjoying the gorgeous light on the ocean. After three amazing meals, walking the beach, lots of poolside chatting and reading, and perhaps an excursion somewhere, we're falling asleep to the sound of the waves by 9 pm! Laura, Jenny, Calvin, and Aman make the experience incredibly special and love knowing you appreciate their efforts. Don't hesitate to visit with them!
Peter and Karen Kennedy, the owners, are the BEST! They're high-integrity people who have taken great care in creating a place that people want to visit time and again. It is their home away from home, and it's obvious they have a lot of love for the property, community, and most especially its people. Once you book they provide a comprehensive and very helpful guide of instructions and guidance for your Jamaica visit that most villa owners would never take the time to compile for their guests!
I've been to Rainbow Tree 3 times and intend go to back!
We tank you for your kind remarks. You are always welcome.
Superior in Every Way
Our vacation at Rainbow Tree Villa was the best vacation we've ever had. We experienced the "real” Jamaica in real style.
Aman, the Rainbow Tree driver, picked us up at the airport and from that moment until he dropped us off two weeks later, we felt like the most important people in the world.
On the way to RT, Aman took us shopping to get what we needed at all the right places. He knows everyone everywhere you go and is a wealth of knowledge about every square inch of his native country.
Upon stepping out of the van at Rainbow Tree, we were greeted not only by a riot of color from the bougainvillea flowers, but the extraordinary staff — who has been taking care of RT guests for many years. We had fabulous and authentic Jamaican meals, hors d’oevres and cocktails prepared by the wonderful Laura and Jenny. (They also make killer grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade potato chips!). With the utmost discretion and proficiency, they made sure every corner of the villa was sparkling clean, that beds were made every morning, ice cold lemonade was available on the veranda during the day and bedside water pitchers and glasses were filled at night. Laura and Jenny, having grown up in Treasure Beach, embody that warm, gentle and relaxed Jamaican hospitality. They are so friendly and sweet and truly care about you and want your vacation to be perfect.
The house has large and breezy rooms with handsome decor and a photo gallery you will peruse over and again of the beautiful Jamaican people and landscapes. The doors open to the expansive veranda with spectacular views of the Caribbean. You can spend your day there, poolside under the gracious palm umbrellas or on the beach a few steps away. All the while, Laura, Jenny and the rest of the staff are behind the scenes making delicious food and planning for your comfort.
Aman has his own boat and took us on a wonderful boat ride to Floyds Pelican Bar and exploring up the Black River. He knows the best swimming spots and on the way back stopped at a local, riverside eatery for grilled crab. It was a great day. He will take you anywhere you want to go while you are staying there.
You will fall in love with Rainbow Tree and the staff there. We can't wait to go back and would not consider staying anywhere else!
We spent a magical week at Rainbow Tree with our friends. The property is expansive and perfect for a relaxing vacation. The staff provided excellent meals and keep the house and grounds clean and groomed. Laura, Jenny and Calvin kept us well fed and cared for our every need. Aman is an excellent guide whether to/from the airport or taking us up the Black River. Shane is a first mate extraordinaire. The south shore is relaxing and Rainbow Tree is an extraordinary retreat. I cannot wait to return.
Numerous fascinating day trips by boat and vehicle, A superb staff that loves to share their Jamaica with you, will make you want to return again and again. Masseuse available to come to the villa.