Wonderful Family Retreat
We just completed a 2 week stay at Three Dolphins. For part of our stay, our daughter’s family joined us, for part just the two of us. We’ve developed a clear list of things we look for in Villas, after doing this for 35 years. Sometimes we hit a home run, sometimes not so much.
Three Dolphins just went to the top of our list-it’s just flat out wonderful.
The setting is on Lockrum Bay, near Blowing Point facing south. The location allows it to get full sun on the pool deck from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since our experience is to spend as much time as possible in the sun, or nearby shade, this was wonderful. The outdoor space had 18 lounge chairs on the pool deck, and seating for another dozen or so on the shaded patio area. So, you could, and we did, move from sunny area to sunny area all day long, always picking the one with a slightly different view and exposure. This is known as decadence, and it’s just perfectly executed.
The pool is oversized by Caribbean standards, plenty of room to float around and fall into deep thought about absolutely nothing while staring at the ocean, exactly why you go in the first place. (It also allows your 7 y.o. granddaughter, full of Brooklyn confidence, to learn to swim the length of the pool underwater with one breath-which guarantees it will be a memory she’ll never forget, which, after all, is the whole idea).
The Vila was substantially rebuilt, and totally redecorated and painted, following Irma. So, if feels like a mixture of brand new and well matured. The landscaping is just fall down beautiful-the gardener spends three days a week tending and adding. I promise you’ll want to bring him home-he’s a wise dude with a great talent.
The main villa has three wonderful bedrooms, each fully air conditioned, and there is a free standing Cabana with two more. The kitchen is in a free standing building (mirroring the Cabana), which at first seems weird, but is actually a great idea. It sort of feels like a galley on a well appointed boat-open windows all around, and if you actually cook, all that heat and stuff stays outside of the main house.
So, it’s a cool place.
But, it’s also somehow a magic place. We’ve done this a LOT and every trip ends with some version of “that was cool, but…”. Three Dolphins has no buts. Something about the onshore wind, (plentiful), privacy (total), selection of places (did I mention 18 lounge chairs) in which to do NOTHING but contemplate your navel, all while trying to place these magical scents and visions of lush landscaping that remind you of where you are, all of these things conspire to relax you, compliment you for your grand luck in life, and encourage you to fall in love again with your life partner. In short, it was just plain magical. Leaving was very bittersweet.
If you’re still reading, stop, reserve, and call your loved ones to join you. You won’t find a more wonderful, well and thoughtfully appointed and equipped home to visit.
– Jack and Cal, Cundy’s Harbor, ME – March, 2019
A fantastic find
We visited Three Dolphins last month, and brought our two young sons, my Parents, and some good friends.
The house was beautiful. When the windows and doors of the house are opened, entire walls seem to disappear, revealing a stunning view. The small beach was perfect for my little guys (ages 4 and 2).
The bedrooms and bathrooms were big and pretty, each with a spectacular view. The separate guest house was super convenient.
The best part of the house, by far, were the two women who showed up daily to clean, and straighten and generally care for the house and its guests.
one down side was that our week was a bit windy, but most of our party loved the “stiff breeze.” The island itself is great — probably going to be overdeveloped at some point, but now, it is rough, with goats in the streets. Easy access from these rough streets to polished resorts. we loved Blanchards for dinner and East Shoal Bay for beaching.
Kate K. – March 2007
Excellent set up! Thank you for everything! The housekeeping and chef were top notch. They kept everything clean. Chef Tyrone cooked meals for kids and adults. The lobster and shrimp were incredible! Your staff saw to all our needs. They provided beach towels, beach bags and set us up with excellent massage therapists and Sammy the yoga instructor. The view was beautiful, and we will miss it.
Thank you for making our holiday seamless and serene.
Gochman, Golthorpe, Rhinehart and Mueller Families (NYC) New Years Eve 2019
Lisa & Steve,
This has been an absolutely wonderful week at Three Dolphins. The Villa is even more beautiful than the photos online. You have done an incredible job decorating and making it welcoming, comfortable relaxing ~ with everything you need to have an unforgettable vacation. We feel so lucky to be some of your first guests! You have been the most accommodating and sweetest villa owner we have ever encountered. Your staff is excellent ~ they helped the guys get on the course at Cuisinart and they truly enjoyed it. Your dining recommendations were excellent ~ our favorite was the prix fixe dinner at Veya (with a wine pairing). Each course was delicious, as was the wine. Carrie (Chef / owner) came out and chatted at length with us afterward. Quite a culinary experience!
We enjoyed the location, your pool, the view, the kitchen, the breeze ~ cannot say enough good things about you and the Villa.
Thank you for your hospitality ~ we hope to return!
Anna & Brian and Katie & Amiel (Greensboro, NC) Jan / Feb 2019
Thank you for an amazing stay here! My husband, myself and our kids loved staying here. It was so beautiful and we will miss it! The housekeeping staff were so helpful and made our stay even more special. We hope to return to this paradise again soon!
Thank you again!
The Ross Family Feb 2019
Lisa & Steve,
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality. We all felt incredibly comfortable in your beautiful island villa. You went above and beyond to provide amenities for our visit. We appreciated all of your advice on restaurants and beaches. Last but not least …. a mention about your lovely staff. Everyone took such wonderful care of us and made our visit here so comfortable! Thank you for sharing your island paradise with us. We had a truly memorable trip!
The Marmontellos, The Graeffs, The Dunkelbergers and the Shaubs (PA) March 2019
My husband and I were fortunate enough to stay at Three Dolphins Villa with the Marmontello group at the beginning of March 2019. Your Villa is beautiful, has stunning views (both during the days and nights) and provided everything one needs to relax and enjoy Anguilla.
Your Villa Manager provided excellent service from the time she greeted us at the ferry until our departure. She’s an accomplished chef as well. Your housekeepers kept the Villa spotless. They were so pleasant and one barely knew they were present as they work so quietly.
Thank you for allowing us to spend our vacation at Three Dolphins Villa. It made for a truly relaxing and enjoyable vacation. We would highly recommend it to anyone.
Peter & Jane Shaub (PA) March 2019
PERFECT Family Vacation
We had a wonderful time with Family and just the two of us. The Villa is wonderful ~ spacious, inviting ~ the kitchen is the best equipped on the island! The staff has been great and made us feel wonderful and comfortable. Thank you for everything!
Cal and Jack (Cundy’s Harbor, ME) March 2019
Paradise!!! We had such a PERFECT vacation. Gorgeous, relaxing, every comfort anticipated, warm and wonderful. Thank you!!
Jordis, Ian, Henri and Oona (Brooklyn, NY) March 2019
Lifetime of Memories
What a beautiful place you have! Thank you for the lifetime of memories we made in Anguilla. The hospitality was top notch! The Villa accommodated all of our Families perfect. We enjoyed the open air feeling, the pool and just listening to the waves! Can’t wait to visit again!
The Brondyke Family (MI) April 2019
Mike and I and our three kids were fortunate enough to have stayed here 9 years ago. It was beautiful then but the improvements you have made are FABULOUS! The Staff took excellent care of us!! We hope it doesn’t take us another nine years to return ~ but we have wonderful memories of this beautiful island until then.
And your Gardner is awesome!!!
The Marzolf Family (MI) April 2019
The perfect home-away-from-home
Three Dolphins Villa was the perfect home-away-from-home on picturesque Anguilla. We were fortunate to be Lisa and Steve’s first guests and enjoyed an incredible and indulgent island experience.
Three Dolphins Villa is perfectly situated just east of Blowing Point where the ferries and private boats arrive from St. Maarten (the house manager, Rita, met us right outside of the Customs tent to guide us to the villa). All of the beaches are a short drive away – whether your favorite is Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay, Sandy Ground or even Shoal Bay on the eastern part of the island, they are all easily accessible from Three Dolphins. Local experiences and amenities are close by as well: a morning round at the beautiful Greg Norman designed golf course at Cuisinart, Ken’s BBQ for local BBQ and Le Grand Vins de France for an incredible selection of wines, just to name a few.
Between a surprise cake for my boyfriend’s birthday to our clothes being laundered on a daily basis, we felt truly spoiled by the wonderful staff of Rita, Kathleen, Brenda, Hyson and Kelly. No detail was overlooked in the remodel of Three Dolphins Villa and we can’t say enough how much we appreciate the thoughtful attention to detail: luxurious linens, plentiful hangers, all brand-new kitchen utensils and supplies, and even the extra buoyant and comfortable pool floats and noodles… it’s the little things! If you are looking for the ultimate, relaxing island getaway, this is it! There is no other place we would rather stay in Anguilla than Three Dolphins Villa and look forward to our return very soon!
Sara and JW ~ Boston ~ July 2018
We stayed recently at 3 dolphins to celebrate a very special day for us…our wedding and it was the best place we could have done it!
The property is stunning , so spacious and so nicely decorated it makes you feel at home right away!
The views are gorgeous and you can see them from all the house which is what you want when you are in such a beautiful island…
The pool and and the beach just steps away makes your stay perfect, to be honest having all the facilities we had in the house we barely left!maybe one night out of all the days we spent there..
The girls in the house are so friendly and helpful we will never forget them nor 3 dolphins and hope to be back soon…we highly recommend it for your next holidays!
Chloe M – July 2013
Peaceful & Exceptional Vacation Experience
This was my family’s first trip to Anguilla. I was excited but a bit nervous about selecting a property so far away and the process of wiring payment to this little island of Anguilla. Chelle and I talked several times by phone and she helped us with details around the rental car and ferry arrangements.
Upon arrival at the property, 2 housekeepers greeted us and gave us a tour of the home. It is stunningly clean with high ceilings and is well appointed! We used the 3 bedrooms in the main house only. The home is spacious with large shutter doors to the patio and pool area. These doors are in each room which faces the water. We kept the doors open from sunrise until it was time to lock up for the night. The covered outdoor area, the pool, and the beach are where we spent almost our entire time while on the property.
My 3 daughters and wife took turns on the bamboo swinging bed. So quiet and peaceful… just what they needed and it was always in use with them. There was a slight breeze on this side of the island the entire week which kept any bugs at a minimum. The hot tub took awhile to warm up when we used it each night. It was a great place to relax and talk after the sun had set. And, the views of St Martin are spectacular at night.
There are small shells and fish in the water right off the beach. The small beach in front of the property can only be accessed by 2 or 3 houses. We were there in “high” season and never saw another person … it was our private paradise. Wade out to the rocky island to look for larger shells that have washed up but wear water shoes as there are some sea urchins.
The housekeepers were there each day except Sunday. They were non intrusive and very helpful. They did dishes, made beds, kept everything clean and even washed and hung up some clothes. There were so many nice touches which I’ve never had at another property. In addition to the services of the housekeepers for the week, there was a cell phone for our use on the island and a Vonage phone for calls back to the US.
The local island population is very friendly. We were greeted with hugs at the church we attended. People were genuinely friendly throughout the island. We’ve stayed in properties in Sanibel, Naples, Captiva, St John VI, and Playa del Carmen. This was my family’s favorite home and vacation.
Thank you Chelle for renting such a lovely home!
Tim M Leawood – March 2014
Morelands From Maryland, USA
Imagine leaving COLD SNOWY weather in the morning and landing to 80 degrees and an amazing house —Your FIRST impressions upon arriving at the house is looking through the lovely Great Room out over the pool and directly into beautiful blue water and St. Maarten. WOW what a way to begin a vacation!!!!
We traveled with our adult children (age 24 and 21), two of their friends, and their godparents (8 adults total). We had planned to visit the various island beaches during the week, but ended up spending a couple of days just at the house enjoying the private beach, pool, and spa. We snorkeled right off the private around the rocks and saw lots of young fish. We enjoyed relaxing and just being together (many laughs, board games and good times) — cooking and eating outside most nights in January — what could be better? The house was so well stocked with games, music, movies, etc. We went to dinner at both Blanchards and the Straw Hat equally delicious but totally different. The location of the Straw Hat directly on the beach adds to the overall pleasant dining experience.
This was our first visit to Anguilla and we loved every minute of it. The boys’ godparents had been here a couple times before so they showed us around. Traveled to Little Bay jumping off the cliff and climbing the rope which was fabulous (enjoyed seeing all the lovely fishes and corals) — had to take the boat back since we had too much stuff with us to haul back up; went to Shoal Bay and enjoyed great “RUM Punches” at Uncle Ernie’s and several great snorkel spots, and Sunset at Mead Bay was beautiful.
All and all we kept a watch on the weather back in the States around Thursday with the hopes for a GIANT Snow Storm so we wouldn’t have to leave. Unfortunately for us it came after we got home!
We generally try different houses each time we vacation, but we all said we would definitely love to come back to “Three Dolphins” ….. You are so lucky to have such an incredible house … if you ever decide to sell it, please call us first.
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful home with us and making our time with our children so memorable and special. Now that they are older it is harder to get everyone together. An annual Winter Get Away seems to be the perfect solution.
Anonymous Maryland, Outside DC – January 2011
Lovely spot in paradise
I came here with my little family of three so we only used the two master bedrooms upstairs and not the third downstairs master or the guest cottage. As others have stated Three Dolphins is a great place to call home while on Anguilla. T
he pool is lovely and the clear winner with our four year old as his favorite activity on our vacation. My husband and I liked the little private beach too. The ladies that come to the house to clean-up and refresh linens were nice and happy to assist with any of your needs.
The space is very open and the outside spaces very welcoming, especially when eating meals outside. The villa is well kept inside and has all the amenities you could think of from towels to every kitchen gadget you could possible need to cook simple meals to elegant dinners. There is an office with great wireless internet that stretches to the living room and upstairs and just to the edge of the first set of outside seating. There are TVs everywhere, plenty of DVDs, books and even a Wii–which we know works but told our 4 year old was broken as we wished for a Wii free vacation! We found Jimmy Buffet’s CD, ‘Live in Anguilla’ and had lots of fun ‘family dance’ parties on the patio as the speakers are inside and out.
Chelle is a joy to work with and was quick to answers my multitude of questions prior to and during our stay.
I highly recommend staying at the Three Dolphins.
Cariann H – November 2011
Three Dolphins has become a home away from home for my S/O and I. We have stayed there almost every year for the past 10 years. The villa is well kept, beautifully decorated and very private. It has access to it’s own “private” beach and a beautiful pool with very comfortable and functional outdoor spaces that are wonderfully appointed with outdoor furniture and shady areas. The landscaping is relatively lush for Anguilla. There is also a hot tub. The interior of the main house is comfortable for three couples–all rooms are ensuite. The guest house is equally comfortable for one couple and would be ideal for a couple with children. The house is staffed with two maids that come daily and a gardener and pool maintainance person that come every other day or so. There is a full kitchen with all the amenities. There is also a washer and dryer–so nice to go home with mostly clean clothes!! All beach towels and linens are supplied, as is snorkel gear and water toys. If you are looking for privacy for a large group or just a luxurious getaway for two, you will not be disappointed! I cannot wait to go “home” again!
Michelle Spence Oxford, Michigan – January 2008
Everything We Wanted and More!
We came to Three Dolphins right after Christmas for a week with friends and, immediately upon entering the villa, knew we had made the perfect choice for our week-long vacation. Both families have been to Anguilla many times and have rented a number of villas, all of which have been fantastic, but Three Dolphins spoiled us forever. The amenities are vast and we absolutely loved making breakfast every morning in that fabulous, open kitchen with the breathtaking view of St. Martin. Dining alfresco with that view and the beautiful gardens was sublime. Our children, ages 16, 15, 13, and 12, loved exploring the beach, kayaking and swimming in the pool. The two youngest, tween/teen girls, treated the experience like they were on a modeling shoot, taking pictures of themselves in every corner of the property, on every beach and in every restaurant! One evening, we had Patrick from Tasty’s prepare a feast of local specialties for us and some friends we met on the island, who were from Italy, and it was a beautiful evening, with a lovely breeze wafting into the dining room, candlelight and a memory that will remain forever.
The bedrooms are wonderful and the beds so comfortable, the library was an excellent extra that we used to check our e-mails, print our daily NY Times crosswords (addicted!) and take care of travel arrangements. Kathleen and Joycelyn were terrific, kept the villa in sparkling condition, and were always willing to help. We loved the proximity to many beaches and dining, and spent days at Savannah Bay (Palm Grove), Shoal Bay East (Elodia’s), Rendezvous Bay (Sunshine Shack), Cove Bay (Smokey’s), and Crocus/Little Bay (Da Vida). One in our party travelled all over the island each morning for baked goods and always returned with wonderful pastries, rolls and breakfast cakes.
Chelle was so easy to work with and accommodating. The villa is exactly as advertised and is even more beautiful in person. Thank you for a fantastic week. We can’t wait to return!
Jodi Westchester County, NY – December 2011
Awesome !!! Will come back for sure!!!
We spent 4 days at the villa in January 2013. Everything was impeccable: the house sparkling clean, premises are fantastic. The setting, breathtaking. Amenities such as car rental arranged (car was parked at the villa when we came in), wifi, USA direct call phone, all worked well. Staff came in daily to do cleaning and they were the best. Chelle was available for anything we needed. We are a family of 6, including teenagers, boys and girls, and everybody had a wonderful time. Will certainly come back in the not too distant future. So, don’t look any further. If you want Anguilla, this is the place.
Marcelo Minnetonka, MN – January 2013
We are full of gratitude for the past eight days. Lisa and Steve your home is a slice of perfection and your generosity in making our stay so special unparalleled. Our room was simply perfect and I will never forget my first look at the Caribbean in sunlight when we woke on our first morning. Thanks to your kindness, we lived it up on the Bays from east to west and learned how to billygoat with the pros! We ate like royalty, with a homemade traditional feast on arrival on island, to Jacala, Dolce Vita and Veya to name a few, and kept our competitive spirits alive with life-size chess at the magnificent Q. Yet those places were made all the more memorable because of your company and friendship.
With Love & Appreciation Tom and Erin (Boston, MA) Nov 2018