Stayed here for two nights. We knew going in that the place is supposed to be somewhat rustic and jungly. We consider ourselves to be pretty adventurous and outdoorsy so we thought Saffron would suit our needs. However, there is a vast difference between rustic and jungly and rundown and unkempt. We noticed this as soon as we arrived. First, there is no designated check-in area. We wandered into the kitchen/restaurant area where we were met by one of the staff and two random dogs. All three basically ignored us. Eventually the staff person acknowledged us and walked us to our bungalow. It was nighttime so we weren't able to get a clear picture of the grounds. Our bungalow was pretty large but had a lot of wasted space. The bed was covered in a mosquito netting and was pretty hard. The worst part of the room was how dark it was. Even during the day it was extremely dim. There was only a tiny mirror in the bathroom and very poor lighting. The front door and windows were covered in some sort of homemade curtain which offered little privacy. The grounds are very overgrown so very little natural light can get through. It didn't help that there was torrential rain for two days so the place appeared even darker and more depressing. The porch area leaked so we couldn't sit outside without getting wet. At one point the power went out so it was completely dark and humid for several hours. The staff don't appear to be very concerned with service. Any time we would try and approach the people in the restaurant area to ask for a drink, etc. we always felt like it was a great imposition. After reading other people's comments about the dogs we basically stayed away from them. Their barking was a little annoying at times, but then again we are cat people;)
The thing that topped it all off was the fact I got sick after eating at the restaurant. Saffron on the Sea could be a much nicer place if they did some basic maintenance on the grounds and rehabbed the bungalows. However, it doesn't seem like anyone there really gives a toss.
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