Sunset Apartment (Part 2)
The bedroom is located to the rear of the apartment. Lattice-work bi-fold doors can be closed if privacy is required. As we were on our own, there was no reason to shut these. We kept both the bedroom doors and the front shutters open day and night. It was total magic being able to lie in bed and enjoy the sounds and sight of the sea.
The bedroom is furnished with a rather firm queen-size bed. Our empty suitcases tucked neatly beneath the bed. There are nightstand tables and lamps on each side. A small wardrobe offers 0.6m of half-length hanging space (with hangers) plus two storage drawers.
A mosquito net canopy is available. At the time of our visit, the bed had a coronet-style net hanging from a single fixing point somewhat past its best-by date. This has been replaced with a new net since our visit and, better still, a new square-hung net is apparently to be fitted within the next few weeks. In truth, we didn't really need the net. We simply plugged in our trusty GoodKnight electronic mosquito deterrent (cheap and available from local stores) a couple of hours before retiring, each evening, and left the floor-standing fan in the living area on the lowest setting, blowing the deterrent scent across the bed. No smell, no mosquitos, no problem!
The sheets were of a nice light tropical weight, with a light blanket for the cool nights often found in Tobago during the ‘winter’ months. We didn’t need the blanket, but found the extra pillows useful for reading in bed. You will be lulled to sleep by the sound of breaking surf; a sound that largely masks the early morning cacophony of roosters, barking dogs, cocricos (Rufous-vented Chachalaca) and loud radios that are so much a part of life in a Tobagonian village.
Leading off the bedroom is a small bathroom. It is well finished, with attractive bathroom tiles. The basin is set into an attractive and functional vanity unit. A large mirror extends the full width of the room. Thick fluffy hand and bath towels are provided, but sadly the size of the bathroom precludes towel rails, so towels hang from simple hooks at each end of the vanity unit. Beach towels are available on request.
The fully tiled shower was excellent. Hot water is provided by an ‘on-demand’ water heating system, so there are no concerns about running out of hot water. Water pressure was good and hot water available after only a short wait. Best of all, the shower temperature was consistent and did not fluctuate unduly.
Like the bed linen, the towels were of excellent quality and spotlessly clean. Lavorne cleans the apartments weekly and on guest changeover. Bed linen and towels are changed every three days. She also offers a limited laundry service on request. A small ironing board and iron are available in the apartment, as is a hairdryer.
Wooden buildings such as Seascape are not compatible with air-conditioning. What would be the point of having lovely shutters and then having some method of sealing them closed so that air-con would work? The apartment has a ceiling fan above both beds and a floor-standing electric fan in the living area. By opening all the shutters in the cool of the morning and preventing the hot air from building up, then judiciously closing the shutters to block the afternoon sun before it become too hot, we found the temperature perfectly equitable throughout our stay. These reviews are written entirely in situ and there is no better way to determine how hot a holiday home becomes than spending a few days bashing a laptop during the heat of the day. Talking of which, I am delighted to confirm that a slow, but usable, complimentary wireless Internet connection is available in both apartments.
A short flight of stairs leads from the living area to the second bedroom on the upper floor. This is a virtual replica of the lower bedroom. However, instead of a wardrobe it has an open alcove offering 0.75m of half-height hanging space. Instead of storage drawers, there are two lined lattice baskets. The upstairs en suite bathroom is substantially larger than the downstairs bathroom. It is equally well appointed. Best of all, you get magnificent views of the bay while taking your shower – something not exactly conducive to water conservation given the temptation to enjoy the view rather than finishing the shower! With stunning views over the bay and shuttered doors and windows both front and rear, the upper bedroom is sure to be a favourite with guests. It will be superbly cool and the view cannot be beaten.
A small balcony runs along the full width of the upper bedroom. It is furnished with two all-weather chairs and a small table. It has to be said that being only 0.8m wide, the balcony might be considered more decorative than functional. Given the low levels of light pollution experienced in Tobago and Little Bay, in particular, this little balcony is a wonderful place to stargaze.
Provided that the apartment doors are locked, security should not be an issue in either apartment. Each bedroom has a small security safe. The shutters on the front aspect can be left open – there is no chance of anyone climbing as the property overhangs the cliff face. Petty thievery by local lads is far from unknown – but is seldom an issue if breaking in require any effort. This more or less says everything you need to know about Castara and Tobago generally.
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