Petit Careme - Review Page 1

Reviewed by Steve & Jill Wooler in 2005, 2008 and March 2017

Petit Careme Villa at Tobago Villas On The Green

Petit Careme is a superb 3-bedroom holiday rental villa with attached one-bedroom self-catering apartment. The property borders the Mount Irvine Golf Course on Tobago's magnificent Caribbean coast. It has won the local tourism authority's "Villa Of The Year" award several times.

We first stayed at Petit Careme in 2005, then again three years later. We returned to review another property on the development a few years later. Petit Careme changed hands in early 2016, so we thought it time to return and see what had changed.

Location

The Villas On The Green development is situated on the lower slopes of Mount Irvine and boasts frontage with the attractive golf course of the same name. The two-acre development comprises five luxury villas built around a shared swimming pool. Petit Careme has the most discrete and pleasant location of the group, being positioned slightly away from the others, at the bottom of a deep gully and next to two wonderful 100-year old Samaan trees. Brief glimpses of the Caribbean Sea can be seen across the golf course.

Tobago Villas On The GreenMount Irvine is a wonderful location. It is a short 15-20-minute drive from the airport and all the essential shops, restaurants and facilities of Crown Point and the island's capital, Scarborough. It is often said that Tobago comprises of the Lowlands and the 'Nicelands'. Mount Irvine marks the start of the latter.

Whilst Grange Beach is a pleasant 10-minute walk across the golf course and Mount Irvine Bay beach little more than five minutes more, there are no shops or restaurants within walking distance of Petit Careme. Relying on taxis is possible, but will be hugely expensive and inconvenient. Having a self-drive rental vehicle is by far the best way to get the best out of your time on Tobago.

Architecture

Built in 1997, the five Villas On The Green properties are virtually identical and of modern, semi-Colonial design. The rendered walls of the two-storey houses are finished in a pleasant ivory colour and finished with distinctive red pantile roofs.

Petit Careme VillaThe grounds are a riot of colour. The villas are well-spaced and largely screened from each other by stunning bougainvillea and other lush colourful tropical trees and bushes.

Built against a steep hillside, Petit Careme is somewhat taller than the other villas, which made it possible to include a spacious self-contained one-bedroom apartment on the lower-ground floor. The apartment can be rented independently, or together with the main house. When combined, the two units offer a maximum occupancy of 14 people.

The villa has several small steps and no direct wheelchair access. The apartment is at ground floor level and might be appropriate for wheelchair users or those with restricted mobility.

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