A beautiful villa in a perfect location!
Submitted: February 24, 2013
Stayed: February 2013
My husband, parents, sister and I just returned from a week-long stay at Zandoli and we couldn't imagine a better place to have spent our vacation! The villa itself is gorgeous - spacious, airy and comfortable with a large, well-appointed kitchen and modern, full bathrooms attached to each of the bedrooms. As lovely and luxurious as the inside of the house is, the highlight is definitely the spacious veranda with its sweeping view of Falmouth Harbor. We spent countless hours in the morning over breakfast and again in the evening relaxing on the comfortable loungers and enjoying the vista.
Not only is the house itself absolutely beautiful, the location couldn't be better! Pigeon Beach, an uncrowded beach with white sands, calm waters, a view of Falmouth Harbor, and a beach bar, is just a few minutes walk down the hill in one direction. In the other direction are the numerous bars and restaurants of English Harbor as well as a small grocery & liquor store. We especially enjoyed Cloggy's and Paparazzi for dinner and Le Cap Horn for dessert.
Although everything you need for a perfect vacation is within walking distance, we'd recommend renting a car and exploring the island as lovely beaches, each with their own unique charm, rim the entirety of the island. We spent a day each on Turner's Beach (long, white sand beach with beautiful blue water), Long Bay Beach (fine, powder-like sand, calm, pool-like water, a reef with colorful fish a very short distance from shore, and a lovely beach bar), and Half Moon Bay Beach (beautiful pink sand, the warmest water of the beaches we visited, and rocky outcroppings along the edge of the beach that made for a unqiue landscape). We rented a compact car from Big's Car Rental in English Harbor a few days into our stay - the small car was certainly sufficient for exploring the island and renting through Big's was smooth and efficient.
Other highlights include Fiona, the housekeeper, who ensured the villa was in pristine condition for our arrival and who came every other day to change the sheets and towels and tidy up; the wildlife that surrounded the villa, including bright, colorful birds and adorable, little goats; the view of English & Falmouth Harbor from Shirley Heights, a short drive from Zandoli; and the opportunity to view some of the largest and most outstanding charter and private sailing yachts.
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