This place did not live up to what my husband and I wanted for a romantic, private holiday, although there are many positive things to say about Lilin. I'll start with those. The position of the little hotel is fantastic - right on the beach and it has wonderful views. It feels like boutique accommodation and is laid back (but a bit too much for us). The fittings and linen in the rooms are really lovely and gives the feeling of a little beach house. The restaurant is also great and offers very unusual and tasty fare. The disappointing things (and we are 50 years of age and looking for comfort) are - there is no wardrobe, so you have no hanging space other than a rope in the corner of the room with a few hangers, the bed was so squeaky that as soon as one of us moved the other woke up and this went on all night, the bathroom had no shelving to put toiletries and our suitcases had to be pushed under the bed so that the room had some space around the bed. The little plunge pool offered no privacy, as they are right in front of everyone. This is all good for novice travellers but we desired more touches of comfort. What was the most disappointing, however, was that we travelled up to Lovina with my Aunt and Uncle who are in their 80s. My Uncle was not well and my Aunt wanted us to move to where they were staying as she felt very anxious and wanted us nearby. We explained this to Rikki, the owner, and she said she could not give us any refund to move. I have travelled for 30 years to Bali and this has never happened before - the Balinese are generous if anything like that happens and they are gracious when a change is needed (especially a family matter). We moved anyway, then took my Aunt and Uncle there for dinner the night we moved out and 'our' room had already been let, therefore doubling up the owner's money. We were still not offered even a night's refund or a free dinner. It left a bad taste in our mouths, as it just felt mean. For these reasons, we will not be recommending this place to friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lilin is a unique beachfront retreat on Bali's north coast. Private villas feature personal plunge pools, courtyard gardens and in-room spa treatments. Rooms have both AC and fan cooling, TVs and DVDs on request, free WiFi internet. Guests enjoy beachfront lounges for sunning, reading and relaxing. Savor the delight of Bali outdoor living and the comforts of home in these beachfront villas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lilin Lovina Beach Hotel Bali