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I am originally from Italy , I fell in love with Antigua and moved here 13 years ago.
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Fantastic cottage in a great location, great access to fantastic beaches. Would definitely stay again A+++
Marco/Davide were extremely kind and we had a great days in Breeze, which is a fantastic spot in Antigua. Cottage is fantastic, safe and quiet, view breathtaking and the personal care of Marco and Davide the best.
Marco was a wonderful host! He met us in St John's in order to show us the way to the cottage, helped us to unload all our things and gave us wonderful suggestions of places to see. The cottage itself was lovely, with a great view just up the hill. Since it's a bit far from town, you definitely need a car (the only store within walking distance doesn't sell much by way of food), but the beach at Galley Bay is very close. I would definitely recommend Calabash!
The pictures don't do justice, the place and atmosphere is majestic, something one must experience by being here. The pool was perfect for cooling off during the day (we had our 10 month old son with us), so this was nice. Marco was easy to reach and available when needed. Will not forget the daily rises with magnificent views, nature all around, dinners on the veranda, morning guitar (played by my dad) - was happy to have a guitar that was also perfectly tuned! Will not forget this place and would definitely recommend for a laid-back group vacation in Antigua.
We rented Spice Cottage in March of 2015 for three adults. It has a charming "old Caribbean" feel and it is in good condition. There is no air conditioning which is typical of most Island accommodations. This is not a problem since the cottage has good ventilation and cooled down at night. The bedroom had an electric fan and Marco supplied an extra fan for the second floor loft bedroom. There is no washing machine but the maid does the laundry for you twice a week which is even better!
Marco was an excellent host. He met us at the airport and guided us to the supermarket and the cottage. He ensured we had everything that we needed. We really appreciated his efforts and he responded promptly to our questions.
In conclusion, we were very happy with our stay at Spice Cottage and with our host, Marco. We very much enjoyed our stay at Spice Cottage and highly recommend it.
Marco was as welcoming as could be. He was waiting for us at the airport along with the owner of the rental car company he recommended. No standing in line to get a car -- just go over the info, sign, and off you go. A real convenience. You drop the car off in the lot when you leave, and you're done. I'm so glad Marco directed us there.
Marco took us to the grocery store first (AMAZING grocery store - super for gluten-free), patiently waited for us, then led us to the cottage. He does not live on site but was easy to contact and promptly answered any issues that came up, and his assistant Davide was also great.
The walk to Galley Bay resort's beach takes about 5 minutes, but we chose to drive to other beaches where the waves were not as strong. I recommend getting a car, because Galley Bay is off the beaten path. So quiet and private, unlike what I saw of the popular resorts. Very charming decor and very clean.
We spent a wonderful week in the Treehouse at Galley Bay. Marco was and extremely polite, courteous and friendly host without ever being obtrusive. He went above and beyond what we expected from a host. The Treehouse is secluded and surrounded by lush greenery. It is only a couple of minutes walk to the most beautiful beach on Antigua. One of the charming features of Galley Bay is its relative isolation, the nearest supermarket is around 5km away, but this isn't a trouble if you hire a car. We loved the place and would be delighted to come again!
Our experience at Marco's Bacchus Villa was fantastic. The villa is really well set up, in a beautiful, safe location. It is secluded, with the only interruptions coming from goats, which we loved because we are farmers. Marco met us at the airport and was very friendly and helpful in getting us settled in at his place. He gave us good suggestions for places to go and things to do. We had a small mishap with running out of water, but he fixed it immediately and we were very satisfied. The villa is spacious, with loads of space and good privacy for everyone in our family. We had a fabulous holiday. We loved the place.
Marco was an incredible host. We rented a car and didn't know our way around the island so he met us at a common spot and drove us back to the cottage. Upon arrival of the cottage I literally gasped...the scenery and views are probably one of the most incredible views I've ever seen in my life: Breathtaking. It was as if it were a painting. And the cottage was amazing. The decor and set up is so unique...something I would see in a home & decor magazine. The cottage has everything you need. My husband and I cooked breakfast every morning and sat on the porch overlooking the sea. If you ever go to Antigua you MUST stay here!!!! Thank you for everything Marco! All the best.
Marco was great as a host and very accommodating and helpful. He met us at the hotel we were in in St John's to lead us to the cottages (which I would have had a difficult time finding without a much better map than I had). On the other hand - the cottages are nicely secluded yet only 15 minutes from St John's!
The cottage we were in (Spice Cottage I think and not Callabash) was very well maintained, very nicely decorated, clean, and enjoyable. It has a bedroom downstairs with a queen four-posted bed with mosquito netting and a loft upstairs with a queen bed and smaller trundle type bed.
The beach is a short walk down the hill through a gate onto the all-inclusive property but no problem accessing.
The bathroom is nicely decorated - a shower (no tub which was OK with me) and the kitchen is fully equipped (stove, microwave, full sized fridge, etc.)
There is no TV or air conditioner which was also fine with me. The internet access is high speed and fine for streaming video (although there currently is not access to Amazon or Hulu etc outside the US).
All in all a great retreat for a couple days!