Post Recreated: Originally posted - 05 February 2003
Hello again Kevin.
Wasipha Khan, the manageress, was our wedding planner and the charge was fixed and reasonable, circa $600usd (and we got our money's worth as the wife sent endless emails with requests). WK organised the steel band, hairdresser incl rehearsal (Coco Reef stylist Yvette), nail salon, flowers from Trinidad, priest and wife (top photographer) Brent and Christine Hart, transport, etc. Catering was superb, since the Club-house chef cooked in our own villa kitchen (huge), the staff from the club-house served it all up and ran the bar, all at no extra charge beyond the cost of the food and drink (the latter sale or return but there wasn't much left!). Obviously they cleared up after, next day, including all the special furniture brought in for the night. My only criticism was that the bar staff were slow pouring drinks for guests and in hindsight we should have told people to help themselves during the meal itself as well as being served. The steel pannist was excellent and good value. The food was a la carte, with three choices for every course but we had to canvas our guests in advance to pre-order (Wasipha will provide you nice custom printed menus to include with your invites)
One advantage is that the villas are huge (four a/c bedrooms if you use the maid's ensuite room too) so your guests can fill the other villas for a very low price, much cheaper than a 4* hotel when the bill is split between 5-7, and more private/luxurious. Stonehaven Bay Beach is a 5 minute walk to underneath the cliff where the villas are and is also used by two hotels - still quiet though. However, you are away from the Crown Point bustle whilst perfectly placed to pop up to the best Caribbean beaches such as Englishmans Bay. Neighbouring village Black Rock is cute, with a couple of bars/restaurants.
Don't forget to ask WK for one night free every seven, and haggle for a further discount - she knocked 10% off for us and if there is another war this year there will be cancellations... If your guests need a nice cottage to rent get in touch with me - as we have a holiday home there called Carlyn Lodge (Steve will tell me off for advertising now, but it is on this site!). We just bought a car and pool to offer with it too. That's not why I am replying by the way - we really would love to own one of the Villas at Stonehaven, but don't have a spare million! Note that we are talking about that complex, which is different from Stonehaven Villas. Our actual ceremony was down at the Club-house by the infinity pool, where WK organised rows of chairs etc. If it had rained she had organised a back up area just under cover of the patio.