Tourist books Bali Airbnb, finds it abandoned and ‘overgrown’
There was no one to leave a bad review for.
To celebrate a month of living in the Indonesian province of Bali, New Zealand-born traveler Bree Robertson recently decided to book herself a “romantic getaway” to an eastern village. Only, when she arrived at retirement, she discovered that the villa was completely abandoned.
“When you book an Airbnb in Bali and it’s an abandoned building,” Robertson, who publishes travel content as Atypical Adventure, wrote in a viral TikTok video of the desolate villa. “Completely overrun. No one at home. Broken windows,” she described the building.
“The place was $80…and had great reviews,” she explained in the clip’s comments about her decision to rent the deserted property for herself and her partner. “Airbnb also said the host had a one hour response time, so I assumed they were always open.”
There have even been positive reviews of the space on Airbnb and other listing websites, albeit from 2019.
However, after Robertson and his partner took a rainy two-hour scooter ride to the accommodation, they realized how they had ignored the red flags: the accommodation was deserted and falling apart.
“We flipped and it was very abandoned,” Robertson told the Stuff website. She reported the property to Airbnb’s support team, who promised her a refund, then deleted the listing.
Still, Robertson isn’t sure how the list ever went live in the first place.
“It was super misleading – it was one of the things I was counting on that gave me a lot of reassurance, I was like, ‘they’ve replied to other people, maybe they’re just busy’ “, she told Stuff.
Airbnb did not immediately return The Post’s request for comment, but told Stuff, “We hold hosts to a high standard and the listing is no longer on the platform” and that “in the rare event where something doesn’t go as planned upon arrival for a stay, our community support team is available 24/7 to assist you.”