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Mongoose Apartments
Ranked #2 of 7 Tortola B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 June 2011

After our bareboat sailing week in BVI, we decided to stay a week longer on Tortola. Having been to 18 other Caribbean Islands over the years, this was our first visit to Tortola. Mongoose Apartments turned out to be a very good choice. We stayed in #8 which is very modern, very clean, very well appointed and its veranda on the second story offers complete privacy overlooking a tropical garden of mango, banana and bread fruit trees. Cane Garden Bay beach is a short walk away and the beach is very nice. Guests can relax on the owners' fenced in garden which is right on the beach. Lounge chairs, floats, and kayaks are provided free of charge. A very big plus was that about five restaurants, a small supermarket and a coin operated laundry were all within easy walking distance. Sandra, a Canadian ex-pat, took the time to make us feel right at home.

Room Tip: #8 gives you complete privacy
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  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2011

We have just returned from our 6th visit to the Mongoose Apartments on Cane Garden Bay and as usual we had a fabulous time. These apartments are large, with a very comfortable bed, large living area and ample cooking facilities. With Bobbys supermarket a short walk away we dined in every other night after sunset drinks at Myetts - I recommend the Bushwacker! Every time we return there have been improvements and this time there was an Ipod dock so we could enjoy our music in the apartment. Sandra was an excellent host as always giving advice on trips to other islands. Michelle keeps the rooms spotless. We returned to Sky restaurant happy to see Alan still there and with both Japenese and Indian menus which were outstanding. We were married on Cane Garden Bay in 2007 and will continue to return to our favourite place in the world as often as we can afford.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Sally_Andrew
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Reviewed 19 February 2011

We stayed with Sandra for 2 weeks in January and enjoyed the entire experience immensely. It was our first time to BVI so we spent a lot of time simply soaking up the sun and relaxing in Cane Garden Bay. From the first contact we had with Sandra she was the epitome of accommodation. She arranged for a sleeping bed for our infant son and arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the airport. The rooms were everything we expected. Not a four-star resort but that wasn't what we were looking for. Clean, well-appointed with authentic Caribbean artwork, well-equipped for making your own meals. All of the guests we shared Mongoose with were like us, laid back and just there to enjoy the warmth and beauty of the islands. We even had our next-door neighbors over for drinks one night. Put the blender through its paces that night.

Sandra has a wealth of knowledge about the local area and can arrange trips off-island when she knows the local beach is likely to be overcrowded with cruisers. She also knows the local restaurants and can recommend which, among those available, to choose from and also make the reservations for you. The fare around Cane Garden Bay is good but generally not great. Our best meal, and this one truly was fabulous, and highly recommended by Sandra, was on our last night at the Bananakeet Cafe which is a strenuous 1/2 hour walk from or a leisurely 10 minute cab ride from Mongoose. We had spicy tuna rolls, coconut shrimp and ribs with margaritas and passion fruit daiquiris and key lime pie for dessert all delicious and $100 for the whole shebang. We also had Sunday brunch there which we highly recommend. A surprising 'find' was the Sky restaurant which was also located near Cane Garden Bay. Previous reviews on tripadvisor had suggested that, while the food here was good, the owner, was incredibly rude to his guests. We did not find this to be the case and, instead, found Alan to be rather charming and the sushi was almost as good as any we've had elsewhere.

One word of advice about the BVI. When Sandra warns against the sand flies and mosquitos, she isn't kidding. By the second day there I was covered with welts. Thereafter we obtained some mosquito repellent and went on a nightly hunt to rid our apartment of mosquitos before closing all the doors.

We will definitely be back the next time we are in BVI.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank rjperry15
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

We have been to Tortola about fifteen times -- but who's counting? -- and stayed at Mongoose Apartments in Cane Garden Bay for all but two of those trips. The owners, Sandra and Ellie Henley, have built and maintained an environment which, to our minds, is absolutely perfect.

If you require traditional five-star luxury, then stop reading, However, if you travel to relax completely into your surroundings, you will love your Mongoose experience. It is indeed luxurious, but the luxury is outdoors, in the beautiful gardens, the warm breezes, the wonderful night sounds, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Tortolans are lovely people and Sandra and Ellie epitomize the best. They are warm but reserved, striking the perfect balance between being present and helpful, while never intrusive.

The Moongoose accommodations are immaculate, spacious and airy, the beds large and comfortable, and the apartment is thoughtfully stocked with anything one might need to live well for whatever the length of the stay, even to coolers in several sizes for picnicking on the beaches.

We brought friends along for their first visit to the island three years ago, and they decided to be married during their stay. We all enjoyed their honeymoon immensely! They would return in a heartbeat.

Tortola is small, and easily explored with a four-wheel drive rental car. Attractions include Road Town, Mount Sage, and more gorgeous beaches than can be believed.

We've often said that, if we ever were to run our own guest house, we would emulate the Henleys; Mongoose would be our model.

Go to the Mongoose website to contact Mongoose, view photos of the property, and of Cane Garden Bay: www.mongooseapartments.com

We plan to return for as long as we're able!

Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
4  Thank BettyLou718
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Reviewed 3 January 2011

My husband and I really liked this place. The units were large, very clean and had everything you would need. We eat lunch/dinner out on vacation, but it was nice to have a kitchen to toast a bagel for breakfast and a refrigerator to keep drinks cold. We also liked the fact that this is an apartment as opposed to a hotel room or a studio. It is nice to have the bedroom separate from the living area, in case one person wants to stay up and watch tv and the other wants to go to bed. We liked Cane Garden Bay. After driving around the whole island, we didn't see any place we would have rather stayed. Cane Garden Bay has a nice long beach and several restaurants in walking distance. There is also a grocery store and a laundromat, so basically everything you need is there. One thing that I thought set this property apart from others that I saw was the beach area. The building is not directly on the beach, but it is a very short walk away. At the beach, Sandra has lounges and kayaks for use. Aside from a couple of small hotels that are right on the beach, I didn't see any other properties that offered a beach area with chairs like the Mongoose did. Without this, you would need to rent chairs and would probably have to sit in the busier very crowded area of the beach, where the cruise shippers are. Overall, we were very pleased with Mongoose Apartments and thought Sandra was very friendly and helpful. If we return to Tortola, we will definitely stay here.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank advonefin
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Reviewed 8 December 2010

Just had 3 days at Mongoose pre-sailing in the islands. The perfect start - Sandra and Elroy are great hosts and helped in so many little ways, including returning my glasses. The new apartment was great - best night's sleep in years. short walk to the beach and all the usual beds etc available. Cane Garden Bay is great - excellent food and beverage nearby and great beach. Thanks - we will return as I suspect have plenty of others.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

My husband and I stayed at the Mongoose Apartments near the end of May 2010. We loved it. The place was very clean and roomy. We loved that we had a full kitchen, so that we could eat some meals in - as the food is pretty pricey in the BVI. Sandra provides everything that you need during your stay and is very friendly and accomodating. Cane Garden Bay beach is about a 2 minute walk from Mongoose Apartments. It is great for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming. We saw turtles, lots of fish and a shipwreck while snorkeling there. We did rent a car - which I recommend if you want to go check out some of the other awesome beaches. The beaches were never crowded. We loved Brewers Bay, Smugglers Cove and Cane Garden Bay for snorkeling. Long Bay Beach(near Smugglers Cove) had awesome waves, while the other Long Bay Beach near the airport was great for crystal clear blue waters and white sands. Josiah Bay is great for collecting sea shells and watching the waves crash in.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Gracenjoy
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Additional Information about Mongoose Apartments

Address: Cane Garden Bay, Tortola
Region: Caribbean > British Virgin Islands > Tortola
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tortola
Price Range: £79 - £125 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience peace and tranquility and stay in one of our eight, tastefully furnished, one bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a private balcony, living room, fully equipped kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The design is traditional West Indian, the colors are tropical nestled within landscaped grounds. ... more   less 
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Mongoose Apartments Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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