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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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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!
Marco was the consummate host. He went out of his way to make our stay enjoyable - and I get the impression that that is just the level of service he provides all of his guests, and the type of guy he is. He gave us great dining recommendations and tips for the local market and even hand-picked (my favourite) food options too. The treehouse was as expected, perhaps better. It was closer to the beach than I thought it would be, and quite peaceful. Though we had neighbours, we didn't hear or see them much so we felt we had plenty of privacy - even on the deck.
Marco is an excellent host with well managed properties. Pleasant stay in a quiet secluded location, nestled in the hillside with ocean views. Short walk to the beach. Previous reviews give accurate descriptions of the property. Had a very nice vacation here.
Absolutely stunning two weeks at Marco's Bacchus Villa with my partner and 1 year old baby. Privacy, luxury and breathe taking views allowed us to get lost in the exquisite experience at this beautiful Villa.
The villa is well equipped with everything to make our stay as comfortable as possible and lovely maid keeping the grounds tidy in a friendly and home grown way. Marco is the perfect friendly host who helped us from the start right through until we left the islands. Very willing and went beyond helping us with extra needs. A holiday that we shall not forget in a hurry and a dream place to most definitely visit again very soon!
Thank you Marco for a truly splendid break in the pretty hills of Five Islands.
Laura, Corin & Wren
Great location with beautiful view on the Caribbean Sea. Perfect place for a relaxing and resting holiday far from the noise and regulated times of hotels and resorts vacation. The house interior is beautiful and ideal for a small family of 3.
It has all it needs to make the stay contort able and enjoyable. Located very close to a beautiful and quiet beach and not too far from main town St. John's shops. Marco is a great and nice host always willing to help to make the vacation a nice experience and provide information to discover Antigua.
Marco was a great host, he was very flexible and helpful. He greeted us at the airport the day we arrived and gave a lot of useful advice. Galley Bay has a beautiful beach, the place was very comfortable. Marco did everything to make sure that we felt at home. All in all great experience!