Puri Taman Sari is located in an isolated part of south west Bail. BF and I drove there ourselves, from Permuteran via Jatiluwih and Wongayagede. The drive was incredibly scenic, winding through mountains and rice paddies, but the roads heavily eroded and potholed in parts (especially the section where tourists are charged a toll to use the roads!), and there is not great signage to Marga.
Once we finally found our way to the town, we had even more difficulty locating the accommodation. We saw no signage for it, even though the manager insisted that there was a large sign on the main road. If it wasn't for a very helpful military police officer who asked the locals for directions and escorted us, we may never have found the place.
Once there, we were impressed by its beauty. The main premises are a traditional Balinese compound, clearly looked after with a lot of pride and care. We had no idea what to expect, as we had experienced a lot of difficulty finding out about the rooms and amenities both on the Internet and by emailing the hotel directly beforehand. We were most surprised when the very friendly manager proudly told us that he had placed us in the honeymoon suite, and we were blown away when we saw the room itself. It was huge, well furnished, with an enormous day-bed out front and an even lager outdoor bathroom, which was more like a courtyard than a bathroom.
We were really impressed, until we realised how close we were to the neighbouring property and how far we were from the pool (literally a 5-10 minute walk out of the compound, once we were able to find our way there!). Being so close to the neighbours, we were kept awake by music, motorbikes, cars, dogs and, of course, the obligatory roosters. It is not a room to stay in if you want to sleep.
The villas out of the compound, near the pool, although smaller, looked like they would be much quieter.
Being so isolated means that the hotel has a captured market and can charge a lot for its services and amenities, including charging for wifi which appears to be free everywhere in Bali (including tiny warungs), and charging double the price of most places for a Balinese massage.
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