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Flamboyant Suite, Tobago

Flamboyant Suite

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Flamboyant 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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Flamboyant Suite

1 Self-Catering Apartment

Flamboyant 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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Named for the beautiful black rock outcroppings on the beach in front of the property,  BLACK ROCK DREAMS is a luxury holiday retreat on Tobago's Caribbean coast.  Built in 2006 it is the most impressive upscale seaside development in Tobago.

FLAMBOYANT SUITE is one of 8 fully air conditioned apartments in this charming new condominium complex.  Tastefully furnished and equipped to the highest standard this end unit offers privacy as well as wonderful views  of ocean and gardens from three sides.  It is absolutely perfect for a family.

  • All rooms have air conditioning and ceiling fans.
  • The kitchen is a chef's dream with SS appliances and all the necessary cooking utensils for in house catering or for creating your own gourmet meals.
  • A sea side disappearing glass wall makes for awesome views of the Caribbean Sea.  High ceilings, tall windows and doors add to the atmosphere of elegance.
  • Spectacular sunsets can be savoured from the  sea side balcony, while enjoying your  favorite evening drinks.  In the morning the balcony is a popular spot from which to watch the local fishermen 'pull seine'.
  • There are three bedrooms. Two bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms and the third bathroom doubles as a 'powder room'. The third bedroom is small and can be used for child accomodation.
  • Located on the north end of Grafton Beach, there is no noise from traffic to distract you, only the sound of the Caribbean Sea to bewitch you.
  • An open concept, the living room, dining room, kitchen are all one big open area.  A breakfast bar provides ample seating for four, opening the kitchen to the more formal dining area.  Adjoining the dining area is this suites comfortably furnished lounge which offers a 37" flat screen tv, dvd player and a cd player.

GRAFTON BEACH is suitable for swimming as the sand slopes gently  to deeper water.  The beach can be accessed via a spiral staircase leading from the sea side balcony through the property's beautifully landscaped gardens and pool area.  A sun terrace is provided for you to lounge around the pool , with its three connecting circles, if that is your pleasure.  A baby pool is on one end so that your youngsters can splash safely.

FINE DINING at Seahorse Inn is only a two minute walk away.  Long hailed as one of Tobago's top restaurants, it is a definite must for your holiday.  Just past the  recently refurbished Buccaneers Bar there is a popular beach-side boutique-run by sweetheart Deanne-offering trendy keepsakes and hand made accessories for the souvenir hunter.

THE HAPPENING HAMLET of Pleasant Prospect is just a few steps further up the shore road.  There you can find a cash stop a small but well stocked mini-mart.  Joannes "finger licking" take out of local favorites like stew chicken and callaloo, and last but by no means least  "The Fish Pot" which is a fully licensed restaurant providing the tastiest of local and international foods in a very tropical shabby-chic setting.

SECURITY works when YOU work it:

  • You can drive in through remote controlled entry gates into a secure underground parking area
  • You can set the key-pad alarm system at any time of the day or night from inside the apartment.
  • You can carry the portable 'panic button' which is connected to an outdoor siren, around with you

As opposed to being on your own in a villa, at BLACK ROCK DREAMS you have the daily assurance of the developments manager living on site, not to mention Flamboyant's agents living nearby. 

 SERVICES which can be arranged at additional cost:

  • Provisioning and/or welcome meal
  • Car hire or arrangement with local dependable driver
  • Therapeutic massage treatments
  • A fabulous Rainforest Jeep tour
  • Nature and Waterfall tours with local guide
  • An SOS (Save our Seaturtles) nesting or hatchling watch
  • Scuba Safari Adventure with PADI School on Grafton Beach
  • An all inclusive day of snorkeling & sailing aboard "Island Girl"
  • A day trip to Trinidad with local Birding Expert
  • Full concierge services here or in Trinidad
  • An in shore or deep water sport fishing trip with one of Tobago's best

myTobago Review

Self-Catering Apartment, Grafton, Tobago

The following review was produced during a 7-night stay at Flamboyant Suite in March 2017.

Introduction

The Flamboyant Suite is one of the luxurious self-catering units in the striking and prestigious Black Rock Dreamscondominium complex in Tobago's beautiful Stonehaven Bay. A major feature of this property is the direct access it offers to the natural, palm-fringed sands of Grafton beach.

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

Location

Stonehaven Bay lies between the village of Black Rock and the hamlet of Pleasant Prospect on what we refer to as Tobago's Lower Caribbeancoast (region 2 in our maps).

Several of the island's best restaurants are located along, or close to, this stretch of coast road. The Seahorse Inn, perceived as one of the island's best restaurants, is situated just a 30-second walk from Black Rock Dreams. The more casual, but equally deserving, Fish Pot Restaurant is less than a mile away, at Pleasant Prospect. Tobago's leading Italian restaurant, La Tartaruga, is two miles further on, in Buccoo village. In fact, every restaurant in Regions 1 to 3 of our restaurant listing is within a 15-20-minute drive of the apartment.

Black Rock village will be of little interest to visitors. However, Pleasant Prospect is home to a very useful mini-mart, a take-out pizza outlet, a couple of local bars and the only ATM cash machine in the area.

Every notable feature in the main Crown Point-Plymouth-Scarborough triangle lies within a 10-15-minute drive of Black Rock Dreams. Visitors are also ideally placed for tours of Tobago's beautiful northern coastline and rainforest. When one combines these factors, Black Rock Dreams undoubtedly boasts one of the best locations on the island.

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

Flamboyant Suite is located on the lower of Black Rock Dreams' two accommodation levels. The property offers glorious views over Stonehaven Bay and Grafton Beach. The upper floor apartments arguably have the best views, at the cost of an extra flight of stairs. It would be a mean-spirited person who argued over which view was better when all are so spectacular.

The apartment is accessed by a single flight of stairs from the underground car park. There is also a narrow access road to the rear of the building that leads directly to the lower apartment level and can be used for unloading, etc. Apart from two small steps on the external terrace leading to the main door, the apartment is on a single level. It is a viable option for those with mobility issues, as we can testify, having stayed there whilst Jill was suffering from a knee injury and walking with the aid of crutches.

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.

Flamboyant Suite is one of the largest condominiums in the complex, offering 170m2/1,850ft2 of accommodation, plus a 27sq.m./300sq.ft covered front balcony.

The apartment is serviced three times a week by the friendly and helpful Agatha (pronounced Agartha). A small welcome pack of groceries, tailored to the guests' requirements, is normally supplied to incoming guests.

Living Room

A wide entrance hall opens into a spacious open-plan living area. Dusky beige and oatmeal colours dominate. It was all very tasteful, very appropriate and very easy on the eye.

No matter how attractive the furnishings and 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 rattan sofas and chairs are arranged around a glass-topped coffee table, facing a 32-inch LCD flat-screen television. The local digital cable service offers a variety of local and North American television.

Behind this lounge area, a small desk is flanked by open display units with a small library of novels and local information leaflets, plus a small CD-player, iPod dock and telephone. The phone accepts incoming calls, and the outgoing service can be enabled by prior arrangement. Complimentary wireless broadband is available in the apartment.

The apartment is fully air-conditioned throughout. A single remotely controlled unit services the main living areas. However, it is so much nicer to dispense with the mechanical aides, throw open the massive glazed sliding doors and let the sea breezes cool the apartment. A portable fan is provided and was all that we needed to keep the kitchen area cool, even when the oven and stove were on. Each bedroom has its own remotely-controlled air-conditioning unit. 

Dining Area & Kitchen

On the other side of the living room, a large glass-topped dining table with six comfortable cushioned rattan dining chairs sits adjacent to the balcony doors. When these doors are wide open, you could be dining al fresco.

Adjacent to the dining table are a pair of padded rattan stools in front of the breakfast bar/kitchen island that neatly separates the dining area from the kitchen space. This is not a simple self-catering kitchenette – it is a kitchen for veryserious catering.

The kitchen is beautifully equipped with top-of-the-range equipment. The large side-by-side stainless fridge-freezer, with filtered water and ice dispenser, is large enough to ensure that trips to the supermarket are kept to a minimum. The large built-in oven/grill is supplemented by a large microwave and four-ring electric hob. An electric dishwasher is mounted beneath the central island. Ancillary items include a filter coffee machine, kettle, blender, juicer, liquidiser, toaster, waffle iron and a small indoor grill. The range of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware is far too extensive to detail here; all of it of top notch quality, condition and cleanliness. Flamboyant Suite is the owner's holiday home, not just a rental property, and this always makes a difference in terms of the way that a property is furnished and equipped.

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.

Bedroom 2

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.

Bedroom 3

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.  

Balcony

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.

Swimming Pool & Gardens

The Black Rock Dreams gardens, whilst 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 only about half of the units are available for holiday rental, so guests are unlikely to find the shared facilities an issue.

The centrepiece of the beautiful sloping grounds is the pool deck. The pool is more ornamental than practical. However, it is great for a cooling dip or when the seas are running high or if 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 kiddie's pool. The depth of the other pools varies between 1.4m and a little under 2 metres. A gentle cascade tumbles into the pool from a ledge beneath a wooden bridge across the pool 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 provides direct access on to Grafton beach. The gate is securely locked outside daylight hours. 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. A cold-water shower is also available, beside the swimming pool, just a few metres away.

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 Flamboyant 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. An internal security alarm can be set either at night, or when going out for the day. A reasonably sized security safe is available 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.

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 great 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.

Conclusion

Readers probably didn't need to wade through our 2,500-word description of Flamboyant Suite; hopefully the video and pictures illustrating the review will do a better job.

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

The Flamboyant 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 13 reader reports that this is rating is based on.

Alison Kane from U.K. visited in April 2014 and awarded   

We had an amazing time. Flamboyant Suite was perfect for all of our needs ( two 13 yr olds, an 11 yr old and a 10 month baby plus 2 adults ). There was plenty of space for us all and the kitchen had everything. The kids spent hours in the beautiful pool and the gardens are really well maintained.

The beach is perfect and the kids loved jumping the waves every single day. Beautiful clear waters and a gorgeous sandy beach.In terms of location you can't beat it. Great bar/snack place on the beach for lunch. There was a full steel band playing one of the Sundays we ate there.

Our contact Gillian was brilliant and could not have done more for us.

When we return to Tobago we could only come back to the Flamboyant Suite! It's by far the best place we've stayed in in Tobago. A truly magical holiday!

Vanessa from Trinidad visited in August 2013 and awarded   

My family and I were pleased to spend four (4) nights at the lovely Flamboyant Suite. It was clean, spacious, ideally located on the beachfront and fully prepared for guests who wanted to experience home way from home. Customer service is always labelled with a permanent smile and a warm greeting. It's unfortunate for the other villas in Tobago because now my family insists on staying at Flamboyant whenever we visit Tobago again.

There is absolutely no mistakes or regret in staying there.

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2-Bedroom Apt:$300 - $325
3-Bedroom Apt:$350 - $375
Minimum Nights:5 nights
Property Type:Self-Catering Apartment
Bedrooms:3
Maximum Guests:6
Air-Conditioning:A/C + ceiling fans
Children:Children welcome
Hair Dryers:Available
Telephone:land-line for local calls to other fixed lines, with courtesy cell phone also provided.
Internet Access:Wireless
Television:Flat-screen TV in lounge; smaller set in master bedroom
Safety Deposit:Yes
Wheelchair Access:two sets of two very low flat steps leading up to entrance of all one-level unit.
Swimming Pool:Full pool
Catering Options:

Housekeeping:3 times per week
Baby-Sitting:At additional cost with advance arrangement
Personal Laundry:washer and dryer in the apartment
Personal Cooking:By Arrangement
Location:Grafton
Region:Lower Caribbean
Location Type:Open Countryside
Airport:15 minutes
Beach:Beachside Property