Sol y Mar Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
Jason from Trinidad visited in December 2014 and awarded
I recently stayed at Sol y Mar villa nestled in the hillside of Mt. Irvine with family members and had an extremely relaxing and enjoyable weekend stay. Stacy, the housekeeper, was very welcoming and friendly and gave us the guided tour of the expansive villa upon our arrival. Time had been taken to furnish the villa with Christmas decor, which added a nice seasonal flavor to the place. On the front north-easterly side of the villa you have a fantastic panoramic sea view, while towards the back on the southern side there is the backdrop of the lush tropical vegetation of the hillside. The place is private and is the perfect place to kick back and relax. The only noise you are likely to hear is a symphony of bird song. There is an abundance of birds in the vicinity. Bird feeders are strategically located around the villa. In the morning you can place bread and bits of fruit in feeders and then just sit back and watch the show as the various birds flock for their breakfast feast. The villa itself is extremely spacious with 5 bedrooms, two of which open out onto the patio and sea views. The master bedroom also faces seawards, but has no opening on to the patio, which I found a little strange. There is a large kitchen with all manner of cooking implements and utensils. The living room and dining area is also big enough to cater for a large-sized family or group. There is a large patio overlooking the pool and a gazebo. Of course, other details you will find on the relevant website. There are many places dotted in or around the villa to relocate to if one wants to take a private moment to read a book or just enjoy a little solitude. The pool is a good size, although very deep at the deep end, so you will need to keep an eye on your children. A short trek or drive down the road will lead you to the nearby beaches and some of the nearby restaurants. A magical place to forget about work and de-stress. Will return again in a heartbeat.
Alison & Steve Jr. from U.S.A. visited in December 2014 and awarded
Our time at Sol Y Mar was a wonderful retreat from the chill of a northeast winter. Not only was Stacey, the housekeeper, both welcoming and friendly, but also very accommodating to our requests. It is clear that both the owner and keeper of the house have great pride in this villa and its precious seat on Mt. Irvine as it is well maintained and attended to. Additionally, the responsiveness of the villa owner is second to none, often returning emails within hours with information or clarification.
We most certainly recommend this villa without reservation to anyone seeking a wonderful retreat in a beautiful setting. We will be back!
Simone from Trinidad visited in September 2014 and awarded
My family and I had a ball.
I will surely recommend this place to anyone.
Before even going on my vacation I recommended it to a friend but the timing her family wanted was already book.
But from the pictures she said that place is a must visit it looks real nice.
People the pictures don’t lie what you see is what you get.
OMG that kitchen was so roomy my sister plan to copy it. Let's not forget about the views of the nylon pool,the sunset even the night view of the veranda, all breath taking.
Ms. Stacey was so warm and welcoming. Thank you for making our stay enjoyable.
On our last day Ms. Stacey was so pleasantly shock how clean we were and said we didn't have too. We said that is due to our parents teaching quote “How you meet a place leave it the same way”.
We will be back next year by God’s grace so see you again.
Aleem & Misty Hosein from Trinidad visited in August 2014 and awarded
We have to agree with the other reviews that this Tobago trip topped most others for us - thanks to the Sol Y Mar experience! The 5 bedrooms provided ample space which made it comfortable for our entire family - parents, siblings and children. I love the open feel where you could be in the kitchen yet still feel connected to those in other rooms or on the outdoors, and yet still find a private solitary space when needed. The house has everything you can think of (and more!) including 2 ovens and a host of appliances and they thought of everything including labeling all electrical outlets etc! A couple of things weren't in top order e.g. ice maker but the key ones were and that made up. There was something for every generation to enjoy - from diving/swimming for the younger ones to hanging by the bar to ultra relaxation in the hot tub (enjoyed by all!) to enjoying a cup of tea in the gazebo with the spectacular view. The beautifully landscaped grounds which envelop the property, with views of mountains to the bucco reef, the sweet sounds of the birds and the gorgeous sunset are just some other yummy features. The housekeeper, Stacy, was warm and welcoming and her local dishes of pelau, stew chicken and callaloo had us going for seconds! There were so many central meeting points like the porch or long dining table making it perfect for a large gathering. My top picks and why I find Sol Y Mar hard to top are 1)Hot tub 2)Pool (perfect in length and varying depths) 3)View and Gazebo 4)Master bedroom with its huge space, walk in closet and separate tub. The construction and layout were obviously well planned and executed.
Service was outstanding from booking to departure!
Everything a la Sol Y Mar was FAN-TAS-TIC! Thank you!
Karen Johnson from U.S.A. visited in July 2011 and awarded
I wanted to take a moment to tell you how wonderful Sol Y Mar Villa was. My family and I had the best Tobago experience ever, the view, the villa the flora and fauna and Marilyn (House Manager/Excellent Cook) and Seon (Landscaper)were amazing. Food was excellent, service was impeccable. Sol Y Mar views were breath taking, Golf couse/montain and amazing ocean views. The villa is beautiful spacious and has every thing you could need, plus a homely field, perfect for relaxation, the art piece were one of a kind. The villa is upkept so well and the pool and hot tub is beautiful and has devine views. I hope to make this an annual trip for the perfect destination.