Amazing in some respects, lot's more untapped potential
The hotel was great for our purpose: a quiet getaway from the city. You already know the design is beautiful and it's secluded. When we were there we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. However there are negatives and I do think we are entitled to be picky given the type of rates charged: which could easily get a 5 star hotel anywhere in Malaysia.
First the design - the room is gorgeous. Then you realize there is nowhere to hang your clothes. At all. Or to put toiletries in the shower. No bathrobe or slippers. No TV, IPod dock or anything of that sort (I'm actually fine with that). There are power points everywhere though. Except near the mirror, where the wife needs it to blow dry her hair.
On the first day, 3 of us guests were waiting for 20 minutes because the front gate was closed. Nobody at the guard house, nobody answering the door bell, and no one on the office or official hand phone either. Finally, some old school chorus of horns got someone to open the gate. As a hotel, one would expect the gate to be open at least during office hours?
It was very thoughtful that lunch or dinner is provided. What wasn't so thoughtful was that having placed our orders at 4pm and being told to be ready around 7pm, we finally got the food at 8.30pm. At least it was delicious. Or I was ravenous by then.
On the final day though, swimming in the infinity edged pool, with not a single other person around, with the warm sea breeze blowing in your hair and the cloud covered mountains behind, you come to realize what this property is about : it's your rich, good friend's house, lent for your use for the weekend along with his staff. It's fantastic for a weekend or for a wedding. Whether it's fantastic given the price: that depends on how many rich, good friends you have ...
Couples - Dec 27, 2015