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SeaBreeze, Tobago


6-bedroom Holiday Rental Villa

SeaBreeze is a spacious six-bedroom clifftop villa located in Bacolet, an upscale residential area of Scarborough. This tranquil villa is set in more than an... acre of mature tropical gardens and offers 180-degree views of the ocean. It is constantly blessed with cooling breezes being on the Atlantic side of the island. The villa is just a short walk away from picturesque Bacolet Bay beach and would make a great holiday base for larger parties or groups. [read more]


US $379

Seabreeze Cottage, Tobago

Seabreeze Cottage

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Seabreeze Cottage is a one-bedroom apartment located on the lower floor of a modern two-storey house on a new development on the outskirts of Castara.


US $70

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6-bedroom Holiday Rental Villa

SeaBreeze is a spacious six-bedroom clifftop villa located in Bacolet, an upscale residential area of Scarborough. This tranquil villa is set in more than an acre of mature tropical gardens and offers 180-degree views of the ocean. It is constantly blessed with cooling breezes being on the Atlantic side of the island. The villa is just a short walk away from picturesque Bacolet Bay beach and would make a great holiday base for larger parties or groups.

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Property Description

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About the House Sea Breeze is a stunning private villa situated by the sea in one of the most sought after locations on the island with outstanding views and a peaceful sense of space. A wide veranda along two sides of the house provides a scenic 180° view of the ocean.

The villa was substantially redecorated and refurbished in 2009/10 and so much is new including furniture and white goods, not to mention the swimming pool and jacuzzi filters and pumps! There are six air-conditioned bedrooms and six bathrooms, with accommodation for up to ten people. The villa is built on two main levels, an upper and a pool level, with 3 bedrooms / 3 bathrooms on each and both have private entrances.

There are two double rooms and one single room on each floor, and all the rooms have en-suite bathrooms (except the single downstairs which has a separate bathroom). On the upper level are the fully equipped kitchen and a comfortable ‘great room’ with numerous windowed sliding doors that open onto the veranda and the large patio - heaven for sun-worshippers during the day, and an al fresco dining area in the evenings.

In addition to the three bedrooms on the lower level, there is a second, small kitchen and pretty living room with French windows opening out onto the pool area.

The Gardens

The entrance drive is lined with stately palms, and curves through more than an acre of colourful tropical shrubs and mature fruit trees. One of the great pleasures of staying at Sea Breeze during the summer months is being able to help yourself to fresh mango, lime, grapefruit, banana and avocado.

Swimming and sunbathing

The roofed Jacuzzi and swimming pool are set to the side of the house with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Behind the villa, private steps lead down to the shoreline, where the adventurous can enjoy spectacular snorkelling from the rocks, and swim or clamber to a small secluded beach accessible only to a few houses. Alternatively, the charming, palm-fringed crescent of Bacolet Beach is less than a five-minute stroll away - some of our more intrepid guests have swum there from the villa. This beach was the location for the 1960 film 'Swiss Family Robinson', and is still just as unspoilt - except that now you can get lunch and a drink at the No Problem bar, run by the local hotel.


Our friendly maid, Vernette, will help to make your stay extremely relaxing. She will clean the house, make the beds and do the dishes; she can also cook for you if you want to eat in.

Felix keeps the garden clean and tidy, and will probably ply you with fresh fruit - mango, coconut, grapefruit, orange or banana, depending on the time of year.

The property managers, Sonya and Michael, live next door and are in overall charge of the house and garden. They will meet you at the airport, stock the house with food, clean the pool, adjust the Jacuzzi... any problems at all, they are there to help!

myTobago Review

SeaBreeze, Bacolet, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Seabreeze in March 2014.


SeaBreeze is a spacious six-bedroom holiday rental villa. It is situated in Bacolet, a quiet residential district on the outskirts of Tobago's capital, Scarborough. Set on a bluff above the sea, this securely fenced villa boasts more than an acre of landscaped gardens, with mature fruit trees and magnificently colourful shrubs and views over Rockley Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Gorgeous Bacolet Bay beach is just a five-minute walk away.

Although there are a plethora of holiday rental villas on Tobago, there are surprisingly few that can accommodate family groups or parties of up to ten adults with any degree of privacy and comfort. To make matters worse, the largest villas tend to be very upscale with rental rates to match. SeaBreeze represents an excellent choice for groups and families looking for something more affordable. It would be particularly suited to wedding parties or other family or group celebrations.


Bacolet is an upmarket residential suburb of Scarborough. Although within walking distance of Scarborough's commercial district, known as Uptown Scarborough, the town and Bacolet are like chalk and cheese. Scarborough has frankly few redeeming features, if any. Bacolet, however, exudes an air of quiet calm and sophistication. It is not surprising that so many Tobagonian professional and business people live here.

The Atlantic coast of Tobago faces directly into the prevailing North East Trade Winds. As a result, it is normally cooler than the leeward Caribbean side. This is why most Tobagonians live along the Atlantic coast. The slight downside is that the most popular beaches are on the Caribbean side. SeaBreeze offers the best of both worlds; nice cool accommodation and close proximity to both coasts.

Having your own transport is essential if you are to get the best out of SeaBreeze. Bacolet Bay is a short walk from the villa, but there is little else within comfortable walking distance.

Bacolet is just a couple of minutes from the main Claude Noel Highway. All of Tobago is within easy reach. It is a 15-20 minute drive from the airport, Pigeon Point and Store Bay; a similar journey to any of the beaches on the southern Caribbean coast; 40 minutes to Castara; and about an hour to Charlotteville at the northern tip of the island.

Given that around 50% of all Tobagonians live in Scarborough and its immediate environs, one would think that the town would also offer the best shopping. In fact this is far from the truth. The best supermarkets (Penny Savers and Morshead Gourmet Foods) are all a 15-20 minute drive away from the villa. In fairness, Penny Savers has opened a smaller outlet on the edge of Scarborough and that is accessible from SeaBreeze without having to drive through Scarborough centre, which can be something of a log-jam on occasions.

Dining out is a similar situation. Shutters on the Bay (at the Blue Haven Hotel) and Café Havana(at the Bacolet Beach Club) are within walking distance of SeaBreeze, but both are expensive and neither is likely to satisfy gastronomic tastes. Ciao Pizza is conveniently located on the Bacolet-side of Scarborough and offers very good genuine Italian pizzas at reasonable prices. One of our favourite restaurants, the Salsa Kitchen, is little more than a five minute drive from the villa, just north of the main highway. Apart from these restaurants, dining out does involve a 20-minute drive to Crown Point or the Shirvan Road, where many of the island's most popular restaurants are based. The same applies to most other rental properties on the island, as none are within walking distance of more than one or two restaurants.


SeaBreeze is set in more than an acre of mature tropical grounds, discreetly hidden behind a tall perimeter wall/fence. Electronic gates guard the entrance. Security is good, without being intrusive.

The villa itself lies at the end of an attractive curved driveway edged with mature palms. The gardens are a riot of colourful tropical shrubs and mature fruit trees, including lime, mango, banana, grapefruit and avocado. Guests are naturally invited to take their pick of any fruit ready for picking.

When viewed from the front, SeaBreeze looks like a single-level bungalow of conventional tropical design. The cream stucco finish is brightened by pink and blue lattice work, window frames and decorative balustrades. However, the single-storey image belies the truth; the gentle fall of the land disguises the fact that the house is actually built on two levels.

The original owner of SeaBreeze was wheelchair-bound and accessibility was a major consideration in the design. Whilst no specific aids for the disabled are fitted, the house could be well suited to wheelchair users or those with mobility problems. The entire upper level of the house, from the double carport to the front to the main balcony at the rear, is built on a single level with no steps or other obstructions, and nice wide doors and corridors. Wheelchair users would not be able to negotiate the stairs to the swimming pool, but can be wheeled down to the lower level through the gently sloping garden.

SeaBreeze is a relatively old villa by Tobagonian standards. It was renovated in 2004 and then again in 2011/2012 by the current owners. It is furnished and equipped as a private holiday home rather than as a rental property. In comparison to many of the spic-and-span new houses that have sprung up around the island, the difference is noticeable. However, it also means that SeaBreezehas character and personality and engenders a feeling of 'homeliness', as opposed to the more impersonal hotel-like experience of many new rental villas.


SeaBreeze has six air-conditioned bedrooms and a total of six bathrooms. All are fully en suitewith the exception of one bedroom on the lower floor which has a private bathroom immediately adjacent.  The rooms are spacious and the furnishing and decoration simple, but all the rooms look comfortable.

The house is managed by Debbie. She will be on hand to clean the house, make beds and undertake normal housekeeping duties several days a week. She is also available for additional cooking duties, when required.

Reception Rooms

On arrival at SeaBreeze, remotely operated gates provide entry to a rather grand palm-lined drive that sweeps down the gentle hillside, ending at a large covered portico-carport in front of the villa.

The front door leads into a large and elegant reception foyer. This doubles as a formal dining room. The room is simply but tastefully furnished with a rattan sofa and chair plus a large wooden dining table with eight chairs. The table would comfortably seat ten utilising extra chairs from the kitchen table.

The reception foyer provides direct access to the three upper-floor bedrooms, the wide wrap-around covered veranda or to the heart of the villa, the kitchen.

Measuring 6.1 x 3.7m, the kitchen is more than large enough to cater for the demands of parties of ten guests. Given the name of the villa, it is hardly surprising to find that the house benefits from wonderfully cooling sea breezes. So, despite being situated in the middle of the house and having just a single large window overlooking the Jacuzzi and gardens, the kitchen remains surprisingly cool at all times of the day, aided by nothing more than a single large ceiling fan.

The kitchen is furnished conventionally with a large fridge-freezer, a six-ring gas stove with griddle, microwave oven, coffee filter machine, toaster, kettle, blender and a dishwasher. The walls are lined with an extensive range of storage cupboards, above and below the work surfaces. These, in turn, are stocked with a haphazard collection of kitchen utensils, crockery, glassware and cutlery. All the kitchenware was clean and functional, but large groups might, unsurprisingly, find that they need to wash up on a regular basis to avoid running out of crockery and glassware.

Guests mustn't expect pristine sets of matching kitchenware. This is not unusual in 'holiday homes'. It is also in stark contrast to the excesses of some rental villa owners and agents who present guests with a neat inventory of matching plates and kitchen items and sometimes ask the guests to sign the list on departure to confirm that everything is being handed back intact.

Adjacent to the kitchen are two utility rooms. A huge cast-concrete wash basin dominates one and is ideal for dealing with salt-laden swimwear or dive gear. There is also a washing machine and dryer. Detergent is provided and helpful housekeeper, Debbie, is always happy to do washing during her visits if the guests don't want to be bothered themselves.

The rear of the house is dominated by an extremely spacious 8x5.3m living room. Wide glazed sliding doors extend across the entire rear of the room, and to one side. These provide access onto the wide wrap-around veranda and almost uninterrupted sea views across Rockley Bay. Trinidad's northern mountain range can regularly be seen.

The living room is furnished with a very comfortable, deeply-cushioned, suite of sofas and chairs appropriate for the size of party that often stay here. Close to hand, a large display unit is home to a large cable television, DVD-player, a small music centre, range of novels, local guides and information booklets, card and board games.

The main living room features coral rock walls rising 10m to a cathedral-style wooden ceiling. Decorative air bricks around the upper part of the walls ensure that hot air can escape. Villas on the windward side of Bacolet Point often suffer from dampness and the corrosive effect of the salt-laden sea blast. Being located to the east of the Point, SeaBreeze is more shielded and avoids this problem.

One secret to comfortable living in the tropics is to keep furnishing simple, allowing nothing to stop air circulation or disturb through-drafts. In this respect, SeaBreeze works remarkably well. The main reception rooms are not air-conditioned and rely upon overhead ceiling fans. A large rotating floor fan is also provided in the lounge. We stayed at SeaBreeze during a surprisingly warm week. However, by ensuring that all doors and windows were opened as early in the day as possible, preventing any build-up of heat, we found conditions in the house remarkably equitable. The thought of retreating to an air-conditioned bedroom for respite never even entered our heads.

Balcony & Terrace

As with all good tropical architecture, a wide roof overhang shades the wide balcony that runs around two side of SeaBreeze. When the living room's five-metres of sliding doors are open, you gain a sense of being outdoors even when you are inside.

The front veranda is 2.7 metres wide and furnished with a large circular rattan table and four chairs, plus a range of comfortable cushioned all-weather chairs. Although the front of the house is at ground level, the sloping grounds mean that the rear veranda is actually on the second floor. The additional height enhances the views of the Atlantic Sea, Rockley Bay and Scarborough port.

The veranda also provides access onto a 5-metre square open terrace furnished with an all-weather tables and chairs. Guests are almost spoiled for choice of dining spots at SeaBreeze.


Each floor has three bedrooms. All the bedrooms are air-conditioned and fully en suite, with the exception of one bedroom on the lower floor, which has a private bathroom adjacent. The bedrooms are simply, but comfortably furnished and our only general criticism would be the appearance of the anti-glare film installed over the plastic secondary windows.

Upper Floor Bedrooms

The master bedroom provides a massive 36sq2 of floor space, including the bathroom. This is actually larger than any standard hotel bedroom on Tobago. Located to the rear of the property, the bedroom has windows on two sides. These offer views out to sea and over the gardens. However, as with the other bedrooms, security windows coated with a blue anti-glare film do rather spoil the views.

All the bedrooms are decorated and furnished similarly, with cream stucco walls and white woodwork. Wall mirrors and an occasional print or photograph prevent the rooms from appearing too stark. The dark stained wooden doors criticised in our last review have been painted white, complimenting the cool white tiled flooring utilised throughout the house, so the house now appears very much lighter and brighter than it did previously.

The rooms are simply furnished. Our master bedroom had a pair of very attractive high-backed rattan padded chairs and table, a comfy leather armchair and nightstands with reading lamps on either side of the bed. A range of built-in cupboards provided some 1.75m of full and half-length hanging space and storage shelves. A small security safe is provided.

The master bed features a spacious California King mattress (6-feet wide). The linen was clean and of good quality. A single top sheet and light cellular blanket proved adequate with the air-conditioning on. There was absolutely no trace of mosquitoes or other biting insects.

The air-conditioner was a modern split-unit device. It was far from the quietest we have come across, but it quickly cooled the large room and did not disturb our sleep.

The en suite bathroom is small, but adequate. The washbasin is set into a small wooden vanity unit with ample storage space and drawers. The walk-in fully tiled shower is fitted with a large raindrop head producing a nice, gentle cascade for sunburned shoulders. The bathroom fittings were fairly typical of older properties on the island in that they showed evidence of the damaging effects of the salt-laden coastal winds. Nonetheless, they worked. An electric shaver point is provided, but in typical Tobagonian manner, it is located on a wall with no adjacent shelf or mirror. All the upstairs bathrooms have shaver sockets. However, on the lower floor, only the master bedroom has a shaver socket.

Next door to the master bedroom is a bathroom. This has doors both from the adjacent children's bedroom and from the common corridor that separates the three bedrooms from the living room. This means that this bathroom can be used as both an en suite bathroom for the children's bedroom and as a general cloakroom for everyone else. All bathrooms are similarly equipped with washbasin, pedestal toilet and fully-tiled walk-in shower.

The adjacent single room is relatively small at 2.4 x 3.65m but is quite large enough for a double-decker bunk bed, nightstand, lamp and a rattan armchair. It would be ideally suited to two children. Although there is a full-length wall mirror, there is no dressing table or wardrobe. However, there is plenty of wardrobe space in the adjacent bathroom. We were delighted to find that the noisy air-conditioner mentioned in our previous review had been replaced with a very quiet and efficient modern unit. All bedrooms also have an overhead ceiling fan.

A reasonably spacious (4.7 x 3.65m) bedroom completes the upstairs accommodation. This corner room has windows on two aspects; to the front and side of the property. It may not have sea views, but the lovely grounds of this property make just as nice a view as the sea – and often a damn sight more interesting, given the wide variety of bird-life we saw at SeaBreeze. The room is furnished with a double bed, nightstands with lamps and a small cushioned armchair. Two built-in wardrobes provided 1.6 metres of full and half-length hanging space and storage drawers. As with the children's bedroom, the previously noisy air-conditioner has been replaced by an excellent modern unit.

Lower Floor Bedrooms

As mentioned, the original owner of SeaBreezewas a wheelchair user. A lift (elavator) was installed for access to the lower 'pool level' floor of the house. It was the only means of getting from one floor to the other internally.

SeaBreeze was the very first property on Tobago to boast a lift. Even today, such a feature is a rarity on the island. Sadly, with no other lifts on the island, it was inevitable that the device would suffer from servicing problems issues. With the passage of time the lift has become unreliable and has now had to be taken out of service, rather than risk guests being stuck between floors.

So, at this time, there is no internal access from the upper floor to the lower floor, or vice versa. Guests must use an external staircase to descend to the pool level and then access the lower floor via doors that lead off the pool deck. The current owners intend to have the lift removed and a spiral staircase installed. In the meantime, access is via an external staircase sheltered by the roof overhang. This is unlikely to inconvenience guests, assuming that young children can be housed on the same level as their parents. In the case of older children and teenagers, the separation might even be a great advantage.

The lower floor is effectively a separate self-contained unit. It has a spacious living area, furnished with three sofas, and a small kitchenette. The kitchenette has no cooking facilities, but is equipped with a hot and cold water stainless steel sink and a large fridge with freezer compartment.

The lower floor features five sets of very attractive arched half-glazed doors that provide entry to and from the lower floor to the pool deck or garden. The living area has two adjacent sets of these doors. With both sets open, the living area appears to become part of the pool deck. Just five steps and you can jump into the water. The living room is cooled by a large ceiling fan and a free-standing floor fan and is a perfect place for older members of the party to take refuge from the hot afternoon sun, whist still being able to supervise younger children in, and around, the pool. With the facilities of the kitchenette, this living area becomes an ideal pool bar or luncheon spot.

The sea-facing lower floor 'master' bedroom offers a comfortably spacious 21sq.m. of accommodation. Another set of the attractive arched double doors allow occupants of this bedroom direct access onto the covered patio beneath the upper terrace. The bedroom room is cooled by an overhead ceiling fan and modern whisper-quiet air-conditioning unit.

The California King (6 foot) bed is flanked by nightstands with reading lamps and a rattan chair. A built-in wardrobe provides 1.5m of full-length hanging space, plus a single bottom shelf for storage. The en suite bathroom is small, but adequate, and equipped with the usual trio of washbasin, toilet and walk-in tiled shower.

Next to the 'master' room is a spacious (3.1 x 4m) bedroom fitted with an armchair and two single beds separated by a nightstand with lamp. There is 1.5 metres of full-length wardrobe hanging space with two storage shelves. Like the adjacent master bedroom, this room faces the sea and offers direct access to the grounds and lower-floor terrace through a fourth set of the wide arched patio doors. There are no opening windows and security considerations would make it unwise to sleep with the patio doors open. The room does not have an overhead ceiling fan, but is equipped with a modern split-unit air-conditioner.

This particular bedroom is not fully en suite. It does, however, have its own bathroom, just six steps away across a wide central access corridor. In fact this bathroom is actually the largest in the property, measuring some 3.6x2.3m. With white half-tiled walls and mottled-grey tiled walk-in shower, relieved by an attractive high-back cushioned rattan armchair, the bathroom is attractive.

Another spacious bedroom (5.35 x 3.7m) completes the lower floor accommodation. It is furnished with another pair of side-by-side single beds separated by a nightstand and lamp, a padded rattan chair and a simple cane dressing table with six drawers. A built-in cupboard provides half-length hanging space, plus five storage shelves. The small en suite bathroom contains a toilet, washbasin and walk-in shower.

This bedroom has a single large external window with louvered shutters. However, because the lower floor of the villa is cut into the sloping landscape, the ground level outside is effectively at window level, so views from the window are limited. We were delighted to find that the old air-conditioner reported in our last review has been replaced by a new, quiet unit.

Pool, Jacuzzi & Grounds

The lower pool deck and terrace of SeaBreezecan be accessed by steps from the upper balcony, or through a lovely lattice-work arbour with spectacular bougainvillea from the front garden. Occupants of the lower floor bedrooms have direct access onto the pool deck.

Surrounded by an attractive paved terrace furnished with half a dozen padded recliners and armchairs, the swimming pool is of an unusual irregular L-shape. It has a maximum length and width of around 9 x 8.5 metres with depths ranging from one to 1.9 metres. Swimmers won't be doing Olympic lengths, but it is of more than adequate size for a cooling dip and some exercise. The terrace is something of a sun trap and it was quite surprising how warm the water became over the course of the day.

Adjacent to the pool deck, a very pleasant seating area has been created beneath the upper terrace. Shaded from the direct sun for all but the last hour or two of the day, but open on three sides, this lovely area is furnished with leather sofas and armchairs plus a hammock.

Located just above the pool is a 3.7 metre square Jacuzzi. With a covered gazebo-style roof decorated with pink and blue latticework and surrounded by wonderfully vibrant tropical plants, this attractive feature is likely to entertain many a guest, even if only heated by the sun. With a maximum depth of around a metre, the Jacuzzi will comfortably seat SeaBreeze's maximum occupancy of ten adults.

Adjacent to the pool is a traditional charcoal barbeque. If you keep an eye on the bay and wait for the fishermen to return to the port, you can nip down to Scarborough and dine on the latest catch. As much as we looked forward to slapping a few fish steaks onto the barbeque, time sadly ran out before we got the opportunity to do so.

Steps and a gate lead from the gardens to the rocky shoreline. Adventurous guests can try snorkelling or crab fishing here. Alternatively, at low tide, they can swim or clamber across the rocks to a small and secluded private sandy beach just two hundred metres or so away. It is far more likely, however, that guests will prefer the easy five-minute walk along the road to beautiful Bacolet beach. More sheltered than most beaches along the Atlantic coast, this lovely bay generally offers excellent swimming and has the added bonus of being home to the Blue Haven Hotel's beach bar, which seems to have improved dramatically in the past year.


SeaBreeze undoubtedly represents a wonderful holiday base for groups or families of up to twelve people. The size of the villa and wonderful gardens make it an ideal place for a wedding party. The grounds would make a truly lovely setting for a wedding ceremony.

The villa is spacious, comfortable and adequately equipped. Everything you need is provided. Frankly, the biggest problem will be stirring from the sun loungers and finding the motivation to get out and about.

We have no reservations about recommending SeaBreeze and look forward to our return.

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 92.7%   . Click below to read the 31 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Michael Dimin from U.S.A. visited in February 2020 and awarded   

An excellent experience for my family and friends, Beautiful house, location, and hosts. As lovely as advertised.

Saf from Trinidad visited in August 2019 and awarded   

We have vacationed at this Villa for one week every August for approximately 5 years and have always been greeted warmly upon arrival. The housekeeper Christiana and the manager Ms. Hazel are extremely accomodating and helpful with all of our enquiries and suggestions. With the spacious bedrooms, use of the washer and dryer and extra freezer space (for all those fish we catch) we have all the comforts of home which makes the stay especially luxurious and relaxing.

Additionally, the stunning views, ease of access from the Port and pet friendly accomodations, my friends, family and I will continue returning here for our relaxing escape.

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Full Villa:US$379
Minimum Nights:7 nights
Property Type:Holiday Rental Villa
Maximum Guests:10
Bathrooms:6 (5 ensuite)
Air-Conditioning:Bedrooms only
Children:but parents need to keep an eye on toddlers
Hair Dryers:Available
Telephone:Local calls only and a mobile phone (if it has not been lost)
Internet Access:Braodband access at all times including voice over IP witth SKYPE
Safety Deposit:One only
Wheelchair Access:The villa has a lift/elevator. There are wide verandahs and the pool area is accessible
Swimming Pool:Full pool
Tennis:but there is one at the Blue Haven Hotel (4 mins walk) which guests have been able to use
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:Once per week
Baby-Sitting:By arrangement
Personal Laundry:Washing m/c and dryer available
Personal Cooking:By Arrangement
Location Type:Low Density Urban
Airport:20 minutes
Beach:3-5 minute Walk