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SeaBreeze has six air-conditioned bedrooms and a total of six bathrooms. All are fully en suite with the exception of one bedroom on the lower floor which has a private bathroom immediately adjacent.  The rooms are spacious and the furnishing and decoration simple, but all the rooms look comfortable.

The house is managed by Debbie. She will be on hand to clean the house, make beds and undertake normal housekeeping duties several days a week. She is also available for additional cooking duties, when required.

Reception Rooms

Reception - click to enlargeOn arrival at SeaBreeze, remotely operated gates provide entry to a rather grand palm-lined drive that sweeps down the gentle hillside, ending at a large covered portico-carport in front of the villa.

The front door leads into a large and elegant reception foyer. This doubles as a formal dining room. The room is simply but tastefully furnished with a rattan sofa and chair plus a large wooden dining table with eight chairs. The table would comfortably seat ten utilising extra chairs from the kitchen table.

The reception foyer provides direct access to the three upper-floor bedrooms, the wide wrap-around covered veranda or to the heart of the villa, the kitchen.

Measuring 6.1 x 3.7m, the kitchen is more than large enough to cater for the demands of parties of ten guests. Given the name of the villa, it is hardly surprising to find that the house benefits from wonderfully cooling sea breezes. So, despite being situated in the middle of the house and having just a single large window overlooking the Jacuzzi and gardens, the kitchen remains surprisingly cool at all times of the day, aided by nothing more than a single large ceiling fan.

The kitchen - click to enlargeThe kitchen is furnished conventionally with a large fridge-freezer, a six-ring gas stove with griddle, microwave oven, coffee filter machine, toaster, kettle, blender and a dishwasher. The walls are lined with an extensive range of storage cupboards, above and below the work surfaces. These, in turn, are stocked with a haphazard collection of kitchen utensils, crockery, glassware and cutlery. All the kitchenware was clean and functional, but large groups might, unsurprisingly, find that they need to wash up on a regular basis to avoid running out of crockery and glassware.

Guests mustn’t expect pristine sets of matching kitchenware. This is not unusual in ‘holiday homes’. It is also in stark contrast to the excesses of some rental villa owners and agents who present guests with a neat inventory of matching plates and kitchen items and sometimes ask the guests to sign the list on departure to confirm that everything is being handed back intact.

Living room - click to enlargeAdjacent to the kitchen are two utility rooms. A huge cast-concrete wash basin dominates one and is ideal for dealing with salt-laden swimwear or dive gear. There is also a washing machine and dryer. Detergent is provided and helpful housekeeper, Debbie, is always happy to do washing during her visits if the guests don’t want to be bothered themselves.

The rear of the house is dominated by an extremely spacious 8x5.3m living room. Wide glazed sliding doors extend across the entire rear of the room, and to one side. These provide access onto the wide wrap-around veranda and almost uninterrupted sea views across Rockley Bay. Trinidad’s northern mountain range can regularly be seen.

The living room is furnished with a very comfortable, deeply-cushioned, suite of sofas and chairs appropriate for the size of party that often stay here. Close to hand, a large display unit is home to a large cable television, DVD-player, a small music centre, range of novels, local guides and information booklets, card and board games.

Living room - click to enlargeThe main living room features coral rock walls rising 10m to a cathedral-style wooden ceiling. Decorative air bricks around the upper part of the walls ensure that hot air can escape. Villas on the windward side of Bacolet Point often suffer from dampness and the corrosive effect of the salt-laden sea blast. Being located to the east of the Point, SeaBreeze is more shielded and avoids this problem.

One secret to comfortable living in the tropics is to keep furnishing simple, allowing nothing to stop air circulation or disturb through-drafts. In this respect, SeaBreeze works remarkably well. The main reception rooms are not air-conditioned and rely upon overhead ceiling fans. A large rotating floor fan is also provided in the lounge. We stayed at SeaBreeze during a surprisingly warm week. However, by ensuring that all doors and windows were opened as early in the day as possible, preventing any build-up of heat, we found conditions in the house remarkably equitable. The thought of retreating to an air-conditioned bedroom for respite never even entered our heads.

Balcony & Terrace

As with all good tropical architecture, a wide roof overhang shades the wide balcony that runs around two side of SeaBreeze. When the living room’s five-metres of sliding doors are open, you gain a sense of being outdoors even when you are inside.

The main terrace - click to enlargeThe front veranda is 2.7 metres wide and furnished with a large circular rattan table and four chairs, plus a range of comfortable cushioned all-weather chairs. Although the front of the house is at ground level, the sloping grounds mean that the rear veranda is actually on the second floor. The additional height enhances the views of the Atlantic Sea, Rockley Bay and Scarborough port.

The veranda also provides access onto a 5-metre square open terrace furnished with an all-weather tables and chairs. Guests are almost spoiled for choice of dining spots at SeaBreeze.

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