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Posted by - ® Mark (admin) on January 12, 2007 at 4:33 pm:
In Reply to: And den..... posted by Debsta on January 12, 2007 at 7:39 am:
I can't tell you about Tanjung Benoa or anywhere else on Bali right now as if I went to Bali to be able to tell you I would be thrown in jail or shot, truly. Also, I really do not know which hotels outside Nusa Dua and a few others are owned or part owned by the likes of the Suhartos (and let us remember it is not just about one family - many military connected families are as guilty as them). Truth is, when you look at the history of Bali and Indonesia, I doubt there can be any luxury hotels in Bali built before 2000 which can be owned by someone other than the bad guys. Before I got into all of this (Nasty Bali), I used to swear by the Padma Bali and Le Meridien Nirwana, but take the later; turns out most Balinese consider it an afront to have been built over their sacred temple and I can tell you, their business ethics suck big time. As for the Padma, same thing. I once was aquainted with the former hotel manager of the Padma in Phuket (he had moved there to another hotel) and he told me the guy I dealt with left years ago but they kept his email going so as to deflect the large number of angry "give us our money" emails, etc. Yes, the Padma owed and never paid the money they owed my company.
I do not want to spend the time asking all the hotels, as the nasties will probably lie anyway. My only remaining suggestion is Puri Bagus in Lovina, which I loved (go for beachfront and one in the north section of the hotel to avoiud any risk of noise from a nearby mosque), but I really do not know what their history is and am almost frightened to ask. I say this as the Waka Group are meant to be owned by a respected Balinese family yet they clearly it seems paid corruption money to get an unlawful building permit on natgional park land (Menjangan Island) and have made death threats in the past; very respectable.