Past it’s former glory, fantastic staff though
Check in and first encounter by Jesselton Point. VIP treatment. But: I was paying it all and the place required cash, which was quite and effort- it means like a withdrawal of two yearly salaries of a Malaysian. Immonen, besides the front desk person tried to count to her own benefit, several times until my friends interrupted. Me and my friends had great expectations after all other experiences and we were in fine clothes, did not want to embark in 5 star resort in nylon rags. Not like backpackers and neither snobby, for own comfort, this was to be the grand finale for our one month trip to Sabah and Malaysia. By arrival we were met with drinks and fragranced napkins. And then led to a hut facing the mountain side, a huge beautiful room and terrace but not the one we paid so much for, we had the the lagoon villa chosen, not the palm villas because we did not like the plastic pools on the terrace, yet the glass floor would have been nice.
We were to stay and and after a couple of nights we would get the lagoon villa and a compensation said the manager.
We then skipped the moving about, the weather was rainy and this is factor no one can change. Everything but the weather.
Breakfast were somewhat 3 star and average and not quite what we antecipated in a 5 star resort, have seen what you usually get in equivalent places.a la carte food in the restaurants was good and we enjoyed the free drinks every afternoon, besides the next two for half price and so on. Free soft drinks all day round.
Now reader: I am a used traveller, I save money and work hard for it and then give it a go, I put great effort on choosing places and planning, I do not have more than one month. Year to get somewhere. I work as a chef and have been rating top Lasse restaurants professionally as a part of my carriere and my company are alike, we know something about this. Also what effort it is to pay 5500 MYR for a five night stay and what to expect for the price.
I did not expect to find red pills and others hidden under furniture, cockaroaches I can live with, it is a natural thing to occur in tropics, despite stars.
The only compensation we got was an extra tax- bill when checking out.
Were talking to co- partners in crime, people from Europe. They found the place more three star than five star, then there are people who have this as a treat after a backpacker tour and the meanings are different.
Pros: free soft drinks and boat service, first soft drinks free, pasta dishes delicious, local dishes heavenly, tto order part of breakfast fabulous. The staff helpful and kind, room service efficient, lots of place, great snorkeling, MERC fantastic. Fireflies, monkeys, proximity to rainforest. Good shop.
Cons: tourist from east made the place look like a cheap motel, pissing in the flower pots and littering the sea. Many prohibits, easy to feel inprisoned, are much more used to be a researching type, adventurous. And self going. With a closer look the tidy room was not so tidy, bedbugs are a part of the tropics and there were free pesticides, but I did not dear to touch the pills found under the bed and drawer...tourism tax twice, Eco tax is ok.
Luxury for never tried it before visitors, a stay among many others for us who had tried it all. Neat and nice.
Friends getaway - Nov 2, 2017