Have just returned from a great 2 weeks here. It was low season and there were fewer guests which meant that we got a lovely lagoon view room which was very spacious and had loads of cupboards and clothes space (something that some hotels sadly lack).The aircon system in our room was also excellent. On occasions there were only a few people to enjoy the huge swimming pool and no problem getting your 'usual' sunbeds.
Foodwise there are always plenty of curry dishes but if you are not into spicy food there should be something tasty to suit everybody. For me the star of the show were the deserts. There are always a variety of dainty tasty selections and magnificent main puddings such as chocolate cashew, apple pie etc. I could have lived on these alone ( and put on quite a bit of weight!)
The staff are very polite and all seem keen to please.
We got a great deal from Kenwood travel on an upgrade to all inclusive. It was literally to good to refuse. And we were so glad we took it....there would not have been many outlets close to the hotel to go to and a tuk tuk ride into the nearest town would have been called for.
I won't dwell long on the one slight hiccup....there was the 'full moon' festival while we were there which meant no alcohol was served for 2 days to comply with local laws. Unfortunately no information was given to us about this and we actually heard about it from a local tour guide. It was only confirmed when we actually asked the management about it. Had we have been given reasonable notice of this we could have planned for it. Anyway after some haggling and pointing out that we(and some other British guests) had paid for all inclusive (and alcoholic drinks) a satisfactory solution was arrived at. I hope that some good will come of this so there can be better communication re such things in future.
As wildlife lovers we were really impressed. There are no monkeys round the hotel but the crows have developed their thieving skills to almost rival monkeys, so be wary about leaving any tasty morsels unattended. The resident chipmunks are so cute and are well used to being fed around the grounds and rooms. they will quite literally be eating out of your hands.
Being surrounded by lagoons there is also some bonus wildlife to go looking for around the grounds. We were lucky enough to witness 2 giant water monitors (about 2 metres long) writhing and rolling about in one of the lagoons to the rear of the hotel pitch and putt course. They looked like a couple of crocs fighting but were in fact mating. Now I personally love snakes and go looking for them but don't worry if you don't like them, chances are you won't see any. I saw 3...one small one in the water, one small thin one crossing the grass, and wait for it...my jewel in the crown, a magnificent cobra about 5 ft long (again close to the lagoon at rear of hotel) which i watched at close quarters for several minutes.Apparently even the locals and security people etc
say I was very lucky to see this as they are very rare around there.
For tours you would be advised to seek out one of the very locals close to the hotel rather than pay much more for organised ones via holiday reps etc. Slimline tours about 200yds left from the main gates are apparently very good and the fellow guests that used them were very impressed.
They will also change money at a better rate than the hotel.
Alternatively there is Fernando who is often to be found outside the main gates and lives a couple of hundred yards down on the right. He is an extremely nice friendly bloke (and built like a rugby player) and will also do any type of tour. If you are into wildlife then he must be your choice...he is quite an expert. We used him to go to a wetlands sanctuary about an hours drive away where we saw various different birds and also monkeys and giant squirrels.He has a comfortable people carrier with good aircon.
Also if you do find any spare titbits, there are half a dozen friendly dogs live around the beach outside that could always do with a spot of fuss and food. Fernando and the tuk tuk drivers do their bit to keep them fed etc but if you are a dog lover, every little helps as they say.
Ok I've rabbited on enough, to sum up this was a really great experience. you feel well and truly pampered and if you can get a good all inclusive deal take it.
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