We returned on 6/8/13 after a great stay at Shell Villa and enjoying many of Antigua's offerings. I am not going to repeat all of the superlatives regarding the villa, its outdoor amenities and its location that were shared by other reviewers, as we found them all to be true. As owners of a VRBO rental ourselves, I think it may be helpful to focus on some of the more practical aspects of the villa and the island.
I would like to repeat, though, the positives of the staff that manage and maintain the villa and grounds. We found all of them to be quite pleasant, helpful and professional. As there were six of us, we had rented a minivan, but our two young adult kids and theiir two guests rode with Valentino from the airport and enjoyed his commentary on the island very much.
The property managers, Helen and Kevin, were extremely friendly, with many tips on the area. And as is bound to happen eventually with any home, an appliance decided to act up on our first day there, and they had it addressed very quickly, which we appreciated.
The villa itself is well designed to take advantage of the island breezes, especially being so close to the water. There are mutilple windows and doors that can be opened capture those breezes and the wonderful views, but also have screening so that they can be closed at night to ward off mosquitoes but still allow air circulation. The large living area and bedrooms all have ceiling fans, and even in June, the breezes and fans combined to make sleeping quite comfy. Based on charts of average temperatures, Antigua seems to stay a bit cooler in the summer than several other islands we have visited.
One of the many advantages of the home is the kitchen, which is not only well equipped, but good sized as well, allowing several cooks to work at once, as we did several evenings. We found the villa to be well equipped throughtout with things like flashlights, extra batteries, binoculars, games, bug spray, etc.Outdoor lighting is plentiful for the evenings.
We visited several beaches and found some good snorkeling at Pigeon Beach (north end) and Long Bay beach (south end). We thought Valley Church beach was the most beautiful the four we visited. The young adults did the zip line tour on Fig Tree Drive and really enjoyed it.
We had no problems with the minivan and the roads, including the road down to the villa. We found the Antiguan roads in general to be much better than roads in Jamaica where we also drove a minivan.
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