We have rented many villas. We have also rented on Virgin Gorda. This was one of the best we have ever rented. Although most villas we've stayed in have been larger, we thought we'd try something that was smaller with only two of us. I was skeptical at first, and did not know what to expect. I was worried it would be a pain to not have direct access to the beach, or that it would be far from everything. I was wrong! The drive to the beach was short, and it was easy. The villa is not far from everything. You forget how things arent that far when there is no traffic! There are places where the drive is farther, but its not bad.
Villas Virgin Gorda is possibly the best property management company I've seen. We live in Orlando, and we have an awareness of high standards for guest service. Villas Virgin Gorda does not make you feel like you are another reservation. Instead, you are a valued guest.
Candice picked us up at the ferry, and she was inviting and smiling even though it was pouring rain! She really brings that guest experience to a high rating with her professional, but not too stuffy personality. She was reachable during our stay if we had a question, and she was immediate in her responses. Villas Virgin Gorda leaves you with the impression they have a seamless operation, and this is unusual in todays world. They made the whole process of booking the villa easy, and everything else fell into place.
Everyone involved with maintaining Waters Edge is working hard. The villa was possibly the cleanest we have ever rented. The grounds were well kept and the flowers and cactus were trimmed, but still had the tropical feel.
The bathrooms were spotless. I would have thought they were new. We have stayed in highly rated hotels that were not as clean! The rest of the villa was clean, but I always notice bathrooms immediately. I am sensitive to smells and mold, but I can say there were no offensive smells and I did not get congested at all.
The location is convenient to The Baths, restaurants, Dive BVI, and the drive is not bad to the North Sound. You have a constant breeze at this villa, and you can see the ocean from almost all rooms and the outdoor areas.The villa has two masters, and one of them has a mini kitchen. The masters have their own spacious bathrooms. There are two pools. If you have a family of 4, or even 2 couples, this villa is ideal.
The villa has a large kitchen that is fully equipped, and there is probably every utensil and pot or pan that you might need to make dinner. We only did a quick breakfast, and used the toaster, tea pot, and pan for eggs. There is a large table indoors and out for dining. There are many smaller tables and chairs throughout the property. People who prefer to grill also have that available outdoors.
Also, you can access a game room with a Wii. There is no cable. They do have Wifi, and you can use your iPad or computer to watch Netflix. I know if you are bringing kids, they might want to have access to the iPad or computer. Those who need to check in at work might also need the Wifi.
You might want to be aware there is only one couch in the entire villa. The rest of the seating is a cushion on bench type seating, or chairs for the tables. I don't know if this would bother anyone, but some people like sitting on a couch. They do have outdoor tables/chairs, and lounges.
If you like to read, I would suggest taking more than one book. You can read and it's quiet. You will not be disturbed. I liked to sit by the pool and feel the breeze and read. There was not too much to read at the villa.
The Baths and Spring Bay are close to the villa. We drove to both. There are beach chairs and a cooler for you to borrow. Spring Bay is quieter than The Baths, at least it was when we were there! You can eat at the Top of the Baths, or Mad Dog if you want to stay close. Mad dog has a porch with a breeze.
Coco Maya is not far, and is nice for dinner.
We also ate at Nail Bay and loved Sugarcane!
We did love the family of chickens that was out in the driveway most mornings. There were even babies!
This was our fourth trip to Virgin Gorda and we chose Waters Edge having previously stayed in Nail Bay (twice) and the last time overlooking the airport. The villa is a five minute drive from almost everything in Spanish Town and a five minute walk to Mad Dog Cafe, Top of the Baths, and The Baths entrance.
The front exterior is pretty unassuming with large double wooden doors which may cause reservations regarding your choice. Step through the doors and the reservations vanish. You’re immediately drawn to the view of Crooks Bay framed by massive boulders. The villa (actually three separate buildings), two pools, and multiple deck areas are built in, around, and on a boulder field. As a result, there are multiple levels and steps on the grounds, although not overly difficult we were a little concerned, especially after wine o’clock but we had it down by day two.
There are two bedrooms (either could be considered a Master) in the upper building. We slept in the one fronted by the pool. When you wake up in the morning and see the view from the bed you may wonder why you ever went to sleep. Did I mention both rooms have outdoor showers?
On the middle level is a stand alone TV/game room. It can be used as a stair avoiding shortcut to the kitchen building.
The third building houses a large well-stocked kitchen and dining room, with perhaps the best view on the grounds, a laundry room, and a third bathroom with another outdoor shower. There are accordion glass doors which open up to take advantage of the breeze. We never had any mosquito issues anywhere at the villa thanks to the breezes. The other pool is next to this building.
Walk to Mad Dog and get an excellent frozen drink from Edith, we’re partial to the Piña Coladas.
Go to The Baths early or in the afternoon (3:00ish) to avoid the crowds.
Enjoy the billion stars that are visible from all the decks.
Definitely hit up Sugarcane (Nail Bay) and Coco Maya, as well as some of the smaller restaurants.
About those boulders, they are awe-inspiring to walk around (I’m not admitting to that).
The water’s edge is actually about 50 yards of boulders away.
There is one boulder which has an angel, a pooping baby, and a dancing starfish. We saw them all the time so it wasn’t due to the Malbec.
Special thanks to Glendora and Laverne for tidying up and Christi and Candace for showing us around and answering questions.
You will not be disappointed but beware, 7 days goes by fast. :(