I've been to eco friendly hotels before. I've benn to a lot of low budget resorts before. But I've never seen anything like this. This place is not only obviously mismanaged - management clearly intends to rip tourists off.
The minute you set foot on "the professor's" premises he tries to eco-blackmail you. The restaurant is plastered with eco-BS signs. The professor explains to you how everything is so expensive if you do it ecofriendly. How everyone else on the island is wasting resources but them. This is why they don't renovate the huts - to save nature! Yeah, right.
I tried to find out how much money "the foundation" spent on securing wildlife last year. I only got evasive answers or plain BS eco-phrases. They gave no proof whatsoever. I think a lot of people are intimidated by his great knowledge of the English language (he clearly speaks better English than mosts guests). We intended to take the Dugong tour but we didn't trust these people at all so canceled it.
The restaurant serves highly overpriced dishes not worthy of being called thai. Drinks cost twice as much as everywhere else on the island. The huts were the worst I've ever seen and I travelled in that region for quite a number of years.
We left this horrible place after just one night. Everyone else that was staying there (two french families) did the same thing (we met everyone in the great hotel on the other side of town later that evening).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a secluded part of Libong Island, away from everyone and everything else. The ideal place to enjoy nature at its best! Also home to the endangered dugongs (SeaCows) and haven to various migratory birds! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Libong Nature Beach Hotel Ko Libong