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29 room 3* hotel located on the Arnos Vale plantation
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Keith Valentine

Guest Report

Post by Keith Valentine » Tue Jul 29, 2008 9:42 pm

We spent a week at Arnos Vale in July 2006 and it was memorable in more ways than one. For a nature lover, the location is sublime - gardens full of exotic birds, bats, trees and shrubs,land crabs and lizards, pristine coral reef just a few yards off the beach, complete with resident hawksbill turtle and shoals of technicolour fish, pelicans offshore and even (on one occasion) a large boa constrictor in a tree on the beach.

We were in one of the individual cottages on the hillside. It was spacious, comfortable and quite secluded - which may explain why it was targeted by burglars while we were at dinner one night ( I hope they have since improved the security of these cottages). Dinner, by the way, was enjoyable but overpriced and we were not that confident about venturing out onto unlit, un-signposted, potholed roads in our hire car to dine elsewhere. Other residents did venture out at night by taxi with no problems.

None of these negative factors spoiled a magical experience. If you like wildlife, snorkelling and beautiful, peaceful surroundings I think it is very hard to beat. If some of these comments have put you off staying, just call in for tea - and take your snorkel!



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