Experience Tingalayo Villa for a Holiday That Is As Good As It Gets
Occasionally, very occasionally, you take a holiday in a place that is so special you find yourself settling back into your chair and thinking… This is as good as it gets. Tingalayo Villa is such a place.
Perched atop the mountain at the end of a private road, Tingalayo is not so much a villa as a tiny, private hamlet of seven small buildings interwoven and connected with welcoming outdoor spaces and beautiful gardens. Inspired by Balinese style, the cross-breezes flow throughout the over nine thousand square feet of understated elegance. With four distinct dining areas, Tingalayo allows you to take breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even high tea in a different place. The infinity pool at the center of the property with its unbroken panorama always beckons.
The truly breathtaking 270 degree views frame unforgettable impressions of the nearby beaches of Smugglers Cove, Long Bay and Apple Bay, the British Virgin Islands of Little Thatch, Big Thatch and Jost van Dyke, the West End of Tortola with Soper’s Hole Marina, St, John, St. Thomas and all the way to Puerto Rico on a clear day.
Infinity Pool – The 45 foot infinity edge pool sits at the center of Tingalayo, and is its most fun gathering place. Unique in its cloud-shaped design, it cantilevers out over the mountain-side, cleverly maximizing its already stunning position. It reaches out to the many islands and bays within its 180-degree views. An array of lounging chairs on its large deck allow easy viewing of rainbows in the morning, the ferries running to and from the West End, sailboats dotting the Sir Francis Drake Channel, and multi-hued sunsets. The views are constantly changing.
Great House – The Great House is the largest gathering place at Tingalayo. Inside there is a cozy living room with couches, television, books and banquette for reading and lounging. Outside are deep covered porches, well-equipped with seating, to catch the breezes and the full panorama of sea, sky and islands. All just a few short steps from the infinity pool.
The large kitchen is fully equipped for you or a private chef. With a commercial gas range, two full sized refrigerator/freezers, and two dishwashers handling a large crowd is a breeze. Imported granite covers the kitchen counters and adjacent bar seating area. The additional amenities of the outdoor grill, separate pantry area and large complement of kitchen devices add to its functionality.
The largest of the dining areas, the Dining Pavilion seats 12 comfortably around its custom built mahogany tables. Perfectly situated to catch the breezes and the views, the Pavilion is a favorite gathering place. Adjacent to the dining tables is a long built-in sideboard to make serving easy, and two under-counter wine refrigerators.
The Great House features three bedrooms with ceiling fans and air conditioning – two with king sized beds and one with the option of being either one king sized bed or two twin beds.
Guest House – Reached by a paved and lighted pathway, the Guest House is located 30 steps below the Great House. The ground floor kitchen is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances, Italian granite countertops, and bar seating for four. Adjacent is a full bath with an indoor shower, double sinks and toilet. The kitchen opens onto a comfortable living room with television, bookshelves stocked for readers and game players, and doors leading out to the plunge pool and patios.
There are three distinct gathering areas surrounding the Guest House. There is a covered patio living room area with a sofa and several chairs for lounging. The alfresco dining area has seating for six and is located outside the kitchen doors overlooking the gardens and vista beyond. Adjacent to this is the plunge pool, a small but deep private pool for taking a quick refreshing dip.
The Guest House features two bedrooms with ceiling fans and air conditioning – one with a king sized bed and one with the option of being either one king sized bed or two twin beds.
Coqui Suite – The Coqui Suite, its own separate building, is Tingalayo’s most private accommodation. Separated from the Great House by a walkway lined with gardens, the Coqui Suite has a king canopy bed and private ensuite bathroom. You have the option of opening the windows and allowing the ceiling fans to bring in the breezes and scents of the garden, or turning on the air conditioning if you prefer. At night you can hear the sound of frogs and the surf far below.
June 15th, 2019
Just received the following report from Linda Gardiner, owner of Tingalayo BVI Villa on Tortola. She said, "It has been a long road but I am very excited to say that Tingalayo BVI is back up and renting!!"