Situated 28 in/0.7m below the terrace, the pool deck is the lowest level of the ‘amphitheatre’. It is accessed via stairs at each end of the terrace. To avoid blocking the view and to enhance the effect of the widescreen panorama, there is no balustrade on the six-metre central section of the terrace. Parents will need to keep a very close eye on toddlers and small children.
The pool deck is dominated by a gorgeous 12x4.4m swimming pool with in-built Jacuzzi. The curved infinity-edge of the pool lead the eye seamlessly across the water to the dense green foliage of the hills opposite, or out to sea. The pool features two distinct areas of different depths, ranging from 53-inches (1.35m) to 7 foot (2.1m), plus a shallow (2ft) ‘ledge’ along the front edge. This makes it ideal for both confident swimmers as well as those who simply want to relax and cool off. One of my favourite pastimes was watching the birds bathing along the infinity edge of the pool.
The heated Jacuzzi was a spectacular place to chill-out under the balmy Caribbean skies. Nude or topless sunbathing is illegal in Tobago and generally considered highly offensive by older Tobagonians, in particular. Kapinjala is so private that guests who wish to get an all-over tan can do so without concern.
The pool deck is furnished with eight sun loungers, although these sadly have no cushions. An external shower is provided for rinsing before and after swimming.
Every door and window in the villa boasts the protection of strong wrought-iron grills or bars. The mottled brown and black paintwork of the grills matches the intentionally aged exterior of the house. Many guests may even consider them something of an aesthetic feature. The house benefits from a remotely controlled security system connected to a local security service. There is also a small built-in security safe.
The villa grounds are protected by two sets of electronic security gates. The first gate guards access to the hilltop on which Kapinjala stands. In theory, this gate is shared with all other properties on the hill. However, at this time there are no known plans for any other properties to be built on the hill.
Finally, the house and grounds are protected by a security guard during the hours of darkness.
All in all, Kapinjala is about as secure as a house can be. The door grills are a nuisance but safety is paramount and security is very much about peace of mind.
The English owners of Kapinjala clearly invested considerable thought and planning into the design and furnishing of this beautiful villa. There is nothing superficial about this house – the elegance and quality go all the way through. Kapinjala is undoubtedly one of the most stunning and comfortable holiday rental villas that we have stayed at or visited on Tobago.
It is hard to summarise our feelings for Kapinjala. We have loved many rental properties on Tobago, but Kapinjala has a special magic and always provides a unique experience.
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