Casts a spell on travelers
Don, Kathy, their adorable dogs and fantastic housekeeper/facilities coordinator, Helen, gave us a warm welcome. The "Treehouse" is every bit as amazing as the photos suggest. Though it's across a dirt road from the beach rather than directly overlooking the water, we chose it rather than the "Crow's Nest" (also listed on airbnb) for the additional privacy of being separated from the family compound. While the Crow's Nest is built over the main house and accessed by a staircase within the courtyard, the Treehouse is built over a utility room nestled in native vegetation, a wild garden and a rustic chicken run. We were welcomed to the fresh eggs, the wi-fi, and the cooking or laundry services of Helen (for very reasonable fees). She and her husband were a wonderful source of information about the island, restaurants and directions. At their suggestion, we discovered the local hang-out at Spekito's Place, less than a mile from the house, where we enjoyed the best fried fish we found during our entire stay on the island. Be prepared to pay cash though; most local services and restaurants on the island do not accept plastic. Casa Canada (which will accept credit card) has a foreigner-friendly restaurant that serves a variety of North American and Carribbean cuisine, and was readily accessible with the bikes we rented from our hosts. Taxis are extremely affordable if hailed from the roadside, if riding for your meals doesn't appeal. The Treehouse itself epitomizes the simplicity of island living, while showcasing outstanding local artisan craftsmanship in the woodwork and striking tile designs. The breeze through the shutters was lovely. Overall, it was a comfortable, functional space for a couple with ample storage, a well-appointed kitchen and bathroom, and instant access to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Caribbean side of the island. We felt more safe here than in any of the other regions of the mainland we visited, and were additionally reassured by the presence of a night-guard downstairs. When an extremely delayed flight from the island to the mainland left us unable to make our next tour connection, and thus without any accommodations, our hosts very graciously allowed us to extend our stay at the Treehouse on short notice. We would return in a heartbeat, and for much longer than our 6-day honeymoon allowed. The island casts a spell on travelers that is hard to escape...
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