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.
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.