The Master Bedroom
The stunning 39m2/420ft2 master suite is located adjacent to the living area and, with 5m of full-length windows, offers beautiful views over the garden and beach. As with the balcony doors, the bedroom windows are coated with a strong anti-glare film.
The bedroom is attractively furnished with a king size bed, matching nightstands, two chests of drawers and a large cabinet that discretely conceals a 21-inch television with DVD player and small collection of films. A pair of comfortable wicker-work chairs invite one to relax and enjoy the views. Adjustable wall-mounted lamps make reading in bed the pleasure it should be.
All linen and towels were of the very highest quality. The bedroom and bathroom are air-conditioned by a quiet ceiling-mounted split unit air-conditioner. We slept wonderfully.
The bathroom is beautifully tiled and exquisitely presented. A spacious 1.7m 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. There is more than ample storage space for bathroom essentials, both above and below the vanity unit.
The bathroom is equipped with a short deep -soak bath and a large fully-tiled walk-in multi-head shower. Water pressure was good and there was lots of hot water. Taking a soak, or a refreshing shower, was always a pleasure. Soap dispensers are provided in each bathroom.
The large walk-in dressing room/closet comfortably housed the contents of our three large suitcases. There was ample full and half-length hanging, with lots of hangers, plus numerous storage drawers. Spare towels and blankets were also available.
Leading off the entrance hall, the second bedroom is of more modest proportions than the master, at 3.5x3.5m/12x11ft. However, this does not include the en-suite bathroom or two built-in wardrobes that each offer a generous 1m of full-length hanging space, with hangers.
The room is furnished with two single beds. These can be configured as a large king-size bed or as separate singles.
The room's wall-mounted air-conditioner is quiet in operation. The single glazed window has strong security bars and an external shutter.
The en-suite 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.
Also located off the main entrance hall, bedroom 3 is the smallest of the three bedrooms, measuring 3.5x2.6m (11.5x8.5ft). It is simply but attractively furnished with a double bed, nightstand, lamps and a small built-in wardrobe. Air-conditioning is via a small wall-mounted unit. There is also a large remotely-controlled ceiling fan and an external glazed window with security bars and external wooden shutter.
This bedroom does not have full en-suitefacilities, but a powder room with walk-in shower is located immediately adjacent, along the central hallway.
A wide balcony runs the full 9m/30ft width of the living room. This opens out to a spacious 4.8x4.5m/15x14ft seating area. Furnished with four comfortable padded all-weather armchairs, matching footstools and two circular tables, the balcony imparts a very colonial ambience as you sit back grandly admiring the beautiful garden and beach through the decorative white balustrade and tall arched columns that support the high ceiling. The balcony has a decorative wet bar equipped with a small refrigerator. There is a drying rack; ideal for wet swimwear and beach towels. A spiral staircase with secure gate leads from the balcony down to the gardens and beach.
A small infrared electric barbeque had been installed just before our visit. We were the first to use the unit and it was my first experience with infrared cooking. Although the unit hadn't had a chance to 'season' through regular use, our steaks and burgers were delicious. However, be warned: the cooking times are very much shorter than conventional barbeques.
Facing almost due west, the balcony is a stunning spot from which to watch the sun set. Some of the best sunsets we have seen have been from Black Rock Dreams. The balcony is in shade during the mornings, but attracts the sun in the afternoons. A large ceiling fan helps to keep the air moving. It is only during the hour or two before sunset that one starts to edge chairs away from the front of the balcony and back into the shade.