Without question, Warm Breezes is the centrepiece of Hibiscus Heights. This lovely apartment occupies nearly the entire upper floor of the house and offers some 2,700ft2/243m2 of comfortable floor space, including balconies but excluding the pool area. The apartment is well-decorated, beautifully furnished and quite well equipped. It would undoubtedly make a wonderful holiday home for a family or small group. Although Hibiscus Heights is only a short walk from an excellent beach, Warm Breezes even has its own small but usable private swimming pool and sunbathing area, located directly behind the apartment on the upper floor of the house.
After negotiating the steep driveway and climbing three flights of stairs, you soon start to appreciate the benefits of being at the top of the house. As you pause to catch your breath (well, you do at my age) you cannot fail but to be impressed by the wonderful views across Stone Haven Bay and Courland Bay. The palms and foliage hide the beach, but you can often hear the waves breaking on the rocky foreshore just 250 yards away, so your close proximity to the beach is never in doubt.
A wide wrap-around covered balcony with a deep roof overhang shades the house and keeps the house cool and breezy. Not that a lot of help is needed – the house faces north-east, directly into the prevailing winds.
Wide folding louvered doors lead off the covered balcony and into the main living area. With an open wooden ceiling that rises to nearly five metres, the room appears even more spacious than the 50m2 of floor space might suggest. With the front doors latched open, occupants can both soak up the sea views from the seating area at the front of the room, as well as being cooled by two ceiling fans and the through-breeze.
The walls of the room are painted in a cool pale olive with white highlights and ceiling. Starkness is relieved by attractive local paintings and delightful mobiles of shells and drift wood – or ‘dangly things’ as I call them. The seating area at the front of the room consists of a group of comfortable and attractive padded rattan armchairs and couches that would seat up to nine adults. A 28-inch flat screen television set with DVD player and a small tuner/CD-player are close at hand for entertainment. A small library of novels and other books are also available.
Between the seating area and the kitchen is a formal dining table. Somewhat heavy and ornate in appearance, it will not be to everyone’s taste but does add a certain grandeur to the room and will seat six people with bags of elbow room. It became my office for the week of our stay.
Although not furnished as a breakfast bar, a range of kitchen units separates the kitchen from the living/dining room. Flanked by a long range of two-tier storage cupboards, there is certainly no lack of storage space. Most of the cupboards were packed with a wide range of kitchen utensils and other essentials.
The kitchen has a large six-burner gas stove (but no grill/broiler), a large fridge with freezer compartment, microwave, toaster, electric kettle and liquidiser. There is an extensive range of kitchen utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware. The apartment is fully equipped for six people plus, so you won't be washing up all the time. The range of equipment and ancillaries available were excellent and the new owners are engaged in an activerenewal process to bring all kitchen equipment and ancilliaries up to date after the apparent relative neglect of the business over the past year or two by the previous owner.
The living room is not air-conditioned, nor does it need to be. It benefits from a lovely through-draught particularly if the rear kitchen windows and door are left open. The two large overhead fans were more than up to the job of keeping the main living area comfortable at all times.
The bedrooms are located on each side of the living/dining area, with the master bedroom on one side and the two smaller bedrooms on the other. Mum and Dad can make as much noise as they like without disturbing (or embarrassing) the kids. Mind you, given the age of our family, it would arguably be the other way around.
The master bedroom is almost as large as the living room – a massive 10.5 x 4 metres (42m2). This is larger than any suite at any hotel on the island. The room is elegant and features a comfortable king-size bed with a four poster decorative canopy/mosquito net. The furnishings are primarily of rattan and include nightstands with lamps, a six-drawer dressing table and mirror, plus two chairs. The room still manages to look very spacious. Two wide double doors lead directly onto the wrap-around balcony. The windows are fitted with traditional wooden louvers and keep the room shaded but not dark.
To the rear of the bedroom is a large walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. The wardrobe offers a massive five metres of full-length clothes hanging space and storage shelves. Despite having clothing for a six-week stay, we made little impression on the available space.
It was a nice touch to find a pair of cosy bath-robes and extra pillows and blankets in the wardrobe of two of the three bedrooms.
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