The hotel is nicely positioned, very close to the beach (although saying a room has a 'sea view' is stretching it a bit). Kevin is very friendly and easy going and there is a great atmosphere around the bar. He is a good source of local knowledge and also an expert cocktail maker, with a great selection of drinks on offer to complement the very good restaurant. The food is delicious.
One reservation is that it is slightly expensive. Whilst the pizzas were very good (fantastically cooked in a proper wood fired oven) they were relatively pricey and the bedrooms pretty bare for the amount you pay. They also kept getting breakfast orders wrong (however the breakfasts themselves were delicious and had a good range of options). The bathrooms are miniscule. That said they were clean.
The major let-down for this place is unfortunately nothing to do with the hotel at all, but rather to do with the beach it is situated on. Initially it looks stunning. However you quickly find out you are not allowed to do anything without being chastised by a fleet of militant lifeguards.
They reserve an area in the shallows of around 20 metres square where you are allowed to paddle (up to around knee depth). Whilst we were there around 150 people were in this area, complete with body boarders (as they were also not permitted outside of this area). Appparently that is safer than keeping the toddlers and body boarders separate. Any deeper than knee depth is deemed too dangerous. You cannot use any of the rest of the coastline even to paddle in and heaven forbid you attempt to sit on the rocks, try to take a picture of the surf hitting the shore whilst ankle deep in water or even merely stand in the shallows. You will soon find yourself being hunted down and told to get out of the water. Swimming of any kind is forbidden. There is a sheltered area at the end of the beach which was mill-pond like but apparently that was also 'much danger' and posed such a danger to a group of late twenties friends that they were told to get out. Children were not even allowed to look for crabs amongst the rocks. It really is ridiculous. The lifeguards stop chasing you at 5 pm for an unknown reason (presumably the danger ends at 5 pm, although the size of the waves remain the same obviously), and you can dive into the surf as if you were at any other beach in the word outside of Japan.
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