I lived at Maple Villa for a total of 7 months after moving to Barbados in fall 2020 as part of their new remote work visa.
Maple Villa is heaven on earth. It’s conveniently located. Everything I need is within walking distance from the house and I never want for a thing. It’s impeccably clean. It’s tastefully decorated. There are fruit trees and a patio outside. And the hosts are the best you can possibly ask for.
When you live at Maple Villa, you experience the kind of happiness that is hard to understand unless you’ve experienced it. Happiness that’s not a transient emotion, but a state of being. A mindset. A way of looking at the world. You have good days and you have bad days like everyone else. But you’re never unhappy. Because every day you live in Maple Villa, you’re surrounded by music and food, and warmth. You have food that nourishes you, experiences that enrich your spirit, ideas and conversations that compel you to strive for greatness, and people who care about and support you.
Barbados is the kind of paradise where everything shines and vibrates with the energy of life, and this is as true of Maple Villa as it is anywhere on the island. The house is brightly lit, warm, inviting, and seems to radiate with an inner glow. Even mundane objects like the chairs and spoons have a deep inner light that you can see if you look at them the right way.
The owners of Maple Villa, Heather, and Peter, have treated me like family from the day I arrived in Barbados. They have looked after me, made sure I had everything I needed and helped to make the last year the happiest period of my life.
Heather has been like a mother to me and looked after me as her own son. Every time I would do something stupid or almost hurt myself, Heather would be there to make sure I stayed out of trouble, that I was eating right and taking care of myself. At night she would often sing duets with Peter, a reggae musician who runs the villa with her. They’re the kind of magical and authentic musical moments you usually only see secondhand through movies or books. Months after I moved out of Maple Villa, and Heather and I are still close friends.
Easily one of the highlights of my stay in Maple Villa has been my friendship with Peter, a Bajan Rastafarian and one of the co-managers of the villa. He was one of the first Rastafarians in Barbados and knows more about the island than anyone I know. He’s a living encyclopedia about Barbados and is a fountain of information about how the island has changed over the decades, about the cultural psyche of the Bajan gestalt, about the changing musical landscape of the Caribbean, and about the history and culture of the island. Our family dinners together would end with rousing discussions on everything from politics to religion to music that would last for hours. If you ever wanted to know anything about what Barbados is really like, you need only ask Peter.
Living in Maple Villa is the kind of “living abroad” experience that you can’t put a price on. If you plan on spending any amount of time in Barbados, be it a week, a month, or a year, it should be here.