I arrived on the recommendation of a friend whose opinion I value deeply and has never steered me wrong, so I found this a disappointment, quite lacking in the vibe she had described. Please note that I was at the hotel the day before the place was to be completely taken over for a month by a Yoga Teacher Training, so the noise, construction (including sawdust and wood chips flying into the pool while we were in it) probably are not par for the course. Needless to say, it was not exactly a Serene experience, but - allowing for all that....
Pool and Grounds: Nice, pretty, swimmable, I can imagine it all being serene, although it was not when I was there. Seemed clean and well-maintained. Around the pool were rooms - perhaps they were nice but I didn't go into them - and a new yoga studio (being finished while I was there). Overall, a good "backpacker" vibe in the place with amenities to fit the backpacker situation (honor system for paying for goods, massages easy to access, an area where things can be given or taken - candles, sunscreen, etc.)
Location: On a quiet street a bit far off the main road (transport would be key to staying here if you wanted to get around, unless you are a walker, like me, and are down to walk down the beach to food or ATMs, etc.). Quite near (walking) to ocean and surfing, far from the tourist insanity just south. Exactly what I wanted.
Pricing: Though the rooms were "budget," they were a bit pricey for what they were (150,000Rp. for a very basic, very small single room with shared cold water (pipe) shower plus banana-pancake-fruit-hot-beverage standard breakfast). The cafe - which has tasty food - had prices that were only a little inflated for budget accommodations although it was strange that they charged separately for rice if you ordered a main, but their pricing for taxi services, mopeds, etc. were inflated for no apparent reason (and were more than listed on their website). Even stranger, anyone coming to the Yoga Training - staying one MONTH - was paying MORE per night than the prices listed on their website... without breakfast included.
Staff: The staff in the cafe are lovely, Ferry (or Feri?), the Manager, is honest, warm, and kind. But on an island where I had never heard anyone but some jerk of a tourist be rude or unhelpful, about half the staff appeared truly unhappy/uninterested in any kind of service (hard for me to tell which it might be).
Accommodations: The single rooms are tiny and pretty much open air topped and, while attractive, the "walls" were actually woven mats - so it is a bit like sleeping in a cubical in some ways - hearing everything and anything going on next door or in the environs. But the bed and bedding was both clean and extremely comfortable, the mosquito net and fan worked, etc. The room I stayed in was called Dream (the only one available). True to its name, I did DREAM of sleeping the whole night. If you want to sleep a wink, AVOID this room (or the one next to it) - they are in the front, opposite the cafe and entrance. There were people arriving - from flights, from a night out, all night, people getting up early and having a chat on the sofa just in front of the room's "wall", the overnight staff sitting in reception with the TV or radio on and laughing laughing and chatting as late as 3am.
Yoga: The studio was quite pretty and seemed like a good vibe. The class was cancelled without notice when I was there, so that was a bummer since I had heard so much about it. It was up on a dry erase board. I looked forward to it. I came up to find the class. The teacher (the French owner, Daniel) looked surprised to see me and said, "Well, I think I will cancel it," because he was more focused on arranging details for the yoga retreat that was starting that day -- taking over the whole place. Totally logical but why not just not have it on the dry erase board?
Overall, I wouldn't want to stay there for more than a few nights unless it was a quieter time of year perhaps, but it has its pros and cons.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a harmonious surroundings of Canggu and only a five minute stroll away from the beach, Serenity Eco Guesthouse offers a tranquil retreat for everyone. With a wonderful variety of accommodation, featuring private superior rooms to comfortable dormitory rooms. Providing free Wi-Fi, parking and DVD player. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ambiance by the 14+ meter outdoor pool, join one of the many daily yoga classes or treat yourself to a Balinese healing massage. With an in-house ‘warung’ featuring healthy homemade meals ‘Alkaline Restaurant’ has plenty of variety to choose from. Catering for vegetarian and vegans, using no MSG or chemical taste enhancers. Located only 45 minute drive from Ngurah Rai Airport and 20 minute from popular Kuta/Seminyak areas, come and experience the peace, love, and harmony with Serenity. ... more less
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