El Nuevo Dia / “De Viaje” section, June 26, 2005, pg. 25
http://www.endi.com/deviaje/2005/06/26/ – article: “Melodia relajante”
Written by Larissa Vázquez Zapata
Translation by Sarah Miles: Spanish to English
“A Relaxing Melody”
The visit was not planned, but curiosity caused me to ask Carlton, the cabdriver, to continue straight on a narrow and long road, very near the airport of Tortola, but surrounded by wild vegetation, as if in a different place; far away from any sign of the city.
A pair of structures appeared to the left, while to the right, behind branches full of leaves, I could make out the water. What could be around here? It was the question that turned all the heads until we arrived at an iron gate and an intercom. A warm and friendly voice answered in English on the other side, the same voice gave us the consent to enter to the property. Carlton cautiously and slowly took his foot off the brake.
What a surprise! The soft breeze, the trill of the little birds that constantly sing almost hypnotizes, the constant whisper of the waves that seem to signify its name, Surfsong Village Resort. Cate Stephenson, with an indelible smile that flowers her lips, slender but with definite muscles in the arms, without drop of makeup, encountered us. She lit up in a wide of cotton skirt, sweater and some sandals. A little later her husband also arrived, equally nice, and both conversed about the resort that they had recently restored together.
Key ring in hand, Cate crossed the interior patio, with its Zen gazebo and a crocodile made of wood that seemed to mount guard in the area.
The four villas that accommodate a total of 12 people, are equipped with a stainless steel kitchen, king beds of many pillows (dressed with white and canopies to achieve a romantic effect), safe deposit boxes, telephones, BBQ in the patio, DVD players, CD player, satellite television (there is internet service in a small office), an ultramodern bathroom with granite and stones, as if removed from a magazine. The candles and accessories create a simple and elegant decor. After opening the doors made of two leaves and solid wood, the other villas looked similar; the difference rests in the size, but all allow the guests to enjoy privacy.
Add to everything else, the view of the sea. After a few steps you arrive at Well Bay, protected from the winds, and with trees for shade, where you enjoy calm water. And if you do not want to take a dip, light the bonfire when it gets darks to enjoy marshmallows and other treats under a cloak of stars. Or perhaps opt to read a book in the library or to take tea in the Zen gazebo.
Sufficiently relaxed? If not take a yoga Pilates class with, who else, but our host, Cate, who is an instructor certified by the inventor of the method. And if you did not travel with your mat, the accessories for this exercises, it does not matter, Cate has more (and she gives the classes to residents in almost any place on the island). With her voice deep and smooth, but with strict discipline, the Canadian that married here in the same pristine place in front of the sea- will guide you through a session in which I assure you that you will sweat.
Then you will be ready for a massage. Proceed to the Spa Pavilion, which is made of wood, set in the sand and next to the beach, camouflaged by an enormous stone and branches of trees. Surfsong also provides the services of a concierge, provisions from the village before you’ve arrived, the use of a car, laundry services and practically everything you need to be relaxed during your stay. Only children over eight years old are permitted, although you can rent all the facilities if you want to celebrate a small wedding or vacation with all the family. (More details at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.surfsong.net)
As it began to get dark, Cate and their husband said good-bye with hugs and squeezes of hands as if we were old friends. Also, she promised to arrive at eight o’clock sharp the following day for exercise class, on there in the hill, in Allamanda Estate, where we went to stay. And we? To the chorus of the baby, with Carlton on the return trip, also we promised one thing: to return.”
For further information:
Surfsong Villa Resort
Well Bay, British Virgin Islands
Tel (284) 495-1864
Fax (284) 495-0089