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Adventure Eco Villas
Reviewed 18 February 2014

We spent a week in the villas with our three month old daughter. The villas are very comfortable and clean, the kitchen functional and the open air living room is beautiful. The nature reserve offers a very peaceful setting. We enjoyed wandering the small trails and watching all the birds. Up by the main house is a wonderful covered porch where Ean and Marion have set up feeders and fruit for the birds. This is a great spot to sit and take in the scenery. Ean, Marion and Petra took great care of us! They were very accommodating for our daughter (set up a crib for her and found a CD player for her white noise). Ean helped arrange our taxi, rental car, scuba diving and deep sea fishing. Petra cooked us two delicious traditional dinners. The villas location is excellent, everything you need is near by. There are a couple close beaches. Turtle Beach has good sandy swimming, picnic tables and shade. It is also long and good for a beach walk. Arnos Vale beach has lots of coral and is good for snorkelling. We also hiked to a waterfall and visited the old waterwheel and dam. All in all a great trip!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

I stayed at Adventure Eco villas in August 2013, and, yes it was a beautiful lifetime experience for me. It is situated on a Nature Reserve so I would wake every morning to the sounds of birds singing, and, looking down from the balcony, I felt as if I was in the clouds looking down on beautiful trees of all kinds. Lovely place to relax. I felt as if I were in Paradise. The bird observation area is a must to see with different humming birds and other birds. You may even get to see their latest visitor, Gasper the white humming bird. Exploring Adventure Farm is also a must. You won't regret it. Beaches are also not very far away. I would recommend Adventure EcoVillas to anyone or everyone who would like to experience the feel of Paradise.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 February 2013

We have just spent a week at Adventure,February 2013, and loved every minute. We stayed in the Motmot villa and awoke early each morning to wonderful bird sounds and watched the birds through the window before we got up from our large comfortable bed. We hired a car for the week and this worked really well as we were entirely self catering. This is an adventure in itself......first find the shops! then think of something to cook.....we had a good time eating rice with lots of local vegetables...not sure what they all were but you can find Best Buy supermarket in the local town of Plymouth with a veggie stall next door. We picked up fruit at stalls on the way into Scarborough. Lots of local beaches to explore....see Luise Kimme's house/art gallery on a Sunday not far from the golf course at Mount Irvine. But the real reason to go is the setting....close encounters with Motmots and hummingbirds(our favourites are ruby topaz)....Ean's lovely dogs too....we were lucky with puppies to watch for our visit, Plus you must try their marmalade....the best we've ever had and with bread from the supermarket and local fruit is the perfect breakfast. I cannot recommend this place highly enough...loved it....miss it now.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

We have just spent a weekend at the Adventure Eco villas in one of the 2 villas and we really liked it and we recommend it. The villa is comfortable, clean and the gardens are full of birds. We felt very welcomed by the Ean, the owner. A beautiful and peaceful place.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2011

My son and I stayed at Adventure Eco Villas for four days in June 2011 and just loved it. Very nice and well-kept place perfectly located in a lovely fruit garden. The caretaker even came with a bag of mangoes for us - this season's first! Within easy walking distance you have the entire Arnos Vale area, but you only need to look out the window to find that birds of all kinds abound (I was particularly fond of the motmots). The hummingbird feeders a few yards away are constantly busy - with hummingbirds during the day (white-necked jacobins, ruby topazes, black-throated mangos, copper-rumped hummingbirds) and fruit bats once dusk sets in. Other people have written extensively and well about this place, so I have nothing more to add except : if you are at all into self-catering, give this place a try! Really nice.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2010

Thanks for the warm family memories! We were happy to spend time in the natural setting of this beautiful Carribbean island with equally beautiful people. I remember the people of Trinidad & Tobago as clever, soulful, respectable people.....my memories remain intact without any disappointment!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled on business
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2  Thank SnowbirdsofCanada
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Reviewed 7 July 2009

My wife and I stayed at Adventure Eco Villas for one week following a week on the beach at Speyside. The owner, Ean, proved a kind and hospitable host-- recommending restaurants, letting us use his computer, lending us a complimentary mobile phone, giving us free-reign of his copious fruit supply, supplying information on the various creatures to be found around the property-- and the villa itself was both eclectic and homey. We very much enjoyed our lofty perch amid the rainforest and overall felt that staying here was a unique experience that contrasted nicely with our previous week of lounging by the shore.

We stayed in one of two well-appointed, self-catering villas built on stilts, connected to each other by a spacious deck. In the morning we threw open the screen-less wooden shutters and enjoyed our breakfast overlooking the lush reserve and listening to a cacophony of birdsong. The small sitting area and kitchen table were also an auspicious place to watch the sunrise, fix our binoculars on nesting hummingbirds or wait out the occasional tropical downpour as it thundered on the metal roof. The bedroom was very comfortable and, since the foliage often sheltered us from cooling ocean breezes, we greatly appreciated the fan and powerful air-conditioning which we used in the humid afternoons and to help us get to sleep at night. Come to think of it, cranking the air-con and watching a film on HBO after traipsing around the forests and reefs of Tobago all day was quite the guilty pleasure. The bathroom was spacious, bright and kept spotless by the friendly and efficient housekeeping-and-grounds tandem of Petra and Anton. One downside was the detachable shower nozzle which tended to splash the windows and baseboards around the bath but this was easily dealt with thanks to the ample towels provided. There were even complimentary beach towels on offer, along with several other nice touches such as bird guides, a personal safe, a small library, large-sized toiletries and a picnic hamper.

The small kitchen had everything we needed and more: gas range, powerful fridge/freezer, toaster, blender, coffee-maker, pots, pans, knifes, the works.. Plus there was the added bonus of having a plethora of fruit trees right outside our door. Over the course of the week we feasted on mangos, papaya, grapefruit, bananas (pick these early in your stay to give them a chance to ripen), cashew fruit and lemons. The birdlife was also magnificent, even for non-twitchers, and after breakfast (or the obligatory self-prepared local-rum-and-fresh-fruit smoothies!) we very much enjoyed setting our leftovers out for the mot-mots, ant-shrikes, bananaquits, tanagers, doves, lizards et al. There were also legions of hummingbirds swarming around the many feeders outside of Ean's house which, for the record, are almost impossible to photograph with an automatic camera. At night, the lights attracted numerous insects which in turn brought out flying frogs, toads, bats and enormous chirping geckos, all of which amused us greatly-- especially coming from London where all we get are ruddy mice and pigeons.

The villas are located about a mile or so from the ramshackle town of Plymouth where you can pick up basic necessities such as groceries and petrol. However, aside from a couple rough-and-tumble bars and a take-away Chinese, there's not much else on offer here and I would strongly recommend renting a car to get to restaurants and attractions further afield. The Arnos Vale Hotel is about a twenty minute walk from the premises, as is the start of the Mot Mot trail-- a lovely, sweaty, three-mile hike that leads along the bluffs to Culloden. Arnos Vale also has a decent beach with an excellent reef for snorkeling, with lots of unbleached, car-sized coral bommies to explore, but personally I would rather drive my snorkel/beach gear to the public parking lot than walk there from the Eco Villas-- if only to conserve energy for the water (the wife and I tend to snorkel for hours).

With a rental car we were also able to hit a number of quality restaurants in the surrounding area, and make numerous trips to Turtle Beach until we finally got to see a nesting leatherback-- from 3 to 5 a.m. If anyone is interested in this, you can save a bundle of money by not hiring a guide and instead making your way to the beach-bar-shack just south of the Turtle Beach Hotel. There, you can find the extremely helpful volunteers from the Save our Sea Turtles foundation and ask them if there's any nesting action on the beaches. Watching one of these half-ton behemoth's make her nest and lay her eggs was definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

Downside: unfortunately, if you're headed to Tobago during the wet season, you are going to have to contend with mossies, especially in the island's interior and that most definitely includes the mostly open-air Adventure Eco Villas. Due to the aesthetically-pleasing wood-beam construction, the bedroom is not air-tight and even though we burned anti-mossie coils, plugged in our trusty insecticide diffuser and slathered ourselves with 100% DEET, we always seemed to wake up with a couple bites apiece. That being said, mosquitos the world over have always found me extremely delicious and my wife was much less affected than I was.

Still, insects support the birds, amphibians and reptiles we enjoy so much and a few bites were a small price to pay for staying at these wonderful, comfy villas. A great experience at a reasonable price with the added bonus of a fantastic, informative host. Oh, and the guide dogs were a treat as well.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Address: Arnos Vale Rd | Adventure Farm & Nature Reserve, Plymouth, Tobago
Region: Caribbean > Trinidad and Tobago > Tobago > Plymouth
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Plymouth
Price Range: £76 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Adventure Eco Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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