Yes. This 70-year old woman decided to carpe diem and book a week at Aqua Beach Villa with 3 other brave souls. What was it like? Newark airport was busier than expected, but United’s ground crews proved to be efficient. The flight was half-full. United kept interaction to a bare minimum. Expedited customs service in Montego Bay minimized wait time and risk of exposure. Everyone, everywhere wore masks and hand sanitizer was available. Our certified transport van was waiting for us. We drove for 90 minutes to arrive at our destination...sheer heaven! Aqua Beach Villa was also inspected and certified as a lodging. But what a lodging! It sits on almost an acre of 7-Mile Beach front property. We were welcomed and introduced to our fully masked staff, which included our chef, bartender, security personnel, gardner, and housekeepers. As we entered the great room of the inn, we had a clear view of the huge and sparkling pool and beach beyond. We all had our own en suites, beautifully furnished and well cared for; comfortable luxury, clean and tidy. We celebrated our arrival, after planning this moment for 4 months, with several invitees canceling because of the pandemic. Here we were. Tropical cocktails, delicious appetizers, served al fresco in the soft tropical breeze, watching what was to be our first of 7 gorgeous Negril sunsets. We were all mask free. I felt reborn. We all did. Aqua Beach Villa is a spectacular property. It is designed to accommodate up to 12 guests or as few as one. Either way, it feels like your own private estate. It offers several sitting areas to gather or to steal some alone time, a hammock for napping, and even outdoor soaking tubs. Shari, the chef, is a magician in the kitchen. A couple of us accompanied her to the local market where we all had our temperatures taken before we were permitted to enter. Everyone wore masks. Hand sanitizer was available. The treasure trove of Jamaican bounty included just about every tropical fruit imaginable, and we ordered some specialty items including goat for curry, lobster, and lion fish ( a non-native invasive predator of native reef fish). Every meal was delicious. Tevin, the bartender, offered some refreshing alcoholic and virgin cocktail options, some made with sweet mint grown right on the property. Roots, next door, had live entertainment on 3 evenings, ending at 9 pm due to the island-wide curfew. It was fun to dance and enjoy the island vibe. A resident artist, Roahan, whose works are displayed in gallery fashion in the inn, exhibits his works at Roots. We purchased paintings and wood carvings. The beach had the softest sand that extends for tens of yards into the water. More heaven. The beach was quiet, and it was renewing for body and mind just to be able to gaze out at the ever-changing colors of the sea and sky, while hearing the waves gently lap the shore. Security, Dean and Devin, posted at the beach equates to not being disturbed by local purveyors. After 3 years of no vacation and 9 months of NJ and NY pandemic, Aqua Beach Villa, its staff; Negril, its inhabitants; and the beauty that is Jamaica proved to be the Great Reset. We came for R&R and that is what we had, with minimal risk of contracting the virus. At least no more than we experience daily in the Northeast, and as was the case in the market, offering even greater precaution. Aqua Beach Villa is the real deal. Everything was first class, from the high quality linens, to the abundance of water toys, to the media systems, to the Christmas tree in the great room. Some people thought we were crazy to travel to Jamaica at this time, but honestly, what a better time? Our departure was seamless. We rested at the MoBay Club while we waited for our half-empty jet to fly us home. Renewed, recalling life before the pandemic, and actually experiencing living at its fullest for a week at Aqua Beach Villa. Thank you, Marcel and Colin, for sharing your exquisite property with us. You were both a delight and responsive to work with to ensure a successful holiday There is no other property like Aqua Beach Villa in Negril, and unfortunately, the pandemic has taken its toll on some of the other sites. If you are on the fence, I hope this review offers many reasons to “just do it”! Carpe Diem!