Petit Careme Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
Wendy from Trinidad visited in December 2012 and awarded
My husband and I spent four days at Petit Careme for our second anniversary. I had not known of this place prior to searching for a venue for our time in Tobago, but after reading the reviews I decided to make the booking and 'hope for the best'.
We were certainly delighted with the accommodation...the villas were beautifully landscaped, the area was quiet and our apartment was truly a home away from home. In addition, the owners were very pleasant when we spoke over the phone and Charmaine was quite easy to talk to.
My husband and I will definitely visit again (God willing). We were very happy we came but was really sad to leave. Truly one of Tobago's hidden gems.
Ava Dhanoosingh from Trinidad visited in December 2012 and awarded
My friends and I have been renting this resort over the past couple years. On average we stay at this villa twice per year, each period being for at least one week. The owners, Mr. and Mrs. Barrow and the housekeeper, Charmaine, are always very accommodating. The location of the villa offers a serene and relazing environment. Having stayed at many other houses in Tobago I must say that this villa is probably the only one I can describe as "a home away from home". I really look forward to coming every time and often find it difficult to leave.
Kerry W. from Trinidad visited in August 2012 and awarded
We stayed at Petit Careme in August 2012. It was a truly memorable and enjoyable stay. The high points of this villa are the incredible scenery and wildlife on the compound. The sammaan tree is truly breathtaking. There are also lots of birds including woodpeckers and butterflies. Ideal for a nature lover.
The property itself was very clean and comfortable and the housekeeper Charmaine was very helpful and an excellent cook. The decor could use some updating and there are some minor areas requiring maintainence as it is an older property.
We loved it there and look forward to returning.
Anne-Marie from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded
We must have been very unfortunate with the timing of our visit, as the reviews here do not represent the time we had in the villa petit careme.
I suspect the normal housekeeper was away, as our housekeeper only visited 5 times during our stay.On one occassion she arrived, and sat to eat her lunch in our kitchen before starting any cleaning.
We were provided with either beach/pool towels OR bath towels in each room- not both. The towels were only changed once during our stay.The beds/bedding was not changed at all during our weeks vacation. This was inconvenient, and below the standard anyone would normally expect in quality accommodation.
we were unlucky enough to have 3 short power cuts during our stay, and one prolonged power cut( lasting about four hours, one evening).Power cuts are unfortunate, and no-bodys fault, but the house plunged into complete darkness, apart from one emergency light on the stairway. (no lights at all in the lower level apartment).the emergency light also faded and died out before power was restored. The house came with candleholders,( but no candles), and battery powered lamps, but no batteries. It was rather scary for the children. Fortunately ,we phoned Wayne, who eventually came to our rescue, and sent out for some candles after a couple of hours.
The kitchen was reasonably well supplied with crockery etc, but I dont think i have ever encoutered a self catering kitchen with absolutely no food on arrival. not even salt and pepper! A few welsome basics of tea/coffee/milk/sugar would have made a real diference to the welcoming feel.
There was also a lack of cleaning products for washing up/ dishwashing, which we had to buy, we also had to buy bin bags for rubbishetc We did most of our own washing of dishes/utensils etc, but the housekeeper still saw fit to reprimand us for using the "wrong sort of pan" on the hob.She didnt look like the 'award winning' housekeeper from the 2004 photos in the villa either....(?)
On one occassion we had a visit from friends who lived locally, with their children. we then had a call from the owner checking how many people were staying in the villa- to'check up on us' . we also had to adjust our arrival and leaving plans,as there was no-one to let us in, and no keys left for our arrival.
Overal the villa is lovely, but the location is only accessible by car, as are any local shops/restaurants etc.
The upper house does sleeps 9- but the rooms sleep 2( in a double bed), 4( in 2 double beds) and 3( kings size plus single) , which wont suit some families/groups.
The downstairs apartment sleeps 2/4( one double bed, plus a double bedsetee). We booked the whole house so we could accomodate up to 11 people( 10 plus toddler) for a couple of the nights -only to find that the upper and lower parts were completely seperate( no interconnecting doors/ stairs)- so we had to go outside, and up and down the driveway to get from basement to ground level of the house. The main dining area only had enough seats for those in the main house, so it was a problem to eat together too. fortunately my sister was only with us for a couple of nights, so it wasnt too much of a problem, but bear it in mind if you want to have the whole house for a single group. it doesnt work that well.
would we stay again? very unlikely.
I think we didnt get the real experience, but maybe we were just unlucky.
Sadiq Mohammed from Trinidad visited in August 2012 and awarded
Stayed at this villa for the first time and believe me when i tell you its great.I was first sceptical but that was feeling quickly vanished as i embarked on my vacation on August 23rd 2012, and was met with warm expectation by the housekeeper and the caretaker for the villa.
It's one of those place where FUN and RELAXATION meet hand in hand.
I should also mention that it's great for those with little kids.
Clean villa,clean surroundings with great personalities made this turn out to be one of my most memorable vacations.
Will definitely re-visit there soon.