My wife and I have just returned from a 9 day stay, it is pretty much all that it claims to be. It is friendly, quiet and within its own beautifully kept grounds creating a more secluded location than it actually is. The staff were very helpful in accomodating a very reasonable transfer from and to the airport, much cheaper than our tour provider offered. They even stretched out our checkout time to allow us to make the most of our last day before our late afternoon departure.
It wouldn't be helpful to anyone, however, to say that "everything" was perfect.
This was the first time we had stayed anywhere that did not provide the ability to make tea or coffee in the rooms, this would have made things peachy for me at least. A couple of other guests said that it was "advertised" as being so but I personally didn't recall it but merely assumed it to be available. The TV was of the large CRT type and took up a great deal of the space on our "dressing table" but for the poor quality of picture and limited appeal of what was mostly Thai language TV, this was no great bonus to us. The computer and Internet was a first however, good call! Although WI FI was advertised in the blurb, I saw no evidence of it in the room at least. The sound didn't seem to work on our computer speakers but if it was important to us, I'm sure the helpful staff would have sorted it if we asked, as they did when the keyboard locked up. The screen has some lines down it partially masking the view but that's being picky!
There was an absence of somewhere comfortable to sit and relax, the loungers by the pool were great when it was light or not raining but in the evening (and it gets dark at 6.45pm) there was nowehre in the room or outside to sit and read comfortably. There are chairs provided outside the bungalows but the light there, isn't great (or is it my eyes?) and after 5 minutes or so they got very uncomfortable (or is it my back?).
We had the room and breakfast buffet tariff, now I imagined going up to a laid out table and helping myself from an array of buffet items ... Well it didn;t exactly work like that, we were offered to choose from a very "egg based" menu and frankly after a few days, it got a bit the same. The service was attentive and friendly but there wasn't that much difference between one plate on offer and the next. For the first few days we had ordered scrambled eggs but got omlettes so we changed to ordering omlettes to get scrambled eggs but got omlettes! On a double bluff tact we went back to ordering scambled eggs and sometimes it worked! The "sausages" were merely deep fried hot dog types and I didn't see many eaten! By the way, the shrimp omlette is excellent (eggcelent!). There was also juice although we didn't get a choice of what we received and tea or coffee. My tea came variously in a milk jug and the milk (evaporated) in a cup although the lady next to us got a teapot, out of which ran a lizard as she poured it! There was also fresh fruit and a croissant each but sometimes you got jam or butter or both, or not at all! There was also a couple of slices of very anemic looking toast, some strange rolls appeared to but these had like a hot dog sausage running through them. Cereals were available as an alternative but as with all of it, it would be nice to see what you were asking for rather than having to order it first. Personally, we wouldn't do the breakfast thing again, it was a little restricted and other food is readily available elsewhere albeit we had hired a moped/scooter for the week which greatly aided our choice and mobility.
We ate in the restaurant for the first day before we found our way about, the food is wonderful, no doubt about it but perhaps a bit more pricey than you could pay elsewhere. I had fish and the wife had duck, it was lovely.
The bungalows are nice enough but strangely without much natural light, probably because of the overhanging roof to provide somewhere to sit under outside? The air conditioning unit was effective but very noisey and we had to sometimes put up with the heat just for some quiet. The standard of construction in all of the island, is possibly less than you might hope for in all but the most expensive resorts, it was however, nice and clean and well worth the price tag. The bed was huge and really comfortable, a great playground for honeymooners!
The pool was lovely and looked great but you might want to mind children carefully, as the shallow end was about 5' and stepping into the jaccuzi meant taking care on a couple of large smooth tile steps down into it.
I hope this doesn;t all sound too negative, it's not meant to be but the more information informs the choice, well done if you've made it this far! The resort is very good value for money, the staff are are helpful and friendly. If you want a quiet, friendly and tidy resort on a great beach location, you'll do well to do better for the money.
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