We arrived at the hotel at 10.30pm after a 10 hour delay at Addis Ababa airport. We were offered a welcome drink and told a late meal had been kept for us. We decided it was too late to eat so were shown to our room.
The bedroom and bathroom were lovely and clean unlike a previous review that had stated it was dirty. We were in 206 on the 1st floor of a building towards the back of the hotel near the road.
The following morning we were given a card to collect our beach towel. We had a choice of loungers to lay on. Activities go on throughout the day by the animation team such as volleyball, bowles, darts, aquacise etc.
The food is lovely. For breakfast there is continental quiosants, toast or English breakfast.
Lunchtime can be eaten at the beach bar ie toasted sandwiches, pizza, chips etc or at the main restaurant.
In the evening there is fresh soup to begin with then the main course. Salad bar, meal option ie lasagne, beef stragonoff and freshly cooked grill options ie fish, beef. About 4-5 dessert options and fruit. They also have themed nights.
Evening entertainment is by locals from 9 -10pm and is good entertainment especially the bands on Thurs eves.
We found the beach boys annoying at first but you can do either of two things. Say Jambo to them which encourages them to walk with you and push their wares or ignore them.
If you did the first option then number 1 would leave then number 2,3,4 would follow afterwards
I found the second option worked well for me as they would start by asking are you German...English...Italian? If I didnt answer and kept my head down they would walk away and tell the rest not to bother so I could walk along the beach unhindered. Always check the prices for items they are selling before buying. They tried to sell us a giraffe for 700s when they were only 300s in hotel reception shop.
Tipping... I read their was lots of tipping to do but decided to leave it until the last day and tipped those I felt were good to me. They suggest you tip into the tip box in reception for everyone which is opened every 3 months and shared but was told by a staff member that they only get 50 shillings each then.
We chartered a little motor boat with two lads from Davis and Abdalla in the hotel grounds and went to the reef to snorkel and along the coast. This was nice as not with a boatful of people and could do as we liked for 4 hours.
The hotel arranges different visits to an orphanage, the local village etc They basically arrange the taxis for you.
The monkeys can be a pain. They seemed to like our balcony so couldn't leave the door open at all or they would come in the room. They do have the option of a mesh screen though to let air in. On the loungers keep your things in a bag as they are very quick at grabbing things and running. Some security men are good at keeping them away others aren't bothered.
Well what can I say about the staff.... they are excellent!!!! They ask your name on first meeting you and remember it. They all have a smile and make the place what it is!!!!!!!!!!! A great hotel.
Thank you Beth, Hamed, Mohammed, Mark, Martin, Michael, Nyawa, Dollar etc etc
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