After reading reviews here, my wife and I booked Agape Cottages for our Tortola vacation.
Let me first say that we absolutely love Tortola. Everyone is so nice all over the island. People are friendly and laid back. Sure, occassionally you deal with island time when it comes to service at a bar or restaurant, but when you go to Tortola, you should really just be there to relax.
Agape Cottages (we stayed in J1) was perfect for us. When my wife and I travel, we are not necessarily looking for 5-star accomodations, but moreso, we are looking for a place where we can be comfortable and ideally has a great view. While the view higher up the hill is nicer, we had a great view from our unit and beautiful sunsets.
The unit was well equipped in so many ways. We had a full kitchen with pretty much everything you would need to make a full meal. Who wants to cook on vacation, but it was nice to make blueberry and banana pancakes or french toast for breakfast before heading out for the day. We would eat our breakfast on the spacious private patio off of the unit. I think the porch was my favorite part of the unit. In the morning for breakfast and at sunset we'd make a blended rum drink and watch the sun go down before heading out for dinner. Later, from the patio, we could hear the live music playing into the night.
As for the location, I think staying in Cane Garden Bay is probably your best option. For being such a small island, Tortola seems so huge when it comes to driving around. But, Cane Garden Bay is close enough to everything. You can get out to Josiah's Bay and Brewer's without too much trouble; you can get to Road Town, and you can get to West End. If you stayed on the west end or the east end, you'd really have a tough time really seeing the entire island.
Plus, Cane Garden Bay has so much to offer by itself. Now, granted, we usually headed out as the hordes of cruise people invaded CGB, but the beach is very nice and there are a lot of bars there. But, Cane Garden Bay is great at night. Make sure to see Quito play on T and Th and get the Myett's wings. Cane Garden Bay also has a small grocery store to get you stocked up on pretty much everything you need including rum and beer.
The bad: We truly fell in love with Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, and Agape Cottages. But, there are a couple negatives. First is those damn chickens and dogs. I was ok falling asleep to music pumping in from the beach below, but in the middle of the night, pretty much all night and pretty much every night the dogs and the roosters do not stop. I have no idea what is going on down there at 3:00 in the morning, but God help you if you wake up and then try to get back to sleep. I did try to run over all the stray dogs and chickens that I could while driving around, but with no success; I missed them all (just kidding). Also, there are mosquitos. The unit is equipped with bug spray so that if you're sitting on the patio, you're going to be ok, but those suckers found their way into the unit every night and every morning we would both wake up with bites. It's not like there are hundreds of mosquitos, just a handful of very thirsty ones. A couple things about the unit is that the power went out three or four times while we were there, which really wasn't a huge deal since it was at night, but could have been a problem if it went out the night of our early morning day sail. And, while we loved so much about the unit, it really could use just a little freshening up. It could probably use a little paint, new cushions for the patio furniture, etc. Again, not a five-star property, but not worth getting nervous about.
Oh, and one more thing: Donna was great in helping us plan out some of our Tortola stay. She has a nice detailed map of some places to see and things to do. She spent an hour with us helping us plan our weekly itinerary which mainly consisted of going to a beach all day and then dinner, and then maybe down to the bars of Cane Garden Bay for a couple drinks.
Other pluses from our stay: Aristocat. Denzil Clyne. Sugar Mill. Brandywine. Josiah's Bay. Brewer's Bay. the other Long Bay. Jost. drinks and an appetizer at Tamarind Club. sunset cocktail at Bananakeet.
All in all, a great stay on Tortola and Agape Cottages.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Agapé Cottages is a family-owned vacation rental business where hospitality makes the difference. We take pride in offering you a family-oriented, Christian-centered atmosphere where you can relax and feel completely at home. Choose from one of our six fully furnished units; all you need is your swimsuit and sunscreen! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Agape Cottages Hotel Tortola
- Agape Cottages Tortola, British Virgin Islands