"Let me preface this review by saying that Todd, the owner, was away during the time we stayed at the cottage. My partner and I stayed in the cottage from May 6th-11th. The cottage is exactly as shown in the photos. Actually, it’s bigger, airier, and brighter. There is a small backyard with a propane grill and a picnic seating area. We used the grill on four occasions during our five-night stay. We walked to the nearby markets (about fifteen minutes to Whole-foods and Times Supermarket) and picked up local fish called akule and some steaks—saving money and adding value to our stay at the cottage. The cottage is a little rough around the edges—but in a good way. It’s rustic casual feel sets you up for the state of mind and way of life that people live in the islands. Although it might not be a luxury hotel with chic furniture and pricy fixtures, it has more than you need to spend a week or two. The kitchenette featured a two burner hot plate, microwave, toaster oven, full-size refrigerator, sink, cups, plates, bowls, utensils, pans, pots—anything you could need. Todd was even so kind as to put in a small rice cooker when we had inquired about one before arriving and left a box of chocolates and local coffee for us. Thanks for that touch, Todd! The bedroom has two enormous windows behind the enormous bed, a perfect place for letting the early morning light wake you the island way. There’s a flat screen TV, cable, and wireless Internet. The TV even has an HDMI port, which enabled us to use our Chromecast to watch Netflix while winding down our days. There were plenty of towels, a washer and dryer outside for use—perfect for a quick wash before packing for home. While we were there, as mentioned Todd was away. His son was staying in the main house and as we know, while the cat’s away…long story short, he and some friends were sitting in the backyard, and, although they were not being loud, because of the open upper windows in the cottage, the sound carried directly into the space. Not wanting to ruin anyone’s fun, especially while I was on vacation I sent a few quick texts to Todd who managed to handle the situation beautifully and quickly all while on his own vacation. Todd was so gracious in his hosting that he even refunded us a night of our stay because of this minor inconvenience.
Todd is truly an excellent host who really cares for the happiness of his guests. I would recommend this rental to everyone."
Guest: Caleb M.
Date of Stay: May 2015
Review Submitted: May 12, 2015