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Jean-Pierre et Nathalie nous ont accueillis d’une façon très chaleureuse. Ils nous ont même préparé une belle salade avec du marlin fumé la soirée que nous sommes arrivé du Canada en cas que nous n’avions pas mangé. La maison créole était impeccable, extrêmement propre, super belle et mignonne perché en haut d’une colline dans la foret Guadeloupéenne. Ils nous ont préparé une belle assiette d’acra une soirée, qui était très apprécié. Le petit bain chaud tourbillon face à la vallée était aussi très propre et relax. La maison créole était parfaite pour notre petit séjour de 4 nuits romantiques : cuisine fonctionnelle, air-conditionné bien apprécié, grand balcon avec sofa, et magnifique bouquet tropical. - Martin & Rebecca
First of all, the photos in the listing for Villa Madras do not it justice. This is a beautiful place, and the shared spaces (the upstairs loggia, the downstairs living room, the terrace, the infinity pool) are perfectly proportioned for maximum enjoyment. It is not ultra luxurious (as in high end materials), but well designed, well apportioned, functionally furnished.
Our family of four (two adults and two teenager kids) just got back from a week at the Villa Madras, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We spent almost our entire time at the villa, with a few brief excursions to Deshaies or Bouillante, and we never got bored. In the morning we'd have breakfast on the loggia, then spend time by the pool, go out for lunch, come back and play billiards, then enjoy the pool again in the late afternoon, then cook and eat dinner, read and talk on the loggia and play more billiards, then take another nighttime dip in the pool before retiring to read and go to bed.
In terms of privacy, the whole time as we lounged, played, splashed, cooked, ate, explored - we felt completely private. Whether in the pool or playing billiards or lounging on the sofa and chairs in the loggia, we had amazing views of the ocean and Pointe Noire, and yet were so private we could talk and laugh as loud as we wanted, and walk around or swim naked if we felt like it.
+ One of the best equipped kitchens of any place I've stayed. Including: dual zone wine fridge (!), sandwich grill press, ice cream maker, double boiler pan, fruit juicer, garlic press, a wide variety of pots and pans.
+ Well equipped with toys like water "noodles", beach towels (if a bit scratchy)
+ Very fun and perfectly placed pool table.
A few caveats:
- The bedrooms are functional, and a bit cramped, with not a lot of space besides for the beds and storage. This was not much of an issue for us, as there were only four of us in this five bedroom villa, but multiple couples or families might find the lack of noise isolation to be an issue, and one of the bedrooms (an upstairs queen bed room) was very cavelike with just one small window
- The TV system was a bit wonky, and we couldn't get it to work, but we were there to unplug so it was actually a blessing for us (our hostess Bernadette said they were going to get it fixed).
- There are some roosters in the neighborhood, and they like to crow at various times of the day and night.
PS: Bernadette and Michel were extremely gracious and helpful!