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Our Magical Adventure in Tobago- The Villas at Stonehaven

by Naima Sanowar

in Photography,Travel

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It had been many years since I set foot in my home-land of Trinidad and Tobago. My heart was aching for my family, friends and for sweet Trinidad and Tobago. For  Joe and Jaden this would be their first time,  it was going to be a very emotional, loving, fun adventure for the three of us to embark on. I intend to write at least 3 more posts with photographs of our journey over the next 10 days. Today I want to start with our magical adventure to Tobago and our fabulous accommodations at The Villas at Stonehaven.

Karate Boy Trinidad airport getting ready to fly to Tobago, Stonehaven Villas

I am a trip-advisor addict, I will not venture to any hotel, resort without first checking the reviews   and watching real life photographs from past visitors. This does not guarantee a perfect stay but so far it has worked  splendidly in the past for me. I have fond memories of Tobago as a child, I wanted to have a place that felt like a home yet have the luxury of a first class resort, for Joe  and Jaden . After a few inquiries and an hour on trip-advisor, The Villas of Stonehaven was the ideal choice for us. Charmaine Lewis of reservations at Stonehaven made the process of booking our stay, effortless.

The Villas at Stonehaven, designed by renowned Mustique architect Arne Hassleqvist is situated on a hillside just a few minutes from the beach and twenty minutes from the airport – The first thing we saw as we drove up to our villa # 10 known as the Hummingbird were the stunning ocean views  in one direction, and the lush rain forest with its wonderful array of flora and birds in the other.

The villa we stayed in for 4 magical days at Stonehaven Villas

Our villa at Stonehaven

One of the many hummingbird paintings in the villa

The Hummingbird, the villa we stayed in was the architect Arne Hassleqvist’s own villa and still belongs to the family. As you can imagine as the home to the architect who designed all of Stonehaven villas, his own villa is exquisite, but so are all of them as we got a chance to tour a few.

The resort is built in an 18th century French Colonial style and consists of fourteen spaci0us ( 3,700 sq ft)  gorgeous villas, all with large living areas, 50 ft covered verandas,  the ultimate in luxurious living, each villa comprises three spacious and furnished air conditioned bedrooms with fans and own en-suite bathrooms. Each bedroom offers views of the sea. All the villas have a personal safe, computer ports, private infinity pool and a very spacious and modern kitchen, including a separate cooler for wines. All glassware, plates, utensils,  as well as a breakfast starter for our first morning.

The villa had it it's own infinity pool

Beautiful ocean views from Karate Boy's bedroom at the villa

Where we spent our evenings gazing at the magical sunsets and sharing laughs

Our out-door dining at the villa

Our own private infinity pool at the villa

Beautiful views from the villa

The boys take a morning swim at the villa

Our beautiful veranda at the villa

Beautiful flowers at Stonehaven

Our bedroom at the villa and lovely greeting when we arrived

The kitchen at the villa

The Karate Boy having lunch

The Epicurean Man could not resist doing some work

Each villa has its own housekeeper who , on request, will cook and serve local dishes. Our villa attendant’s name was Cassandra. She was the loveliest woman and her personality charming  and friendly. Every morning she prepared for us breakfast and set the table on the veranda with beautiful china.  Joe, Jaden and I also spent many days ordering  in- house dining as well as having semi-formal dinners in the elegant Pavilion restaurant . Cocktails and a beautiful sunset were served at the clubhouse at the Main House. The  bartender/servers got to know Jaden’s  tastes very well and they all became fast friends.

Cassandra our villa attendant made scrumptious breakfasts for us every morning

Cocktail hour at Pavilion Clubhouse and Restaurant /Stonehaven

The Epicurean Man & Karate Boy at dinner, Pavilion Clubhouse and Restaurant

My callaloo soup at Pavilion Clubhouse and Restaurant

Fresh grilled fish at Pavilion Clubhouse and Restaurant / Stonehaven

Karate Boy at the Main Pool in the Main House/Stonehaven

The Epicurean Man working for a bit at the club-house

Rum punch at the main house at Stonehaven

The boys having a good time

New York City is one of the most amazing places in the world. We love calling it our home. As with any energetic city comes  a fast paced lifestyle at times. Heading to Stonehaven was exactly what our family needed to slow us down and appreciate nature at it’s best. We spent our days swimming in our pool, then off to exploring the island of Tobago. In the evenings I became quite obsessed with taking dozens, dozens of photographs of the Sunsets from the veranda. We all three sat in wonderment at the marvels of the Tobago sunset. We were so happy to have my two Aunts, Lee and Bina who also were in Tobago at the same time, over for rum and cokes and to watch the sunset with us. I have fond memories as a child in Tobago with my family, it was very special to be able to share this with my son. Jaden  lavished in the freedom of running around the gardens of the villa, chasing lizards, spotting exotic birds and learning to swim in the pool with his dad.

My Aunt Lee came by for a visit & The Epicurean Man's rum and coke

The Epicurean Man's rum & coke

The Epicurean Man and I on the veranda at the villa

Karate boy basks in the glow of a Tobago sunset

Magical Tobago Sunsets

View of a magical sunset from our bedroom villa

Magical Tobago sunsets

How we spent our evenings at Stonehaven, sitting on our couch

The Epicurean Man and Karate Boy do a little nightime swimming

Beyond beautiful Tobago from Stonehaven

Karate Boy celebrates a Tobago sunset at Stonehaven villas

We absolutedly loved The Villas at Stonehaven and plan to return many times again, with family and friends and also as a single family unit. If you can plan a stay you would marvel and be inspired by it’s beauty and quiet disposition … and it’s magical sunsets.

Please mention you read about the fabulous Villas of Stonehaven, on The Adventurista when booking.

xxx

Naima

www.stonehavenvillas.com

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise August 16, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Beautiful. Glad you all enjoyed your trip! …. Can’t wait to see you to see more piCs and hear ALL about T&T. Welcome home!!
BiG Kiss,
D.

Charmaine August 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

Naima, I am speechless! Thank you!

On behalf of the Management and Staff at The Villas of Stonehaven it was indeed a pleasure to have you. It’s gratifying to know that you had a wonderful time. Our goal is to ensure that you have the most memorable vacation and we’re thankful that you did. Please say hello to Joe and Jaden for me! Until some time soon!

Naima Sanowar August 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Hi Charmaine,

Thank you once again on making our stay at Stonehaven so memorable . It was everything we expect from a family holiday. We loved our Tobago adventure at The Villas at Stonehaven. We plan on visiting again for the holidays.

All The Best,
Naima

Anna August 17, 2010 at 8:58 AM

Dear Naima,

I love you and hate you all at the same time. Vacation looks incredible and peaceful and I’m happy that you found this paradise. I will forward your link to all of my friends. Also, the picture of Jaden basking in the sun should be enlarged as big as your wall space will allow and hung where everyone can see it. It’s perfect.

Love,
Anna

Naima Sanowar August 17, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Dear Anna,

You are too lovely, we had such wonderful times in Trinidad and Tobago. I am doing a 4 part series on the entire adventure. I miss my homeland already. I am so glad you like the photograph of Jaden basking in the sunset. I will take your advice and have it enlarged. I had the most fun taking photos of the Tobago sunset.

Love,
Naima

Duane Kenny August 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Good afternoon Naima. It was a pleasure having you stay with us at the Villas at Stonehaven. Your photography skills are awesome! Thank you for being an ambassador for Stonehaven. We look forward to your next visit! Keep smiling.
Duane Kenny
Managing Director

Naima Sanowar August 17, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Thank you Duane , I am such a novice at photography, have yet to take a formal class even. So I welcome the compliment. It maybe the beauty of Stonehaven that brings out the awesome photos, as well as our joy at being there. After 18 years of being away from Tobago, it was a wonderful, special time spent in Tobago. Stonehaven was so perfect for us. We cannot wait to return.

Naima
The Adventurista

Irma Sanowar August 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Dear Naima,
I was reading your comments on Tobago and Stone Haven Villas in particular. As a trinidadian it took your comments and pictures to really appreciate Tobago. I have never been to Stone haven Villas but will surely make it apoint to stay there some time and recommend it to other visitors. You know that we have family all over the world. I know Ward and La Toya will definitely love this place. It was wonderful seeing you, Joe and Jaden
Aunty Irma

Naima Sanowar August 17, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Thank You Aunty Irma,

It is such a hidden, beautiful gem tucked away on a hilltop, Stonehaven. It was wonderful seeing you too. Until next time, which will be very soon.

X
Naima

Deborah Conway August 17, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Dear Namia,
I loved reading about your visit to your homeland. The pictures that you took are breath taking. My family and I travel alot and do take recommendations from friends and family. I am not sure when we will get to Tobago (next two years- a planned family renunion with family from Guyana). I will stay at the Stonehaven Villas. I will also recommend it to everyone that I. It has been ten years since I have made a trip to Trinidad, seeing your pictures of Tobago; the fried shark and bake, etc makes we want to go there for Christmas.

Naima Sanowar August 17, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Dear Deborah,

It was such a magical time ( I know I keep being redundant with this word) but it is the only way I can describe Tobago. Stonehaven allowed us to relax, re-connect as a family and appreciate nature in the comfort of a home. The villa felt just like our home. You , your friends and family will just love this place when you do get a chance to stay there. Trinidad was and is beauty to me.

Thanks for the support and the comment.

X
Naima

Yas August 19, 2010 at 12:30 AM

Get OUT!!!! This is divine. pics and accompanying words are jaw dropping and I have a sense I’d be fawning over them for about until I go there myself… who knows when that’s supposed to be… Unbelieveable piece -of Conde Nast Traveler level! I’m sharing this!

Naima Sanowar August 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Thanks Yasmine for such kind and supportive feed-back.. it was a divine holiday indeed at Stonehaven.

X
Naima

Nicole August 26, 2010 at 8:50 PM

Naima, your pictures are absolutely stunning. You’ve sold me on staying at the Stonehaven Villas in Tobago when I take a trip there with my family. I enjoyed reading your description on your stay.

Love,
Nicole

Naima Sanowar August 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM

Dear Nicole,

So glad you enjoyed them. Stonehaven is beautiful, and you and the family will just love it. Thanks for all the support. It means so much to me

X
Naima

Marsha September 4, 2010 at 12:02 AM

Amazing Naima! Just beautiful…we took so much for granted as we were growing up amidst all the natural beauty of our land

Raquel R Sanchez January 19, 2011 at 6:28 PM

beautiful pictures and family!

xo

Naima Sanowar January 19, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Thanks so much Raquel, it was so magical.

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