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Posted by - ® Mark (admin) on March 13, 2007 at 6:34 pm:

In Reply to: tips posted by stuart on March 12, 2007 at 4:22 pm:

Laguna and Westin are both part owned by the Suharto's, or at least their companies. Many Balinese were killed under Suharto in 66 and 67. Many people say Nusa Dua was stolen from the original land owners by the Suharto regime. Many people point out that Nusa Dua hotels are mostly supplied by TNI (Indonesian armed forces) owned companies and that the TNI is reckoned to be one of the most murderous (of civilians) groups in the world. So if you feel comfortable with that, the Laguna is reckoned to be best of the beachfront there if you do not get a room overlooking the noisy Sol hotel next door.

Le Meridien has big financial problems. It is mostly owned by the Bakrie family of Indonesia, close acquaintances of Suharto and with their own dubious reputation. Amongst many other things, they are said to have Australian threatened swimwear model Michelle Leslie with murder if she named their son as being the one in the car with her the night she was arrested. The Bakries are also heavily involved with the highly controversial West Papua / Irian Jaya mining operations and with the mud volcano in Java. Le Meridien Nirwana is despised by many Balinese for being built above and over their precious sea temple. If it were not for all of that, Le Meridien is a very well designed hotel and when I stayed there (before I knew the facts about the place), I thoroughly enjoyed / rated it.

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