Indian travelers specifically because, typical Indian family might be holidaying to enjoy the place and the luxuries associated with the hotel. for God's sake do not expect any such thing from this place.
Someone had aptly written earlier, either you are going to love the place or hate the place. In short if someone asks, this is not a typical off the run mill hotel/restaurant/ resort in any tourist place. I think this place got prominent and popular with foreigners due to mention in lonely planet book. Please remember the ’Eco’ part of hotel name, whenever you feel something is not good here, something looks cheap, something is dirty you will be reminded of the ‘Éco’ part of it. First day I hated the place, second day I turned moderate. But third and fourth day I enjoyed and was in love with the location and beautiful sit out outside my room watching the sea.
All the workers and scuba diving crew were excellent and very good, expect the owner, whom I felt insensitive/short of arrogance.
The bad part of room: TRUTH and FACTS to be told
Room smells moist and humid. -Acceptable.
Bathroom has no ventilation so it is always moist. - Acceptable
Room inside is covered with sun-mica and some kind of wooden powder keeps falling inside room on the bed and floor. – Acceptable.
Dirty mosquito net. – Acceptable
The approach road is very bad and very slushy due to recent rains. – Acceptable
Due to ‘Éco’ part of it, you can see much fauna here. I had a bad experience of frog inside the commode. When my kid was attending nature call, it suddenly jumped & fell back and splashed water in commode. He was terrified and refused to use this toilet. Come on, I came to holiday not to conserve the eco-system, at least this thing should be avoided somehow. I didn’t come to holiday to solve the problem of how to get the bloody frog out of commode. Problem may look simple, imagine you sit on the loo and a frog beneath you and splashing! I agree to Éco part of hotel, but I didn’t expect this kind of eco. Frogs inside room/bathroom - tolerable, may be close to sea it’s their territory and we infringed, I can accept. Frog inside commode was too much to take. To add insult to injury, due to their zilch concern for customers – they cared a damn for my compliant twice. After two days, frog somehow jumped out of commode and later went out of toilet.
Location is good in front of the beach, your room is as close as few metres to the sea. During the low tide in the early morning to afternoon, sea retracts, it’s quite shallow, you can walk into the sea for 20-30 metres inside and it is only less than feet depth. During high tide, water is very close. There is a sit out in front of room, from where you can watch waves from 2-3 metres. It’s not a pure sandy beach, but you have places with complete sand to sit in sand and spend your time. But it is predominantly rocky and contains dead corals if I may call them. After 1 or 2 days, you start loving the place. I don’t have reference to compare with some other hotel in Havelock, as I never visited or saw any other location.
You are not in a luxury villa/hotel where there are ample numbers of amenities in hotel. This is just a shack kind of thing. To be bit harsh, there is no such thing called customer service here, its zilch/zero. You may be expecting such things due to price you are paying here, as in mainland for such a price you would be getting a room in 4/5 star hotel with full facilities. There is no on call room service for that matter you cannot call as there is no intercom.
Food is made to order. Not had food from this place. Complimentary buffet breakfast provided was OK. You find surprisingly many foreigners having food in house here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resorts spread in 1.5 Acres of land adjoin to sea in Govindnager village. The distance of cottages and huts are 1 to 5 meters from the beach offering a breathtaking view of the Andaman Sea, lush landscapes, coconut palms, and unspoiled beaches. With its exotic tropical beauty and relaxing hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul. The cottages is equped with referigerater, cctv and hotwater with green back up for electricity. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Eco Villa Palm Beach Hotel Havelock Island