Flamboyant Suite - Review Page 2


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.

Living area of Flamboyant SuiteThe 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

Living area of Flamboyant SuiteA 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.

Living area of Flamboyant SuiteBehind 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.

The kitchenAdjacent 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 very serious 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.

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