What paradise! The perfect getaway!
Part of me wants to keep this hidden gem all to myself! But that seems terribly selfish, given that everyone should be given the opportunity to vacation in a place this pristine, perfect and full of pure joy at least once. The house itself is just lovely, tucked away up on a hill, overlooking a small, clear fishing bay, nestled amongst an array of flowering plants, palms and green pastures. The apartment below the main house is even lovelier than even the pictures show. With plenty of sun, it boasts a cool air-conditioned bedroom with a large wardrobe, a wonderful bath with a giant tiled shower (and excellent water pressure!) and a perfectly appointed kitchen with an ample sized fridge, gas stove, and all the pots, cutlery and dishware one could want. Leading out to the patio are large wooden doors that we kept open for most of the day to bring in the sunshine, fresh air and a view of the garden. And I don't think we once had a single bug! We did however, have myriad bird sightings, friendly geckos and plump frogs.
The grounds are lovely, private and lush.. there's an outdoor eating area with a BBQ, and the small pool is perfect for a dip in between chapters of whatever book you're reading. With the place to ourselves, we had the good fortune to enjoy the view from the upper deck. With padded Adirondack chairs you can relax in the shade as you gaze out into the bay. (Although Ryan favored the oversize hammock). From here, you see the dock bustling with activity when the fishermen come in, listen to the school children practice their steel drums, and take in the gentle rhythm of country life: cows grazing, dogs playing, the chickens chasing each other, laundry being hung out to dry, and the locals chatting, laughing and going about their business.
Lesley prepared us wonderfully for our trip, setting up arrangements for everything prior to our arrival including a taxi to bring us up to Tamarind house (Kirt from Joes Taxi, who graciously stopped for groceries, cash, souvenirs and fruit along the way) our local car rental, and just about every other detail including a "welcome package" of groceries and a home-cooked meal upon arrival. Additional thanks to Helen the property manager who answered every question promptly.
All-in-all, perhaps the most incredible vacation we've ever taken. Peaceful, beautiful, no "tourists," just kind, generous wonderful local folks in a picturesque setting,. Perfect in every way. Now shhh and promise not to tell anyone!
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