My husband and I arrived around 11pm (due to a late flight). Christian knew this ahead of time. He told us to just walk into our room, that he'd leave the door unlocked. Surprise! People were staying in our room.
It took 2 hours to find Christian. Between calling every emergency number on the posted list and honking in front of Christian's home (he has a fence around it), he finally woke up. When he did, he told us that the guests wanted to stay longer, so he allowed them to do so. He the informed us that the only vacancy left was an abandoned boat on the property.
Since it was 1:00 am, we didn't have much choice. The boat was mildewy and the sheets had a thick layer of dust and leaves on them. My husband and I slept on a couch in the 'deck' part of the boat, as it was screened and smelled less of mildew. It was a long night.
In the morning, we arrived at the breakfast area to a crowd of people. There was very little food -- each of us received 1 egg, 1 slice of marble cheese, and a slice of pineapple. When we asked for another hard-boiled egg, Christian said one per person.
We went to complain to Christian after breakfast. He again, with no apology, told us that the guests in the room wanted to stay longer, ad eh had told them that they could do so. We told him that we were very unhappy and would be looking for another room. He was adamant, and quite rude, that the boat was fine.
Furthermore, there are no plants or animals on this supposed farm! There are two lovely kitties, but the horses, pigs, and other advertised animals are gone. The only thing growing was lillikoi. We did not see fruit trees of any other kind.
When we were packing, Christian arrived with a bottle of wine (from Walmart, no less!) and tried to make amends. We informed him that we'd found another place to stay during our vacation. We asked him how much money he'd like to receive to clean our "room." He said $50; eager to begin our vacation, we agreed.
The next day, $179.88 was charged to my credit card. I disputed it immediately.
Do not stay here. There are lovely places to stay in the vicinity.
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I loved the birds. They do make noise, but I liked it very much. There is a gorgeous view from the breakfast area. You do eat breakfast with everyone, which is not everyone's cup of tea, but for me, it was all right. There are dog's running around, which I also like, but not everyone does. It is a very natural place. There is no need for air conditioners here. I enjoyed the extreme quiet at night....(except in the morning for the birds...which I DID like anyway) So, lacking the noise of de-humidifying air conditioners, there is a slight problem with dampness, but it was OK. Marianne, the host and owner is a lively, beautiful person and I wish her well. The grounds are beautiful, with two large fish ponds. The tropical plants are everywhere. It is entertaining to look out of your room and see a big fat hen with a name walking around. There are young people working there, sweeping the walkways every morning and helping to make the breakfast. It is such a unique place, hard to know how to rate it. In a lot of ways, it could have been better, but the breakfast view was fabulous, and really, for an authentic island experience it is hard to beat. Really lets you know what it's like to actually LIVE here. If you want a sterile, generic place, this is not for you. Chill out and enjoy the sunset.
The setting is so incredibly beautiful here! ~~I'm a Very Seasoned-Traveller....but have honestly Never found a place as Charming & Peaceful as This! I don't even know where to start with this review!! I felt as though I was living in the middle of the most beautiful Tropical Flower Arrangement on Earth!! I had a Mango Tree just outside of my room... and would venture into the jungle to gather fresh Passion Fruit each morning. There are Peacocks, and chickens...and cool geckos everywhere!! I Simply Loved It!! I was travelling alone, and felt Very Safe & Comfortable Here!! (For Two Weeks!!) I Will Be Back!... I need to bring my son to see this place!
Breakfast was Plentiful & Excellent Every Morning!...and Christian (the new owner) was an exceptional Host. Thank You With All My Heart!...For an Amazing Experience!!