We were excited to stay in a local spot nestled in the "jungle," right off the beach with high reviews (addressed further down). However, we were most underwhelmed and have never been so excited to return home to a clean, airtight house :( If you are looking for rustic and more of an indoor camping environment, this place is for you. Otherwise, use search terms such as "modern" and "updated" to find more suitable properties in the same price range.
We were surprised to find the Temple Tree House was a cramped cabin with old horizontally-stacked wooden shutters in the bedroom (instead of windows)--creating a dark and dank environment -- and single pane glass slatted windows in the cramped kitchen/living room. The bathroom in the Temple Tree House, however, was fairly updated and fairly large (approximately the same ft2 as the kitchen/living room). We were allowed to use the Casa Cowee deck since the other two co-located properties were not occupied. We would have felt claustrophobic had we been confined to the Temple Tree House, especially during the power outages and storms.
After the repair men deemed the AC unit irreparable (following two nights of 27-29C air conditioning in the bedroom), we spoke to the groundskeeper (Jose) and then the manager (Channin) and were ultimately allowed to move to the bigger Casa Cowee since no one was staying there. Compared to the former, it was heaven. Compared to a western 3 star motel, it was poor. We can only imagine that the high reviews were by people who enjoy spartan conditions.
One of the biggest drawbacks to both properties: the "windows" do not close/seal AND there are plenty of gaps at the doors, windows, floors, and walls that allow cockroaches, flying ants, mosquitos, etc. to get into the living spaces. It was difficult to decide what was worse: going to bed without washing off the DEET bug spray or being bitten in bed by flying ants. Fortunately, I always lit the floor at night with a flashlight: one night I walked into the bathroom in the middle of the night and avoided stepping on a cockroach. Didn't stop the blood curdling scream, though!
The falling nuts and rainfall reverberated on the metal roof, so bring ear plugs.
There is only one air conditioner unit -- in the master bedroom. While some reviews reference a cool breeze, high humidity and upper 80s temperatures did not feel cool to us.
The the wifi at the Temple Tree House was spotty at best.