Yes, VIWA is "quiet".....no radio, T.V, DVD, magazines or newspapers......(except for those who cannot be without their technological crutches.....or those who needed to be in touch with 'home' to keep tabs on ailing relatives - via management.)
Meals are ordered in advance, regardless of whether guests have pre-paid for the "meal-plan option, and even if we reached the dining room at 1830, when dinner officially starts, there was often more than a two hour wait for our meals! Honeymoon couples also, were often served separately: one Italian couple had a foil covered plate delivered (wife), which sat there for 45 minutes before her husband was served his.... Even if we WANTED an early night, there was no way that was possible. Breakfasts were salvaged only by the gorgeous flapjacks, (available 2-3 times during our stay) but notably ran out of both eggs, bacon, and fresh fruit SEVERAL times. For a "tropical island paradise", to have NO FRESH FRUIT available, and to have to PAY for a bread plate of very mediocre, half ripened fruit, was abysmal. The evenings "entertainment" was a joke, also: there wasn't any, other than a "crab race". Some of us stayed in the dining area deliberately to see if the 'quiz nights' etc actually eventuated, but....sadly, not. For the COST of the accommodation, we felt the quality was sadly lacking. Sheets were grey, and we had no fresh linen provided the entire time we were there: towels were threadbare and stained. We opted for the "Meal Plan", which I would NOT recommend: albeit a pre-paid option, it really isn't worth the hassle of prolonged waits for service, and indifferent fare. I could NOT believe how freshly caught fish could arrive at table tough, way overcooked and poorly served. Being huge cat-lovers, we were also very disappointed the cats - which all look the same - are most decidedly are NOT friendly. The management office is adjacent to the dining room - and staff were extremely heavy smokers. The office is minute: second hand smoke is as disgusting as fresh - but at least the inhabitants of the office HAD A CHOICE about cooping themselves up in the fug. The cats did not. Nor did the unborn baby of the manageress. Expecting a first baby at almost 40, with clearly no regard whatever for her babies' well-being and health, was unbelievable. Very, very sad. I also need to say that despite proclaiming VERY CLEARLY I had not snorkelled for 32 years, and expressing concern regarding supervision by the activities organiser (several times) my fears were NOT listened to. The 1500 daily activities included a snorkelling trip 3-4 times during our stay, and was, apparently "supervised". The snorkelling equipment was basic, and the snorkel often filled with water. After several stops to empty out my snorkel, I lagged behind the others to the point I was stressing I'd held the small group up. Eventually "following the yellow flippers" was not an option - I could no longer see them. I neither panicked nor felt I was in any danger, but kept heading for the area that had been pointed out as the direction we were heading for. Thankfully I used the communal dining area as a check-point, so lined myself up to the shore every time I emptied my snorkel - but I still managed, in a very short time, to head for the gap in the reef where the boats come in, and which apparently, is very dangerous water. (This last as observed from the beach by those who did not go snorkelling, wise souls that they be!) My attempts to "catch up to the group" were foreshortened when the activities organiser suddenly appeared beside me in a Kayak, and lambasted me for causing everyone on shore to panic as to where I was. My husband had been a part of the group, and appeared to be doing well - therefore I assumed he was part of the group I lost track of. Thankfully, after swallowing a ton of water, he'd given up altogether and returned to shore. It was he who raised the alarm as to my whereabouts when the others returned to shore. This situation that could have been a disaster, both for my husband and I, and for the resort - and those villagers dependent on said resort for their entire livelihood. I believe that following this episode, the "safety" of the activities participants has been increased considerably. It needed to be. A little note to others venturing to Viwa: be careful signing a disclaimer about your personal safety. DESPITE expressing grave concerns, and being reassured that yes, I'd be kept an eye on, this situation was NOT one in which management excelled in meeting the "guests well-being and needs.
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