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Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

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Dundas
posts: 57
reviews: 2
Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

We have just rented this villa for two weeks next year and wondered if anyone had stayed there. If so, where would our nearest restaurants be and also are there good stores for grocery shopping nearby?

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

Vermont
posts: 1
reviews: 6
1. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Stayed here last year(2011) for 2 weeks in October. This place is great! We are returning for 2 weeks in October and again for 2 weeks in January. Restaurants are only a couple of miles away both in Marigot and at Atlantis casino area on Dutch side. Go to Rare and Temptations. Dino is a great chef and both of his restaurants are fantastic. You can find an excellent market at Porto Cupecoy before you get to the Atlantis casino area. Also in the other direct (toward Marigot) the about 2 miles from the villa on the left (can't remember the name) headed to town.

Massachusetts
posts: 10
reviews: 10
2. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Thank you so much for this information... It appears that you had much better luck here than an earlier reviewer did... they reported that the jacuzzi wasn't working; the A/C was iffy; the pool deck was in bad shape and the villa was just in need of overall maintenance. I understand these reviews should be taken with a grain-of-salt so I'm interested to know if you found any hint of these problems while you were there. We were told Monchal recently underwent an extensive renovation so those problems may have fixed prior to your stay.

We are about to rent this property for a week in April 2013 and would really appreciate your honest feedback... good, bad or indifferent. Thank you!

Massachusetts
posts: 10
reviews: 10
3. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Wondering if you've been yet and if you have any feedback... we are planning to rent for a week in April 2013 and would be interested in any information you have to offer. Thanks!

Dundas
posts: 57
reviews: 2
4. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

We arrived yesterday and are quite impressed so far. My heart fell when we pulled up as its front is very dull - just a one storey brown wooden building - but once inside and out to the back, it is lovely. It's spotlessly clean and nicely, if simply furnished.

The outside living area is very well designed and I think we will be spending most of our time at the villa here.

In terms of arrangements, the staff at PierresCaraibes have been very efficient. A taxi was waiting for us when we got through customs, as was the car rental agent who followed us to the villa. Once there, another representative arrived to walk us through the villa and quickly rectified one small oversight, the lack of a mini transponder to open the gate of Les Basses Terres.

Massachusetts
posts: 10
reviews: 10
5. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Thank you so much for taking the time from your vacation to respond to my questions. We recently reserved Monchal for a week in April and feel pretty good about our choice. We are looking forward to enjoying the island's restaurants, beaches and of course, time at the villa. Any additional information about the property and nearby surroundings you would care to share would certainly be appreciated.

Thanks again and enjoy your stay!

Best, Dave

Dundas
posts: 57
reviews: 2
6. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Ddlybarger,

We have been here for a week now, with one more week to go. We have our first rain of our visit, so I am sitting on the deck catching up with all things computer related.

The villa is very comfortable and with a clean, bright decor. Fany, the housekeeper, is lovely but speaks little English. We both speak some French so are not having a problem there. She comes for a couple of hours each day, apart from Sunday and is very willing to do laundry for you.

We have had no real problems, apart from a malfunctioning TV and a call to Pascale, the owner/concierge, sorted that out in minutes.

The outside living area is lovely, but without sea breezes there is a bit of a mosquito problem, despite the built in mosquito spray on the roof of the deck that sprays lemon scented essential oils every so often. Either bring your own repellent or Le Grand Marche (the nearest supermarket in Porto Cupecoy 5 minutes drive) sells a very good French one Le Vendome which has been very effective. The pool is adequate - I am a lap swimmer - but it is in need of a renovation. The beach at Plum Bay, just three minutes or so walk from the villa, is lovely and quite sparsely populated. The villa provides a wheeled cooler, beach chairs and a beach umbrella!

The kitchen is well stocked with saucepans and is easy to cook in if you choose to do so. We like to cook and have made several evening meals here rather than go out every night.

In terms of restaurants, we quite enjoyed Aux Quatre-Vents, a French restaurant, just by the supermarket in Porto Cupecoy. We were less impressed with another one in that development Bateau D'Ivre. Our favourite restaurant so far is Bacchus which is out just beyond Grand Case. It is only open for lunch, but does amazingly good classic French food. We ate there today and I had sea scallops cooked in a morel sauce. What is really good is that they are also wine importers, bakers, and prepare food to go with some very high end dishes available. We have used this quite a few times. It's a long way to go, but the good news is that they have opened a smaller branch at the front of the Blue Mall in Cupecoy, a couple of hundred yards on from the supermarket. At the moment, it is just a restaurant, but by the time you come they will have bread for sale, beautiful pastries, wine, and items from their to go menu. The menu at this new branch is less extensive, so a trip to the main one would be definitely worth it.

The management firm Pierre Caraibes are incredibily helpful and will arrange trips for you if you want them to do so. We wanted to go off the island, so they have booked us a day trip tomorrow to Saba.

Hope this is all helpful.

Gillian

Massachusetts
posts: 10
reviews: 10
7. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Hi Gillian,

I can't begin to thank you enough for your in-depth response... you provided exactly the information I was looking for. I hope your final week on the island was as good as the first... I truly appreciate you taking the time away from your day to be so helpful. Thanks to you we are looking forward to our vacation week even more now that we have a better feel for the property and its surroundings.

Thanks again!

Dave

Dundas
posts: 57
reviews: 2
8. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

It was my pleasure. We have had a very good time. In the last week, our only difficulty has been very iffy Internet access. It's affecting, Pascale, the owner, as well so she is working on it.

Gillian

Massachusetts
posts: 10
reviews: 10
9. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

Sorry to bother you again Gillian, but I do have a quick question... are electrical converters/adapters required to use our US appliances (Hairdryer, phone chargers, etc.) at the villa? Everything I'm reading online indicates that outlets on the French side of the island requires these.

Thanks,

Dave

Dundas
posts: 57
reviews: 2
10. Re: Villa Monchal/Plum Beach

You do need converters. We found we managed with two quite comfortably.

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