I must say I relate more to the negative reviews than to the positive ones, especially the last one from that poor unfortunate girl, which I can totally understand.
Maybe my first mistake was to go there with my GF since waveguru offered "non-surfer" rates, I expected that at least they would be welcoming and friendly with the non surfers. Not quite.
Nick wasn't really helpful at all, and it feels everytime you ask him something, you're just being an annoying brat.
I actually have more or less the same pros and cons as the "Caveat empor" review, that is:
-"The villa itself is spacious"
-"My room had solid A/C and was well-lit and large".
Well, we took the fan room and the fan didn't work. The mostuito net was full of holes, so rather a downer here.
-"Putu, the Indonesian guide, is a sweet guy."
He's friendly indeed.
-"2 surf trips a day most days"
True again, but I expected Nick would go the extra mile to find less crowded, better spots. If the surf is bad, you're just offered to stay and relax. No "Search & Surf"
-"Food is good".
On this one I must quite disagree. While the taste is alright, it was definitely nothing close to "surfer sized" meals. I was always hungry during my stay, and you'd better eat food outside - what most guests do - if you don't want to starve. Also, the food was long to come. Dee would great us after coming back from a surf session asking if we wanted to eat. At 2 pm. No kidding. So while I would have expected food to be warm and ready when coming back from a session, you had to painfully wait for up to an hour for food. And wait, if you made the mistake to go for a nap, somebody else might grab your food, and you'd be good for another hour wait.
I was really disappointed here, and my non surfing GF always wondered how could we handle it surfing all day, while the food was barely enough for her already.
-"Late airport pickup when I arrived (I waited at a café for a full hour)".
Haha. I had to laugh on that one. They simply forgot us at the airport. It was midnight, and no news from waveguru. No phone picking, nobody. Great start. Hopefully they apologized and offered to reimburse the first night we stayed in a random hostel.
-"The rupiah equivalent of $90 USD disappeared the second night from my wallet which was on my bed in the room when I went out. "
didn't see this happen to me hopefully
-"Location. You are looking at cabs or a 15 minute walk to get absolutely anywhere."
Completely agree. This could be fine if the villa had it all, but for instance if you wanted some extra food you couldn't get anything from the surroundings. Sucks.
-"No hot water and mediocre water pressure (long hair beware) "
Didn't even shower there much, plenty of options at surf spots.
-"Bathroom shared with 5 other bedrooms. (wasn’t a huge deal until I discovered other people using my toiletries…)"
Again not really an issue for me, but I agree the bathroom wasn't really inviting.
-"Meals and trips are at inconsistent times. Obviously the surf has to do with tides etc but sometimes we’d come in after a morning session, eat breakfast, then were served lunch 2-3 hours later before being sent out again…of course we weren’t hungry for the second meal so soon and it made for a heavy belly in the surf"
-"Loud late into the evening"
True, noisy neighborhood.
-"Inconsistent Internet from the main lounge; nonexistent Internet from the bedroom "
-"Shoes off in the house, an edict with which I grew up with and absolutely agree…if the floors are clean. Invariably, 5 minutes’ barefoot walking yields dark sooty soles"
Haha, that's true.
-"Cheapest possibly sheets…imagine zero thread count"
true, Actually, when I told nick I wanted to shorten my stay because of all these reasons, he kept cool, saying it was alright. I was surprised that he wasn't actually. Says a lot already. But then, on the day of departure, I asked him to check me out, he started scribbling some numbers, and told me it would make 4M IDR for a 4 days stay (including some extra lessons and board rental). Ok, that' a lot, but fine, let's have a look. I couldn't really understand it, and Nick was obviously pissed that I start looking at it closer. Then suddenly we had to go to the ATM and pay him Cash. Right now. With no other real choice, I started talking to him about it, what he thought, told me that was the cheapest rate already. In the end he gave me back the 20$ from airport pickup... Since it didn't occur, it was welcome...
I have the feeling the surfer dudes here are rating Bali surfing. No doubt it is 5 stars. But guys, open your eyes, waveguru isn't such a great place, there is so much better places to stay. I wouldn't recommend any other surfcamps though, not that we stayed at any other, as they all tend to be ridiculously overpriced. You'll be much better on your own with a rental bike or car. Especially if you have non surfers with you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Awesome surf guiding and surf homestay! We have 11 years finding the best waves in Bali. Don't come all the way to Bali and get dropped!! We introduce you to the locals so they won't drop in! We will also find you the best suited waves to your ability. We will block, snake, drop (other people) and we will even push you on waves. Anything to make your Bali surf holiday awesome..Surf guiding now..Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp Villa is open for the complete surf holiday . ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wave Guru Bali Surf Camp Jimbaran