Hopefully this review is helpful to anyone who goes to this resort who is not a scuba diver. My girlfriend and I are not certified and have very minimal experience, and we found out that they do not have an instructor there that can certify us, so we did not do any scuba diving.
- Unbelievable setting, very secluded and remote
- The reef right off the dock was fantastic for snorkeling, just as good as the Great Barrier Reef as I can remember it, and is right there at the hotel
- The FOOD, I am a very picky eater, but my girlfriend and I loved the food, lot of things to eat in the buffets, most of it was delicious, the cook is great and friendly
- We used the free kayaks a few times, there are good opportunities to kayak through the mangrove forest on one side of the resort at high tide, and then go kayak to a secluded private beach on the other side of the resort
- If you want a private cottage, we had one (number 17), but beware it is a lot more expensive than the rest (we did not realize this when we booked), but nonetheless very private and removed from all of the action in the middle
- Most of the staff was very friendly, especially the restaurant staff and bartenders
- Overpriced for what it was, the room was expensive and any add-ons were overpriced (such as snorkel gear, $10 USD cocktails, etc)
- The female owner did not even say hello at check in, which was weird because I had emailed her so much before arriving, and was generally unfriendly the entire trip. We told her we wanted to go on an island hopping trip one day (where you pay per boat, not per person), so we were hoping she would find out if anyone else was interested when they checked in, she never bothered doing so. She would seem to be best friends and ultra-friendly to some guests and not others (including ourselves), never really made much sense. If you are going to own and personally operate a small resort, try to be a little more friendly and outgoing, especially if you are charging extremely high prices (if I am going to pay a premium, I want service with a smile).
- As for the day trips, prices were very expensive unless you got a lot of other people to come along, which is not always easy because the resort might not have many guests at that time, and a lot of people are there to go diving, so they have their own plans. We were forced to not go on the trip we hoped to Coron Island because we would have had to pay $180 USD for the two of us, so instead we had to pick a shorter trip to snorkel at a gunboat wreck. Again, the management did not help to find other guests to come with us (we ended up asking other guests at dinner if anyone was interested).
- Although we enjoyed our day activities, there is not much at all to do if you are not a scuba diver. There is not really a true beach to lounge on, and there is only so much kayak-ing and snorkeling you can do. We were there for 2.5 days and 3 nights, and that was more than enough.
- Similarly, there is not much to do at night after dinner. Other than the pool table, there are no activities or anything to do besides go back to the cottage to camp under the mosquito netting.
- Very important, there is only generator power from 6pm-6am, and there is only a small oscillating fan in the room. It was not the most pleasant sleep. And there is no escape anywhere during the day to get some cold air or fan.
- Lastly, our boat trip back to the airport consisted of six of us getting absolutely soaked with sea water and salt spray because our boat drivers were trying to set a new speed record. After that brutal 50 minute constant shower, we had to sit a barely air conditioned van for an hour to the airport. Great way to start a 30 hour trip back to the USA.
All in all, the resort is very picturesque, and the island is a great remote destination and place to visit in the Coron Island region. I would probably try to find another similar resort next time, or recommend to another person, that has all the same charm and scenery (which is similar all over the area), but more features at the resort and maybe at a better value. Again, if you are looking to scuba dive, that is a different story, and maybe this place makes more sense to you.
If you want a lot of privacy, but you are going to pay a lot extra for it, stay at unit 17. Otherwi...
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