After saying goodbye to my beloved Dusun I had high hopes for another nearby villa – Javana Royal Villas. The online reviews had been pretty decent and on paper the place sounded amazing, but in actual fact, these “royal” villas ended up being nothing more than a royal letdown.
Yes, at a glance, this villa does look very beautiful – and don’t get me wrong, it is. But when a place costs $600 USD per night, looking good is just not enough. The devil is in the details with this place, and that is where it really let us down.
Firstly, one of the appeals of a stay at Javana was the fact that it offered a private hot tub!
Turns out that this ‘hot tub’ was a total joke. With a tiny tap like you would expect to find in a bathroom sink and water that never got warmer than lukewarm – a hot tub was totally impossible. After leaving the water running for around an hour the tub was still only around 1/5th full and the water had gone stone cold. We gave up on the idea of a hot tub because it obviously was a promise that would not be delivered.
So after we discovered that our hot tub hopes were not to be fulfilled, I decided instead to wash the Bali sweat off my body with a nice shower.
But even a nice shower was not to be. There was NO hot water! How a supposedly luxury villa can forgo hot water is beyond me, but believe me when I say that I was far from impressed.
Another whinge about the bathroom – there was no door! Don’t get me wrong, I am no prude about nudity, but a toilet door is just commonsense! There are boundaries in an early relationship that should just not be crossed – and the potential to hear the object of your affections empty their bowels is one such boundary. Bleugh.
Other frustrations? The wi-fi didn’t work and I had to seek staff to fix it, the television also was not properly hooked up and I had to call staff again to fix it. These are all pretty minor complaints, but when you add them together and consider the $600 per night price tag, one really does get the feeling that they really are not getting good value for their hard earned cashola.
Room service was adequate but nothing special and honestly, the place is just forgettable.
So, I guess it kinda goes without saying that I would not recommend Javana Villas to anyone planning a trip to Bali!
Am I being a little bit nitpicky on the smaller parts of the accommodation? Possibly.
Have I been utterly spoilt this year by many other amazing hotels and resorts? Without a doubt.
Does this mean that I could be being a little overly harsh on Javana? I cannot rule it out.
So. This has been my experience at Javana, but I acknowledge the fact that other people may have had or may have better experiences. If any of you (my lovely readers) have ever stayed at Javana Royal Villas, please let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about how you found the place.
T H E L O W D O W N
Getting to Bali: Flights to Bali are frequent, check out adioso.com to find the cheapest dates to fly
Getting to Javana Royal Villas: Javana Villas are approx a 25-30 minute drive from Denpasar Airport
Javana Villas: Rates start at $600 USD per night in the low season
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 lens
What to Pack: Bathers baby!
Remember: There are hundreds of villas in Bali, do some research before you decide on one
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