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Blue Marlin Suite, Tobago

Blue Marlin Suite

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Blue Marlin is one of the 3-bedroom apartments located within the Black Rock Dreams upscale apartment development at the northern end of Grafton Beach.... These apartments offer wonderful sea views and have direct access our favourite Tobago beach.

We have stayed at, and reviewed, three of the largest and nicest condominiums in the Black Rock Dreams complex and Blue Marlin is scheduled for review in 2019. We believe these units represent some of the most ideally located and luxuriously comfortable holiday accommodation on Tobago. We thoroughly endorse and recommend all four units.
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Blue Marlin Suite

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Blue Marlin is one of the 3-bedroom apartments located within the Black Rock Dreams upscale apartment development at the northern end of Grafton Beach. These apartments offer wonderful sea views and have direct access our favourite Tobago beach.

We have stayed at, and reviewed, three of the largest and nicest condominiums in the Black Rock Dreams complex and Blue Marlin is scheduled for review in 2019. We believe these units represent some of the most ideally located and luxuriously comfortable holiday accommodation on Tobago. We thoroughly endorse and recommend all four units.

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Property Description

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Blue Marlin is an extremely large and airy 3 bedroom, high specification, apartment with views to 3 sides. It is one of eight apartments in a Colonial styled building which was completed in 2006. It has magnificent and uninterrupted sea views and is located off the bend of a quiet road and it has direct access to one of Tobago's most desirable beaches.

Blue Marlin is furnished to a high standard with all bedrooms and living room having air-conditioning as well as ceiling fans. The master bedroom has a large king size bed, the guest bedroom has a queen size bed and the 3rd bedroom has twin beds. Both the two main bedrooms have en suites and there is a third shower room. The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, dishwasher, large american fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine and tumble dryer. If walking along the beach, or sitting listening to the waves becomes too much - then there is satellite television, a DVD and stereo system. This exclusive complex is security fenced and has electronic access to the underground basement parking. There is burglar proofing and a burglar alarm in the property.

This is a great getaway from all the strains of everyday life - the hardest work is watching the fishermen pull in their nets (known locally as the Seine) in front of the property. However if you still wish to keep in contact with your 'normal' life, wifi internet access is provided. There is a large sea facing balcony with a full range of patio furniture to enjoy the amazing sunsets and a fan to stir the air on those hot tropical evenings... . Access to the pool deck is via a spiral staircase. The patio and well designed pool area (pool depth 1 ft. to 6 ft.) with a bridge and waterfall, overlook the beach, there are sun loungers and a shower area. The lush tropical plants in the garden are full of beautiful birds (including many humming birds). There is gated direct access to the beach, with another shower nearby.

myTobago Review

Blue Marlin Suite, Grafton, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Blue Marlin Suite in March 2019.

Introduction

The Blue Marlin Suite is a luxurious self-catering unit in the striking and prestigious Black Rock Dreams condominium complex. Located in Tobago's beautiful Stonehaven Bay, these apartments offer outstanding levels of accommodation with the added benefit of direct access onto the natural, palm-fringed sands of Grafton beach.

This review is specific to Blue Marlin Suite. It only applies in the most general sense to other units at Black Rock Dreams.

Location

Stonehaven Bay lies between the village of Black Rock and the hamlet of Pleasant Prospect.

The Seahorse Inn, widely accepted as the island's premier restaurant, is just 100m from Black Rock Dreams. The more casual, but equally deserving, Fish Pot Restaurant is less than a mile away. Tobago's leading Italian restaurant, La Tartaruga, is just two miles further.

Every notable feature in the main Crown Point-Plymouth-Scarborough triangle lies within a 10-15-minute drive of Black Rock Dreams. Visitors are ideally placed to tour Tobago's beautiful northern coastline and rainforest. Black Rock Dreams undoubtedly boasts one of the best locations possible.

The island is small, but few properties are within walking distance of more than one or two shops, restaurants, beaches or other facilities. Relying on private taxis is expensive. So, we strongly advise visitors to budget for self-drive car or jeep rental.

Accommodation

Blue Marlin Suite is located on the upper floor of the two-storey Black Rock Dreams building. The views over Stonehaven Bay and Grafton Beach are simply stunning, at the marginal cost of an extra flight of stairs.

The Black Rock Dreams complex assumes a quiet, unassuming ambience. Security is unobtrusive and the building and grounds maintained to the highest standards. There is no doubt that this is one of the most upmarket apartment properties on Tobago and that 'good taste' is the prevailing ethos.

The Blue Marlin Suite is the largest condominium in the complex, offering more than 200m2/2,100ft2 of luxurious holiday accommodation, including the covered front balcony.

The apartment is serviced every day, except Sundays and public holidays, and housekeeper, Lenore, was a pleasure to have around. Blue Marlin is ably managed by Liz Sloper of Tobago Exotic Properties who can arrange airport transfers, tours and excursions and undertake basic grocery shopping for guests before their arrival.

Living Room

A wide entrance hall leads into a spacious open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. We are not normally fans of 'heavy' dark wood furniture, but after a week at the apartment we concluded that overall, it was possibly the most comfortable, practical and well-equipped holiday accommodation that we have ever had the pleasure to stay in.

No matter how nicely the apartment may be furnished or how striking the décor, your eyes are automatically drawn to the amazing view visible through the 20-foot plus glazed sliding doors that separate the room from the balcony. Oh, what a view! The foaming, turquoise waters of Stonehaven Bay combined with the sands of Grafton beach. It doesn't get better than this.

A semi-circle of deeply cushioned and very comfortable sofas are arranged around a large wooden coffee table facing a 40-inch LCD smart TV. The local digital cable service offers a variety of local and North American television, and a fast fibre Internet service provides Wi-Fi access throughout the apartment.

Behind this lounge area, a small desk is flanked by open display units with a small collection of novels and local information leaflets. Guests can use the apartment's telephone to make local calls, or to receive local and international calls.

The apartment is fully air-conditioned. Twin units discreetly and unobtrusively service the living area. Each of the bedrooms has its own remotely-controlled unit. All rooms also have overhead ceiling fans.

Dining Area & Kitchen

A large wooden dining table with eight comfortable cushioned dining chairs sits next to the balcony doors. With the doors open, you feel that you are dining al fresco.

A trio of padded revolving stools service the breakfast bar/kitchen island that neatly separates the dining area from the kitchen. Do not make the mistake of thinking this is the usual holiday rental kitchen. It is a kitchen for very serious catering, beautifully equipped with top-of-the-range equipment. The large side-by-side stainless fridge-freezer, with water filter and ice dispenser, is large enough to keep grocery shopping to a minimum. The large built-in electric oven/grill is supplemented by a microwave oven and ceramic hob, plus warming drawer. A dishwasher is mounted beneath the central island. The ancillary items, cookware, kitchen utensils, crockery and glassware are all top-notch quality, condition and cleanliness.

Blue Marlin Suite undoubtedly boasts one of the best and most practically equipped apartment kitchens of any villa or apartment that we have stayed in.

The Master Bedroom

The stunning master suite enjoys some five metres of full-height windows. As with the balcony glazing, the bedroom windows are coated with a strong anti-glare film. With the windows open, you can lie in bed and enjoy the most beautiful views over the bay.

The bedroom is attractively furnished with a 6ft California king bed, matching nightstands, a large chest of drawers and a superbly comfortable sofa and matching chairs.

All linen and towels were of the very highest quality and immaculately clean. The bedroom and bathroom are air-conditioned by a quiet ceiling-mounted split unit. We slept wonderfully.

The bathroom is beautifully tiled and exquisitely presented. A spacious vanity unit is fitted with a full-width mirror, with theatre-style lighting, and 'his and hers' basins, dual electric shaver sockets and a wall-mounted hairdryer.

If the spacious walk-in shower unit, with its two multi-head shower units and large raindrop shower heads doesn't appeal, the bathroom has a four-foot long deep-soak bath tub. Water pressure was fine (not to be taken for granted in Tobago) and there was lots of hot water.
The large walk-in dressing room/closet comfortably housed the contents of our three large suitcases.

Bedroom 2

Leading off the entrance hall, the second ensuite bedroom is of more modest proportions than the master. The room is furnished with two single beds. These can assumedly be pushed together and configured as a king-size bed or left as separate singles. The wall-mounted air-conditioner was quiet in operation. Built-in wardrobes offer some two metres of hanging space.

The ensuite bathroom is of decent size and equipped with toilet, pedestal washbasin and a large fully-tiled walk-in shower. A shaver plug is provided, together with a wall-mounted electric hairdryer. There is a wall-mounted cabinet with open shelf for storage of toiletries.

Bedroom 3

Also located off the main entrance hall, bedroom 3 is the smallest of the three bedrooms. It is simply but attractively furnished with a queen-size double bed, nightstand, lamps and a small built-in wardrobe. Air-conditioning is via an extremely quiet wall unit.

This bedroom does not have full ensuite facilities, but a powder room with walk-in shower is located immediately adjacent, along the central hallway.  

The Balcony

A wide balcony runs the full 9m/30ft width of the living room. Furnished with a comfortable all-weather padded sofa and armchairs with matching footstools and two circular tables, the balcony imparts a very colonial ambience. What a wonderful place to sit back and grandly admire the beautiful gardens and beach through the decorative white balustrade and tall arched columns that support the high covered roof.

The balcony has a drying rail; ideal for wet swimwear and beach towels. A spiral staircase with secure gate leads from the balcony down to the gardens and beach.

The balcony is in shade during the morning but attracts the sun in the afternoon. A large ceiling fan helps to keep the air moving. Facing almost due west, the balcony is a stunning spot from which you can admire the sun setting. Some of the best sunsets that we have ever seen have been at Black Rock Dreams.

Swimming Pool & Gardens

The Black Rock Dreams gardens, whilst small, are beautifully landscaped and immaculately maintained. Full credit must be given to the resident property manager, Chris, who can be regularly seen toiling away in the grounds.

The gardens and pool are shared by the occupants of all eight condominiums. As none are permanent residences, guests are unlikely to find the shared facilities an issue.

The pool deck is the centrepiece of the gently sloping grounds. The pool consists of interlinked circles, separated by mature palm trees, one of which forms a shallow kiddie's pool. A gentle waterfall cascade tumbles into the pool from a ledge beneath the wooden bridge that crosses the pool. The pool isn't going to satisfy serious swimmers, but what a wonderful way to cool down after sunbathing.

The spacious non-slip tiled pool deck is furnished with plastic sun loungers and a table with sun umbrella and four chairs.

A gate with combination lock provides access from the gardens an onto Grafton beach. A water tap (faucet) enables guests to wash the fine sand off their feet when returning from the beach. A cold-water shower is also available, just a few metres away, next to the pool.   

The Beach

Grafton Beach is a little under a kilometre in length (0.6 mile). Soft golden sand dominates at the southern end of the beach but is interspersed with powdery black volcanic sand at the sheltered northern end. With every tide, the lighter golden sand is washed ashore, often forming fascinating patterns on the heavier darker sand.

Grafton Beach is our favourite Tobago beach. There are other, more spectacular, beaches but none of them provide the same combination of great swimming, walking, access to cafes and restaurants, security and accessibility. The snorkelling is fine for practising your skills before trying more adventurous locations. A round-trip walk of the beach takes about 20 minutes and is a great way to start the day.

Security & Shared Facilities

In addition to double-lock doors, Blue Marlin has a comprehensive internal security alarm. There is also a large security safe for cash, documents and other valuables. The property has good perimeter protection. The beach and unloading gates are locked at night and the electric gates of the underground car park are controlled remotely.

Review Conclusion

We are very familiar with the Black Rock Dreams complex, having stayed here several times and written reviews about four of the units. This review is very largely a modified version of these other reviews.

The Blue Marlin Suite offers truly luxurious accommodation, particularly for the lucky couple who bag the master bedroom. We would happily move into this apartment tomorrow; not just for a holiday, but permanently. The photos and video will convince readers more than my words, so I will close by saying that I can think of no other self-catering accommodation on Tobago that offers a better balance of location and comfortable living. 

Reader Reports

This property has a weighted Reader Satisfaction Rating of 100%   . Click below to read the 6 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Rebecca from U.K. visited in April 2019 and awarded   

My mother, daughter and I had a wonderful stay at Blue Marlin over the Easter break. The apartment is very spacious and all the furniture very comfortable. We did lots of cooking (fresh fish from Mount Irvibe fish market was excellent) and the kitchen was very well equipped. The balcony has a fantastic view and is spacious and great for watching the sun set. We loved being able to access the beach so easily and enjoyed swimming in the sea and watching the fishermen bring in the nets. The property is very well taken care of by Liz, who is available to answer any questions or resolve issues - and there is a lovely cleaner who attends daily to tidy up. The apartment is also very secure, with new glass sliding doors and an alarm system. All in all, this is a great property and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and stress free holiday.

Liz Sloper replied...

Dear Rebecca, it was such a pleasure to meet you, your daughter and mother and we are so glad that you loved Blue Marlin as much as we do.

Thank you for the lovely review and we very much look forward to welcoming you again very soon. Kind regards Liz

Sean s from U.S.A. visited in July 2018 and awarded   

This was an excellent vacation. It was seven of us traveling and three weeks later we are talking about the beach and the excellent view for the balcony. And this was a full balcony with comfortable furniture. Liz also has the necessary home comforts..Sofa and dining room furniture, starter coffee, pot pans , detergents, etc.,. The housekeeping service was great. Alarm security system made everyone sleep easier.

Do not walk to this location.. run to it. I can’t wait to return

It hard to please everyone, but my folks wished they had a tv in the master bedroom. They believe each room should have a tv. Also, you should consider getting a car.

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Apartment Rate:$300 - $375
Minimum Nights:0 nights
Property Type:Self-Catering Apartment
Bedrooms:3
Maximum Guests:6
Air-Conditioning:Fully air-conditioned
Children:Children welcome
Hair Dryers:Available
Telephone:Yes
Internet Access:Yes
Television:Yes
Safety Deposit:Yes
Wheelchair Access:No
Swimming Pool:Full pool
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:6 times per week
Baby-Sitting:No
Personal Laundry:No
Personal Cooking:No
Location:Grafton
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Open Countryside
Airport:15 minutes
Beach:Beachside Property