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A place to disconnect and connect

Otres 1 T: (097) 241 5884

Wish You Were Here

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Sometimes you just walk into a place and fall in love, and you can’t really tell why and Wish You Were Here is one of the places that does that to you.

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There is a wonderfully chilled out vibe in the bar that greets you as you enter under a flowery bower and over a little waterway. It is not the kind of slumped atmosphere generated by those so stoned they make goldfish look gifted but just from this being a gentle, welcoming and open place to be, which manifests itself as soon as you walk in and are greeted by the staff, and which also seems to attract those of a similar nature. The bungalows are behind the bar, where there is also a brick room with private bathroom which is the only private bathroom. These are all very simply furnished, but for the price represent some of the best value that we saw on Otres. The dorms and double/twin rooms over the bar are all very simple and very spare but clean. There aren’t bunk beds, but mattresses on the floor, which has the virtue of reducing the amount of human body odour per square foot. As with all dorms and wooden/thatch bungalows along Otres, do not expect to live/sleep in splendid silence -- it’s just not going to happen. This is one of the only drawbacks to what is otherwise a unique and beautiful part of the world. If you’re a light sleeper, bring ear plugs, and enjoy the rest. As a thoughtful touch, and to help ensure minimal disturbance, the personal lockers for the dorms are in the corridor outside so anyone rooting through their bags for their toothpaste at 03:00 won’t wake everyone else up (in theory). They are planning on renovating the dorms and rooms later on this year, so they may be prettied up which would be nice. The bar is wide open with plenty of seating, and long tables all the better for generating long conversations over beer and cocktails. One of the owners is Sri Lankan and they have Sri Lankan curry nights every Thursday, which are very highly rated. We missed it because we were too late, alas. They also have live music on Sundays with plenty of cheap drinks all day.


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Walk-in rates at Wish You Were Here

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Dorm fan cooled
Bungalow fan share bathroom
Dbl fan private bathroom
Brick wall room directly behind the bar
Room: Dorm fan cooled, low season: US$4, high season US$6. Notes:
Room: Bungalow fan share bathroom, low season: US$10, high season US$15. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: US$15, high season US$20. Notes: Brick wall room directly behind the bar

Where is Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here
Otres 1
T: (097) 241 5884
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º32'34.26" E, 10º34'41.3" N
Room rates: Under US$10

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