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“Private Paradise”
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Peace and tranquility, yet only a minute from the beach, restauarants & shops
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Peace and tranquility, yet only a minute from the beach, restauarants & shops
Largest infinity pool in the area Extensive pool deck,  no lack of space, plus that stunning 270' ocean view.
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Peace and tranquility, yet only a minute from the beach, restauarants & shops
Largest infinity pool in the area
Extensive pool deck,  no lack of space, plus that stunning 270' ocean view.
No need to reserve a lounger !
Cactus is situated in lush woodland yet beaches are just only on the other side of the road
Specatular Caribbean view - even from the parking lot
Cactus has three gardens, naturally with sea views. This is the middle one
Large manicured lawns ideal to relax on
Cactus's garden terraces, as seen from the sea. Jolly beach in foreground
Almost guaranteed  28'c  ( 82'f) temperatures every day
More views from the Estate
Plenty of loungers for everybody
Large lounge opens onto both decks plus to upper garden
High cool vaulted ceilings
Fantastic Caribbean vista as seen from all decks
So many cool covered areas to relax
BBQ deck - even more great views
Sunset over Montserrat - as seen from the upper deck
Definitely true at Cactus
Programme your own pool light show each night
Large kitchen with plenty of granite work surface and storage  space
All bedrooms are palatial, cool and open to great views
Both master bedrooms open directly to the poolside
deck
Second Master bedroom with triple aspect views over the Caribbean
One twin bedroom is themed for children
Children's  en suite bathroom
Unusually capacious bathrooms - all bedrooms are en suite
Light and airy bathrooms
Tranquil Jolly Harbour
Jolly Harbour moorings if you arrive by yacht
Valley Church Beach - 10 minute walk from Cactus or just a minute or two by car
The 'Nest'  beach bar / restaurant at Valley Church
Ffryes Beach  - 15 minute walk away to the east or 3 in a car
Dine with with views across Jolly Harbour at the Acropolis restaurant
Jolly Beach - only 15 minute walk away to the west
Castaways Beach Bar on Jolly Beach
Have a beach almost totally for yourselves
Bird island - a short boat ride away
Half Moon Bay  -  Conde Naste rates as one of the top ten beaches in the world
Long Bay - perfect for snorkeling
Darkwood Beach - a 5 minute drive
Try your hand at sailing from Jolly Harbour - 10 minute walk
Try scuba off Jolly Beach
Daytime  view from Shirley Heights
Sunset at Shirley Heights
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4 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Saint Mary's, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

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Mudixon
Midlothian, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Private Paradise”
Reviewed 6 July 2017 for a stay in June 2017

The photos of the Cactus villa don't lie. It looks just like that! Gorgeous, spacious, and the pool deck is something to behold. It was so nice, we joked that we just wanted to stay at the house! You definitely need to go grocery shopping when you arrive, but a great store is just a short drive away.

Speaking of driving, we rented a small vehicle from Sunny Rentals (highly recommended) and the little car had a tough time getting up that driveway (even when dry!). It's tricky if you want to part next to the house. I highly suggest a 4x4 rental for driving in Antigua (nasty speed bumps will scrape the bottom of the small cars!). We never attempted to walk to the beach or to stores from the villa. Just too far in the June heat. But when we did do the beach (bring your own towels! Villa doesn't supply beach towels), we frequented the closest (and best) one: Church Valley. We had the beach to ourselves one day (it's off-season in June) yet the bar/restaurant was open and did a great job (rentals, etc., they had it all). This beach has facilities...a must! The villa is close to the harbour, and lots of restaurants. Mayday and Al Porto were excellent, to name a few.

A few notes on the Cactus villa that you should know: the pool deck on the floor where all the bedrooms are, two of which open right out to the pool. The bedrooms have A/C. The floor above (kitchen, family room) does not have A/C. It gets quite hot when you close all the doors. Upon each return, we'd immediately opened all the double doors on that floor and the wonderful breeze cooled that area well. The veranda was one of our favorite spots for chilling out during the hot daytime (we're all fair-skinned) and in the mornings for breakfast. Views are stunning and birds would often visit.

There are lots of DVDs near the TV that kids would like. A nice collection of books are there as well. Kitchen was awesome, but you need to keep things spotless. Otherwise, ants will arrive. No dirty dishes or food should be left out. We had zip-lock bags for particularly opened snacks, etc., and that worked well.

If we return to Antigua, no doubt this is where we would want to stay again..best side of the island. We felt like rich folks on that hillside! Everyone associated with this villa have been a pleasure to work with: from reserving it to preparing for our arrival...from Lava (our driver) to Hazel (property manager) to Roger the owner...all were awesome. We didn't see housekeeping, but they did a great job before we got there. Roger: you've got a gem here and I hope it stays as gorgeous as it was this June.

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sparky237...
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
“The perfect villa on this most gorgeous island.”
Reviewed 16 June 2017 for a stay in May 2017

What can we say, Cactus is perfect for all occasions, ours being our wedding on ffryes beach.

The villa has everything you could possibly want. It's well equipped, spacious, in a great location, and has the most fabulous views you could wish for. The infinity pool was perfect for a dip and we spent many hours relaxing on the sun loungers taking in the incredible scenery.

We found the area very safe, everyone very friendly, and the most beautiful beaches are close by.

We had our friends and family staying at Sugar Ridge Resort so it was great being so close to them. Our adult children stayed with us at Cactus and were bowled over by it, none of us wanted to leave.

A perfect villa for a perfect occasion and we will remember our stay here forever.

Thank you to Hazel, Dan and Big Lava, but above all to Roger for allowing us to spend time in his wonderful Caribbean home.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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h0llygill
Worcester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cactus House is Amazing!”
Reviewed 10 September 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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The property is located close to Jolly Harbour and all the facilities located there. However, the real benefit is the property itself and the way it is managed. The owner does his utmost to accommodate your needs and provides good communication throughout the process. The property manager provides an excellent service and everyone involved genuinely cares that you enjoy your holiday and go above and beyond to achieve this from the minute you arrive to the point you return home. I have never been so well looked after.

The property is new and well maintained and as such cannot be faulted. Every room is large and well presented and each bedroom has its own en-suite. The pool is beautiful and not overlooked meaning that you can swim day or night without feeling that you are disturbing any neighbours. The views are good and present excellent opportunities for the obligatory Caribbean sunset photographs.

The property is well stocked with books, baby equipment, and kitchen equipment which means that you really do not need to think of anything except what you are going to eat or drink.

I can honestly say I have never stayed in such a beautiful, well maintained property!

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Liked best: The quality and luxury of the accomodation
Liked least: Coming home!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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geoffscot...
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Cactus Villa”
Reviewed 26 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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An incredible villa on a beautiful island. This villa is all you can dream of, very spacious/great views/lovely pool/nearby beaches/close to restaurants/close to supermarket.

Roger has thought of everything and this makes for a very relaxing and easy holiday. In addition to all the above the little things make this special. We were picked up by Lava (arranged by Roger at no additional charge) and driven to the villa. Lava is very friendly and has great knowledge of Antiguia. On arrival at the villa Hazel was waiting and showed us around the place, made us very welcome and even drove us to the supermarket to stock up. Throughout the holiday Hazel is very attentive and available on the local mobile at any time (again a lillte extra that avoids running up phone bills).
We especially enjoyed Shirley Heights on a Sunday evening, lava took us so we could have a drink and relax and throughout the evening he checked all was ok with us and placed no time constraints on leaving. Good local beach is Ffryes with Dennis beach bar for early evening cocktails. Our favourite restaurant was Melinis, an Italian run by a couple of English guys, superb food...
I strongly recommend a car as the villa is up a steep hill and although the supermarket and eating places are close, it is much easier to drive in the heat. Also the car gives you access to explore the other beaches.

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Liked best: Everything was thought of for us
Liked least: We did meet a Tarrantula
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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mexicofan...
West Midlands
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The Best View in Antigua”
Reviewed 23 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016
3
people found this review helpful

We have just returned from Cactus Villa and can honestly say it is a wonderful place to stay, perched on the hill overlooking Jolly Harbour. The Villa has everything you will need and more. We spent lovely evenings sat on the balcony. Hazel ensures that you are well looked after, even fetching the Doctor when my husband bumped his head. Antigua is a beautiful unspoilt place, with lovely people and stunning beaches. Shirley Heights and the Xtreme Boat Trip are a must. We have booked a lot of private Villa's in the past and Cactus is top of the list.

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