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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.