My wife and I had a fantastic stay here and we are already looking for an excuse to return. One of the reasons we had such a good time was because we researched our holiday carefuly and there are a few things to be aware of if you are planning on coming here. A few headlines:
- Food and drink is expensive if you are not on a 'meal deal'. Some might say shockingly so. The all-inclusive option for a week+ stay is an absolute must and we felt it was excellent value.
- As you have probably gathered from other reviews by now - the hillside location of the resort means you will get very familiar with climbing steps. We quite liked this though as it helped keep the calories off.
- As the sun goes in, the biting insects come out. Obtain some strong repellent for when you are in the bar or restaurant. The room is fine thanks to good mosquito nets around the bed and anti-bug burners.
- No air con. Not an issue if you are up in Jade Mountain with a private pool, but the heat can become oppressive at times.
The food was excellent, varied, fresh, cooked to perfection and interesting. Service was (nearly) always conducted with a smile and was attentive and effecient. You can order wine by the glass (a choice of 3 reds, 3 whites) if you are on the all inclusive plan which are quite pleasant. Breakfast comes in the form of a buffet which was always an excellent start to the day. We were both very impressed with the quality of food on offer.
There is a truly awful road to be traversed if you are entering or leaving the resort, which makes you seriously think twice about any excursions unless it is via boat. This is a surprising feature considering attention to detail in the rest of the resort. Two beautiful beaches are available with thankfully only a bare mimimum of pestering from a couple of the locals which the hotel obviously tolerates. We didn't use the scuba centre but the snorkelling was excellent - you only need to travel a few meters from the beach to find teeming varietes of sealife.