Villa Karang Hotel
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Karang Hotel Gili Air
What a nice treat! Somehow we overlooked this expansive and expensive looking resort when we were here last year, but this year we checked it out and were offered a very comparable low season rate for a large beautiful room with air con, fridge, and very large, beautiful bathroom. During our three days here, we enjoyed the great pool, quiet surroundings, and stellar service, while taking advantage as well of the large breakfast buffet assortment, as well as the on-site restaurant with room service available until 11 p.m. We also enjoyed very inexpensive but good massages also offered on-site.
We had done a fair amount of walking around, checking out accommodations when we arrived on the island without a suitable reservation late on a Saturday afternoon. Most of the many accommodations we checked were already booked, and all that we looked at in the same or higher price range offered much less. The only issue at Villa Karang was the wi-fi being available only in the reception area, and even then, only intermittently or late at night. But we did arrive in the midst of one of the biggest tropical storms the island had seen in years, we were told, and the subsequent power outtages for the following couple of days were a minor consequence that could have been much worse. The staff did their best to address as well to accommodate for the intermittent availability of power supply dependent AC, supplying us with fans to us by.
Our stay at Villa Karang was an awesome discovery, and we would definitely stay here again.
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