Mahi Mahi Suite - Review Page 2
The apartment is accessed via two easy flights of stairs from the underground car park or via an access road behind the building that brings cars to the first ‘apartment’ level, one floor beneath Mahi Mahi. There is no lift/elevator, so wheelchair users, or those with major mobility issues, may be unable to access the apartment.
From the moment you arrive you are struck by the quiet, unassuming ambience of the complex. Security is clearly a high priority, but thankfully relatively unobtrusive. The building and grounds are maintained to the highest of standards, although exterior paintwork was reaching the end of its natural life. Regardless of this, you are left in no doubt that this is a very upmarket property and that ‘good taste’ is the central ethos.
And the Mahi Mahi Suite certainly does not disappoint. It offers some 152sq.m./1,640sq.ft. of luxurious, under-stated, holiday accommodation - not counting the 34sq.m./360sq.ft front balcony. Scrub the word ‘holiday’: this is somewhere I would be happy to move into permanently tomorrow!
The staggered layout of this single-level apartment is visually appealing but shows little consideration for the mental state of reviewers who need to measure room sizes (after all, Americans would have a totally different take on the word ‘spacious’ to the average Brit). To be honest, I gave up. It’s too hot and too nice, and who cares about a few inches? What I can tell our reader is that the apartment is 14.4m (47ft) long and has a maximum width of 7.65m (25ft).
The entrance hall provides access to the second and third bedrooms, guest bathroom and a small laundry ‘closet’ with washer and drier, before opening into a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Subtle ‘mushroom’ colours dominate, from the floor tiles to the walls, curtains (drapes) and kitchen units. We found the overall decorative theme tasteful, relaxing, appropriate and easy on the eye.
However, no matter how attractive the décor, your eye is automatically drawn to the amazing view presented through the huge 3.65m (12ft) glazed sliding windows that extend across the front of the room. And, what a view it is! The foaming, turquoise waters of Stonehaven Bay combined with the dark golden sands of Grafton beach. The vibrant orange-red flowers of the African Tulip tree in the front garden. An artist could not imagine or paint a more beautiful landscape.
A semi-circle of deeply cushioned rattan-type sofas and chairs arranged around a matching glass-topped coffee table dominate the living room area next to the sliding windows that provide access onto the balcony. A 36-inch Sony plasma TV with digital cable channels offers local and North American television. So, lots of choice but nothing to watch! A decent quality audio system and multi-disc CD/DVD player is provided, as are a handful of films on DVD, but these sadly proved incompatible with the player. Fortunately our Kindles were well stocked, so the choice between inane channel-hopping or a good read was hardly a contest.
Tucked away in a neat little ‘nook’ beside the dining area is small office area. Well, I say ‘office area’ simply because that is what I used it for. In practice, it consists of a large antique-style mahogany desk and comfortable office chair. The owner of Mahi Mahi Suite is an eminent retired professor of geophysics who had planned to write his memoirs from the apartment. I hope I’ve warmed the seat for him.
Guests can use the telephone to make free local calls, or to receive both local and international calls. International calls can also be placed after purchasing a ‘Companion’ card from local stores, such as Marie’s Place at Pleasant Prospect. A complimentary mobile/cell phone is provided and, again, top-up cards are widely available. Complimentary wireless broadband is also provided.
Needless to say, the entire apartment is fully air-conditioned. A single remotely controlled unit discreetly and unobtrusively services the main living areas. There is also a large fan in the recessed ceiling directly above the seating area. Both the air-con and the fan were quiet and efficient in use. Each of the bedrooms has its own remotely-controlled air-conditioning unit.
Being located at the ‘end’ of the building, Mahi Mahi has the advantage of windows along the long external side wall. This makes the apartment very much lighter and brighter than some of the others, but heavy wooden window shutters ensure that there is no glare.
Dining Area & Kitchen
Immediately adjacent to the dining table are four matching padded rattan stools in front of a breakfast bar/kitchen island that neatly separates the dining area from the kitchen space. Mind you, I hope that use of the word ‘utilitarian’ does not give the wrong impression. This is a kitchen for serious catering.
The wide kitchen island is fitted with a double bowl stainless steel sink, hot and cold water and a soap dispenser. An electric dishwasher is mounted beneath the island.
The working area of the kitchen is configured in a practical u-shape and, being a maximum of three paces across, is of ideal and efficient size. I have to say that few properties more than a few months old look as well maintained and ‘new’ as this one. Everything worked as expected and was immaculately clean and inviting. There is nothing worse than items looking superficially clean but leaving you with the feeling that perhaps you ought to wash them before use.
The kitchen is beautifully equipped, with top-of-the-range equipment. A large side-by-side stainless fridge-freezer with filtered water/ice unit ensures that you will never be short of a ‘beastly cold’ Carib beer and that trips to the local supermarkets can be kept to a minimum, even if the nearest is little more than 5 minute drive away.
The large built-in oven/grill was a pleasure to use. You have no idea how many times we find ourselves in properties with ovens or microwaves that we are unable to use because we can’t use the controls, have no instructions and the owner/manager is not available to ask. Whether by intention or by accident, all the equipment at Mahi Mahi Suite was simple to figure out.
The oven is supplemented by a large microwave and four-ring electric hob. Smaller items of equipment include a filter coffee machine, kettle, blender, juicer, liquidiser and toaster. The range of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware is far too extensive to detail here; all of it in top notch condition and cleanliness. In fairness, it should be pointed out that Mahi Mahi Suite is a genuine holiday home, not just a rental property. This always makes a huge difference in terms of the way rental properties are furnished and equipped; sometimes for the good, sometimes for the bad. No guessing which applies here!
We were delighted to find a small and very welcome pack of water, beer, eggs, evaporated milk, orange juice, cheese and bread in the fridge on arrival, plus coffee, tea, sugar and various spices and other condiments. It is surprising how often rental properties ignore this nicety and what a positive impression leaving a nice welcome pack creates.
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