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Chaconia Suite, Tobago

Chaconia Suite

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Chaconia Suite 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 complex and a fourth 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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Chaconia Suite

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Chaconia Suite 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 complex and a fourth 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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Chaconia is 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.

We have furnished Chaconia 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 and an ipod player. There are plenty of books, playing cards etc. 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 adult 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 now 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.

Maid service is provided 6 days a week and Lenore (our maid) is more than happy to cook local meals for a small additional fee. In fact you may decide that 'eating in' is better than heading to a restaurant...

All linen is provided, along with beach towels, so all you will need to pack is the sun tan lotion!

myTobago Review

Self-Catering Apartment, Grafton, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Chaconia Suite in March 2018.

Introduction

Chaconia is a luxurious three-bedroom self-catering unit in the striking and prestigious Black Rock Dreams condominium development. Located in Tobago's beautiful Stonehaven Bay, one of the most striking features of this lovely property is the direct access it offers onto the palm-fringed sands of Grafton beach.

Black Rock Dreams consists of eight villa-apartments on two accommodation levels. Each unit is privately owned and individually furnished and equipped. Not all of which are available for holiday rental.

These unique apartments offer the very highest standards of self-catering holiday accommodation. They are a perfect choice for those looking for upscale vacation apartments. We describe them as villa-apartments because they offer standards of holiday accommodation normally only associated with luxury villas. Given the almost total absence of vacation rental villas with immediate proximity to a worthwhile Tobago beach, the Black Rock Dreams units represent a viable alternative for travellers who would normally stay in a holiday rental villa.

Due to the popularity of these lovely condominiums, we now recommend four Black Rock Dreams units. Located at each end of the building, they are slightly larger, lighter and more desirable than the inner units, primarily due to the advantages of the added exterior wall. This review is specific to Chaconia Suite. It only applies in a most general sense to other units in the Black Rock Dreams complex.

Location

Black Rock Dreams is located on the edge of Black Rock village, at the northern end of Grafton beach. This is on Tobago's beautiful Lower Caribbean coast (region 2).

Black Rock village will be of minor interest to visitors, but anyone familiar with the area will know Pleasant Prospect. It is home to a very useful mini-mart, three restaurants, bars, a take-out pizza outlet and the only ATM cash machine on this stretch of coast.

The Seahorse Inn, perceived by many as the island's best restaurant, is little more than 100m from Black Rock Dreams. The more casual, but equally deserving, Fish Pot Restaurant less than a mile away, at Pleasant Prospect. Two miles further, Tobago's leading Italian restaurant, La Tartaruga.

Every notable feature in the main Crown Point-Plymouth-Scarborough triangle is within a 15-minute drive of Black Rock Dreams. Residents are ideally located to tour Tobago's stunning northern coastline and rainforest. One could hardly find a more ideal location.

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 and inconvenient. To get the most from your holiday at Black Rock Dreams, we strongly recommend that you budget for self-drive car or jeep rental.

Accommodation

Chaconia is situated on the lower floor of Black Rock Dreams' twin accommodation levels. The apartment offers wonderful views over Stonehaven Bay and Grafton Beach.

The apartment is accessed by a short flight of stairs from the underground car park. There is also a narrow access road leading to a small parking area at the rear of the building. This is helpful for unloading or loading luggage on arrival and departure. Apart from a few small steps on the rear balcony, the lower apartments are entirely single level and offer genuinely viable possibilities for those with mobility issues.

The Black Rock Dreams complex assumes a quiet and unassuming ambience. Security is unobtrusive, and the building and beautifully landscaped grounds maintained to the highest standards.

Chaconia Suite offers some 2,000ft2 of luxurious, under-stated, holiday accommodation. Ignore the word holiday: I would be happy to move in, permanently, tomorrow!

The apartment is serviced daily, except Sundays and public holidays, and housekeeper, Lenore, was a pleasure to have around. Chaconia is ably managed by Liz Sloper of Tobago's Exotic Properties who can arrange airport transfers, tours and excursions as well as basic grocery shopping for guests.

Living Room

A wide entrance hall opens into a large and open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Dusky beige and oatmeal colours dominate. The entire apartment is beautifully decorated and furnished and imparts a lovely Caribbean feel. The overall ambience tasteful, relaxing, comfortable and easy on the eye.

No matter how attractive the décor, your eye is however automatically drawn to the amazing view presented through the wide glazed sliding windows across the front of the room. And, what a view it is! The foaming, turquoise waters of Stonehaven Bay combined with the dark golden sands of Grafton beach. An artist would be hard pressed to envisage a more idyllic landscape.   

A semi-circle of deeply cushioned suedette sofas and chairs are arranged around a low coffee table. Should you get bored of the wonderful sea views, a 37-inch LCD flat-screen television with DVD player is connected to the local digital cable service and offers a variety of local and North American channels.

Guests can use the apartment's telephone to make local calls, or to receive local and international calls.

The apartment is fully air-conditioned. A single large unit discreetly and unobtrusively services the main living area. Each of the bedrooms has its own remotely-controlled air-conditioning unit. For those who prefer fresh air, all rooms also have overhead ceiling fans.

Dining Area & Kitchen

A large teak dining table, with eight comfortable chairs, is ideally positioned between the kitchen and the lounge area. It offers spacious formal dining for the apartment's maximum occupancy of six adults.

Adjacent to the dining table, three fascinating half-log wooden stools border the wide breakfast bar island that neatly separates the dining area from the more utilitarian kitchen area.

The kitchen is well equipped. The large stainless fridge-freezer with filtered water/ice unit ensures that you will never be short of a 'beastly cold' beer. It is large enough to ensure that trips to the supermarket can be kept to the minimum. Mind you, the nearest large supermarket is little more than a 5-minute drive away.

The built-in oven/grill was a pleasure to use. The oven is supplemented by a large microwave and four-ring electric hob. And, once you have finished your meal, there is a large new dishwasher to take care of things. Smaller items of equipment include a filter coffee machine, kettle, liquidiser and toaster. The cupboards were full of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware, with everything neatly arranged, spotlessly clean and a pleasure to use.

The Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is separated from the front balcony by wide glazed sliding doors. It benefits from wonderful views of the gardens, bay and beach. Privacy is preserved, and glare overcome, by strong anti-glare film on the glazing.

The master bedroom suite is of very generous size and paired with an equally spacious bathroom with walk-in closet. It is furnished with a king-size bed with matching nightstands, lamps, two large chests of drawers and a wide half-length mirror. The mattress was softer than we are used to, but nevertheless, helped by high-quality cotton sheets and a light blanket, we once again slept like logs every night.

The bathroom is fully tiled and exquisitely presented. The walk-in closet was large enough to take all our formal clothing and it would take a very long holiday to fill the dresser drawers with clothing. The vanity unit is backed by a full-width mirror with overhead theatre-style lighting and equipped with dual wash basins, dual electric sockets for shavers and electric toothbrushes and a wall-mounted electric hairdryer.

The bathroom also has a deep four-foot soak bath tub and a large fully-tiled walk-in shower. Water pressure was good, so taking a soak, or a refreshing shower, was always a pleasure. Soap dispensers and complimentary small soap bars are provided in each bathroom, in addition to beach towels.

Bedroom 2

The second bedroom is of more modest size, but fully en suite with a queen-size bed, built-in wardrobes and generous full-length hanging and storage space. There are bedside tables with on either side of the bed and a large wall mounted mirror.

The room's wall-mounted air-conditioner is quiet in operation. A single window looks out to the rear of the property. Glazed windows are fitted internally and strong security bars and a wooden shutter externally.

The en suite bathroom is relatively small, but adequate, and equipped with the usual trio: a toilet, pedestal washbasin and a large fully-tiled walk-in shower. A small shelf above the washbasin provides storage space, supplemented by a larger wall-mounted cabinet. The bathroom also has a wall-mounted electric hairdryer.

Bedroom 3

Like the second bedroom, the third bedroom is located at the rear of the apartment. It has two single beds, separated by a bedside table and lamp, and a decent-size five-drawer chest plus a half-wardrobe for longer items of clothing.  Air-conditioning is provided courtesy of a small wall-mounted unit, or by the overhead ceiling fan. The room has secure windows with wooden shutters on two aspects, so is nice and bright.

This bedroom does not have en suite facilities. However, a bathroom, that doubles as a general powder room, is located across the hallway, next to the living area. This bathroom is equipped with a toilet, attractive wash bowl and large fully-tiled walk-in shower.

The Balcony

A wide balcony runs the full 9m/30ft width of the conjoined living room and master bedroom. It opens out into a lovely seating and viewing area at the centre. Furnished with a comfortable padded all-weather settee, pair of matching armchairs and two circular tables, the balcony imparts a very 'grand' feeling as you sit back, enjoying the stunning views over the beach and bay through the decorative white balustrade and tall arched columns that support the high roof. A single large ceiling fan keeps the air moving. There is a drying rack for wet swimwear.

For reasons that I can't explain, we have seen more stunning sunsets from the balconies at Black Rock Dreams than at any other holiday accommodation on Tobago. The balcony is in full shade throughout the morning and roller blinds can be drawn down to provide shade in the afternoon.

Although the apartment borders the road, traffic noise has never been an issue. The dominant sounds are the crashing of the surf and the tweeting of birds.

Swimming Pool & Gardens

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

The gardens and pool are shared by all eight condominiums. None of the owners are in permanent residence and it is seldom that you will find more than half the apartments occupied, so guests are unlikely to find the shared facilities an issue.

The centrepiece of the beautiful sloping grounds is the pool deck. It must be said that the pool is more ornamental than practical. However, it is great for a cooling dip or when the seas are running high and you don't want to be battered by the surf.

The pool consists of four interlinked circles, separated by a pair of mature palm trees. One of the circles forms a shallow children's pool. The pool depth varies between 1.4m and a little under 2 metres. A gentle water cascade tumbles into the pool from a ledge beneath a wooden bridge, making a striking water feature.

Attractive non-slip tiles border the pool, forming a spacious pool deck. Eight plastic sun loungers and a table with four chairs offer parents somewhere to rest whilst watching the kids, or to lounge away the hours in the lovely garden setting.

A rear gate, with keypad security system, provides direct access on to Grafton beach. A water tap (faucet) and hose is provided, just inside the gate, so that guests can wash the fine sand off their feet when returning from the beach. There is also a cold-water shower beside the swimming pool, just a few metres away.

The Beach

Grafton Beach is fractionally under a kilometre in length (0.6 mile). Soft golden sand dominates the southern end of the beach, interspersed with powdery black volcanic sand at the more 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 beach on Tobago. There are other, more spectacular, beaches but none of them provide the same combination of good swimming, body boarding, walking, access to cafes and restaurants, security and accessibility. The snorkelling isn't brilliant, but the sheltered northern end is fine for practising your skills before trying them out at more adventurous locations. A round-trip walk of the beach takes about 20 minutes and makes a wonderful wake-up call before breakfast.

Security & Shared Facilities

The owners and management of Black Rock Dreams pride themselves on security. The biggest problem is Tobago's ability to induce an all-encompassing sense of relaxed wellbeing that sometimes leads visitors to ignore the common-sense security precautions they would take for granted at home.

The front door to Chaconia is double-locked and the external spiral staircase leading from the front balcony to the ground floor is protected by a strong iron grill gate with heavy duty lock. The glazed windows between the balcony living room and master bedroom are both protected by heavy duty lockable wrought iron security grills. An internal security alarm can be set either at night, or when going out for the day. A reasonably sized security safe is provided within the apartment for cash, documents and other valuables.

Black Rock Dreams also boasts secure perimeter protection. The beach gate is locked at night, as are the beefy gates that guard the drop-off/parking area at the rear of the property. The complex boasts an underground car park with entry is via remotely controlled electric gates. The basement level is also home to the permanent property coordinator's office and apartment, plus various utility rooms.

Conclusion

I'm sure you didn't need to wade through several pages of description to judge the wonderful self-catering holiday accommodation offered by Chaconia Suite; hopefully the review video will have done a better job.

Over the past five years, we have stayed at three different Black Rock Dreams units; visiting each unit twice, for a week at a time. We are therefore well-familiar with these apartments and any deficiencies in the location or accommodations would have made themselves very clear by now. Although each apartment is furnished and equipped to the owner's taste and preferences, they are basically similar. It is only fair to say that which you prefer and choose to stay in is very much a matter of personal choice.

The Chaconia Suite offers true luxury accommodation, particularly for the lucky couple who bag the master bedroom. This is an apartment that we would happily move into tomorrow; not just for a holiday, but permanently. I will bore our reader no further and close by saying that I can think of no other self-catering apartment 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 39 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Julia Burdge from U.K. visited in September 2018 and awarded   

The Chaconia suite was fabulous.

It is spacious and comfortable with lots of extras to make the stay really enjoyable. The kitchen is very well equipped with high specification fridge/freezer, oven/grill and other kitchen gadgets such as a blender to whip up a banana daiquiri 🙂 There is a lovely big terrace where you can sip your daiquiri and watch the beautiful sunsets over the sea. The apartment is situated amongst well kept and attractive gardens full of birds. The whole experience was charming, I would definitely recommend Chaconia.

Liz Sloper replied...

Dear Julia

Many thanks for writing such a lovely review, we think Chaconia is a special place and we love the fact that other people do to. As you say it is beautifully situated right on one of the best beaches on the island and because it is the owners second home it is fitted out in such a way that when they come down they they want everything just right.

We do hope that you come back and stay with us again, remember returning guests receive and automatic 5% discount.

Take care

Liz

Cyril Dalmas from Trinidad visited in December 2017 and awarded   

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Chaconia. The condo is on one side of the complex so its large balcony (with direct access to the beach) has the most privacy and like all the others, a fantastic view. The condo was clean, secure and well equipped. We could not have asked for more for our Xmas holiday... even a tree had been set up before our arrival!! Thanks Liz for making our stay so easy and trouble-free.

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2-Bedroom Apt:$300 - $350
3-Bedroom Apt:$325 - $375
Minimum Nights:7 nights
Property Type:Self-Catering Apartment
Bedrooms:3
Maximum Guests:6
Air-Conditioning:All bedrooms and the living room also benefit from a ceiling fan.
Children:Children welcome
Hair Dryers:In all bathrooms
Telephone:Yes
Internet Access:Wifi available for guests
Television:There two televisons, one in the living room and one in the master bedroom
Safety Deposit:There is a security safe in the master bedroom ensuite cupboard.
Wheelchair Access:No
Swimming Pool:The clover shaped pool is shared with the other apartments in the building.
Jacuzzi:The bath in the main ensuite is a jacuzzi bath.
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:6 times per week
Baby-Sitting:Yes
Personal Laundry:Personal laundry can be done by the maid at an extra cost.
Personal Cooking:By Arrangement
Location:Grafton
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Open Countryside
Airport:15 minutes
Beach:Beachside Property