18 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great find in Sanur
"Although most reviews on this site and others were very positive about the Tamukami, there were a small number of negative reviews that had me somewhat concerned.
Well, my concerns were quickly calmed when I walked through the lovely hotel grounds after checking in and then saw my room.
The hotel is centered around a lovely swimming pool, with the 18 rooms all pretty much situated around the pool. The bungalow suites are all poolside, while most of the superior rooms are either poolside or on the second floor.
We were in a superior room, which was very spacious and had a great oversized bathroom with a large, separate shower as well as a large bathtub that also had a shower.
The room also had a TV with many cable channels, a minibar, 2 free small bottles of water each day, a small table and chair and a desk and chair. The room was spotlessly clean and simply yet well decorated. There also was a nice balcony with two chairs and a table.
The only two negatives on the room were that the large double bed was two beds pushed together, which would not have been a problem had there not been a bar or something else in the middle that made it very uncomfortable if your back happened to be on top of it. The other negative was that the room was very bright even with the curtains closed. I like a dark room when the lights are out.
However, these were minor inconveniences and certainly should not deter anyone from choosing this fine hotel.
The pool area was simply lovely, set in well-maintained gardens and with enough sun beds for the guests (we never had a problem getting sunbeds), but not too many to make it seem crammed. The pool itself was of a very generous size for a hotel this small.
One of the best things about the hotel was the peacefulness. The entrance is set back around 60 meters from the main road, so you cannot hear any of the road traffic. And since it is not on the beach, there aren't any outside people walking through the premises. In fact, with only 18 rooms, you don't even notice that many other guests at all (except at breakfast).
Keep in mind that at the beachfront hotels, when you sit by the pool (usually close to the beach), you will see plenty of people walking along the beach path, peering in at the hotel. Maybe some people don't mind this, but I prefer privacy, which is exactly what you get at Tamukami.
The only meal we ate at the restaurant was breakfast, which was included in the room rate. The breakfast was a choice of American, continental or Indonesian. All selections came with a small fruit plate, a choice of juice and coffee or tea. The quality was very good, for both the Indonesian and American (we did not try the continental), and the service was excellent.
The owners are a lovely Belgian couple who are on site and seem very hands on with the management.
As far as the much talked-about "non-beach" location, yes, if you absolutely must have a beachfront hotel, then you should go elsewhere. However, to get to the beach, you cross the main road that the hotel is set back from, and walk around 20 meters to your left, where there is basically a path leading 2 minutes to the beach, eventually cutting right through the very casual and open-air Bonsai Cafe. There are signs pointing you from the main road to the beach, so not only is it easy, but it is virtually a public route that many people use. In short, we did not find beach access a problem. Once on the beach, there are plenty of sunbeds available. Just choose a couple of beds and umbrella (already set up on the beach) and sit down, and eventually someone will collect the small fee.
But the pool was so lovely and peaceful, and the beach not all that lovely or peaceful (hawkers everywhere), we were quite happy to just hang out by the pool for the morning and early afternoon before moseying on over to the beach for lunch at one of the many beachfront cafes.
To gain some perspective on the Tamukami, I did what I always love to do: I checked out rooms at a couple of other hotels.
Without naming names, we looked at a room at a very popular beachfront hotel in a similar price range as the Tamukami, and there was no comparison. Tamukami won easily. The room at the other hotel was much smaller and far less attractive than our room at Tamukami. The bathroom was borderline disgusting and tiny compared to Tamukami. And the pool, while very nice, was almost the same size as Tamukami, even though the hotel was much larger.
We looked at several different rooms at another beachfront hotel, this one much more expensive than Tamukami. The two highest-priced rooms we looked at (almost 3 times the price as Tamukami) were clearly larger and better equipped. But of the two other rooms (which were still significantly more expensive than Tanukami), one was basically equal to our room at Tamukami, and the other was definitely smaller and not nearly as nice (especially the bathroom). The pool at this hotel was larger but not nearly as lovely as the pool and pool area at Tamukami.
Sorry if this review sounds like an advertisement for the Tamukami, but we really were quite impressed and found it terrific value.
To sum up, if you can live with being only a short stroll from the beach, and if you like smaller, more intimate and far quieter hotels, then you probably can do no better than the Tamukami."
- Travel date: Tue 15th of September 2009
Bali the friendly isle
"BALI in July, the weather was great, similar to Cairns in Queensland, Hot but not humid, we stayed at the Tamukami hotel in Sanur, a place we recommend for disability or family holiday, we used the services of Bali mobility and had a complete package deal, inc our electric scooter, and a raised toilet seat, and shower stool, the hotel and the trips we did in one package.
While the Tamukami is not on the sea front it is within 5 minutes easy walk, to great beaches and an easy paved esplanade, with many little shops and restaurants, we also went along the main road, which has been paved, and has many larger shops and restaurants to suite every taste and pocket, our favourites are MADDIES, and for a couple of special occasions MINGS.
We had two shopping trips and our Bali mobility driver helped us every where, and knew what we could or could not do or go in Bali.
One great trip was the SAFARI ZOO and it is very wheel chair friendly, but you must allow a full day here and the same with the volcano tour, with all the craft villages on the way there and back, another full day.
Our Tamukami room we could drive our scooter in to it, and was well appointed, and the great shower with the grab rails was a pleasure, the stool and toilet seat was a must for me, our room looked on to the great pool with ample pool chairs so we got in some lazy days with pool side service.
And when we came to leave, Bali mobility saw us back to the airport. And a sad farewell, we hope not our last trip to Bali, and the great part we knew exactly what we would spend before we left Australia, and we were within our budget, as there were no hidden extras, except our spending money."
- Travel date: Mon 10th of August 2009
Loved it just as much the second time
"This was a return visit, our first in Oct 2007, then 10 days in June / July 2008 to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We were a group of 10 and occupied 6 rooms - 5 poolside and 1 upstairs. From our initial enquiry, through bookings and dealing with special requests the staff could not have been more helpful. Our rooms were again immaculate and staff friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the breakfast selection and the freedom to choose from any of the menus or to mix and match. We loved the home made fried potatoes.
The location just a few minutes walk from shops, restaurants and the beach is ideal - and with massage & pedicure on site there were some days we didn't leave the hotel. Being set back a little from the main road means there is litte or no noise, and with only 20 or so rooms it is a pleasant and quiet place to while away the day by the pool.
A flask of boiled, cooled water is provided in the room for drinking, though we opted to purchase bottled water from the mini mart across the street.
We enjoyed wandering the streets of Sanur and chatting with some of the local shopkeepers, tailors and drivers and getting to see the Bali lifestyle.
Looking forward to our next visit."
- Travel date: Wed 12th of August 2009
Horrible mold smell--don't stay here
"We looked for small charming hotels in Bali, and from other reviews, and thought this would be one--it was nearly uninhabitable. The room smelled of must and mildew so badly, we could hardly sleep in the room. The room had a large, uncomfortable plain, old bed, and an old desk in it--no attempts at decoration. We were shown our room by two security guards. The room had no mosquito net, yet had tons of mosquitoes. The water was undrinkable, but there was no water in our room or to purchase--we were sent down the street to buy some. We were so disappointed. I wouldn't stay in this hotel in any country."
- Travel date: Tue 30th of June 2009
A poorly run, Poorly furnished hotel
"What a disappointment for my wife and I. We had just spent three nights at a TOP NOTCH resort near Ubud when I had previously booked three nights at this well located Sanur Beach area hotel through a discount agency for less money than offered on the hotel web site. With Belguim on site ownership and management you would think they could do things to a decent level of professionalism. NOT!! The King size bed was two twins shoved together in our Superior Room. The off brand fridge was very loud and leaked on the floor. No shower curtain and poor bath tub design and placement of the shower head. The bathroom door hinges were very much in need of lubrication oil. The LG a/c unit was undersized for the generous size room and very noisy. I could live with thin window curtains that do not really block light, but this hotel had a "unique" feature in that a clear glass window ABOVE the entrance door had ZERO curtains so light from the interior hallway came into our room all night. Very poor management to not place curtains on that window. Breakfast staff poorly trained and both a waiter and waitress did not UNDERSTAND English so simple food requests went "sideways". We were NOT impressed with Sanur Beach as we live in Thailand and have taken many holidays at the better beaches of Phuket Island, Phi Phi Island and Koh Samui. This hotel is a short 7 minute walk past various restaurants to the actual beach. It was easy to flag a taxi from the driveway and this hotel is set back nicely from the busy road. With professional management, better staff training, money spent on in room items such as better bedding, fridges, a/c, plumbing, shower curtains and new suitable drapes on ALL the windows it COULD be a nice place. In present form a poor representation of what a hotel can be in Bali. I brought some of my complaints to the hotel owner the 2nd day we stayed and the attempts to clean the a/c unit showed me she was cutting corners on maintenance. The room staff had to be called to even place the hand towels in the room, and they had no clue how to oil a door hinge. We were glad to leave after three nights and had it not been prepaid we would have checked out after one night. The "complementary" in room water was in some sort of jug, not a couple of normal inexpensive returnable glass drinking bottles which in Bali are very modest in cost. We bought our own drinking water at a store. The hotel laundry service and internet in the front lobby was VERY expensive by local Sanur Beach area standards. On two nights young children were in a nearby room and it was very loud in our room."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of March 2009
Central Location,boutique hotel
"Thanks to the other reviewers..I spent a long time making this choice and I should have just selected it immediately. Stayed 3 nights,loved the food and service.
The pool and gardens are wonderfull...if you not sure just book it, you cannot go wrong. We had a late night flight and they let us "hang around" after we checked out (noon)using the services and we ate there again as we felt so relaxed.
This place is ideal for couples. But its about 5oom + to the beach unless you cross thru the hotel opposite but we felt awkward about doing this and any way the pool is so good you cant be bothered leaving and entering the "hawker Zone" on the beach.
If you want the beach or wild night life I would not recommend staying here in that case.
Other wise perfect, surrounded by shops,eateries yet so private set well back off the busy road..no noise at all. I'll try to load a video."
- Travel date: Sun 1st of March 2009
Quiet, Pleasant, Beautiful
"We just stayed 3 nights on a long weekend from Bangkok. Friendly staff and beautiful grounds made it a very relaxing stay. Great value for money and highly recommended. Only complaint was the small a/c in the large room; it never gets the place as cold as you would like it but we still slept fine. Our daughter loved the pool."
- Travel date: Mon 23rd of February 2009
Great value in very charming hotel
"Tamukami in Bali, Indonesia
Hotel Address: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 64X Sanur
We stayed there in a bungalow suite at Hotel Tamukami for a total of 6 days in January 2009. The hotel is located off the main road in Sanur 10min. walk from the beach. The hotel is sufficiently retracted from the main road to ensure that no traffic or other noise reaches the hotel. The rooms are encircling the swimming pool with beach chairs around the pool, which provides for an extremely pleasant and casual atmosphere.
The rooms are very spacious and comfortable with a porch outside the room and reasonably equipped. Due to the generous and pleasant vegetation outside the rooms and around the pool, the rooms can be somewhat dark, but there is ample lightning. The bed lamps are, however, not quite adequate to read by at night. In our case, this was remedied by the extremely friendly and service oriented staff in the reception.
While there are numerous beach hotels in Sanur, we encountered no other hotel with as pleasant, easygoing smiling and casual atmosphere in Sanur. At the beach hotels, youâre exposed to bypassers on the path along the entire beach in Sanur, and Tamukami being a boutique hotel in contrast generates an almost family like atmosphere. Tamukami is an excellent choice.
The breakfast is adequate without being exceptional, but again, you can enjoy it in an agreeable atmosphere in the restaurant by the pool side. We dined at the restaurant once, but it was an evening with live music, which apparently distracted the service somewhat, so the service was rather too slow, but still friendly."
- Travel date: Fri 20th of February 2009
A lovely place to retreat
"We booked here based on our reviews on Trip Advisor and we weren't disappointed.
The hotel arranged a pick up from the airport for us (isn't this welcoming when you arrive in a foreign country) and from this introduction to our leaving, we were always made to feel more than welcome.
We stayed at one of the poolside rooms which was extremely spacious. The basin area was separate from the main bathroom which I always think is a great idea. It was clean and always well maintained.
What is really sad is that people just aren't going to Bali (the Australian government are warning their countrymen against going - after the bombing (the bombers were executed a couple of weeks before we arrived)). Our hotel was only half full so the restaurant did lack atmosphere.
The location of the hotel was perfect for us - on the main tourist road in Sanur (which you never heard) so easy to do shopping and visit restaurants plus close to the beach."
- Travel date: Mon 5th of January 2009
Not so Tamukami
"Stayed in Superior room for 3 days. Chose the hotel because of reviews in tripadvisor. quite disappointed because the room was spacious but the bed quality and aircond is way under par. the king size bed was actually 2 single beds joined. to make matters worse, one of the bed is harder and another softer. i could not have quality time with my spouse, practically we had to sleep in 'different' bed.
the air cond is old and takes long time to cool the room. could not get quality sleep the 3 days there.
the staff is great, no complains about them. the location is quite near the beach, just a short walk across the street.
maybe i received a lousy room but surely disappointed as i followed advice from fellow tripadvisors."
- Travel date: Sat 27th of December 2008
"We stayed at the Tamukami for two nights at the end of our trip to Bali. Everything was perfect, from the hospitable welcome drink to the efficiency and friendliness of the staff. We arranged to do a tour with a member of the hotel staff who was friendly, very helpful and knowledgeable. The highlight of our stay was our dinner at Alise's restaurant complete with live music - there was a great family atmosphere and the hotel owners were very attentive and friendly. We will definitely come back to this hotel next time we are in Bali."
- Travel date: Wed 17th of December 2008
Best place to stay in Sanur
"I just came back from a 3 day stay in Bali. I chose Tamukami, Sanur after reading all reviews in Tripadvisor. I thought I better write a review and share my experience.
First of all a big thanks to all previous reviewers. I could not have stayed in a better place in Sanur than Tamukami. Its literally a paradise in Sanur. I stayed in a Superior room. The room was extremely big. Bathroom was huge. Pool area looks great. Cleanliness is excellent. Despite being priced competitively, the room has all the facilities you would enjoy in a resort hotel in Nusa Dua.
The breakfast in the morning was very good. You get to chose the style of breakfast. Home made bread is served as well.
I went for few tours and took the car with driver from the hotel itself. It was really worth it. The driver (Wayang) was a fantastic guy. He could speak average english and was kind enough to suggest the right places to visit. He helped to take a lot of pics too.
Over and all, Tamukami made my stay in Bali a memorable one. I am sure I would chose no other place other than Tamukami when I go back to Bali."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of December 2008