How to describe it in one word, Paradise! Going away as a family of five is never easy or relaxing but staying here was the perfect combination of all worlds with everyone having there own space yet being able to convene as a family when we wanted to. The large wrap around deck and courtyard area is perfect for teenagers with all the seating, bean bags and sofas, creating an arena for them to access their smart phones, read etc, yet be in the pool 10 seconds later. You could tell that this stunning villa has been perfectly designed and built by Laurence and François with family living in mind. The many doors created a cooling flow of breeze throughout the house which negated the need for air conditioning during the day, ever. The area is safe and we rarely locked the doors which added to the relaxed island feel.
The pool is simply stunning with views of the bay as a backdrop. We commented that the reality was bigger and better than the photos reveal. The kids were rarely out of it. We would wake up early to read our books in the early morning on the deck overlooking over the bay and would often look up to check that we were in reality - So beautiful.
We also loved the peace and quiet - you were not overlooked by the neighbours, yet with the shops and restaurants just up the road, it made it convenient to pop out to pick something up you may have forgotten or just out to dinner. We walked quite often at night time and it was reassuringly safe.
Laurence and François are so welcoming! When we arrived there were some food, beers and champagne (real French stuff, of course) in the fridge, which was a classy touch after a long journey from the UK. They have everything here in their beautifully designed and styled house - towels for pool and bath, fully equipped kitchen (including dishwasher and Nespresso machine), laundry, a smart tv, several seating areas, outdoor bean bags, wifi is brilliant, snorkel gear, board games, BBQ, paddle boards and sea kayaks, stunning bathrooms, air conditioning and an amazing walk in wardrobe in the main bedroom( we want one at home now).
As hosts, the family could not have made us more welcome. Their communication (in perfect English) was first rate and François would fix any little problem that we could ever encounter. Often we would be out and see a member of the family saying hi or offering us a lift somewhere. Any concerns we had about using Air BnB with them melted away in 5 seconds. They are a genuine and beautiful family which we were sad to say goodbye to.
We almost wanted to keep this all a secret but that would have been a crime. We have already started to save to come again - Tu manques à nous St Martin...