General:Booked one night in two beach front villas (i think it was room 101 and 118), for a cheap price from hotels.com. Ended up staying for two more night (manly because we were lazy), and got a better price from the hotel. Hard to communicate with some of their staff, since their English is not the best (But this is not different to many places in Thailand where I have been). But the ones who speak the best English seem to be working at the reception desk, so everything worked out fine for us.
Rooms: View of the rooms were great. Nice terrace, but not all of them were furnished. Room was nice (maybe not as nice as in the hotels online pictures, but nice). Beds and pillows were hard - but this is as expected on a three star hotel in Thailand. If you are picky about this, you need to book a five star hotel. Bathroom, much nicer in room 101 (nice) than in 118 (just OK). I have seen many nicer, but also some worse on hotels in this category.
Cleaning: If you hang out the please clean my room sign on the door, the clean your room. And they daily evaporate every trace of sand in the room. So for a few lucky moments (before you drag more sand in) you forget that soon there will be sand everywhere. The only small comment I have about cleaning is that when we checked in, it was a small spiderweb under the sink in the bathroom. But no spider, so really didn't see that as a huge problem.
Restaurant and breakfast: We had breakfast from a buffet one day (OK, juice, eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruits, cereals) and from the a la carte one day (pre-set menu A, B, C, or D, including different things such as porridge, juice, pancakes, omelets... depending of which menu you pick). Neither the buffet or the a la carte are breakfasts you will remember, in a good or in a bad way. Very standard and maybe a tiny bit boring.
We also had dinner there, it was raining the day we arrived, and we traveled with kids, and after a long trip we decided to take our chances (even though many reviewers implied that this was a terrible place to eat). We decided to go for the thai food (in my opinion what the Thai's do best. I don't believe that they will bring their A-game every tuna sandwich they make), and all four adults had a great meal. And a am a foodie, so this is important to me. We even had a second dinner there, that one also great. We ordered curries, and stir fries and hot pans and thai salads. The kids at least once ordered western spaghetti bolognese - and they liked it. We tasted and thought it was OK. Could they have hired new chefs? Because otherwise I don't get were all complaints come from?
Pool and garden: Nicely maintained gardens, and a great location on the beach. It was a bit windy when we were there so the kids preferred to pool to the ocean. The pool is a budget kind that you will find on many smaller thai-islands (with a plastic"carpet" instead of tile). It was a bit of sand in it that irritated me (but I guess when the pool is practically on the beach, this is bound to happen?), but in general seemed clean, and the kids loved it. I however did not walk around the rest of the resort, just beachfront, reception restaurant and pool area, so cant say so much about the rest of the resort.
Conclusion: I could live here again, but I would not look super much forward to it. Basic, but it gave us the possibility with our budget to have a house just by the sea, with all the demands we had (swimming pool, ac in the room, extra beds and so on). You get what you pay for, and this is a reasonably priced beach front house. The standard is just that, reasonable.
Last note. The day we came, it was raining a lot all day. This lead to some pluming problems (discolored water in the pipes). On all overpopulation thai-islands there are problems with sewage systems, and I think the rain that poured down all day (quite rare) brought on some problems.
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