When we went to reception the guest services representative looked one more time to see if we could get the water view that we wanted but they were all booked up. She looked right at me and said, "You are going to love this room and there is a bit of a water view. If you hate it, I promise we'll move you as soon as we can." So that was that and off we went.
Little did we know there had been some behind the scenes finangaling and our room had been upgraded! We were completely and joyously astonished when we entered. Normally the one bedrooms are all on one level with just a curtain to pull to create the bedroom. We had been upgraded to a room with the bedroom on a separate level with it's own master bath and a balcony. The lower level had the living area, kitchen and another full bathroom. These rooms were as large as the rooms in my home!
This is the largest and nicest kitchenette I've seen in any of the units we've stayed in. Those are granite countertops!
In addition, my family had completely surprised us and arranged for this to be in our room when we arrived!
Here is a view of our balconies from the outside. The top one, which was off the bedroom provided us a bit of a water view. I've also included a photo of the gardens immediately below... and Shelley - look what our building was named. I think it was meant to be.
In the end, we loved this accommodation with all of its space. We both felt special and pampered and decided if we were staying longer than a week, or couldn't get the loft, or maybe even if Little Helen wanted to come spend a few days with us, we would definitely request this particular unit again. Posh, I'm telling you - and appropriate for our celebratory trip!