Three of the apartments offer a comfortably spacious accommodation area of 30sq.m/320sq.ft., plus a 6.3sq.m./70sq.ft. balcony. The fourth apartment is marginally larger and can be fitted with a fold-out divan bed or cot for a small child or baby.
Each apartment consists of a single high-ceilinged room with a partition wall separating the central bedroom area from the bathroom, to the rear, and the kitchen/dining area and balcony to the front.
Alibaba's Sea Breeze offers no-frills accommodation of the highest standard. Those expecting mini-bars, direct-dialling telephones, TV, or room service should limit their search to the more commercialised end of the island. However, the Sea Breeze apartments have all the essentials, including complimentary Wi-Fi with a decent Internet connection. The apartments are serviced every other day and linen and towels, which were of excellent quality and immaculately clean, changed at that time. Unusually, for such modest accommodation, beach towels are provided. A basic laundry service (no ironing) is also available.
The spacious bedroom area occupies some 50% of the apartment floor space and is dominated by a bamboo four-poster, king-size bed with mosquito net and large bedside tables on each side. The overall effect is most attractive.
The bed consists of two side-by-side single mattresses forming a king-size bed. The mattresses are fitted into a recessed base, preventing them from separating. This is a perfect solution, particularly for those with a restless partner. Even better, the mattresses are high-quality orthopaedic units with firm but comfortable cushioning.
The bed sits some 32-inches above the floor. This means that there is a useful storage space for suitcases and other luggage below the bed. What a lovely change not to be falling over suitcases or have them taking up valuable space in wardrobes.
Adjacent to the bed, a large open wardrobe with storage shelves provides 34-inches of full-length hanging space, plus four very large open shelves for smaller garments and sundries.
A wall mirror, colourful prints, pictures and other decorative features enhance the atmosphere and combine to create a pleasing and homely room. The apartments are not air-conditioned – nor have any need to be. A large and quiet ceiling fan above the bed helps keep the air moving and a free-standing floor fan is there when required.
Some may argue that the central location of the bedroom prevents guests from waking to the spectacular views over the beach and bay. True, but on the other hand, it also means that the bedroom remains cooler and is not subject to the glare of the afternoon sun; a feature you will truly appreciate should you wish to rest during the heat of the day. Moreover, when staying in self-catering accommodation, it is a safe assumption that at least one of you will be spending precious holiday time in the kitchen, preparing meals. How much nicer to have stunning views as a backdrop while doing this, and how much more practical to have the kitchen adjacent to the balcony, where most people are likely to enjoy their meals.
The bathroom is equipped with the usual trio of washbasin, toilet and shower. The washbasin only provides cold water, but in recent years, the old instantaneous shower heaters have been replaced with modern hot water showers.
The bathroom is fitted with a double 110v shaver/electricity point and an electric hair dryer is provided. All fittings were serviceable and in excellent condition.