After a lukewarm reception upon arrival, I discovered that puri kelapa is more a case of a jungle with a few huts than a hotel. I found this to be a quite refreshing concept, and I must say my stay was on the whole enjoyable.
The choice of breakfast is After a lukewarm reception upon arrival, I discovered that puri kelapa is more a case of a jungle with a few huts than a hotel. I found this to be a quite refreshing concept, and I must say my stay was on the whole enjoyable.
The choice of breakfast is quite limited, bit I towels you going for two weeks. The staff take a little time to warm up to you, but when they do, life gets a lot easier. I have a feeling the next time I turn up, they will react much more positively towards me.
As for the accommodation, my room was rather nice, basic but on the whole clean and tidy. The bathroom was grimy enough to put off the more selective traveller, but being the more hardy type, I didn't mind this too much, and it wasn't as dirty as it looked. One guest told me you have to slip the staff a few thousand rupiyah, and your bathroom looks good as new. The room service is impressive, with fresh water bottles every day, as well as sheets.
The location is pretty good. It's a quiet corner in the north of sanur, with access to both the beach and the main drag. Sanur is a quiet place, with more tourists over the fifty mark than under it, the predominant nationalities seeming to be a mix of Dutch and Australians. This gives it a more relaxed atmosphere than Kuta.
A few tips:
1. Don't promise anything you can't keep, the Balinese will hold you to it. They are a very special social people, who will recognise you immediately after only meeting you once, and will remember your name for ever.
2. Find another couple who have been over a few times, and learn the ropes from them.
3. You are going to get ripped off (this is a certainty). While the Balinese, a lovely and friendly people, certainly need the money, they do tend to sell things at exorbitant tourist prices. Go to a local supermarket (hidden away along the main drag in the south of sanur) and check out the prices. For example, shorts actually cost 36000 rp on the Market, so don't think you're getting a good deal with 7000000 rp (70 dollars).
This brings ms to the final golden rule:
4. DONT LOOK LIKE A TOURIST. do not buy a bintang shirt and walk around with a sunburn and a beer in your hand. Respect the local customs, learn about three Balinese phrases, and never say it's your first time in Bali.
Enjoy the magic of this beautiful island and it's people.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puri Kelapa Garden Cottages is a hidden away home, away from home. Quietly tucked away in the mid of green surrounding, Puri Kelapa is Serene & Peaceful. It is located at the heart of the traditional village of Sanur with approximately 45 minutes’ drive from airport, 15 minutes’ drive from the capital city of Bali & 5 minutes’ walk to Sanur famous sunrise beach & market. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Kelapa Garden Cottages Hotel Sanur
- Puri Kelapa Garden Hotel
- Puri Kelapa Garden Cottages Sanur, Bali