for those who wont read the whole post, if you get asked to fill out a survery about bali either say no, or provide false name / hotel details
Just on holiday in bali and took the bait for winning a prize holiday. Had to go out to Sanur and since I'd neverf been there and was told I could enjoy the beach and pool of the hotel in question thought why not. Free taxi there and back and lunch. Was pretty sure it was going to be a time share hard sell but hey, i can easily say no after availing myself of all that's been promised
So i get to speak with an Aussie guy who had been a financial advisor in cairns who'd then moved to Bali in 2008. It was quite interesting how they try to frame the "savings" you can make. I'll admit they provide all the relevant information, but they do their best to sort of keep each cost separated in time so that by the end you are likely to forget about the monthly maintenance fee.
I also had to bit my tongue to not laugh when the Aussie guy said it's s o much easier to operate in Blai due to the less restrictive regulations. Oh I bet. Pretty much no consumer protection is great for these kind of hard sell scams.
So I say I'd like to have lunch and try out the pool and beach before I decide. Lunch was mediocre, and to be honest I was a bit scared to order anything non vegetarian since the fish / meat was on display with little to keep it at a temp below which bali belly doesn't flourish The pool area was quite nice, and the beach was much nicer than in the kuta / legian / seminyak areas. No pesky people selling crap to bother you.
After a few hours at the pool and beach went back and said the 15K purchase price with the monthly maintenance fee didn't seem to make financial sense to me. The guy that does the "pricing" was from the UK. Think used car salesman in American Dad and you have a pretty good picture of what he was like. Had to really bite my tongue to not call him a tosser. I jotted down a few figures to show him why I didn't see the value. He tried a few emotional cons on me, then I could tell he decided I wasn't going to buy and he'd best be off to the next victim.
I'd say the monthly maintenance fee alone would let you have a pretty nice 2 week holiday in bali.
All in all had an Ok day for minimal cost, just an hour n half of my time, but hey I was oin holiday and sorta wanted to experience one of these hard seel campaigns just to see how they operate.