I'm a bit torn on how to review this hotel. A friend and I booked as part of a package and were given the cheapest bungalows next to the beach. The location was great and the beach was really nice upon first glance.
The bungalow was small, really really hot, and directly across from the reception area and restaurant. It smelled like sewage everywhere, especially when we ran the water...including the saltwater shower. There was only a fan that didn't circulate the air very well so it was hard to escape the heat. There are no blankets provided, just a thin sheet. The location was quite loud during the day, but as the restaurant closed at 10 we figured it would be ok for sleeping. After getting into bed - we realized that the room was infested with bedbugs, but there was no one at reception to help us with no number to call in case of emergencies, so we ended up sleeping outside....with the 3 legged howling dog. The next morning we told reception who said we had to wait until the owner arrived in a couple of hours. When he arrived he upgraded us to a nicer room in a new building that had a DVD player and a fridge (which was only on when the key was left in the wall) - but said we would have to pay to use the AC. The water still stunk, but at least the room was clean and bug-free. There was a fan which worked better than the bungalow, but it was still hard to cool off. From this point onwards our stay was better - but it's still hard to call it a great place because it has too many downsides, despite the grounds being really nice.
You can't really swim at the beach because the water is so shallow, but it's still nice to walk on. We ate at the restaurant many times and the food was actually quite good, especially the shakes!
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