|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
WINNER: DECEMBER 2012 -TOP VILLA RENTAL, TOBAGO./Don't pass up this little jewel' (Review Jan 2013).
Dolphin Boutique Villa is your characterful, Caribbean home from home. It is child and disabled friendly and is run by a Tobagonian & an Englishwoman. It has been described by guests as a 'perfect place to chill & be pampered' and as 'paradise on earth'.
Dolphin Boutique Villa is tucked away in a secluded spot across from the beach in upscale Bacolet Point. Stylish, spacious,full of the vibrant colours the Caribbean,& unusual painting from various countries.It boasts a wealth of flora and fauna in its tropical garden, to the delight of all our visitors. Cooling sea breezes make it a perfect retreat.
20 minutes taxi ride from the airport (10 min from the port) & you'll be at the villa. Now you are ready to experience the laid-back island vibes in complete peace.
Chill by the 41' pool, relax on cushioned loungers while watching hummingbirds enjoy the Cape honeysuckle & butterflies fluttering round the zinnias; or just hang out in the hammock (there is one for baby too), swaying gently to the sound of the surf.
The hustle & bustle of city life is forgotten. No need to rush to the shops. You can book dinner for the first evening; Manager Kelvin's fish is legendary (he buys it straight off the boat); so are his red beans!
Slip into the pool after dark and marvel at the stars and the fire flies. It is 2 minutes to the beach, a huge stretch of golden sands next to a coconut grove where there is extraordinary wild-life. Here you can marvel at the majesty of leatherback turtles in the nesting season from March to September.
The Hibiscus room's massage shower will prepare you for a perfect night's sleep. Next morning wake to the sound of the sea and the birds; enjoy a leisurely walk on the nearby beach, visit one of Tobago's fabulous sandy beaches, or just chill at one of the many fabulous beaches, enjoy a local dish or two and then swim or snorkel to your heart's content. Arrange trips to bird-watch, to the rain-forest, on a glass-bottom boat, or a deep-sea boating expedition-all these can be arranged with the manager's help. No mean angler, as a young man he crewed on a boat that caught a record-breaking Marlin.And recent guests caught 12 tuna in only 4 hours!
Alternatively, you can enjoy an active life; a round of golf or scuba diving, followed by a beach party or a taste of the local night life.
Determined to make you entranced by his beloved island, manager Kelvin will do all he can to make you comfortable. Attention is paid to the little things that matter; flowers in your room, candles, a wine chiller, glasses for just about any occasion, from wine to champagne and tequila, from cocktail glasses to ones for beer. And there's no need to fill your cases with pool towels-these are provided too.
Nothing is too much for Kelvin-he will do as much or as little as you wish; he is happy to show you around on the first day and to advise on the best places to visit and eat. If you arrive on a Saturday, a visit to Buccoo's Sunday School (no connection with religion, except for the Hallelujah chorus played by a famous steel band) makes a perfect start to your holiday.
The manager just loves the opportunity to cook for you (ingredients are included in the meal price). Give him a shopping list before coming and he will buy in groceries for you which you can pay for on arrival.
Why not come and experience Carnival, or goat and crab races at Easter?There are fishing tournaments, yacht and power boat races to enjoy. Or just stay home and relish the delights of the villa. Step out of the back door straight to the pool area-no tedious steps to manoeuvre to go for a swim. Bask in the sun to the sound of the waves and the birds. Or chill while you enjoy the plasma TV, the selection of games and books-and you can even play majong.
Treatments of reflexology,aromatherapy massage, thai yoga massage or healing therapy can all be arranged so that you can enjoy them in the tranquility of the villa. After so much pampering, will you ever want to go home?
DETAILED INFO SHEETS PROVIDED ON BOOKING SO YOU CAN PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY
Festivals: CARNIVAL (March);
STEEL BAND COMPETITIONS THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND.
Goat and Crab RACES & JAZZ festival (Easter);
'HERITAGE OF TOBAGO' presentations (all July);
POWER BOAT RACE (Sat.3rd week in August)-FROM TRINIDAD TO TOBAGO.
N.B. FLIGHT FROM N.Y. TO TOBAGO; (CARIBBEAN AIRLINES)
LOCAL FLIGHT FROM TRINIDAD TO TOBAGO (CARIBBEAN AIRLINES)
FERRY TICKETS FROM TRINIDAD TO TOBAGO CAN ONLY BE BOOKED IN TRINIDAD
Keywords: Luxurious,5* 1 storey villa, huge excellently equipped kitchen(see reviews), GE appliances, Spacious lounge, 40' private pool(pool towels provided) quality bed-linen, Child & Disabled Friendly, 2mins to uniquely unspoilt beach,
20 mins to night life & touristy beaches; 20 mins to rain forest; magnificent diving &bird-watching, turtle watch, hikes,kite-boarding
I am a Tobagonian, who loves the sea, and spent most of my youth working in and around boats. 10 yrs ago, I embarked on a new venture, voluntary work with Special Needs children at the Happy Haven School. I met my English wife when she was attending an alternative therapy course here! As you do... A Russian and French speaking academic before she came to Tobago, she now spends any free time doing voluntary teaching with children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
Kelvin Gordon and Marilyn Minto purchased this villa in 1999
Such immeasurable beauty around Minister Bay and its wetlands. Such a sense of freedom when surfing, boarding or swimming in this unique and unspoilt haven. How the shrimp and coral plants, Canna lilies and Pride of Barbados trees, blue tanagers and white owls in our garden have captivated so many guests. There are plenty of fresh herbs in the garden, and you are welcome to use them.
There's time to chill in the hammock and read a good book; to visit the oldest preserved rain-forest in the world, and wonder at how untouched it has remained. To have the pleasure of seeing a turtle lay. To listen to a Steelband live. To watch the Easter goat races. . The sky is blue most days. It is never cold. The people are fun-loving and carefree. The rain forest has a primitive magic. Tobago, sweet Tobago. What more could one want? So much to do, so little time is a constant refrain from our guests
Sun nearly everyday, glorious beaches, unusual flora and fauna, the oldest preserved rain-forest in the world , wind-surfing, surfing, kite-boarding, turtle watching. Steel bands, Carnival, Easter goat and crab races and, not to be forgotten, Caribbean and European cuisine with a difference.
When we arrived on our overnight flight from Canada, we were warmly greeted by Kelvin and Marilyn. Nothing was too much for them....from taking us grocery shopping to Kelvin's special dinners! The villa and surrounding grounds were stunning. Every day we were entertained by hummingbirds and beautiful butterflies in the front gardens and around the pool area. The closest beach (approximately a 5 minute walk) was like having our own private beach. I would highly recommend this villa for families or friends as there was lots of room, privacy and a fully equipped kitchen. Thanks again Kelvin and Marilyn for your hospitality...I hope to return in the future!
Just returned from a lovely vacation in Tobago where the accommodation was the highlight of the trip. The Dolphin Villa exceeded my expectations in every way. The interior was extremely spacious, with enough bedrooms for everyone, and a fully equipped kitchen. The inside was only exceeded by the beautiful exterior. The pool and patio were spectacular with lots of flowering plants which attracted many birds. We spent many hours enjoying the villa and grounds every morning by the pool and afternoon on the front lanai.
The villa is located in a beautiful part of Tobago within easy walk to two beaches, one which we had to ourselves most of the time, making it feel like our own private hide away!
I don't think I could have stayed in a more welcoming spot while I was on the run from our long long winter.
Stayed here with my family the week of Easter. Loved every bit of it. Mr. Gordon was very helpful, and Mrs. Gordon handled my transactions to the very last detail. Will return in a heartbeat !!!
My husband and I, our daughter and my brother and sister-in-law had two wonderful weeks of vacation at Dolphin Villa. The booking and preparation for the trip was painless and enjoyable as we exchanged emails and information with Marilyn and Kelvin. They were very obliging and provided us with lots of very useful information.
The villa is comfortable, clean, private and huge. Five adults could work in the kitchen without getting in each others way! Our favorite feature, by far, was the pool. It was wonderful to be able to have an early morning or late night swim and with the beautiful Tobagonian sunshine it was a welcome relief mid-day as well. The beach is only a 5 minute walk away and is absolutely gorgeous. We had it completely to ourselves most days, rarely seeing anyone else.
The villa and its location were ideal for us. It is in a quiet neighborhood with similar properties surrounding it. We did not rent a vehicle but taxis are very cheap (<$5 to go into town). If you are looking for hustle and bustle and crowded beaches this would not be the spot for you.
Marilyn and Kelvin were both very gracious and friendly and respectful of our privacy. Kelvin cooked us a wonderful meal and they were both helpful in finding us local fresh produce and groceries. Like our booking, checkout details were painless as well with our damage deposit returned to us within days of our departure.
This was definitely our best sun vacation by far and I hope that Marilyn and Kelvin will agree to have us visit them again in the near future.
We spent a week and can not provide enough praise on the property and the owners. Kelvin and Marilyn are wonderful people, and Kelvin lives by the motto SERVICE! He is always available to assist in any manner possible. We spent most of our time in the huge pool, watching beautiful birds, or the nearby beach.
My husband and I stayed at the Dolphin villa for a week and it was the best vacation we have had. The villa was nice and clean just like the pictures and the kitchen was the best with everything needed to cook a meal. Kelvin helped us cook a few times and the meal was delicious.
Both Marilyn and Kelvin were very helpful in planning the trip and giving us advice, we liked Tobago so much that we are planning on going back again next year.
Bedrooms have quality linen, shoe rack, laundry basket, drying rack outside bedrooms(great for drying towels). Area has 'Turtle Watching', 'Rain Forest Walks',bird watching;'kite-boarding'. For children, the villa has a small In The Nightgarden house; Fisher Price Doll's house, numerous children's cars and teddy bears etc. and a child's car seat.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jan 2 2015 - May 8 2015
5 night minimum stay
May 9 2015 - Jul 3 2015
5 night minimum stay
Xmas & New Year
Dec 12 2015 - Jan 4 2016
5 night minimum stay
Price quoted is for 5-7/8 people. 1-4 people - 20% reduction.
25% deposit, the remainder is due one month before arrival.