Kapinjala - Reader Reports & Opinion
Yvonne Stewart from U.K. visited in June 2009 and awarded
The villa was excelent,a wonderfully peacefull area and great scenary, would have no reservations for a return visit, the taxi servise was a little too expencive and felt we were being taken advantage of because we were a little off the beet and track,
Holly McCabe from U.K. visited in June 2009 and awarded
Kapinjala was such a nice place to stay, the rooms and bathrooms were so much nicer than expected and for 6 people was more than enough space. Everything about the villa was nice; the pool, the kitchen, the balconys. And it was equipped with everything that we would need on arrival. It was a little far out from anywhere so needed to ask Marlon or a taxi for a lift to Scarborough or anywhere else of interest. If alot of excursions are planned, it may be best to hire a car, it might work out cheaper. If I ever return to Tobago, I would definately stay here again.
Nikki Chaman from U.S.A. visited in May 2009 and awarded
All of us were taken with the breathtaking entrance upon our arrival at Kapinjala. The house was simple but very tasteful, warm and comfortable and the terrace and view were all a 'wow'.
We loved the openess of the house giving onto the two level terrace and the infinity edge pool that made the Tobago hillside of virgin bush and the picture perfect bay of Arnos Vale, even more stunning! The terraces were where we spent the majority of our week, lounging, swimming, liming in the outdoor lounge and eating at the Al Fresco heavy teak dining table. There was a constant breeze keeping us absolutely comfortable at all times.
The bedrooms were all fresh, light, open and again simple in their decor. I personally much prefer less than more as someone elses clutter and trinkets may not be compatible with ones own taste. Linens, sheets and pillows were a lovely quality and going to bed was a pleasure. We did end up using the AC in the bedrooms as the mosquitos were a bit hungry after nightfall.
We used the track down to the beach every day and loved the little trail through nature to get there. Arnos Vale bay and beach were perfect the week we stayed and the water calm enough to snorkle without fear of currents. The coral was truly spectacular, like nothing I have ever seen before.
But the house was the true star and we really didn't want to leave as it was just too comfortable to encourage us to venture out!
There was a drawback...coming from Europe or America where we do not live with burglar proofing, the locking up of the house when we did want to go out or before going to sleep was labour intensive. I am very aware of the problems in trinidad and Tobago as I have been coming for 27 years and so do appreciate the security provided at Kapinjala. However, I feel the system of gates is difficult, heavy and fingers easily pinched in the mechanism. We stopped opening the bedroom balcony doors after the 2nd day but since we lived on the terrace that was OK.
I wasn't too comfortable with the house keeper and other maintenance crew who came and went randomly. We didn't think it necessary to wash all the towells everyday and said so to save water. We also did not like our personal toiletries and bags being moved, tidied or zipped closed...it felt as though things were being looked at a little more than should have been. I believe these uneasy feelings are all generated by the need for such heavy security and so one becomes suspicious of everyone that comes into or around the house.
But these are small cons against a multitude of pros and the pros were genuinely fabulous, quality, luxury.
We had a spectacular week and Kapinjala created a memory for us that we will NEVER forget.
Thank you to the owners for creating this jewell.
Jonathan Hood from U.K. visited in April 2009 and awarded
What a surprise! We travelled not really knowing what to expect, stayed a week that truly felt like a month. I've never had such a relaxing holiday. The facilities at KAPINJALA were superb and well maintained. The kitchen was very well equipped and kept very clean. There was fantastic support throughout from not only the maid but also the villa manager.
The Island itself is an absoloute jewel and to top it all we stayed during jazz week. Our only regret was that George Benson never played his suoer smash "Cell Phone"
We look forward to our next stay
Jo and Emma
Stev E & Jill Wassell from U.K. visited in March 2009 and awarded
Even after three visits in 24 months Kapinjala still takes our breath away, from the very moment we walk in the front door there is a lump in our throats as we walk through the terrace doors to be completely stunned by the beauty of the vista across the infinity pool, over the rain forest down to the Arnos Vale beach and beyond to the Carribbean Sea.
Kapinjala with its rich variety of birds, flowers, sounds and smells completely fill the senses with a feeling of both beauty and peace and epitomises a tranquil paradise like no other place we have ever visited.
There could be no better way to start a holiday than to be met at the airport by Marlon and then on arrival at the villa to find Sonia's wonderfully presented Carribbean meal set out on the terrace for our enjoyment in the gathering twilight.
Thank you Kapinjala and all concerned, we will come back on that you can depend.