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"My family of 6 (kids 9,5,3,1) recently stayed at the Blue House in August 2015. We had a great time. The house is super cute, fully fenced which was great for the kids, has a beautiful view of the ocean, St. Thomas, and Jost Van Dyke). Sam and Sharlene were great to work with us and help coordinate our arrival. The owner of the home (who lives in the house behind the Blue House) was an absolute sweetheart. She came out and introduced herself, and every morning brought us mangos from the nearby mango tree. The house itself had all the things we needed as advertised. The outdoor dining and BBQ area was perfect. They gave us a pre-paid cell phone which came in handy!! Everything about our stay was great! Our trip was 4 weeks long and included 1 week in Puerto Rico, 1 week in St. Thomas, 1 week in St. John, and our last week in Tortola at Da Blue House. Of all the places we traveled, Tortola was our favorite and Da Blue House was our favorite house!! All the beaches nearby are great, Smugglers Cove, Cane Garden Bay and Brewers Bay were our favorites and all so beautiful and calm. All are a short drive from Da Blue House so a car is a must but the drive is amazingly gorgeous! We were there during Carnival which was fun and entertaining! If were were to come back to Tortola, we'd definitely contact Sam and Sharlene to schedule Da Blue House again!"
Guest: Steven S.Date of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: August 21, 2015
"We spent a wonderful week at Villa Dulcinea in late August. The home offered every comfort, from a well equipped kitchen, to a peaceful pool, breathtaking views and many cozy corners to lounge with a book. Tortola is one of the best Caribbean islands, combining the beauty that the region is known for with an easy pace of life. It'd be hard to imagine how there could find a better place to retreat than Villa Dulcinea. Absolutely A+!"
Guest: MDDate of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: September 9, 2015
"This is our 4th trip to Tortola, and this is by far the best place we have stayed. 3 bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom, plus a little studio apartment as a 4th bedroom plus bathroom and mini-kitchen. It has a nice swimming pool (actually pretty deep, maybe 7 feet at the deepest point?), lovely landscaping, and incredible views of all the sailboats at Soper's Hole and Frenchman's Key from the villa's perch on the mountain. Stove/oven was professional grade, and the outdoor grill was huge! The kitchen was the best-stocked with pans/plates/utinsils/small appliances of ANY VBRO house we have stayed in in the world! Bathrooms in the "west wing" have outdoor showers; lovely during the day or at night to shower under the stars! (though some animal/bird kept stealing the bar soap! Ha!) Beds were comfortable - kings were two twin beds put together, and all bedrooms had mosquito nets, air conditioners and fans. Wifi worked fine. Location was great - close to Soper's Hole and away from cruise ship traffic of Road Town, but within a half hour of many restaurants and beaches and walking distance to West End ferry terminal. Susan (owner) and Debs (manager) were really helpful before and during our stay with recommendations for restaurants, etc and were very responsive to our questions and emails. Restaurants nearby that we enjoyed were D'CoalPot (casual), Bananakeet (casual) and Sugar Mill Inn (fine dining). We enjoyed the beaches Cane Garden Bay (on a NON CRUISE SHIP DAY or around sunset!! otherwise it is miserably crowded) for SUP and relaxing (and Quito's there is also a good place to eat!), Brewer's Bay and Smuggler's Cove for snorkeling. We did a fun day sail with Kuralu which everybody else besides me enjoyed, and Captain Gary was very polite as I proceeded to retch over the side of his lovely vessel literally ALL DAY... :D We also had the MOST INCREDIBLE fresh cinnabuns from Susan's recommended baker Craig.
1. Water in the BVI tastes terrible no matter where we have stayed. :) A filtering water bottle like one by Camelback really helped the taste on this trip.
2. The driveway for this house is really steep and narrow, and for our SUV we had to back down it as there was no room to turn around. Have people stand outside and help you as you back down the first few times. :)
3. You can have Riteway, the main grocery store put provisions in the house to be there when you arrive - really helpful if you arrive at night!"
Guest: JustineDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: February 23, 2015
"My wife and I are in our early fifties. We are lifelong best friends and this past summer we took our kids and got married in St. Croix. We stayed in an amazing beachfront Villa and got married on a catamaran. We had a perfect wedding with our family but we also immediately started searching for a place to get away by ourselves.
After narrowing it down to Tortola and St. John we spotted Karensa. The reviews were positive. The pictures were amazing. The price was perfect. It was open for the week we were looking at so we booked it.
As everyone mentioned, Ben is an amazing host and while the pictures and reviews were all glowing, they do not do it justice. That view is a million dollar view! We just couldn’t get enough of relaxing by the pool, watching the sail boats go by and the sun setting over the islands in the background.
Karensa will make you think you are vacationing in the rain forest and at the same time the sound of the ocean and views will remind you that you are just a few steps away from the Caribbean. The villa is very private and the landscaping is stunning. Absolutely loved how they built the villa into the side of the mountain, retaining all of the large boulders as you walk down to the villa.
The villa is very romantic. Rather than “rustic” we found it simple and charming. We spent the entire week soaking up each other, listening to music and getting lost from the real world. No news, no sports, no TV, other than a couple movies in the evening time. It provided everything (which in some cases less is more) that we were looking for.
We have a rule, too many places to see so we don’t normally return. At the end of the trip we both agreed we have to come back to celebrate “us” in the near future. I can’t say this Villa is for everyone but if you value your time with your spouse like I do mine, stop looking.
BTW, we did have some weird issue with the hot tub. It lost water on the first night. Ben came out and looked at it. Ended up filling it up and it didn’t leak anymore during the week. Only other issue was that it was hard to control the cold water in the shower (We LOVED the outdoor shower). Plenty of hot water but hard to get the cold just perfect. I only mention this to try and give a balanced review….seriously, I really struggled to find any issues.
Thanks Ben for the wonderful memories we took home with us. Look forward to returning someday soon!"
Guest: jeff b.Date of Stay: October 2015Review Submitted: November 7, 2015