Had a good time, and can definitely be improved
We checked-in at this resort for 3 nights and 3 days for a seminar/'gala'. And it is quite a nice stay, though there could be several improvements which can be done.
In terms of the location, this is a dive resort. It is situated on top of the cliff, overlooking the water. So there is no beach area/ sand. So your expectations should be clear. But I hear this is a spectacular place for snorkeling and diving (though we weren't able to experience said activities because the weather was quite bad). I personally love snorkeling. If not for the bad weather and ominous waves, I think just by wearing a life vest and my snorkeling gear and I'll be having quite a great time. I just hope they have their own dive shop, offering their own dive packages/classes.
Well, if one could not enjoy the ocean, you definitely can enjoy the pool. It's just a simple pool, but it's very clean, clear and not too heavily-laden with chlorine. The pool water doesn't sting the eyes and that's what I love about it best. I just hope they place an outdoor shower and restroom near the pool.
In terms of the rooms, some rooms are good. The good rooms give you a very home-y feel and most of the rooms even have their own 'attitude' thanks to the paintings and interior decor. But some rooms are quite old. They also need a little bit of cleaning and updating because some of the materials are rusted (shower heads, sinks). The televisions provided in the rooms weren't even functioning. Certain rooms even have low water supply/pressure but the hot&cold showers work out just fine.
The outside environment is very relaxing. The landscaping is good. I suggest they plant more colorful flowers. I would have enjoyed it better if not for the bad weather. It was a really good place for photos.
In terms of food offered, I don't know if it is because we were the only ones present in the resort at that time, but the menu is very much lacking. There was basically no constant menu available, but they just offer certain dishes and usually it is by request (like they would ask if we want to have this for dinner and they will buy and cook for us) . Don't get me wrong, the food tastes good, but I think I just expect more being in a different island. Usually when I travel, I look for a signature dish of the place. They offered a certain type of grilled fish on the last day, though I don't think that would count because it tasted similar to the fish we have back home. I also hope they could offer food 24H. We had some night swimming and got hungry but there was no staff/food available.
In terms of service, the owner was very kind and accommodating. We experienced some plumbing problems in our room and he was kind to offer other rooms until it was repaired. He was present most of the times (he lives in a house in the resort) and attends to our needs. As for the resort staff, they were kind and helpful. I just hope they could be a little bit more 'pro-active', though I guess there is a language barrier problem during our communications.
All in all, you can still have a good time here. But with certain updates and improvements, it could be an even greater stay.
Friends getaway - Jan 12, 2014