Don't bother reading what the ads say - it's everything you aren't expecting nor do you want.
To start, the villa gardens themselves are unkempt. Locks on doors barely work, doors don't open fully etc. it's like, someone cared once but they don't anymore and this has spread across to the reception staff too. Some Villas may have breakfast served in their Villas, others not. It's like a ghost town, with good reason.. read on...
Shower drains through hole in the wall
Toilet smells as you walk in to the room. No spare toilet rolls and if you run out, you must contact reception to ask for more.
No English speaking TV channels
Dirty coffee cups (sugar stuck to the inside of the cup that looks like it was never washed). No replacement sugar (I guess it's all stuck in the cups someone in the room before us used)
Kitchen with no plates, cutlery or utensils (although there is a cook top)
Damaged sun lounges without cushions on furniture. Very uncomfortable.
No mossie coils or spray. There are plenty of missiles though.
Empty fridge - no supply of drinking water, only two bottles of water to brush your teeth. But there's a kettle, so, expect to be totally self sufficient and buy your water.
No beach contrary to claims there is a private beach, rather, there is a private dock to tie boats to.
Secure parking: behind a boom gate that is permanently tied open for access to anyone.
No bottle opener either. Thank goodness for things with built in bottle top opener.
There is none of the expected 'South Bali hospitality' with warm invitation and welcoming in their eyes. It's 'bare minimum' but they are happy to have you pay a high fee for the 'privilege'. 3/5 reception staff speak very little English and so, do not make an effort to help you as they probably don't understand.
Transport costs enormous just to travel 15 minutes by their car and driver to do 2 x 1 way 15 minute trips... 300,000 (approx $30AUD round trip) which is very high considering a blue bird costs you 30,000 (approx $3AUD) for similar and a full day driver charges $50AUD to drive from Legian to here. Once you are here, you have to walk where you want to go or do a tour. There are no shuttles and hotel transport is not a cheap option. (Bemo's on the main road have a reputation of charging you up to 40 x the amount).
Room service (must pay by cash) comes from a local Warung, so if theres a ceremony and therefore they are closed - you have no warning of this and automatically there is no room service on offer, but you don't find this out until it's too late.
In a nutshell, no one cares.
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