Villa Palm Bay is beautifully sited. Green and peaceful, the property commands a great view. It is very private. During our stay there, we were unaware of any neighbors yet were within a few minutes drive from "downtown" Deshaies (and always in line at the patisserie when it opened at 6:30 am to get freshly baked French bread and croissants).
The house is solidly built of stone and wood in an old Creole style, very impressive construction. It flows nicely, inside and out, and is well-furnished. There are two different sitting and dining areas outdoors; also a large indoor living room with a satellite TV service on the second floor. The two bedrooms are generous in size; each has its own bathroom.
The owner, Cannelle, did everything to make the house ready for us including arranging the supply of groceries for our first breakfast. Mylene, her local agent, was present to explain how things worked when we arrived and to be sure things were all OK when we were ready to depart. The house was spotlessly clean.
We were a party of 4, with a husband and wife in their late 70s who have some trouble with steps. That proved to be no problem here, as they took the downstairs bedroom and bath and so lived mostly on the same level with the kitchen, outside dining and sitting areas, and swimming pool. The younger couple took the upstairs bedroom and bath. We never did watch the TV in the upstairs living room - the views were too amazing.
Air conditioning units in both bedrooms were effective in cooling. We slept well. And we had absolutely no issues with mosquitoes. No bites whatsoever. This may be due to the hillside setting and the steady breeze. Only occasionally did the wind flare up.
Two things to know:
1) The house can be hard to find the first time. It is down the road to Pointe Batterie, well-marked in both directions by a big sign for Hemingway restaurant. But we missed it coming from the airport late and in the dark. Happily, we turned up the driveway of Cannelle's sister's house where a very cheerful and kind party of 4 steered us the right way.
2) The house faces north. Therefore in winter it misses sunrise and sunset due to the steep curves of surrounding mountains. But the light playing off the surface of the sea below makes up for that. At night, lights along the Deshaies waterfront of Deshaies, as do lights from about 25 sailboats and 55 motorboats (we counted them).
This is truly a rental villa of high quality. Worth every Euro.
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