We stayed in Turtle Bay Hideaway (TBH) in beginning of December, just before the high season. We stayed there as 13 people group, so used all the villas.
May be some of my friends will give an extra review, but in the meantime my impressions.
Generally speaking, this TBH cannot be rated the same way by all the people. I've seen, positive reviews and actually, understand their reasons. However, I personally not really satisfied with our week there. Mainly because I'm used to some more civilised and "reliable" service and holidays.
I was quite surprised that many things there looked very poorly maintained:
tile around the big swim.pool with big cracks, some day beds were in mold, bad linen on ground floor rooms was quite wet and smelly, bathtube and taps were with some scurf.
and the things like wet smelly linen and not very clean bath were really irritating.
Another con for ground floor is noise from the upper neighboor - wooden floors with no anything else (insulation, seal or so) provided perfect sound conduction - so if your neigbours wake up early you wake up as well.
Bath/sink/shower on the Kelapa villa are actually outside completely, so the privacy is quiestionable and if any isects would decide to visit you, it might be challenging to take a bath.
No air conditioning in all 3 villas. We've been there in off peak season and it was not easy to sleep, so peak season might be even harder. Although, second floor rooms are a bit better - if you fully open windows its quite nice due to breeze, but ground floor has insects outside, so open windows will change temperature problem into bugs.
Generally, holiday here might be quite nice for adults or with elder kids, but not small ones. And if you like minimum level of comfort this might be not the best choice on the Bali.
Some tips for the area: Joglo resaurant is quite OK and if you'd visit them a few times, they can give you a discount (we had 10% for food bill); Andre SPA is quite nice as well;
If you're going to drive around, TBH will provide you with cars and drivers. Be careful with your requests - if you ask to bring you to the snorkeling place they will bring you to one of places which they have a deal with, and it might be not the best one. We've asked to bring us to white sand beach, so we could snorkel there, and we ended up on black sand/stony beach, to the specific cafe, so we saw it was some deal between the driver and cafe.
Buy souvenirs in Candidasa - its 2-3 times cheaper than Denpasar or airport.
General Bali hint. Our 3yr old baby had some cough for 3-4 days, while we didnt see signs of sickness. Finally we realised it was sort of adaptation period. But of course, you should be careful anyway.
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Hideaway Bali/Karangasem