A Florida woman acquired more than just a tan from the luxe Atlantis Paradise Resort within the Bahamas.
Cindi Avila has taken legal action after she woke up at the resort during a January 2016 trip to discover she was covered in bedbugs. Hundreds of painful bites covered her from forehead to thighs, according to the lawsuit filed last week.
“It was like something out of a horror movie,” she told the Miami Herald. “I pulled up the mattress and I was shocked at what I saw.”
According to Avila, she immediately called two staffers to the room, who “screamed” when they saw the pests crawling all over the bed.
Avila was treated by a nurse at the resort, but said she still experienced discomfort for several weeks after the nightmare trip.
“In the days that followed, I have never experienced more pain,” Avila said. “I didn’t sleep for five days. I literally wanted to die.”
In a statement, Atlantis said that she and her husband were not charged for their two-night stay and the room is no longer used. They claim Avila has spent the last year trying to shake them down.
“The resort offered to reimburse Ms. Avila for any medical bills resulting from her experience, which she declined,” the resort said. “Since that time, Ms. Avila has repeatedly, and through three different attorneys attempted to extract a large financial settlement from the resort and threatened intimidation in the media if her financial demands were not met.”
Avila said the experience has made her weary of traveling, and she wants the hotel to take into consideration what she has endured, which she described as a “living hell.”
“Take notice of this, and take safety measures to make sure this does not afflict anyone else,” Avila told news station WFOR.