Ok I will admit I am also partly one, however it feels weird to come all the way to Indonesia to hear Parisians talking next to you as if you were in the French Riviera. When I arrived at Balangan, initially to go to Flowerbud next door, I saw the ugliest building ever built in Bali, or so I thought. They have a few more close to Uluwatu. Some big grey square concrete or brick structures with absolutely no taste or anything Balinese to it. Unfortunately, this is where we ended up staying, since all their new rooms were in that building. The bungalows were already booked. We soon realize they had forgotten to supply us with towels and toilet paper. The service seemed already suspect before that. When I decided to book a room for the night, the reception lady shouted at me "can't you see I'm busy sir!".... Then when I finally spoke to her and asked her to show me the room one more time ( we had come earlier but looked around in the meantime), she yelled again: "You saw the room already sir!!"... I already had my dose of poor service and unprofessional-ism for the day ( see my flowerbud review) so I didn't want to raise my voice in return. I just said, "sorry but I saw so many rooms today I can't remember". Now the pool area: It's too crammed. The bungalows are overlooking the pools, the restaurant as well, and you feel as if everyone is watching everyone else, a feeling I didn't get in any other place I stayed at in Bali. Could it be because I was surrounded by frenchies, or was it the fact they didn't feel comfortable in or by the pool either? The upside is, the rooms are not expensive (300,000 roopia) but breakfast is not included. As for the food it's better than at Flowerbud, but nothing out of the ordinary.
The beach area now looks like the old Dreamland. All the warungs have moved to Balangan. Now Balangan feels like what Dreamland used to be. Unfortunately the lack of sewage system means a lot of that used and dirty water gets thrown in the ocean, and all the plastic trashes are burned next to the beach, with the toxic fume for breakfast. The upside is, for a surfer, Balangan gets great quality waves and as long as the plastic trashes from Java (The Balinese blame Java but who knows where it comes from?) are not floating around in the lineup, it's still a great place to be.
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