Great villa in easy reach of all places of interest on this brilliant island. The villa was well equipped and had plenty of space for our group of 4 people, lovely breeze on the large balcony and great to have a private pool and sun deck. Ideal for divers and non-divers alike. A few bars and restaurants within short walking distance but many more within 10 minute drive. Supermarkets and Kralendijk also within 10 minute drive. Gaby (the caretaker) looked after us very well and made sure we had everything we could need. We loved it here - will definitely be returning soon!
By arrival the nice Caretaker showed us around and gave us nice places for snorkeling and diving. The pool is great like the beautiful Palmgarden and flowers.
Next to the large area there is really wildlife with several births like parrots and even
leguanas. At the porch in the morning we see the arrivals of the cruiseships at the Ocean. We had a great holiday with our whole family and will return next year again.
We booked 10 days here and had no major problems but a number of disappointments.
On the positive side: The location is great for exploring the island. The pool is lovely for a little cooling dip and the garden decking area is nice for afternoon relaxation and BBQ'ing with a good BBQ. The kitchen has the vast majority of things you require for self-catering. We liked the painted driftwood signs and the lovely decorative touches. Meeting Martin (and Nicole) was good, they were happy to help in anyway. We loved the Iguanas in the garden.
On the not so positive side: Electric gates would be much better. Cockroaches in the kitchen had to be addressed by us (but is expected in the tropics). Mosquitoes were worse here then in other parts of the island, so we were not able to spend evenings on the balcony or in the garden. Cannot understand why there is not an oven (as opposed to a small worktop oven) for a family sized home as you would not be able to roast a full family meal at all.
Disappointments: We booked a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house but one bedroom and one bathroom was locked and unavailable to us. This is not what we paid for and so is very unacceptable to us. With just the pair of us staying we didn't need the third bedroom, but that is not the point. They didn't know if we had guests arriving during our 10 night stay so why was this room unavailable to us when we have paid for it.
The overall cleanliness was ok. When we arrived we found dust everywhere. This would have been from the previous guests having the windows open, but it should have been addressed before we arrived.
The dishwasher stopped working during our stay, it would not power on. We are told it was a motherboard problem and parts would need to be ordered. So this was another facility not available to us.
There is aircon in the bedrooms and with the windows open there is a good breeze however we found a notice on the back of the bedroom doors which I've photographed and uploaded. It basically says don't use the aircon all the time else you have to pay extra because energy is expensive. I've never seen a notice like this before and frankly I find it insulting. The advertisement for the villa says Air Conditioning, not Air Conditioning available only between 4pm and 11am or pay extra. What if you want to have an afternoon sleep or have children that sleep during the day? I found this utterly unacceptable and this is why we moved villas when we extended our vacation for a further two weeks.
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This was a lovely 2 story home, close to the southern dive sites and nearby dive shops. We were a group of 3 couples, and I loved the idea of having 3 on-suite bathrooms in every bedroom. This was not clear in the description, but definitely a good selling point.
We loved the large upper deck with the cooling breeze flowing through. It made morning gathering fun, and evening dinners spirited.
The covered lower patio, was perfect for drying and organizing gear for the daily dive. The washing machine was a must for our 4 week stay.
The only problem, was that the tenant prior broke the oven/ microwave, not the fault of the landlord, but this made it difficult to cook for 6 without it.
All in all, this is a very comfortable home, simply decorated and a good value. We would love to return to this property.
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