Bali – Permuteran: Very bad experience in Pondok Sari and Badini. Complete rip off.

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Rugby Semifinal New Zealand vs Australia

Rugby Semifinal: At least we could see it ...

During our trip through Bali we thought let’s go to the North as well. So we phoned the accommodation Pondok Sari if they have any free rooms available. Even being in holiday we need to do little bits of work that normally does not take longer then 2 hours in the evening. So we asked if the resort does have free Wi-Fi and on the telephone the given answer was yes. So far so good.

When we arrived there we were told that the Internet usage is not free but you can buy tickets for 40.000 Rupia (3,20 Euro) per hour. Also surprising was that the tax and service charge in the hotel is 21%. All the other places we have been so far was 15 (10 + 5)%. The hotel and the bungalows are actually quite nice. But there are so many hidden costs. You have to pay for every little thing extra. But the place is the perfect spot for seeing big German guys in Speedos.

Btw: The resort next door was even worse. They wanted to have 50.000 Rupia for one hour Internet usage. In Sanur for example every little bar has free Wi-Fi.

Late afternoon we went to find a place where we can watch the Rugby semifinal New Zealand against Australia. Luckily the Bar, Restaurant and Bungalow Badini was about 150 metres away from the resort. So we went there and were able to watch the Rugby. In theory there is nothing wrong with the place but we were totally ripped off. The owner claimed that we had about twice as much beer that we drunk and got really angry and shouted at us.

So the next day we decided not to hit the dive centre that is in the resort. We booked a car instead and went back to Sanur to do some more dives down there. If you want a holiday in a resort and are prepared to pay a lot of extra money – Permuteran is the place to go on Bali. If you hate being ripped off – stay as far away as possible. There is not even an ATM here. The next cash machine is 35 kilometres away.

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published on October 18, 2011 by jdo
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