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“Bali awful” 1 of 5 bubbles
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House In Bali
Ranked #430 of 520 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Bushmills, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Bali awful”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2010

If you have any romantic preconceived views of Bali do not stay in this shambolic, dirty and uncomfortable house.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    1 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    1 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle NSW
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2010

6 of us booked here for 6 days but after the first night our 3 friends from Northern Ireland left. They had less tolerance than we remaining 3.
The location is good. Up a lane not far from Jln Hanoman, the market and Palace. Observing life in the lane through compound doors was interesting and the locals are friendly, but the dogs which seem to sleep all day are very keen guards of their territory at night. The property backs on to the same beautiful gorge you might have marvelled at when dining at Indus.
The staff are friendly and obliging. Ketut cooked a beautiful birthday lunch for 8 children connected with an orphanage one of us supports. She will cook night meals too but we didn't go down this path - having sighted the kitchens.
We stayed in Villa East - the largest. We were taken in through the kitchen. Our first shock was the cabinetry - shabby, old and chipped Then into a stunning roofed space in traditional style where the bedrooms have a ceiling and are enclosed rooms. Again the wardrobes were in bad condition with doors that did not shut properly - it looked as if someone had left in a hurry!
The beds were beautifully made up - as per the website. In fact all the pictures are genuine. But none show the awful cupboards or the dirty state above floor level.
The open-to-outside bathrooms were ok - they are difficult to keep clean, but our garden had rubbish in it which I finally removed when it became clear it was unnoticed - like the stray thong one of the two young dogs must have left in the driveway, and the rag which had become part of the pebbling, the weeds in the concrete paving, and the messy (chuck-it-anywhere) state of the utility room in and around the staff quarters.
The air conditioner in the twin bedroom did not work well but the other two were good.
The pool is small but there are only plastic chairs to sit on - nowhere to lounge in the shade.
The piece de resistance was the bookshelf in the family room. There were maybe 150 books so old and faded and affected by rising damp that you could not read the spines. In a fit of pathos, someone who enjoyed Barbra Cartland must have handwritten the title on one of hers, 10 years ago or more. The books were so dusty and dirty - even the top of the shelf which has 200 brochures on it was totally dirty so much so that there is no way you would leaf through anything.
But the floors were cleaned every day while we had breakfast. Not behind anything or in corners but cleaned well where we walked. And the flaked plaster and paint were whooshed out the doors onto the pebbling. The windows, air conditioners, mosquito nets and curtains were all dusty. Interestingly the lower two-thirds of the kitchen louvres were cleaned on the 5th of our 6 days with a telltale piece of newspaper caught in one as evidence.
All of the above can be excused as lack of staff training, poor supervision or failure to provide correct equipment. When you see someone wiping down a table with a serviette you realize how ill-equipped the place was.
One day my friend and I walked down the path by our ornamental pool, down a lovely series of steps in the terracing overlooking the gorge. To our utter disappointment here was the place where rubbish was disposed of! And in the big rains I imagine it all gets washed into the river. Next day I saw a staff member heading down the path with a large orange plastic bag so I spoke to Ketut about the practice. Yes that's what they do with rubbish. I tried to explain what the consequences would be and the potential for making children sick, to no avail.
I am told that the Indonesian government runs educational ads on TV encouraging people to dispose of rubbish in the correct way. At these villas, it seems the absent owners do not pay for the rubbish removal service in Ubud. When you have visited Bali many times and observe the negative effects of rapid urbanization you are left grieving for a once beautiful Paradise. I think it might be a good idea to ask all service providers how they dispose of rubbish - but then one day I saw a rubbish truck driver dumping his load into a canal. The corruption runs deep.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: House In Bali
Address: PO Box 30, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
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Ranked #430 of 520 Speciality Lodging in Ubud
Number of rooms: 9
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