Beautiful but with some drawbacks
First, the cottage is absolutely beautiful. Someone put a lot of effort into every detail of the cottage. The view is every bit as spectacular as you see in the photos.
Now, for the cons. We arrived a little early on our flight and was told check in wasn't until 3 pm exactly. So we had to kick around the island eating tacos (no gripes there), until it was approaching 4 pm. We were escorted up by an employee from Carlos Jeep Rental. There, we found the cleaning guy but we needed to go to the supermarket, so told him not to worry, we'd just leave and come back. Not a huge problem, but after being asked to respect the 3 pm check-in time, and then coming back well later than that, we were surprised that the turnover still was not completed. When we returned I found the coffee pot wasn't clean and there wasn't a trash can for the kitchen, is that normal?
As this was a bit of a working vacation for us, one of our reasons for booking this particular rental was the wifi. Nothing like a great view to encourage a little creativity, right? Unfortunately, the wifi was not working, and when I emailed the host (who I never actually met) to ask if someone could come fix it, I was told that I could walk up to the top of the hill to use the connection up there. Another minor annoyance.
Someone also mentioned the roosters, there are plenty and they crow at daybreak, so if this will bother you, bring earplugs.
Because of the handmade style of the cottage and the location in the trees, be aware that there are plenty of insects. I expected this because I've spent time in similar rentals in the rainforest of Costa Rica but didn't have nearly the issues I had in this rental. There are spiderwebs in every nook of the cottage; I was constantly swatting spiders off the bed, and by the end of our stay I even had to put my Tums in the fridge because the ants were invading. Once again, not a deal breaker, but just annoying. However, our biggest issue were the wasp/hornets that have a number of nests around the house, including by the shower. When we tried to have coffee or wine on the deck, we would get dived at by bees. Far from relaxing. A couple even managed to get inside (not sure how, as we were vigilant about keeping the screens shut) and up into the skylight which made being inside the cottage equally unnerving with the buzzing. I emailed about the bees and received no response. If you have an allergy to bees I would definitely not recommend staying here.
Helpful votes: 3/4
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