Bought the $55 voucher from deal.com.sg for a 2D1N stay at this resort. In short, I get what I paid for, nothing more, nothing less.
The resort is located near Sekupang Ferry Terminal and took the hotel shuttle bus ~15 min to ferry us (my friend and I) from the terminal to the resort. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a surreal sight: a Chinese temple and a huge Goddess of Mercy statue - Yes, there is a Chinese temple and a huge Goddess of Mercy statue in the resort. In fact, Chinese sculptures and furnitures was placed throughout the resort alongside the more common resort fixtures, making the theme and deco of the resort a confusing mix.
For the room, we got a sea view villa, which is more like a mangrove view villa. The sea view villa faces a so-called lagoon, which is divided into two portions: the smaller portion nearer the villa looked like a dried up pond most of the time, while the larger portion next to the spa has a collection of large fishes. On the exterior, the sea view villa is designed to look like a small hut on wooden stilts, which is actually made of fire-glass and thus has a very 'Haw Par Villa' feel. On the interior, the villa was small with all the basic facilities in working condition. There's a small balcony that is shared with the neighboring room.
Just like other resort of its' type, the resort also had some amenities that're there for the sake of being there and were either unused or under renovation/maintenance. The swimming pool was under maintenance till Sept 2012, while the bar was empty and never open. The pool/billiard tables and the basketball court were all unused as well.
The restaurant offer some nice food during dinner but the buffet breakfast is not really anything to shout about. As for the staffs, they are very polite and provide adequate servides but not exactly the most on-the-ball types. A particular example is the chefs at the egg station during the breakfast buffet. Apparently, the chefs did not have any system of noting down orders, and were just politely acknowledging the orders while cooking whatever eggs they are able to, resulting in a a crowd of mostly clueless guests surrounding the station, waiting for their eggs.
The part about the resort though is that it has a good sea view. Also, there were sky lanterns and fireworks on sale at the convenience store. The sky lanterns and fireworks provided some type of entertainment for the quiet night in the resort, even if it was just watching the fireworks set off by other guests.
Overall, for a $55 offer (excluding custom tax), the resort deliver the right value. For those looking for some peace and quiet and do nothing, this can be an option. However, for those looking for finer stuff, you are better off paying more and looking elsewhere.
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