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Highland House is one of the most beautiful luxury villas Jamaica, an exquisite estate with an enchanted history. The six bedroom Jamaica villa is located on 17 acres of lush hillside terrain that overlooks the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Vacationing at Highland House is a memorable and extraordinary experience due to picturesque scenic beauty, luxurious accommodations and lavish service.
Highland House was originally constructed for the English actress, Gladys Cooper in the 1940s. Since then, the villa has seen numerous momentous occasions. One of the most historic occurrences was when the lyrics to The Sound of Music' theme song were written from its terrace by the second owner and Broadway legend, Oscar Hammerstein II. Hammerstein and his wife used Highland House as a retreat to get away from New York and its fast-paced lifestyle. They entertained frequently, inviting their celebrity friends to enjoy the tropical environment and the fabulous scenery.
The current owner of the Highland House, Brenda Isaac of Atlanta, has carried out extensive renovations recently ensuring that the magnificent history of the villa is preserved, while adding the latest amenities and facilities. Brenda led a team of leading artists and distinguished interior designers to fulfill her vision of creating a series of charismatic environments complemented by elegance and comfort. The dcor incorporates meticulously selected artwork, collectable, mahogany tables and imported antiques that reflect Jamaica's British Indian heritage. Most of the period furniture from Dorothy Hammerstein's collection has been retained, along with Oscar Hammerstein's ingenuity. Highland House is even more spectacular in its current form, reflecting artistic influence, sophisticated beauty and contemporary luxury.
Vacationing at one of the most spectacular villas in Jamaica is a luxurious experience indeed. The elevated views, elegant accommodations and the gracious hospitality of the staff make Highland House the perfect escape with family or a special group of friends. The staff ensures that guests receive individual attention with privacy when desired, while the activities available locally offer a diverse collection of adventurous pastimes. It is also the perfect destination for romantic getaways and honeymoons. Fresh tropical flowers, indulgent massages and candlelit dinners make any couple's time together truly magical. Solitary travelers seeking star treatment and ample space to themselves also love Highland House. Quiet reflection, soul-searching and relaxation are at their best done in the serene environment at this villa.
Couples looking for the perfect setting for their wedding, the most special day of their lives, find Highland House to be a fairytale setting. Wedding guests cannot help falling in love with the meandering driveway with borders of bright flowers and the luxurious ambience of the villa. The villa's staff is trained to receive the guests graciously and attend to their every need. Highland House weddings are glamorous, beautiful and charming, particularly when the couple takes their vows in the midst of the rainforest or by the glorious pool setting.
The Jamaica villa also provides an amazing setting for reunions, where people come together from all parts of the world. The six bedroom suites are built in four individual structures, providing a sense of privacy. Several living areas provide the opportunity to reconnect conveniently. Guest can enjoy cocktails under a star filled sky on the rooftop terrace, or enjoy lavish island cuisine by the pool, while they are entertained by a live reggae band. Highland House can organize casual and formal parties, gatherings and events.
Highland House is one of the few villa rentals in Jamaica that has been designed for meetings and retreats, with a secluded pavilion in the trees that is perfect for yoga classes and group meetings. The serene environment and scenic beauty, complemented by the staff's gracious hospitality makes each event memorable. Yoga and spiritual teachers repeatedly choose this amazing villa for their group retreats. The pavilion is ideal for instruction and meditation, soothing the body, mind and soul with luxurious suites, uplifting views and on-site spa treatments.
Team-building efforts can be carried out at Highland House in the best possible manner as team members find common interests in the fantastic scenery, the delectable cuisine or local activities, such as horseback riding, waterfall hiking or catamaran cruises. Team connections built after only a few days at the beautiful setting will be long-lasting. Meetings and sessions can be organized for thinkers and executives from across the globe to work together in the picturesque, private and stress-free environment. The villa's staff will organize every aspect of the stay, ranging from meals and transportation to entertainment, so that guests can brainstorm in the same setting which inspired Oscar Hammerstein.
This has got to be one of the most gracious homes in Jamaica today...
With the careful attention to detail from this current owner, the service from her staff is superb in every way. This owner has a high standard in the design of the interiors. From the fabrics of the soft furnishings specially selected by her team of interior designers from Atlanta, the soft fern leaves which delicately shadows the walls of the master bedroom, to the special menus which have been created by professional chefs from Los Angeles and is prepared specially for the guests who stay at this most wonderful home which is so steeped in history.Highland House is an exquisite private home, owned by the famous Dorothy and Oscar Hammerstein in the 1960's.
Island Home Magazine has featured this wonderful home in their magazine. In 2000, the current owner began extensive renovations to restore this magnificent villa to its former majestic grandeur. In her vision for the restoration, the owner led a team of Atlanta artists and decorators to artfully redesign each room's dcor. The result is a splendid mix of artistic creativity woven together with a playful eye. These renovations have taken Highland house to a new level of luxury. With this team of professional designers, this property is one of the most glamorous estates in Jamaica.
Oscar Hammerstein II is best remembered for his collaborations with Richard Rodgers, including the Broadway musical phenomenon of 1949, "South Pacific." Hammerstein spent his days in Jamaica writing the lyrics to "South Pacific" from this fabulous estate, Highland House. This was his retreat from his New York City home. There is a wonderful sunroom with glorious views, and it is here where Sarah Churchill and Noel Coward played bridge with Dorothy Hammerstein on many relaxing Jamaican evenings.
A private vacation at the Highland House is the pinnacle of luxury. The elegant accommodations and elevated views are perfectly complemented by the gracious hospitality of an on-site staff. Escape with a group or alone - for a long weekend or several months - to mark a milestone or to simply indulge.