The first impression of the place was good while we were checking in at the main lobby. Nice exterior of the buildings and view. As we arrived slightly early and our room will only be ready in an hour's time, we decided to have our lunch at one of the restaurant, Tadd's. Food is not bad at affordable price.
Once check-in, the interior of our hilltop villa is great, with huge living room/kitchen, white sofa and not forgetting the infinity pool. The bedrooms and toilets are spacious and there is even an open area on the rooftop for family gatherings/ BBQ.
However there is really nothing much to do other than relaxing and swimming in the infinity pool. Wii selection was very very limited. No BPL soccer matches, limited DVD selections, no facilities nearby the resort.
We went out for seafood dinner at Sri Rezeki Seafood Restaurant, by hiring the resort's taxi service, which cost us $150,000 rup for 2 hours. Seafood dinner was ok, and is affordable (about $500,000 rup for 4 adults).
Here comes the bad experience:
We checked out the afternoon, and took the free shuttle to the ferry terminal. As our ferry timing was late in the evening, we have earlier arranged for a spa package at Nagoya area. As Nagoya is quite a distance away, the spa had arranged for a driver to pick us up at the ferry terminal. However, after meeting up with the driver, he was confronted by other drivers and even manhandled by a guy wearing the Montigo Resort top. Apparently, they are not very happy that we are not using the Resort's transport service (which is chargeable). Eventually, they forced the driver to drive off, leaving us stranded at the ferry terminal. As such, we decided not to take any of their taxi services there and changed to an earlier ferry timing departure.
I do not understand why we are not allowed to even make our own transport arrangements after we had checked out and outside the Resort's premises. The guests/ tourists should have the freedom to choose and make their own plans. This is really a disappointing and abrupt end to our weekend getaway.. Don't think we will even want to go back there.. We would rather stay somewhere near to Nagoya area and within walking distance to amenities and facilities.
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