Bayview Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 17 votes = 4.9 (max 5)
Dessie from U.S.A. visited in August 2013 and awarded
I was traveling with a mixed group of 11 people including 2 seniors and 2 children. As you can imagine it was difficult to find a property that would meet all of our needs but this is it!!! The property looks just like the pictures and was perfect for my group. I had some folks in my group who are from Trinidad and some from Tobago (very hard to impress on their home turf) and even they were pleased! We rented the entire building which was perfect. The local stores and beaches are less than a 5 minute walk from the property. The kitchens had everything we needed to either cook or have catered meals delivered.
The private pool was awesome and saw me and my family everyday! Not too deep so the its not dangerous for kids. The view of the bay is breathtaking and we could not stop taking pictures at sunset! The rooms were clean and the linens were too. Everything worked including the free Wi-FI for those who cannot unplug!
When making the arrangements I dealt with Gillian who was very patient and understanding. Since this was my first time renting a private villa I asked a ridiculous amount of questions and she answered all of them with ease. This experience was great and had all 11 members of my family patting me on the back.
The only note i would make is that the Captains Quarters (top floor) is the entrance level so it was good for seniors and families with kids. The middle deck and crews nest have steps that lead down the side of the building and may be difficult for older travelers.
This property is perfect and we have already started making plans to return next summer!
Colleen Henry from Trinidad visited in August 2013 and awarded
Hidden Paradise Found!
I was able to book the entire villa for a two night stay in Tobago and from start to finish, Gillian (The Manager) was always warm and accommodating. We booked from Sunday Evening to Tuesday afternoon but unfortunately we missed our boat on Sunday but luckily got on the early boat on Monday. Gillian was quite lovely letting us stay till Wednesday so we'd have our two nights!
Ok, on to the villa! The view will blow you away! Each apartment is beautifully designed and you'll feel like you're right at home. The rooms are spacious and well maintained, we only briefly met Donicia the housekeeper but we could see she put in a great deal of work!
I absolutey would come back to this lovely gem in Tobago!
Thank you so much!!
Kiron Mair from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded
Daisy and I had a wonderful stay in the Crew's Nest apartment of Bayview Villa. It was beautifully decorated and furnished, and the garden and pool were amazing.
The apartment is the perfect size for a couple and would be a great honeymoon suite; equally the whole villa is ideal for large groups, so parents or grandparents could have Crew's Nest whilst the rest of the family take the upper apartments.
As long as you keep the door shut whenever you're outside or in, the place stays nice and cool, with an air conditioning unit at one end near the bed and bathroom and a couple of fans. Worth bearing in mind that you should keep bathroom door shut at night as the high window inside stays open for ventilation, and this could potentially let mosquitos in at night.
There is wifi in the villa, but the router is situated in one of the upper apartments, so the signal is patchy. But hey, you come to an island paradise like Tobago to get away from the outside world so why use the Internet if you can avoid it?
The really helpful addition to the apartment is the use of a local mobile phone for the duration of your stay. This makes it easy to arrange your activities each day. We found that through meeting locals throughout the week who would take us on tours and drop us off places, we could collect phone numbers and details. If you talk to people and are generally inquisitive and friendly, after a couple of days you feel so connected and at home that no forward planning is required. Everyone on the island is incredibly friendly and eager to help out, so you will have no shortage of options for local guides or people to ask for advice or recommendations.
Donicia is the housekeeper and she cleans the apartment every couple of days. She is lovely and very helpful.
The lush tropical garden is a haven for all sorts of birds that come down to bathe in the bird bath and feed - so you're likely to see many if you leave out some food for them. The circular pool is a nice size and is refreshing day or night - the only comment(s) I'd have about this is I'd prefer it to be a bit deeper... I could stand head and shoulders above the water in the deep end, although most of the time we'd be away at the beach anyway; and it does tend to collect a lot of leaves and bugs and so on on the surface each day, but this is hard to avoid given all the trees and plants that surround it. But don't let these comments dissuade you, they are mere observations rather than complaints. There's a pool guy who we didn't meet who maintains it every few days for you.
Overall, I don't think we could have had a better place to stay during our week in Tobago. The price was very reasonable, the apartment comfortable and stylish, and everyone who looks after the place (Dave and Paula the owners, Gillian the manager, Donicia the housekeeper) is charming and helpful.
We fell in love with Tobago last week. We can't wait to come back, and we'd readily stay in Bayview Villa again.
Vic Simonis from U.K. visited in September 2012 and awarded
We had a brilliant stay at this lovely spot. We stayed in Crews on the lower deck right by the pool. I was astounded at the amount of wildlife just outside our door which added to the beauty of this location. Very comfortable inside the unit and very friendly staff visiting regularly. Great beaches and restaurants very nearby and less than 20mins from the airport.
We will definitely be returning back to Bayview!
Sue Ann & Vish from Trinidad visited in August 2012 and awarded
We stayed at the Crews Nest from 27th to 30th Sept. From the reviews & reports it was just as expected. It is not a 5 star hotel but it is clean, comfortable & cosy. We felt so at home we didn't feel the need to leave the apartment. The pool is the best, spent most of our time there. The area is away from the tourist area so it is quiet and peaceful. Gillian, Nikesha, Donettia are lovely, wonderful, warm and helpful people.