Ashok and Peggy Saw must be commended for their welcoming nature, attention to detail, cleanliness of property and dedicated efforts to maintain such a high standard of eco friendly practices. I couldn't recommend this holiday venue more or sing it's praises any higher.
We are a family of five: my husband and I, our 23 year old son and his girlfriend and our 14 year old daughter. We arrived for our annual Florida holiday on 1st April 2010 - perhaps this should have been an omen. Don't get me wrong, the whole holiday was bliss but we were one of the many hundreds of families that were stranded by the Icelandic volcano eruption hell and what should have been a two week stay on the wonderfully peaceful and quaintly beautiful Anna Maria Island turned out to be a four week extended holiday.
Having been turned away from Tampa airport we headed straight back to familiar territory on AMI and straight to the Island's Chamber of Commerce where the staff could not have been more kind or helpful in finding us accommodation at PALM TREE VILLAS. From the very first phone call with the owner, Mr Ashok Saw, we immediately felt welcomed and confident that we were going to spend a very pleasant "enforced imprisonment" on the Island.
This was our sixth stay on and around AMI and every year we have picked the "best of what has been available" for accommodation and location and unknowingly we actually spent the first two weeks of our holiday just one street away from PALM TREE VILLAS in a luxury beach front apartment.
Having stayed twice in 5 Star beachfront apartments I can clearly see the attraction of having the most wonderful view every day of your stay right in front of you, but for this very reason alone Ashok and Peggy make far more of an effort to ensure their guests are comfortable and they put so much more thought into their finishing touches. Our apartment may have provided a view, but only provided plastic plates and we had to buy our own hairdryer which we gifted to the property when we left.
PALM TREE VILLAS welcomes you with a gift pack on the kitchen table, the loveliest of complimentary toiletries in each bathroom and yes, a hairdryer in each bathroom too. The cleanliness and quality of the bed and bath linen is outstanding and so beautifully presented.
Our apartment may have offered a beachfront view, but stand on the pool deck of PALM TREE VILLAS and you CAN see the sea - you ARE that close. From our apartment we had to walk down three flights of stairs, through the pool complex and over a small bridge to access the beach - by the time we had strolled from PALM TREE VILLAS to take our morning coffees onto the beach our mugs were still steaming and our glasses of white wine were still beautifully chilled to accompany the evening sunsets. In fact, we saw more early morning dolphins whilst staying at PALM TREE VILLAS than we did watching from the balcony of our apartment!!
PALM TREE VILLAS provides everything you need to enjoy the beach, the cart to pull and carry all your beach equipment is a fun idea and a very good selection of DVDs and video are always available to keep even the grumpiest of teenagers amused :-). The pool is beautifully clean and a very welcome facility on the hottest of days.
Ashok could not have done more to help a stranded English family, he made his office and computer available to us whenever we needed to check on volcanic news and flight updates. Our plight and Ashok's "rescue" actually made the local AMI SUN newspaper and I can only end by saying that STOP PRESS... PALM TREE VILLAS is the best value accommodation we have found on AMI and we are all counting the days until we can book another holiday and return to PALM TREE VILLAS.
THANK YOU ASHOK & PEGGY with fondest wishes from LYNDA & DAVID, MARK & LAUREN WATSON-DARBY and CHLOE HALE - SEE YOU AGAIN SOON XXXXX
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tropical paradise on sunny Anna Maria Island - your 'green' destination for sun, beach & 100% relaxation. Brand new villas with heated pool, full kitchens & garden patios, just a short walk from the Gulf Beach. The only hotel on Anna Maria Island recommended by LIFE magazine. Enjoy island hospitality with a personal touch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- An Island Getaway At Palm Tree Villas Hotel Holmes Beach
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