I loved this beach. I've been to great beach towns like Phuket, Miami/South Beach, several different ones in Hawaii....and this one ranks right up there.
Now...let me first get out that geography-wise, it may not be the best beach. The black sand gets VERY hot (you will need water shoes or sandals to walk on it)...although its nice that rather than sand its actually very very small black pebbles that is easy to wipe off; those fine white sand beaches come with the caveat that some amount of sand will stick to you rather persistently when you try to leave. The beach is rough on the feet and slippery in areas too. I knew about this before hand and had fully intended to bring water shoes...but left them at home. :( I dipped into the water once or twice, but only quickly since it hurt my bare feet and at one point I slipped and fell...the water is also pretty cold (at least effective for cooling off in the hot sun)
Why do I love this place then?? Its the overall package. Ok, so the physical geography does not impress THAT much....but we picked the loungers in front of Ntomatini for their nice THICK lounge mattresses. And they are quite large/oversized too. I could curl up roll around, stretch out very comfortably. Food and drink can be ordered, eaten and paid for from the beach, and they will deliver it to you on the beach. You enjoy the ocean breeze and view AND the food without having to get up. They also have people walking around offering massages...the masseuses I had were mediocre but I like to think there are good ones around too. But in any case, whatever, even the mediocre massage adds to the relaxing atmosphere. WHat this beach may lack in actual geography, it makes up for in providing a wonderful overall experience. We spent a full day finding the most comfortable loungers, laying there like beached whales, gorging ourselves on delicious food and drink, and then dozed off gently into our food coma as our masseuses kneaded at our shoulders and feet.
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