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Master Bedroom 2

The second master bedroom

Soleil has two master bedrooms – one on the main level and a second, directly above the first, on the upper floor.

The two rooms share common dimensions and features, except that the upper master does not have an ugly TV spoiling the charm of the room. The bathroom in the upper master bedroom  has a large shower room, but the bath tub is replaced by a lovely antique wooden cabinet/chest of drawers. It may not be as practical, but it certainly looks the part.

One of the nicest things about the décor of Soleil, and the two master bedrooms in particular, is that each room is furnished slightly differently. So, everything from the impressive king-size hand-carved bed to the wash basin in the bathroom varies between the two master bedrooms.

Bedroom 3

The third bedroom occupies what amounts to the full width of the back of the house. Some guests may appreciate the distance between neighbouring bedrooms. No smutty comments, please!

Bedroom 3Bedroom three is located above, and to the side, of the entrance foyer courtyard. It features a private bathroom, located on the opposite side of the 5m gallery that runs around the courtyard opening. The bathroom is therefore not technically en suite, but this should not worry prospective guests in the least. Yes, there is a five metre gallery between the bedroom and the bathroom, but this suite lies behind a private wall and is not visible from the main gallery or other bedrooms. It is actually quite fun to be able to look down into the entrance foyer and see the potted plants and bar stools at the cocktail bar, but in truth does not compromise privacy in the slightest.

The bedroom itself is a spacious 225ft2/21m², not counting the lookout balcony. Add the 90ft2/ 8.6m² bathroom and this suite is marginally larger than the master bedrooms. But, who’s splitting hairs? Frankly I doubt whether anyone would notice the difference.

The bedroom is furnished with another impressive four-poster bed with decorative mosquito canopy, only this time it is a queen-size bed, rather than a king. Nevertheless, it is almost as attractive.Like all the other rooms, a security safe is provided. Additional furnishings include a small antiquedressing table, a small wardrobe with full length hanging (with lots of hangers), plus a pair of Bedroom 3 bathroom cane armchairs and an antique clothes rail.

Leading off the bedroom, a 3.3x2.45m private ‘lookout lounge’ provides another peaceful spot to relax, with wonderful views out across the main deck and tiered swimming pool and out to the sea beyond.

The bathroom is equipped conventionally – although it is quite unfair to describe the fascinating crescent-shaped mirror of the vanity unit as ‘conventional’. There is a fully-tiled large walk-in shower cubicle.

Bedroom 4

The fourth bedroom is located at the front of the house. At 26.7m², including the bathroom but excluding the lookout lounge, it is actually the smallest suite. Despite that, I would have possibly chosen it for the master suite. It just goes to show that this house can still spring surprises.

This bedroom is furnished with two single beds, separated by a single bedside table. Mosquito Bedroom 4nets are suspended from wrought iron hoops above the head of each bed and can be unknotted and brought into action, if required. The room has a lovely collection of small antique benches and a lovely small bureau.

The spacious bathroom provides wonderful views out over the ocean. It has the usual trio of facilities, including a huge fully-tiled walk-in shower and an antique wardrobe providing 0.8m of full-length hanging space.

To the front of the bedroom, a 10m² ‘lookout lounge’ offers, by far, the best views in the house, looking out over the main pool deck and down to the shoreline with the wonderful sight and sound of the surf breaking over the rocks and out to the deep blue Caribbean sea far beyond.

The Annexe

As mentioned, Soleil has a spacious studio apartment, located on the sea-facing lower ground floor pool deck, This can be hired with the main house to provide ‘fifth bedroom’ capacity, increasing the total sleeping capacity to 10 persons. The annexe is never rented on its own, except at very short notice, so guests renting the main villa need have no fear that they will find themselves sharing the house with others.

Annex bedroomThe annexe consists of one large (390ft2/36.5m²) bedroom-living room and bathroom, plus an attached 270ft2/25m² lounge. The sleeping area is separated from the kitchen area by a three-quarter height wall and antique wooden folding screen. It is furnished with a queen-sized bed with bedside tables and lamps, a wardrobe providing 0.8m of full-length hanging space and a small cane chest of drawers.

The kitchen somewhat dominates the apartment and is superbly equipped with a four-burner electric oven (stove), microwave oven, medium-sized fridge-freezer, filter coffee maker, blender, toaster and – surprise, surprise – a dishwasher.

The bathroom continues the same high standards and is amply spacious enough for two people to use it at the same time. It is equipped with the usual trio of facilities, with the shower being a nice walk-in fully-tiled job with decent shower head.

The bed/living area has two small wooden shuttered windows, looking out over the deck. The apartment is cooled by a large modern split-unit air conditioner. Three large ceiling fans can be kept running throughout the day when the air-con should be turned off.

Grafton BeachThe attached 6.6x3.8m sitting room is a major feature in its own right. Three sets of high wooden louvered doors can be opened to reveal spectacular views across the pool and deck and out to sea. The annexe is shaded by the deep overhang of the upper floors and directly faces directly into the predominant breezes. The sitting room therefore has no need for air-conditioning, but two large overhead ceiling fans are fitted to prevent heat build up.  

The sitting room is furnished with a small group of soft leather cane sofas and an armchair, television and DVD player. A table-football table is provided and is sure to keep younger members of the party amused when they are not splashing around in the pool.

Parties may well wish to consider renting the annexe together with the main house even when they don’t require the additional sleeping capacity. The sitting room of the annexe makes a wonderfully comfortable shaded, cool refuge directly on the pool deck; a feature that is sure to be appreciated by older members of the party who would like to join the younger members of the party around the pool, but don’t wish to sit on the harder bench seats or sun loungers. The annexe lounge provides an ideal and comfortable environment.  

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