We only booked this villa at the last minute because our holiday plans on Lombok were thrown into disarray by the volcanic ash debacle around Bali. Anyway, when we arrived any stress I had been feeling about the change to our accommodation arrangements melted away and the overriding impression now is that it certainly turned out well for us - thanks in no small part to Sakinah, Jenni and the beautiful Villa Senang. The villa is set in its own grounds in the local village of Kerandangan and once you've braved the incredibly bumpy road to get there, the gates open onto an oasis of greenery and fish ponds and a sparkling pool. The villa itself is beautifully furnished with the bathrooms being absolutely spectacular. There is a functional kitchen and TV/DVD and free Wi-Fi which my teenage son informed me was pretty fast, so that kept him happy. Jenni is marvelous and cooks breakfast each day and helps with taxis etc and there is also a night security guard. Whilst it is a long way out, many of the restaurants in Senggigi will pick you up and drive you home and a taxi only costs about IDR20K - IDR30K and they are very quick and reliable once you get the hang of ordering. We loved being out in the rural atmosphere of a proper local village, but I guess it wouldn't suit everyone, as it can get a bit noisy, what with cockerels and dogs and the azan (call to prayer) - particularly during Ramadan, being a bit early for most westerners. There are 2 villas on the property and we were lucky to have the place to ourselves, but even with both villas occupied and sharing the pool area, there is plenty of privacy and space and I wouldn't have thought this would be a problem. The only thing I can think of as an area of improvement would be an aircon unit in the second bedroom - the fan in there is not great and this may be a problem for some people.
Thanks again to all at Villa Senang for saving our holiday in Lombok and providing us with so many great memories. "Senang" is Indonesian for "happy" and that's exactly how Jenni and everyone at this fabulous place made us feel.
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