We were very excited when we read about this in Lonely Planet, it sounded amazing, maybe our expectations were to high...
The Good - we stayed in the open air house, the location is very impressive, the sound of the crashing waves, being able to watch the night storms and see the stars, watching the sunrise in the morning, all very nice! The house is basic but clean.
The Bad - it is is very rustic, the rooms are a little too basic, poor bedding, cold and damp, a mosquito net that was broken. The price is not cheap by Colombian standards, especially when you factor in the 2 meals a day that are included are sub-standard, meager and cost pennies to make. The food really put a damper on this place, if the food was average it would bring this place up a notch. I understand its simple food, but this was food made with zero heart and sole, mushy overripe papaya for breakfast (I think chopped up days before), for dinner oily fried fish and a blob of brown horrid rice. there is no fresh juice or fruit offered. No dessert offered at night, here is a city of fresh fruit, amazing ice cream and you cant ever serve some ice cream with fresh fruit or a slice of cake. Dessert was a joke a tablespoon of gruel, not even enough for all 8 guest, only 6 brought out by the surly staff.
The Worst - The unsmiling, grumpy and unfriendly staff. The did everything with a scowl. They seem very unhappy to work there, you greet them with a friendly "Buena or Buenos Dias" and you just get a scowl. I know they do not understand english and apparently they are shy, but smiles are international and there is a difference between shy and hostile. I believe this is also why the food is so awful, they take zero pride in their work and you get the sense you are nothing but a chore to them. Shame because a few smiles and a little effort would have resulted in tips for them and likely a better stay, this really put a damper on the stay. Definately a one star for service.
The Verdict - Don't expect much for service and food, bring your own snacks/food/drinks, just go to enjoy the view and property, but for the same price you can stay in a nice 5 star, but again you wont get the beach front. Go if you like rustic nature, but just keep your expectations in check.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cabaña hangs on a cliff over the beach and ocean. It has been featured in documentaries, tv and magazines such as Maison Marie Claire french edition. Maloka has lovely views to the river and sea or the jungle, its quieter than the cabaña and the rooms are spacious and with a private bathroom. The web site of Maloka can be accessed through "go to maloka" on the cabaña's web site. ... more less
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