Petit Careme Apartment - Reader Reports & Opinion

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Anne-Marie from U.K. visited in August 2012 and awarded  Three out of Five

We must have been very unfortunate with the timing of our visit, as the reviews here do not represent the time we had in the villa petit careme.

I suspect the normal housekeeper was away, as our housekeeper only visited 5 times during our stay.On one occassion she arrived, and sat to eat her lunch in our kitchen before starting any cleaning.

We were provided with either beach/pool towels OR bath towels in each room- not both. The towels were only changed once during our stay.The beds/bedding was not changed at all during our weeks vacation. This was inconvenient, and below the standard anyone would normally expect in quality accommodation.

we were unlucky enough to have 3 short power cuts during our stay, and one prolonged power cut( lasting about four hours, one evening).Power cuts are unfortunate, and no-bodys fault, but the house plunged into complete darkness, apart from one emergency light on the stairway. (no lights at all in the lower level apartment).the emergency light also faded and died out before power was restored. The house came with candleholders,( but no candles), and battery powered lamps, but no batteries. It was rather scary for the children. Fortunately ,we phoned Wayne, who eventually came to our rescue, and sent out for some candles after a couple of hours.

The kitchen was reasonably well supplied with crockery etc, but I dont think i have ever encoutered a self catering kitchen with absolutely no food on arrival. not even salt and pepper! A few welsome basics of tea/coffee/milk/sugar would have made a real diference to the welcoming feel.

There was also a lack of cleaning products for washing up/ dishwashing, which we had to buy, we also had to buy bin bags for rubbishetc We did most of our own washing of dishes/utensils etc, but the housekeeper still saw fit to reprimand us for using the "wrong sort of pan" on the hob.She didnt look like the 'award winning' housekeeper from the 2004 photos in the villa either....(?)

On one occassion we had a visit from friends who lived locally, with their children. we then had a call from the owner checking how many people were staying in the villa- to'check up on us' . we also had to adjust our arrival and leaving plans,as there was no-one to let us in, and no keys left for our arrival.

Overal the villa is lovely, but the location is only accessible by car, as are any local shops/restaurants etc.

The upper house does sleeps 9- but the rooms sleep 2( in a double bed), 4( in 2 double beds) and 3( kings size plus single) , which wont suit some families/groups.

The downstairs apartment sleeps 2/4( one double bed, plus a double bedsetee). We booked the whole house so we could accomodate up to 11 people( 10 plus toddler) for a couple of the nights -only to find that the upper and lower parts were completely seperate( no interconnecting doors/ stairs)- so we had to go outside, and up and down the driveway to get from basement to ground level of the house. The main dining area only had enough seats for those in the main house, so it was a problem to eat together too. fortunately my sister was only with us for a couple of nights, so it wasnt too much of a problem, but bear it in mind if you want to have the whole house for a single group. it doesnt work that well.

would we stay again? very unlikely.

I think we didnt get the real experience, but maybe we were just unlucky.

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Kerry W. from Trinidad visited in August 2012 and awarded  Four out of Five

We stayed at Petit Careme in August 2012. It was a truly memorable and enjoyable stay. The high points of this villa are the incredible scenery and wildlife on the compound. The sammaan tree is truly breathtaking. There are also lots of birds including woodpeckers and butterflies. Ideal for a nature lover.

The property itself was very clean and comfortable and the housekeeper Charmaine was very helpful and an excellent cook. The decor could use some updating and there are some minor areas requiring maintainence as it is an older property.

We loved it there and look forward to returning.

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Saeed Khan from Trinidad visited in July 2012 and awarded  Five out of Five

My family and I have stayed at various places in Tobago and by far this was the most enjoyable and relaxing.

On entering the compound we were greeted with the perfect balance of greenery and architecture. The surroundings were clean and well kept. The pool was a central focal point and at times its warm waters held on to us longer than we planned.

The apartment was very spacious and had all the amenities any small family would need. The bedroom was quite homely and restful. Cleverly situated was a walk in storage area for luggage which had adequate space.

I would definitely recommend this villa + apartment to anyone visiting the island. It is private, comfortable, safe and I am looking forward to staying there again.

Thanks Merilee

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Sarah Nabbie from Trinidad visited in July 2012 and awarded  Five out of Five

It is very rare for a place to eclipse its pictures and Petit Careme is definitely one of those places. Merilee is very accommodating and Charmaine and Wayne were both helpful and friendly. Literally everyone who went was satisfied and we all wished we could have stayed longer, especially the kids! We recommended PCV to 2 parties within our first week returning home and we intend to revisit. I think there is no higher compliment than that. But if you need more, there is a high sense of security, privacy, convenience, easy access, hummingbirds, lush landscaping and it comes at a very acceptable rate.

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Bryan Punwasie from Trinidad visited in July 2012 and awarded  Four out of Five

My family and I were looking for a quiet and relaxing place to spend our vacation.A friend recommended us to go to the apartment at Petite Careme.We were not disappointed.

We enjoyed our stay very much,Charmaine(Housekeeper) was nice and very helpful, even Wayne(Guard) provided us with advice and directions when we asked him.

The children loved the pool (they played in the pool everyday).

On our next vacation,we will be going back to Petite Careme.

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