back at the Pearl for 4 nights earlier this month. (aug 2017). the place is still as charming as ever... the housekeeper and the resident dogs still as friendly as ever... the beautiful sunsets and the manificient Andaman Seas! this is our 4th trip in the last the last 5 yrs which show how much we love the place.
however, the black Pearl is starting to show its age... leaking roof at the balcony during the rainy days. water dripping from thr front pouch on my 1st day which is a sunny day . (not too
sure about the weather the days before). and some missing tiles in the pool. basically the place almost the same as i first stepped in about 5 years ago but starting to age.
We do get some food, fruits and drinks prepared for the last 4 trips but it was not available this trip.
Worse of all, there is no cable tv (the owner, Patrick told me that most guests are not watching the cable tv as most of them uses their IPad to watch so he removed them; he claimed that the no cable tv will be provided as stated in his website. well the website did says "fully furnished".it was available for my last 4 trips)
There is no hifi system as well. it was also there for the my last 4 trips (remember the ad says "fully furnished!") what is a good holiday with no music! there was a set in another unit but he mentioned it belong to another owner so cant use it). we cant stream movies from our phones to the tv as well either cos either we dont know how to steam it or the tv is old (at least 5yrs)
we can live with the leaking balcony roof but cant live without music!
Being returning guests for the 4th time and not getting the feeling of being treated like returning guests, me and my party (one of my fren is from Holland and this is his 2nd year at the black pearl) has decided this will be out last trip to the black pearl for vacation.
*To be fair the owner, he did offered to get the housekeeper to make us porridge for breakfast on one of the mornings. however we did take up the offer as we do not wake up early on holidays.
This property is perfect for a group of friends. My husband and I came here from Australia with my brother and his partner. We all have a spacious bedroom with airy private bathrooms and beds that are so big. Perfect for sleeping in.
The pool is large enough to do laps, if you're feeling energetic enough. Or there's the long deserted beach to walk along. But we worked up a thirst watching the sunsets every night and thinking about energetic things to do the next day that never happened.
Keaw is a great cook. Eat in. Life doesn't get better.
There is a convenience store a 15 min walk away.... But if that's too much, Keaw will go for you. And the fridge can always stay stocked with minimal effort.
A rental car might be good for people wanting too see more than an amazing sunset. But we were picked up at the airport and dropped off, for a reasonable extra fee. Happy to do that again.
Tips: there is a TV, but we all brought books. And iPads . Set, really.
Dogs? Best Guest Relations officers ever. Will miss them.
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