Stunning view, great boutique resort, overpriced restaurant, great villas.

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“Sanak retreat is an wonderful butique hotel. Stunningly beautiful situated in the rice field with an amazing view. The style of the hotel is balinese with a touch of the “”shabby chick””. Most of the villas have two floors. The bottom floor is completely dark and private with plants all around and the top floor is full of light, has a splendid view, windows all around and two porches. So make a deal with your kids before you arrive! No one wants the bottom floor!
The resort truly appreciates its surroundings and don’t play music, which we highly appreciate!!

The restaurant have an equally stunning view, the pool is beautiful with sun beds and rice fields.

There were almost no mosquitos when we were there, so you could enjoy all of your evening on the porch.

Staff were friendly.
Breakfast was fresh and great.
They do a great childrens massage in the spa.
Climate is wonderful up here. Even a bit chilly in the morning!

We also had a 3-hour guided tour to the nearby rice fields and a water fall arranged by the hotel. The guide was absolutely great. Spoke good english and we learned so much about Bali. It was one of our best activities on our trip. We also did a jungle trek and canoo trip on a lake also arranged by the hotel. Also recommendable.

So are there any downsides of this pearl of a resort?
The restaurant prices were the most expensive we encounted in all of Bali and Gili Trawangan. They charge 35.000 rupiah for a Soft drink/ Coca Cola. You really can’t go anywhere nearby to eat or shop and they know it. A little bit unsympathetic to exploit this to that degree. We just came from Pemuteran where the beach front restaurant charged 10.000 rupiahs for the same. Prices were generally the double or even more on comparable food items, e.g. Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Mixed skewers…

Some travel agencies praise their food. We think it was okay, but not more than that. We ate all our meals here for 3 days. They have a childrens menu, but portions are so small that an 8 year old have to order two dishes to be full, so nothing saved there. A pizza is the size of a side plate. Generally the portions are small.

We had no hot water for almost our entire stay. They sure tried to fix it but with no succes for more than 3 minutes.

Toilets can’t take paper, so you are asked to dispose it in a basket next to the toilet. Urgh!

So a few downsides, but I will still recommend this boutique resort to anyone who wants to see the best of Bali. It is beautiful and you will enjoy the view!”

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