The excellent experience started at Ngurah Rai airport. We reached at 8 p.m. and Made fetched us in the airport using FAST LANE! It was quick and no need to queue (the rest of the tourists had to queue in a different lane). I imagined that if we had to queue, it would have taken 1-2 hours before we got out of the immigration. Made is highly recommended if time is of essence.
Drive from Airport to GMV
Drive was definitely far and took us about 2 hours despite Made being a fast driver. Not advisable to drive on your own to GMV as you WILL be lost.
We reached about 11 pm. Nyoman and his wife made the point to wait for us. GMV also served us home-made tropical juice as welcome drink (I know some other 5 star hotel that didn’t serve us welcome drink because we checked in late), which was delicious. Staff were friendly and even served us home-made pineapple tarts.
The villa was reasonably clean with outdoor shower (which I didn’t get to use because it was too cold). The hot water stream was inconsistent (i.e. sometimes hot, and sometimes cold).
I can’t emphasize enough Nyoman’s service and helpfulness. The service staff really made the difference. He also made the point to greet everyone who reached the dining area.
Area for improvement
One thing that I believe could be improved was the breakfast menu. The “continental breakfast” comprised: toasted bread, fruit juice/fruit platter and coffee/tea. The “American breakfast” was exactly the same except with additional eggs. So… what was continental about “continental breakfast”? Also, though we stayed for two nights, we were already “bored” with the breakfast menu. What about guests who stayed for the week?
It’s a good place to wind down away from the city with beautiful rice field views, cool and fresh air, and great value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Great Mountain Views (GMV) is a family-run resort located in the heart of Bali. Our resort offers spectacular views of Mt Agung and Mt Batur, two of Bali’s most important mountains housing among others Bali’s main temple complex Besakih. GMV is a unique resort and the perfect base for exploring Bali’s beautiful nature and culture. The tranquility and charm of GMV’s location, immersed in the Balinese countryside, is the perfect accompaniment to the spectacular views of Gunung Agung. GMV is surrounded by traditional rice fields, yet our eight villas - all with private verandas facing the mountain - offer all the comfort and facilities that modern holiday makers expect. Whether it is peace and quiet that you’re after, or an adventure-packed holiday, GMV is your best base for exploring Bali in all its natural beauty. Visit our resort and understand why we say: GMV, naturally! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Great Mountain Views Villa Resort Bali/Karangasem