Stonehaven Villas: pools & flowers

May 14, 2012 in TRINIDAD & TOBAGO | Comments (2)

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Infinity pool and morning flowers

Tobago. Prime accommodation we felt was Stonehaven villas.

2 May

Fell asleep in my romantic bed, dreaming of morning. To open the plantation shutters and walk out barefoot onto the terrace, to see my two housemates floating in the clear infinity pool, with view of bright flowers and sea.

Magical enchanted place.

Stonehaven Villas lie high on a slope with a view of sea, above a beach we didn’t visit, though we glimpsed its palms and sand from Le Grand Courlan.

Among bougainvillea, palms and mango trees, the 14 villas are built with a stately colonial residence feel. Their best feature, the wide verandahs overlook a private infinity pool and the sea way below.

There is a sense of calm, space and permanence. You walk through  into a lounge and open plan kitchen – no kitchenette here, just the real thing. Gleaming black granite tops and barstools by the counter between lounge and kitchen.

Two bedrooms upstairs each with its own very desirable balcony with sea views. Master bedroom (mine) downstairs with a welcome laid out in flowers and swan shaped towel. The bed as wide as it was long was a four poster .

Plenty of sunbeds on the terrace, dining table for 8 on the verandah, and lounge furniture.

The house sleeps seven – there is also a maid’s room for the seventh person.

Duane the pleasant hands on GM was there to greet us – and the next morning to serve us at breakfast, cooked by the housekeeper. Very friendly nice man, enthusiastic about his marketing. The villas, 14 of them, marketed entirely through word of mouth and social media networking events. For example they invited young couples to an event – tipped off on who was not yet engaged but likely to take the step. They were shown the wedding facilities, their imagination stoked by romance of weddings, plus armed with professional images taken at the event, they were guided to publish themselves, their romance and Stonehaven villas on Facebook. They also ask celebrities to use twitter and Facebook.

Our first enthusiasm at the sensational charm of the villas put them at 5 stars. But in the morning we understood they are perhaps 4 and a half stars. The showers in typical Tobago style have shower curtains, and no hand shower attachment – only overhead and foot section. Not wanting to set my hair I ended up washing in the foot shower.

But this is a tiny hitch in relation to the overall charm.

Each villa is a well built spacious shady building (10 years old). It doesn’t meet the current fancy new standard in some respects, but in five years when flashy villas built today already are fading, these will still be beautiful and classy.

They are privately owned and renovation ongoing.

Service is not 24 hours.  The housekeeper is available from breakfast to 2pm, but she will discuss what you want for dinner, cook it and leave it. You do the shopping I gathered (hire car seems essential) but she will cook a meal for you and leave it for you to heat up later on. She will draw up a shopping list for you based on your wishes.

Up on the crown of the hill lies the reception building and restaurant, along with a larger infinity pool. The terraces have magnificent view …. Very charming place.