Dolphin Cove is a great property that is accurately depicted in the photos provided. The home is spacious, tastefully decorated and laid out nicely in a way that allows for times of gathering as well as times of solitude. My family made use of the kayaks, bicycles and games provided but spent a lot of time in the pool. The home was well-equipped with everything a family could possibly need for a hassle-free vacation. I appreciated that basic items like spices, dish detergent, toilet paper and hand soap were provided. There is even a home office available. Tarpon Springs was a nice area full of culture and some of the best Greek food we've ever enjoyed (Mama's by the Sponge Docks was excellent).
Just finishing a week long stay at this villa and if I'm honest will be leaving slightly disappointed.
Lots of good points, but for us lots of bad too.
This property is new to the holiday rental market and that became apparent during our stay.
Firstly this is not solely a holiday rental property. It's a family home which is rented out. With the owners possessions locked away.
This is most apparent in the kitchen. We arrived expecting new and modern crockery. The tap was broken and had been taped together, lots of odd well used cups, pans etc and out of date condiments (see photos)
The air conditioning caused a big problem for us. You agree in the contract before arriving that you will not operate the air con below 74 degrees. Once you arrive you soon realise that the air con doesn't sufficiently cool the bedrooms at the front. We did go slightly lower,as we struggled to sleep. The owners(who are in Canada) actually locked the air con and took control. The manager did drop two fans off, however we found the whole issue shocking considering this property is marketed as a luxury villa.
We were advised to keep sunshades closed to keep bedroom cool. The unlined curtains didn't even meet and the sun shone straight through.
The back sunroom furnishings are dated and neither this room nor the games room have any air con at all.
The property has glass tables throughout the downstairs. The glass merely rests on the top of the base. One of the children rested on it and it tipped and caused a lot of upset.
Villa sleeps 12, but only two bikes(both adult)
Two kayaks also.
In contract it states not to leave kayaks on pier, we popped to beach and due to the weight we left them for a couple of hours. Upon our return the manager had been and locked them away and e mailed to inform us that this is because thieves operate in the area!
The pier is not lit and has no handrails or gate to keep small children safe.
The pool depth is approximately 4' shallow end and 7' deep end.
It looked lovely on the pictures before booking, but in reality I would of preferred a netted pool. If you like lizards and snakes not a problem, but the rocks and overhanging trees were a problem for me, as I'm not a fan of either.
Check in is after 4pm and check out at 10am,with beds to be stripped and towels washed.
This is not a villa which we would recommend for the amount of money paid. If you are a party of twelve splitting the cost with no small children then it's ok, but not the relaxed luxury our family had hoped for.
Need a car to get about, or a taxi which we struggled to get from the Sponge docks after we'd had a drink one evening.
We really enjoyed our stay at Dolphin Cove Villa. The house is absolutely beautiful, with loads of southern charm and breath taking views of the Anclotte River. It was like staying at our own private resort with the spa, gorgeous pool, tiki bar and dock. The wild life was incredible with dolphin sightings, fish jumping in the river and many different varieties of birds.
We had a lot of fun kayaking on the peaceful river, golfing and eating out at the wonderful seafood and Greek restaurants on the sponge docks. We enjoyed the walking trails and white sand beach at Fred Howard Park, a five minute drive from the house. We also delighted in watching the boats go by as they set out for the Gulf and Honeymoon Island.
This will not be our last stay at Dolphin Cove Villa - we didn't want to leave. We'll be back!
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