Australian influencer Curvy Sam finds her Bali villa is next to a construction site
A plus-size model and fashion blogger has slammed her villa in Bali after discovering a huge construction site next door.
Brisbane vlogger Curvy Sam said she saved her hard-earned money to spend a few nights in a luxury private villa in the Indonesian hot spot where she could film content for her clothing company, At Home with Hilda , and for social media platforms.
But when she arrived, she saw a large black tarp covering part of her fence and builders next door were peeking at her pool.
“Honestly, I want to cry,” she said Wednesday in a TikTok that has since garnered more than 296,000 views.
“That’s not the good thing about traveling alone, especially in Bali.
“I have just arrived at my accommodation, while the photos were beautiful, next door is a construction site with no privacy.”
Curvy Sam (above) said her dream villa in Bali turned into a “nightmare” when she discovered a major construction site next door.
Sam said she booked the stay through Airbnb and was heartbroken to find it didn’t meet her expectations.
“Objects fell into the pool from the construction site. It (construction) will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.,” she said as hammering and banging could be heard in the background.
“I’m here, in this villa, to film video content, to speak on camera, and I can’t do that.”
She then explained how this trip had exhausted her budget, which had been tight since launching her business in April.
“It’s so frustrating that I saved up to come here. I’m a new business, just trying to get by and show my new collection,” she said.
“Where I live in Brisbane is very noisy and very dark – it’s this noise, constantly, every day in the apartment where I live.
“This probably sounds very pretentious, but I feel upset because I really wanted to come here and relax. None of the reviews mentioned a construction site.
In another video, Sam said she tried to enjoy a bagel while swimming in the pool, but the gravel from the site kept falling on her.
She later explained her frustration, writing, “Honestly this is my worst nightmare. It’s a beautiful, secluded place and it’s not the owners’ fault nor the workers’ fault.
“I looked on Google Maps, I read all their reviews. The villa manager is so wonderful and apologetic.
“I just really needed that mental break and to have some peace and quiet. Also, I was planning to film some video content, you all know I love chatting on camera.
“Those two nights cost me more than my entire nine days in Bali so far.”
Fortunately, the villa owners went “above and beyond” by arranging breaks with the construction team and informing Sam of their schedule.
Sam (photo showing construction workers) said gravel fell on her while she was swimming and she was unable to film video because of the noise.
Commenters under the videos were sympathetic to Sam’s plight and urged her to take time to relax or ask for a refund.
“Take a deep breath and go get a massage,” one wrote.
“I would be absolutely devastated. Try to get your money back,” said another.
The blogger has since said she changed her flight to return to Australia early.
She added that Airbnb had been in contact with her.