Located in Nusa Penida, Star Semabu is a 4-star resort. Economically priced, this resort features compact cottages, a restaurant and a sun terrace with a swimming pool and a bar. As for the facilities, they offer a 24-hour front desk, complimentary Wi-Fi and room service. During check-in, I was offered a welcome drink and after some time the room keys were handed over. The first look and feel, of the resort, is fabulous. During my check-in, I was waiting in the reception lobby that faces a lavish poolside. When I glanced around, I noticed the beautiful cottage rooftops cloaked in traditional Balinese designs. As soon as, I was handed over the room keys, the courteous hotel staff showed me to the room. On my way, I couldn’t help but admire the natural elements that envelop this resort. From well-manicured gardens to wooden bar chairs, all too charming and appealing.
Then I arrived at the cottage 106, I was assigned. It was facing a mountain and had a lovely extended outdoor balcony. The Sun was just about to set and there was still a little daylight left for me to be able to click some nice pictures. When I first entered the cottage, I was thrilled to see a four-poster canopy bed draped in decorative fabric. Pieces of white fabric were draped between the bedposts, across the upper space, and over its ceiling. Very romantic, I’d say. However, the cottage, on the whole, was very compact and dim-lit.
On the whole, the room was fitted with a walk-in closet, a mirror and a business desk, but the compactness of the room prevent much movement. So does the dim lighting! Other in-room facilities include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, tea/coffee maker and a spacious washroom with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer.
I absolutely enjoyed the rustic shower portraying elements in sync with nature. There was pebbled flooring, a spacious curtained shower and also, a small wooden stair as a part of the decor. The complimentary toiletries include everything you need, from a dental kit to generous portions of organic shampoo, shower gel and body lotion. You may fetch the bathrobes and the slippers from the walk-in closet.
As for the room, there were only two charging points in my room and each required an international charging adapter. Since I was carrying none, I requested the staff to provide me with one. After an hour and a half, they did send across the adapter which was quite a help. In the night, one of the hotel staff also dropped by to get my breakfast order. They said that the breakfast will be served in the room, the morning after. So I placed the order and asked them to deliver it at 8.30 AM. I couldn’t get much work done in the night as for the dim lighting. The air conditioner didn’t cool much either. So I went for a swim instead and spent the most time in the outdoor balcony until I was really sleepy.
Upon returning, I hit off the bed immediately which is when I noticed several cobwebs around the web. Also, a flock of insects had gathered right above the ceiling of the bed, which was luckily protected by the white draping. I pulled open the draping, to use it as a protection against the mosquitoes and the insects. It quite worked. However, if you are allergic to spiders or despise insects then this is not the resort for you.
I had requested the breakfast at 8.30 AM, however, lacking a sense of time, the hotel staff decided to bring it at 8 AM. At this time, I was showering but given the repeated knocks, I had to step out of the shower only to remind the staff, that I had requested the breakfast at 8.30 AM not 8 AM. They left at the time and returned exactly 10-minutes later. This time, they left the breakfast outside in the balcony. Well, luckily it was cellophane covered, yet, cold as ice by the time I could consume it. Not something you expect from a 4-star hotel for sure. So if you ever choose to stay at this hotel, forward the time judgement by 30-minutes. After devouring a cold breakfast with cold coffee, I set out to explore Nusa Penida.