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Frequently asked questions

What is the staffing at the villa?

  • The villa has a butler, executive chef, housekeeping and laundry staff, beach, and groundsmen, as well as 24-hour security.


Does the staff live on property?

  • Rio Chico has at least two staff that live on the property.

Is there security at the villa?

  • The villa has 24-hour security.

Are the meals included and if not, can they be? Is alcohol included?

  • Rates include the villa, staff and all amenities and activities on the property. Food and beverages are not included.

  • An all-inclusive package for Rio Chico is available, which would include all food, house wines, local beer and main spirits. The all-inclusive food and beverage package is an additional $250.00 (15+) per adult per day and $100.00 per child (2-15) per day.

  • If the all-inclusive package is not purchased, our guests can purchase their food and beverages throughout their stay and pay with cash or credit card at the end of their stay. The chef can make all the necessary purchases so as to not inconvenience the guest.

  • It is recommended that guests notify their banks before travel that they will be vacationing in Jamaica to allow oversees credit card or ATM transactions.

What are the hours of the staff?

  • The Butler is on duty every day from before breakfast until well after dinner and guests have gone to bed. The remainder of the house staff works from breakfast until after dinner every day. Beach and groundsmen are available from early morning until dark each day.

Can clients take food items to the island? Would there be a cost (duty)?

  • Food can be brought to the island in small amounts without duty. A medical letter is advisable. Dry goods, gluten-free flour, etc., should be acceptable. No meat, fruit or dairy is allowed without a letter ahead of time from the Jamaican Agriculture Department. Large fines are issued for any meat, fruit or dairy found in luggage or hand carried.

Are specialized food products available for those guests with food allergies?

  • Jamaica does not have the range of specialized items that are available overseas. It can be very difficult to get certain brands of imported food and beverages let alone specialized items like gluten-free products.

  • Guests with particular needs are encouraged to bring the essential items with them along with a letter from their doctor outlining the need to carry them.

  • It is best to provide the villa staff with a list of any food allergies before arrival so the necessary preparations can be made before arrival.

Can I host an event at Rio Chico?

  • Weddings and events are not permitted at Rio Chico.

Are nannies available? What is the cost?

  • Nannies are available, but must be booked in advance. The rate is US $12 per hour and can be paid in US cash or local currency. The price would increase if there is more than three children in their care.

Are spa treatments included or services available?

  • Spa services are available at the villa by the trained therapists from the Red Lane® Spa at Sandals or Beaches Resorts. All treatments come at an additional cost. Guests can attend the Red Lane® Spa if they prefer (transfers are not included).

Do clients have free access to the Sandals and Beaches Resorts or the Golf Course?

  • If guests would like to visit the hotel, that can be arranged by purchasing a day pass or a night pass. (Transfers not included.)

  • One complimentary round of golf is included, however transfers to and from the course are not included. There is also a mandatory caddy fee of US $20 for eighteen holes walking, per bag. If the guests would like to hire a cart, it is an additional US $40 for 18 holes. Golf clubs and shoes are also available for rent.

How are the airport transfers handled for villa guests?

  • Round-trip transfers are prepaid by the guests. After clearing Jamaican Customs, guests are invited to assemble at our Sandals Welcome Lounge in the Montego Bay Arrivals Hall. The staff on hand will then advise the assigned driver to meet them at the lounge and escort them to their waiting vehicle.

  • Rio Chico Villa is a 1.5 hour drive from the airport, eastward, along the straight, north coast highway.

Would you recommend renting a car or hiring a driver?

  • We drive on the left in Jamaica so many prefer to leave the driving up to those who are comfortable with the roads and surrounding areas.

  • A driver can be arranged at an additional cost.

Are there phones and internet available at the villas?

  • There are phones at the villa, however there is no international line out. International calls can be received but cannot be dialed. Many international cell phones work in Jamaica either with Digicel or Lime. SIM cards and pre-paid calling cards are available for purchase at the local stores.

  • The villa has wireless internet available as well as access to a printer, copier and fax machine.

What entertainment is provided (TV, DVD/CD Player, etc)?

  • The villa has a variety of entertainment equipment including SAT TV; CD player with wide selection of CDs, iPod docks throughout, DVD player, Plasma TV, XBOX 360 and games, adult and children's board games.

Are any water sports / land sports included?

  • The villa includes a Hobie Wave sailboat, paddle board, kayaks, snorkel equipment and life jackets for adults and children.

  • The villa features three freshwater pools, an oversized Jacuzzi overlooking the ocean, two private beaches, as well as children's toys for same.

  • The villa has a lighted tennis court, croquet, table tennis, snooker table, pool volleyball, soccer and football equipment.

  • The villa includes an on-site private gym with elliptical and treadmill.

Are there any limits to our use of the boat?

  • Yes, Operating or using a boat provided by Fowl Cay Resort is at the driver of the boat and guests own risk. The driver of the boat also acknowledges that participating in all activities related to the rental, operation, or use of the boat that he/she assumes all risk of injury, illness, damage or loss that might result. Boat use is only permitted after the driver has undergone the boat orientation process. The Manager can at any point deny use of the boat if he reasonably feels that the driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or if the rules or guidelines provided during the boat orientation are not followed and in the case of expected or adverse weather conditions.

Where is the closest town?

  • Rio Chico is a 10-minute drive from Ocho Rios.

Is tipping allowed? What is the recommended amount?

  • Tipping is certainly allowed and is much appreciated by the staff, as it is not included in the villa rate.

  • The recommended rate is a suggested rate given by the Tourist Board and is 15% of the cost of the villa rental in low season and 10% of the cost of the villa rental in high season.

What are the highlights of Rio Chico?

  • Rio Chico stands out from the other villas in Jamaica by the level of service we offer. Your butler, chef, housekeepers and outdoor staff will go above and beyond the norm to ensure your stay far exceeds your expectations in every way. Please fill out our guest comment book before you depart to highlight your villa experience.

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