One night I asked for an alarm call at 06:30. The automated call came at 04:30. I walked to reception and found the staff asleep and snoring. Not trusting the system I stayed awake until I wanted to rise. OK, I lost a couple of hours sleep but, what the heck, I'm on holiday.
Having been invited to a wedding and wanting to explore Bali, I booked and paid for nine nights for the beginning of May 2015 several months in advance and achieved a good price for a double room for single occupancy at the Sari Segara. On arrival, I had to lug my heavy case up the imposing and impressive entrance stairway. Otherwise, check-in was painless and afterwards a porter took charge of my bag, leading me past the pool and to a block that was tucked away to the north of the main complex although it did have a partial view of Jimbaran Bay. After one night with a noisy, leaky air conditioning unit, I was moved to a third floor room opposite the bar. The huge room had a vast bed, quiet air-con, a desk and chair, a sofa, wardrobes, drawers and shelves, fridge and flat screen TV plus balcony with a small table and a couple of chairs overlooking the main pool. Although the hotel says Wi-Fi is only available in the lobby I was lucky to have line of sight across the pool to the modem and therefore had internet in my room. An interesting feature was a massive window that separated the bedroom from the ensuite bathroom. If the bathroom lights were off and bedroom lights were on, it acted like a huge mirror overlooking the bed – excellent for those who like to reflect on their bedroom gymnastics. However, when bathroom lights are on, the downside could be view from bedroom to lavatory etc. Hotel occupancy varied from about ten to twenty percent. At times I had the entire pool area and bar to myself – making it feel like a private villa. The pool is wonderfully clean – fallen leaves hardly have a moment to settle before an attendant whisks them out. There’s a pool towel service. One of the advantages of older hotels is that the vegetation has had a chance to mature and, while well-maintained, the gardens felt more homely that some modern establishments. I didn’t hear or encounter a mosquito during my entire stay.