Sol y Mar Villa - Reader Reports & Opinion
Narine Neeranjan from Trinidad visited in April 2011 and awarded
Well what can I say It has been months and I am about to plan our annual trip and I am having trouble selecting a place in Tobago after staying at SOL Y MAR. It was the best Tobago trip ever and well I can really explain what it feels like at SOL y MAR but I can tell you it is definitely worth it.
I must also mention the most warm service and assistance by both caretakers. You guys really do a great job.
I really hope we stay there next year sometime.
M. Cape from U.S.A. visited in December 2010 and awarded
My family and I spent our Christmas holidays at Villa Sol y Mar and had a truly wonderful time. From the moment we arrived our expectations were exceeded as the house was nicely decorated and we were warmly greeted by the villa's house and groundskeepers, Marlyn and Ceon, who helped to make our stay relaxed and enjoyable. The Villa was spacious and comfortable which allowed us (8 adults) to enjoy both quiet time and family time together. We enjoyed waking up to the birds, sipping coffee in the gazebo while gazing out over the horizon toward the warm Caribbean sea and watching the sun set in the evenings. We delighted in looking at the lush hillside and abundant fruit trees. The Villa became our home away from home and we enjoyed the use of its very large kitchen to prepare evening meals and especially loved hanging out in the pool/jacuzzi or playing board games. The location was convenient to many places of interest for example Buccoo Bay & the Nylon pool, Pigeon Point, Sunday school at Buccoo, Mt. Irvine golf course, Kimme museum, just to name a few. All in all, it was a wonderful family vacation --one that we'll remember for a very long time to come.
Patrice A from U.S.A. visited in April 2010 and awarded
Firstly, I am struggling with the rating. I'm one of those people that doesn't give anything a perfect score but Sol Y Mar (SYM) could possibly deserve one....
Some history. I took my 91 year old father, 5 children (all impeccably behaved) 12-15 and 3 more adults and we were just fine. Never on top of one another as there are numerous sitting areas indoors and out, the pool is large enough for all and if you want to retire to your room, you hear none of it.
The photos of the house do not quite do it justice; it is more spacious and relaxing, the view more spectacular and the rooms more comfortable than it appears. There is a house parrot, Tessie, who wins your heart and all your leftover fruit (actually the finest cuts!!). Not to mention the variety of birds who visit the numerous feeders around the house. we saw a banana finch building its nest, heard cocricos yelling their demands, motmots visiting in pairs and the most exquisitely vibrant blue bird that would shyly sit and eat. Tessie would try to imitate all their sounds happily.
And then there's the staff of 3 who couldn't be more helpful, knowledgable and agreeable.Marlyn has a varied and traditional menu (my personal choice) that was delicious. Why not try oxtail and cassava? Bake and saltfish? Or her delicious lasagna with garlic bread (not island food but international!) Her husband, Carlon, expertly cleaned the crab for curry crab and dumplings...OK I'm hungry! And Bert, he made sure the garden, the surroundings and the pool area were impeccable.
Now do you understand my dilemma...there was even a cell phone ready for my personal use during my stay. The attention to detail!
So I'm going to change the rating to 4.7.
Yeah, I'm stubborn and guess I need to visit again to see if it can improve....
Maureen Oakes from U.K. visited in April 2009 and awarded
Very good location, cool breezes,spacious rooms, lovely swimming pool, pretty garden, well attended. We had young children in our group, the large terrace was good for out of sun play. Grandparents stayed in fifth bedroom, spacious but not so well decorated.