What a Great Week! Great Place! Great People!
We wanted a beautiful setting, warm quiet beaches, great place to stay, good food, fun fly fishing and really friendly folks... we hit a homerun by visiting Fort Recovery, Tortola, BVI!
Our clean, spacious and comfortable villa openned onto our patio that was literally a few steps from a protected sandy beach offering gorgeous views, sunsets and refreshing breezes. We sat under the shade of a Sea Grape tree and soaked up the beauty, great place for morning coffee as well as a glass of wine with "neighbors" in the evenings.
Included were a vehicle for exploring and visiting town, a massage and manicure for both of us and three delicious meals served in our villa. We picked the steak, the blackened grouper, the porkchops and the shrimp. Really enjoyed the meals except for my wifes shrimp which were tiny, sparse and bland... all else was great including deserts! Perfecto served us with class and friendliness that we really appreciated.
Pamelah made us feel so welcome and was always available to help with anything. She is supported by a delightful staff who pampered us as well as took immaculate care of the property, including maid service. Our villa was very comfortable, nice bedroom, closet, great bath and shower, completely stocked kitchen with appliances, lovely open room (with TV) and that pleasant patio and views we enjoyed so much.
We also enjoyed a half day snorkeling trip as part of our package that was a blast... even included docking next to a "Pirate Ship" for a wonderful lunch!
Using our rental car, (REMEMBER TO STAY LEFT) we drove the small island (12 miles long) seeing beautiful beaches, unique views and visiting the main town called Road Town. Although we were there during the quiet season, we could buy groceries and necessities in Road Town as well as small stores around the Island. We would not recommend Tortola for great tourist shopping but St. Thomas and other islands are a pleasant ferry ride away.
I enjoyed fly fishing off our beach as well as at several different beaches we explored. I took advantage of Ian and Caribbean Fly Fishing Guide Service from Nanny Cay but we had more fun than fish that day. His knowledge, sense of humor and skill contributed to my learning more about chasing those elusive bonefish.
Do not plan on super highways, fantastic shopping or noisy touristy stuff- Do plan on a beautiful setting, great people and good, but not inexpensive food. You will really like how Pamelah and her staff run the operation which even includes fresh muffins and coffee breakfasts for everyone! Take your camera and your commitment to enjoy a beautiful part of the Carribbean! Enjoy!
Loved our stay
My husband and I were there the end of May and beginning of June, we had a wonderful stay. The room and grounds were nice and clean. Pam the conciere was very pleasant and very helpful. We did the package deal and it worked out wonderful, I would highly recommend it. The food there was wonderful too and being serviced in the room was excellent. We absoultley loved our stay and would highly recommend staying at this location. I just wish we could be back there.
We loved our stay there: This is a lovely small resort with its own little beach (great for swimming), waterfront to admire the sky at night and a fantastic view on the drake channel during the day, a beautiful old fort and a clean swimming pool. The resort is compact which makes it extremely convenient for families going from their rooms, to the pool and the beach. The rooms are comfortable, with kitchens and all needed ustensils. Beautiful beach towels are provided freely. The breakfast muffins are fantastic. The staff is great and we received help from Pamelah on a variety of subjects. We are looking forward to our next visit.
Not what is advertised!
My husband and I got the one week package for our honeymoon. The location is beautiful and the view of the channel and surrounding islands is suberb. The king size bed was two twin beds pushed together and the A/C is a window unit that has been mounted in the wall. The A/C unit is only in the bedroom which is not very effective for because the window is a screen covered with wooden louvers--and as you can imagine is not very discreet for honeymooners eiher. The breakfast consists of hard boiled eggs, toast and bananna bread, evey day all week long which got a little old. We only ate two of our inlcuded dinners because the food was not very good. Much better at the jolly rodger and about any other restaurant. We were expecting a nice sandy beach to relax on and found that they beach is rocky and you can not snorkle off of it contrary to what they might say due to the aboundance of basketball size sea urchines that are everywhere! We were also expecting a jeep upon arrival as promised in our package, but instead were given a geo tracker. Turns out everything with wheels on the island is called a jeep. This may not bother most people but we both own jeeps and were expecting a wrangler. All in all it wasn't a bad place to stay, but they are misleading on their web site as to what is at the "resort" to make it sound more like one of the larger resorts on the island. If we go to the island again we will stay somewhere else.
You'll need to recover after Fort Recovery
These reviews don't sound as if they were written about the place we stayed in early April, 2004. Our "villa" was tiny and furnished in cast-offs - battered lamps, chipped tables and chairs, meager bed, no room for bedside lighting, etc. The bathroom was tiny, with damaged vanity, one short towel rack, and a miniscule shower. The elderly air conditioner (only in the bedroom) died the second night. It was replaced within 24 hrs. by a new one, obviously on hand but not put into service until emergency required it. Breakfast was pitiful. Our three dinners were mediocre, although served by a very kind man, who also did yard work during the day. The snorkle trip was all right, but our skipper did not call ahead, so we waited well over an hour for lunch as several groups appeared after we did who had reservations and were served first. Our massages and pedicures were done in a tiny, airless room, where we were immersed in enough cocoa butter to stew an elephant. Yoga on the pier occurred once and was brief, consisting mostly of fractured pilates, and there is no water trampoline. We stayed away from the "resort" as much as possible and enjoyed the rest of the island. Tortola itself was great fun and a beautiful place with several fine restaurants and gorgeous beaches. If you are really interested in a comfortable resort, look elsewhere. We had expected a lovely experience for a special time in our lives and were very disappointed, especially as we paid winter season rates. We are still waiting for our "welcome bouquet."