Mahogany Villa - Review Page 2
Mahogany Villa offers a gross accommodation area of around 290sq.m. (3,100sq.ft.) comprising three air-conditioned en suite bedrooms. The villa can accommodate up to eight adults in comfort. Additional foldout beds for children, or cots for infants, are available by pre-arrangement.
The villa is nicely furnished and attractively decorated throughout, with pleasant pastel colour walls complimenting the light-coloured floor tiles. General maintenance levels were good and everything worked as expected. One slight criticism would be that some of the bathroom fittings. These were showing the effects of the salt-laden sea air; a perennial problem in the tropics. The one or two minor issues that arose during our stay were dealt with quickly and efficiently.
The villa is serviced each day, except Sunday, by friendly housekeeper Johnilia. With just two of us in the villa, it hardly seemed fair to drag her in every day, so we dispensed with her services other than for a mid-week change of laundry and towels. She proved totally unobtrusive in her work and appeared to keep the house immaculately clean. Guests can make private arrangements with her for additional duties, such as private laundry, cooking or baby-sitting.
The master bedroom is located on the ground floor of the villa and offers 39sq.m. (420sq.ft.) of floor space, including the 6.5sq.m. en suite bathroom.
Boasting a maximum length of 9.5m, including a short entrance corridor, the bedroom can only be described as massive. It is furnished with a wonderfully comfortable king-size bed, pair of two-drawer bedside tables with reading lamps, 6-drawer dressing table with half-length mirror, wall-mounted full-length mirror and 2.7m of built-in wardrobe space offering both storage shelves and full-length hanging area with a disparate, but substantial, stock of hangers. Two comfortable cushioned armchairs offer somewhere to sit (or lay discarded clothing!!!). A secure external door provides direct access onto the front veranda. The room is also equipped with a cordless extension to the villa’s direct-dial telephone (local calls only) and an electric mosquito deterrent.
The bedroom has both an overhead ceiling fan and a truly brilliant Toshiba air-conditioner. I can honestly say that I haven’t come across a quieter unit. Given the immensely peaceful nature of the location and the lack of early-morning disturbance from cocricos (Tobago’s raucous national bird) or cockerels (roosters) or dogs, our problem was waking up. It was so tranquil that we found it absolutely essential to set an alarm clock.
The master bathroom is a spacious 2.8x2.3m and boasts one of the few bidets I have seen on Tobago. The washbasin is inset into a vanity unit with three drawers and under-sink cupboard, and provides adequate space for toiletries. An electric shaver socket is located above the sink. A hairdryer is normally provided, but seemed to have gone ‘walk-abouts’. Management had not spotted this and promised to replace it tout de suite. The fully-tiled walk-in shower is spacious, but water pressure a little on the low side. There was always an excellent supply of hot water.
All towels and linen were of excellent quality, with linen changes every three days and towels daily. Beach towels are provided.
Bedrooms 2 is located on the upper floor of the house and is furnished and decorated to the same high standard as the rest of the villa. With maximum dimensions of 6.95x3.45m (23x 11ft), the room appears relatively roomy despite being furnished with two queen-sized double beds separated by a two-drawer bedside table with reading lamp. Additional furnishings include a six-drawer dressing table with half-length mirror, a large towel rack and a wardrobe offering 1.7m of full-length hanging space and shelving.
At 2.25x1.5m, the bathroom is small, but nevertheless well fitted, practical and attractive. The washbasin is set into an attractive vanity unit with drawers and an under-sink cupboard, so there is adequate storage space for toiletries. A 110v electric shaver socket is available, together with a fully-tiled walk-in shower unit and a pedestal toilet.
The large overhead ceiling fan in the middle of the bedroom ceiling is supplemented by a wall-mounted air-conditioner. This proved reasonably quiet and efficient in use, but was not of the same excellent quality as the unit in the master bedroom. Although I didn’t feel that an urgent upgrade was essential, the property’s helpful manager, Liz, mentioned that both upstairs air-conditioners were scheduled for replacement.
Immediately adjacent to bedroom 2 is a secure door leading onto a 6x5.4m balcony furnished with an all-weather plastic table and four chairs. This balcony is something of a sun trap, so unlikely to be used by many visitors during the day. However, it would undoubtedly be a delightful place for guests staying in the upper bedrooms to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or tea, offering lovely views over the colourful and peaceful grounds and swimming pool.
This is the smallest of the three bedrooms, measuring 4.3x3.5m (14x11ft). However, although fitted with a queen-size double bed, two bedside tables with lamps, a six-drawer dressing table with wall-mounted half-height mirror and a comfortable cushioned armchair, the room still feels adequately roomy. Glazed doors provide access to a narrow balcony which runs along the front of the building and which is shared with bedroom 2.
Three pairs of attractive shuttered wardrobe doors dominate one wall of the room. One set of doors provides access to 1.2m of full-length hanging space; the second set to a similar width of storage shelves. The third set is a false wardrobe: the doors actually lead into the en suite bathroom. This is a little larger than that of bedroom 2, but otherwise similarly furnished and equipped.
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