Elaine was prompt and courteous via email questions. Pick up at the airport was arranged through Coconut Cottages for 25 dollars a person and went smoothly (worth doing). Crossing the water is in a long boat from off the beach so feet get wet as you climb into the boat – they don’t help with bags but did when we arrived at the island. From there you take a horse cart. Take my advice and use backpacks rather than luggage.
We are staying in the Shamballa Cottage. The cottage is on stilts with stairs at varying heights and makes climbing up and down a bit awkward. We arrived early so we had some breakfast – the veggie omelette is good (huge!). The room is spacious and clean with lots of storage, a king bed with mosquito netting and a single bed for extra person, a/c, large porch with hammock, couch and table, good lighting, and a large bathroom open to the sky with salt water shower, sink, toilet, towels, and lots of hot water. We added a couple of nights and had to change rooms the last night. This room was in a semi-detached cottage and the bathroom was pretty bad: mould, the sink leaked onto the floor, the drain was plugged and we had to get that taken care of. To be honest, if we had this room first, we would not have been happy. Pay more for a nicer cottage.
You need to use your own towels for the beach. Kettle, coffee and tea are available but no drinking water. You can refill large bottles of water for 4000RP at the reception. Internet is not included.
Expect to hear roosters early. The island is dusty so bring flip flops and expect to wash your feet a lot. The cottages are not on the beach but I’ve stayed in beach front resorts and had to walk further to get to the water. The snorkelling off the shore is fantastic with needlefish, butterfly, grouper, puffer, turtles, etc. The cottages are in a lovely setting, quiet and peaceful.
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