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“Worst holiday experience in 25 years of travel” 1 of 5 stars
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Mentawai Bungalow
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“Worst holiday experience in 25 years of travel”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2010

This is a surf camp advertised through the internet as an all inclusive service of airport pick up, accomadation, meals and speed boat transfers to and from surf breaks.
The accomadation consists of bunk beds dormitory style in a small house with 4 rooms.
The house is infested with rats. Allthough the owner will try to convince you they are squirrels.
The meals consisted of noodle and fried eggs every morning. All other meals were nasi gorenge(fried rice) accept for a mexican night of refried beans and tacos!
There was no sight of fruit or meat. T
The owner claimed that because of Ramadan he could not buy any food.
Under the house were ferel dogs that were breeding with litters of puppies that were fed on the uneated food that guest refused to eat.
I also wittnessed a dead chicken that remained beside the house for 3 days before it dissapeared...probably eaten by the rats.
The most concerning problem with this resort was the open drug use by the owner of the resort.
Considering Indonesia's attitude towards drug use the owner of this resort seems oblivious to the possibilities that he and his guests could be implicated in.
From my experience in Indonesia I believe it is only a matter of time before this person will be in an Indonesian Jail for drug use.
I just hope no innocent guests are implicated.
The cost of this resort is $120Aus p/day allthough there is a house 20 feet next door that charges $5 a night and $10 for 3 meals a day had better food.
The boats used for transfering guests did not even have a ladder to get back in the boat or a board rack. Allthough every other similar boat had these basic things.
When I was there every guest left early and complained.
I am sure this will be 1 of many of similar reports..dont get riped off or risk jail!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: West Sumatra, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sumatra > West Sumatra > Mentawai Islands
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Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Mentawai Islands
Number of rooms: 11

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