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“Nice Jewel in the rough” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bale Sampan Bungalows

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Bale Sampan Bungalows
Ranked #7 of 144 Gili Trawangan B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
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43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice Jewel in the rough”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

We just had 2 nights at the Bale Sampan on Gilli T and will return in the near future
Upon arrival we were greeted by one of the owners , Harriett who could not have been any more helpful in explaining the workings of the place and all the sites to see on the island.
The breakfast was adequate and very tasty.
We all enjoyed the conversation and laughs supplied by Mary Anna who is a real asset to the business

Room Tip: Pool Rooms are very nice with the out door shower
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Peter S
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Rustington, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

I have to say that coming back to Bale Sampan was a pleasure. So much so that I am planning my next trip back already. What makes me keep coming back is the delightful rooms the charming staff and the oh so good breakfast. The rooms are always clean and tidy and clean towels put into your room everyday. And what a treat having that beautiful beach only a few meters away. And after the swim in the sea a dip in the freshwater pool. So thank you Bale Sampan looking forward to getting back in November.

Room Tip: All excellent Value
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Alistair_13
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Melbourne, Australia
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

I booked this place because the good reviews and about the staff but I think it was below average. We paid $75US for a room.

First of all we think it was overpriced. The towels were ratty, stained, old and smelly. Both beach towels and the room towels. Soap a were not refilled in the bathroom. Toilet was yellow and the shower head full of crusty stuff. Old toilet rolls were left behind after cleaning. The water system was weak and it was hard to get the right balance of hot and cold. These are annoying minor details which can make such a BIG difference. So for $75 bucks definitely a rip off. It was just the bed that was made everyday.

Paint was crumpling on the inside and outside of the bungalow. There was complimentary coffee and tea at 4pm but instant Nescafe and the cups were stained.


The staff were not very attentive. We stopped leaving our room key at the front desk when we left because there were no one there most of the time. Anyone could have reached in to get your key to your room.

The pool was small and right next to the toilet. Not very nice to look at the toilet when you are relaxing.

Breakfast was adequate. The girls running the cafe are better than the guys cleaning and running the Reception. The guy at the Reception was quite grumpy actually.

Good points would be it was a good location but it is a small island so nothing is far from each other. Some staff were helpful especially the cafe girls.

Better attention to details like with the cleaning and larger breakfast size and friendlier and happier staff would make this a better stay. But with the price I would go to a better place.

As for Gili Trawagan I would recommend maximum of 2 nights. Snorkelling was great but it was so full of tourists and this was low season. Yeah there are no cars but it is overrun by people and cats. The beaches are dirty and you get harassed by sale people constantly. The beach massages are between 100,000 to 150,000 rupiah ($10-$15 USD. Beers are about $3-$4. Pricey compared to other SE Asian countries like Vietnam or Thailand.

Be careful of people rushing at you at Bangsal Harbour, where you catch a boat across from Gili to Lombok. They grab your bags and demand tips. They also ask to see your ticket (if you pre booked a bus back into town) and tell you to follow them and ask/push you and your luggage on a HORSE and CARRIAGE. They will take you literally 5 minutes walk to where your bus is and demand money. And if you come from Lombok to Bangsal Harbour by taxi and if you get a dishonest taxi driver like we did he will also recommend you get on a Horse and Carriage and be driven to the rest of the way to the Harbour. Tip! Don't talk to the taxi driver when they try to ask you personal questions. It is only a short walk so 'don't get on!'. They also make you pay a 2500 rupiah tax at a carpark where the taxi stops. The Horse Carriage people will then take you to a dishonest ticket office but really if you just continue by foot to the Harbour there is an official ticket office selling tickets for 10,000 rupiah person or around $1 USD. Just be ready and alert!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank ollenpollen
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sunshine coast
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73 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

We enjoyed our stay here. Rooms were large and clean, the bathroom is semi outside. The pool was sparkling, the brekky was OK. The staff were all very good....especially Rudy. The staff run a bike rental...best way to get around, and they maintain the bikes well too. Bale Sampan was just the 'right' distance from 'downtown'. The mosque is close by, an alarm clock early in the morning, although I slept through it twice! The night markets are a great place for the evening meal....the best fried chicken!

Room Tip: the two front rooms are more exposed, preferred the one at the back!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank coolum_65
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Melbourne, Australia
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54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

Comfy sleep. Reliable power and aircon. Refreshing, clean pool. Fantastic breakfast. Their beach is great with lounge chairs in and out of the sun.

Best of the best staff - Atun is THE lady to get your boats, boards and activities looked after. Maryanne is THE lady to serve you with a genuine helpful attitude.

Perfect location if you want to a quieter sleep and an entire team that are really focused on treating their environment well.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank KI6871
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

My sister and I have just returned from staying the weekend at Bale Sampan. Perfect location, amazing staff (Rudy) is a wealth of knowledge. Everything he recommended we loved, clean rooms, relaxing pool. When we return we are staying here! It's just a great place to stay on Gili!

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank loulouandme
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Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

After the prerequisite offers of weed, shrooms etc on boat dismount was wondering how this was going to go with 5 underage kids in tow! Fortunately the haven and service that is bale sampan was the reassuring touch that has made this such a memorable holiday. Super friendly and helpful staff led by Rudy the conductor, great healthy breakfasts, lovely beach out front with snorkelling and advice on trips , local eating and anything else that may be required, will be place of choice on our next guaranteed visit......... As Molly would say ' do your self a favour'!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Konr
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Property: Bale Sampan Bungalows
Address: Gili Trawangan, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 144 B&Bs / Inns in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bale Sampan Bungalows 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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