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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:31 pm Reply with quote
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OK then, our 4th visit to the Maldives and also one of the longest as we had 14 nights on Vilamendhoo instead of our usual 11 or 12 nights when visiting previous Islands. Our visit was from 25.05.11 to 08.06.11 so here is a few words to reflect our experience in getting there, staying there and sadly going again.

There is a link to my photos at the end of the report and only remains for me to say that anyone heading out soon or in the future to have yourselves a thoroughly enjoyable time like we did and donít forget to tell us all about it when you get back.

FLIGHTS:

Arrived Manchester Airport in good time even though we checked in online the previous evening with Emirates and looking forward to our flight on the A380 double deck Airbus. Seats had previously been booked (81A + 81B) 81A having massive legroom & window due to no seat in front.
For an aircraft this size it became apparent in the departure lounge that this flight was going to be quiet due to lack of people waiting. Once boarded & seated it certainly was the case. When I enquired with the cabin crew how busy the flight is, she told me that it was only 48% full. Who needs an exit row seat when you can lie flat on the many empty rows of four seats available. Even the exit row seats directly in front of our seats were empty the whole flight as the occupants moved to the buy one get three free section Laughing Just under a seven hour flight to Dubai and entertained by the awesome ICE in flight entertainment. Never really had a bad experience with Emirates on all our trips to the Maldives, but it was a shame that on their flagship aircraft their attentive service slipped somewhat with less drink runs, no choice of meal (that is bad for a schedule airline) and basically looking for an easy shift because of the light loading on the plane. Of course the attendant call button can be your ace card if you are thirsty (or just to be annoying on purpose) to get your own back Laughing .
Anyway quick transit (makes a change) at Dubai so a look round the duty free (not cheap except cigarettes) and soon after boarding for the Dubai Ė Male leg on a 777-300 aircraft. Two seats on their own pre booked at the back of the plane (48A +48B). Not really had an appetite due to the time & body clock so picked at the curry for breakfast. Flight time of just under four hours to Male were we were welcomed to the Maldives by grey skies & heavy rainÖ.Oh dear!
As you know when entering the Maldives, you have to fill in a arrival / departure tourist card which we were always given on the plane to fill in to save time by Emirates just before landing. Except on this occasion cabin crew did not have any after asking for one. This now meant finding a space in arrivals and locating said form and filling it in before passing through passport control when all you want to do is get your luggage and get going. Frustrated further by a Sri Lankan Airways flight arriving just behind us and all the passengers queuing up as they had already filled in these forms and Emirates passengers joining behind them which made for a bit of waiting at passport control Evil or Very Mad . Anyway once through, luggage claimed and onto our seaplane transfer.

TRANSFER:

A short bus journey to the terminal and quickly ushered into the new Crown & Champa Resorts purpose built lounge which is used for all guests staying at Vilamendhoo & Veligandu. This lounge is complimentary up to 1st November 2011 and is a lovely, comfortable air conditioned lounge with a cold towel on arrival and free soft drinks, tea & coffee and use of the Internet whilst waiting for your seaplane. You are asked to complete resort registration which speeds up the process when you finally get to Vila as you then just have to get your key after a brief welcome. The system works very well but if you choose not to pay for the lounge from November then I expect these formalities will have to be done on arrival in the resort. Itís at this point also which villa you have been allocated and you can check the resort maps in the literature in the lounge to check the location.
We waited about one hour for the transfer to Vila, which wasnít too bad and the seaplane was going to Vila first then two other resorts.

ARRIVAL:

Finally on Vila and still raining then just a short dhoni ride to arrivals jetty. We were personally welcomed by Corinne off the forum who was waiting with two lovely refreshing Kurumba cocktails (non alcoholic) in decorated coconuts. Corinne is a lovely lady from Switzerland and was a bit confused initially as she was trying to locate a Mr & Mrs Casey Jones on her arrivals! but laughed when we told her that our names are Gary & Helen. She knew also of our request for a particular area and villas (had requested 174 or 175) and that she could accommodate us in our choice the following day when they became available. Until then we spent the night in villa 166. When we got to villa 166 we were greeted with a nice bottle of red wine & a basket of fruit sitting on the desk. Not exactly sure what this was for as we were not celebrating anything, but thought it might be for a repeat guest at a CCR resort (been to Meeru twice) or maybe being an active member on the forum? Nice touch anyway so thank you again Corrine if you are reading this Smile

VILLA 175:

Requested due to its proximity of the famous over hanging palm trees.



Steps away from the small beach area & the ocean (I counted ten) & a lovely dappled sun / shade area but with full sun too as the track of the sun over the island was over the centre of the Island and not exclusively on the South side as you would think and how happy were we when you can in fact witness the sunrise & the sunset from this location. The sun actually sets behind the water villas & spa and you will not actually see it set from the Sunset bar & infinity pool area Ė you will have to walk to the JBVís on the NW side. This of course may depend on the time of year you go I think?
Villa itself was spotless & clean, very new & fresh & just like the pics on the website. The air-con works the hot water so donít switch it off as each villa has itís own boiler so plenty of hot water any time of the day. Found the air-con a little weak at times when coming in from the heat as we thought the unit was not situated in the most appropriate place in the villa which was above the storage wardrobe and restricted the flow of cold air around the room, but no great deal as the furniture can be relocated around the room for better flow and if there were a leak in the air-con then it would save your clothes from getting a soaking. We also found if you switched the speed of the fan down from three to one whilst sleeping and temp around 21 degrees, this is not only a more quiet environment to sleep but will hopefully stop you waking up freezing cold under the single cotton sheet. Worked for us anyway.



We initially like many others had a problem with the drainage in the shower area as it was flooding the whole bathroom, but quickly found out if someone previously stepped on the drainage plate it will dislodge act like a plug. Trick is just to remove the whole drainage plate (it is small an easily lifts off) and put it to one side and the water should now drain away much quicker. Although some villas are getting the whole of the tiled floor area in the shower replaced to allow better drainage. I may have just saved them some money if they read this Laughing .
Also found the mosquito netting over the four poster bed stopped the flow of air from the ceiling fan when lying on your bed as it comes over the top, so in effect blocks the down draft & you can only feel the effect when sitting on the bottom edge of the bed. Some villas do not have a four poster bed anyway with netting so this would not be a problem in these villas (villa 166 is such).
BVís do not have ipod connections, your best bet would be to load up a memory stick & use the DVD/CD player under the TV as it has a USB connection on the front and play your songs through the TV (never tried this but presume it would work) or of course just bring a few CDís with you & play them as usual through the DVD player.
We found the villas all very close together semi or detached and never far away from your neighbours. Privacy planting is ongoing between the villas & when this matures more then the situation should improve.
We found that BV location is very much key as some guests were disappointed at certain locations (NE area) there is some heavy sandbagging and concrete defences in this area (BV 132 to 172). Unfortunately nature is winning & erosion is ongoing. Management cannot remove these as the consequences will be severe for this area. Plans are underway to build underwater groynes which are a new technology fro Australia & will / should only be visible at very low tides & will eventually build the sand & beaches around Vilamendhoo. Management have committed themselves for this to go ahead & funds allocated for the purpose of improving the situation.

BUILDING WORK:

At present villas 101 to 110 are not being used (except for the seaplane crew staying overnight when required) this is to keep guests away from the construction of the Garden rooms behind which should be finished by the end of June. The guys are working fast and from our first few days we arrived the buildings were just shells & now at least two have fully tiled roofs & ready for internal fitting. We can honestly say that the noise was minimal & we could only hear general light building work when passing for on our way to the restaurant for our breakfast & lunch (nothing heard after late afternoon)

BEACHES:

BV 121 to 131 have a nice bit of beach in front of them & the sand quality gets better & wider as you near the Asian Wok. BV 132 has a good beach in front & close to the Asian Wok for drinks but has erosion to its left with sandbagging just a matter of a few feet away where the erosion is really eating in at the Island. BV & JBVís from 173 onwards also have a nice bit of beach but the shady canopy becomes larger as the villas recede further back from the waters edge, but will definitely get the sun most of the day when you drag your sun lounger to the waters edge. The area still has a narrow bit of beach at high tide also. BV from 241 to 237 will be affected by jetty noise & when the larger service vessels are berthed for periods, views will be restricted. The rest of the BV & JBVís have a nice beach (although narrow) but not as soft as the JBVís 192 to 212 in my opinion.

FUNAMA RESTAURANT:

As we were in a BV we ate in the Funama but you were free to eat outside on the beach or decking if the weather was favourable & still. Our waiter Wajid was competent, chatty & somewhat relaxed, but did not get my sense of humour at times which is understandable as the wife doesnít either Laughing . Fabulous food, enormous variety (but Kuramathi did have more dessert choice). Some strange sounding soups some days but still tasty if you give them a go (there is one with vodka in it!!). Always a curry available & of course Maldivian night on Fridayís. We dined in the Asian Wok a few days before leaving & found the food excellent. Free appetizer of some marinated chicken on a spoon with poppadoms & dips. Spring rolls (4) & Japanese dumplings (4) to start, Vietnamese chicken & Japanese chicken teriyaki for mains, finished off with coconut ice cream & tempura ice cream for the wife. Couldnít eat another thing & well worth doing if you want a change from the buffet dining. Reasonably priced for what we got & of course a decent wine menu if you want or just stick to your AI drinks. All in $75 dollars which is excellent value for money and even had a special promotion on the following night if you spent $50 dollars you got a free bottle of wine. Just a shame the promotion started the night after we dined there Evil or Very Mad . Too windy to eat on the decking that night, but fine for a coffee afterwards watching all the sharks & stingrays circling in the light underneath.

BARS:

We mainly used the Bonthi bar (opened 24 hours for AI drinks if you wish) as the bar staff are all willing to have conversation if you are sitting at the bar area. Robin (Vjay look alike from Meeru Laughing ) is great bloke as is all the other team members. They like to feed you popcorn, and when itís finished they will feed you some more. I donít really like popcorn if itís salty only sweet Ė no problem, new popcorn in & a sprinkle of sugar & one happy customer Ė now thatís attentive!
Cocktails of the day are pretty decent too & enjoyed most days offerings.



But there was a day when one was enough, had to have more popcorn to get rid of the taste! Laughing .
Excellent games room if itís wet & a chance to play the staff on a Saturday for a couple of free cocktails if you win them. Pool, snooker, darts, table tennis & table football also a selection of board games. No shoes or drinks in the room, but people were still taking drinks in. OK if you donít take them near the tables, but they were getting regular spillages on the cloths which is both expensive & time consuming to clean & repair & also denies other guests use of the facility when out of action.
Sunset bar was a very chilled place to have a cold one, but sometimes too deathly quiet for us with no atmosphere as all the entertainment was in the Bonthi bar depends on your preference obviously. Not sure about the Karaoke which put on once when it rained most of the day (fair enough) but it managed to get on as the main event one night Shocked . A pretty decent band on one night a week & also a disco which seemed popular Ė at least Corinne enjoyed it, looking at those dance moves Corinne Laughing .
Maldivian drummers & dancers are nice just to remind you where you are at with audience participation.
Boashi pool bar opens at 10am, but not much waiter service going on, frequent trips off my lounger to get a drink. Not complaining though I needed the exercise anyway after all the food & inactivity.

EXCURSIONS:

We did a couple of trips Ė the local Island Dhangethi & the Island trip to Thelanga with BBQ lunch & also the AI sunset cruise.

DHANGETHI: A short 20 minute boat ride away situated just behind Ranvelhi Resort. A member of staff will come with you as a guide & talk to you about the culture & life on Dhangethi. You are quite welcome to do your own thing if thatís what you want to do. After a short you will have about an hour to do some shopping. The shops all sell pretty much the same things & are all eager to get you to have a look. Many items are cheaper than Vilaís resort shop, so if you are after something buy it here on Dhangethi. We brought some small packs of colouring pencils with us from the UK to hand out to the local children who were chuffed to bits to receive & would happily pose for a photo for me.



Adults likewise, but always ask their permission first & slip them a dollar for the privilege. Local Island temperatures are always very hot (hotter than the resort) but you can cool down with a bottle of water or a Coke for a dollar in the local cafť, or have a coffee with the locals. Just remember to dress appropriately when visiting any of the local Islands.
I really would recommend taking the time & having a look & maybe spend a few dollars & give something back to the local community.

THELANGA: Quite enjoyed this excursion, an hours boat ride away to a very small Island. Only ten minutes to walk around if that. The dhoni boat managed to get stuck in the laggon trying to get to the pontoon. We all had to the opposite end of the dhoni so we could transfer the weight and lift the engine end so we get free. There is actually four people who live on the Island & one of them with a Robison Crusoe style beard who was standing on the beach when we arrived. We thought he was put there for effect Laughing . A tropical storm later would end the sunbathing & we sheltered in his garden area where we all had hot coffee & I spent forty minutes talking to him about his life on Thelanga, his interest in collecting & growing Bonsai trees, his early work as a Maldivian songwriter & the resident ghost which shows up on some Fridayís & Sundayís to show himself to all not individual. He says most Maldivians are afraid of the supernatural, but this remarkable man admits openly they are not afraid.
When you get on the Island most would head for the few thatched umbrellas dotted around. There are plenty of sun beds available & some of the softest, deepest white sand & typically Maldives. Carry on further round the Island out of sight where there is a beautiful cove with a large sandy lagoon (this is where you will have your BBQ lunch) & also where the only four coconut palms on the Island are situated, one with a swing attached. We all had a go Ė you will too, we were all kids together just for a couple of minutes in Paradise.
We were told by the dhoni crew that if we were to go snorkelling on your own to tell someone as the currents were a bit strong & the reef a bit out, anyway we had a Russian guy on the trip with us who was single traveller who liked to do his own thing & promptly went off on his own to snorkel & went missing for forty minutes. The staff came round asking if we had seen him, they even got a kayak out to circle the Island to see if they could find him in the water. We even got off our sun beds to help look as nobody could see him anywhere & by this time the staff were looking a bit worried for his safety. Eventually we spotted him bobbing in the water a long way out (he snorkelled to the drop off) the kayak went out to fetch him in, but he insisted on swimming back. When he came out of the water he was carrying two massive clams (which is an offence to remove) & thought it was all rather amusing. This is the same guy that went on the Robinson Crusoe trip ON HIS OWN!!. His antics delayed the BBQ lunch which was very decent indeed with plenty of cold choice along with fresh kebabs & chicken, baked potatoes & corn on the cob all done on the drum BBQ. The staff had a game of football on the beach & a swim & before long a tropical storm arrived to bring a halt to the day so we all went to shelter & have coffee & conversation.
The dhoni crew did not want to risk getting stuck again so we all had to transfer over the lagoon on a kayak, desperately holding my camera equipment above hoping it wouldnít capsize & most of the crew getting wet in the transfer process. All safely on board & back to Vila, a thoroughly enjoyable and eventful trip & only $45 dollars pp.

SUNSET CRUISE: Actually had a sunset that night. Nice little trip with a glass of punch for free. The bonus was of course the Dolphins came out to play just before sunsetÖmagical experience.

VEGETATION & LOCATION:

As mentioned earlier if you are in a BV then location is key in my opinion. If you are a diver & just using your room to sleep in then fine. Many seemed happy in NE area where erosion was an issue & outlook a bit ugly in places, but I did see a few people wanting moved & management will try their best to accommodate if they can as the Island is currently sticking to 65% - 70% occupancy rate due to the garden room work etc. so some room for villa changes. Personally I think the beach around JBVís & some of the BV on the NW side are the best quality. JBVís & BV on the SW side are good also but a little coarse in places & this was the only area where I picked up a few pieces of sharp waste. When reported the area was to receive more attention in regards to the cleaning of the beach the following morning. Nothing drastic, just little remnants of the refurbishment washed back ashore due to the wind & tide. BVís towards the Asian Wok also have a good beach on the SE side only from villa 120 as the villas before this some have a retaining wall then a drop to the non existent beach at high tide restricting use of sun beds to the shady area. We also liked villa 107 detached & positioned far from its neighbours although sits back a bit. We loved our location in villa 175, we never would tire looking at the best palm trees on the Island & a small sandy beach in front to place your loungers when the tide is out. Most villas have a view of the ocean from your veranda as the vegetation has been thinned out considerably, but there are one or two with large trees directly in front which obviously will not be liked by some, but are an essential space for the wildlife on the Island.
Once the underwater groynes are installed the beaches will return for sure, but it all takes time, nature rushes for no one.

GOODBYE TO VILA:

After a thoroughly enjoyable stay, our time on Vila had come to an end & we were booked on the first seaplane transfer out at 6am. Only four of us after an early breakfast or so we thought as I did think it was a bit of an early departure for a 10am flight to Dubai. All became clear when the pilot told us we were calling in at another three Islands before heading to Male. First stop an Italian resort (name escapes me but started with a M) then next stop Mirihi (tiny!) then Conrad (very nice) even the fish were super size & looked beautiful! Finally on our way to Male so a twenty five minute flight ended up being an hour & half. Getting out to stand on the little pontoons with the early morning sun & eerily quietÖbrilliant!
Flights to Dubai & Manchester on time & looked after well by the Emirates cabin crew in a fashion we were used too. We did have a medical incident on board when over Europe somewhere when a passenger collapsed just beside us & was treated by the senior stewardess with oxygen & keeping the guys feet raised as you have to take into account possible DVT as he had been travelling from Australia previously. Thankfully he recovered quickly & as the plane had plenty of spare seats again they laid him over a four seat to rest for the rest of the flight.
Stayed the night in the Hilton Manchester Airport as we couldnít be bothered heading home, so nice & fresh in the morning to head back to our beautiful Cumbria.

CONCLUSION:

Would we go again to Vila? Yes most definitely. Great modern accommodation, great staff, well managed, amazing house reef & value for money for sure.....but

Sense of seclusion not quite there yet, it may come eventually & quite positive it will. As it is such good value for money it will always be very popular with couples, single travellers, families & divers alike. Careful landscaping will go a long way to overcome some of these concerns. Donít get me wrong you can find pockets of nothingness & nobody about, but your still never far away from a sun lounger.
Crown & Champa Resorts have a good track record in successfully managing Islands, treating their staff fairly & with respect & has a high customer satisfaction with repeat guests. Vilamendhoo WILL be one of those Islands. It is three quarters the way there, give it just a few more years & it may well be their No.1 Island in their portfolio in respect to income generated, but I think Walter Kaufman the General Manager on Meeru might have something to say about that..eh Patrick!

I will wrap this up now as I have rambled on a bit too much (are you still awake?). Just a quick mention to some people we met on Vila. Hi to Maz & Lee, geordieís Barry & Marie (away the lads), Dr.Sven & Liz from Belgium (that story you told when cabin crew were asking for a doctor on the plane was so funny). Did not manage to meet Jodie (sorry!) I think she was always in the water diving Laughing .

Hope you enjoyed our trip report, any questions just give me a shout. I have uploaded some photos for your perusal and can be seen by clicking on the following link then view as slideshow.

MY PHOTOS

Gary & Helen

Edit: Some short HD videos...

CCR Lounge - Male Airport
Villa 175 To Beach
Walk From Villa To Ahima Restaurant
Vilamendhoo Storm
Sand Gecko
Vilamendhoo Sunset


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 5:56 pm Reply with quote
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Brilliantly detailed and interesting report young sir - I thank you!

The wife and I are off there next April, so it's really good to get some feedback about what to expect. Just heading to look at your pictures next, which I'll then be showing to the Mrs once she gets back from her Take That concert (!!!) Laughing
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Great report Casey the island looks great and the service just like Meeru.

We did look at Vila but it was more money than Meeru so went for what we know. We fly Wednesday of the Thomson flight from Manchester cannot wait

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:05 pm Reply with quote
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soobs wrote:
Great report Casey the island looks great and the service just like Meeru.


Very much indeed soobs. The staff are equally friendly & attentive, we had a meal in the Asian Wok as I mentioned in my report & quite spooky sitting there on a totally different Island in a different atoll and feeling as if we were actually on Meeru's Wok. It really is uncanny.

Casey Cool

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Casey

Thanks for the trip report, this is on our short list for 2013

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 3:19 pm Reply with quote
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I really enjoyed reading that and I loved your photos.

Cheers

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Top class detailed informative report.

Vids and photos are so brilliant too. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:21 pm Reply with quote
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Casey, or should I say Gary & Helen?

Thanks for your brilliant report. I had tried replying on the Vila forum, but that's currently a disaster for me as none of the posts I've made there since we came back have yet appeared - Evil or Very Mad - I'm still being modded, or not Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes and it's so slooooooooow.......

We arrived on Vila shortly before you left (6 June) and would echo virtually everything you said in your report. Cool Cool

Our (only) Wink previous Malidivian experiences were our 7 previous visits to Meeru, so we approached Vila with a little caution and lots of expectations. In fact Julie, my OH, was quite upset that we were not headed back to Meeru Crying or Very sad , but after less than a week she was wholly converted. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy The snorkelling is simply superb, and swimming with Mantas and Turtles was the icing on the cake Cool Cool Cool . We only glimpsed a whaleshark so we may just have to go back to complete that set. Wink

I will write a report and perhaps have to post it here if Vila's forum doesn't buck up soon.

Thanks again for your report.

Mike C

PS This is our re-incarnation as my previous identity became lost in the mire
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Hi Mike thanks for your comments Smile

Glad you both took the plunge & tried Vila. It really is a mini Meeru in some ways with the addition of that fantastic house reef. Looking forward to reading all about your experience on Vila & how you compare it to Meeru.

Agreed the Vila forum is very slow at times, so lets hope they do some tweaking. No problems here though!

Regards

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Hi Casey

Still waiting on the Vila forum Rolling Eyes no progress yet Mad so I thought I get some practice in and put a couple of photos on here.


Waiting for the bride


Over the edge


One of many...

May have to post the whole thing here.....

Julie and Mike


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EmandJ wrote:
Hi Casey

Still waiting on the Vila forum Rolling Eyes no progress yet Mad so I thought I get some practice in and put a couple of photos on here.

May have to post the whole thing here.....

Julie and Mike


Nice photos Mike, itching to see the rest Very Happy
If you do a Vilamendhoo trip report on here (if you have no luck with the other forum..I have pm admin for you) I will post the link on the Vila forum if you like to direct users from there for your valuable info.

Casey Cool

Edit: Just seen the rest of your pics..nice set Very Happy

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Casey Jones wrote:
Edit: Just seen the rest of your pics..nice set Very Happy


Casey

Thanks for the pm and thanks for pointing out the link, I hadn't intended to do that...yet Embarassed I did say it was a practice.

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Hi Casey,
Thank you for a very informative trip report.

Looking to book for September but playing the waiting game at the moment to see if the price comes down a bit. We had looked at Olivelhi, but after reading your report Villamendoo is now looking good.

Off to Meeru in December but need an earlier fix of paradise Cool

Will let you know where we decide to go and hopefully post a report.

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Hi Casey,
Could you please answer this for me.

On the Thomson website it says 'villa with sea view - with all inclusive', is this in actual fact a Garden Room or do you think it could be a beach villa.

You can upgrade to a Beach Villa with Jacuzzi for an extra £294. Is this worth it.

Thanks
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Hi Angie Smile

Angie102a wrote:

On the Thomson website it says 'villa with sea view - with all inclusive', is this in actual fact a Garden Room or do you think it could be a beach villa.


We actually booked through Cosmos, but the description is most certainly a BV as the Garden rooms do not have a sea view.

Angie102a wrote:
You can upgrade to a Beach Villa with Jacuzzi for an extra £294. Is this worth it.


Yes. Better location for the better beaches, noticeably quieter because the family's tend to keep to the other end of the Island, adult restaurant (if that is important to you) & of course we love a jacuzzi!! Very Happy We would pick a JBV next time if we were going back but we found the BV's just fine.

Casey Cool

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