I stayed at Ralph's with my family for 2 months (were planning to stay for 3 months). We were looking for a reasonably priced place and checked out several places before deciding. He told us that because it's the low season, he can give us the yearly rate on monthly basis(it was still high, but the place seemed nice at first). He asked for deposit in sum of 2 months rent. Little did we know that he had low to no intention of giving that money back to us when it was time to leave. Everything in that place cost extra, and the costs were high. Gas, electricity, water, using washing machine, even the room cleaning and changing the sheets. That was basically just changing the sheets, floors were always left pretty much as they were. They never washed the floor during our stay. Ralph told us that there will be some construction noise for 2 weeks when the workers were still going to use the jackhammer. In reality, we got a wake up call at 8 o'clock for 2 months with jackhammer starting to work 10 meters away from our bed. It worked constantly from 8-12:00 and from 13:00 to somewhere between 18:00 and when it was dark (more often until it was dark, we were promised until 17:00). The whole studio was vibrating and the noise was just unbearable. We just had to leave the place until dark to get some rest. Only Sundays were quiet.
When we were finally exhausted by the noise and empty promises and decided to leave, he told us that initial rental price is no longer valid, because he was hoping that we will stay for longer. No arguing was accepted, even though we had signed a contract. We were not careful enough to make a copy for ourselves.
Another extremely annoying thing about this construction was that the workers were really not interested in finishing the job too soon. When supervisors were not watching, they just made construction noise by hitting concrete with small metal rods.
As this construction work seems to be ongoing for at least few more years, be careful when you go to check out the place, do it at working hours from Monday to Saturday to avoid unpleasant surprises later.
Another disturbing thing about this place is the traditional coconut leaf roof that the owners are proud of. In real life, it means that you have geckos and gecko digestion leftovers falling to your head from the roof constantly. I had a few grime laughs when the lizard poo dropped on my wife's plate during the dinner and when I woke up from the nap discovering that I had left my mouth open and something bitter has fallen in my mouth. The roof is also a convenient place for spiders and bugs to get in the room. I got nastily bitten by jumper spiders a few times and for a week or so, we had a problem with fleas.
We had a water leak in the bathroom pipes that created a nice big puddle daily on the floor that started a few weeks after we moved in. Ralph told us that he is afraid that the thing will get worse if anyone touches it and promised to repair it in few days. A week or so later, he told us that he is not going to repair it, because the problem will come back anyway. Needless to say, we had to dry the floor ourselves and we had to pay for the massive amount of water that was just dripping away.
If you happen to be in remote condo or studio, the chance of staff paying the visit to do their job is very low. We had to wait for several days for someone to empty the compost bin.
Also be aware of their dogs, there are many and especially in the dark, they might not be too friendly.
Also, the views are probably not the same as they were few years ago, at the moment the coconut trees are so tall that we had trouble seeing the beach through them.
It's a place where you can get lucky if you arrive Saturday night and leave on Sunday, but even then it's a risk I would not take ever again in my life.
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