Trip to Andaman Islands.
The overall experience is a professional handling and we were satisfied with our journey. Mr Akshith Nithin at Tripfactory was informative and helpful with travel arrangements prior to the journey. The local representative at Port Blair, Mr Abinash, who co-ordinated the journey with other representatives, did a very good job and we felt very well taken care of. He was very attentive and had a pleasant as well as professional approach. Taxis, speedboat to Havelock Island and the flight from Chennai with Spice Jet went very smoothe and was totally reliable.
The only let-down were to of the three hotels that we stayed in. The only one that delivered according to standard (****) was Sea Shell in Port Blair, which levelled our expectations. However the other two hotels had lots of issues and were far from the four stars that they want guests to believe.
Peerless Sarovar Portico in Port Blair was far away from the city of Portugal Blair and there is nothing outside the property apart from a lovely beach...not swimable though due to crocodiles. Restaurant is excellent although slightly pricy. The room is ok, more of a 3 star standard, basic but with a nice balcony. Shower curtain dirty, otherwise was cleaning satisfactory. The check-in was not welcoming, but the following day the hospitality was better, due to change of staff. To sum it up: a 3 star property with a good restaurant and a scenic view.
Symphony Palms Beach Resort at Havelock Island was a rather bad choice in relation to price, category and expectations. Lots of issues here. Accommodation consisted of large cottages,although rather dull and gloomy inside. A vivid animal life in the washroom consisted of lizards, mosquitoes and a giant cockroach. Hot water had to be ordered in buckets (½ hour waiting time), which was a minor problem, but you had to plan your activities. Service was slow ore sometimes non-existent. Breakfast buffet with a reasonable variety of items, however with a low quality; canned (low budget and artificial) fruit juices, (sometimes) cold food items, and fairly tasteless. Tourists allowed to drive with motorbikes and scoters on the narrow pavement leading to the cottages was a hazard as well as a peace eliminating appearance. Food in restaurant on the costly side, but good alternatives on the road outside.