This place is top dollar for rates but is the worst value for money of any place we have stayed in, in over ten years of visiting Bali and Indonesia. We have stayed at other places on this island paradise for half the price and five times the service and provision of niceties. They make it look good in the photos. It is grubby and unfinished and the parts which are meant to be finished are derelict.
One of our friends is a bit disabled and it was very difficult to negotiate the paths and stairs. Lucky public liability isn't an issue there.
They are mean; with no fresh drinking water provided in rooms, which is usual everywhere. They have awful stained towels which aren't replaced daily, or even at all. They use the excuse of water shortage, which is a GT problem, but other places make it work. There are tiny bars of the cheapest soap and no other extras except breakfast included. It is the worst breakfast I have been offered in Indonesia, though the juice is good.
The power cuts in and out, so forget the offer of air con. Power cuts can be an issue on GiliTrawangan, with only one generator, but the power is working everywhere else except Balikana on many occasions.
The owner has a "cheeseburger in paradise" attitude, but the bun is dry and the meat patty with sauce is missing.
The redeeming features are, firstly the divine local employees, who run their little feet off from dawn to after 10pm and secondly the swimming pool, which though nice is superfluous given the magical snorkelling 100 metres from the beach, all along that stretch of the island.
The restaurant is OK, but a lot of the offerings are greasy.
Much better if you want to be out of the hubbub part of GT to try next door for accommodation and food, at Alam Gili.
We have photos but they make it look much better than it is, just because the sheer divinity of nature sets it off.
We will never go there again or recommend it to any prospective visitors to GT.
My advice - smarten up. I would be surprised if Balikana lasts as GT is growing fast and there are a lot of value for money spots now.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Balikana is a family guest house situated on the north beach side of Gili Trawangan located in front of the prime snorkel location on the island. It is the place for romance, watersports, or relaxation. Eye stopping tropical garden, beautiful swimming pool, cozy traditional designed rooms with western amenities. A golden paradise retreat.Free wifi included with rooms. Lounge includes tv with satellite channels, lending library. Owner managed. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Balikana Boutique Beach Hotel Gili Trawangan
- Balikana Boutique Beach Resort Gili Islands/Gili Trawangan