TOBAGO - THE PERFECT HOLIDAY SETTING...high above the Caribbean Sea to catch the breezes and spectacular views; SUNSHINE, ENDLESS CARIBBEAN VISTAS, fresh air, bird sounds, and the fragrance of ylang-ylang, all on strikingly landscaped grounds; enjoy the luxury of staying and relaxing at a secluded villa with total privacy and comfort; unwind and revel in the tropical birds, panoramic surroundings, and the serenity of Tobago's stunningly beautiful North coast; stay at this 4.5 acre property nestled in the hills of the island's lush tropical rain forest, offering a quiet refuge and one of the premier views in Tobago
Relax & enjoy reading books from our extensive library or a leisurely nap in one of the Mexican hammocks on the villa's wraparound decks; marvel at the nearby turtles' nesting grounds and, weather permitting, you may walk down the path to the sandy beach and waterfalls on the property;
Discover why so many visitors return year after year to enjoy Tobago's beauty, friendly people, and laid-back vibes
Marbago is a charming villa built in 2005 with stylish Caribbean flavor, set 400 ft above the sea, overlooking Bloody Bay and the famous Sisters dive location. It is decorated in vibrant colors with especially selected pieces from the owners Caribbean art collection, to make you feel immediately at ease with the tropical surroundings.You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Caribbean Sea and dazzling sunsets from the ridgetop dining gazebo or while relaxing in one of the Mexican hammocks on the wrap-around decks; its screened-in dining room overlooking blue waters seats 8 and is the perfect place for leisurely dining.
The 4.5 acre, professionally landscaped property offers the tropical island flavors of many estate-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs: papaya, mango, guava, pineapple, sugar apple, starfruit, rollinea, abiu, sapodilla, carambola, rambutan, jaboticaba, miracle fruit, breadfruit, lemons, limes, lemongrass, shadon benne, thyme, mint, French thyme, and many more
The villa sleeps 3; includes a heavenly queen size bed in AC/fan master bedroom and a twin mattress day bed in the lounge; there are 2 full baths, and a sleeping loft; the master bedroom has a large, comfortable bath with a Bali-style, lushly landscaped OUTDOOR SHOWER with multiple shower heads; included are all linens & beach toys and towels; flat screen for DVD movies only (NO cable TV); board games, and a varied 450 volume library; HOUSEKEEPING service is included 2 to 3 x wk; compact, fully equipped kitchen includes gas stovetop, full size 2-door refrigerator, BBQ, microwave and other kitchen appliances all from the USA; washer/dryer; basic grocery and toiletry items are provided and initial grocery purchase can be arranged prior to arrival; EXPERIENCED LOCAL COOKS are available for in-house meal deliveries
FREE broadband WI-FI, I-Pod dock; prepaid local mobile phone available for rent; additional fee housekeeper services can be arranged for long term bookings; gated entrance and underground utilities ensure your privacy and uninterrupted views
Discounts offered on long-term rentals; airport transfer service available; car rental, water sports, guided boat/fishing, rain forest, and waterfall tours can be arranged with trusted, experienced, professional staff
Tobago's Crown Point airport (TAB) is serviced by Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Monarch out of the UK; and Condor from Germany; Tobago is a 25-minute flight on Caribbean Airlines which operates 20-plus flights daily from Piarco International in POS Trinidad; Piarco Internationall is also serviced daily non-stop from the USA by American Airlines out of Miami, Florida, as well as by other major North American airlines...Read more
Left on 01/20/2015 for a stay in December 2014 | crispyshark
Marbago…where do we start? Having met Alan and Marta on a previous visit to Tobago and been lucky enough to visit there wonderful residence for sunset drinks, we enquired if we could rent the property for a week after our wedding? “Of course!” was the response.
What a place to escape to after the craziness of a wedding day! Set in beautiful botanical gardens and with a commanding view of the Sisters islands, it really has to be the best spot in the Island. Whether on rising to the bird song at dawn or sipping a rum punch as the sun slips below the horizon, the floating veranda really evokes a feeling of being ‘King of your Castle’….you have to see it to believe it.
The property itself is conveniently laid out Chalet with all mod cons (air con in the bedroom was especially welcome). The entire front can be opened up with well thought through bi-folding door system creating a wonderfully airy open plan set up.
Highlights to note:
Kitchen: you can tell Alan and Marta are in the restaurant business as the Kitchen was a joy to cook in! All the utensils you would every need are available and the island hob and prep area makes a good focal point. We ate in more than we did out!
Dining Area: a wonderful annex dining room made for wonderful romantic dinners and the anti-bug netting proved respite from the sugar bees at times!
Tropical Jungle Shower: besides the view, this really is the piece de resistance! An open air shower, wall lined with tropical plants really does make you feel as though you are in a shampoo advert….a lovely experience.
All the advice Marta left for us was fantastic and even as Tobago veterans, allowed us to explore places we hadn’t been before.
We will definitely be returning!
Chris and Michelle
Left on 11/14/2014 for a stay in November 2014 | delilah999
Located over a stunningly beautiful bay, sourrounded by a huge exotic garden, Marbago is everything you might ever have dreamed of when you are a nature's lover.
The frontside of the house (with kitchen and daybed) consists of several high double doors that you could open widely - in order to enjoy a cooling breeze from the sea and enjoy the exceptional view over DeadBay. From the beds on the second floor (little library) you can see the waves breaking at the beach.
The kitchen of Marbago is fully equipped with everything that you might need: Coffee maker, large fridge with ice cube dispenser, blender, microwave...The dining room is build seperately from the house, beautiful spot with a big table, sourrounded by palm trees and protected by mosquito nets in the windows (in stead of glass, to make sure that you always have a nice breeze). We loved to eat, drink and relax there!
But my favorite part of Marbago is definitely the shower. The second bathroom is on the back of the house. You just take a step outside and find yourself encircled by a wall with exotic plants, no roof on top, so that you could enjoy the warm water and maybe some rain falling an you, too...
I also want to mention some things that people other than me might dislike about Marbago, because you should make sure that you know what you book here: Marbago is like a natural part of the rainforest. Despite of the comfort it offers, there are insects, lots of birds, frogs, bats and lizards, they don't respect your doorstep. Please don't book Marbago if you are not cool with that. But since there are no poisenous animals on Tobago and most of the insects are eaten by birds before you ever come to see them, there's nothing to worry about.
Would you recommend this vacation rental to a friend?
Recommended for: Travelers, Friends, Families w children
Katrina and Jonah
Heaven. Oasis. Want to Build One of Our Own.
Left on 04/22/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | Katrina and Jonah
We fell in love with Marbago and didn't want to leave. The owners paid close attention to each detail of the house, from the open air layout for gorgeous sea views to the treehouse library to comfy lounge chairs and hammocks. Yup, there are geckos and bats, but there are also hummingbirds and fresh flower arrangements that would cost a fortune were they not growing all over the grounds. The semi-outdoor shower is perfect and romantic, and we never used the TV, too much gorgeous outside the doors. And the housekeeper kept the place impeccable. (Do be sure to get good directions--we had a miscommunication with the rental car company and got a bit lost on arrival--though the charming directions we got were, "you'll see a place so beautiful you won't be able to believe your eyes, and that's where you should turn.") We barely even went to the beaches, just enjoyed out full week of Marbago Magic.
Left on 02/09/2014 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
My husband and I stayed here for 10 days during our honeymoon. Our expectations were surpassed. Alan and Marta were incredibly accommodating and helped us plan our trip (rental car, restaurants, scuba dives, etc). The property and the house are beautiful. There is certainly more than enough privacy, however, the property is still a reasonable distance from amazing beaches and the nearest town. Marbago provides the best of both worlds - adventure and luxury! You will not regret your stay here!
Tobago is paradise...and this villa might be the most beautiful
Left on 08/13/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
When we entered this villa for the first time, it was one year ago when Marta and alan invited us to come over for some cocktails while we were on our first trip to Tobago.
We instantly fell in love with this place: The stunning view on the huge patio, the cool sea breeze, the chimes tinkling in the wind, the beautiful rainforest-shower on the back of the house and of course the magnificent plants that are growing in alans garden.
Staying in the villa one year later totally met my expectations. I could spend hours just listening to the waves breaking on Dead Bay. In the morning we were often awakened by the loud screaming of the chacalacas - they can really be a pest *g* but thats nature and when you are staying in Marbago you are in the center of it all. So I would say: Don't come here, when you don't come along with gekkos, bats, insects and various breeds of birds, because they live there and you might be bothered by them. But if you're open to the full Tobago experience and yet want enjoy the luxury of a customized villa with western standards then you really should come and see this place.
What I love the most about this house: It has the vibe of a temple, situated majestically high above the bay. If you want to celebrate what's given by nature - this might be the perfect spot.
Left on 02/13/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | Bob & Yana
We cannot say enough positive things about our stay at Marbago House on Tobago Island last month. If you yearn for a tropical island paradise on acres of rain forest with an ocean view then Marbago House is the place for you. The house is beautiful in all ways with soaring ceilings and louvered doors that open the entire house to the beautiful decks which offer spectacular views of tropical forest with brightly colored tropical flowers and birds with the crashing surf further below. Hammocks await if one wishes a leisurely read or nap. The kitchen is well designed and includes a pass through window if one chooses to dine in the screened in porch with ample seating and delightful views. The master bathroom has a glass paneled door that opens to a private outdoor shower with sky blue tiles and a river rock wall with many orchids growing there. For the first time visitor Marta's guide to restaurants , shopping and sightseeing, beaches, snorkeling, and points of local color was invaluable and always on point. And, although Marbago House is secluded it is located only a short drive to several villages offering great food and sightseeing adventures.
Tobago Island is unique in many ways. Although it has some of the most pristine rain forests in the world there are no poisonous snakes or bugs to be concerned about. The weather was warm and comfortable day and night. The people of the island were without exception warm, friendly and welcoming. Not only did we always feel safe, we felt nurtured by the island and its people. We can't wait to return.
Left on 04/19/2011 for a stay in January 2011 | sph
Marbago is paradisal. Set just above the rainforests, where hours of hiking can ensue (with its own waterfall!) , the views that it has to offer are absolutely astounding. The house is wonderfully designed, private, and very comfortable, with a spectacular attic library and a kitchen that is ideal for those who love to cook. The beach at Englishman's Bay nearby is lovely, as are the fisherman from whom you can source freshly caught fish!
Christine, the housekeeper, and Dyron are part of Marta and alan's team and are fantastically friendly faces. Be sure to say hello to Marbago's friendly neighbor, Footsie!!
Left on 07/19/2010 for a stay in March 2010 | Donna & Euan Mackay
Marbago is an idyllic property in (our opinion) the loveliest part of the island. Wake early & listen to exotic birds greet the new day as you watch the sun rise over the Caribbean from your hammock on the terrace. Shower in the beautiful Bali room: open to the skies; orchids growing from shower walls. Throw back all the folding doors & open the house onto the terrace & the beautiful views beyond. Eat in your diningroom on stilts with open outlook in every direction. Explore the fabulous deserted beaches nearby including the beach & bay at the foot of your own 4 ½ acre rainforest garden.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
2 weeks in Paradise
Left on 05/20/2010 for a stay in January 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We spent 2 weeks in Marbago. The house is great, very comfortable and well
equipped. The best thing is that the house is very quiet, ideal to relax and to
hear the birds (plenty of them, ideal place for birdwatchers), the ocean and the
wind. The views to the ocean and the bay are exceptional (and at night, if there
is no moon, one can see lots of stars).
The location is very good, far from the crowds and very close to Englishman
Bay, which must be the nicest beach and also Bloody Bay, a good alternative.
On top of that, the owners make sure guests have everything they need and
the housekeepers are also very nice and helpful.
We really recommend the place to anyone who wants to enjoy a quiet place in
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