We've been fortunate to stay in many wonderful villas throughout the Caribbean, where we've been travelling for over 30 years. This was our first stay on Anguilla. It will not be our last.
The island is charming, accessible, relatively bug free, and has the most amazing beaches we've ever seen. Best part? The people are just plain wonderful. They seem to be thrilled that their little slice of heaven is enjoyed by so many folks from away, and they are all great hosts and hostesses.
Our thoughts on GOC.
1. Read the other reviews. Suspend your skeptical grumpy self, and just believe every single word. The house is as good as described, and in many ways much better. It seems to have been built as someone's home, and not just a rental place. Lots of nice detail work, interesting lighting, very upscale furnishings and great finish levels throughout. Our experience in other villas, almost uniformly, is that they are presented as nice places to stay, but rarely do we feel welcomed as we would be in our best friend's home. Paul and Elise seem to be natural hosts, and this house reflects that. EVERYTHING works and EVERYTING you need to enjoy your time away is in place. The spice rack has 25 spices, not the begrudging salt and pepper shaker we usually find. The liquor cabinet has plenty of devil rum to tide you over until a trip to the store, and the refrigerator has milk, bread, butter and eggs for your first breakfast. AND there are actually coffee filters that work with the pot!! These things don't happen by accident, and I'm trying to make the point that they are reflective of the overall experience, well thought through, generous and accommodating.
2. The pool deck is where you'll spend most of your non beach time, and it's outstanding. Again, we've learned to be picky about sun exposure, and this pool deck has sun from, literally, an hour after sunrise until sunset.
3. The view. It's the real deal. Limitless horizon to suck the stress right out of your brain for hour after hour, with lots of cool boats moored in the harbor to snoop on when you're so moved. The sunsets are right out of central casting, and demand to be toasted with an umbrella drink of some kind.
We really loved the house and location (walking distance to a couple of nice places to eat, but the walk uphill coming home is a killer), and we'll definitely return.