We only stayed here for one night (thank goodness) as we were keen to do some white water rafting.
As you drive in, there is a really beautful old colonial house in the middle of a massive garden and we thought this was where we would be staying. Turned out this was the owners house and our accomodation was in a badly built treehouse down the way. I dont want to be mean, as the staff were very friendly, but the accomodation itself was super basic. The 'treehouse' was really badly constructed, the bed was on a slope and the 'walls' did not really offer any protection from the mosquito's since the windows had no glass and were open to the outside. The treehouse was set right by the river, wich offered a great view, but at night when we were trying to sleep - it was almost impossible due to the crashing noise of the river.
The staff did put up a mosquito net for us on request, but it was full of holes. The sheets also looked like they werent entirely clean.
The bathroom was very basic too. The first treehouse we were offered had the bathroom in a horrible 'basement' which you had to access through a trap door in the floor. Luckily they were able to offer us a different treehouse where the bathroom was at least on the same level as the bedroom. There was no hot water but at least the facilities looked relatively clean.
On a positive side, the rafting was great and though the guide didnt speak much english, it was enough to communicate the essentials. The river rafting was really fun. Also the food served was suprisingly good. I guess you get what you pay for here as the accomodation was cheap. Be careful not to book up front for the rafting (or to book it through your travel agent) as you will be charged approx $38 dollars per person. If you book it locally you should be able to get it for $15 - 20.
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