I booked a bungalow at this resort for my girlfriend and myself in September last year (2011). I believe it was bungalow C.
I will start with the good bits:
We arrived during the day and as your bags need to be carried from the beach, over rocks and wooden walkways, two members of the staff were waiting for us. Turned out to be a 15 minute walk (which was actually really beautiful) so we were glad we didn't have to carry our heavy bags.
The setting is beautiful, very green, they have a bamboo terrace over the sea and the prices for food and drinks are really good value. It's a very relaxed atmosphere with members of staff playing guitar to their children, a couple of cats running around the place and nobody is in a hurry for anything which was just what we needed.
After a drink and our bags being brought up to the bungalow, we decided to go to our room but not without first ordering a massage at reception.
Now over to the bad bit..
Ok it was rainy season so the sea was crazy and when we decided to go up to our room there was an insane amount of water falling out of the sky. In order to get to the bungalows, you have to go up a path that was covered in bugs, frogs, crabs and god knows what, every step, you stepped on something as it was really badly lit up.
Needless to say that my girlfriend really did not appreciate this. A few frogs or bugs no problem but having something jump up against your bare legs or crawling up your trousers every 5 seconds wasn't exactly our idea of relaxing.
We got to the bungalow and at first glance it looked very nice so we decided to go have a shower and get read for our massage.
The shower had no hot water even though the resort claims there is and the light in the bathroom didn't work. When coming out of the shower, I found my girlfriend under the mosquito net because the room had been invaded by literally hundreds of flying ants and mosquitoes, again, not a pleasant experience. We fumigated the room and that helped for a bit so I went to get my massage and after 5 minutes had a worried partner next to me who asked if I could come into the bathroom. It was amazing, a 1m long gecko was making it's way past our bathroom window!!
Eventually after being bitten to pieces by mosquitoes, I cancelled the massage halfway, paid and we decided to get under the net and try to get some sleep.
A few minutes later, my partner gets up to go to the loo and sees something moving next to our bed (roughly 50cm above my head) and just could resist not knowing what it was so she turned on the light...big mistake. The mosquito net was black with bugs, there were small geckos all over the place (not that we mind those), and the thing moving next to my head, turned out to be a massive spider.
Now I grew up in the south of France and am quite used to seeing big spiders but this thing was something out of a nightmare. It must have been about 15cm in diameter and as soon as he light was on, "the beast" started running around the place, past our feet, over out heads on the ceiling, along the walls, into our bed etc etc...no way of killing it and even if there was, I'm not sure a shoe would have done the job! Maybe a shotgun would have been a better idea.
Now at this point my girlfriend had a panic attack and I thought screw this, we're leaving! So I carried here down the same buggy path, past the frogs and over the VERY slippery little bridge they have at the end...who said chivalry is dead?
We asked reception to check out and whether they could arrange for our bags to be brought back to the beach so that we could get a taxi.The guy/manager started laughing at us...what kind of hotel has staff that laughs at you when the girl you are with is in floods of tears!?
Bottom line was that at 10pm, there was no way we would be able to check in anywhere.
We then agreed to be transferred to a different bungalow that was meant to have no bugs (why they didn't do this in the first is a mystery to me as the resort was empty?!).
So we sat down, ordered 4 tequilas to calm the girlfriend down a little and we waited for about an hour at the restaurant so that they could bring our bags from one place to the other and just to try and convince ourselves that it was all going to be ok. Bedroom without bugs they said...
So back up the path we go, I though half the frogs and crabs were dead by then but no, it turns out there are always more... We got to the bungalow which looked newly built so that was a good start. We went inside, not a single bug to around but still, we put the mosquito net around our bed (just in case..) and we finally went to sleep at around 0200.
We woke up the next day at 0630 to drilling and men shouting at each other outside our bungalow...I was expecting birds and all that but nope, being vibrated out of bed is probably the most effective way to put people in a bad mood.
Turns out they were still building bungalows around ours which during the night we had not seen due to the place being really badly lit up.
That was enough for us, even though we were meant to stay another 3 nights there including one night in one of their pool villas, we packed our bags and checked out.
Maybe an unfortunate one-off event but I thought I'd share this story with you...as maybe next time you get bitten by lots of mosquitoes, or you encounter a big spider you can think: "at least its not as bad as that guy who went to Sea View Resort"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- View Point Resort believes that absolute privacy creates the perfect setting for a peaceful and restful environment from which our guests will benefit. View Point Resort is located at the pinnacle of Chalok Baan Kao, cut off from the towns & other resorts, but nonetheless at a pleasant walking distance to all amenities. Here you will find a spiritual kind of quiet. Join us in paying homage to Buddha Rock, who watches over our resort, blesses our days & offers us protection and comfort. This is a place to relax, unwind, contemplate, & re-connect with nature. Sometimes life requires you to break away from routine. View Point Resort is your shelter from the storm of everyday life. This is the place to celebrate what is truly important in life - Serenity and Joy. We believe that all of this makes us the most uniquely situated resort on Koh Tao. We hope that you can take pleasure in our efforts, but moreover that you can also share and embrace our concept. Relax, enjoy, & take pleasure in what has been meticulously crafted for your profound satisfaction and pure delight. ... more less
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