“Avoid. No, really avoid.”
800 metres from the full moon...? Nearer a mile, and not exactly flat...up and down all the way. Not their fault though...
Charming villa, with a nice, if small pool. 2 friendly staff, who serve your complimentary (?) breakfast anytime till around 2 o'clock. However after 2 days, they still hadnt cleaned the villas (our group was staying in a few) and when we finally asked since we had run out of loo paper, they said we had to ask them to clean the villas...Okay....'can you clean the villas everyday?' Nope, have to ask each day otherwise it doesnt happen. Apart from that, the two staff who work there are genuinley very friendly and we have no problem with them at all. They were really nice. However, during your complimentary breakfast, if you order a tea and an orange juice (freshly squeezed), thats fine. Two orange juices (as we had done every day), they charge you for the second orange juice. Never in the 6 days when we stayed there did they mention that we were being charged for part of our complimentary breakfast. 'It was probably on the menu?' Nope, no menu. Website? Not a chance. They'd never even mentioned it, written it down on a piece of paper, or done anything to show that the second glass was very different from the first. Absolutely no rules of engagment anywhere. No prices (which were ridiculous - 70 baht for a glass of iced orange juice compared to a decent pint bottle costing around 20) Same goes for the tea and coffee. Hardly a big deal? It ended up costing (just for the tea, coffee and orange juice) around 1600 baht. We were very happy to pay for the canned drinks, the bottled water and beer and the mini bar, despite them being ridiculously expensive (no big deal - its the same everywhere) and the price not being revealed to us until the very end of our stay (no menus in the minibars either). (They also charged different amounts for the same drinks, from the same place on different days...???)
So really no big deal, right? Just expensive drinks?
When we finally got our bill at the end, it ended up costing more than one persons stay at the villa for a week (true-and we didnt really drink there - we had a total of 13 bottles of beer for example between us all, for the whole week.) We bit the bullet with the canned and bottled drinks, but when we saw the tea, coffe and orange juice, and started to complain about all of the above, the staff gave their italian manager a phonecall. Surely they were part of our complimentary breakfast. After an increasingly heated exchange in which he truly evoked his sick daughter, he hung up on the phone (he was on another island at the time). Less than five minutes later, this second italian turns up who is his number 2, and immeadiately calls us f*****g stupid (this was the first thing he said, and we had never met him before), and says he is off to call the police (which we gladly let him pretend to) and after saying that if we dont pay, we would end up paying 10 times the amount of the bill. He then told his two staff members to take all of our passports off us. They clearly just refused to do this. (We all had our passports on our person, as we paid for the hotel at the beginning of the week.) He was rude, arrogant, forceful and demeaning. We were being calm and quite and polite. (...to an extent) He was frankly, fairly similar to the owner. All of this over the part of the bill that we hadnt paid, for tea coffee and orange juice. Finally, the owner who had hung up on one of us, called back, and told us that we were free to go without paying for the 1600 for the tea coffee and orange juice, and told us quite plainly that if we didnt leave the island today, or if we ever came back, we were 'dead men'.
Nice views though.
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