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- Calendar last updated:
- 15 Jan 2019
About Duval Olivier
Friendly and social, I love travelling.
Duval Olivier purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Duval Olivier chose Deshaies
Family property for generations.
What makes this Villa unique
Panoramic and peaceful view. Quiet and relaxing setting. 6000 sq.m property with private beach nearby. Household laundry provided. Shops nearby
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
We'll be back!
Of the four fabulous villas we’ve rented on Guadeloupe, Villa BelAir is our favorite – best views, best pool, best location, most spacious. We will return! The only thing missing was the much-lauded villa owner, who was off-island during our stay.
As long-time villa owners and Caribbean visitors, our expectations are realistic, but also a bit exacting. Those considering this villa need to know about Fifi, the resident cat who spends most of her day on the villa couch and expects to be fed. Not a problem for “cat people,” but could be a disaster to visitors allergic to cats. (There’s no mention of Fifi in the VRBO listing.) Fifi is adept at finding an open window and, letting herself in for an overnight visit.
Another concern: the lack during our stay of a “house book” (even if not in English) with WIFI code and directions for use of the remote control for the gate, for trash/recycling collections, and use of the awning, etc.
Duval sent very precise directions to the villa, including a photo of the gate (very helpful, especially when you arrive after dark) and contact information for his niece and son, who substituted for him. The renters in the adjacent house were extremely helpful, too.
The villa is spacious – lots of room to spread out, inside and out – and the pool is perfect. We loved our “private” beach, a 15-min hike down the hill, and would love to know the history of its namesake – Paul Thomas – and the seemingly abandoned property on the beach.
The villa’s location is perfect to enjoying the beautiful beaches in the Deshaies/Ferry area and convenient to our favorite bakery. We had a wonderful two-week stay with friends and family and still haven’t had enough of Guadeloupe.
Duval, we hope you’re in town the next time we visit!
Eight family and friends from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New Jersey, USA
Great week and a great host
We rented the villa and its accompanying gite for the first week of January. This is a superb location, just 5k south of Deshaises (pronounced Dey-Hey), and easy to find even when arriving after dark. Duval is an excellent host, and provided our group of 7 adults with an arrival dinner (since everything is closed Sunday night). On Monday he showed us the "passage" to the Paul Thomas beach. This is the real bonus of staying here. It's about a 500 meter hike down, and a bit tricky in places, but the end result is an almost deserted beach with great swimming and excellent snorkeling. We saw turtles every day. Worth the effort.
The villa has very cool construction with open beams and open veranda, living/dining and kitchen. There are three bedrooms in the villa, each with its own bathroom. We spent most of our time on the porch that faces the ocean (north), where a view of Montserrat appears when the skies clear. There is also a view south to Feri. There is a raised walkway to the pool, which is refreshing, and has a nice deck for lounging and evening cocktails.
The gite is adjacent, and it provides the 4th bedroom which we needed. More people can fit in the villa, as there are two double beds on the veranda upstairs (no doors or AC, but fans available), and two of the bedrooms have mattresses in loft space. So plenty of sleeping if you want to pile in.
The villa is more functional than luxurious. Two of party are professional cooks, and they were happy with the cooking supplies available. The furniture and beds are basic and functional. There is a TV with cable, but we never turned it on - we played games in the evenings, enjoying the local rum - which Duval introduced us to the Guadeloupe boxed rum (another of our party is a bartender, and the blender had a real workout while we were there). The "Grill" is about 50 meters into the yard, and away from the house. I was glad I brought a headlamp. Two bags of the local charcoal was plenty for each night's cooking.
Location-wise, it's hard to beat. There is a bakery about a kilometer towards Deshaises, where we would walk each morning to buy croissants and pain du chocolat for our breakfast. About a kilometer the other direction is Feri, where there is a great store (doesn't look like much) that carries absolutely everything, and has decent prices. We did our major shopping in St. Rose, but ended buying lots of fill-in items in Feri (including charcoal for the grill).
3 generations of our family stayed here for 3 weeks in total. We all agreed this was the best holiday we have ever had & we have travelled to many places all over the world but never to the Caribbean before.
The villa is fantastic, everything we expected plus so much more... the view of the sunset from the garden is spectacular!
We have fallen in love with Guadeloupe, it is a very special place indeed and we are making plans to return soon & certainly we will stay in this villa again.
Many thanks to Duval for his genuine kindness during our stay, and we look forward to staying again soon
This makes me very happy to read this nice comment from you David .
Thank you very much and hope to welcome you next time at the Villa Bel Air.
Beautiful home with a beautiful view
I stayed with a group of my friends and we had an amazing week. The house is beautiful and is fit with all the perks you would need (i.e. coolers, boogy boards, a great pool, cooking supplies ect.). Oliver was extremely friendly and helpful with all of our inquiries. The home is also located in the best spot on the island, minutes away from the town of Deshaies and the beach of Grand Anse, but still driving distance to Basse-Terre and the National Park.
Thank you very much and hope to see you soon for a new hire
Well located, great views, spacious, comfortable
My wife and I with our two daughters and our son-in-law spent two really wonderful weeks at this excellent villa. It was a comfortable and well-equipped property with a large living and kitchen area, a fine outdoor veranda where we had most of our meals while enjoying great views of the Caribbean (and occasionally of Montserrat) and a nice pool. The house also has two external balconies on the upper level offering additional views. The charming town of Deshaies (where "Death in Paradise" is filmed) is a short drive away. We also were able with reasonably short drives to visit many other towns, attractions, and beaches. The owner, was very pleasant and accommodating. He went out of his way to assist us in remedying a problem that we ourselves had created.
Thank you very much, Happy New Year 2015, I hope to receive you very soon in my beautiful country: Guadeloupe, my beautiful city: Deshaies, and naturally in villa Bel ' Air
Der Blick von der Terrasse über den Pool aufs Meer ist schon mal klasse, das Grundstück ist riesig und hat über einen Gartenausgang Zugang (600 m) zu einem sehr schönen fast unbekannten, sauberen Strand, an dem man auch schön schnorcheln kann. Die Nachbarbucht von Deshaies ist auch sehr schön und wir waren froh, nicht auf Grand Terre gebucht zu haben.
Das Haus ist großzügig, die Betten haben aber nur normales französisches Format.
Vom freundlichen Vermieter ist immer schnell jemand da, wenn es etwas gibt und hilft ganz prima. Der Pool-Boy kommt immer Samstags.
Je vous remercie pour l'appréciation, et suis heureux de savoir que vous avez apprécié votre séjour. La plage dont vous parlez s'appelle "Paul Thomas".
D'ailleurs, durant 3 jours, l'équipe de "Death in paradise" saison 9, a tournée sur la plage, en y ajoutant un ponton.
En espérant vous revoir sur ma belle île et tout particulièrement à la villa Bel Air.
Private beach nearby
La caution (1000 €) et la taxe de séjour (0,50 € /nuitée/personne de + de 13 ans) seront payées par chèque (ou en espèces) à l'arrivée, en même temps que le solde du loyer. Possibilité de payer un forfait de 80 € pour ne pas effectuer le ménage le jour du départ.