Our party of 7 spent 3 days at Elysian Villa and thoroughly enjoyed it. We found the experience just as described – more like staying in a private home than a holiday rental. The owners Clyde and Monica have only recently begun to rent it out and previously used it themselves. This no doubt accounts for the attention to detail and the fact that all the essentials and then some are provided. In fact, we found the supplies in the refrigerator and larder useful as we arrived after the stores were closed and with starving children who wanted nothing other than to go into the pool – which they did within minutes of arriving! We were able to fire up the “barby” and enjoy BBQ chicken and steak – which we replenished when the shops opened! I don’t know how many of these supplies are routinely provided.
The décor, amenities, appliances etc were exactly as described and in pristine condition. There was a large collection of reading and viewing material that we never really got around to sampling because there was so much else to do. There was wireless internet access but for reasons we were never able to fathom, we were unable to get our laptop to connect. However, as a desk top computer was provided, this was not an issue.
All cleaning materials, laundry detergent, dishwasher soap etc were provided as well as an ample supply of beach and pool towels. And kitchen towels!
The beach, No Man’s Land, was a definite and unanticipated bonus. It is fairly secluded with limited access and the waters are clear and calm. However, because of this, tour boats and private vessels tend to anchor there and at times it can be rather loud and busy. On our first visit we had the beach almost entirely to ourselves so it was quite a disappointment to return the following day to find that several boats and people with jet skis had also discovered it. I would also caution anyone who intends to go there to check with the Samaan Grove office first and ideally get a key, as “road” (okay I mean dirt road) access is through a barrier which is locked in the evening. We did manage to get locked in on our first visit although we had told “Maria” what time we’d be out. Apparently more than one person has a key and takes it upon themselves to lock up. It is possible that another guest locked us in. A 15 min hike back to the villa and an emergency phone call to Clyde brought someone with a key to the rescue.
In search of some negative comment just to prove the validity of this report, I’d have to say that there is a bewildering array of electrical switches, as in every room there is a choice of lighting – but how can this be a disadvantage? You can create just the mood you prefer!
Also we were less than impressed with the housekeeper, who came once during our 3 day stay. She changed the linen but did not appear to do anything else – that we could see anyway. (She came in our absence – with our permission.)
We have stayed in a variety of luxury, self catering accommodation in Tobago, UK and Europe, and this was easily the most comfortable and best stocked. The owners, Clyde and Monica are very much in the forefront and supervise the care and maintenance of the villa very closely, often staying there or in their villa next door. As a result, I am sure that the quality of the accommodation offered is likely to be sustained, as unlike those that are purely commercial enterprises, this is a labour of love – and I suspect a way of keeping busy in “retirement”!