After reading the Lonely Planet guide about Gili Trawangan we knew that we wanted to stay on the north shore because of the direct reef access. After a very UNCOMFORTABLE TRIP ON THE EKA JAYA GREEN FAST BOAT. I wanted a cool quiet room to rest in. We paid extra for an aircon lumbung with a seaview so that I could have a rest in the afternoon, $95 US . The power was off until dark. disappointing. we had tried to get a room in the much nicer Villa Grasi for the same price next door but would have to move after 2 nights.
The retreat is owned by a couple the husband Balinese and his wife Canadian. She was away in Canada and it may expalin why the pool and pond was so dirty. It was in a terrific location, just up from a good dive shop, with lovely views of the beach and sea. but NOT worth the money. The complimentary breakfast was rather bleak.
All staff members were most hospitable and very obliging. I was so disappointed to discover that the 2 young men who staff the restaurant are required to sleep out of doors all night on the beach lounges as security officers, after working from dawn till dark. I would think that the retreat could afford some mosquito nets,pillows and linens to make these boys more comfortable.
Please note....DO NOT travel to Gili Trawangan on the Ekay Jaya green fast boat from Padang Bai in Bali. What a cowboy operation... I had asked our agent to book us on the Australian owned Gili Cat from Sanur...but true to form in Bali...".we book where we get commission."
The boat was overcrowded and with the windows shut to stop the water pouring in...no ventilation. The head (toilet) is under the bow which bounces about frantically even in mild seas.. so many passengers, including myself were sea sick in rather calm conditions...I can't imagine it in rough weather. The mini buses used to transport passengers from hotels are noisy, uncomfortable and the drivers reckless.. give it a big miss....especially if you don't want to see the crew dump fist loads fo rubbihs into the sea as you cross.. Oh and don't count on a seat either..they over book and you just may have to sit on the bouncing floor.....AWFUL.
- 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