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Minister Bay villa description
WINNER: DECEMBER 2012 -TOP VILLA RENTAL, TOBAGO. AWARDED BY TRIPADVISOR/FLIPKEY.
'Don't pass up this little jewel' (Review Jan 2013).
Dolphin Boutique Villa is your luxurious, characterful, Caribbean home from home. It is child and disabled friendly and is run by a Tobagonian & an Englishwoman. It has been described by guests as a 'perfect place to chill & be pampered' and as 'paradise on earth'.
Dolphin Boutique Villa is tucked away in a secluded spot across from the beach in upscale Bacolet Point. Stylish, spacious, full of the vibrant colours of the Caribbean, it boasts a wealth of flora and fauna in its tropical garden, to the delight of all our visitors. Cooling sea breezes make it a perfect retreat..
20 minutes taxi ride from the airport (10 min from the port) & you'll be at the villa. Now you are ready to experience the laid-back island vibes in complete peace.
Chill by the 41' pool, relax on cushioned loungers while watching hummingbirds enjoy the Cape honeysuckle & butterflies fluttering round the zinnias; or just hang out in the hammock (there is one for baby too), swaying gently to the sound of the surf.
The hustle & bustle of city life is forgotten. No need to rush to the shops. You can book dinner for the first evening; Manager Kelvin's fish is legendary (he buys it straight off the boat); so are his red beans!
Slip into the pool after dark and marvel at the stars and the fire flies. It is 2 minutes to the beach, a huge stretch of golden sands next to a coconut grove where there is extraordinary wild-life. Here you can marvel at the majesty of leatherback turtles in the nesting season from March to September.
The Hibiscus room's massage shower will prepare you for a perfect night's sleep. Next morning wake to the sound of the sea and the birds; arrange trips to bird-watch, to the rain-forest, on a glass-bottom boat, or a deep-sea boating expedition-all can be arranged with the manager's help. No mean angler, as a young man he crewed on a boat that caught a record-breaking Marlin.And recent guests caught 12 tuna in only 4 hours!
Alternatively, you can enjoy an active life; a round of golf or scuba diving, followed by a beach party or a taste of the local night life; or just chill at one of the many fabulous beaches, enjoy a local dish or two and then swim or snorkel to your heart's content.
Determined to make you fall in love with his beloved island, manager Kelvin will do all he can to make you comfortable. Attention is paid to the little things that matter; flowers in your room, candles, coolers,a wine chiller, glasses for champagne and tequila as well as for wine. And there's no need to fill your cases with pool towels-these are provided too.
Nothing is too much for Kelvin-he will do as much or as little as you wish; he is happy to show you around on the first day and to advise on the best places to visit and eat. If you arrive on a Saturday, a visit to Buccoo's Sunday School (no connection with religion, except for the Hallelujah chorus played by a famous steel band) makes a perfect start to your holiday.
The manager just loves the opportunity to cook for you (ingredients are included in the meal price). Give him a shopping list before coming and he will buy in groceries for you which you can pay for on arrival.
Why not come and experience Carnival, or goat and crab races at Easter?There are fishing tournaments, yacht and power boat races to enjoy. Or just stay home and relish the delights of the villa. Step out of the back door straight to the pool area-no tedious steps to manoeuvre to go for a swim. Bask in the sun to the sound of the waves and the birds. Or chill while you enjoy the plasma TV, the selection of games and books.
Treatments of reflexology,aromatherapy massage, thai yoga massage or healing therapy can all be arranged so that you can enjoy them in the tranquility of the villa. After so much pampering, will you ever want to go home?
DETAILED INFO SHEETS PROVIDED ON BOOKING SO YOU CAN PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY
Festivals: CARNIVAL (March);
STEEL BAND COMPETITIONS THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND.
Goat and Crab RACES & JAZZ festival (Easter);
'HERITAGE OF TOBAGO' presentations (all July);
POWER BOAT RACE (Sat.3rd week in August)-FROM TRINIDAD TO TOBAGO
N.B. FLIGHT FROM N.Y. TO TOBAGO; (CARIBBEAN AIRLINES)
Keywords: Luxurious,5* 1 storey villa, huge excellently equipped kitchen(see reviews), GE appliances, Spacious lounge, 40' private pool(pool towels provided) quality bed-linen, Child & Disabled Friendly, 2mins to uniquely unspoilt beach,
20 mins to night life & touristy beaches; 20 mins to rain forest; magnificent diving &bird-watching, turtle watch, hikes,kite-boarding
- Vacation Rental
High chair; cot; two travel cribs; safety gate; Fisher Price dolls' house; small "In the Night Garden" collapsible house; small boy's cars; soft toys;inflatable paddling pool doubles up as "ball pool". It can be used in the shade of the gallery, away from the hot sun. small steps into pool(suitable for toddlers+) at shallow end. Burglar-proofing to outer doors makes child escape more difficult. Two collapsible travel cribs available-can be used on beach for shade....moreless
Ramps round sides of property mean access via very small step at backdoor is possible. Close access to the pool, which is outside kitchen door. Outside shower has small ramp. Ramp to Hibiscus bedroom. Ramp to kitchen. All showers are (narrow) wheelchair accessible. Disabled toilet available...moreless
- Pets Considered
- Alternative Lifestyle
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 8-9
- King size beds (1) Top Quality Super King bed in Hibiscus, Queen size Beds (1) Top quality Queen bed in Frangipani room, Twin or Single Beds (3) 2 brand new singles in Orchid room; they convert to Super King if preferred. 3'6" single bed is in child's room., Baby Cribs (1) Brand new high quality Greco cot with bassinet. also two travel pods for very young c hildren., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This acts as a sofa in Orchid room, but can be moved to any room to act as bed....moreless
Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
quality equipment including electric whisk & blender;large stock of glasses, crockery &cutlery-some everyday, some for dinner parties etc Frigidaire washer/dryer in separate washroom Dried herbs, s&p etc & starter pack-garbage bag etc provided...moreless
- Catering Available:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Air Conditioning:
- Parking Off Street:
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
- Clothes Dryer
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Mobile Phone
- Computer Available
Lanai / Gazebo:
Windowless gallery means you can relax as you enjoy a book, a glass of wine, the bird-song, the seaview, sea breezes. Or dine al fresco, but have a roof over you to keep out too much sun, or rain. Includes huge hammock, sofa, lounger, food trolleys and dining table(...moreless
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Beach View:
- Ocean View:
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Medical Services
- Massage Therapist
- Basketball Court
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Botanical Garden
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Bird Watching
- Fitness Center
- Horseback Riding
- Gambling Casinos
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Bedrooms have quality linen, shoe rack, laundry basket, drying rack outside bedrooms(great for drying towels). Area has 'Turtle Watching', 'Rain Forest Walks',bird watching;'kite-boarding'. For children, the villa has a small In The Nightgarden house; Fisher Price Doll's house, numerous children's cars and teddy bears etc. and a child's car seat....moreless
ReviewsWrite a review
Stayed here with my family the week of Easter. Loved every bit of it. Mr. Gordon was very helpful, and Mrs. Gordon handled my transactions to the very last detail. Will return in a heartbeat !!!
- Guest sharon m.
- Date of stay 03/30/13
- Review Submitted 09/14/13
Manager response: How lovely of you to do a review when so much time has elapsed since your vacation. Your Mum called us to say what a fabulous time she'd had and that she wouldn't go anywhere else. Looking forward very much to having you all back. Kelvin and Marilyn
Best sun vacation ever!
Best sun vacation ever!
My husband and I, our daughter and my brother and sister-in-law had two wonderful weeks of vacation at Dolphin Villa. The booking and preparation for the trip was painless and enjoyable as we exchanged emails and information with Marilyn and Kelvin. They were very obliging and provided us with lots of very useful information. The villa is comfortable, clean, private and huge. Five adults could work in the kitchen without getting in each others way! Our favorite feature, by far, was the pool. It was wonderful to be able to have an early morning or late night swim and with the beautiful Tobagonian sunshine it was a welcome relief mid-day as well. The beach is only a 5 minute walk away and is absolutely gorgeous. We had it completely to ourselves most days, rarely seeing anyone else. The villa and its location were ideal for us. It is in a quiet neighborhood with similar properties surrounding it. We did not rent a vehicle but taxis are very cheap (<$5 to go into town). If you are looking for hustle and bustle and crowded beaches this would not be the spot for you. Marilyn and Kelvin were both very gracious and friendly and respectful of our privacy. Kelvin cooked us a wonderful meal and they were both helpful in finding us local fresh produce and groceries. Like our booking, checkout details were painless as well with our damage deposit returned to us within days of our departure. This was definitely our best sun vacation by far and I hope that Marilyn and Kelvin will agree to have us visit them again in the near future.
- Guest R&R (Canada)
- Date of stay 02/23/13
- Review Submitted 04/10/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Wonderful and Relaxing
Wonderful and Relaxing
We spent a week and can not provide enough praise on the property and the owners. Kelvin and Marilyn are wonderful people, and Kelvin lives by the motto SERVICE! He is always available to assist in any manner possible. We spent most of our time in the huge pool, watching beautiful birds, or the nearby beach.
- Guest J&S (Lenexa, KS)
- Date of stay 01/14/13
- Review Submitted 02/01/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Manager response: Thankyou so much for your kind words. Yes, 'Service' is our mantra, and we were so happy to be able to make your vacation memorable. Thankyou too for being such fun guests. We'd love to have you back.
My husband and I stayed at the Dolphin villa for a week and it was the best vacation we have had. The villa was nice and clean just like the pictures and the kitchen was the best with everything needed to cook a meal. Kelvin helped us cook a few times and the meal was delicious. Both Marilyn and Kelvin were very helpful in planning the trip and giving us advice, we liked Tobago so much that we are planning on going back again next year.
- Guest Mujju & Samina (Chicago)
- Date of stay 10/29/12
- Review Submitted 12/27/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
A home in paradise
A home in paradise
This was definitely the best place to stay at! perfectly clean and neatly, awesomely furnished and an unhasty surrounding. Me and my husband stayed there for the second time and we felt like it was even more beautiful than the first time and we can assure that this will definitely not be the last!
- Guest german visitors (Bodenheim, Germany)
- Date of stay 10/24/11
- Review Submitted 03/09/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, pet owners, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Vacation With Frineds
Vacation With Frineds
We met travel friends in Tobago and stayed at Dolphin Villa. Kelvin was very helpful throughout our stay and the villa was a most enjoyable place to be. It had a great location, close to town and within walking distance of a nice beach. Very helpful was the fact that the villa had a car available to rent either by the week or by the day and that saved the hassle of having to use a rental company! Very comfortable rooms, good kitchen and a huge living room, but we enjoyed the front covered patio and the pool the most. We had Kelvin prepare a meal one night and it was excellent. Kelvin recommended a tour guide for a private birdwatching excursion and that was the highlight! Overall a great trip!
- Guest S & S (South Carolina)
- Date of stay 02/11/12
- Review Submitted 03/04/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, girls getaway, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
My wife and I stayed 3 weeks at Dolphin Villa and truly enjoyed ourselves. During one of the weeks we had some family staying with us and the villa easy accommodated 4 adults and 5 children. The kitchen is one of the best equipped in any villa we have rented in Tobago or anywhere else for that matter. We also appreciated the fact that bed linen had such high quality and the beds were really comfortable. The villa was very clean and in great shape. The villa is only a couple of minutes walk from Minister bay beach, which is a great beach where most days you will be all alone. And the neighbourhood is really quiet and peaceful. Onsite manager Kelvin is passionate about good service and really make sure that you feel looked after.
- Guest Ola_tt (Arima, Trinidad)
- Date of stay 12/17/11
- Review Submitted 01/22/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Home Away From Home!!!
Home Away From Home!!!
I was born and raised in beautiful Trinidad and Tobago, so when I finally got a chance to take my family to visit my homeland I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect. With the help of Kelvin and Marilyn, our stay at Dolphin Villa accomplished just that. The villa is located in a quiet upscale neighborhood just 10 minutes from Scarborough. We were very pleased to see that everything represented in the description of the Villa was right on. Everything that you need to be comfortable was provided. The rooms were all spacious, and very tastefully decorated. The kitchen contained everything that you might possibly need, and the living area was well suited for entertaining large families. My favorite part about our one week stay was that we all enjoyed different aspects of the Villa. My kids loved the large well maintained pool, the assortment of board games and the satellite TV (go figure… just yards from a beautiful beach and they preferred the pool). My wife enjoyed waking up in the morning to the fresh picked mangoes (her favorite fruit), drinking coffee in the hammock, and watching the wide assortment of birds in the garden. As for me, I enjoyed the fact that for one full week I had no desire to check emails, answer phone calls or watch a single minute of television. Instead in spent it on the one mile stretch of unspoiled beach just across the street from the villa, and introducing my wife and kids to the culture and people of Trinidad and Tobago. I would highly recommend Dolphin Villa to anyone looking to get away in paradise, and I will definitely be back soon.
- Guest Rick (Houston, Texas)
- Date of stay 07/15/11
- Review Submitted 08/05/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Thank You so much for such a wonderful stay at Dolphin Villa. We had such a wonderful time. Dolphin Villa was very clean and spacious-exacly what we were looking for. One word to describe it-beautiful!! The location was perfect! The morning walk on the beach was amazing! We highly recommend this villa for anyone who is visiting Tobago. We will definitely be staying again!!
- Guest val (Nashville, Tn)
- Date of stay 01/19/11
- Review Submitted 02/02/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, people with disabilities, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Carribean chic on laid back Tobago
Carribean chic on laid back Tobago
Tobago is probably one of the least commercialised and most unspoilt islands in the Caribbean. Long may it stay that way. We loved the laid back atmosphere of the island and Dolphin Villa was a very chilled out place to stay. It was very difficult to drag ourselves off anywhere when there was so much relaxing to do around the pool, even with superb scuba diving on the doorstep. A billion thanks to Kelvin for his care and amazing cooking. You ain’t tasted fish until Kelvin’s catch is in front of you. We tried our hand at fishing too (never even caught a trout before) and it was an experience not to be missed. Everything was sorted for us by our host - we just had to enjoy ourselves! A lovely, stylish property in a quiet area, great access to the beach and with every comfort and convenience. Kelvin on-site made us feel very safe. We’ll be back and will recommend friends to the villa.
- Guest Val and David (Tewkesbury, UK)
- Date of stay 11/10/10
- Review Submitted 11/17/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing.
PRICES per NIGHT/$US 5 NIGHTS MINIMUM Prices subject to change at any time March 11-April 30:2013 2pp: 150 3-4pp: 190 5-8pp 250 May 1-July 12: 2013 2pp: 135 3-4pp: 170 5-8pp 235 July 13-Sept 7: 2013 2pp: 150 3-4pp: 195 5-8pp 250 Sept 8-Dec 6: 2013 2pp 135 3-4pp: 170 5-8pp 220 Dec 7- Jan 10: 2014 2pp 160 3-4pp: 230 5-8pp 275 Jan 11-May 3: 2014 2pp 150 3-4pp: 210 5-8pp 260 25% deposit on booking:25%damage deposit:remainder month before arrival.
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Year Purchased: 1999
About: I am a Tobagonian, who loves the sea, and spent most of my youth working in and around boats. 10 yrs ago, I embarked on a new venture, voluntary work with Special Needs children at the Happy Haven School. I met my English wife when she was attending an alternative therapy course here! As you do... A Russian and French speaking academic before she came to Tobago, she now spends any free time doing voluntary teaching with children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
Why Minister Bay:
Such immeasurable beauty around Minister Bay and its wetlands. Such a sense of freedom when surfing, boarding or swimming in this unique and unspoilt haven. How the shrimp and coral plants, Canna lilies and Pride of Barbados trees, blue tanagers and white owls in our garden have captivated us. There's time to chill in the hammock and read a good book; to visit the oldest preserved rain-forest in the world, and wonder at how untouched it has remained. To have the pleasure of seeing a turtle lay. To listen to a Steelband live. To watch the Easter goat races. To enjoy the privilege of growing our own tomatoes, sweet peppers, plantain and papaya; fresh herbs are plentiful. The sky is blue most days. It is never cold. The people are fun-loving and carefree. The rain forest has a primitive magic. Tobago, sweet Tobago. What more could one want? So much to do, so little time!
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Sun nearly everyday, glorious beaches, unusual flora and fauna, the oldest preserved rain-forest in the world , wind-surfing, surfing, kite-boarding, turtle watching. Steel bands, carnival, Easter goat and crab races and of course Caribbean and European cuisine with a difference.
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Dolphin Villa, with its pretty wooden fretwork and dolphin gates, faces the sea,
flowers round the huge pool
Ample room in the dining lounge to dance, play, relax, dine.Bar area to left.
Frangipani room with a/c, en suite, walk-in shower, bidet etc
3 MINS FROM THE VILLA- UNSPOILT MINISTER BAY;BABY ENJOYING PADDLING-GRANDPA TOO!
Legend has it that Robinson Crusoe landed on Minister Bay beach.
Balisier growing in our garden
Zinnias thrive here.
Dine in the covered gallery.Chill in the hammock to the sound of the sea & birds
View from the bar to the huge kitchen. 40'pool is outside back door.
The sunny Hibiscus room, with Super-King bed, en-suite with massage shower,bidet
Minister Bay beach; there is snorkelling at the far end
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