The Artist's Studio
Couples requiring more modest accommodation, or parties wanting to increase the capacity of Warm Breezes (or other apartments) might wish to consider The Artist’s Studio located on the lower floor of the property. This lovely air-conditioned apartment is decorated and furnished to the same high standards as Warm Breezes and can be highly recommended, whether rented on its own or as a package to supplement other apartments.
The Artist’s Studio provides a comfortable 41m2/440ft2 of living space, excluding the outside terrace. It is located next door to the larger one-bedroom apartment, Corner View.
The bedroom of The Artist’s Studio is separated from the living area by an attractive lattice screen. It is furnished with a double bed. There is also a single bed, suitable for a child. Additional furnishings include a bedside table with lamp and electric clock/radio, a wardrobe with 1.8m of half-length hanging space and storage shelves, plus a small dressing table.
Like all rooms and apartments at Hibiscus Heights, the room is well decorated and in excellent maintenance condition. The apartment does not have a telephone, but a mobile (cell) phone can be made available to guests.
Leading off the bedroom area is a small but inviting bathroom with washbasin, toilet and a fully tiled walk-in shower. All apartments are fully plumbed for both hot and cold water and serviced six days per week.
The living area, at the front of the apartment, is furnished with a 3-seat padded settee and small dining table with four chairs. A well-stocked bookcase will ensure that occupants of the room never go short of reading matter, particularly if they get bored with the horrendously awful local and American channels available through the satellite/cable television network.
The small but usable kitchen area is furnished with a large Bosch fridge and freezer, a 6-ring gas stove, electric kettle, toaster, microwave oven and coffee filter, plus a decent collection of kitchenware, crockery, cutlery and glassware.
As in the larger apartment upstairs, The Artist’s Studio has both a large overhead ceiling fan and an excellent Toshiba split-unit air-conditioner. Also in common with the other apartments, a secure digital safe is provided.
Immediately outside the entrance to the apartment is a small private terrace furnished with a large sun umbrella shielding two attractive wrought iron seats, a sun lounger and a small matching table. The terrace provides lovely views out over the bay, across the spectacular colours of the garden.
This spacious one-bedroom apartment was originally used by the previous owners. However, the popularity and success of Hibiscus Heights forced a rethink; the owners therefore moved to an adjacent property and their apartment added to the rental stock. The new owners, Mike and Glory, want the best of both worlds, so have created a new apartment for themselves next to Warm Breezes. By living on-site, they are always available to deal with any issues that arise, or when advice and information is needed by guests.
Corner View is a light, breezy and spacious apartment with a delightful small balcony that offers lovely views over the surrounding hills and Stonehaven Bay.
The furnishings and equipment are of identical standard to the other apartments and are more fully described in our Warm Breezes section. The apartment primarily consists of one very long room: one half being a spacious lounge and dining area, leading onto the front balcony, whilst the other half forms the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. Given that the apartment is primarily intended for just two occupants, the bedroom entrance has curtains rather than solid doors. This helps to preserve the feeling of spaciousness. A comfortable day bed in the living area could be used for an additional child, when required.
One big difference between Corner View and the other apartments at Hibiscus Heights is that this unit boasts its own washer and drier.
As mentioned, there is a connecting door between Corner View and The Artist’s Studio. When both units are booked by the same guests, this door can be unlocked, making the lower floor of the building one very large two-bedroom unit.
This cosy, self-contained one-bedroom cottage sits just inside the entrance to the property and has its own parking area. It offers some 37m2 of accommodation floor space, not counting the charming 23m2 enclosed private deck. Fully air-conditioned, the cottage is furnished, decorated and equipped to the same high standard as the other apartments in the main house.
On crossing the threshold, you enter a small but delightful living area furnished with a three-seater sofa and matching coffee table. There is a small wooden table, ideal as a desk, and a colourful circular painted table with four matching chairs for dining. Entertainment is available from a 26-inch flat-screen TV mounted above the desk and a DVD-player is available.
The living area is separated from the bedroom area by a discrete lattice screen, in the same manner as the Artist’s Studio. It could be argued that removing these screens would enhance the illusion of space, but the screens are actually very practical and offer improved privacy whilst adding great character to the apartments.
The bedroom area is dominated by a queen-size bed. The bed is flanked by nightstands with individual reading lamps and the room furnished with a chest of drawers and a half-length wall-mounted mirror. A built-in wardrobe provides 0.8m of ¾-length hanging space. Other facilities include an electric alarm clock, ironing board and iron, ‘his’ and ‘hers’ bathrobes and spare blankets and pillows.
Leading off the bedroom area is a small bathroom with the usual facilities: hot and cold washbasin, tiled walk-in shower and a toilet. As in the other apartments, nice soft, clean towels are provided, as is a liquid soap dispenser.
The kitchen area is small and compact, but you don’t go on holiday to the tropics to spend your time in the kitchen. However, it is quite surprising how well-equipped the kitchen is and it should prove more than adequate for two occupants. Facilities include a medium-size fridge with separate freezer compartment, 4-ring gas stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, blender and a small collection of kitchen utensils.
Wide French doors lead from the living area onto the spacious private deck. Surrounded by a wooden balustrade and lattice screens, the deck represents a lovely private spot to sunbathe, lime, dine or socialise. Furnished with a pair of comfortable recliners, a glass topped-table with four chairs and large sun umbrella and a large gas barbeque unit, the deck is sure to become a firm favourite with every guest.
We first visited Hibiscus Heights for a pre-review inspection in February 2007. Our mini-review written at that time concluded:
“Hibiscus Heights will undoubtedly make a wonderful holiday base for groups or families of up to ten people. The apartments and cottage are comfortable and well-equipped. Everything you need is provided. The owners are constantly on hand to ensure that everything you need is available. We have a feeling that this property will prove to be one of our most successful recommendations.
Since writing those comments in 2007, we have stayed at Hibiscus Heights twice. On each occasion, the property was under different ownership and management. So, how do we feel about the property after our latest seven-night stay? Well, our 2007 conclusion says it all and we see no reason to change it at all. The new owners naturally have their own take on things but after meeting and talking to them, we are highly encouraged and are confident that Hibiscus Heights will remain one of the most popular self-catering options available on Tobago.
As an experiment, I decided to try the video recording facility of my DSLR camera during our 2014 trip to Tobago. I never envisaged publishing the recordings, but thought they could be a useful reminder when editing the review, back in the UK. I didn't even look at the recording for 6 months. Then, Paul Tallet, our weather guru, produced a truly excellent DVD of his last trip to Tobago. It inspired me to have a look at my own video recordings. Apart from some stabilisation and focussing issues, I felt the results might be a useful accompaniment to this review. So, please enjoy.
The buttons above present articles sequentially, in the order shown in the menu bar
at the top of the page. You are currently on the Property Review page in the Accommodation menu.