Soleil - Reader Reports & Opinion
Mark Miller from U.S.A. visited in February 2013 and awarded
My wife and I travel extensively throughout the Caribbean and MX. Most of the time we use a website like VRBO or similar to find a place to stay. This time we used mytobago in order to find Soleil.
If you study their website and read the material Gil will send you, you will get exactly what's stated in the material. An absolutely beautiful house with a view that is breathtaking. Upon arrival, Judith will have a wonderful meal prepared for your group to enjoy at your leisure. Our group consisted of 5 couples and every day someone said the house was the best placed we have stayed. The 5 bedrooms w/ private balconies gave each couple private time. The open kitchen and living area allowed us to mingle at will. We had many a rum punches sitting by the pool and looking out over the ocean.
One item you will not know by reading the material is the wonderful staff that will do their best to make your vacation the best ever. Gil, Helen and Judith went above and beyond our expectations for customer service. Suffice it say our group had some "issues" but everyone on the staff helped us beyond belief.
There are a couple of so/so reviews but in my experience these are "sour grapes." Our group was not so great that we received special attention. Quite the opposite; with our issues, if Gil et al would have abandoned us it would have been understandable. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about Soleil or Tobago.
Ian Bennett from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded
A rating of 3 based on the site criteria perhaps does not give this fabulous property due credit. It was everything expected but based on their own excellent website I had high expectations and was not disappointed.
The property is well equipped and affords immense space on site to lose yourself. Fabulous views beautiful garden, pool and terraces, a wonderful place for an extended family to enjoy each others company, without feeling cramped. I stayed for 5 nights and rather surprisingly not once did I use my own beautiful private balcony, and so spacious and relaxing was the overall accomodation did not realise until the last day.
One small criticism was the lack of maid service provided during our stay with just one visit. In a place of this size daily or at least every 2 days is needed to at least service the vast communal space afforded.
A most enjoyable visit, and I plan to return when I next visit Tobago.
John Matthes from U.S.A. visited in July 2012 and awarded
Plastic Plants in Paradise
We arrived after dark, late because of a few missed connections. Excitement was mixed with exhaustion. The welcome meal set the tone for the coming week. Numerous hot and cold local dishes were presented by our host. As she described the ingredients we knew we were in for a treat. Full stomached, off to bed we went.
When the sun arose in the morning we were engulfed in the beauty of the streaming sunlight across the ocean. The morning revealed that Villa Soleil is a special place.
The villa itself has a certain mystique about it. A fantastic siting, rich color palette and superb views. The truly open-air main living area serves as the activity center of the villa. It's screenless design lets in the tropical ocean breezes (and the mosquitos).
Each of the thoughtfully placed bedrooms are truly private with en suite baths and their own sitting areas looking out to the sea. Individual a/c units provide perfect sleeping conditions (when functioning properly).
Inside, the decor was a mash-up of vintage West Indies and WallMart. Comfortable and numerous, the seating areas provided ample options for our group. Whomever put this space together missed the day in design school when they talked about "less is more". Plastic plants and tourist trap object d'art were everywhere trying to compete with the view. But everything was functional.
We used the dock for fishing, pool for swimming, sun for tanning, and the three refrigerators to chill wine, beer, and rum punch fixings. Mt Irvine fish market provided the freshest fish ever.
What an undertaking. To own a large property in such a remote area has got be difficult. When something goes wrong you have to rely on the locals to dig you out. And in this case they performed with a smile; again and again. We had constant a/c problems that were never fixed, broken pipes outside, a flood inside, a day without water and local plumbers in-and-out the whole week. And on top of that, we were able to pull-off a good time, enjoy the setting and relax.
In the end I would recommend the place to friends but think that a property this size would benefit from a full time staff. It is starting to show its age and needs a deep cleaning and power wash. But the setting and design are nearly perfect. Enjoy at your own risk, and try to keep one step in front of the insects!
Karen Storthz from U.S.A. visited in April 2012 and awarded
We visited Villa Soleil with 3 other couples for a week. This home is unique in every way, from the open roof with rain falling into the atrium to the two- tiered pool to the private porches off each bedroom. The grounds are spectacular. The attention to detail in all finishes of the house is amazing. The kitchen is very large and well-equipped. We had a cook recommended by the house manager come in and prepare a fabulous dinner for us. The house manager was very helpful with restaurant recommendations and called every day to see if we needed anything. We did explore the island, but mostly enjoyed lounging around this beautiful home. All eight of us are singular in our desire to return.
Tom Bakum from U.S.A. visited in March 2012 and awarded
Just back from two weeks at Villa Soleil. What a wonderful place. We arrived late in the evening, therefore, were not able to appreciate this beautiful villa until the morning. When I awoke and walked to the Caribbean side of the villa, I was in awe. I stood and looked out for several minuets to just appreciate the wonderful morning sights and sounds.
The view of the very blue water and rolling waves is spectacular. The house is also very special. It sits atop a hill that overlooks the Caribbean Sea. The design is nothing but amazing, and the colors and decorating details are very tasteful.
The house was very clean and the people assigned to keep the place clean were delightful and efficient. The gardener was also very friendly, and kept the outdoor areas trimmed and neat. The pool person visited regularly to make sure the pools were in top shape. It was very obvious that careful attention was paid to all the details in the villa.
We slept in the master bedroom and just loved the open shower. We awoke most mornings to the songs of several different birds.
We ate well. The kitchen has everything needed to make great meals. One night we had fresh lobsters delivered to our door.
Several times I walked down to the water just to watch the amazing number of beautiful fish. I fished a few times and felt like I was fishing in tropical aquarium. We did not need any other recreation than going to the pool and fishing off the dock, however, we chartered a boat and caught some local fish and had another great meal.
We already plan to return next year. My wife has been here before. She hopes to make it a “3-peat.” This is a place that you’ll want to return to again and again.