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“(New) Dutch Master”
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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
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luxdiver
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12 reviews
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“(New) Dutch Master”
Reviewed 1 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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As my profile name suggests, my chief vacation activity is scuba diving. I had wanted to visit Statia for some time, as the diving was reportedly good (more on that later). However, previously there were no villas on the island and, as we often travel with friends, we prefer to stay in villas.

Hail Knippenga.

This is a textbook example of contemporary Dutch "Good" design (albeit with an Asian influence), where function matters as much as form -- in other words, it's lovely and comfortable -- with a little whimsy thrown in for spice. The house itself was made in Bali and shipped over; many of the fine furnishings are Balinese as well. The pictures are accurate, but there aren't enough of them to illustrate all the details. The villa is well-appointed with everything you could reasonably need, and then some. Excellent beds, by the way.

A few minor quibbles: no Internet. This is more of an island problem as I understand it, and I heard the island was getting fiber optic, so this status may change. For now, you will have to rely on the cellular network for emails and such (if you are coming from the US, make sure you get a pre-paid deal from your service provider or your cell service will cost more than the villa). Statia in theory has a 4G network, but no where on the island was I able to access this network -- 3G / edge is the best I got. Quibble 2: there are TVs in every room, but they don't seem to be hooked up to anything, e.g. satellite or DVD. I kept meaning to ask our hosts why, but I always forgot. Because I don't care. It was the 12 year old with us that noticed it. She was the only one who tried to turn one on. They do have quite a collection of Xbox games,though, in case you are traveling with teens or the vacation imapaired.

Our hosts, Gerard and Esther, were delightful and helped us with any and all arrangements. The house was always in immaculate condition and laundering services were gratefully provided.

There are three additional hosts, though their ministrations are optional. They're dogs. If you like dogs, they will come and entertain you, take you on hikes, etc. If you don't like dogs you will never see nor hear them (unless a cow has broached the perimeter, in which case they have to do their jobs). Dice is the pack leader and bears a striking resemblance to Nipper of "His Master's Voice" fame. Beouffe (all spellings are approximations) is a large, exuberant puppy. Hubert is some sort of terrier and is clearly the brains of the operation.

Gerard also arranged for a private chef for us, and what a chef he was! This was definitely the way to go. He was able to procure excellent ingredients (no small task in Statia) and his preparations were excellent. His next gig is as chef for the fine dining establishment on Statia at the Old Gin House. Highly recommended. The house has a very good wine cellar; if you have specific requests, they will do their utmost to accommodate them.

I've visited (sometimes multiple times) Mustique, Turks and Caicos, Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Andros, St. Lucia, Dominica, Roatan, Guanaja, Grenada,Costa Rica, and a few others. Statia's diving is in my opinion the best in the Caribbean. To be fair, I haven't dived Belize (though diving there is similar to the Bay Islands listed above) nor Tobago (which is supposed to be excellent but the nearest villa to the good diving is 45-1 hour away). The diving in Statia is, in my opinion, the best in the Caribbean. I will write a dive report under Golden Rock Divers, which is the PADI facility we dove with.

If you don't dive, there are a number of interesting hikes and some areas of historic interest. Our non-diving friends had a great time, too.

By far the best place to stay on Statia.

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Liked best: The house, the view, the food, the naps
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Reviewed 27 March 2014 for a stay in December 2013
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Hugo V
Sydney, Australia
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“Ultimate holiday retreat with luxury and privacy!”
Reviewed 26 March 2014 for a stay in June 2013
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We have stayed at Knippenga Estate for 9 days. We absolutely loved the retreat, filled with luxury designed accommodations, outdoor livings and swimming pool. Overlooking the sea from the infinity pool surrounded by the nature of the island. We would recommend this place to every type of visitor. Hope to visit Knippenga again in the future!

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Santpoort-Zuid, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 15 June 2016 for a stay in November 2015
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Liked best: De weldadige luxe en de rust
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 29 February 2016 for a stay in September 2015
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