We stayed at the Puri Mas Beach Resort in September in one of the "traditional" rooms. The room was dank, dark and the floor felt slippery all the time. The shower gel and shampoo were a joke and el cheapo to say the least. The place is over decorated to the point of being gaudy and has no real atmosphere. We went for a walk and had a look at the new Puri Mas Ocean Villas next door, which we had seen on the net.
We enquired about moving in to one of them but the price was over the top for a "villa" that isn't anything more than a walled in prison with a pool and no ocean views as advertised on the net. "Absolute beach front villas for sale" in fact. When we enquired about that we got a frosty stare from the manager and were told they were never for sale, but we have seen them advertised for sale on the net.
The owner, who we had the misfortune to meet the next day, struts around as if he were the king of Lombok and can't wait to tell everyone how wonderful he is. The food is bland and has obviously been toned down and is nothing like Indonesian food usually is. The second evening we stepped out next door and visited the Santai, affectionately known as Pearl's Place and sampled some absolutely delicious local cuisine. No meat, mostly fish dishes and lots of vegetables, but I could easily go vegetarian when food is prepared with so much flavour, using all the natural spices that they use so well.
We were supposed to stay for 5 nights but opted out after the second night and walked down the road to Qinci Villas. What a difference. No walls, gates, or "security" constantly walking around with walkie talkies and that brrrreeeep every 5 minutes, that we had to put up with every night usually starting around 10pm when people might be trying to sleep. If this is meant to make people feel safe it is total overkill and paranoid. We have stayed in many hotels in Bali and Lombok and have never encountered this. Is Puri Mas a Hotel, a prison, or a military camp, that's anyone's guess.
The qunci was totally different, like a normal hotel should be, we walked in with no "security" hanging around and no constant brrrreeep. Plus it was much cheaper. Puri Mas is a load of rubbish and we are hoteliers ourselves, we have a hotel in Australia.
Unique Quality: Security staff and their non stop chatter on walkie talkies.
Walls, walls, walls and locked gates everywhere, like a prison
Directions: On the beach in Mangsit
My husband and I recently visited Bali and Lombok, something we have done many times before. On our stay in Senggigi, Lombok we were invited to stay with long time friends of ours who own their own private villa in Mangsit. We have always loved our visits to these parts of Indonesia, the people are friendly and hospitable and the country is relaxing and enjoyable. However, the attitude of our friend's neighbour, the owner of the Puri Mas Hotel Mangsit, next door was less than desirable.
This man is not even a native of Indonesia, he is a Dutchman and has no right to impose his laws and regulations on people. When we arrived, quite late in the evening, after a tiring trip from Bali, our friend's house was literally invaded by 9 security guards from the Puri Mas Hotel. They evidently felt we shouldn't be there, even though we were in the property of our friends and nothing to do with Puri Mas. We don't behave like that in Australia, friends are welcome to visit and the neighbours would never interfere. The security staff of Puri Mas's conduct was disgraceful, they were shouting and very aggressive.
After 3 days my husband and I left our friends home to see more of the country side. We returned 3 days later to collect our heavy luggage and were confronted and intimidated by the security guards of Puri Mas once again, they ordered us to leave the premises of our friends or we would be removed. To avoid another invasion, we packed and spent our last night in a hotel down the road. One of the security guards was wearing a gun in a holster and we felt quite threatened by this and their intimidating actions of constantly peering over the front wall of our friends home.
My husband is not a young man (he is 69), and one morning when he went for a swim in the ocean, which is just in front of our friends home, he was pushed with force off the sea wall when he attempted to climb back up to get back into our friends home. There were at least 4 or 5 men loitering in front at any one time. We have now returned to Australia and after this experience we are unlikely to want to visit this part of Mangsit again, any time soon. Don't go anywhere near the place, it is not what it seems.
Unique Quality: Aggressive security staff.
Directions: Don't go near it, something is really wrong.
The hotel is located on a hill over Senggigi-beach, the landscape is full of trees and flours. The rooms are not new but comfortable and have its own style. Excellent seaview. There is a great opportunity for shopping in this area: a large "Art-Market" between the hotel and the sea. The staff is polite and nice. Very good cuisine. To sum up, it is an excellent combination of price and quality.
Unique Quality: Rooms in own local-style, seaview, shopping
Directions: Near Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Jl Raya Mangsit, Senggiggi, Lombok
Jalan Raya Senggigi Km 8, Po Box 1154, Mataram, 83015, ID
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Address: Jalan Raya Senggigi, P.O. Box 51, Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia