We arrived on a Friday afternoon and we were picked up at the ferry terminal. After a short ride, we reached the resort and we're promptly greeted by staff with cold wet towels and a welcome drink. That was a rather great start.
Check-in was longer than usual and we waited at the reception lobby to get ourselves registered. Luckily for the free wifi at the lobby, we managed to keep ourselves entertained. As we arrived in the late morning, they could only give us one villa (we booked two), which wasn't a bad thing since they've arranged for our two villas to be beside each other.
We booked a hillside villa for one night and a seaview villa for the next night. The villas were identically furnished and they were quite nicely decorated. Although the villas were new (we found out that the resort was built only like 2 years ago), we found that it was already showing signs of wear and tear. Stains on the tiled floor were apparent, broken shower stall handle, stuck room door and a half-filled pool were some of the issues we encountered.
We ordered a BBQ dinner on our first night and the staff did a fantastic job with the food and service. We had our dinner served at the balcony of our living room, beside the pool and overlooking the sea.
Breakfast was served at Tadd's, an open dining area beside the pool. It was a good thing that the morning was cool during our visit, although I can imagine it being quite an unpleasant experience if it was a scorching hot season. We were also extremely taken aback by the level of hygiene at the restaurant, with practically every chair at the restaurant stained with house lizard droppings. While the restaurant staff did try to find us 'cleaner' chairs, we still couldn't get over the fact that we still ended up with dirty chairs to sit on. However, the food served at the restaurant was delicious.
Overall, we did enjoy our stay and it's a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. There's not much you can do at the resort (the gym and jetty were both under maintenance), but you can always charter a taxi to bring you into town for the afternoon. Wifi is available in the villas and every public area of the resort, so you can still keep yourself entertained or connected with friends.
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