Soleil - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 23 votes = 4.8 (max 5)
Lindi Loubon from Trinidad visited in March 2016 and awarded
My family and I stayed at Villa Soleil in March 2016, the location was very private and secluded, perfect for our event. The Villa is absolutely wonderful with everything you may possibly need on vacation ranging from kitchen utensils to hair dryers. The property is well kept, natural and beautiful, the view is simply breath taking.
Our event was a huge success, everything we imagined it to be, and the pictures...words cant describe.
Have a personal mode of transport and a little knowledge of the roads in Tobago and have the perfect event and holiday at Villa Soleil.
Michelle Burrell from U.S.A. visited in May 2014 and awarded
After reviewing some of the reviews prior to visiting Soleil, I was extremely excited about my upcoming trip (May 2014). The arrival to Trinidad and Tobago airports was pretty scary. People were unfriendly and no type of organization or assistance offered to visitors. Moving on the taxi ride to the villa was frightening...the Tobago government should be ashamed for not having safe roads..the roads to the villa was absoultely unacceptable.
Upon my arrival I felt like I was in paradise. The lovely and more than efficient House Manager Judith, her assistant Sala were great. Both of these young ladies were caring, accomodating, fun, high energy, great spirit to be around. Their presentation of each meal was to die for. I never in my life felt so spoiled. If I could have packed them in my suitcase, and brought them home with me I would.
There was a slight hiccup...during our group day on a catamaran boat excursion, upon our return to Soleil there was no water. The water company was scheduled to come out and do repairs, unfortunately they did not show up. Our group found themselves gathering water from the pool just to be able to flush the toliets. This went on for 24hrs.
Fortunately, Ms. Judith and Sala made the best out of a horrible siutation. Judith made a phone call and our group were able to have access to a neighboring villa to shower and change. The next day, Judith and Sala returned with breakfast for the entire group. That was exceptionally fantastic actions on their part. Helen the property manager visted and made arrangements for the group to be moved to another villa closer inland. The accomodations were a bit of a downgrade from Soleil, but they were nice.
My overall experience I'd rate a 7...would be higher if not for the water issue. Again, I state the Tobago government should invest more into infrastructure. There needs to be a better way of getting to and from on those roads that lead up to high hills where many of the villas are.
I'd return to Soleil again only if I could be served by Judith and Sala. These women should be decorated with the hightest honor. Kind, professional, caring, humble and many more positive descriptions I could give of the both of them.
Dick Schmidt from U.S.A. visited in February 2014 and awarded
Six of our family members spent a week in Tobago on a spectacular vacation. It was our first trip to Tobago, but we are definitely looking into a return trip. The night we arrived, Judith prepared a local meal for us - complete with homemade rum punch. The Villa Soleil is simply magnificent!! The design is certainly unlike anything I have experienced - open air atrium, wonderful sleeping facilities with private porches, a complete kitchen stocked with any pot, pan, utensil or appliance you'd ever require. The housekeeping was more than adequate. We did run the washer and dryer a bit more than usual due to the fact that the three brother-in-laws have a clothes washing fetish.The multilevel pool and decks are incredible. Plenty of quiet places to simply relax and larger areas for the group to get together. I cannot say enough about the Villa Soleil - you really need to experience it to fully appreciate all it has to offer. The views from the various windows are nothing short of spectacular. The spacious showers were unbelievable. All bedrooms had AC, but you certainly did not need it while we were there. We did an all day tour of the island with Frankie's Tours which was very informative as well as beautiful. Instead of renting a car we hooked up with Mr. Joefield who took us everywhere we desired - Pigeon Point beach (two or three times), humming bird sanctuary, Grafton beach, restaurants (The Fish Pot and The Steak & Lobster Grill) as well as grocery shopping when needed. We actually saved money compared to renting a car. He was also our transport to and from the Tobago airport. He also knows just about everything you'd want to know about Tobago. We invited Judith back on another evening to prepare a seafood dinner (lobster, shrimp, tanya fitters, coleslaw, etc.) which turned out to be delightful meal. In summary: Rest assured - you will not be disappointed by a stay at Villa Soleil.
Kristen from U.K. visited in February 2014 and awarded
We chose this Villa for our wedding and were blown away by the beauty of the place, all our guests were wowed by the venue for the reception. Gillian the lady in charge of booking and our main point of contact was GREAT! as was the cook Judith.
We will be back again
Kevin Durham from U.S.A. visited in February 2013 and awarded
We were truly amazed by Villa Soleil and its staff. From the moment we walked in the door to standing on the lower pool deck hanging on to that last sunset I can honestly say it was by far the best vacation I have ever been on, and that sentiment was shared by our whole group. It really made getting back to work an almost impossible task. We had 5 couples in the house, with a group that large there were many areas the trip could have fallen apart. But with the layout of the house and the privacy it offers we never once stepped on each others toes. The other area that made it easy was the staff, they were a wealth of knowledge and help both prior to and once we arrived. Helen was very helpful getting us settled into the house and helping out with our "what to do" planning. Judith was absolutely amazing, the food spectacular and her company was a joy. Her laugh was infectious to us all there were many discussion on how we could fit her into our suitcase. I am pretty sure if we bottled her rum punch there is a viable business there. Mr. Joefield provided transportation for us, he is very professional and a welcome source of information about Tobago and its history.
It is a shame what has happened to the Arnos Vale hotel, it would be nice to see it returned to its original state. We did use the beach a couple times, it is still quite nice. We also took the owners recommendation, making our way to Grafton Beach and loved it, we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. While on the island we were able to partake in a number of outings, including fishing, the rain forest, Argyle Falls, Sunday School and a day on the Island Girl catamaran. I would recommend all of them.
But most importantly we were all able to just truly relax and unwind, the main reason for that was the villa. It is such a beautiful, inviting home and the sounds of the water just lull you into a better place.