Villa Oceana is a brand new (April 2015) 4 bedroom, 4 bath rental villa with a private pool in the peaceful, safe and secure gated community of Samaan Grove. The well-groomed surroundings and the lakes make the environment very park-like , and guests will enjoy the peace and serenity of the area. The villa is specifically designed to be a high quality, luxury holiday retreat. No detail has been missed and no compromises have been made on build quality, finishes and furnishings.
With its four bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms, guests will have more flexibility in using the accommodations than in the smaller three bedroom villas.
This is a premium villa with quality features such as full gypsum tray or bulkhead ceilings throughout, excessive recessed lighting, fully trimmed with ceiling, window and door and floor moldings, and painted in vibrant Caribbean colors. High grade finishes include stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, European style walk in showers with tempered glass panels for safety, and rain shower heads for luxurious bathing. The villa is fully air conditioned including the great room. The sofas and the dining seating are all leather-upholstered. The patio is furnished with outdoor conversation furniture and dining set for relaxing or enjoying dinner al fresco. The kitchen has an island/bar with bar stools for enjoying casual snacks or after beach/pool drinks and is open to living dining areas to create a bright, airy and roomy space to enjoy your Tobago vacation. The living and dining area connects to the patio via a pair of timber and glass doors. Even the wall divider to the porch is fully glassed, making the interior bright and airy and allowing guests inside to see everything that is going on on the porch, the pool and the pool deck. This is very reassuring for parents who want to keep an eye on their children who might be in the pool or on the pool deck, even while they are inside.
The large 12'x28' pool was designed with guests full enjoyment in mind. It is large enough for small groups. There are three different depths: 18" which is perfect for younger children (although some adults also like to put their pool loungers in this part of the pool so they can stay nice and cool while tanning), 32' for older children and 52", a comfortable depth even for most non-swimmer adults. There is, of course, a gas BBQ grill for guests to utilize. In the living area, there is a 48" flat screen TV and a Blu Ray DVD player to help keep kids entertained.
Each bath shower area is fully walk in, with tempered glass for safety, and rainshower heads for luxurious bathing. The open showers also mean that mobility challenged guests are accommodated as there is no ledge for them to step over.
Guests comfort is always assured: each bedroom is equipped with a split AC unit for quiet operation as well as a ceiling fan for those who prefer to sleep without AC. The Great Room living/dining/kitchen area is equipped with a ceiling fan and two 24,000BTU split air conditioning units. The patio is not left out as it is equipped with ceiling fans for when those breezes die down.
The kitchen has all the appliances you would expect: electric kettle, coffee maker, toaster oven, blender for smoothies, slushes and cocktails! All major appliances are stainless steel: side by side refrigerator-freezer with ice and water dispenser, smooth top electric stove/oven, dishwasher, combination range hood/microwave. For a casual dinner, what could beat throwing some ribs, chicken, or mahi mahi on the grill?
No detail has been spared. There is a full sized washer and a dryer in the laundry room and a steam iron and ironing board, should you need them.
Samaan Gove is a gated community with 24 hour guards at the entry and night and day time patrols. Guests will enjoy the peaceful, quiet, and secure ambience of the development. Bird watchers will enjoy seeing the variety of birds, especially the ones drawn to the lakes. The development is not within walking distance to the beaches but is very close by car to Store Bay, Pigeon Point, Mt. Irvine Beach, (all within 6-9 minutes away). The airport is 6-8 minutes away and the port of Scarborough is 12-14 minutes away.
Within a 10 minute drive in any direction can be found a wide variety of fast food/take out outlets as well as casual sit down restaurants and fine-dining. Highly recommended are La Cantina (wood fired pizzas), Skewers (Arabic style takeout) in the Crown Point Area, Kariwak (upgraded local), off Store Bay local Road in Crown Point; La Tartaruga (Italian) and El Pascador (local seafood with a Venezuelan influence) in Buccoo Village; Patino's (International with Asian influence) on Shirvan Road before he Buccoo intersection, El Siciliano (Italian and sushi) in SHirvan Plaza; Fish Pot (casual seafood) in Pleasant Prospect; Seahorse Inn and Restaurant (International, upscale) Grafton Beach, and Shore Things on Old Milford Road in Lambeau (be sure to ask about their coconut cream pie!).
If you crave local street food, Jenny Lyn sells amazing corn soup and boiled corn on Fridays under the almond tree at the Pizza Boys plaza in Crown Point near the airport. You can find doubles vendors opposite the car park at the airport on many mornings, or in the Stumpy's Emporium parking lot on weekday afternoons. Or look for the Hot on D Spot van in an empty lot on Milford Road by the water heading into Scarborough Wednesdays to Sundays from 7 am. But be warned, they are usually sold out by 10:00 am. On Fridays at around 6pm there is a vendor selling various souses (pig foot, chicken foot, pig face, cow heel, conch), black/blood pudding, boiled corn and paimee in front to Penny savers on Milford Road in Canaan.
Supermarkets are all close by. Pennysavers is on Milford Road on the way back to the airport and in the West City Mall. RT Morshead is on Buccoo Road off Shirvan Road. Fresh produce can be found at many of the produce stands in the area. There is a particularly good one near Stumpy's Emporium or you can try Canaan Food Basket.
If you are looking for something adventurous, try one of the many watersports at Pigeon Point: kitesurfing, windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding (Duane Kenney is an awesome teacher and can be found at Radical Sports at Pigeon Point. He also does snorkeling charters aboard the Zoe jet boat or you can try one of the other boat tours with the glass bottom boats to Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool. Golf is 10 minutes away at the Mt Irvine Golf course or try the newer Tobago Plantations course. For something different, try horseback riding with Being With Horses (www,being-with-horses.com). Consider hiring a guide to take you hiking, bike riding or birdwatching. Take a trip to Roxborough to Argyle Falls, an easy hike to an easily viewed waterfall. Scuba diving at Speyside or Charlotteville is excellent (about 90 minutes drive from Samaan Grove). If it's nightlife you are looking for, try Shades about 5 minutes back towards Crown Point. Make sure you check out Sunday School in Buccoo if you get the chance. This street party happens on Sunday nights near the Buccoo Community facility and features local craft artists, steel pan and music.
Centrally located in the Canaan neighborhood of Southwest Tobago, villa 33 is close to all the popular holiday action, with everything you want within 5-10 minutes drive. The Crown Point area with the airport, banks, casinos, Bhagan's pharmacy, restaurants, Store Bay and Pigeon Point beaches are only 10 minutes drive. West City Mall, Pennysavers supermarket, Gulf City Lowlands mall with Scotiabank and Movie Towne are all nearby.
The best known beaches of Store Bay, Pigeon Point and Mt Irvine are less than 8 minutes drive away. Samaan Grove Development is unique in that it has exclusive land side access (driving only...walking not recommended as it is 45 minutes walk) to No Man's Land beach which is on a spit of land that projects out into Buccoo Lagoon. Many would argue that this is the bet beach on the island but it is popular with the tour boats out of Store Bay so it is best to get there early before they begin to arrive.
For water activities, head to Pigeon Point where you can rent or get lessons in wind-surfing, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding. Jet skis are sometimes available there. The glass bottomed boats also leave from there to head to Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool. Many of them will stop at No Man's Land to allow their people to swim there and some offer a beach barbeque