Said with a gracious smile, as I am led through the foyer of this magnificent villa on the island’s Platinum Coast. Italian in origin,
the name “Aliseo” translates to mean “Tradewind” in English, and as its name suggests, this property is a breath of fresh air.
This beautiful tropical villa, complete with 9 en suite bedrooms capable of sleeping up to 18 persons, is ideal for the perfect
family vacation. Situated high atop the picturesque Sandy Lane Estate, the property is run like an exclusive boutique hotel, and
maintains extremely high standards on par with its elite location. A testament to this, on my arrival I am greeted by the gracious
and un-assuming Butler of the property. As is his duty to fulfill all requests by the patrons of Aliseo, all requests no matter how
small are swiftly and efficiently dealt with, from organising a personal trainer to a yoga or pilates expert, or an in-house spa
experience, encompassing the full spectrum of treatments, a cocktail party or customized island tour with picnic, the butler goes
above and beyond to ensure the satisfaction of his guests; he does it all with an easy grace, his sweet manner making life at
Aliseo just that extra bit special.
On my personal guided tour of the property, I encounter some of the most delightfully furnished rooms I have ever been given
the grace to see. Every room is out-fitted with air conditioning, beautiful panel ceiling fans, en-suite bathrooms, walk in
wardrobes and flat screen TV’s. Every room is unique in its design and layout, the décor has a very English Baroque feel to it
with heavy drapery and ornate rugs co-existing alongside beautifully made mahogany and oak pieces. You almost begin to feel
as though you are residing in an old castle by the seaside. However, there are distinctive touches which highlight the nature of
its tropical location. The two-storey villa hones in on an old Bajan Plantation element that one cannot help but feel comfortable
in; the upper level houses very tastefully designed bedrooms, all with arresting views of the manicured grounds. The “Bajan
Suite” or Master Suite, has its own private terrace overlooking the stunning garden and swimming pool below. It is elegant and
private with a beautiful 4 poster king size bed alongside gorgeous mahogany armoires and vanities, giving it that special old
world Caribbean charm. The Ocean Suite and Monkey Suites are equipped with two twin beds fitted in crisp white linens and
corresponding décor to match the themes suggested in the names, such as a monkey lamp and wall art, tropical fish dresser and
light fixtures all with little jungle animal accents. These youthful artistic touches make these suites ideal for families with young
The suites on the lower level provide the very same luxurious furnishings with light crisp fabrics juxtaposed with heavy antique
accents, providing a grand yet understated elegance. The Garden Suite is the only room which allows full access to the
exquisite lawns and garden directly from the room itself, with beautiful doors opening onto the expansive poolside terrace. The
open spaces and airy, feel is a compliment to this exceptional villa, as one wanders from room to room engaged in awe at the
beautiful art adorning the walls. Every room has something beautiful to offer.
Luxurious décor aside, Aliseo is much more than just a pretty face. The staff here are dedicated to making your stay as
comfortable and carefree as possible. A holiday at Aliseo can start with a VIP meet and greet at the airport where guests are
whisked through immigration queues and escorted to air conditioned luxury vehicles that await to take guests to the villa, an
elegant start to what would be a very stylish vacation. Apart from the delightful butler, Aliseo offers guests the services of a
housekeeper, laundress and a top rated chef, who can prepare an intimate breakfast or a sumptuous feast for 18, a relaxed
lunch by the pool, or a more formal 3 course dinner if required; your wish is his command and he caters to the individual needs
of each client. All guests also have access through Sandy Lane to the beach facility where they are provided with sun beds and
umbrellas. Guests are also entitled to use the hotel’s award winning golf course, restaurants and spa by reservation. The butler
can also arrange for cocktail evenings or afternoon canapés for some in-house entertainment, or even perhaps a wedding or
two….and I hear through the grapevine that his rum punch is a force to be reckoned with!
Aliseo is the perfect venue for a wedding reception, what an ideal place to start your journey together. The beautifully manicured
grounds offer more than enough space and the tropical flora ensures an amazing backdrop for the exchanging of vows on that
special day. Ginger lilies cascade down from a coral stone wall alongside banana and coconut palms, neem trees and a
shocking violet bougainvillea, all coming together to form a botanical vista that could compete with the Garden of Eden. The focal
point of the garden would have to be the elevated private gazebo; its lofty heights descend down to the pool and provide a wide
vista of the arresting beauty of this luxurious property as well as breathtaking sea views.
Apart from the innate beauty of its surroundings, the interiors have some distractions of their own; the villa offers an
entertainment room with a karaoke machine and jukebox and an adjacent smaller kitchen. The room opens up straight onto the
terrace and garden, giving guests access to all areas of the villa from this central point, assuring an effortless flow of traffic for
all. There is also a media room come cinema which could rival any major movie theatre. Box-office movie posters adorn the
walls as well as a giant screen directly opposite a russet coloured plush leather couch of extreme degrees of comfort; I know
because I gave it a go. You would not need to ever leave the walls of this villa, as it has got everything you need to guarantee a
There is also a games room that appeals to a whole other palate of amusement entirely; kitted out with pool/casino table, table
tennis board, and retro décor on the walls from the likes of the Rat Pack and artist Arthur Sarnoff.
For all those on vacation who want to stay in shape in the comfort of their own home, there is an in-house gym with treadmill
and weight machines. One can clearly conclude that there is something for everyone here at Aliseo. Customized arrangements
can be made with the villa staff or the West Coast Villas concierge service. Special wedding packages are available on request
and West Coast Villas provides a 24 hour committed property management service.
The Garden suite has access to a private patio which leads out to the swimming pool