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When a Watergarden Becomes a Rockgarden

Operations of Watergarden Hotel in Candidasa, Bali Disrupted by Disgruntled Land Owner

(8/22/2011) The popular Watergarden Hotel in the East Bali community of Candisasa has had access to the hotel blocked by large stones put there by the owner of the land.

The owner of the land, I Gusti Gede Suyasa, dumped a load of stones in front of the hotel in early August effectively barring entry and putting a halt to the normal activities of the hotel and adjoining restaurant.

A security guard at the hotel, Nirka, told NusaBali: “Indeed, there is a conflict between the owner of the land and the renter. If you want to know more, ask the owner I Gusti Gede Syasa.

Contacted separately, Suyasa who owns the 4,170 square meter lot, confirmed that the land was originally rented by his Father to Englishman Nigel Stuart Breden Geary. That contract has a remaining 18 years left to run, but Suyasa contends that Greary had quietly transferred the remainder of his lease, including the buildings, to a certain “Mr. Tony.”

Suyasa insists that the original contract contained a clause requiring Greary to formally advise whenever the lease contract changed hands.
Suyasa told the press: “I don't feel that I ever contracted the land to Tony, but only to Nigel. So what’s wrong with me putting stones on land that I own?”

Suyasa, who is the heir of the original owner of the land, says he is ready to be called by the police to answer for his acts: “I am ready to be interrogated at any time. I say that I placed stones on land that I own, can’t I do that?”