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Villa Dora Mae: The lap of luxury

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 8:00 AMCarl Gilchrist
One of the beautifully appointed bedrooms.
Monique Walcott (left) announcing the winner of a one-night stay at Villa Dora Mae, while Andrea and Donald McBean look on.
From left: Siblings Norman, Donald and Andrea McBean, with Andrea’s son, Julian Stewart.
The inside swimming pool.
Andrea McBean-Stewart (second right), owner of Villa Dora Mae, with (from left) Pat Samuels, Jag Mehta and Janet Madden.
From left: Elizabeth Oliver, Sandra Samuels, André Marriott Blake, Kerri-Ann Allen-Morgan, and Johnathon Morgan at the opening of Villa Dora Mae in St Ann recently.
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In the mood to be spoilt? There's a place for that. The ultra-luxurious Villa Dora Mae has opened its doors in Mammee Bay, St Ann, with an offering that is filled with the finer things in life.

"Luxury starts from the moment you enter through the gate - the greetings that you get from the staff on site, the beds that you sleep in, the atmosphere, the environment, everything should be just that - luxurious," said Monique Walcott, manager of the property.

She continued: "It's a luxury villa offering nothing but the best amenities, from a butler to a chef. Come and be spoilt. Enjoy the lap of luxury right here on the north coast. The only experience you can have here is one that will be totally amazing - relaxation at its best."

The six-bedroom villa boasts an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a gazebo, cooking facilities on the outside, and a walk-through backyard garden that leads to a private beach.

Villa Dora Mae is available for private parties, weddings and other events.

Expertly designed and fabulously furnished by the McBean siblings - Andrea, Donald and Norman - the villa represents the realisation of a family dream that began more than 20 years ago.

In 1982, they returned to Jamaica with their father, seeking investment opportunities. They bought the property and began construction in the early '90s. Living abroad presented some challenges in getting the job completed, so Norman returned to Jamaica in 2001 in order to get the project finished.

 

FATHER's DEATH

 

Their father died in 2009, and according to Donald: "We came back in 2010, and with help from family and friends - good friends better than pocket money - it was people who made this happen. We're happy that it's finished and we're able to show it to the public. We're going to run it like a bed and breakfast. We have a staff here - chef, butler, housekeeper, gardener - and tours are available."

The villa is anything but normal. When a select group of invitees, including friends, family, media, travel experts and wedding planners, turned up for the official opening recently, all were surprised and pleased with what they saw. Two lucky persons won one-night stays at the property, in a raffle.

"We want people to come in, enjoy themselves and be treated like any other celebrity. It doesn't matter where you're from, Jamaica or anywhere in the world, the treatment will be the same, as we believe that everyone who comes through this door must have nothing short of a luxurious experience," said Walcott.