Orchid Villa Apartments - Review Page 4
In many ways the detached self-contained cottage is the property’s piece resistance. Offering a total accommodation area of 300sq.ft., it is obviously much smaller than the two-bedroom apartments but it just oozes character. It is also superbly furnished and feels warm and welcoming from the moment you pass through the main door. Pastel yellow walls compliment the attractive floor tiles and the overall effect is light, breezy, modern and well-maintained.
The cottage comprises of three rooms: the living room/kitchen, a large bedroom and a bathroom. All the accommodation at Orchid Villa Apartments is comfortable and inviting but I can see many a guest falling in love with the cottage and returning to spend many a vacation there. The combined kitchen and living area are tastefully decorated with a very comfortable two-seater settee and armchair placed around a glass-topped coffee table and facing a small cable TV set. Just inside the main door is a small dining table with two kitchen stools. I suspect that most guests will prefer to eat al fresco and so will take advantage of the plastic table and chair immediately outside the cottage, next to the Jacuzzi.
The kitchen area covers two walls of the room and comprises of 12ft of highly attractive kitchen storage and display units. A tall combined fridge and freezer is complimented by a double-bowl sink with hot and cold water, an electric coffee filter machine, kettle, toaster, a microwave unit and a four-ring gas stove with grill. There is a very adequate supply of crockery, cutlery, glassware and kitchen utensils.
The bedroom is furnished with two 39-inch single beds pushed together. Additional furnishings include bedside tables with lamps, a wardrobe offering 24inches of full-length hanging space plus dressing table and full and half-length mirrors, plus a chest of drawers.
The adjacent bathroom may not boast the huge walk-in showers of the main house, but at 4x3 feet is still highly spacious – the sort of shower you can comfortably shower and dry in without fear of banging your arms and elbows. Like all other rooms in the property, all plumbing offers both hot and cold water.
The cottage is not air-conditioned. There is absolutely no need. There are opening windows or doors with security grills on all four aspects. By leaving the bathroom door open, it is therefore possible to ensure that every room of the cottage benefits from the cooling breezes no matter which direction the wind blows from. Both the kitchen and bedroom have a large and quiet ceiling fan and a smaller oscillating fan is provided in the bedroom.
There is a lovely secluded garden at the rear of the property, offering total privacy from neighbours and the road leading to adjacent properties. This rear garden is home to the cottage and to a 9ft-square cold-water Jacuzzi. During our visit, Ryan, the gardener, felled two small mango trees in order to start clearance for a full swimming pool that Elaine intends to have built during the spring of 2006.
One of the ‘problems’ in Tobago is what to do in the evenings or on those occasional rainy days. Orchid Villa Apartments is fairly unique in that is has a really useful games and exercise room. The rooms concerned are actually another small apartment, but rather than providing additional accommodation, Elaine has thoughtfully decided to add a little extra value to the existing accommodation.
The games room is dominated by a full-size American pool table. An adjacent room, with en suite bathroom, forms a mini-gym with a few pieces of exercise (torture) equipment. A television and VCR with fitness videos is available on request to help with your exercising.
Security at the premises is excellent. The entrance is protected by a high gate and the borders by a high fence, topped with barbed wire in some areas. Bougainvillea and other plants almost totally conceal the fence and surround the property in a riot of colour rather than making you feel that you are in a compound.
Orchid Villa’s hidden weapon, however, is Ashanti – Elaine’s lovely young Rotweiler bitch. She is a lovely, affectionate and obedient animal. Being an intelligent breed of dog, she also can readily distinguish between resident guest and “no-gooder”. She roams the property throughout the day and her presence is very obvious to passing locals. However, she was never intrusive or the slightest nuisance. Her deep, loud bark would clearly warn intruders off.
Without doubt, Orchid Villa Apartments deserves serious consideration by anyone looking for self-catering or bed and breakfast accommodation in the popular south-western region of Tobago. The apartments are spacious, clean, reasonably maintained and offer very high levels of comfort.
We try not to review accommodation property with price in mind, because value is highly subjective and rates often change without our notice. However, as a new accommodation property, without the high occupancy of repeat guests that can be expected in future years, the current rates at Orchid Villa Apartments appear to be an incredible bargain, particularly when compared to most decent self-catering accommodation on the island.
We wish Elaine, Ashanti and Orchid Villa Apartments well. We are sure that the apartments will form the basis of many wonderful holidays on Tobago for a very great number of visitors.
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