TikToker Mistakenly Booked an Abandoned Bali Airbnb

  • Bree Robertson’s Airbnb in Bali looked like a glamorous villa but it turned out to be abandoned.
  • Robertson recorded the experience on TikTok, where the video gained over 4.3 million views. 
  • Airbnb refunded Robertson and removed the listing. Next time, she says she’ll look closer at reviews.

Bree Robertson thought a nature lodge in Bali would be the ideal place to celebrate her and her travel partner’s one-month anniversary of moving there. 

She found a villa on Airbnb with an infinity pool, onsite restaurant, and views overlooking the rainforest, and she booked a room for one night in mid-July after reading a smattering of good reviews. 

But when Robertson and her partner arrived at the property, the villa was abandoned. Instead of sparkling blue water, there was an overgrown, algae-filled pool. The restaurant was shuttered and stacks of chairs lined the exterior. Not a single person was on the property. 

“All we could do was laugh. We were so exhausted and so tired; it was the perfect end to not a great day,” Robertson, who is sharing her adventures on her website Atypical Adventure, told Insider. 

Robertson recorded the experience and posted it on her TikTok account @atypical_adventure on July 16. The video has over 4.3 million views as of Monday. 

The couple splurged on what they thought was a romantic Airbnb to celebrate a month of living in Bali

Bree Robertson and her partner arrived at an abandoned lodge in Bali.

Bree Robertson and her partner arrived at this lodge in Bali to find it empty.

Bree Robertson/Atypical Adventure

In June, Robertson and her partner moved from their homes in Wellington, New Zealand, to Canggu, a coastal village on Bali’s south coast. 

So far, Robertson said the move from windy, rainy Wellington to tropical, warm Bali has been “just brilliant.” 

“It’s a nice change going from freezing cold and windy to Bali where it’s sunny and beautiful,” she said. 

As the pair approached their one-month mark in Bali and their 10-month relationship anniversary, Robertson started scouring Airbnb for a romantic getaway to celebrate. 

The private room she landed on at the nature lodge seemed impressive with its positive, pre-pandemic reviews and an Airbnb host who had a 100% response rate, she said. 

So she booked the Airbnb for about 750,000 Indonesian Rupiahs, or about $50. In Bali, Robertson said it was a pricier listing and a splurge for the couple.

On the day of their anniversary, the couple hopped on their motor scooters and drove about two hours from their apartment in Canggu to Sidemen, a village in east Bali. 

The couple initially went to the wrong location. When they finally found the property, Robertson said she and her partner were surprised by how overgrown the area looked. 

Images of the abandoned Airbnb property.

Images of the neglected Airbnb property.

Bree Robertson/Atypical Adventure

Robertson said they parked in the driveway, walked past an…

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