Vacation Compound

St Ann’s Bay, Jamaica

Quick Facts: 

Client:  First Rock Group,  Kingston, Jamaica

Market: Hospitality, Residential

Size: 5,000 gsf (per home)

Services:  Architecture, Planning

Project Team: Winstanley Architects & Planners

Saint Ann’s Bay is a settlement in Jamaica, the capital of Saint Ann Parish. It had a population of 10,961 in the 1991 census.  When Christopher Columbus first came to Jamaica in 1494, he landed on the shores of St. Ann’s Parish. He returned to Jamaica on his fourth voyage and was eventually marooned for one year at St. Ann’s Bay (June 1503 – June 1504), which he called Santa Gloria. A statue of Christopher Columbus is located near the town’s main traffic intersection to commemorate the discovery of the bay.

This project is comprised of six vacation homes and a beach facility for the residents.  Situated in this historic location, the vacation homes face north and the views of the Caribbean Ocean.  The homes are approximately 5, 000 sf with five bedrooms (all ensuite), a maids suite and a large living/dinning area next to an eat-in kitchen.  As a vacation home it was important also to have a large amount of outdoor space.  Each house has approximately 3,800 sf of outdoor space including a patio with pool and a rooftop with a pool.  The rooftop pool provides an outdoor area facing south.

Each of the houses located on the beach have private swimming holes that have been carved into the rock cliff shoreline creating natural swimming holes and ledges to sit and sunbath.  The beach pavilion is a communal facility with bathrooms and changing rooms along with two kitchen and dining areas and a main lounge with a large deck facing the water.