Solitaire - Reader Reports & Opinion
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Reader Satisfaction Ranking: Weighted ranking based on 2 votes = 3.9 (max 5)
Kendall from Trinidad visited in August 2014 and awarded
This was my family's first experience of Villa accommodation in Tobago. It was 10 of us and we all wanted our privacy. The Villa was conveniently spacious with four large ensuite bedrooms. The living area is well laid out and stretches out onto the infinity pool patio with the most breathtaking view. We actually videotaped the sunset disappearing over the horizon. Kitchen cupboards need updating but overall, this experience was first class. The owners were very accommodating as well since they allowed some of my family to stay an extra two hours before checking out without added costs. Will definitely be returning.
Reg Roberts from U.K. visited in April 2013 and awarded
Our stay in April, 2013 was the fourth time we've stayed at Solitaire, so that in itself is an indication of our staisfaction with the place.
On this occasion, we were a party of 4 adults and 4 teenagers and there was ample accommodation space for everyone, with generously proportioned double or twin bedrooms (all en-suite) for everyone.
Great location on Sugar Hill, with spectacular views south west over Grange beach to Buccoo Reef and Pigeon Point and (on a really clear day) the mountains of Trinidad. However, the best vista of all, in my opinion, is at the end of each day, when there is a perfect view over the infinity pool of the sunset. There's also a good variety of birdlife around the villa because of the proximity of woodland. Grange and Mount Irvine beaches are within 5 to 10 minute walks, but a car is needed for shopping etc.
The owners are very friendly and have been helpful in arranging car hire, suggesting activities and offering advice on what's worth seeing on the island.
The villa is well cared for (excellent 6 day per week maid service) and any problems (e.g. a leaky pipe in bathroom) were addressed swiftly and solved.
The kitchen could do with some modernisation and some higher spec equipment, but I guess not everyone staying there plans on cooking breakfast and dinner daily as we do.
There isn't any natural shade on the west-facing terrace and it can become too hot to bear by 3pm.
I wouldn't recommend for families with very young children. As another reviewer has commented, the villa is built on a very steep plot and there are potential falls for unattended toddlers.
All in all, though, we keep going back (have booked again for 2014) and choose Solitaire over other potential locations that we've visited on the island over the years.
Villa Solitaire - Review
We stayed at Solitaire for two days whilst we awaited the vacation of another villa - for an explanation of this see my post titled 'Villas of Tobago'.
The first thing that impacts you about the villa is its view - it is stunning, a beautiful aspect out across the sea towards Buccoo reef and beyond, you can sit for hours on the terrace, with a drink in your hand just looking....mmnn.
The villa is based on Mount Irvine and is approached via a heavily pot holed road. The villa from the road is fairly plain, however from the front it is very different, the front has a wood decked terrace and infinity pool, all four bedrooms and the lounge have a seaview. I would not recommend the pool and terrace to anyone with active toddlers as there are a numbers of areas with unprotected drops of significant height.
The bedrooms are all large and with air conditioning, very clean and well kept. Beds are all large, comfortable and clean. The kitchen is well equipped and especially has a large American fridge with ice maker. The lounge is beautifully layed out with roman pillars and tiled floors.
The terrace and pool face towards the sun most of the day and so can get very hot! There is a very welcome rear garden with shade for the heat of the day. My only concern would be that some of the terrace wood decking is lifting in places and in one small area (covered by a sun lounger) it is broken - not very nice for bare feet.
The whole of the villa interior has a very pleasant atmosphere, with some nice touches and is light and airy.
I can heartily recommend the villa to anyone with older children.
I believe the villa is owned by the proprietor of the villa managing company.