We stayed for 12 nights late October/early November (2 boys aged 7 and 8 + my wife and I) in a Beach Villa half board.
Beach Villa accommodation:
Whilst the villa is a good size, the single room layout meant that in the evening after we'd put them to bed there were few options for us - every night we went outside onto the balcony and either read or watched TV on a portable DVD player that we'd brought with us. This was fine as long as you put on the mosquito cream!! The mosquito cream supplied in the minibar worked really well for us and we didn't get bitten at all when we used it. The villa is right on the beach and when the tide is high the sea is only about 20m away. The villa was cleaned every day and turned down for the night and they always did a good job. Beach villa vs Garden villa?? We'd recommend the Beach Villa every time. The Garden Villas face onto the backs of the Beach Villas so we were glad with our choice.
The location is stunning with great beaches, coves and forest; fruit-bats flying overhead, lots of colourful fish in the sea. There are crabs *everywhere* on this island. During the day you'll see crabs diving into their holes, and at night hermit crabs come crawling out. Whilst there is a tortoise enclosure in the village it is a bit run-down and not the picturesque sanctuary you might envision. There are a few paths that lead off into the forest which is nice - some longer than others so it's good to plan ahead.
Swimming. Snorkelling. Read for a bit. Swim. Eat. Go snorkelling again. Rinse and repeat. The snorkelling off the beach was fine - plenty of fish to see and with the reef being 200m out, the sea is very shallow near the beach. Great for the kids to try a spot of snorkelling. Watch out for lionfish and wear reef shoes to protect feet from sea urchins. From the beach we saw several rays, lionfish, all kinds of fish (mostly Picaso Triggerfish) and crabs. For the more adventurous there is a dive centre that organises both snorkelling and dive trips. We did two snorkelling trips and saw sharks, turtles, cuttlefish and big humphead parrotfish to name a few. The dive centre staff were brilliant. To leave the island costs quite a bit of money - several hundred euros per person - so we didn't leave. We did another excursion around to the north of the island - a boat trip + picnic; the beach they took us to was nice but the food was decidedly average.
There is one pool (saltwater) split into a kids shallow pool and deeper pool. This is located in the central area by the breakfast buffet place and surrounded by sunbeds. You can order food from the pool menu and there are floats available for the kids. Sunbeds nearest the pool get 'reserved' early as people head for breakfast.
Food and service:
Good time to talk about food. We were half board so we ate buffet style breakfast and evenings a reasonably good buffet selection was offered. There are three or four restaurants all run by the hotel. We visited the Japanese restaurant several times - this was our firm favorite. The italian was ok. So for breakfast and dinner the selection was fine. Lunchtime was more challenging however. The main area near the pool is really the only place you can go for lunch where the menu is ok for a week long stay but you do yearn for a bit more when you are staying for longer than a week. Room service is an option but the food is the same. Although the Japanese restaurant was superb the standard of food and choice elsewhere was a let-down. Also as other reviews have no doubt mentioned food is expensive: £17 for a club sandwich. Drinks are reasonably priced. Maybe you could live off beer...
We expected more locally caught fresh seafood and generally better cuisine - the exec chef was however very friendly and helpful and did everything he could to make our stay as pleasant as possible. In his defense he's only been there for 6 months and is in the process of transforming the menus and food offering. We said we'd go back if the food situation improves!
Just a quick note on service - this was bizarre. Some staff were fantastic - you could see that they were doing their utmost to make sure you had a great stay. They remembered your name, talked to the kids, went over and above. Shamman was the chap supervising the Japanese restaurant and he was great, as was Shaiful the exec chef. Mohamed was good also. The bizarre thing was that other staff weren't so good. They would forget your order, leave you waiting at the table for ages before taking your order, you would ask for something and the wrong thing would arrive...etc. So I think they have a bit of a staff issue, but the few great people there made up for it.
Once you land there is a minibus that takes you on a 40 minute ride to the jetty. This ride is over very hilly terrain so doesn't set you up well for a 45 min boat journey! The boat itself wasn't great - but as long as you pinned your eyes on the horizon and put up with it the end goal is worth it. Apparently this coming year they are putting on private boat transfers - I'd certainly opt for that if I came again.
In case you are scouring these reviews looking for weather in October/November information, the two weeks we stayed at the end of Oct/ beginning of Nov were broadly fantastic weather-wise. We had one day where it mostly rained and another day where it rained for a couple of hours before becoming fantastic again. We occasionally saw thunderstorms out at sea but the weather would be glorious where we were. We were worried about rain spoiling our holiday but it wasn't an issue at all for us.
Great. Loved the snorkelling. Beach fantastic. Sea clear and warm. Food not so great (Japanese restaurant the exception). Service sometimes excellent, sometimes poor depending on who you got. Expensive. Buy your gifts in the airport gift shop on the way back, not at the hotel or dive shop. We spent £20 on a small tortoise keyring in the hotel (it was one of the cheapest things); we saw the exact same one for £3 in the airport gift shop. Children friendly - there were lots of families there with small kids. Not sure if the honeymooners appreciated that though!
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