Mixed feelings - the villa was obviously built and furnished to high standards however the awkward layout and lack of recent proper maintenance means that the facilities aren't as you'd hope and expect. For instance, there is no access to the beautiful balcony you see in the photos as both sets of doors are too weather damaged to open, some of the outdoor furniture is seriously dilapidated, wear and damage to interior furniture and fittings hasn't been rectified, some doors have fungus growing on them, indoor furnishings are becoming grubby, curtains don't fit, mosquito nets are yellowing and ripped, the audio visual system wasn't working on our arrival (we fixed it) nor was the washing machine or the water/ice dispenser mechanism on the fridge freezer. The fridge was warm and insect infested when we arrived. Not all bedrooms have air conditioning. The car we paid to use was untaxed. On the plus side, the pool is great and well kept, the view is beautiful, all the rooms are large and airy, the bathrooms are well appointed and the kitchen is fully equipped. We were here in the low season and paid a reasonable rate but even so we were a bit disappointed. The maid was fully aware of some of the issues and I also mailed the owner at the beginning of our 3 week stay, however his only response was to request a review after our departure. I have photos to back up this review.
We cannot say enough how much we both needed this vacation and had what we needed met in spades! From the time of booking through to our departure, Kwesi was attentive, responsive and flexible...ensuring that the fun of planning and the relaxation of vacation were our top priorities. We arranged ahead for groceries - which you can choose to do or not as there are several good grocery stores in Port Elizabeth...but at least we didn't have to worry about it on our first day. Having a car to use was a serious plus - gave us flexibility, air conditioning and good horse power to get up the hillside roads! The villa just was a perfect location and great place to "lay roots" on this gorgeous island.
The house is just as pictured and described by others, but let me share just a few observations and suggestions. Firstly, the house has everything you need as far as appliances, kitchen tools, towels, a bug zapper, sun screen, air conditioning, fully furnished, etc. But the most thoughtful thing - there are both U.S. Type B and U.K. Type G outlets...and they're everywhere. Yes, we're on vacation, but the devices are a constant presence, and this detail is very welcome! Also, a new projector system (screen hidden above Marley ;-) ) with Chromecast was recently installed. Being avid baseball fans, we were able to keep up with the games and also play some music. Not every app supports it, though, but a good system nonetheless. And we loved the pool. A nice size, very refreshing, and I will be dreaming about the views for months to come!
Now...the bugs. Yep...everywhere. So, it's hard to tell from the pics, but the house has two wings separated only by the breezeway with the outside dining table and grill. We slept in the MBR in the west wing where the living room is also located. So we kept all windows and doors shut there, had the AC running the whole time, and this meant a bug-free, humidity-free zone to comfortably retreat to and sleep in. Would I have loved the Caribbean breezes at night? Sure...but that came with buzzing in our ears (the fly nets only keep out so much), so keeping things shuttered was a good solution for us. The other wing has the kitchen...no AC but gets the better breezes. I'll just say that we had to spray a lot of bug repellent around the cooking and sink area in the morning so we wouldn't get bitten just washing dishes. Also, we had brought a lot of our own bug spray and a bug zapper. It helped, and we got into a routine. But we found the beaches not to be that buggy, so splitting our time between there and the house also helped.
Places we loved: Princess Margaret Beach was just perfect - clean, not busy and Jack's just steps away with delicious run punches and great Caribbean style food. We also liked Lower Bay Beach and had a wonderful dinner at Sugar Reef (which has the best rum punch on the island).
This was a California House in the Caribbean. It's gorgeous and well appointed, but not everything may go as planned. Kwesi was just a text message away, and we are very thankful to him for the use of his beautiful property.
This property far exceeded our expectations and our expectations were high. This house is extremely private and the view is beautiful and relaxing. A big thank you for everything.
Extremely large villa and very understated. From the lower hills you can see the villa and its opulent presence looking down onto the island
This honestly can suit just a couple or a group of 14 people.
Every room is beautifully decorated and very stylish. There is great outside seating areas, amazing pool with views not seen often in the Caribbean.
The owner is just a dream, he is so accommodating and kind and we feel really lucky that our little family got to stay here.
Nervous at first as the price seemed very reasonable for such a large home, but after meeting the owner, he is just a very fair man and wants to share his home. I wouldn't ever mislead a fellow traveller, time is precious in Bequia and I urge you this is as you see it. Book it, you honestly won't regret it. It's amazing. Villa comes with a 4x4 car (extra) but worth it.
Turn up, flop down, car on the drive ready.
This was our 3rd time at Sadewa and we are looking forward to our next visit!!! Wonderful spot on a delightful island.
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