We had the chance to stay at Etoile de mer for a week in early May 2014.Travelling with 2 kids (5 and 7) and the grandparents, we were hoping to find a great place to create special memories for my son's birthday. Thank you Margaret, everything was beyond expectations. The house is exactly as shown in the pictures (no, it's even better!); very large, immaculately clean, sunny, breezy ( we never put on the A/C), lovely furniture, nice TV area, very comfortable beds, a real big kitchen with all the appliances needed, private space for every members of the family and...of course, the great outdoor and the proximity of the sea!
Taylor Bay is one of the most beautiful beach I ever seen in the Caribbean and it's only a few steps away from the house. You walk 2 minutes in palm trees and lush vegetation, and just across the beautiful tennis courts, this is it ! Fine white sands, shallow waters perfect for my 2 kids safety (and my not so brave mother!) and the perfect turquoise sea with barely no one around. Unlike other beaches we visited, Taylor Bay is not crowded at all. We loved the complimentary kayak and paddle and all the pool toys.
The perfect ambiance on the gazebo provides lots of shades, we read and relax while the kids had fun in the hammock and then jumped in the wonderful pool (200 times a day!). This set up made this vacation a true success.
We went several times in Grace Bay - ate at wonderful restaurants, some fancy and pricey-some more casual and kids friendly (Margaret left us a very detailled list) and we simply loved to drive around the island and discover beaches. But, at the end of the day, the kids were begging to come back home...that is exactly how we felt at Étoile de mer. Home away from home, WITHOUT the cold, the rain and completely stressfree! My stepdad said he felt 10 years younger after a few days here!
We are used to travel in 5 stars hotels (we did Club med, Beaches, Dreams, Ritz, etc) and this was our first experience in a private Villa. Ok, you have to cook a little...but we loved it...everyone can do what he wants at is own pace, it's private, safe, beautiful gardens all around and so quiet. Now, we are thinking about our next vacation and want to find a Villa as perfect as this one!!!
Thank you so much Margaret, Dave and Dinesh for your help and all the informations provided. We are so grateful for this truly special experience.
See you soon!