We arrived on New year’s eve for 3nights. I booked KS based on its pole positon on Trip advisor,to the exclusion of a swimming pool!...and i love to swim!
The booking process and subsequent email correspondence with Agung was prompt and seamless. We were only offered the AC suite(Room2) at the time of booking, which was 80usd inc variable daily breakfast, which i thought was quite expensive for a 'guest house' with no pool but it was New years eve afterall and it was also SUITE!....(more on that later) We did get a free airport pick for staying 3 nights.
I have to say i was quite excited to stay here as the reviews were all 5* and in hindsight i shouldn’t have been so naive because I subsequently learned some bad press about KS prior to travelling, known to the TA community, that in the past friends of KS management had been asked to write exceptional reviews,(all 5*) naturally to keep them at the number 1 slot. I believe this to have been previous management(?). So i would like to offer you my honest and thorough account of how i found KS.
Kayu Sugih a peaceful haven...
The 5 rooms are set around a lovely tranquil garden with a focal point of a charming traditional balinese style building where breakfast is served. ...
I have to tell you that as we slept in late on new years day after the long flight from the Uk , it was 2.30pm when we rose & i was certain we had missed breakfast! I opened the door to our room and in seconds one of the staff members, Carla popped out from around the corner....with a big smile on her face and asked would we like breakfast?! I was really impressed with this given the late hour!
So we had a nice breakfast of eggs, toast,fruit,tea and a lovely smoothie and listened to the birds chirp happily(the garden is truly a delight and has a lovely feel to it, not to mention the wonderful smell of Frangipani!) and the gentle patter of the rain!......we read our books and breakfast merged delightfully into afternoon tea! (they offer this daily every afternoon as no tea&Coffee facs are provided in the room.)
Define a SUITE?..
My opinion was begining to soften by this time as to be honest i was a little disappointed with our so called 'suite'.. Lets just say, it wasn't what i expected of a suite.
It also should be noted that KS have a 'blog' site and not a website & there are limited photos which do not give you a clear idea of the room you are booking.
The 'suite' in reality was a just small bedroom with no windows and a smaller room in front of the bedroom with a ceiling fan separated by a door that you could push open easily, even when the sliding lock was pulled across. It was probably meant as a living area but offering no real 'comfort', with just a couple of ‘benches' and a coffee table. There was also a fridge, which was really useful .
The space was a bit of a ''waste of space '' to be honest and we didn’t use it at all. Suite number 2 ,unfortunately, didn’t have the lovely front terrace with chairs the other suite and standard fan rooms had and from the outside they looked more inviting and gave you the option to sit and read in the lovely garden.( you can see this from the various pictures on TA) I also understand the bedroom area is bigger in the standard fan rooms too. There were some Japanese ladies who seemed to spend quite a bit of time on their terrace, where they took their afternoon tea & it really did look like a nice space ( NB they would have paid less than us (?)
If i can offer one other positive out of room2, that might suite any light sleepers out there, is due to the window less bedroom being at the back and closed off from the little room up front, is it can act like a cocoon and may be one of the reasons it was so quiet and we didnt hear a sound hence we slept till 2.30pm in the afternoon on the first day!
Despite the issue with the 'said' SUITE - some incidentals to note....
'Everywhere' was spotlessy clean.. and the staff were lovely.
The bed and pillows were sooo comfy and we had great sleeps, the room was a bit clinical and lacked a homely feeling so a couple of balinese pictures for the wall would work a treat!
You had to be a 7 foot tall basket ball player to reach to hang your clothes – i thought this was quite funny since the Balinese are so tiny..fortunately, i had a six footer at hand to hang my dresses ;- ) The bulilt in wardrobe was for some reason set really high on top of the drawers.
The shower, toilet and sink area although very small, were adequate, and the shower had plenty of hot water with good pressure. There is no door and just a shower curtain acting as a partition.
There was no safety deposit box, just a lockable drawer in the wardrobe. But if you had any concerns about that i think Agung has a place to store for you in the reception area.
Great location in mid north Sanur opposite Besakih hotel and next door to Ducks Nutz down a lovely bamboo paved long entrace which leads to Ks and the luxurious 'Pavillions' property who i think probably provide the security.Ten mins max stroll to the Beach.
So all in all a peaceful and pleasant stay...3 nights were enough in the absence of a pool. I wouldnt hesitate to recommend though - it really just depends what your key criteria is.
I found Sanur accomodation to be expensive when i consider the standard&facilities and price we paid around the rest of Bali.
On a final note........
If agung could make improvements in the future and im sure its already on his wish list, would be to lose his carport near the entrance and build a small swimming pool.... oh & re evaluate suite 2 in line with the other rooms....in the spirit of fairness and value for money.
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