Arnos Vale Vacation Apartments - Reader Reports & Opinion
Michelle Masson from Canada visited in December 2007 and awarded
We had 2.5 weeks in Victor and Ursaline Forde's immaculate 2 bedroom apartment. We stayed over Christmas and their hospitality included bringing us a Christmas tree and ornaments to decorate as well as a full Christmas dinner delivered to us by Victor. We got their leftovers and they were the best leftovers I've had! It was a great chance to sample real Tobago home cooking. Everyday they stopped by to say hello and make sure we had everything we needed. They were friendly but unobtrusive. (Invite Victor for a glass of wine and he'll have just a small splash - you can pick his brain about things to do on Tobago!)
Our apartment was cleaned regularly and linens changed often. The entire property is spotless. We did not have a single crawly bug in 2 weeks which is quite remarkable for ground floor Caribbean!
The orchard is lovely and every morning we awoke to the chatter and song of many birds.
The apartment is a very comfortable home for travelers and is central to many great Tobago places. Within 20 minutes drive, we had many great beaches, restaurants and attractions. Very handy spot for getting to a wide variety of dive sites.
Nick Bristow from U.K. visited in November 2007 and awarded
The first thing that impresses you about these apartments are the owners. Retired fire officer Victor Forde and his charming school teacher wife Ursline do their upmost to make your stay with them realxing and worry free. They live in one of the apartments and are always on hand if you need any assistance, advice or just want a chat, but are never intrusive.
Victor and Ursilne have two two bedroomed and one single bedroomed apartments for rent.We stayed in one of the two bedroom apartments which was amply large enough to sleep six.
All the apartments are spotlessly clean and equipped to the highest standard. Both bedrooms have aircon, the kitchen has all the appliances you require including a huge fridge freezer for all the beers and just in case you can't live without it, the lounge has cable tv with all the film and sports channels.
Outside you have your own verandah but a better option is to relax in Victor's beautifully kept 1/2 acre citrus orchard which is attached to the apartments. You can sit here and watch many species of birds darting in and out of the trees.
As with most places on Tobago outside Crown Point you will need a car, again Victor can help, he has a couple of cars availble for rent at very competitive rates and like his apartments the cars are clean and well maintained.
The only thing that stops these apartments from being perfect is that the nearest beach is 20 minutes walk away but this is reflected in the price. We paid $50 us per night for our apartment. If it had been near the beach I wouldn't be surprised to have to pay three times this amount.
If you are looking for an apartment close to any nightlife the Arnos Vale Apartments are probably not for you, but if you want a relaxing get away from it all holiday I don't believe that there will be many better options on Tobago than these apartments.
To summarise, these apartments are clean well equipped and represent excellent value for money and I would be more than happy to stay with Victor and Ursline again.
Dawn Little from Canada visited in January 2006 and awarded
My sister and I spent two weeks at the Arnos Vale Vacation Apartments for five consecutive years. We were always extremely happy with the apartments, and have stayed in both the front and back first floor units. The apartments are spotless and have everything that you need. Victor and his wife Ursline are the best hosts, doing everything possible to assist you in enjoying your vacation. Coming back was like staying with family.
The grounds are absolutely immaculate and both of the Fordes work very diligently keeping them that way. We were provided with oranges, grapefruit, etc. right from their gardens. Watching and feeding the birds is always a pleasure - when the Mot Mot comes and tries to steal your toast with peanut butter - it is a real experience.
Sitting on the front porch in the morning watching the locals go to work, school, etc. is great, everyone is so friendly. It is experiencing living in a small town which is so much better than staying in an inhospitable hotel.
It is better to have a car available, and we have rented directly from Victor. The car is always clean and in good shape. Shopping can be done in Plymouth, Scarborough is just over the big hill and there is a market there as well as more stores.
The island is fairly small, and touring it really is a necessity. It has a real rain forest, wonderful waterfalls, lots of beaches, etc.
I would not hesitate to stay with Victor and Ursline is we decide to return to Tobago.
Joyce Maskam from Suriname visited in December 2005 and awarded
Great place in a quiet neighborhood. The appartment is very spacious and very well maintained. All you need is available.
Grocery stores and local cuisine restaurant in walking distance.
The whole place including the garden is very neat.
Appartment is very comfortable and easy to reach.
Good beach close by. Arnos Vale is like home away from home.
Recommended for families and couples.
Arnos Vale Aparments
I've just booked to stay at the Arnos vale apartments in November.
Has anyone stayed there recently and are they as good as they look on the photos?