You're gonna like this resort when you want to stay away from the crowded western side of the island (White Sand Beach e.g.). It is located in the South, right where the coast street ends - due to the mountains they never finished it, so there's no way of driving around the island, meaning no traffic at all down there. However, this also means you'll have to drive quite a bit (you can rent a scooter at the resort) if you want to visit the beaches on "the other side" (roughly 1h/ 1h15 to Lonely Beach).
The atmosphere of the resort is a little camping-like (so nothing really luxurious), but we were ok with that. There are rooms on small cabins in the woods and some out on the water, which is really nice. There is no beach, but one in a 1/2h walking distance (which we didn't visit).
Food and breakfast are good, we did go to nearby Salakphet for dinner every night, tho. Jab Jab Seafood opened just a month ago and is simply amazing! Had the best fish of my life there!
Dieter, the resort manager, is some kind of a difficult character (as you can also read in most of the other reviews and the reason why I originally wanted to give just three points). It is quite easy to get into an argument with him, even though he says he is not going to argue with guests (like he won't like it when you ask for the scooters to go have dinner somewhere else). The customer is always right - he should maybe remember that every now and then. If you "stay away from him" and simply do your thing, it's ok, tho.
We liked out stay at Island View Resort, nevertheless, we will go find a resort at Lonely Beach next time, it's simply more "our thing" ...
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