Speaking of breakfast, the highlight for me was getting to drink fresh king coconut water (called tender coconut in India, which has been my favoritest drink since childhood). Growing up in India, I was fortunate enough to enjoy fresh tender coconut water every so often from our own farm. Even now every time I visit India, I drink one every.single.day. So when the in-house gardener at your hotel climbs up a coconut tree every morning to bring down some king coconut and it’s on your breakfast menu, your DAY IS MADE!
As far as exploring the nearby towns go, we had our own transport but it is easy enough to find a tuk tuk outside the hotel and head out to indulge in various activities such as surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, biking through the rice fields, canoeing, whale watching, deep sea fishing, or go on other cultural tours and boat trips.