Just returned to UK after 3 nights at the Islander Resort which was the final stay after a two week vacation. Our first impression of the resort was not good. Most rooms are in terraces of 4 or 5 single storey blocks. The entrances are not inviting and the opposite sides appear rather drab with fly screens overlooking the landscaped areas. The 'beach' is man-made and is a hardened area with chairs and parasols. The edge of the 'beach' is of rather large rocks so getting into the sea is somewhat restricted. It really isn't a sea-swimming location. There are various items of water sport equipment and a pier for fishing, if that takes your fancy.
Having said all that, we booked into what is probably the most expensive room (Room No. 513), rather extravagant for just two people. It was delightful inside and we had no complaints about comfort or cleanliness. The very large lounge had a side annexe with a fully equiped kitchen, tea and coffee provided. There were two large flat screen TV's, one in the lounge and one in the bedroom. The bedroom has an ensuite bathroom with Jacussi bath and large separate shower. Toiletries were good and there was more than an adequate supply of soft towels and face flannels.
Upon booking in, we were presented with beach towels and advised of the complimentary buffet breakfast which, as others have said, was not extensive. We found it adequate and the muffins were super.
Nearby is the Cheeka Lodge which is considerably more expensive but on the same stretch of beach and from what we saw of it no better pool facilities although their garden areas were more impressive.
The staff at the Tika Bar were very friendly and co-operative as indeed were the reception staff. Within easy walking distance were restaurants and shops. Across the road and down a little is the Food Company, super fresh fish on a deck that is totally enchanting at sunset,. At about 6-00 pm they feed the fish, a sight well worth seeing.
Overall we were delighted with the Islander and hope to go back sometime for a longer stay. Our only problem is that its a long way from England.
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