Once again while I let the others sleep in I am greeted during my first cup of coffee by our friendly Aikido who we find out lives next door We all love our pets and our house mates have about 6 special needs pets and maybe just want some time away from "dog sitting" He really just wants attention. he lives in the villa next door but their gardener cut the power to the electric fence to keep him in The caretaker comes over and is taken home only to return 30 minutes latter Guess he stayed the night as he is my companion this morning until the others wake up
yesterday was a stay in day with massages scheduled at 11:00 AM and chef Franc preparing a 8:30 Lobster dinner
well for the massage and I will try to keep this positive Brian from touch of hands arrives as scheduled and drops off two girls, we ask about the other two massage therapists and says he is going to get them we waited patiently and about 50 minutes latter Brain returns with no one We inquire that it was to be 4 massages all at once but he explains that an earlier client (at 8:00 AM) was late and we would have our services after our friends were finished Needless to say we were very upset while Brian blamed it on the clients. He also said he did not have a phone number but we were checking our emails that we could have been contacted with Needless to say I consider this very bad customer service I am not one to bash anyone as I want all businesses to succeed, but no apologies as he also blamed his person who books his services We also told him the the massage therapist waved me over to get the two of the glasses of water for themselves WTF, I am not here to wait on someone I'm paying I heard Brian "explain roughly" to his worker to bring in a bottled water from the van, okay maybe they just forgot, something I can't do on my job, whoops I forgot your wedding cake would not fly
Once our friends were done they were very satisfied, we chilled down and had great massages form Victoria and her other therapist we were like gumbies with all the stress worked out of our bodies our villa mate who treats herself regularly to massages said in the islands they massage more of your body as in the states they have to be very careful of what they get near I'm sure they don't care what they see and just want to provide a great massage
Brian returned with the Prosecco and sweets which were part of the package but no apology we would use the services again as the therapists were great!!!!
It is a little different staying in a villa as the "pool conversation" is limited to only the house guests along with our wonderful housekeeper who only stays about 3 hours a day, we are very tidy and do not ask for anything She does watch over the Villa more if the guests are partyers
Our Private Chef Franc Searched for SXM catering and choose Chef Franc formerly of Le Pressior besides knowing his talents, he was also the least expensive ($188.00 per couple including his services) Chef arrived on time and was surprised to find the table already set along with the necessary plates for our 4 course meal I mentioned he can change anything if necessary and said the soup bowls were too small and proceeded to use his plateware which was fine It was nice to talk about who is where as far as past chefs are concerned and he said he is actually working partners with Stephane from the former L'Effert Mere which was a great underknown restaurant in Grand Case I told him we were going to enjoy some simple caviar I had purchased before his first course He offered to "plate the dish" with the accompaniments, I was going to keep it simple and he did a very nice job of fixing the plates for us. He is very detailed oriented and provides perfection
we enjoyed our "happy hour" inside the unused living room as we were awaiting the gate buzzer as the next door caretaker was coming to take their dog back who only returned 30 minutes later to enjoy dinner with us
the chef insisted on all service and clean up
If you look closely to the dinning table a cruise ship is perfectly center along the table
Our first course was a large bowl of lobster bisque, not too creamy with texture of finely chopped lobster, carrots and fresh ginger. Way too much soup but I finished my bowl and my wife's
Second course was an open faced flathead lobster ravioli with a passionfruit sauce, Not much to say except the pasta was delicate and all plates were clean
The main course featured a sous vide lobster cooked perfectly with a basil white wine sauce accompanied with mushroom risotto (wife changed it from plain rice) and asparagus) AWESOME
we will enjoy the leftovers that the chef wrapped for us
The chef put a candle in the raspberry creme brulee as we celebrated our friends upcoming birthday
Chef cleaned up like he was never there. We feel very fortunate to have enjoyed his cooking and hospitality
A great day and night and no one criticizing my driving as I miss the bumps in the road
Apologies as would not accept ravioli picture
second photo I could not attach and it is the same size and such as other photos
What an amazing looking evening!! I love me some lobster bisque! And that main looks amazing also! The venue looks as good as any restaurant could, that's for sure. We haven't done a private chef in a few years, but especially when you have a setting like that, go for it!!
Loving the reports and pictures!! We are headed in January and both my husband and I are trying to figure out how to squeeze a quick trip in before.... just can't seem to fit it in... but this helps... or maybe makes it worse haha!