Blue Haven Hotel - Review Page 2
The Blue Haven Hotel offers a total of 55 rooms in three different categories – Superior, Deluxe and Junior Suite.
Superior rooms are located in the original building. They vary marginally in size, but all offer around 30 square metres of internal floor space. The Deluxe rooms are slightly larger and located in the new wings. The only real difference between the two is that Superior rooms have smaller bathrooms. Both categories are furnished to the same high standard.
Junior Suites are available in both the old and new buildings. They are about 25% larger than the Deluxe rooms, to allow space for a supplementary seating area. Those interested in even more space might be interested in the 1,300 sq.ft. Villa Suite, located in the gardens.
We stayed in a Deluxe room for our 2012 review, having stayed in a Junior Suite during our previous (2007) visit. Although 11m² smaller than the suite, the Deluxe room still offered an adequately spacious 31m² of floor space, excluding the 6m² balcony.
The room was in excellent decorative order. The dark mahogany furniture hinted at 'Old Colonial' and could so easily have looked dated were it not for the contemporary local painting. The way that the hotel combines its historic past with a more modern look is quite intriguing.
Our room was equipped with a king-size four-poster bed. Guests can request twin double beds, should they prefer. The bed was truly comfortable and we really liked the snug, tropical-weight thin duvets that the hotel favours.
Additional furnishings included two bedside tables, with good reading lamps, a quaint bow-fronted side table and chair, an armoire containing a small refrigerator and coffee and tea making equipment and supplies, and a comfortable wickerwork padded armchair and footstool.
Needless to say, direct-dial telephone services are provided in each room and all rooms benefit from complimentary wireless Internet access. It must be admitted that the wireless reception in the room was not brilliant, nor the connection exactly reliable, but this says more about the service provided by the local telephone/internet service provider than about the hotel.
If the Blue Haven Hotel has a signature, it must be the large glass picture window that separates the bathroom from the bedroom in every room. We loved being able to see the sea while showering. An external curtain blind can be lowered to cover the window and the shower curtain provides privacy when using the toilet. The shower is combined with a full-size bathtub. A wall-mounted hairdryer and electric shaver socket are provided.
The two-metre wardrobe is split evenly between full-length hanging, with a few hangers, and three wide storage drawers supporting a large digital safe. An adjacent open alcove offers an appropriate storage area for suitcases, once emptied.
The Junior Suites are about 2.8m longer than the Deluxe rooms and benefit from an additional small lounge area, attractively positioned a little lower level than the main bedroom area, and furnished with a three-seat settee and armchair arranged around a glass-topped coffee table.
Every room has either a small private balcony or patio furnished with two chairs and a small table. In the newer annexes, the balconies are separated from neighbours by canvas awnings, so retain adequate levels of privacy. Rooms with interconnecting doors are available.
All bedrooms are fully air-conditioned. I must confess that ours was a little noisier than I would have liked. Fortunately, we far prefer fresh air and so seldom used the air-conditioning anyway. It was so much nicer to throw open the balcony doors and fall asleep listening to the sound of breaking waves.
As would be expected, all rooms are serviced daily. All the laundry and linen were of the highest quality, with towels being changed daily and bed linen every couple of day, or as needed. Beach towels are available and issued in the main foyer.
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