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Samba Villas
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Gili Trawangan Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia   |  
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“Fantastic! Perfect for us ...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We travelled as a family, with 3 kids (12, 10 and 2) .... This place was perfect. Great location, friendly staff who love kids, walking distance to everything but far enough away from the partying. Clean rooms - serviced daily including sheets changed daily which was great given the sand that crept in every day from our swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving adventures.
Thank you team Samba,
Justine, Paul, Bonita, Willis and James

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bushey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at Samba Villas for 20 nights in total throughout June 2013 and the service was nothing short of excellent.

My wife and I got married on the island and having stayed at Samba Villas for the last 5 years we used it as our base, and also decided to offer the place to the majority of our 42 guests. We were not disappointed. The staff were spot on as usual, they really could not do enough for us. We truly believe that Sam (Samba Villas Owner) really has put together the best team on the island. Each and every employee would go out of their way to help, and service is always accompanied with a smile.

We loved the new renovation (which has now finished), the grounds really have come on leaps and bounds. One thing we also noticed was the food had improved and the menu had some great new additions. The menu catered for all; people like myself that love to eat Asian food, and people like my Dad who will eat nothing but spring rolls and chilli chips!

The restaurant was noticeably busier of an evening, and the outdoor beach bar meant that we didn’t have to venture out at night if we didn’t want to.

The rooms as always were clean and tidy with very good air-conditioning. Yes the local mosque does tend to go off at 5am every morning, but it’s only for 5 minutes. I’ve seen a number of negative comments below regarding the mosque that I feel are not really fair to Samba Villas. Gili Trawangan is a small, Muslim island. If you really do not want to be awoken by the call of prayer, may I suggest that this beautiful, picturesque island may not be the ideal holiday destination for you.

Like I have said, my wife and I have been coming here every year since 2009 and every year it has improved. We got engaged here last year, married here this year, and will more than likely be back for our anniversary in 2014. If you can look past the little imperfections that come with island life (such as being awoken by the local mosque at 5am) then you really will have the time of your lives.

Well done Sam and thank you for another amazing trip. Keep up the good work!!!

Ryan

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

The location of the place is very good as it is central and close to dinner spots but because of that it is not quite at night and you can hear all the noises from the street. The place is under construction so if you think you will be having a quite time during the day, I regret to disappoint you. There are lots of insects in the room and in the bathroom as it is not clean. The mattresses underneath the coverings are dirty and old ( have no idea where they got them from). Breakfast is poor and if you want extra, they require you to pay. Swimming pool is small and not clean. There are lots of places in Gili T for the same amount of money which are clean, friendly and new! Hope you will not do the same mistake staying there as we did!

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Wonderful experience in Samba. The most excellent manajer i have ever met.
Definitly will come to Samba again if i go to gili trawangan.
Please ask Ank if you go to Samba, you will experience the best service in Indonesia.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Went to samba villa amazing the staff couldn't do enough for us we felt very welcome ,stayed in the villa for 8 days as our friends son was getting married in the gillis ,nothing was to much trouble for the staff , the beach is within stepping distance so sad to be home ,villa are all very clean aircon free wii I would recommend samba villia as a great place to stay thankyou so much to all the staff that looked after us all miss you guys thanks again xx

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

on March me and my friend decided to go to Gili Trawangan. We choose this hotels from website, and when we arrived, this hotel is clean and nice. They just need to upgrade their electricity and menu. I stayed 3 night 4 days

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed here for five nights last March. The location is perfect; away from night life but not too remote. The beach was nice too.

We booked for deluxe room with extra bed, but apparently the air conditioner didn't work well so we asked the staff to check and fix it if necessary. After waiting for quite a while, we asked if we can move to another room with the same rate if there's any available, we also didn't mind to upgrade our room if there is not. But the manager then let us stayed at the family suite with the same price as we had for the deluxe room.

The manager has also helped my husband to provide a surprise anniversary cake for me from a five star hotel which is quite far from Samba, whilst there's no car neither motorbike at Gili.They also didn't mind to help us find a nearest budget room for our kid's baby sitter. All the staffs are friendly, even to my 3 year old son.

We also tried the restaurant for dinner once. The food was tasty but we need to wait quite long until the food arrive. Overall, we really had a good time there.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Gili Trawangan Island, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 95 Specialty lodging in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Samba Villas 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samba Villas located direct access to the beach offers a perfect base as an Indonesian family owned and run operation, attention to each and every guest gives you truly unique experience at the same time as supporting local business. whether your holiday focuses indiving, island hopping, or simply relaxing in the sun.with local and international cuisine and strong knowledge of the island and surrounding area, we aim to keep you satisfied both inside and out.Samba Villas is a special places if you are swimming in our pool, enjoying the bar and lounge area, resting in your villa or somewhere in between, Samba Villas will not leave you wanting.Samba Villas have a fresh water pool from where you can watch beach life in front. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Samba Villas Hotel Gili Trawangan
Samba Villas Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan

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