Although there are fancier options in Dili, for me I found the Garden Residence a very comfortable place for a long term stay in Dili. It has everything I looked for in housing for Dili: 1. Beautiful trees and outdoor area 2. Privacy in your own front yard 3. Very safe 4. Quiet!!! (rare for Dili) 5. Great location (near Timor Plaza and central to airport and office) 6. Great friendly staff During my time here, I was pleasantly surprised at how responsive the staff are and how I come home sometimes they have replaced a mat in my room or put new bedsheets or new chairs. The furniture is in good taste and there is plenty of storage room. There is a nice outdoor area, which you can enjoy on weekends. I am sad to be leaving here, but have a lot of great memories!!!!
We really felt that living in the Gardens was so special. No only did they take care of us and our home but they were willing to assist us with anything that we asked. Macu is an amazing manager and she was always very responsive. We loved our personal garden our front as well as the common area for grilling. We loved Waren, who came to our place to clean everyday and she cried our last day there. We would walk to the beach in the morning or evenings which is something we miss terribly now. We always felt very safe in the neighborhood and they way the staff operated the front gate. When we talked to other people and their living situations we always felt that we were very fortunate to have chosen the Gardens as our home. I was there working on a USAID project.
We contacted the owner of The Gardens Residence in Dili/Bebonuk to support our local NGO with accommodation whilst we travelled to various meetings throughout Dili and visited multiple towns. Very close to Timor Plaza, in a quiet area with fantastic neighbours, furnished facilities and supportive staff. We very much enjoyed our stay and would like to thank the staff and owners for supporting our small NGO. I would highly recommend that anyone looking for a place to stay for work, holiday or anything in between, for great value, should book in their stay today - you won't look back!
The Gardens Residence, holds a mixture of 10, 1 and 2 bedrooms bungalows. There is a shared pool. which although small let's you get wet on the weekends. There is also a shared entertainment area where you can hold a BBQ and relax with friends. Very well maintained, quiet and peaceful. The staff are excellent and can not do enough for you.
I stayed at The Gardens for three months. Really peaceful, great fellow guests and really good staff. It's in Bebonuk and near the beach so I had wonderful morning walks. My apartment had a really nice little garden. Everything inside worked. I highly recommend it.