Mahi Mahi is situated on the upper floor of Black Rock Dreams' twin accommodation levels. The apartment 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 two short flights of stairs from the underground car park. To the rear of the building there is also a narrow access road leading directly to the lower apartment level. This is helpful for unloading or loading luggage on arrival and departure. Apart from a few small steps on the rear balcony, the apartments are entirely single level and therefore offers 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.
Mahi Mahi 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 three times a week and housekeeper, Geyelle, was friendly and non-intrusive. Mahi Mahi is ably managed by Villas Are Us Ltd who offer complimentary meet and greet airport services to arriving guests. They provide a small basic welcome pack and can offer an accompanied grocery stock-up run after arrival when pre-arranged.
A wide entrance hall opens into a large and open-plan kitchen, dining and living area. Subtle 'mushroom' colours dominate. The overall ambience tasteful, relaxing, comfortable and easy on the eye.
However, no matter how attractive the décor, your eye is 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 rattan furniture arranged around a glass-topped coffee table dominate the living room area. Should you get bored of the wonderful sea views, a large Sony television and DVD player is connected to the local digital cable service and offers a variety of local and North American channels
Tucked away in a nook beside the dining area is small 'office' area, furnished with a large antique-style mahogany desk and comfortable office chair. Guests can use the apartment's telephone to make local calls, or to receive local and international calls. A complimentary mobile/cell phone is provided, and top-up cards are widely available. Complimentary super-fast wireless broadband (50Mbps) is available throughout the apartment.
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 glass-topped dining table, with six comfortable cushioned 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 padded rattan 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 dishwasher to take care of things. Smaller items of equipment include a filter coffee machine, kettle, blender, juicer, liquidiser and toaster plus a useful range of pots and pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware.