Flamboyant Suite - Review Page 4

Swimming Pool & Gardens

Grafton BeachThe Black Rock Dreams gardens, whilst small, have been beautifully landscaped and are immaculately maintained. Full credit must be given to the resident Swiss property manager, Chris, who can be regularly seen toiling away in the grounds.

The gardens and pool are shared by all eight condominiums. None of the owners are in permanent residence and only about half of the units are available for holiday rental, so guests are unlikely to find the shared facilities an issue.

The centrepiece of the beautiful sloping grounds is the pool deck. The pool is more ornamental than practical. However, it is great for a cooling dip or when the seas are running high or if you don't want to be battered by the surf.

The swimming poolThe pool consists of four interlinked circles, separated by a pair of mature palm trees. One of the circles forms a shallow kiddie's pool. The depth of the other pools varies between 1.4m and a little under 2 metres. A gentle cascade tumbles into the pool from a ledge beneath a wooden bridge across the pool making a striking water feature.

Attractive non-slip tiles border the pool, forming a spacious pool deck. Eight plastic sun loungers and a table with four chairs offer parents somewhere to rest whilst watching the kids, or to lounge away the hours in the lovely garden setting.

A rear gate provides direct access on to Grafton beach. The gate is securely locked outside daylight hours. A water tap (faucet) and hose is provided, just inside the gate, so that guests can wash the fine sand off their feet when returning from the beach. A cold-water shower is also available, beside the swimming pool, just a few metres away.

 

Security & Shared Facilities

The owners and management of Black Rock Dreams pride themselves on security. The biggest problem is Tobago's ability to induce an all-encompassing sense of relaxed wellbeing that sometimes leads visitors to ignore the common-sense security precautions they would take for granted at home.

Colourful gardens around the poolThe front door to Flamboyant is double-locked and the external spiral staircase leading from the front balcony to the ground floor is protected by a strong iron grill gate with heavy duty lock. An internal security alarm can be set either at night, or when going out for the day. A reasonably sized security safe is available for cash, documents and other valuables.

Black Rock Dreams also boasts secure perimeter protection. The beach gate is locked at night, as are the beefy gates that guard the drop-off/parking area at the rear of the property. The complex boasts an underground car park with entry is via remotely controlled electric gates. The basement level is also home to the permanent property coordinator's office and apartment, plus various utility rooms.

The Beach

Seine fishing on Grafton BeachGrafton Beach is fractionally under a kilometre in length (0.6 mile). Soft golden sand dominates the southern end of the beach, interspersed with powdery black volcanic sand at the more sheltered northern end. With every tide, the lighter golden sand is washed ashore, often forming fascinating patterns on the heavier darker sand.

Grafton Beach is our favourite beach on Tobago. There are other, more spectacular, beaches but none of them provide the same combination of great swimming, body boarding, walking, access to cafes and restaurants, security and accessibility. The snorkelling isn't brilliant, but the sheltered northern end is fine for practising your skills before trying them out at more adventurous locations. A round-trip walk of the beach takes about 20 minutes.

Conclusion

Sunset from Black Rock DreamsReaders probably didn't need to wade through our 2,500-word description of Flamboyant Suite; hopefully the video and pictures illustrating the review will do a better job.

We are very familiar with the Black Rock Dreams complex, having stayed here several times and written reviews of three of the units. This review is very largely a personalised version of these other reviews.

The Flamboyant Suite offers true luxury accommodation, particularly for the lucky couple who bag the master bedroom. This is an apartment that we would happily move into tomorrow; not just for a holiday, but permanently. I will bore our reader no further and close by saying that I can think of no other self-catering apartment on Tobago that offers a better balance of location and comfortable living.    

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