Warm Breezes (Part 2)
The master bedroom en suite bathroom is long and narrow. It is attractively decorated with sea shells and other tropical knickknacks, like the rest of the apartment. The washbasin is set into a tiled vanity unit, with ample space for toiletries and bathroom essentials. Water pressure was good and there was always lots of hot water, so taking a shower was always a pleasure.
Visitors seldom realise how corrosive salt-laden tropical sea winds are, or how much damage they do. Plated bathroom fittings soon go and can rapidly become pitted and green as the underlying metal oxides. In this regard, Hibiscus Heights was better than average, but it is the one area where the age of the building does show a little.
Other bedroom facilities include an electric shaver socket and a hairdryer. Nice, soft, clean towels, including beach towels, are provided and changed regularly. The same applies to bed linen. Cheery housekeeper, Ingrid, services all the Hibiscus Heights apartments six times a week and laundry services can be arranged with her. An ironing board and steam iron are available for guest use.
To the other side of the living room, bedrooms two and three are not quite as spacious as the master bedroom, but are still more than adequate at 4x4m (16sq.m.). Both are furnished almost identically with a four-poster queen-size bed with decorative canopy, an additional single bed and nightstands with lamps on each side of the main bed. The white walls, wardrobes and other woodwork are echoed in the white mosquito nets and crisp white linen, relieved very effectively by vibrant, colourful soft furnishings and bedspreads. The overall feel is light, bright and relatively spacious.
Sandwiched between bedrooms two and three is a shared ‘family’ bathroom. It is finished and furnished in similar style to the en suite bathroom in the master bedroom and likewise equipped with washbasin, toilet and a large walk-in shower.
All three bedrooms have whisper-quiet, Toshiba split-unit air-conditioners as well as large ceiling fans. They quickly and efficiently bring a room down to the required temperature and then maintain that temperature in almost total silence, particularly when switched to ‘silent’ or ‘economy’ mode.
In addition to the air-con, the master bedroom has two large overhead fans. The other two bedrooms each have a single overhead fan. The deep roof overhang, strong breeze and shuttered bedroom windows combined to provide conditions that hardly required mechanical cooling. Our only use of the air-conditioning was to ‘super-cool’ the bedroom for an hour before retiring. Having done that, the near-silent overhead fans were more than enough to keep the air moving and night-time temperatures perfect. We slept well every night with remarkably little local noise to disturb us.
Up to two additional small divan beds can be provided for guests with small children. A high chair and crib/play-pen are also available for guests with infants.
A wide wrap-around balcony runs around two sides of the house. This is undoubtedly where visitors will spend a lot of their time. The balcony is furnished with a dining table and six chairs and a cosy seating area comprising of two comfortable padded rattan settees and an armchair. The views over the bay are quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the grounds of Hibiscus Heights may be compact, but are a riot of colour, with every inch of ground covered by mature tropical plants.
Continuing around the balcony, guests are likely to be quite surprised by the sight of the open-air swimming pool and patio area extending across the back of the house – something you simply don’t expect to find at the top of the house. Screened by high walls and offering almost total privacy, the 5.7 x 3.2m pool (depth: 0.62-1.1m) may not be exactly Olympic size, but then it hardly needs to be when you have the beautiful beach and turquoise waters of Stone Haven bay just a few minutes’ walk away.
The pool deck is furnished with six padded sun loungers and an all-weather table and chairs. The deck area is also home to a gas barbeque unit – an invaluable piece of equipment given that the Mt.Irvine fish market is just a couple of minutes’ drive down the road. You can buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen most afternoons, from around 4pm.
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