Orchid Villa Apartments - Review Page 3
The second two-bedroom apartment is also located on the upper floor of the property, next door to Apartment 1. It is slightly smaller, at 730sq.ft. However, it can still be described as spacious and would provide very comfortable accommodation for up to four people.
First impressions are important and we were not disappointed as we entered the main living room and kitchen area. Lime green cupboard doors and vibrant colourful upholstery fabric on the settee, armchair and four table chairs around the smoked glass dining table make the room bright and cosy. Attractive prints of Norman Parkinson originals decorate the apartment and evoke memories of times past. Norman had strong links with Tobago and his family still have a house and land here.
A new fridge/freezer and microwave were installed during our stay. Other kitchen fittings include a Black & Decker Toast-R-Oven, an electric kettle and a four-ring gas oven with eye-level grill.
A passageway leads off the living area and provides access to the two bedrooms and shared bathroom. The 225sq.ft. master bedroom also has direct access into the bathroom. This bedroom is furnished with a 58-inch Queen-sized bed. A single bed can optionally be installed in the room, but Elaine prefers to avoid this. She feels, quite correctly, that because the apartment has only a single bathroom, five people sharing would represent a lower standard of accommodation than she would wish to offer.
The bedroom is furnished with two wardrobes with full-length mirrors. Together they provide nearly 8-feet of full and half-length hanging space. A matching chest of drawers provides more than adequate storage space. Bedside tables with lamps and a chair complete the furnishings.
Glazed double French windows lead out onto the common balcony. Since our departure, we understand that security grills have been fitted so that these doors can be left open at night for ventilation, as there are no other windows in the room. The room also has a large overhead ceiling fan and a free-standing oscillating electric fan. All rooms benefit from decorative ventilation bricks just below the ceiling that allow breeze in.
The second bedroom is somewhat smaller at 140sq.ft. but can still be considered adequately spacious. It is furnished with a 53-inch double bed, and matching wooden bedside tables (with lamps), wardrobe (with 2ft of full-length hanging space), chest of drawers and a chair.
This bedroom is on the breezy east side of the property and obtains maximum benefit from the trade winds, with windows on two aspects. I suspect that even the supplied ceiling fan in unnecessary, so you might be initially surprised to find that the room is fitted with an excellent Toshiba split-unit air-conditioning unit. However, this rooms gets the benefit of the sun all day, so the air-con is a sensible precaution.
The attractive single bathroom is furnished with the usual trio: washbasin with hot and cold water, toilet and another huge fully-tiled walk-in shower.
The studio apartment is located at the rear of the ground floor and provides views over the Jacuzzi and pool (when completed). It is not air-conditioned and has no fans, but benefits from north-facing windows and an east-facing door, both of which can be left open, with security grills protecting the occupants.
Offering a total of 240sq.ft. of floor space, the studio apartment is spacious and offers ideal accommodation for two people. The apartment is furnished with two (3ft) single beds, a single bedside table (but no lamp) and a small display unit with cupboards. The kitchenette is equipped with a four-ring gas oven and a fridge, plus a separate freezer unit. The sink provides both hot and cold water, with the double drainer unit representing the only work surface. Adequate storage space is provided in the base of the sink unit, which has four drawers, plus an overhead display/storage unit. A small wooden table with two stools forms a dining area.
The attached bathroom is highly spacious. Perhaps it should be called a bathroom/dressing room as it is furnished with a wardrobe, offering 2ft of full length hanging space, plus three drawers, a both full length and half-length mirrors. As if this wasn’t enough, a built-in storage cupboard offers even more storage space than the average couple on holiday here are likely to need.
The bathroom enjoys one of the huge and attractive, fully tiled walk-in showers that seem to be a signature theme for Orchid Villa Apartments. As with all rooms, both the shower and washbasin are plumbed for both hot and cold water.
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