Front view of Serendipity House's
lovely upper and lower villas.

It's a good idea to arrive a day early for your Cuan Law adventure, and after seeing the beauty of the islands and meeting the friendly people, you'll want to stay longer after the boat returns.

Cuan Law's web site has a link to a delightful villa that is recommended to their guests. Serendipity House ( is perched on a hillside overlooking Josiah's Bay, between Roadtown and the Tortola Beef Island Airport. The building is actually divided into several lodgings available for rent. The upper and lower villas are large enough for families. The studio is perfect for couples, and the small "poolside pad" overlooks the pleasant swimming pool behind the building. The rooms are light and airy, and many have stunning views out over the treetops and out onto the sea.

Left: The spacious balcony of the upper villa.

Above: Serendipity's studio and other rooms are light and airy.

Below: Behind the villas you'll find the inviting pool.

Serendipity House:
(284) 495-1488

You can choose from several lodgings in bustling Roadtown, of course, but I think the more rural atmosphere in Josiah's Bay fits the Tortola mood perfectly. When I arrived at the airport, I knew I was on "island time" as I watched an old man refilling the soda vending machine as slowly and meticulously as if he were building a grandfather clock. In Josiah's Bay, you'll hear more tree frogs and roosters than car horns and diesel engines. My visit was in December, and I turned on the radio in my room and found some Calypso Christmas music. Perfect! Now, what about lunch? Serendipity House's lodgings have kitchens in case you want to cook your own, but if not, you're just two hundred feet up the hill from...

The Tamarind Club! This small hotel ( also has a delightful pool with a swim-up bar, and its open-air restaurant and lounge serve perhaps the finest food on the island. Chef "Mo" has won awards for his cuisine (I know, the nickname doesn't quite fit), and tonight's dinner selection included calamari ceviche, wonderful bread, mushroom soup with crème fraiche, and mango jerk pork tenderloin, with rum-orange crème brulée for dessert. Why couldn't my room be downhill from the restaurant?

Above left: The Tamarind Club's suite looks out into the lush foliage.

Above right: Other rooms face the pool area in a garden setting.

Left: Tamarind's open-air lounge lies between the pool and the dining room.

Tamarind Club:
Phone (284) 495-2477
Fax (284) 495-2795
Below left: The suite is roomy enough for a family.

Below right: At the Tamarind, your only close neighbors are at Serendipity House.

While Serendipity House's rooms look out to the bay, Tamarind Club's rooms either overlook the pool area or, in the case of the upstairs suite, open onto a large balcony among the lush tropical greenery surrounding the hotel and restaurant. Like Serendipity's, the rooms here are not lavishly luxurious; rather, they are comfortable, tropically-themed, and very inviting. However, my favorite things about this place are the fact that the reception desk is at the bar, and the notice in the guest book there that reads:"After the bar is closed, we operate on the honor system, so guests are welcome to help themselves to drinks and write down what was consumed."

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