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Dec302009

One week till we leave for Villa Mandoo

Hi, my name is Brett.  My father Bob owns Villa Mandoo.  Next Thursday my family and I are heading down to Villa Mandoo for the month of January.  I thought it'd be a good idea to blog about our stay, sharing all the fun things we do and travel tips with potential renters of Villa Mandoo.  

Being that it's a week before we leave it's time to think about packing.  I dug up my old checklist from the last time I visited Villa Mandoo, and I've shared it below with some comments.  

A little background on our group, 6 total, 4 adults, and 2 children (3 & 4 y/o).  I'll be working, telecommuting part of the time we are there, via the villa's broadband internet connection.  Some of my checklist items are work related, but could be helpful for anyone that wants to do the same.  I'll update with wife's list when she packs.

  • Passports, Tickets & Wallet - Obviously these are important.  I'll bring a travel wallet if I can find it.
  • Clothing - male
    • Shorts - casual and athletic
    • T-shirts, including long-sleeve - Long-sleeve to keep sun off you
    • Bathing suit - pool, ocean, you'll want one
    • Sun glasses - a must have
    • Polo shirts - Dinner, golfing
    • One pair of light weight pants - Not required anywhere I can think of, but I might wear to nice dinner.
    • Underwear & Socks - Socks for hiking or sport
    • Baseball hat or wide-brimmed hat - sun
    • Patagonia pants - very light travel pants
  • Footwear
    • Flip-flops - I live in them down there
    • Tevas - Some sort of sport sandal for hiking
    • Swim shoes - It's a rocky beach in front of the villa, with coral.  It's best to protect your feet.
    • Tennis sneakers - We play tennis at the Windjammer report next door.
  • Toiletries
    • Glasses - if you where them!
    • Contacts & solution
    • Toothbrush & toothpaste, dental floss
    • Deodorant
    • Sunscreen - a must have.
  • Sporting gear
    • Swim goggles - to swim laps in pool
    • Mask, snokel, fins - excellent snorkeling in front of the house
    • TRX Strap - cool strap I hang from a tree to get a little workout in, http://www.fitnessanywhere.com/
    • Tennis Racket
  • Electronics - keep a close eye on all electronics, they DO get stolen if left unattended.  Lock up when not in use.
    • 2-way radios - very helpful if you have a group.  I have fairly powerful ones that reach all the way to Windjammer resort next door.  Mostly used between pool and house.
    • Camera, charger
    • Video camera, charger
    • DVD Player - there is one at the house.  This is a portable one for the kids while traveling.
    • GSM cell phone - if you have an unlocked one you can get a sim card in town.
    • GPS - just something to play with.
    • Batteries - for your gadgets
  • Work related
    • Computer w/mouse & power adapter
    • SecureID - any security thing you need to connect to work.
    • Router - there one at the house, but I travel with a backup one.
    • Skype Phone - I connect to the router and make/receive calls like I'm in USA.
    • Power converter - There are some in the house, but I always travel down with one in case they've disappeared.
    • Power strip - Lot's of stuff to plugin.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Books, magazines, etc. - There are a lot of books at the house, I always like to bring some new ones and leave them there.
    • DVD's for the kids.
    • Games, puzzles rainy day activities - Lot's of games already at the house
    • Patagonia backpack - This is my daypack, very helpful to have.
    • Binoculars - Fun to check out the passing boats.
  • Kids
    • Car seats - a pain, but we bring them.  I think car rental places rent them.

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June 9, 2012

Thank you for such a wonderful one week vacation in your little corner of paradise. Here are a few of The Phillips Family recommendations:

--> SCUBA: Andre with Dive Fair Helen is the best! Two of us did not have our certification and he gave us a quick tutorial, made sure we were okay then took us down. Absolutely a breathtaking experience!! Try and go see The Pinnacles, everyone said it was their favorite.
--> BOAT TOURS: We took a private all day tour with one of Bateau Mygo's monohulls and had the best day because we got to choose our own timeline and the locations we wanted to see. While snorkeling we saw a Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, Trumpet Fish, Cuttlefish and a Seahorse to name just a few.
--> SIGHTSEEING: Marigot Bay, the Pitons, and Sourfreires (We spent most of our time on the water, so you might want to do a little more research)
--> FOOD: The Embers for lunch, Jammers for Happy Hour (5p-6p), and Papa Don's for dinner at the Windjammer were all good. Whiskey in a Jar in Rodney Bay for lunch was excellent. Of course if you are smart enough to have Marie Anne Cook for you - start with her delicious curry chicken with green bananas/peas salad....Yum!!

All in all a wonderful family vacation thanks to Villa Mandoo, Marie Anne and Anthony's fantastic hospitality, and a lot of Pitons.

The Phillips Family
Charleston, SC


BONUS SECTION: Rules for "Encore Trivia" (We made it up on our trip and laughed none stop)

Use the Encore Board game and pick two teams (we did girls against guys)
1. Roll the die to see who goes first.
2. The first teams rolls, moves the number on the dice and the opposing team ask that team a trivia question that corresponds with the color (substitute brown for purple).
3. If they get it right they get to stay on that color, if they get it wrong, they have to go back to their position before they rolled.
4. Once the trivia question is correctly answered then that team has to "sing" to roll again. The opposing team then pulls an Encore card and gives them the corresponding word with the color and they have one minute to come up with a song that contains that word (minimum of 8 words to count).
5. First team to the gray section at the end has to answer 3 out of 6 trivia questions correct, then pick their color and come up with a song with that word.

June 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLesesne Phillips

Thank you for all the recommendations and I'm glad you had a great vacation. We love it down there.

Brett

July 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterBrett Morgan

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