We booked 5 days through Agoda so that we could get a foothold in the area and then either rebook for longer at this hotel or move somewhere we preferred after checking out the area. The beach is superb and very quiet.
I have to say we don't really like big resort hotels that much. This hotel would have to have been pretty amazing to get us to love it and in this price range that would be unlikely. The other two positive reviews there have been so far are a fair reflection of what to expect. The staff were friendly but still being trained and communication was difficult. You're on your own.
The rooms were nicely furnished and comfortable. Big enough plus an OK bathroom - no separate shower which always disappoints me. A wider choice of satellite channels than we got at other places too. We really didn't think much of the food at dinner. Catering for large numbers is pretty difficult I guess. We were given free vouchers for it because they were still opening and we didn't use them after a couple of nights. The Thai food in the local restaurants is good and cheap. There are about 4 or 5 within walking distance.
The worst part was the off-key cabaret band warbling western cover versions in the corner. Why do they do that? Does anyone really like it? It was laughably bad but our fellow (mostly Scandinavian) guests (on package deals) were too polite to throw food or cutlery. I felt sorry for everyone including the band. OK I'm a bit of a music snob. Breakfast was alright.
Overall it's a nice place with nice public areas but there was'nt a 'scene' at the bar after dinner. A bit boring if you like to meet people. If you're happy in big resorts you'll probably like it well enough. The garden is going to be beautiful.
We moved to the Luckanawadee resort which is two hotels up the beach, paid less and were absolutely thrilled. Only problem - they only have 9 rooms and 2 are pricey bungalows.
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