Have read the reviews and passed Botanica during previous visits so was pleased to be able to stay there late this January. The new buildings are of good quality and the gardens are tranquil. It's a pleasant stay. However, the new pool, whilst welcome is a bit stark and modern so doesn't really go with the rustic surroundings.
The lady who appeared to be the manager was my problem. I am sure her intentions were good but she is quite invasive. She constantly wanted to know where I had been, where I was going, what my movements were. It got to the stage I dreaded passing the reception area becuase I would be subject to an inquisition. She needs to learn the art of unobtrusive more subtle management.
Prices have increased substantially since the makeover. However, no soap or shampoo in the cottage bathrooms. I asked why and was told this was available upon request only. Not clear why a small bar of soap can't be put in bathroom. Seems pretty tight.
Finally, I wanted to relax with a cocktail in the evening. The cocktail was quite expensive ($3.50?) and there was no detectable alcohol. Very stingy measures. And I had to take it back to my cottage anyway as the manageress wouldn't let me relax in peace.
Could be so much improved with better staff training and less stingy practices.
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