My wife and I were scheduled to stay at this property in late June, 2013, with our two-year-old daughter. First, the good. The communication we had through booking and prior to arrival was pleasant, and the owner threw in a pack and play so we wouldn't have to rent one or bring one from home, which was nice. The pool can probably be nice given the right conditions, but truthfully, the place is so surrounded by nature that it will usually be found with leaves, bugs, or other foreign objects in it. It has a good view but not overly impressive (you kind of get used to it driving around) and I don't know if the drive all the way up the mountain and down the treacherous driveway is really worth it. I will say the property seems to have been built with eco-friendly aspects - the composting toilets being the key component.
Alternatively, here are some of the issues we ran into. The property was not ready when we arrived, despite the fact that we arrived after our pre-scheduled time. It took two maids and the property assistant over an hour to get it ready. When we first arrived, I was instantly disappointed / concerned. The owner's description paints a much rosier picture of this property than its true condition. As an example, the description speaks of "comfort" and "luxury," neither of which exist in this property. First, while it is understandable that a lack of air conditioning might not always lead to discomfort, when the breeze is not blowing, which was the case during our brief stay, the normal island humidity is oppressive and this house offers zero relief. Additionally, there were several broken screens, which again, tends to become an issue in rat and bug-infested environments. Also, several appliances and normal household items did not work (stove, toaster, light switches, etc.), none of which the property assistant who greeted us could fix for our stay. We were going to "tough it out", until we woke up on our first morning there. After awakening and rummaging about the bedroom, my wife and I noticed relatively large excrement droppings inside our bedroom on a shelf at chest height. Clearly, a decently sized animal (probably a large tree rat??) had been crawling around during the night as the three of us slept. After seeing that, my wife and I decided it wasn't worth risking our health and safety, so we left and stayed at another lodge on the island. We are very reasonable people who have stayed in a variety of rustic, eco-friendly settings on a number of vacations, but this is the first time we both felt uneasy and generally disgusted with our rental. I called the agency / owner several times but no one ever bothered to return.
I cannot recommend this property in its current condition. It is in general disrepair and unpleasant to occupy, to state it mildly. For those looking for something eco-friendly, and who are willing to live in spartan conditions for their vacation, it may be an option to consider, however, I would think at this price point there are likely better options out there.
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