I think the other reviews cover my experience sufficiently, although personally I did not feel safe on my own walking to the town centre, so I felt quite isolated by having to get a taxi anywhere to get any food etc. I seemed to be the only guest staying there, which also felt a little weird. The office and bar/eating area seemed to be closed up all the time which made me feel even more isolated. The staff were very obliging and happy to help, although did not seem to know much English or enter into any kind of conversation with me. I did not realise there is a road separating the studio accommodation from the lagoon and other accommodation. Other reviewers have noted how lovely the lagoon was to swim in, but I personally would not have swam in it - it did not look appealing. The construction happening on the other side of the lagoon certainly put me off and ruined any relaxation opportunity or nice view that I'm sure there once was. My flight was delayed by 7 hours, so I arrived much later than I had told them I would, so there was no one at the airport waiting to collect me as I had arranged, which being a solo female traveller and landing at night, caused confusion and I was approached by a number of men which made me uncomfortable. I also had to pay much more for a taxi. I would have assumed they would have checked flight times, and they told me they had actually not turned up to the airport at all, not even at the original time my flight was due to land which was not very good. The fales are definitely basic, but you pay for what you get and this is not meant to be a fancy hotel. There were strange mounds of "dirt" appearing all over the room, and I'm baffled as to what it was from - perhaps ants, as they were everywhere. The windows all had mosquito nets on which was great.
I could not sleep at night due to dogs fighting nearby, and woke up to roosters crowing and loud construction noises which did not stop all through the day. There were also vehicles and groups of worker men coming by the road through the property throughout the day.
I only ended up staying one night, instead of three, as my plans changed, and the owners were kind enough not to charge me for all three nights, which I really appreciated. They also kindly arranged me a number of taxis which I appreciated. There was surprisingly good internet access there, you just buy 2 hour passes from the office, and it works from your room. I can tell that the owners take pride in their property and take great care of the gardens etc. They seem like lovely people.
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