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The Tanis Villas
Cairns, Queensland
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“Don't do it!!”
Reviewed January 30, 2010

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!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed December 3, 2009

I stayed at the Tanis Villas for 3 nights in July with a girlfriend. We each booked a single villa, and were placed next to eachother. I can find no fault with the villas and loved them so much I have just confirmed my booking for July 2010. This time I am returning with my husband and 2 children ,and my parents, sister, and another family for 4 nights.. The location right on Mushroom Bay is amazing and the restaurant cooks great food at reasonable prices.Staff were so friendly and helped with whatever they could, nothing was a problem. Daily peaceful massages in the little pavillion by the pool - beautiful !
Mushroom Bay Cafe is also a must for dining (breakfast there is also fantastic). Also checked out the restaurant/Bar at Dream Beach, Sunset beach and the Mangrove Cafe, right up the northern end of the island. We hired scooters and rode around exploring the island, very easy roads, and no cars on the island..Also rode over the suspension bridge to Ceningan Island. Such a serene and peaceful little slice of heaven . I can't wait to return!!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
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perth wa
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

we stayed at tanis villa for 3 nights. it has a really good location and staff were warm and friendly. laying in the pool and taking in the veiws was magic. the restaurant served great food at reasonable price. all up a great hotel. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Bristol, UK
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Reviewed October 29, 2009

Stayed at the Tanis Villas for 3 nights.

We received a really nice welcome and the island was beautiful and remote. The beach area was amazing, and the pool was good, however a little deep in places for little ones. If you would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bali, then this resort is perfect.

Snorkeling: Equipment is provided for free if you ask staff.

The restaurants around the bay are limited, unless you walk further afield to Dream Beach. Jo Jos restaurant was pricey but very nice, Cafe Bali was good, but not all options are available on the menu due to limited supplies, the hotel/restaurant to the right of Tanis is very poor and food bad. After 8pm the area would become very quiet and most people were asleep.

The rooms: First room we were given was Nusa 3, the villa looked great on inspection however the first night the aircon was very weak and kept cutting out due to electricity cuts, we had the curtains down on the bed to prevent bugs, however we were awoken in the middle of the night by a huge cockroach jumping around the bed!! Also, Geckos are rummaging around all night on the ceiling or outside in the bathroom knocking bottles over etc. Also the outside bathroom wasn't that pleasant or clean. Im not usually a squeemish person, but a cockroach and bug infested room made sleeping very uncomfortable, and after noticing more cockroach's the 2nd night i asked to be moved.

Garden View room 4: This room had a plastered ceiling due to the villas above, it also had aircon and a fan, and an inside bathroom! This room was amazing and i slept really well and bug free!

I would still recommend these villas, however i recommend paying the extra for a garden view villa with indoor bathroom and fan& aircon to insure a comfortable stay.

Staff: Were great and breakfast was ok and they would also arrange tours if needed.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed June 9, 2009

- We were picked up by a private driver from our hotel in Kuta and transfered to the Tanis boat which took us to the magical island resort. We were greeted on the beach and had our luggage taken straight to our room while we were checking in! The staff were all friendly, professional and really helpful - they always went the extra mile and took a genuine interest in what we needed.
- The rooms were basically kitted out but comfortable.
- The villas are on the beach - elevated and ours had a stunning sea view. We hired a scooter from Tanis and explored the island for a day - well worth doing! The manager organised a fishing boat for us to go surfing and the skipper waited for us for over two hours before taking us back!
- Definately somewhere to go back to! And the food and hospitality was fantastic!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Kuala Lumpur
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Reviewed March 11, 2009

Tanis Villas is located by a beautiful, clear turquoise bay thats suitable for swimming. It has beautiful sandy beaches and lovely villas to boot. The room we stayed in was decorated beautifully and had an outdoor bathroom.

The main highlight here is the staff. They were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful to my family. Will definitely stay here again if I am ever in Nusa lembongan.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed September 18, 2008

Tanis Villas is a good value and the rooms were very nice. There were some maintenance problems which could be easily corrected but are not.

The hotel sits on a nice beach, the nicer of the 2 with about 4 other hotels. The big task of the day is deciding where to eat, we like the Mushroom Bay restraint, the only one not associated with a hotel.

The staff at Tanis are very friendly. The only issue is that there is not printed information and getting details is very difficult. We wanted to go snorkeling, which they advertise, but it was so iffy that we found a different way.

The island is beautiful - with clean beaches and pretty water. Bali is not! There are no cars and a few trucks on the island, mostly scooters and we walked for about 2 hours around and saw no one except cows - one which we fed everyday.

Our only complaint about Tanis is that we had the furthest room on the right and this is close to a cow that was chained on a very small chain and standing in it own waste for days. It was covered in flies and we could smell it in the room and the files also came in. This was upsetting and when we asked about it, as it disturbed us the state of the cow - they said they had nothing to do with it. Only problem was we saw one of the employees taking care of it. If you are an animal lover, you will hate that.

Overall the value is great, the room nice, oh they don't have a totally closed roof. There is a small gap where bugs come in, which I couldn't figure out why they didn't screen it. Luckily the biggest gecko I had ever seen, like a foot long, (no kidding) came in the room every night. It hid being the frig and made such a loud chirp the morning we discovered it, we jumped. That was a cool.

The hotel is well priced and if you are realistic you will be happy - hopefully they will have addressed the cow problem.

  • Liked — Great price and beautiful location
  • Disliked — Some issues with maintance and lack of information about activities
  • Stayed August 2008
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Property: The Tanis Villas
Address: Mushroom Bay, 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Nusa Lembongan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #87 of 129 Specialty Lodging in Nusa Lembongan
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Tanis Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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