Two-Bedroom Apartment (Cocorico)
The largest apartment at Baywatch has two bedrooms and is located on the upper floor of the property. We would have been happy to stay in any of the three units, but chose the 2-bed due to the amount of luggage and equipment we carry for our 6-week review tours.
This 63m2/670ft2 apartment has two en-suitebedrooms, a spacious open-plan living area and a cosy private balcony. Access is via a concrete stairway to the rear of the property.
The entrance opens into a large open-plan living space which runs the full 8.6m length of the apartment. First impressions are always important and the most striking thing about all of Kurt and Ivy's apartments is the overriding cleanliness. Everything from the floor to the ceiling shines like new. This is a rare attribute in Castara, where the open nature of the typical wooden houses and apartments mean regular visits from birds, bats and lizards, not to mention the leaves and other debris that regularly blow in on the strong mountain breezes.
The apartments living area is simply furnished with seating in the form of a pair of sofas and an armchair grouped around a 30-inch flat-screen cable television. There is a large dining table with six chairs and a kitchen area equipped with four-burner gas oven, a drip filter coffee machine, electric kettle and toaster, microwave and a sizeable refrigerator with freezer compartment. There is a limited, but adequate, stock of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking utensils. The apartment is fully plumbed for both hot and cold water (not something to be assumed in Castara).
Both bedrooms are simply furnished with queen-size (60-inch) double beds and bedside tables plus a single lamp. The only other furnishing is a fitted wooden wardrobe which offers full and half-length hanging areas, shelving, plus a half-height dressing table with mirror. As both rooms are adequately spacious, a chair would have been aesthetically pleasing and practical, but we simply 'borrowed' a chair from the dining area.
The master bedroom has a glazed door that provides direct access onto the front balcony. The balcony is furnished with an all-weather table and four chairs. The glazed door and windows are shaded by very attractive lace netting curtains, making the rooms nice and light during the day.
The bed linen is of top quality and beautifully laundered. Although the main living area is cooled by a single floor-standing oscillating fan, the bedrooms have quiet and efficient split-unit air-conditioners. Despite some initial concerns that the village centre location could mean disturbance from cockerels, yapping dogs and loud music, we found the property remarkably quiet. In fact, we couldn't have slept better.
The two en-suite bathrooms are almost without rival in Castara. I appreciate that the building and fittings are still relatively new and that the salt-laden sea air will undoubtedly take its toll, but I suspect that these bathrooms will still look as pristine some years down the line. The showers are particularly spacious. It was just a slight pity that the water pressure was not quite as good as it might have been. I understand that this is under investigation.
The apartments are serviced a couple of times a week with laundry and towels changed at that time. Despite having full-time jobs, Kurt and Ivy prefer to clean and maintain the apartments themselves to ensure the highest levels of service. So, guests must accept flexibility in terms of when the apartments can be serviced.
Complimentary broadband connection is available throughout the property, including the garden area.
Beneath the house is a shared utility area shared by all resident guests. There is a new semi-automatic twin-tub washing machine that guests can use and some decent drying racks with lots of clothes pegs. A large and very smart gas barbeque unit is also stored in this area, readily accessible to the residents of all three apartments.