Petit Careme - Review Page 4
The ground floor of Petit Careme Villa provides a truly lovely and spacious self-contained apartment. This can either be rented individually or as an extension to the main house. Both sections of the house retain total privacy. The apartment was occupied during our stay. We would have been totally unaware of the fact had we not been told beforehand. On the other hand, had we had a need for a 4-bedroom villa capable of accommodating up to around ten people, the combined villa and apartment would have made a wonderful holiday base. This would be particularly true if the party included teenagers or young adults; the apartment would be an ideal way of giving them their own space.
Offering some 2000ft2 of accommodation, the apartment is spacious by any standards. It is furnished and decorated to the same high standards as the lovely 3-bedroom villa above. The pastel yellow walls present a cheerful appearance and present the wooden kitchen cabinets and furniture to best effect. Bright Caribbean wall hangings, prints and photographs brighten the overall appearance. The general look and feel is tasteful and elegant. The apartment has its own security alarm system and also benefits from an extension from the villa telephone line.
Although not specifically equipped for the disabled or physically challenged, the apartment is located on the ground floor, very spacious and has good access throughout. Wheelchair ramps are available to enable access up the six-inch rise from the bedroom to the bathroom.
The front of the apartment is dominated by a wide covered terrace furnished with four comfortable padded all-weather chairs grouped around a coffee table, plus a glass-topped dining table with four chairs. Looking out over the lush gardens towards the central swimming pool and golf course and offering high levels of privacy, the terrace is sure to become the centre of life in the apartment. A gas barbeque unit is available.
The open-plan living/dining/kitchen area is highly spacious and tastefully decorated and furnished. An L-shaped kitchen area to the rear of the apartment is equipped to the very highest standards and equipped with a huge fridge-freezer, a supplementary chest freezer, an electric oven with grill/broiler, microwave, coffee maker, liquidiser/blender, toaster, kettle and (best of all) a dishwasher. Needless to say, the numerous wooden cupboards are well stocked and contain a wide array of kitchen utensils, pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware, etc. This may be a one-bedroom apartment for two adults, but in truth it would have no trouble catering for a large family. A clothes washer and dryer are discreetly tucked away in a adjacent cupboard.
Should you prefer to dine in the apartment, rather than out on the lovely terrace, an eye-catching wooden dining table and four chairs are provided adjacent to the kitchen area. Nearby, a divan bed provides ideal accommodation for younger members of the party. A cot is available for infants.
A cosy seating area comprising a three-seat couch and armchair are grouped around a small coffee table, facing a cable television set and music centre.
The bedroom is furnished with a queen-size bed, plus a single for children. Individual bedside tables and lamps, luggage racks, an eye-catching rocking chair, side table and wooden towel rail complete the furnishings and still leave the room feeling spacious, yet cosy.
The bathroom is more akin to those you find in good hotels. A huge vanity unit provides tons of storage space and supplements the two-metre walk-in closet in the bedroom. Needless to say, the apartment if fully plumbed for both hot and cold water. The fully-tiled walk-in shower was in excellent condition and free from the usual corrosion so typical in the tropics.
There is no question of doubt that the Petit Careme Apartment offers the very highest standards of accommodation and would provide a wonderful holiday base for a couple with up to two children.
Pool & Grounds
The centre of the development is dominated by an attractive 18m swimming pool, with depths ranging from 1.2 to 2.3m. The overflow from a small raised toddler’s pool makes a nice water feature. The pool terrace is of adequate width and furnished with five plastic recliners.
Given the fact that the Villas On The Green represent a highly desirable accommodation option, we were quite surprised to find that only about half were occupied during our stay. The season was getting on and everyone had returned home after the Easter break. From our point of view it was ideal, because we love our peace and quiet. However, even on our previous trip, when all five villas had been occupied, the development never appeared busy and this was particularly noticeable around the pool.
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