For large family get-togethers, it is often challenging to find one house that meets everyone’s needs – accommodates all age groups, offers equal parts shared space and privacy, allows for ease in eating-in and dining-out, and is in a location that provides activities for those who want to sight-see versus those who simply want to relax. We recently stayed at this property and were quite pleased to find that this house pleasantly met – and exceeded – our every expectation. We plan on returning!
The floor plan lends itself to large families. A big selling point for renting the duplex is how easy it was to go between the two units. Also, the wall between the two sides of the duplex is sound-proof – and sometimes large families can be loud! The house is beautifully maintained with what I would term “casually elegant” furnishings. This distinguishes it from other beach-side properties and is an added treat. The living space is comfortable and homey, and on chilly nights, we had a fun time turning on the fireplace. The house is designed for entertaining, with ample room in the kitchen for multiple people to be involved in helping to do the prep-work for meals. For those interested in grilling, we very much enjoyed going to the local fish market and experimenting with cooking new types of fish.
As stated before, the house offers a good balance between communal space and privacy. We especially loved the “penthouse” suite on the top floor. The balcony adjoining the penthouse suite has one of the most beautiful views in the house, and we enjoyed congregating there to watch the sunset. Equally fun, the walkway out to the ocean has a couple of benches, which made for same great late-night conversations and stargazing.
The beach itself was beautiful and well-maintained. While more crowded on the weekends than on weekdays, we never found it to be too crowded. In fact, we very much enjoyed watching other people use the beach – it was great fun to watch people playing and exercising – and we even spotted one engagement photo session!
Last, we found the quality of customer service provided by the owner Paulette to be that magic ingredient that makes a family get-together truly memorable. You can tell she and her husband truly care about their guests’ stay – both in the house and on the island. In summary, we couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant experience. Many thanks to Paulette in providing visitors with a beautiful, elegant, well-designed home.