I have just returned from a lovely holiday at Jasmine Village hotel.
We arrived at around 5.30pm and got settled into our lovely promo garden room. Yes it is a bit dated but we weren't intending to spend much time in it.
It was cleaned well every day and had clean towels daily too. The shower was a bit unreliable with full force for 30 secs and nice temp and then 30 secs of red hot so we spent time jumping in and out of it but you get used to that....lol
Our cleaner chatted to us daily and if you tip 10s every other day he makes beautiful towel sculptures on the bed with flower petals.
We had a full sized fridge in the room and 4 water bottles were put in daily.
The beach was lovely. Sandy beach which you could walk ot around 20m and reach the coral reef. This had more fish / coral on it than some of the reefs we visited on the boat trips out. There is also a wreck under the water to the left of the boat pier where we saw rays, porcupine and bat fish along with the usual ones. The water sports centre is also great at teaching wind surfing.
For breakfast we had to search for tables laid up ready to use and very rarely had napkins. we had to ask for cutlery regularly too. breakfast consists of omelette or fried eggs, cereal, croisants, cheese and ham and bread. The chefs though were lovely.
The beach restaurant for lunch was very basic. Either hot dog or burger with chips and salad.
The Italian restaurant by the pool did lovely pizza and chips at lunchtime though.
The meal choice in the main restaurant in the evening was poor though and the same most days. You can eat at either of the two other hotels (Alibaba and Aladdin) attached though but very similar there.
We did pay to eat at the fish restaurant on the beach twice as this was fantastic!! A platter of Lobster, Crab, prawns, squid, fish plus salad, bread and dips and chips £25 each.
We did two excursions. One Giftun Island boat trip which was £22 and took us out from 8.30 - 3.30 and we snorkelled at 3 reefs and had an hour on Mahmya beach too. lovely day.
The highlight was the Dolphin Safari with Dinodiving.com. We arranged this through our rep at the welcome meeting for £50. we left at 6.30am and returned at 6pm including a lovely breakfast and lunch. We swan with wild dolphins for approx 2 hrs finding them in a rubber dinghy and dropping in to swim with them. A photographer took photos that he downloaded onto facebook and we could access FREE. We also stopped at other lagoons and snorkelled with a guide showing us great fish etc. The staff on the boat were so friendly!!!
The temperature was lovely all week 25-32 degs but you do need to get up early and be on the beach at 8.30am as the hottest part of the day is 11am. By 2pm it is stating to get chilly on the beach and you need to move to the lagoon area or the pool where the sun is.
All in all we had a great relaxing holiday and although the food was poor it didnt ruin our hoilday.
Looking at going back next year!
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