Stayed at the new pool villas in this enormous resort. Had a wonderful time, the beach is gorgeous and empty, the view is spectacular and the villa was very liveable in. I even had people trying to work out whether they could recreate the building at home.
Would definitely recommend the villa side. Much quieter than the main hotel, which was packed with tour package tourists.
Beach and sea. Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe it.
Staff at the new side are very eager to please and made up a lot for the inconsistencies of the hotel.
Spa. It's awesome and not too expensive. The extra facilities like hot and cold pools, sauna, steam room etc. were a bit dated, but the massage more than made up for that. Their ginger tea is lovely as well.
The new side is well, new. This means they haven't really worked out how to transport guests there to the main hotel, which is the only place where you can get food if you haven't brought some of your own.
They also get all their supplies from the main side, which for us translated to not having any towels or floor mats when we arrived because they were waiting for the linen truck to come. It took them close to 6 hours to finally kit the villa out in the way it should have been kitted out when we arrived.
Food is overpriced and not very good. The concept seems to be Club Med, lots of buffets, but these are on top of your room rate and not cheap. Nor is the food very good, standard buffet food that has been left to sit on burners for much too long. There is a huge selection ... of bad food. We landed up having dinner every night at the Sunset Grill, which was ok and it was lovely to sit by the sea. But the menu is limited and you pretty much exhaust it by the second night, especially if you're in a group of four.
Recommendations - bring your own food. If you're staying at the main hotel, i'm not sure what facilities are available for cooking (I'm assuming a kettle and some coffee cups) but the villas have full kitchens (you have to request cooking utensils).
There was free internet but the cable is right beside the bed in the master bedroom - and the power point was on the opposite end.
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