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The Sama Lama Villa was a wonderful place to stay. We were a family of 4 adults and 2 children, and it couldn't have been a better spot for us. A little away from the louder areas by the main beach with your own private pool. Our children can ride bikes though, which made the ride into the busier area not too bad for us. If a horse cart ride is needed, the staff can arrange for you as well. The villa has 6 bikes waiting for you to use, which is necessary for getting around. We enjoyed the location since you can get to the sunset side of the island pretty easily, as well as the north end, which is where we started our bike ride around the entire island. We barely locked anything up in our villa and never had a problem. We felt very safe and secure. The power goes out a lot on the island, and they have back up generators as well. The last night though, I wish it would have been turned on in the middle of the night, when the power went out, because it made it harder to sleep the last few hours with no fan or air. Other than that, I have nothing bad to say. It is a perfect family spot for the island. It was very nice to have Eric stop by a few times to check on us as well.
Gili T is a magic little spot, albeit a bit dusty. Although this villa is inland, it is towards the north end of the island, which is the best end, with great snorkeling and away from crowds .... not that the crowds are ever really that big.
The villa is great and you really feel you are in your own little sanctuary. The pool is, somehow, quite cool so very very refreshing on this hot and sunny island. The rooms are nice and the aircon works well so it's easy to get a good sleep.
My wife and I, along with our 2 kids (13 & 11) stayed 4 nights but found ourselves wishing we had at least another 3 nights.
Bikes are provided which are essential for getting around the island.
Eric is a great host, there to welcome you and give you the 'lay of the land' and some good bar & restaurant recommendations but then leaves you to enjoy your time alone on Gili T. His staff are always available if you need help.
We would happily return and our stay was one of our Bali/Lombok holiday highlights!
What was there not to love about staying at Sama Lama?
The island of Gili Trawagan is great for those looking to chill out by the beach during the day, swim with the turtles and enjoy the ability to explore the coast of this little island on foot or by bike (there are no cars or any motor vehicle on the island!) During the evening Gilt.T is alive with nightlife and famous for a good party - be sure to check out Sama Sama Reggae Bar for some great singing. Food wise we ate at the Karma Kayak tapas place near sunset point (the best strawberry mojitos I've ever had) and there are many food places along the west coast of Gili.T.
The Sama Lama villa is exquisite. The beds are comfortable, there is ample storage space in the bedrooms and every bedroom had its own bathroom. On site the villa had a private jaquzzi pool, and really well kept garden area with sunloungers and pool towels. The villa comes with the use of free pushbikes which were great for making our way around the island. (Just make sure you know how to re-attach a bike chain as they are prone to coming loose because of the sand that gets caught in them) There were even head torches supplied for getting aroudn the island safely at night.
We cannot say thank you enough to the Sama Lama staff. They were friendly and polite and nothing was too much trouble. Maria and the girls make an excellent breakfast! The manager of the villas was also very welcoming when we arrived and made sure we had a map of the island and let us know good things to see and do during our stay.
We had a brilliant time on Gili T staying at Samalama Villa. Eric was a great host and has an amazing staff. The villa is very unique and we enjoyed the outdoor space, private pool and bikes that were provided for us. Maria, who I wanted to kidnap and bring back to California, was very sweet and made us amazing breakfast every morning. Anything we needed---advice on restaurants, laundry service, calling a taxi was cheerfully provided. We will hopefully return and stay at Samalama again.
Thanks again Suzann for your wonderful energy !
Our stay at the SamaLama Ville & bedroom was simply perfect! The villa is beautifull and well situated, not far from the animated strip but in a quiter area. The staff was just amazing! The breakfast prepared every morning in your own kitchen was delicious and the bikes that are at guests disposal are really a plus. Thanks a lot for everything, we loved it!
The best place to stay in Gili T ! Beautiful villa, ideally located on Gili T in a quiet place near the lively areas with the restaurants. The villa is very comfortable, with beautiful decoration and the pool fabulous. The staff are amazing, really nice and helpful in order to organise all activities during the stay. Highly recommended.
Eric has a really good house. We were 5 friends and spent 2 nights by him and we had a great moment. The staff is kind and wellcoming and it's easy to speak with them. It's possible to have some bikes to use during the stay.
Eric spent time to explain us witch restaurants and bars to choose and where to go in the island
I recomand Eric's house without hesitation! Thand you for the great moment!
We were two families staying including adults, teenagers and one child. Our experience at Sama Lama was excellent! We had a great time and utilised all that was on offer.
Eric, Sara and their staff were very accommodating, friendly and helpful. (Believe us teenagers can eat a lot of pancakes.)
The villas location made it easy to access the whole island and all that it had to offer. It truly was idyllic.
Our only challenge was with WiFi but teenagers worked out how to get the best location in villa for service.
Thanks for the stay - we hope to return!
Sama Lama was great! The house, the staff, Eric - everything was wonderful. Highly recommend!
Lovely villa, warm welcome from the staff and host.
We were well looked after from the delicious breakfast cooked for us every morning, to the bicycles ready to be used whenever. You can even order food from the resort next door if you don't want to cycle at night :)
The only downside was when the peace and quiet would get disrupted at 5am (several times a day and in the evening) from the truly annoying prayers/wailing blasting from the mosque's microphone. We didn't know the island is Muslim but maybe it depends on which way the wind goes as we didn't hear as much the next day.
The resort next door was also very noisy when large groups of people came in and out and at dinner time. We were surprised by all this as we expected the area to be quiet since the villa is in the middle of the island and away from the shops and nightlife (which are only a 10 min bike ride away) ;-)
Everyone was friendly and the villa is really charming and clean, with the original Balinese style and features preserved.