Hibiscus Villas - Reader Reports & Opinion
MARIAN CUTHBERT from U.K. visited in December 2005 and awarded
We wish to take this opportunity to share with readers of myTobago the excellent time we have had at Hibiscus Villas in Mt.Irvine,Tobago.
On the 23/December,2005,my husband and I decided to go to Tobago on a holiday,we wanted somwhere which was quiet and unspoilt[this was our 17th marriage anniversary}and everything had to be perfect and absolutely different from the routine.
We had friends who had stayed at the Hibiscus Villas earlier in the year and had therefore strongly recommended it as the place to go,we were not very keen on going to the same place where our friends had already been to so we decided to do our own research on different properties but ,eventually choose the Hibiscus villas.
We stayed in the Small Villa and had a really wonderful time,the villa is beautifully designed with all the necessary amenities anyone can possibly need when at home or on vacation,the entire property is very clean and beautiful,the owners are very gentle,caring and have done everything to make this holiday special for us.
We enjoyed waking up on mornings and listening to the beautiful sounds of the several variety of birds and looking at the eguanas going up and down the trees in the garden.We enjoyed the foods,the infinity swimming pool and all the fresh fruits from the garden.
We also played golf and the villa was ideal since it is located so close to the Mt.Irvine Golf Course,we did nine holes every day and would then continue our journey to the beach which is also very close.We extended our stay from two to three weeks and continued to stay at the villa.
We really had a magnificient holiday at Hibiscus villas and would definitely recommend it to our family and friends,we would return.
Special thanks to the owners
Marian and Tim
Arthur James from Canada visited in November 2005 and awarded
Hibiscus Villas was a disappointment.However, with the strong
Euro and Europeans who are prepared to travel a long distance, their tolerance of missing even basic amenities is surprising when for the same shortcomings wouldn't be tolerated in their home country for comparable money.
--our 2 bedroom unit had no enclosed sitting area. We sat in an outdoor porch which didn't protect you from the hot pm sun or the rain which came intermittently daily. If you are with another couple, you must retreat to bedrooms.
--we did not have access to a phone (bringing one is a safety must)
--we were without water for the last 3 days (the owner had not filled the water tanks)
--when water was secured again, only dirty deep browny silt came out of the taps. Our unit never was clear before we left.
--when we had clean water at the beginning of our week, there was only a trickle of water from our showers.
--the only way to get somewhat relieved of the heat/humidity was in the pool. Unfortunately, the owner turned the pool to brown while cleaning. As a result, we were unable to swim during our last 3 days.
--the only water we had for brushing teeth and facewashing was from water we had brought with us.I was reduced to shaving my last day with battery water I had secured locally earlier in the week.
--if you are allergic to cats-stay away from Hibiscus Villas as a cat family lives in residence with you. My wife suffered terribly from asthma as a result.
--a promised drive to the airport(part of our money included with the room rate) was replaced with a taxi (at our expense)
--at NO time was there any apology by the owner for the loss of phone, water, or pool let alone any hint. Our biggest mistake was prepaying for the week.
Tobago is a long way from being more than a 3rd world tourist destination. This is especially sad given the natural beauty of the island and the wealth (oil) of Trinidad and Tobago.
I would never recommend Hibiscus Villas to anyone seeking a place on Tobago. The old adage "you get what you pay for" doesn't even apply here. The hire rates are high and even if everything worked perfectly, you can get better value than was available at Hibiscus Villas.
Anne Goodwill from U.K. visited in August 2005 and awarded
My husband, 15 year old son and I stayed at Hibiscus Villas last August and had the most fantastic holiday - the two bed apartment with outdoor verandah was brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed being able to sit outdoors. The afternoon sun was hot on the verandah but we were able to sit by the pool in the shade. The cooking facilities were simple but extremely effective and I thoroughly enjoyed myself trying out lots of different ingredients and flavours. The shower was awesome and much appreciated! Clinton and Monique were the two most helpful and thoughtful hosts we could have asked for - nothing was too much trouble and they were always willing to give advise and suggestions which we found to be faultless! We would recommend this villa to anyone - in fact we had such a brilliant time we booked again and will be there later this month!!
Probably The Best Stay On Tobago
Rob Van Loo
We just returned from our 2 week visit from Tobago and stayed at Hibiscus Villas and appartments. This resort is small, romantic, secluded, peaceful, brand new and encredibly well situated. We had the feeling we landed in the garden of Eden.
It is situated on Mt. Irvine overlooking the golfcourse and buccoo reef. The garden has a nice pool and is filled with flowes and hummingbirds.
There is one villa, 1 appartment and a studio. All are decorated very nice and have a mediteranee look. I would recommend this place to anyone who wishes perfection in experiencing the beauty of Tobago in a very romantic setting. Honeymoon!!
Also Monica and Clinton are very lovely people and their slogan is: Only the best is good enough!!!!
This has been our best stay ever!!