We booked this place purely on fantastic trip adviser reviews, and we're pretty disappointed. It is the furthest reort away from Laem Nhob pier so a bumpy taxi ride ensued. We travelled with 2 other couples, a Belgian couple - Jean Pierre you have made us laugh every day, so many thanks go to you x and a Swedish couple, we all booked through Internet booking agency after reading the trip advisor reviews. We got chatting at the pier near Trat whilst waiting for the Leelawadee speedboat, an hours ride in a wind tunnel!!
The staff are the same as my teenage boys, and struggle to keep up with demand! They were all very lovely, and spoke quite good english, but seemed to arrive later & later for breakfast each morning and were better at practising yoga than waiting on tables. Thai time... Everything in slow motion!
The villas, if you can call them that, are actually single rooms on small concrete blocks. They come as "full moon" literally right onto rocks, trees & beach, at 2,500 THB these are not cheap, for dirty walls, rusty shower & tap, the smell of sewerage in the bathroom is unbearable. The mirror is not attached to the wall, it is just leant against it, so is dangerous. Underneath the sink, the pipes have leaked all over the wall. The ants were on their super highway trail next to the toilet constantly.
The bedroom has no mirror, no wardrobe, hooks, no hanging rail of any shape or form. There are shelves by the door, but the top one was so dusty it may never have been cleaned. The walls are very dirty. There is another ant super highway each side of the table. On moving the pillows on the bed there was a small lizard running back & forth, no harm but lol, a shock! Every corner of the room is dirty. The concrete floor was dirty. It has only been open 2 years and definitely needs a really good clean. The patio doors onto the terrace do not shut properly, a big gap inbetween for insects to get through. The roof area is not all finished, so again, gaps for insects to get in.
The half moon villas are in a row behind and are smaller but similar to full moon. Cheaper @ 2,200 THB. Not as much but far less privacy and not as good!
Black moon for some reason are placed directly behind half moon, so don't have a very good view at all, 1,500 THB.
The resort itself is indeed the only one on the island with red sand, this in itself is no problem, but only has the sun for the morning. If you swim/snorkel to the left of the beach there is white sanded beach which is very beautiful, and fantastic views over to another small island. You can also walk/cycle or moped down the pathway to the right as you leave the resort. The fallen trees make for fantastic photos, and beautiful shells.
We hired mopeds to explore the island and ended up past the primitive village on the cycle track through the jungle which was an hilarious experience! Ray Mears come on down!! The island is not very big, a lot of it is still not developed & it's pot luck whether you end up on another much nicer resort than yours, where the beach and grounds are swept daily lol! Or in contrast you can come out at a rubbish dump mangrove swamp!!
The food, which is what we all came for, as the reviews set our mouths watering, is actually fantastic. A huge choice, always very tasty. We also ordered the day before; the grill choices of shrimps and assorted kebabs, these were the highlight of the holiday, with strong garlic sauce, delicious. Again not cheap, and only downside, being charged 20 THB extra for a couple of slices of lime. Also highly recommended is the pancakes teamed up with banana fritters and honey!! Having said this, the food has been fantastic wherever we have eaten, both on and off this island!
The aircon has a bright light on it, which kept me awake at times, and certainly woke me in the night. The shower was the worst we have encountered, always cold water, never even warm. It was sometimes just a dribble of water. With so much sun, we don't understand why solar showers not used, this could be so cheap to set up. Next time we will bring our own camping shower and then won't have to put up with the smell, I can't stress how bad this is!
The first night we arrived there was a power cut, we think with the candles in the room this is the norm. Thank goodness we have torches! The tree stumps that are left in the ground are a real trip hazard.
The general maintenance & cleanliness of this resort leaves so much to be desired. Simple things would make a world of difference.
Considering the quiet resort we recently stayed in at Pattaya was built the same time as this, and we rated better than 5 star, this just simply is not looked after.
Full moon 1st choice, or half moon 2nd. Would not want black moon!
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