We checked in Dec. 08-10 2011. Tried to book through agoda.com, but there was something wrong with their system then, so I booked with the resort directly. They happen to have a special rate at the time for USD 387. We got the "modern Tropical" room theme even thought I did specify that I do not want that room to begin with. The contact person is like other reviewers, Ms. Pat. She's helpful, but anything you need, you have to tell her alone. The staff can not act unless you tell Ms. Pat first.
I’ve always wanted to try this resort. It did not turn out as great as I thought. It wasn't bad, but I would say that it’s just average. They are not a full service resort, nor do I think the staff knows how to act professionally.
Anyhow, I think I should fill you in on the resort. This place consists of only 4 units. All 4 have their own theme, and furniture to match them. Decoration and styling is ok. Materials used are a mix of cheap and decent materials. Only the Mediterranean and the Scandinavian room have white pool. The pacific hideaway and Modern Tropical's pool are black. The lights on all pool were never turned on. I did ask for them to turn them on. Their reason, it's the same switch on all 4 units. It they want to turn on the lights on the pool in my unit, they have to turn on for all units. I think it's a little odd, but I let it go. The resort is by the beach (blocked by a knee high fence), and the sand on the beach are fine grain (beige in color). Water isn't clear, but you pretty much feel like you have the whole beach to yourself...that is if the kite surf people did not come near the resort. If it does, it will distract the view a little. Restaurant: The resort does not have one, but they do have a full kitchen and drinks in the fridge are free. So you can pretty much drink all you want. Water, Coke, Sprite, Singh beer, soda water are the only available drinks. They also have a decent barbecue stove so if you want to do that you can. Be aware though, there are dogs everywhere in that area. The ones walking into the resort aren’t harmful, but if you leave the food on the table and go to sleep, they will raid the food (as it did happen to us).
The Modern tropical room would be the least private room among the 4 rooms. Reason being: 1) it’s where they stock all the towels and necessities for all 4 resort. 2) The staff all hangs out at the parking lot. 3) That explains why the dogs also hang out within this room.
Service: there isn’t much. You pretty much have to contact Ms. Pat to get what you want. There are no napkins. Tissue are not refilled everyday, so make sure you ask for extra or when it pass their bed time, you will not be able to get them till the next day. Asking them from staff will not do, but I guess the guards there can help you in those times. Do keep in mind that they do not speak English. Also, they do not have hand soap, so you will need to use the shower gel to wash your hands. It’s best to bring your own.
Built quality: Over all, it’s ok. I would suggest the resort to change the shower head. The shower door can use a partition cuz when you shower, the water goes into the sink area on the master bed room, and on the secondary room water goes to the toilet area. The sheets have many small holes on them so I’m not sure if there are bed bugs.
Things to do there: I guess chilling at the resort is good enough. Either that, or you can visit other resorts around that area such as Aleenta or Villa Maroc. The rest are either 4 stars or too far for walking distance. There is a small coffee shop at il mare resort beside Le Bayburi. If you do not like your coffee sweeten, you should let them know before hand cuz it’s pretty much standard for them to sweeten your coffee. There are 4 local restaurants within the area. Three of them sell seafood, but they are pretty much empty. The other on is a Mexican restaurant, but I don’t think they look authentic enough. Best bet is rather far, but they are pretty good. I forgot the name for the restaurant (nothing fancy), but it’s on the same side as Villa Maroc, and its right next to it. If you are coming from the Le Bayburi, you’ll reach this restaurant first. I say that this is your best bet because they have the most people eating there and I think that with this, their turnovers for food supplies are better than the others. For lunch, you can also eat at resort near by or you can also ride the bike towards Kao kalok(skull mountain) and get you some local cuisine such as grilled cumin chicken(make sure they are fully cooked)., papaya salad, vermicelli salad, and other Thai local food.
Over all, it’s not a bad vacation place. It’s a nice and cute resort. They could have better training for the staff, and give better service. Maintenance is very important. There are leafs and pollen on the water surface, and was never removed, the tiles in the Jacuzzi area comes out. You can easily cut your foot with them. Attention to more details is still needed. There are still room for improvements. I am going to rank this resort as “Very Good” as it is located in a very nice strip of beach, there are no major problems while there. The sleep is decent. It’s not noisy as I was little concern that there will be parties beside the unit (they ask to keep the noise down to a minimal after 10:00 PM. So that’s good. Ms. Pat is helpful enough and knowledgeable, yet for some reason I sense a little uneasiness from her, but then again that could be just me. I guess, that pretty much sums everything up.
One last thought, if you are looking for a place to chill and take your time to enjoy the beach, this is the place to be. If you are looking for action, I would suggest you stay in Hua hin area, or got to Pattaya instead.
Oh! and they do not have fitness or spa, but you can have it at the resort near by. Aleenta's spa is excellent.
Skip Modern tropical room if you can.
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