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4-bedroom villa at Arnos Vale (listing)
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Charlie Wright

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Post by Charlie Wright » Wed May 28, 2008 2:57 pm

It is always difficult travelling to a new country, booking a villa from photographs as they never live up to your expectations. How wrong can you be!! We arrived by taxi laid on by the owners, drove up to the front thinking this looks ok. Then we walked in, wow, it was amazing. Superbly appointed, spotlessly clean and greeted with a smile and a rum punch, fantastic. We then took our drinks outside and was greeted by a beautiful 120' panoramic view out across the undulating countryside and the only protected bay on the island and out to the ocean, spectacular.

The kitchen was well equipped with everything one would expect from home. A welcome pack already laid on meant we didn't have to worry about food and drink until the next day. There was a superb meal laid on for us by the housekeeper. We were able to change into our shorts and enjoy the rest of the day. It was as good as staying in a top class hotel without the checking in and other holiday makers.

The location of the villa is about 20-30 minutes from the airport, in a tranquil, isolated, yet not remote position. It has been cleverly designed to look modest from the front and a mansion (to take advantage of the view) from the rear. Incidentally the external photographs do not do the villa any justice. The infinity pool is wonderful, a decent size to actually swim in. There was nothing better than cooling off, enjoying the view, well apart from sitting in the Jacuzzi with rum punch watching the sunsets. The weather was great, with temperatures in the low 30's. Generally there was a cooling breeze throughout the day so the large south facing terrace remained comfortable. Having said this should you want to escape the sun, there was always the open covered veranda.

nFinally, the Island itself, having stayed on various islands in the Caribbean, I have to say this is probably the least commercialised and unspoilt, which was a pleasant surprise and felt safe and secure throughout my stay.

The holiday was for 2 weeks and the time flew by. I was able to enjoy 14 days in the sun by arriving in the at lunchtime and leaving as the sun was setting. Incidentally the flight home took just 7 hours and twenty minutes. I had a superb holiday and a wonderful stay. Thank you.

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