Luxury Family Heaven at Infinity Villa at Tryall Club, Jamaica!
The direct flight to Montego Bay, Jamaica took just three hours and went smoothly. We had arranged in advance to be met by escorts from a service called “Club Mobay.” (Hat tip here to my husband: this spared us the agony of a long immigration line.) These very friendly locals whisk passengers willing to pay the extra money ($80 per adult and $45 per child) around the long lines and into waiting cabs. It wasn’t quite like being waived through the rope line at an exclusive club, but it was worth every penny in the avoidance of an airport meltdown by one or more small children.
After traveling up the winding and hilly road to our villa at the exclusive Tryall Club. The villa is “Infinity” and our large family group (6 adults, 4 teenagers and 3 younger children) climbed out of the van and were greeted by the cheerful and enthusiastic staff of eight who run the house. We were handed cool towels and fresh Jamaican lemonade at the front door, the view from which captures first an elegant living room and then an enormous infinity pool and, finally, the Caribbean Sea. The view is simply overwhelming.
We ventured onto the covered porch and adjoining pool deck that are furnished with enormous sectionals, a dozen chaise lounges and modern chairs that are lit at night in changing colors and surround a fire pit.
Infinity is made up of five separate structures; the main house with two living areas, the dining room and a safari-themed bedroom, the kitchen building and two wings on either side of the pool – each with two bedrooms and a sitting room. This horseshoe design enabled our family to have privacy but never to feel isolated or far from the fun.
Our days began with breakfast at a long table on the porch. The most divine chef, Terri, prepared festival muffins, eggs of our choosing, my very favorite breakfast casserole, bacon, waffles and Mickey Mouse and Princess pancakes. There was always a platter of fresh fruit, with mango as the clear favorite.
After breakfast, we all set off for various activities that we arranged through Tryall guest services. There was horseback riding in the ocean and through the jungle, deep sea fishing and an excursion of swimming with dolphins for the kids.
The whole group enjoyed a trip to Rick’s Café to jump off cliffs and we loved the boat rides off the beach. Complimentary water sports were well utilized by our brood. The kids went paddle boarding, kayaking and tubing off the beach.
The adults were just as active as the youths! Every day, I walked about a half mile down the beach with Captain Martin who swam out past the reef with me and back into shore. The adults all worked out in the well-equipped gym overlooking the ocean and we enjoyed wonderful massages in the spa. Hair and nail services are also available at the resort.
Tryall had activities every day and night for our family. There was a Beach Barbecue Dinner with donkey rides and goat petting, a marshmallow roast and musical entertainment by the amazing Barbara (who managed to get each and every one of our kids in a limbo contest) followed by a performance of fire eaters. There was Reggae night with a dinner buffet by the beach and a band playing reggae (what else?!) and music for everyone.
Our last day, they had Kid’s Fun Day at the beach with waterslides, a moon bounce, face painting, cotton candy, snow cones and fun music. The kids club had activities every day. Our younger ones stopped in for tie dye t-shirt making and romps on the playground.
My husband loved the golf course and raved about Jazzbo, his caddy. There is a ball boy on every tennis court at all times and one day, I grabbed one of them for a quick game. We all took exercise walks around the property, which were more like hikes because of the hills.
We scattered about the resort all day but convened back at Infinity for lunch, dinner and after dinner board games. All thirteen in our party were never without a drink or snack, towels, and games thanks to Infinity’s butlers Anthony and Randy. Music always flowed throughout the entire property thanks to Randy (who is a talented DJ and able to switch the music to suit everyone) and a great speaker system. The several acres surrounding the property not only provided expansive yard for the kids to run wild but ensured we could play loud music without any issue.
On our last night, Randy joined us along with the adorable gardeners, Sanjay and Fitzroy, for an impromptu dance party. At least once a day, the staff joined our family in a basketball game in the front courtyard next to the Koi pond. Melva, Crystal and Alecia, the housekeepers and laundress, unpacked for everyone, kept the place impeccable and somehow managed to keep up with the insane amount of laundry in our group. They all smothered my 4-year old son in kisses and Crystal braided the girls’ hair. They made flowers and animals out of our towels and blankets, and sang songs to us.
The table was set with different china at almost every meal, fresh flowers, lighted vases and I have never had better food anywhere than prepared by Terri. Salads, shrimp pizza, Sandwich wraps, hot dogs, macaroni and cheese and spaghetti and meatballs for the kids. Dinner was over the top literally every night. Beautiful salads and vegetables, lobster, various Jamaican dishes, jerk chicken, stir fry, and fresh fish always with magnificent deserts and ice cream sundaes. One of our teenage guests had a birthday and Terri came in on his day off to bake and decorate the most delicious cake for her.
There were so many different seating areas all around the pool and the house that it was easy to find solitude for reading or conference calls without being too far away from others. At night, Randy would place colored glowing lights under the chairs around the fire pit and we would gather for awhile sipping wine and specialty cocktails before going back to the porch and sitting around the sectionals for Family Trivial Pursuit or late night (and extremely competitive) Cards Against Humanity.
Each and every person in our group had pure joy on their face almost at all times for seven straight days. The thoughtful and loving care of the staff who took into consideration each and every need of everyone in our party, the brilliant design of Infinity, the insanely comfortable beds and soft comforters,
the large plush beach towels, Beach Boys music blasting, the majestic sea view from every room, the closet full of games and movies, shelves of books in every room to suit all tastes, the bar with bar seating,
the expansive lawn for the kids to chase each other, the infinity pool with three different depths for babies, kids and adults, the hot tub, the beautiful beach and beach bar and the many activities organized by Tryall for everyone made this the favorite vacation of everyone on our group. We have already made plans to return later this year!
Infinity sleeps 10 people (plus a additional kids for a small fee) and is $14,500-$28,000 per week depending on the season. (Christmas/NYE week being the most expensive).
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