The transfer (boat trip only) takes around 1hr 15mins, and the ferry port is around 20 to 30 mins from the airport.
Staff made something of a mess of our collection and delivery to the ferry port (from a hotel in the city) but we got there eventually (after a few phone calls to remind them we were waiting).
Generally speaking it’s a nice peaceful setting, rooms are very spacious/clean, and come with a good AC unit, and a well-stocked mini bar.
The bathroom was large with a lovely open shower.
There are no TV's in the rooms, and wifi only available at the restaurant (and the signal/reception was poor at best).
The pool is great, most certainly the highlight. As another reviewer commented, a bar in the pool would be a great addition, all the same staff are happy to bring drinks over to you.
Kayaks are provided free of charge, which is a nice touch, and there are many activities to try (though I didn't do so, and can't therefore comment on the quality of things such as the tennis courts etc).
I was very disappointed at what was an extremely limited menu. My friend and I stayed 2 nights, meaning around 5 or 6 meals, but by lunch on day 2 I faced the prospect of having the same as the previous day. I didn't bother with breakfast, but was assured I made the right decision.
A live band played very briefly one evening in an area in front of the restaurant, but had finished by around 8 to 8.30pm.
There is a TV in the bar area, and a large screen which shows several movies every evening which was a good idea, certainly for the youngsters. However, once the movies have finished, and most of the locals have finished supper the main 'entertainment' area dies, and we found ourselves alone at the bar by 10pm on the 2 evenings we were there.
I generally found the staff to be very friendly, and very helpful, most of whom couldn't do enough for you.
All in all it wouldn't be an understatement though to say the resort has seen better days, there are numerous areas that have fallen into disrepair, and a good coat of paint would make a big big difference in several areas.
The pool tables look about 80yrs old, and the flooring around them looks ready to give way at any time.
It’s an all too familiar scene I'm afraid, and whilst they will no doubt rigorously deny it, it seems clear management don't give a damn, and if they do why has a resort that has such potential (and was no doubt beautiful back its heyday) been allowed to fall into its current state.
It’s fair to say the cottages and pool are top grade, that I can't deny, but I'm afraid everything else (including the cottages on stilts in the photos) have been left to basically rot away, and it really does ruin the experience, not to mention spoil the view.
And having paid USD150 a night (per room), I again find myself paying western prices for a resort offering a predominantly local menu, and a limited one at that.
I'd have to say I think its overpriced for what it now is, and I'd have to be assured of some great improvements before returning, but we made the most of it and had a relaxing weekend.
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