The villa staff usually work 8-10 hours per day. Silver Sands villas, staff will have a shorter work day. We are proud of our villa staff and feel they are the true treasures of your Jamaican villa experience.
For the staff, an appropriate gratuity is 10% – 15% of the villa rental (10% in Winter and 15% in Summer) and the drivers tip is normally $20 a day.
Before you depart for your vacation, we will ask you to fill out a Food and Beverage Request Form. This will tell us what you would like for your first dinner and first breakfast. This means that the cook will go out and pre purchase the groceries to make your first meals. Once you are in Jamaica, you can then reimburse her in cash for the groceries. At this time, you can then discuss the types of foods you would like for the rest of your stay, if any one has any allergies or food dislikes etc.
The cook will do the grocery shopping for you. (She may need a taxi fare. If you have hired a van and driver, then you may organize a time for her to go with the driver). If you need certain things, from the supermarket, you can just make a list and she will get them. Remember you are on vacation! If you would like to go to the grocery store, you are also welcome to go and see what is available.
A good budget is about $45-$65 per adult for 3 meals and about $20 per child per day. Meal costs are variable and depending on what you do choose, this will affect the budget. Choosing items such as lobster, shrimps or imported meats will increase your budget. Also, be aware that local lobster and conch are delicacies that have seasons. The lobster season is closed April 1 to June 30 and the conch season is closed July 1 to October 30. The only way these should be purchased is if there were available frozen in grocery stores and this too is regulated.
If you have reserved less bedrooms in your villa than the full number of bedrooms, the other bedrooms must remain unoccupied. Remember that you are paying a lower rate for using less bedrooms in the villa, however, be assured the entire villa property will remain private for just your family/group.
Jamaica is a tropical island! If you are susceptible to mosquitoes, please bring along your favorite insect repellant.