Incredible Island Paradise
We rented Villa Frangipani with friends for a week in February, and could not believe our eyes when we arrived to find Mercedes and Willem and their children waiting to greet us personally. The villa is extraordinary; it is the first lodging I've ever encountered where the reality of it far exceeded the pictures! Everything about this property is carefully designed to delight the senses. From the lush tropical gardens that surround the house to the dozens of plantation shutters that can be opened to catch the trade winds, the sense of being in a private paradise is pervasive. The house is furnished with everything you can think of: air conditioned bedrooms, soap, shampoo, toilet tissue, extra bedding, towels, beach towels, beach bags, beach chairs, snorkel equipment, cooler, washer and dryer, charcoal grill, gourmet kitchen with every appliance, including blender, toaster, coffee maker, Nespresso machine, dishwasher, ice maker, oven, stove, fridge and freezer. The property is so much larger than you can imagine at first glance; there are many places to tuck yourself in and relax, read, watch the water, the sky, the coconut palms swaying in the ever-present breezes. And the sound of the surf below the house is constant and soothing. Villa Frangipani is really more than a place to stay--it's a feeling of tropical tranquility, a haven of privacy and luxury with a zen-like feel. The natural elements of the house's architecture provide a perfect foil for the gorgeous and colorful local art that is showcased in every area of the house. The effect is somehow lush and exotic while still feeling very comfortable and casual, as befits a Caribbean vacation. In my opinion, there is not a hotel of any star rating that can approximate the special experience of Villa Frangipani. The house is gorgeous, clean, and comfortable. Mercedes was wonderful to do business with--she is a gracious and lovely owner who was always responsive and helpful. The only reason I would hesitate to recommend this property to others is that I might have a harder time booking my own reservation if too many people find out about this place! Truly the only advice I can offer someone wanting to rent this property is to double the amount of time you are planning on staying. That's what we are doing next year!
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