Upon arrival at Lembongan Island, I must say that I was a bit put off by the amount of rubbish strewn along the beach. I'm told that it washes across from Bali. It's a shame because without the rubbish, the turquoise waters are quite beautiful. We took a little ride in the back of a truck to Mushroom Bay where Tanis Villas is located. The driver pulled up in a little back alley and pointed along the beach in front of us, and told us "go that way, it's the third one".
It gives a nice remote island feel to the place to have to access your hotel from the beach, and we were well prepared with our backpacks... but in the back of my mind i was imagining clambering along the beach with a suitcase! I'm glad we were prepared for anything! Anyway, my excitement was increasing by the minute after walking past a couple of beautiful looking huts right on the beach. I was thinking "wow - which one is ours!!!" Then we got to the sign at the end of the beach that read "Tanis Villas". Unfortunately the only beachfront part of the Tanis was a big pool of muddy water that had the distinct smell of chicken poo!
As we waded ankle deep through the stinky chicken poo water, we got to the reception area where we were greeted by a very enthusiastic little man who sat us down for 10 minutes while they were 'getting our room ready'.
Inside, our room looked a little stark, like a well dressed concrete shell. Anyway, we remained positive and dropped our bags. We didn't really notice the "issue" with our room for the fist 5 minutes, then it dawned on us that the dull buzzing noise wasn't the barely effective air-conditioner, or the little bar fridge. It was in fact a large swarm of flies swirling around the ceiling above us!! There would have been about 100 flies!!! We gave the place a quick spray with repellant and went to the beach (via the stinky chicken poo water) for a swim in the beautifully clear but sadly rubbish strewn water.
When we came back to the room, we were greeted by the aftermath of a large scale fly massacre, with dead flies writhing in pain on the floor all around us. We managed to pick some up with tissues and load the bin up. That night it was quite a mission to keep the remaining survivors outside the netting around out bed. The night also featured a spectacular electrical storm, which was pretty cool except when it came time to use the outdoor bathroom. The concept of an outdoor bathroom is a good one at the right time of year, but laying in bed holding onto a wee for a couple of hours to avoid getting saturated and struck by lightning isn't much fun at all!.
Anyway, the following morning we went down to the little cafe for our inclusive breakfast. The cafe looked quite nice, but that chicken poo smell was definitely a draw back, as was the constant attention from the flies. We made our breakfast selection which from memory was fried eggs, scrambled eggs, and a couple of other egg favourites, accompanied by sickerly sweet orange cordial which was cheekily touted to be orange juice! As soon as the eggs arrived, so did the rest of the flies. The staff member casually mentioned that it was fly season, and placed a small candle on our table. I'm not sure whether the candle was supposed to repel the flies, but a few curious ones got stuck and fried in the hot wax which was a beautiful sight.
Anyway, we made the most of out time on the island and i would have to recommend hiring a motor scooter for the day and doing a lap around Lembongan and neighbouring Ceningan island which is precariously connected by a little swaying foot bridge. Good fun!!
Back at the Tanis, we read that there was an internet service, so we decided to check our email. The guy behind the front desk moved aside so that we could use his computer. It seemed a bit strange checking our email at the front reception desk, but that's one of the quirky little things that is fun about travelling to Indonesia. It became a bit too much though when the guy on the desk started looking over our shoulders and making comments about the web pages that we were viewing!! Perhaps I should have typed this review in front of him!!!
Anyway, it was time to leave the Tanis and return to Bali. We'd had our egg breakfast and had a couple of hours to fill before out boat was due to leave. We had seen the staff playing table tennis out the front on a few occasions and we thought that would be a fun way to fill some time in. I asked the guy at reception for a ball and a couple of bats. He promptly walked out the back, and came back 5 seconds later and announced "The ball is finished". After some interpretation, i understood that he was telling me that the ball was broken and they didn't have a spare. Anyway, without giving it a second thought, we decided to go for a walk instead. When we came back, there were two staff members having a riot of a time playing table tennis with the ball that had miraculously repaired itself. The reception guy gave us a wave as we walked past, seemingly totally unaware of what he had told us an hour or so beforehand!
Anyway, sorry to say, I really wouldn't recommend Tanis Villas to anyone, and anything longer than two days on Lembongan Island is too long!
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