The Suly Resort is a resort that is also a hospitality training center. Here, instead of professionalism, you get enthusiasm. If you expect impeccable service, you will be disappointed. But for a ridiculously low cost, you get a modern, clean, air-conditioned room, a great pool, lovely scenery (watching the sunrise from my window was breathtaking), and a complimentary breakfast. After Suly, I wanted to be in the center of town and stayed in a highly rated hotel for over twice as much, getting mosquitoes through the gaps in the door and ants attacking my toothpaste. I longed to return to my small but CLEAN Suly room. Do not let negative reviews scare you from here. I felt foolish for being scared to stay longer.
The students are polite to not impose themselves on guests, but if you show interest in helping them improve their English, they will gather around you and love to chat. You can also take a yoga class with the manager who is also a healer in his village. His brand of Balinese yoga and meditation is fascinating, very indigenous and different from Yoga Barn courses. If you are a people person with interest in getting to know Balinese people and their culture, there is no better place than to stay here.
I was hesitant to stay here based on the negatives reviews, but so glad I did. I want to address them from my own experience:
1) Toilets did not smell 95% of the time. There were a couple of brief occasions where a funky smell wafted through, but it quickly went away. Frankly the funky waft on the airplane back bothered me much more.
2) There are no rats nor rodents in the new building. When people complain about the bad construction, they are probably referring to the stairs which are uneven. But many buildings in Bali are.
3) The food is not so great. The breakfasts are decent and filling. Other meals are not expensive, but not cheap and nothing like some of the yummy cafes in Ubud center. Still, there are plenty of restaurants at this level as well. The Lotus Café I would argue serves worse food for higher prices with bad service.
4) The dance show is not of a professional nature either. It is like watching a high school production. Either you enjoy the students or you don’t. T In the laminated brochure, it states that you can either order the dinner package or watch the show only for 50,000 IDR. While I was there, there was a group who clearly wanted to watch but didn’t want to buy so they watched it from the bar instead. I find that behavior kind of mean-spirited.
5) DO NOT for a moment think these innocent kids are trying to scam your money. The students are enthusiastic about getting people to watch their show, just as they are very friendly in promoting their Sunday Market event which offers things for FREE.I tried to give a girl a tip once and she pushed it away. Others will take it with the happiest expression of gratitude.
6) The other thing I want to clarify is that the owner (who I do not know or haven’t met) is NOT taking advantage of these kids as free labor. There are 170 scholarship students here, and usually less than 30 guests. You do the math and figure whether they are being overworked…
The Suly Resort is considered a volunteer tourism destination. If you stay here, you contribute to the education of underprivileged youths and by patiently talking with them, help their language skills. You can do good for very little here. Try it.
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- Also Known As:
- Suly Hotel Gianyar