Mahi Mahi Suite - Review Page 3
The Master Bedroom
The master bedroom is situated at the front of the apartment and, like the living room, has 12-feet of glazed sliding doors separating it from the front balcony. The bedroom therefore benefits from stunning views over the gardens, bay and beach. Such a large area of glass would normally present a major problem, particularly during the final hour or two of the day when the setting sun’s rays fall on the glass. Fortunately, the doors have been coated with a strong anti-glare film. Like reflective sun glasses, the film reduces glare, minimises the heating effect of sun on glass and almost totally eliminates the ability of those outside to see into the rooms – although, of course, the situation is reversed at night when the bedroom/living room lights are on. Fortunately, full-length curtains/drapes are provided to cater for this.
The master bedroom suite is more than generous, measuring 4.5x7.75m (15x25ft). A little under half the floor space is afforded to the magnificent en suite bathroom and its two walk-in closets.
The bedroom is furnished with a dark mahogany-finish low poster king size bed with matching bedside tables and lamps, a five-drawer chest and a large dresser with half-length mirror. The mattress was on the soft side of firm and, helped by the lovely brushed cotton sheets and a light blanket, I can only say that we slept like logs. It was undoubtedly the most comfortable bed of our 2011 review trip.
Needless to say, all linen and towels were of the very highest quality and immaculately clean. The apartment is serviced three times a week, when all bed linen and towels are changed.
The bedroom and bathroom are air-conditioned, courtesy of a split unit air-conditioner mounted on the wall above the bed. However, we preferred to rely on the overhead ceiling fan, with our bedroom door open and the main living room unit to 24ºC (75ºF). That way we got the best of both worlds – a comfortable apartment day and night and the ability to fall asleep, and wake, to the sound of the surf crashing onto the beach below.
I regularly say in these reviews that my personal top attributes for the best holiday accommodation are a comfortable bed and a good shower. Well, Mahi Mahi Suite certainly scored a healthy 9 out of 10 for the bed. So, how did the shower fare? Well, being more of a Craig Revel Horwood than a Bruno Tonioli, I seldom award maximum scores. So, I will also give the shower 9 out of 10, deducting a point because it did not have the ultimate 10-inch ‘raindrop’ head.
Joking aside, the bathroom is wonderful. It is beautifully tiled and exquisitely presented. Just one of the two walk-in closets was able to absorb the entire contents of our three large suitcases. I strongly suspect that the felt-lined drawers of the chest and dresser in the bedroom have probably never been used. I can’t imagine anyone bringing enough clothing to need both the walk-in closet and the dresser drawers.
The delightful 1.7m vanity unit is fitted with a full-width mirror, with theatre-style lighting, and ‘his and hers’ wash basins, dual electric sockets for shavers and electric toothbrushes and a wall-mounted electric hairdryer. For once there was more than ample space, both on top of the vanity unit and below, for storage of all our bathroom essentials.
The bathroom is equipped with a five-foot deep soak bath tub and a large fully-tiled walk-in shower. Water pressure was good and there was always lots of hot water, so taking a soak, or a refreshing shower, was always a pleasure. Soap dispensers and complimentary small soap bars are provided in each bathroom.
The second bedroom is of more modest proportions, at 4x3.4m (13x11ft). These dimensions do not include the en suite bathroom or the built-in wardrobes that offer a generous 1.5m of full-length hanging space (with hangers), storage drawers and shelves.
The room is furnished with two mahogany-finish single beds separated by a bedside table and lamp. There is also a 7-drawer dresser with half-height mirror. Needless to say, the beds can be pushed together if couples wish to cosy up.
The room’s wall-mounted air-conditioner proved adequately quiet in operation. A single window looks out to the rear of the property. Glazed windows are fitted internally and strong security bars and a wooden shutter externally. Guests who prefer fresh air therefore have the option of being able to securely open the windows, supplemented by the large ceiling fan.
The en suite bathroom is relatively small (2.9x1.4m), but perfectly adequate. It is equipped with the usual trio: a toilet, pedestal washbasin and a large fully-tiled walk-in shower identical to that in the master bedroom. A small shelf above the washbasin provides storage space, supplemented by a larger wall-mounted cabinet that, we noticed, sensibly contained a basic first aid kit. As in the master room bathroom, a wall-mounted electric hairdryer is provided.
Also located to the rear of the apartment, the third bedroom is smaller than the other rooms, measuring 3.4x2.75m (11x9ft). It is also more simply furnished with just a pair of single beds, a bedside table and lamp and a seven-drawer chest. Air-conditioning is courtesy of a small wall-mounted unit, supplemented by an overhead ceiling fan. The room has secure windows with wooden shutters on two aspects.
This bedroom does not have en suite facilities. However, a general bathroom is located just a very short walk away, across the hallway and next to the main living area. This bathroom is equipped with a toilet, attractive wash bowl and another large fully-tiled walk-in shower.
[2012 Update] Since our stay, we understand that the two single beds have been replaced by a double bed.
A 1.4m-wide balcony runs the full 9m (30ft) width of the conjoined living room and master bedroom, extending to a more usable 4.8x4.5m (16x15ft) at the centre. Furnished with a comfortable padded all-weather settee, a pair of matching armchairs, padded stool and two circular tables, the balcony imparts a very ‘grand’ feeling as you sit back looking over the beach and bay through the decorative white balustrade and tall arched columns that support the high roof. A single large ceiling fan helps to keep the air moving. A small gas barbeque unit is located at the end of the balcony, together with a drying rack for wet swimwear.
Facing almost due west, the balcony is a stunning spot to watch the sun set. For some inexplicable reason, we experienced more sunset displays during our six nights at Mahi Mahi than throughout the rest of our two month review tour. Equally as importantly, the balcony is in shade for the majority of the day. It is only during the last couple of hour before sunset (6:00-6:30pm) that it becomes necessary to edge chairs away from the front of the balcony and back into the shade.
Although the apartment borders the road, you are seldom disturbed by traffic noise. One vehicle every two or three minutes, their speed slowed by numerous speed-humps, is hardly a recipe for disturbance. The dominant sounds are the crashing of the surf and the tweeting of birds. As I sit here writing this, my laptop perched on my knees, my over-riding feeling is that life surely can’t get any better than this.
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