When we booked Xanadu it had yet to receive any reviews (we were hoping to be the first), so we were curious why that was. When we arrived to an empty guest book we knew it was new the market and felt lucky to be one its first guests!
Everything from the booking on was extremely easy. Kris, the property manager, is professional, responsive and on top of the minor of the very minor items that came up during our stay (internet and water pump issues). She recommended a taxi, that she arranged, from the airport as we would be arriving just after dusk and it was our first time on the island. We are glad she did! Coming from Canada driving unfamiliar roads for the 90 minute drive, on the opposite side of the road than we are used to, would not have been a relaxing experience.
Kris greeted us, gave us all of the pertinent info on the villa - alarm system, locks, lights etc and then she was off. It was the right level of detail for weary travelers. We had chosen to have the villa pre-stocked with some groceries, so we could relax the first day. That allowed us to pour a glass of wine and open a Piton, while we got ourselves acquainted with the house.
We booked the house the it's unique architecture and beautiful views of Pigeon Island - we weren't disappointed! How many houses allow you to swim into the living room, where you can enjoy almost 360 degree views? Everything about the house was exactly as pictured on the website.
With it being a new rental, we appreciated that all of the soft furnishings (chair cushions, pillows, towels and linens) were all new and not seeing the wear you typically experience in rental villas that have been on the market longer. The house is also equipped with every convenience and the kitchen equipped with all that you could need.
Our housekeeper Viola was a lovely woman, who because she lives quite far away, stayed for most of the week in a separate room at the front of the house. She would typically come in around 8am and retire for 3pm. It was enjoyable talking to her over my morning coffee. We didn't realize that there would be someone onsite for the week when we booked, and we had no issues, but were expecting more privacy during the day.
We rented a car for our stay and my husband got to scratch something off his bucket list - driving on the 'wrong side of the road'. There are a number of great restaurants in Rodney Bay that we enjoyed.
Overall, we had a wonderful week and highly recommend Villa Xanadu!