Snapped off a week just before Xmas for a bit of sun and a battery re-charge. Hotel comprises a number of "barracks" style units set in large well maintained gardens. Rooms are basic but comfortable and clean with fridge, confortable twin beds, roof fan and plenty of storage. Bathroom is narrow and a tad cramped with 3 "stalls" for toilet, sink and shower. Water is hot. The TV is old but you do get BBC World and CNN. You can rent a safety deposit box for 700 D (£14) a week and it is worth it . No hairdryer ladies - but you can get one at the front desk. We had room K14 on the ground floor and it had a nice verandah to sit out and watch the birds, monkeys etc. Seats were wooden with no cushions. Hotel is very quiet and relaxing and a nice escape from the hustle of the bumsters on the beach and in town.
Breakfasts were basic but OK and I must admit that I was very disappointed that the selection of fruit was just watermelon, melon and grapefruit. Not a banana to be seen!!
Staff were very friendly , smiling and were always willing to help - makes a pleasant change from the Carribean! There a a number of pools but I did not use them. The beach (or what is left of it) was OK but the view of the big "dump" bags full of sand (a beach preservation attempt) is not your ideal tropical view.
One thing that did get up my nose was that people pay the beach/pool boys to "book" their seats. and recliners and it can be very difficult to get a place - even if you were up at 7am!! The hotel needs to sort this out and have a no booking policy.
You just must see the daily vulture (and black Kite) feeding - quite amazing. Monkeys are everywhere and despite the numerous signs telling you not the feed them - the idiots still do!!
Hotel has a bank onsite but they are very slow and charge 6% to use cards. Exchange rate was 52.5D/£ to the pound but in the million exchange shops on the main drag you could get 54D/£ quickly. Being near the main drag is a bonus, easy to get to and easy to escape! Apart from the included breakfasts - we ate out each lunch and dinner in Ali Baba, Club One Bar, Paradiso ( excellent pizzas). The bar called Yasminas at the top of the strip on the road junction is a great place to have a sundowner and watch all of the action. Small local bottle of beer was 60-80p a glass of house wine was £1.50 and a double gin was £1.20 with tonic at 40p ( did 2 drinks). Cheap to eat out also, with prices slightly lower than UK pub prices. Most expensive meal for 2 that I had was £14 including 2 drinks each. Night life was very interesting indeed!!
All in all it was a good break - BUT - if you fancy a romantic stroll along the beach as the sun goes down FORGET it - the bumsters subject you to mega hastle and I really mean it. You can hardly walk 20 meters without some dude offering you a juice, a pony, a guided trip and just about anything else you can imagine. It really gets to you as you want to be polite and not upset anyone - they are super persistent - one guy "walked and talked to" us for about 2 miles!!!. After,I asked a local what to do about it and he told me " just tell 'em to F off and don't be embarrased to do it!!"
One last tip ( we flew from Birmingham) - if you fly Thomas Cook and are taller that a "Hobbit" go for extra leg room or an aisle seat. I am 5' 7" and my knees were touching the seat in front. Also there is no inflight entertainment - so bring a book or two.
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