With the entire north side of this room facing the Indian Ocean the imagination is transported to the distant horizon: other lands, other shores and other people. This and the view of the dhows, either moored and gently bobbing on the tides or gliding elegantly out towards the horizon evoking memories of trade and adventure, inspires the major influence in this room’s design and colour scheme.
The ‘blues’ are inspired by the iridescent colours of the ocean and the furnishings are in part derived from a nautical theme originating from both the English ships which patrolled the Indian Ocean coast in the late 19th century and the indigenous Arab dhows.
A heavy wooden basin counter (made from wood recovered from the harbour) reflects the material of the traditional dhow and its shape expresses the sextant used by mariners of the past. The furniture selected for this room gives the ambience inside an old trading ship as do the old brass and copper ships lamps which add to the nautical feel of the room. The circular window derives from the windows often seen in the backs of stylized 19th century British merchant ships, the light behind the window giving a feel of moonlight shining through the window in at night.
- Bath opened on the room
- Ceiling Fan