Tobago, Room by Room

We realise you want to have a good look to see if Tobago will suit your needs. So you can read up on each room here; scroll through the images to get a feel for everything it has to offer

You never knew it, but you love orange quartz worktop. That and the retro orange fridge-freezer arm in arm with the exuberant palm tree wallpaper never fails to cheer you up. The worktop is a silly indulgence and does need a bit of looking after, we admit, but it’s so jolly you won’t mind. This is a well equipped kitchen for daily cooking and serving food, although not so much for entering bake-offs or masterminding sushi. There is a dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, and Dolce Gusto coffeemaker but no washing machine, and there is a seating area for 4 people. A lovely view out to the West makes washing up (almost) a pleasure.

Jaw-dropping views of the ocean. Do I need to say more? Ok, how about the fabulous Ercol & Timorous Beasties-fabric collab sofa? Or even better the orange velour sofa and chair. Yes, I said orange velour. Or the awesome 1970s sunflower tile-topped nesting tables and the gorgeous 1960s sideboard. This room is just lovely. With access onto the balcony with its turquoise bench and tropical deckchair seating, you won’t know where on earth to sit and have a coffee. Now, if I was my husband, this whole paragraph would just read ’55” telly with BT Sport” – so, take your pick – whether it’s the views, the indulgent zany décor, or the gogglebox, you’ll fall in love with this room.

Diner style seating for 6 overlooking that magnificent view, equipped with squeezy sauce and vinegar bottles and mock schoolmilk-bottle & straw water glasses mean even a bought fish-and-chip supper is more fun than you can shake a stick at. The cocktail bar and bar-stools mean you can play at making cocktails (try our Tobago signature tipple – orange juice and amaretto on ice), all with the beach mural wallpaper as your backdrop. With the industrial restaurant-style 8-arm ‘spider’ lighting and access to seating area on the balcony, this Diner is huge fun to spend time in. Dress up for dinner every evening and make a meal of it.

WWhat’s our favourite thing about this room? The flamboyant yellow and grey wallpaper? The yellow and grey welsh blanket cushion? Or maybe it’s the 1970s Sanderson fabric curtains made by my mum – they graced the living room of my childhood for years (“That fabric cost a bomb” she shudders, still in shock). Whatever it is that piques your fancy, this room is a serene and peaceful haven, so sink into the Hypnos kingsize bed, and look forward to a wonderfully refreshing night’s sleep.

It’s a known fact that a twin room should have a pandemonium of parrots in it (that’s right people, look it up – the collective noun is a pandemonium of parrots). What’s even better though is this room’s close proximity to the Games Room. Conveniently, the Games Room, Twin Room and Cloakroom all nestle in an area we like to call The West Wing. With big double wardrobe, dressing table, wing armchairs and Hypnos single beds adorned by vintage Welsh quilts, your kids should sleep like babies. But hopefully not the way our babies slept. They were little devils till age 5.

The hallways in Tobago are weirdly wide – we are always bowled over by how spacious this flat feels. Lushly carpeted in our sea grey flooring, the hallway is home to our bookcase, our lovely glass-fronted 60s crockery cabinet, wall and ceiling lighting, and our awesome and completely bonkers yellow hallstand – one of my all-time favourite auction finds – for your coats, hats, shoes, umbrellas and bowler hat, should you be so inclined. There is a handy console table for your keys, too, so no need to schlep miles to put down all your belongings.

We call it the Games Room, but you could call it the Third Bedroom, the Den, the Record Room, or the Pug room. Because yes, of course there’s a pug cushion. The super-easy-to-use sofabed is a true double, so this room can house a couple, but for most families this might best serve your teenager. The funky New York grafitti wallpaper is a brilliant backdrop to the cute vintage record cabinet, containing vintage cheese – ‘Now That’s What I Call Music 6′, anyone?! I know, the kids’ jaws will drop. They’ll think that is from ‘like, the Victorian era’. There’s a second TV in here, Freeview only, so if The Sewing Bee clashes with some form of ball-related televisual viewing, this room is your friend; banish the others to the 55″ eye-ruining telly.

Spacious and surprisingly monotone (the husband chose the fittings), the bathroom is luxurious and calm. There is a very roomy double-door quadrant shower enclosure; the shower panel has multiple settings for overhead, handheld and body jets. A very stylish and roomy black cabinet will easily take all your stuff. Let the waterfall taps and lovely deep bath soothe your stresses away. Unusually for an apartment Tobago has a cloakroom as well as a bathroom, so no queues for the loo! Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash is complementary, as is handsoap in both the bathroom and the cloakroom.

Tobago is fortunate to have not one, but two balconies that directly overlook the sea. One balcony is accessed from the Diner, so you can can sip your sherry (yes, that is my tipple; just call me Grandma) on the outdoor sofa and watch the busy beach below. The other balcony is accessed from the Lounge and extends all the way along and in front of the diner too, and  has deckchair and bench seating. Both balconies have clear toughened frontages, which is perfect for seeing the runners, cyclists, scooterers, fishermen, paddle-boarders, windsurfers, dogs, grannies, and personal trainers strut their stuff while you sit exhausted with a fancy coffee. Seriously, it’s a tough life.