This establishment is a delight. We had stayed here almost twenty years ago and were delighted then. This year we returned perhaps with some trepidation that years of other travel experiences – sailing the Nile in a dahabiyya, Greek islands, houseboat on the lagoons of Kerala – might have dulled are appreciation of Twelve Degrees North . Not so, we are as delighted now as we were then. It remains the epitome of the tranquil, restorative, tropical island retreat. The apartments are skillfully arranged so as to be barely noticeable one from another and are set on the a hillside where they catch the soft breeze of the trade winds. A/C is neither needed nor provided. The secluded beach, the coral reef, the jetty, hammocks and palms are below. The host Joe Gaylord is welcoming, attentive but not obtrusive, and a great raconteur. The provision of local cell phone is an example of his thoughtfulness. And notice how many commentators mention the name of the cook/housemaid; rightly so, she too is a hostess. Bernadette's cooking was a match for all but the most expensive restaurants in the area and her gentle charm was bewitching. Twelve Degrees North remains our ideal of tropical hospitality.