Loved it. Truly Paradise...not for everyone
I loved this place: it's truly paradise. The two Pierre(s), Sean (dive instructor) and the entire crew were great. The location is pure bliss: reminded me of pictures of Eden. It's remote, relaxing and with beautiful views all around.
We did a lot of diving, kayaking, snorkeling and it was outstanding. kayaks are provided and it's a great resource.
I want to provide as many facts as possible as I had a hard time deciding on a place and hope this will help others.
The food was good if a little repetitive and all made from scratch.
It was very clean.
While this place is not luxurious in a traditional sense, it's luxury for people who like simple...we didn't do anything, service was amazing. As an example, I would be reading under an umbrella and a nice woman would bring me a bottle of cold water just because. If we were coming back from kayaking, two women would meet us at the beach to help with the kayaks. Outstanding service.
However, paradise is not perfect and this is not the perfect place for everyone.
Limited electricity ( 5 pm to 7 am and 12 to 2 pm) and very limited wifi. There is no hot water, which turned out to be my son's biggest (only) complaint.
There is basically no beach and there are jellyfish so swimming by the hotel is not inviting or recommended. However, we did great snorkeling maybe 10-15 min of kayaking away. and even the house reef is very nice.
They have a few umbrellas with chairs and hammocks. The umbrellas are nice but the chairs and the hammocks could use some love. minor, minor issue as I spent countless hours reading in the shade.
The resort has just a few bungalows spread on a hill. Each bungalow is less than a 2-3 minute walk to the main/common building. Rooms are large with big porches. Our room (number 2) was composed by a large room with a queen bed, a twin bed, a sofa, chair, coffee table and then a walk in closet and a nice, modern bathroom. The porch had a nice sofa but could have used more furniture.
Besides the cottages, there is a restaurant, built right on the water where all meals are served. the kitchen is kept spotless and open from 7ish am until after dinner. Breakfast and dinner are included. Breakfast is eggs, bacon and fruits. Dinner is a buffet that always has soup, one fish, one meat, one vegetable and salad. On nights when there were more guests, there were more choices. Dessert is also always provided. The fresh fish was amazing. bread is baked on premises everyday.
Overall extras like lunch and drinks are not super cheap but not expensive given that you are on island where everything arrives by boat. all drinks/lunches/extras for a week for us were less than $150, including a couple massage.
They didn't charge us for the use of kayaks either.
The only other issue I would mention is on the diving side. Sean, our instructor, was great with my son and truly customized our dive trip (11 dives in 6 days) but the team/equipment could be better. Sean had to check everything as the crew would make mistakes when setting us up for diving and both my son and I didn't have a wet suit and boots that fit. On two occasions, the depth gauge on my regulator was broken. Overall the diving was great because Sean worked extra hard but there is room to improve. Never felt unsafe at all and my son completed his first night dive and deep dive so it was nothing close to a deal breaker. I have a feeling they know it as there was some new equipment.
On the diving: the sites are very nice with a lot of coral reefs and a fun wrecks to explore but visibility is an issue at about 20 feet. Probably my biggest grievance (I got used to the cold water shower in a day or two). Also, there is plenty of coral varietals but not so much fish.
Overall, again, the week was truly outstanding and I have a feeling that in 10 years or so I won't be able to afford this place. They are building something very nice.
It's lost in the middle of nowhere and it's paradise.
Family - Nov 5, 2017