Flamboyant Suite - Review Page 3
The Master Bedroom
The stunning 39sq.m.(420sq.ft) master bedroom suite is located to the side of the main living area. Much of the 5.4m width of the room is made up of full-length windows offering beautiful views over the garden and beach. Like the balcony sliding doors, the bedroom windows are coated with a strong anti-glare film that reduces glare and minimises the heating effect.
The bedroom is attractively furnished with a king size bed, matching bedside tables, two chests of drawers and a large cabinet that discretely conceals a 21-inch television with DVD player and small collection of films. A pair of very comfortable wicker-work easy chairs offers an inviting place to relax, overlooking the beach and bay. Very practical adjustable wall-mounted reading lamps make reading in bed the pleasure it should be. Needless to say, all linen and towels were of the very highest quality and immaculately clean.
The bedroom and bathroom are air-conditioned, courtesy of a ceiling-mounted split unit air-conditioner. It proved quiet in operation; in fact we were still able to enjoy the soporific effect of the surf crashing onto the beach below. We slept wonderfully and my only criticism of this lovely bedroom was the intrusive security light just outside the bedroom side windows. Eye shades are a must for light-sensitive sleepers.
The bathroom is wonderful - beautifully tiled and exquisitely presented. A spacious 1.7m vanity unit is fitted with a full-width mirror, with theatre-style lighting, and ‘his and hers’ wash basins, dual electric shaver sockets and a wall-mounted hairdryer. There was more than ample space, both above and below the vanity unit, for all our bathroom essentials.
The bathroom is equipped with a four-foot deep soak bath tub and a large fully-tiled walk-in multi-head shower. Water pressure was good and there was lots of hot water, so showers were always a pleasure. Soap dispensers are provided in each bathroom.
The large walk-in dressing room/closet comfortably absorbed the contents of our three large suitcases. There was ample full and half-length hanging, with lots of hangers, plus numerous storage drawers. Spare towels and blankets were also available.
Measuring 3.5x3.5m (12x11ft), the second bedroom is of more modest proportions. This does not include the en suite bathroom or two built-in wardrobes that each offer a generous 1m of full-length hanging space (with hangers).
The room’s wall-mounted air-conditioner was quiet in operation. The single glazed window has strong security bars and an external wooden shutter. Those who prefer natural air can safely dispense with the air-conditioner and rely on the open windows and large ceiling fan.
The en suite bathroom is of reasonable size, at 3.2x2m, and equipped with toilet, pedestal washbasin and a large fully-tiled walk-in shower. A shaver plug is provided, together with a wall-mounted electric hairdryer. A wall-mounted cabinet sits beside the washbasin, above the toilet. It provides ample internal storage space, but the small open shelf beneath offers only a very limited area on which to set out the many bathroom essentials that we all seem to need these days. Worse, because this small shelf will inevitably become crowded, there is a high risk that something will be knocked off and fall into the toilet; so seat cover down, ladies and gentlemen.
Located opposite the second bedroom, the ‘den’ is smaller than the other rooms, measuring 3.5x2.6m (11.5x8.5ft). It is furnished very simply with a double bed, a bedside table and lamp and a small built-in wardrobe. Air-conditioning is through a small wall-mounted unit, supplemented by a remotely-controlled overhead ceiling fan.
This bedroom does not have en suite facilities. However, a general powder room with walk-in shower is located immediately adjacent, along the central hallway.
A wide (1.4m) balcony runs the full 9m/30ft width of the living room, opening out to a more usable 4.8x4.5m (15x14ft) square in the centre. Furnished with four superbly comfortable padded all-weather armchairs, matching footstools, plus two circular tables, the balcony imparts a very colonial ambience as you sit back grandly looking over the beautiful garden, beach and bay through the decorative white balustrade and tall arched columns that support the high roof.
The balcony has a decorative wet bar equipped with a small refrigerator. As most of our “beastly cold” Stag beers were consumed on the balcony, this was a highly practical and welcome feature. A drying rack is located at one end of the balcony; ideal for wet swimwear and beach towels. A spiral staircase leads from the balcony down to the gardens and beach.
Facing almost due west, the balcony is a stunning spot to watch the sun set. We have experienced many spectacular sunsets during our times at Black Rock Dreams. More importantly, the balcony is in shade for the majority of the day. A large ceiling fan helps to keep the air moving. It is only during the hour or two before sunset that one starts to edge chairs away from the front of the balcony and back into the shade.
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