A group of 14 took our annual trip from Texas, and the destination this year was Fortland's Point. The pictures of this property simply don't do it justice. It is beautifully kept, and what's more exceptional is the staff. Patrick, Gregory, Sean, Arthur, Marjori, Kadian and Rose were great! We really enjoyed the paddleboards and kayaks. Our meals were all great, and the bonfire on the beach was a great addition to dinner.
Our group of 12 family and friends included one child of ten. This sprawling villa and large property provided enough space that each of us could have all of the privacy and quiet time we wanted as well as large indoor and covered outdoor areas of seating for group meals, games etc. We had avid readers, active child and adults, enthusiastic water sports fans, card/game players, yoga & squash enthusiasts etc. in our group and each was able to indulge in their preferred activities. There was almost always a breezy, shaded spot somewhere within earshot of the waves and views of the sea.
The water activities available included snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboards (picture Huck Finn circa 2013), aluminum boat and infinity pool. Discovery Bay is home to a myriad of marine life including sea turtles and the deck at the point was the perfect place to see fish without getting wet.
This was the 6th villa vacation that my husband and I have taken and we have high expectations for accommodations and service. While we enjoy great meals, we do not expect gourmet fare at every meal and especially with a large group. We determined that buffet style worked best for our group.
Overall, the vacation was superb due to the attentiveness and courtesy of the staff who went above and beyond our expectations over and over again.
Patrick provided amazing and substantial meals, appetizers, snacks, breakfast pastries, homemade cookies and fruit breads and my favourite villa treat, homemade plantain chips. Patrick's food budgeting prowess was overwhelming and I was impressed that he shopped for groceries as if he was spending his own money. Kudos to Patrick for coming in substantially under budget and meeting all of our dietary needs. (OK, no one really NEEDS to have eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, toast, banana bread, muffins, toast, waffles and fruit at every breakfast, but some of our group apparently do.)
Keno, Kemeel and Sean provided some of the best service we have ever experienced and ensured that every need was met. They are all superstars and time and time again did much more than required. Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation we extend to them.
To Keno who was always there (including fishing at 5:30 am), providing first aid, serving drinks, kayaking with Ben, fixing coffee makers, and ensuring the health and safety of all, you are an exceptional young man and set an amazing example for the rest of the staff. I am so glad that you participated in the ziplining adventure and officially joined the family. Sometimes it's good to take that leap of faith and just jump ("with every broken bone I swear I lived")
Kemeel quickly and effectively dealt with a few minor issues and provided so many special services and touches that were unexpected and appreciated (you are an amazing seamstress!). Your courtesy, sense of humour and personality made our stay exceptional.
Sean provided amazing service with enthusiasm, good humour and was willing to do anything for us, including providing "protection services". Three of our group decided to walk down to a local bar on our last afternoon. They would have been perfectly safe on their own, but Sean accompanied them and enjoyed a ginger ale while they were there. In addition, Keno and Delano (our excellent hired driver) also passed by in the van to ensure all was all, and in all honesty, see if any of them needed a ride back to the villa.
Thank you to all of the staff for all of the extras, including towel origami on the beds, flowers in the towels, doing our laundry, serving drinks, hauling firewood for the bonfire, meals in the gazebo, barbecues at the picnic tables, dinner on the point and too many services to mention.
Once again, a huge thank you to Sharon at Villas by Linda Smith. The services you extend are superb!
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