Azulejo - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 3 votes = 3.6 (max 5)
Ruth R from Trinidad visited in February 2016 and awarded
My family of 6 and I recently spent 4 nights at Azulejo in the company of two other families, totaling 16 persons - 6 adults and 10 children ranging in age from 9 to 16.
On the positive side of things, Azulejo is indeed an absolutely beautiful property, conveniently and ideally located on the Grafton Ridge. Its architecture takes full advantage of its hilltop location to provide spectacular views and enjoy the cool Caribbean breeze. The infinity pool is absolutely lovely as is the deck on which it is located.
It is extremely spacious and could easily house the 70 guests for a wedding as seen advertised elsewhere. Each of the 6 bedrooms upstairs has its own en suite bathroom and balcony with a postcard worthy view.
Its kitchen is reasonably well equipped and the usual amenities of washer, dryer etc are available.
The grounds are beautifully maintained.
We can only give a rating of 3 stars, however, for the following reasons:
1) Safety. Nowhere could we find any review which mentioned that this villa is NOT appropriate for children. It behooves the owners and other property managers to clearly state up front to any would-be tenant that the property is strictly 12 years and over. There are numerous safety hazards for the very young, the elderly or the infirm. These include windows without railings that are child, and even adult height in some cases, which start at floor/stair level overlooking a 20+ foot drop onto concrete. The spaces between the railing bars on the patio could easily allow a toddler to fall. And the railing on the pool deck was loose. All these would be unsafe even for a healthy adult who happens to slip.
2) Security. While the wooden shutter windows that open all the way back to allow views and breeze are beautiful, many are warped and do not shut completely. This poses a serious security risk in an island which, unfortunately, can no longer boast of having no violent crime.
3) Maintenance. The external appearance of the villa no longer matches the pictures that are liberally posted. It is is dire need of a cleaning / paint job. The driveway is in need of a powerwash (as noted by more than one of us who slipped while trying to walk up or down). Some shutters and also the built-in louvres on the doors are warped or broken. Some of the wooden fixtures in the bathrooms are badly mildewed. The overall sense of the house was one of mustiness and not being quite fully clean. This was evidenced by debris found under more than one bed.
In conclusion, while the raw bones of the property are indisputably beautiful, and even in its somewhat rundown state it is still a lovely location for groups of adults, this property is not on our repeat list.
Crystal Coker from Trinidad visited in August 2013 and awarded
This place was just facinating, its very private, excellent for a good get away. my friends and I enjoyed the pool muchoooo. this year my class mates and I would like to stay next month, but we hope its available. lovely furniure and great spacing.
Piers De Grouchy from U.K. visited in March 2013 and awarded
I have had the pleasure of at Azulejo in March 2013, Feb 2012, March 2011, April 2010, January 2009.
It has to be one of the most stunning villa's I have stayed at anywhere in the Caribbean! The Rooms are extremely comfortable with large private balconies for each room. The main living room is massively spacious and with the open facia of the Villa gets much welcome breeze throughout the day. With so much space there are many private places to relax or cool off either under ceiling fans or in air conditioned rooms. If the sun gets to hot or in the evenings it is always nice to be able to play pool, or table tennis or watch a movie.
The deck area with its amazing views and infinity pool is where I have spent countless hours. Grafton Beach, Mt Irvine are within 5 minute on foot with nice bars and food available all day if you want to stay close to home. For convenience the small village 5 minutes by car has the great food of the Fish Pot and small friendly take away options.
For me I really cant fault the villa or the location and certainly plan on returning the Tobago & Azulejo next year - the only issue is what to do until then!!!
Based on the top of Grafton Ridge in beautiful gardens the views over the Caribbean - Pidgeon point - Grafton peach and the nylon pool are stunning.
Hello! Can anyone provide info on the rental villa Azulejo in Grafton Ridge? We are very interested in renting it but would love to hear some info on the area it is located in--is it as nice as the website looks? We have not been to Tobago before, but are hoping to visit in the fall. Any info on the villa itself or the Grafton Ridge area would be most appreciated!
We have just returned from a visit to Tobago. We were fortunate to spend some of our holiday in a super villa called Azulejo. It is located at Grafton Ridge Estate and has good views out to sea with Mount Irvine beach only a short cistance away.
This villa is perfectly situated allowing complete privacy whilst being near to so many amenities.
It offers all the comforts to make a successful holiday. It has six bedrooms which are all ensuite and which have wonderful views towards Plymouth and Mount Irvine.
There is a fully fitted kitchen and utility room, spacious entrance hall complete with koi pond, large dining area, sitting room, study and bar. On this level is a large circular sundeck that has a generous amount of sunbeds. To the side of this are the delightful pools, one of which has a slide. Downstairs houses the large television room and planned gym.
The design is so clever that it allows you to feel that there are no walls because the doors at ground level all fold back and add to the spacious feeling.
I almost feel like an agent, but I feel that I have to share our good fortune in finding this villa. It is little wonder that it has been frequented by celebrities.
Coupled with the delightful building is the equally delightful caretaker, George. Whilst being discreet, he is very sociable and is a great bonus. He will willingly assist to ensure your holiday is a success and became a firm favourite with my sixteen year old son. As a former surf teacher and with so many contacts, he helped us to realize our wishes while in Tobago.
The other member of staff at Azulejo, Cynthia, the housekeeper, was also eager to ensure success. She willingly shared her local culinary knowledge with us. Together, they epitomised the warmth of Tobagonians while we relaxed in the beautiful surroundings of Azulejo.
Thankfully, we searched out Island Investments, who highlighted this villa.
Again, the Staff were most accommodating, eager to please, very professional and followed up their recommendation to ensure that we were happy. I would recommend this agency, which is called Tobago Villa Agency on Shirvan Road in 'The Rough Guide To Tobago'.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Azulejo and would return to Tobago if I could stay there.