The main structure of Soleil villa surrounds an open courtyard. The foyer, kitchen, dining and living areas flow seamlessly into one another, making entertaining more fluid. The ‘nooks’ that make up the living area allow guests to withdraw from ‘court’; to soak up the many seascapes individually framed by the windows lining every wall.
The courtyard and all rooms on this main level are thoughtfully and impeccably furnished for large get-togethers, while providing cosy corners conducive to solitary retreat.
The large and beautifully designed modern kitchen is equipped with enough stainless steel gadgets and appliances to satisfy the most discerning, enhanced by a traditional feel invoked by the pots hanging from the ceiling. If this kitchen doesn’t appeal to the chef in you, then Soleil's gem of a housekeeper, Camille, will be happy to whip up 'all kind of' local food.
The dining area is graced with a handsome mahogany table that Camille takes great pride in setting. Up to 12 people have loads of elbow room.
The foyer flows into a mini-cocktail lounge, replete with bar-stools and all necessary accoutrements. The wooden Adirondack chairs in the adjacent courtyard are a popular spot for the ladies to recline with their refreshments. Tasteful comfort and simplicity: a perfect blending of form and function, with none of the excess and exaggeration too often mistaken for elegance.
On the other side of the kitchen is a breakfast bar counter and adjacent computer counter. Soleil’s laptop computer is available for guest use, although Wi-Fi is provided for guests who would bring their own laptop.
The accommodation at Soleil consists of four bedroom suites in the main villa and a separate and optional fifth bedroom below the house. The master suite is located discretely off the main living areas on the main lower floor. The other three bedrooms, which are just as nice, are situated on the upper level.
The fifth bedroom is actually a self-contained apartment with living room, full kitchen and bathroom, plus sleeping alcove with queen-size bed. It can be optionally rented for surplus guests or, rented on its own - at the last minute and only if there is no one staying upstairs.
The bedrooms are all air-conditioned. However, most guests are likely to be content with the ceiling-fan and the cool sea breezes. Direct-dial telephone and safety deposit box are standard, but the bedroom feature that attracts most attention and comment are the huge multi-coloured tiled shower rooms -- 'stall' would be a misnomer -- and the lookout lounging rooms attached to each suite.
The living room opens onto the wooden pool deck with lily pond, barbeque area and the villa's two swimming pools. A footpath leads from the lower pool deck to the sea. The covered jetty on the sea shore is already a popular wedding spot; a wonderfully private and romantic place to exchange vows, with just a few close friends and family as witnesses, and the sea as accompaniment.
The utmost thought and care goes into every aspect of making guests of Soleil feel special. The accommodation, facilities and furnishings offer the very highest standards of comfort and luxury, while retaining a real 'at home' ambience.