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.
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.