This place has been on my must visit list since a few years, ever since we saw it featured on the travel and living channel. Given how far it is for us (several continents away) it took us a few years to finally work our way here but the wait was more than worth it.
I don’t think I have still quite gotten over the striking blue of the ocean and the sunsets were some of the best we have ever seen. While the view and location is something you expect (based on photos) it was the people and food that helped make this one of our best holidays, yet. Service was exemplary – relaxed, friendly and always attentive. Food – with the exception of 2 average meals (out of 12) was outstanding. Breakfasts were made to order (pretty much anything you wanted), lunches were usually a 3-course meal (soup/salad, entrée and dessert), which tended to be lighter and dinners were 5 courses (appetizer, soup, salad, entrée, dessert). The open bar, great cocktails, snacks on the counter and freshly baked goodies were also most appreciated in between meals. It is going to take me a few weeks to work off all those Red Stripes though!
We got the jumps out of the way on the first day (ticked that box!) and thereafter spent most of our time snorkeling. Paul – was great with the guided snorkeling tour and he pointed out a bunch of stuff we otherwise would have never noticed. We saw several barracudas, stingrays, lobster and myriads of other small colourful fish. While we didn’t see any of the big sea life we have had the privilege of seeing in other parts of the world like the Maldives or Tahiti I think it was enough to keep you entertained for a few hours everyday. I did eventually grow tired of snorkeling – which is when the rafts/floats came in handy to simply lounge around in your private oceanic pool.
I had requested Sea Turtle at the time of making our book but we were allotted the Blue Hole when we got there and it was comfortable. I would have preferred a room with a view but to be fair to the management I never actually made any effort to ask to be moved, as it just didn’t seem worth the hassle. We didn’t really spend much time in our room as a consequence since we didn’t want to miss out on the view. All rooms at the hotel are now air-conditioned and we didn’t face any of the water pressure or other issues some of the other posters have mentioned. I would say though that something could be done about the lighting as well as making better provision for some sort of dressing table. I had a tough time doing my hair and makeup etc but this was just a minor grievance.
We had every intention of leaving the hotel and making a trip to Ricks Cafe but somehow kept pushing it back to the next day and eventually we didn’t end up setting foot outside the property for our entire 6-day trip. Based on our conversations with a few of the other guests, we didn’t really miss much since the views from Ricks were more or less the same but with a loud party atmosphere (which wasn’t something which appealed to us).
In conclusion, we really loved our experience at the Caves and found it to be excellent value for money. The boutique size of the property was the perfect fit for us and we will certainly be back. One love.