Hotel Categorization, location and rooms -
Well almost all the resorts on this small island are on one beach or the other. Sea Shell is the closest to the harbor (1 km), the small market (1 km) and is on beach 2. Beach 2 looks more like a small private beach where you will not have outside crowd barring the resort guests. So we have our space there. The resort as such is a perfect place to unwind, to de-stress. With tall coconut trees spanning the entire resort, it’s very pleasant out there barring the risk of a coconut falling once in a while. We took the Andaman Lagoon, the most spacious room type in the resort and we did well with our decision. The other rooms (Chalets and Villas) are quite small and may not fit well if you are a family and like space on a leisure holiday. The rooms are simple with minimum provisions. You have a TV, AC, Fan, Coffee Maker. No hot water if you are not a kid or an aged person. (Anyways, you may not need it). No Intercom facility. This hurts a bit when for every request you have to walk to the reception, though the distances are not huge.
Hotel Staff Attitude -
The staff was very cordial. Especially the front office and the restaurant staff with whom we interacted. They always had a smile on face. We were there at this place on 4/11 when the Tsunami alert was raised and the hotel staff did not fail to reassure us that we are safe. They never panicked though they did not know what they would do if at all tsunami came. However, the resort is near shallow waters and there is a hill overlooking the resort. Just in case tsunami strikes, the hill will bear the brunt of the force and the shallow waters will kill the wave. So not much to worry. This was an enlightening piece of information provided by the resort manager. And it felt logical. This information might help those who are worried about another earth quake and tsunami. :)
Food was great. Having gone with our son, all of 6 years but full of tantrums when coming to food, we got what we ordered for the way we wanted it. We stayed there for 2 days and enjoyed every meal we had there. Complimentary breakfast did not have the range of spread we are used to in big hotels in big cities but it was good and manageable. They serve coconut water for drinks in the breakfast. That was different and refreshing. We like it a lot. All kinds of cuisine are available. I guess food at sea shell must be one of best on the island as we saw lots of groups coming in to the hotel only for food. The staff was also very accommodative with the customized requests we made. Since the island’s only mode of transport is by sea, at times you may not have a few things on the menu for want of the raw material. I wouldn’t complain, though. Constraints are there everywhere.
Basic Facilities -
For entertainment, if one is looking for something other than beaches, there is an indoor play area where they have a carom board. Other than that the entire resort is a place to have fun as our son proved it. We played cricket, he ran all over the place, played with sand and made merry.
Laundry facility is absent.
Final Remark -
I guess all the resorts must be the same on the island, facilities wise, but if food is a concern, then Sea Shell is a safe bet. Plus its proximity to the market and jetty can add in a few points in its favor.
If you are looking for space go for Lagoon.
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