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Bijou Des Caraibes, Tobago

Bijou Des Caraibes

4 Self-Catering Apartments

Located just a five-minute drive of Mount Irvine beach, Bijou des Caraibes offers four comfortable, no-frills, self-contained apartments on the lower level of... the owner's beautiful home. Guests have a choice from two studio apartments, a one-bedroom apartment or a two-bedroom apartment. Hosted by an extremely friendly and hospitable host, resident guests can share the lovely pool, vibrant gardens and stunning views over Buccoo Reef. [read more]

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Bijou Des Caraibes

4 Self-Catering Apartments

Located just a five-minute drive of Mount Irvine beach, Bijou des Caraibes offers four comfortable, no-frills, self-contained apartments on the lower level of the owner's beautiful home. Guests have a choice from two studio apartments, a one-bedroom apartment or a two-bedroom apartment. Hosted by an extremely friendly and hospitable host, resident guests can share the lovely pool, vibrant gardens and stunning views over Buccoo Reef.

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Property Description

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Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself sitting on a verandah, looking out at sapphire blue seas, and hearing the waves lapping gently against the shores. As you turn, you experience the brilliant sloping emerald greens of a PGA golf course. Fore! You are at Tobago's beautiful Bijou des Caraibes.

Our holiday apartment resort can be found in the beautiful idyllic Caribbean Island of Tobago, part of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Located just 12 minutes from the Airport. From Bijou des Caraibes you have a breathtaking view of the Bucco Reef, one of the most beautiful natural coral reefs in the world.

At our resort, we offer a small range of self contained accommodation, suitable for honeymooners, couples, families and small groups at very affordable rates. And we are ideally located within walking distance of fabulous white sand beaches, exotic restaurants and excellent sporting facilities .

Treat yourself to a Caribbean vacation, you'll wonder why you didn't come sooner.

Rooms

  • Each unit is a self contained apartment, nicely furnished and with fully equipped kitchen, including:
  • cooker
  • oven
  • fridge
  • microwave
  • toaster
  • kettle and utensils
  • air condition
  • radio
  • Cable T.V.
  • direct telephone line
  • swimming pool and cleaning service.
  • Laundry facilities, cooking and baby-sitting are available at an extra cost.

myTobago Review

Our reviews are devoid of marketing hype. We aim to provide concise, unbiased factual information that will help you find Tobago holiday accommodation that perfectly matches your hopes, requirements and expectations.

The following review was produced during a 5-night stay at Bijou Des Caraibes.

Introduction

If you are looking for a one or two-bedroom self-contained apartment managed by a host renowned for her hospitality, then you should certainly consider Bijou Des Caraibes.

During our original research for the myTobago.info listings, we surfed through every Tobago accommodation-related website and became intrigued by the rave reviews of this small apartment house. We later sent a circular to every property owner, asking them to check our listings. The warmth of reply from Judith Gemmet, the owner of Bijou Des Caraibes, came as no surprise and convinced us that her property should be considered for inclusion in the first round of myTobago reviews.

Location

Bijou Des Caraibes is located on Mount Irvine – arguably the most popular and prestigious villa location on Tobago. Just fifteen minutes from main airport, the Mount Irvine area represents an ideal base from which to explore the island. A variety of good beaches are within a few minutes drive and a large percentage of the best restaurants on the island within little more.

Although Bijou is quite easy to find, like most properties on Tobago you would be ill-advised to attempt to do so without specific directions. However, as usual with all the best properties, all arriving guests who are staying five nights or more will be met at the airport and accompanied back to the villa, so directions are really not necessary for most guests

We were delighted to find that Bijou Des Caraibes is located in an area of Mt.Irvine that has avoided the worst excesses of the current Tobago building boom. There was ample evidence of local housing in the area, although Bijou's neighbouring properties did all come into the "luxury" class. Given that at home we can't even see our neighbours, it was particularly pleasing for us personally to find that the adjacent plots at Bijou had not (yet) been developed and that the property was therefore not overlooked or in any sense 'crowded'.

The apartments are a five-minute drive from the nearest beaches and there are no restaurants or shops within realistic walking distance. Although taxi services are available, we strongly recommend that you budget for a self-drive vehicle for your stay, as we suggest with most accommodation on Tobago. The island has too much to offer to be restricted to just one location. Judy normally has vehicles available for rental by guests at very competitive rates.

Architecture

Arriving at the property, one is immediately struck by the riot of colour surrounding the villa. From the road, it appears to be a very large single storey building. It actually a two-storey building, but is cleverly built to take best advantage of the gently sloping hillside. The well-maintained hedges surrounding the property hide security fencing, but the electronic gates give the game away and are a sad comment on modern life the world over.

Judith and Yvon Gemmet designed and built the property in 1996 and it now forms their private residence. It was only during the early design stage that Judy, a natural hostess, realised that the lower floor of this lovely property could be easily adapted to provide guest accommodation.

The Apartments

Bijou Des Caraibes offers a choice of four fully self-contained apartments – a two bedroom apartment, a one-bedroom apartment and two smaller studio apartments. Although we were able to view all four apartments during our three day, sadly we were unable to photograph them all as they were fully occupied. It would have been far too cheeky to expect guests to clear away their personal belongings. The only fundamental difference between the apartments, however, is that of size, so the following comments apply to all four.

The apartments are of moderate size and simply, but adequately furnished. All aspects of the building, both internally and externally, are well maintained and in excellent decorative order. Each unit has a living area, furnished with dining table and chairs, plus casual seating in the form of sofa and chairs. Each unit has a radio, cable TV and telephone.

The kitchenettes are small but adequate, and are equipped with the usual basic cooking facilities, microwave, fridge/freezer, electric kettle and a decent range of cutlery and crockery.

Leading off each apartment is a bathroom, with basin, toilet and shower, and the bedrooms. The two-bedroom apartment has a king-size double bed in the master bedroom and two standard-size single beds in the second bedroom. This latter room is on the small side, but perfectly suited to children, for whom it is undoubtedly primarily intended. The one-bedroom apartment also has a king-size double bed and the two studio apartments have queen-size double beds.

Security grills are provided on all windows and each apartment is integrated within the villa's main security system. Each apartment has an independent remote control to arm and disarm the security system. All rooms are fully air-conditioned.

Cleaning services are provided six days a week and linen and towels changed daily. A laundry service is offered for a nominal charge and cooking and baby-sitting can be arranged at extra cost.

Facilities

The front of the property is dominated by a 33 x 17 foot swimming pool, set in lush tropical gardens that are a riot of colour all year round. Hedges around the pool and property afford total privacy, although sadly these also block the lovely views of Buccoo Reef and the Caribbean Sea. An adequate number of recliners are provided around the pool. There are also a few tables and chairs set around the garden.

The rear of Bijou provides access to three of the apartments and overlooks an attractive deep gorge. As the property is not over-looked, visitors have total privacy, other than from other guests, of course. Not being near any main roads and with no closely neighbouring properties, the only sound is the twittering of birds.

The wide walkway and seating area at the rear of the property are an ideal location for al fresco meals using the shared electric barbeque. With only four apartments, and aided by gentle stirring by hostess Judy, it is inevitable that this will often result in an impromptu social gathering of all, or most, guests.

Your Hosts

Whilst the accommodation at Bijou Des Caraibes can be highly commended in its own right, without any shadow of doubt the strongest feature of a stay at this property is Trinidadian host Judy Gemmet, ably assisted by Swiss husband Yvon.

As already mentioned, Judy is a natural hostess. She simply loves having people to stay and if they weren't paying guests, she would undoubtedly fill the house with family or friends. Judy seems to spend her life organising things for her visitors and doing everything possible to ensure that they have a trip to remember. She actively fosters a wonderful community spirit amongst the guests and regularly organises group trips to popular local restaurants and local events. They always invite guests to join them for a drink during their stay to foster the cosy relationship.

Judy's local reputation is legend. She is fiercely protective of her guests and any individual or firm who gives her guests disservice better watch out. We well remember the night a local taxi firm failed to collect two guests for a trip to a restaurant. So fierce was the battle that the taxi firm even tracked down their owner, who was away in Trinidad, and persuaded him to ring Judy to apologise. He then repeated the call and apology, early the following morning.

Conclusion

Bijous Des Caraibes offers comfortable, affordable and highly hospitable self-catering accommodation. Within this category of accommodation, Bijou is an ideal solution for both first timers to Tobago and repeat visitors. We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending it to readers of myTobago.info - but be sure to book early.

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 96.7%   . Click below to read the 68 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Wayne Collins from Canada visited in August 2017 and awarded   

I stayed at this amazing Guest house for an extended stay with my wife and 10 year old daughter and of course the pool was the highlight of the stay for my daughter. Mrs Judy is the owner who lives on the premises and makes sure everyone has what they need for an amazing stay. When new guest arrive she makes sure everyone meet and greets. Rooms cleaned daily wifi actually works and cable as well. I would highly recommend this place to anyone that love a family setting and the price is very competitive. We will definitely be returning any time we are in Tobago...

Wayne B Collins

Ena Francis from Trinidad visited in August 2017 and awarded   

From the moment we arrived it we felt a sense of comfort, not as extravagant as some would want. But to me it was just right. Staff was excellent.. very welcome welcoming...i would definitely go there again. The owner miss Judith was understanding and kind very warm and welcoming

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Studio Apartment:0 - 0
2 Bedroom Apartment:0 - 0
Minimum Nights:0 nights
Property Type:Self-Catering Apartments
Apartments:4
Bedrooms:1
Maximum Guests:10
Air-Conditioning:Fully air-conditioned
Children:Children welcome
Hair Dryers:Available
Telephone:Yes
Internet Access:Yes
Television:Yes
Safety Deposit:Yes
Wheelchair Access:Yes
Swimming Pool:Full pool
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:6 times per week
Baby-Sitting:Yes
Personal Laundry:Yes
Personal Cooking:No
Location:Mount Irvine
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Village Outskirts
Airport:15 minutes
Beach:5 minute Drive