Mahogany Villa - Review Page 3
Living, Dining and Kitchen Areas
The exceptionally spacious10.2m-wide living, dining and kitchen areas of Mahogany Villa are totally open-plan. The overriding ambience is one of space. Two wide sets of opening doors provide lovely tranquil views over the tall coconut palms and lush green fairways (at least they were during our visit) of the Mount Irvine golf course.
The lounge seating area consists of two sofas and an armchair grouped around a coffee table, facing an entertainment centre with 20-inch digital cable TV, a VHS video cassette recorder and small radio/cassette/CD audio unit. A cordless telephone is provided, with extension in the master bedroom. Guests are able to make free local calls or receive incoming international calls, but will need to purchase a ‘Companion Card’, available from many local stores, before they will be able to make international calls. Complimentary wireless broadband is provided.
Mahogany Villa is partially wired for 240v electricity and a single circuit of standard 3-pin British plugs is available in the kitchen and dining area of the villa. UK residents can therefore bring hairdryers or other electrical devices without concern about them not working properly when powered by the more usual 110v local current.
The dining area is furnished with a large glass-topped table and six chairs. Close by is a second, smaller, wooden table with four chairs. Whilst the larger table would be ideal for formal dining, we found that the smaller table was a more casual and intimate choice with just two of us staying in the villa. A children’s highchair is available, on request. The dining table is located between the kitchen and the wide glazed doors leading onto the veranda. So, it is ideally situated when serving meals and offers diners wonderful views over the golf course.
The kitchen is exceptionally spacious and equipped with a four-ring electric oven, microwave, fridge-freezer and electric toaster, kettle, filter coffee machine and blender. The range of cooking utensils and accessories, crockery, cutlery and glassware was particularly good for a rental villa. Everything was spotlessly clean and, whilst the main appliances were not exactly new, everything worked as they should.
The main living area of the house is not air-conditioned, but is quite breezy courtesy of the two large sets of double-doors that lead into the front veranda. Provided that these, and the three sets of windows in the room, are opened early in the day, there is no build-up of heat and the area remains relatively cool. Two large and powerful floor-standing oscillating fans are provided to supplement the natural cooling.
A fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke detector were fitted in the kitchen area.
Management offer a grocery shopping service to guests staying five nights or more, or who arrive late on the first night. The guests are sent a list of basic supplies before arrival, enabling them to indicate the quantities of each required. These items are then purchased on the day of arrival and stored in the villa’s refrigerator. No charge is made for the service and the guests simply reimburse management for the receipted cost of the supplies.
In the best traditions of good Colonial design, Mahogany Villa’s huge veranda is sure to become the centre of life for everyone staying at the villa. Apart from the wonderful views over the golf course, the veranda provided shade and breeze from early morning until mid to late afternoon. Facing duewest, the setting sun shines directly onto the veranda from about 4pm, but by that time the sun is so low in the sky that it is rapidly losing heat. Sitting on the veranda at 6-6:30pm, a ‘beastly cold’ Carib or Stag beer in hand, ready to enjoy the stunning skies as the sun sets behind the coconut palms on the golf course, is likely to become something of a ritual for more guests.
The veranda is some 12.4m long and 3.7m wide and wraps around two sides of the villa. It is furnished with two padded recliners and four padded all-weather chairs grouped around a small wooden coffee table. There is also a large glass-topped table with six padded dining chairs. As lovely as the formal dining table may be, I imagine that most visitors will use the veranda table for meals. A small gas barbeque unit is located conveniently close by, at the end of the veranda.
A small tiled open deck and Jacuzzi are located in the gardens immediately in front of the veranda. The Jacuzzi measures some 3.6x2.4m and has a maximum depth of about a metre, with three shallow steps leading in from a mini-Roman end and wide seat ledge running around.
Although not mechanically heated, the water in the Jacuzzi gets remarkably warm after being heated by the sun all day. The air-pumps worked wonderfully and the Jacuzzi proved to be another wonderful place to relax, beer in hand, and watch the lovely sunsets.
Pool & Grounds
The grounds of the development are dominated by an attractive central 18m long swimming pool. The depths of the pool range from 1.2 to 2.3m and the overflow from a small raised toddler’s poolmakes a nice water feature. The pool terrace is of reasonable width and furnished with a number of plastic recliners.
We have stayed at Villas On The Green three times over recent years. Originally, all five villas were available as holiday rentals. Nowadays, only the two we list and recommend seem to be available for holiday rental. With the other villas being private holiday homes, it is seldom that all five villas are occupied at the same time. As a result, the chances are that you will invariably have the pool to yourself. You certainly never get the feeling that you are using a communal facility. In fact you have the advantage of getting a much larger pool than you would normally find at a holiday rental villa, invariably all to yourself.
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