After a long, fierce NYC and Montreal winter, Villa Avril was the perfect place to recharge for our two families.
When we arrived, our breath was immediately taken away by the open plan living, dining, kitchen layout that leads to a pool and deck. We cooked a lot during our stay and found everything we needed to knock off some fun and casual meals. It is great to have a brand new Weber grill right on the deck. At night, our favorite thing was to lie on the chairs by the pool looking at the stars and listening to the ocean waves crashing below while sipping gallons of Rose!
The bedrooms are clean, larger than most hotel rooms and are well air-conditioned. The bathrooms are truly special with interesting stone and tile work along with lush orchids all open to the outside air (no worries - they are fully private). And yes it is true, the turtle will make a visit! PS - he's the fastest turtle I have ever met and LOVES lettuce - the kids adored this!
The house is well equipped with beach chairs, beach towels, umbrella, coolers - even bug spray for the occasional mosquito (a fact of life on St. Barths but a rarity at Villa Avril). Of course there were plenty of wine glasses, de riguer for poolside sipping.
St. Barths is a relatively small island so getting to all of the major beaches and restaurants is quick from Villa Avril. Definitely have Byron put you in touch with Maurice Car rental for a great rate.
About Byron - he is an attentive, responsive and thoughtful owner always available to answer any questions no matter how big or small. He shared invaluable advice about the island and accommodated our various needs. He truly embodies what great owners should be on HomeAway.
Selfishly, I hesitate to share my glowing review because I don't want the word to get out that Villa Avril is a true gem on a special island but, if you are thinking of renting this property, don't hesitate.
I for one will be back year after year......