We stayed here for 7 nights after our other hotel was over booked and they put us somewhere really grotty. We were lucky to find this as most of the island was booked up.
The double height bungalows are cute little places, like tree houses. Be aware you are pretty much at one with nature here! We stayed on the ground floor room, no.9. The rooms are decent sized and they all have a mosquito net and en suite bathroom - which is bright and cheerfully decorated with a gravel bit on one side and plants, making it almost like a bathroom in the jungle.
There is a small dressing table with mirror and that's about it for places to put things. There are some nails and bits hurting it on the wood where you can creatively hang things. Really that wasn't adequate at all. They could have easily fired an open rail with shelf and maybe even a small set of drawers in the alcove next to where the dressing table was. We dotted toiletries and other bits around on ledges in the wood frame of the hut. The matress is really hard, those used to soft sleeping will have to get used to it! The terrible thing about the fact you are at one with nature, in a wooden hut with nowhere to hang anything is that the place had termites and where I had my clothes hung up against the wood, they thought my clothes were a cosy home and tasty bite to eat. One pretty sequin top was a total write off and the lining of one dress was left with a big hole. The lady who co ran the resort (not mama) didn't offer to pay for it at all. In fact we had to spend out further to get some strong insecticide to kill them which was not reimbursed either. Those huts won't last long, they are literally being eaten from the ground up.
The shower in the bathroom is pretty pathetic to be honest, a bit of a dribble rather than shower. We mostly had cold Showers as it was so hot, which was lucky since they didn't really get hot anyway, and any kind of heat packed up completely after the power was cut off from the entire island for a day.
The room wasn't cleaned at all and the sheets and towels not changed. I think if you ask they will do this but you shouldn't have to ask when staying that long. I cleaned the room myself with a broom obtained from a side bit of the resort.
The feel and social aspect of the resort itself I can't fault. They have an honesty bar, comfy seating area and nice grounds. Generally this aspect was fantastic and because if this we had a lovely time here despite the problems.
The area is noisy and there's little protection from it. It wasn't every night though, but one night was very loud and went in till about 4am.
The wifi is excellent throughout the resort. Free And fast.
The staff are really nice if not a bit unhelpful when it comes to problems. Like, They didn't really say much when the power went out (by the way, there's no water either when the power fails! Meaning no toilet etc) On our last morning or ride to the ferry didn't turn up so they took us in their own tuktuk at break neck speed to get its there in time!
You are very close to a lovely beach, a few shops and lots of restaurants/cafes along the beach and up on the road. I recommend the juices in the little booth next to the beach, about a minute walk away. My fave is mango, banana and coconut mixed shake. Yum! If you like spicy food here, you have do do a lot of persuasion too get it. As they are used to catering for felang.. which means westerners. You have to tell them Thai spicy! Saladan is good for food, a little street food area at night and waterside restaurants. You can get a tuk tuk for 150 bhat.
Word of warning, with all their good intentions of wanting to teach Thai cooking there at the resort, don't! Bless them they tried but they're not set up for it, they don't teach pastes and it wasn't worth the 1000 we paid! Go to a proper cooking school...
Long beach is ok, I was abit disappointed at how spaced out everything was. Long beach road is very long, you wouldn't want to walk it, it is a drive in between slightly built up areas for restaurants. Go to saladan for more life and shopping, but wouldnt stay in saladan. I think klong nin would be better for feeling a bit more intimate as an are. Loads more I could say about the area but I could be here for ages!
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