Tough one to explain...
It’s overpriced and disappointing yet I’m glad that we went. I have no regrets dropping $700-$800 on our two day stay.
First off, the Twiga rooms aren’t as cool as they seem in the pics online. I had visions of closely interacting with wildlife from my balcony and feeding them practically by hand. There’s actually a pretty far distance separating you from the animals. Especially sucks if you’re unathletic like myself and can’t even give a carrot a good throw. Same deal with the pool. There will be no baby tigers or rhinos hanging out poolside.
It’s very buggy there. I do a lot of traveling so it’s not that I have unrealistic expectations of a bugless Indonesia. Heck, I’m currently surrounded by mosquitos in northern Bali as I type this review and am totally cool with it.
...but Mara is buggy’er than usual. There were quite a bit more in the room than anywhere else we’ve stayed. The doors and windows are not sealed off well.
The staff doesn’t give that Balinese sweet hospitality vibe. They felt more reserved. They didn’t give the same “makes you feel like family” type of vibe that we experience elsewhere in Bali.
So, after all of that complaining, why am I saying it’s a “must visit”?
Being so up close and personal with the tigers on the night safari was a once in a lifetime experience that made it worthwhile.
Also, feed the white tigers during the day. Amazing!!!