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“Great location, needs Reno and clean”
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The Tanis Villas
Reviewed 20 August 2012

We (two adults and two kids aged 8 and 5) spent 7 nights here in early July 2012. I have mixed feelings about our stay, we enjoyed our holiday but there is the potential for Tanis Villas to be much better. Essentially it's quite run down and the rooms, in our experience, need a good clean and a plumbing overhaul. We stayed in a two-bedroomed Villa - which had two king size bedrooms with an indoor ensuite each, with a connecting door. The beds were comfortable but the sheets and towels were old and grubby - they could really do with new linen. The biggest issue was that there was no hot water - cold water showers only. Which was Ok for my husband and I but way too cold for the kids. I believe some rooms do have hot water plumbed - though not always working - so it's worth checking on the hot water situation when booking if you are there in the cooler season. the staff were all friendly and helpful. We both had massages which were good.
The two pool areas are very nice and the kids enjoyed swimming everyday, but the water was a little cool for me, the pool loungers could also do with some maintenance. The beach at Mushroom Bay was OK for the kids snorkeling and swimming but you have to watch for boats.

At Tanis The breakfasts were basic but OK. We just ordered extras when we wanted these - such as fresh juices and fruit plates both costing less than $2 AUS each. We had lots of lunches and few dinners at Tanis, the meals were generally OK - good and well priced. my favorites were a Balianese chicken dish and the baked fish cooked one night following an early morning (5.30 am departure) fishing trip by my Husband and 8 year old son.
we also ate at the Bali Hi restaurant (very good), Bali Cafe (good), The Mexican place (good), Beach Club at Sandy Bay (good). Overall the food on Lembongan was more expensive and as good as Bali, but it has other charms.
I surfed most days at Lacerations which is a good beginner to intermediate wave when the swell is small (only 1-2 foot while I was there). I also surfed at Mushroom Beach once and got a few fun waves but it's very tide dependent.
We enjoyed Lembongan for a laid back holiday, with surfing, snorkeling, swimming, riding scooters and exploring Lembongan and Ceningan. I would definitely holiday on Lembongan again, but would only stay at Tanis with hot water and if there is an improvement in the rooms.

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Reviewed 18 August 2012

This was our second stay at Tanis Villas and again we loved it. We had the suite facing the pool and it was great for us having 2 children who could play and swim and we could see them from the daybed on the verandah. The 2 pools were great, lovely gardens and the room was everything we needed. A little run down but nothing major, little things that just made us laugh really, typically Balinese! The young staff were super friendly and layed back and were happy to help in any way with a smile. We stayed for 7 days and enjoyed just relaxing. Food was great and cheap too. My husband rented a motorbike through Tanis too. Wayan was great with our online booking and organizing boat transfers. Highly recommend Tanis Villas.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 August 2012

We stayed at the Tanis Villas for 7 nights with our 2 kids (5 and 1 years old). We met up with my Dutch relatives, two adults and a 16 year old. The four of us were in Room Satya 1 and 2 - basically 2 rooms under one roof joint together through a door. Both rooms had massive double beds and an outdoor bathroom and we also had a fridge in one of the rooms which was daily filled up with water and beers by the staff. My relatives were in a similar bungalow (although with indoor bathrooms) just across from us. The beds had mosquito nets around it but we didn't see many mozzies. Aircon was working well, we turned it off at night otherwise we got too cold. The rooms are quite spacious, we could have probably stayed in one room with the four of us rather than 2 jointed rooms.

Although I probably agree with other reviews that this place could do with some renovating, it totally didn't bother us. My Dutch relatives never had warm water and they weren't bothered either, they either showered cold or had a shower at our place. The WiFi connection was slow and didn't always work but again, didn't bother us.

We found the breakfast servings a little small but overall the food was very nice. My 5 year old was addicted to the 'Nasi Goring Pagi' which he probably ate twice a day! Once every couple of days the Tanis put on a buffet which was a nice variation to the menu.

The place was filled with kids which was great, and our 5 year old loved the pools and couldn't get enough of it. As our bungalow was pretty close to the pool and restaurant area, our babyphone was in range which was an added bonus - whenever our baby had a nap we could relax at the pool without having to check up on her, or sometimes the kids went to bed early and we had dinner with the adults later. Perfect!!

The thing that we loved most about the Tanis Villas was the staff. Always making jokes with our kids, always a smile, nothing was too much. Our baby had an ear infection and the owner of the Tanis is a doctor too so he had a look at her (they provide free 24 hrs doctor service - ideal when you have little kids!). One hour later we had antibiotics brought to our door! And that for a fee that is not even worth claiming back with insurance.

We booked two trips through the Tanis, one snorkling tour which was awesome, and one trip around the island. Definitely worthwhile doing. We also walked one afternoon across to Sunset Beach where we had dinner at 'Blackie's Place' - a pub overviewing the rough ocean and about 10 minutes walk from the Tanis. My husband surfed every day (either just at Mushroom Bay or at Playgrounds but this break is so popular, too many people he found), and he also went on a boat to another break somewhere arranged by the Tanis together with another guest.

We found Mushroom Bay nicer than the main area on the island. Less busy, lots of nice restaurants and a little mini-market which is handy for snacks and milk for the kids. What else do you need? We had booked the trip over through Scoot although the Tanis also provides their own boat. Scoot was good though, and they delivered us to the Tanis, picked us up a week later and also brought us to our next destination in Ubud. We had brought life jackets for the kids for just in case.

For us this was the perfect place to spend a week together. We loved it!!

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

We all see things differently but here goes .Positives are great pools great location right on beach ,we stayed in an ocean view villa huge rooms nice and bright.Negatives curtains in rooms are too small for windows, door handles falling off,no hot water for two days,mould everywhere in bathroom we had outside bathrooms, toilets didnt flush properly and were falling apart,sheets not changed for 4 days dirty the day we arrived,towels also not changed and dirty as well.Never left any toilet paper either,Breakfast worst Ive ever had in Bali.The place would be great if they took a little more pride and fixed things that were broken and changed dirty sheets ect .Staff are nice but really really laid back, didnt seem to care or want to do much.Needs TLC

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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We recently spent 3 nights at the Tanis Villas. The location is great, 10m from the beach and the staff are incredibly helpful. However, the hotel itself really needs some work, even some bleach in the bathroom and a coat of paint would make a massive difference. We stayed in a Garden Villa and the room was very run down. The bathroom was not as clean as it could be. The bedroom was very spacious and clean and the beds were very comfortable. We did have to ask for clean towels but as soon as we did they were replaced immediately. The WiFi is free and pretty good.

We had planned on taking Scoot or similar onwards to Bali but Tanis Villas have their own boat, "The Tanis Express" which runs direct from Mushroom Bay to Sanur. I would definitely recommend this service, the price was comparable to the other companies and the boat seemed to be new and clean, it departed promptly and transfers etc. were all well organised.

The coastal walk along to Jungut Batu is worth doing.

We tried most of the restaurants on the beach and all were fine but nothing special. Following a search of the forums on this site we tried Alam Nusa Huts (walk up the small road in the middle of the beach about 30m, it's on your right) and we would 100% recommend eating there, best food we had and very reasonable.

I debated about giving this hotel a 3 or a 4 out of 5, it really does need to raise it standards, however, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Mushroom Bay, 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Nusa Lembongan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #110 of 143 Speciality Lodging in Nusa Lembongan
Price Range: $35 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Tanis Villas 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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