Ubud is my favorite place in Bali, and this hotel is fantastic. The first surprise is that to get to your room you must take a funicular. Well, more than a room, it is like a chalet. All of them have a private pool with amazing views, dvd player (you can ask for movies at the front desk), and all sorts of services. Yes, I found a toad in the room but those are some of the good things about being in the middle of nature. The views from the restaurant, a small temple, are unforgettable. And the staff, as usual for these places, charming.
Nusa Dua, a beautiful little peninsula in the south of Kuta, is a place for tourists with money. There are luxury Balinese-style hotels / villas, like Melia Bali Villas, a small paradise with tropical gardens, spa, private beach, and exclusive villas. The only problem is that the water virtually disappears at low tide, and you have to walk hundreds of yards just for it to reach your waist. Taxi drivers know that customers are staying at Nusa Dua and so bargaining with them becomes a losing battle. But the restaurants at the entrance of Nusa Dua offer free pickup at hotels, at cheaper prices. Or it is just a 20 minute walk to the entrance.
It has a spectacular panoramic view. Situated in the center of the city, with an excellent location for those who wish to explore the attractions of the city as well as surrounding areas. It also has exclusive rooms and fully equipped suites, including luxury facilities.
The Four Season Hotel is in the quiet area of Jimbaran beach. The service is almost personalized to your needs, and the facilities are superb. Each villa has its own plunge pool, overlooking a deep blue sea on sunny days and a relaxation area with outdoor dining. The rooms are spacious, cozy and decorated with furniture and ornaments of the country, and far from a luxury ornate. In addition to the indoor bathroom, there is outdoor bathroom that's surrounded by lush vegetation. The beach is near the hotel and is one of the most appreciated by surfers. A few meters away is the famous temple of Uluwatu. Walking in the hotel gardens at night after a busy day of sightseeing in the island make Bali a paradise.
The Melia hotel chain is in the area of Nusa Dua. The rooms are very good, I was in a regular one and it was excellent. There are several restaurants, one even being in the pool area. The hotel offers canoes, there are sun loungers on the beach area (which is for guests only). The area of all super nice hotels. When you leave, there is a line of stores where they sell shirts, crafts and there is also a restaurant and a small shopping center.
On my first trip to Bali in 1992, Kuta was the main tourist resort on the island, and on my return 14 years later, I realized that the city has extended its tentacles and has incorporated all the surrounding villages, allowing us to find, within 10 kilometers, many different types of accommodation, from 5 to 1000 € / night. Surfers mess around in front of an audience eager for sun on the famous Kuta Beach, a sandy stretch of 8 kilometer long beaches formed by Tuban, Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. The Bali Dynasty Hotel is located in the center of the action with a fantastic pool and gardens. The rooms are very cozy and there are several restaurants where you can find all types of cuisine.
The Hotel Taman Sari Bali Cottage is located in the northern part of the island of Bali, Pemuteran. It is a peaceful oasis where the turquoise Bali sea caresses your feet during breakfast. The hotel, with its Balinese architecture, is pure harmony, with gardens full of flowers. What amazed me most was the friendliness and courtesy of the staff. The hotel's beach, like many of Bali's beaches, has been affected by the erosion caused by coral reef destruction. It's the subject of the only artificial reef project in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Steel structures are going to be installed in the deep sea to stimulate coral growth with electricity.
Seminyak Beach is a continuation of the beach in Kuta, and a very pleasant walk from the bustle of Kuta and the more quiet area of Seminyak, where the Pelangi Bali hotel is, although quite close you can find the famous Double Six nightclub, which even has a bungee jumping tower, organizes parties and night events.
The Alila Ubud is a boutique hotel which seek to offer unique accommodation with personality and designed to make your stay memorable. It was ranked one of the world's 10 best hotels in its category in a survey in Conde Nast Traveler. The Alila Ubud is built on a hillside surrounded by rice terraces and you can have breakfast surrounded by lush greenery and monkeys who come for a snack. Then you can take a swim in the pool overlooking the terraces. The house museum of Antonio Blanco, a Spanish painter called the "Dali of Bali", is just around the corner. He died in 1999 but his memory is very much alive in the community.
Sanur is one of my favorite places in Bali, with a promenade miles long and a good beach. It has hotels, shops and restaurants for all types of budgets. For 6 €, including a nice dinner, I saw a wonderful Balinese dance with young girls and adolescents dressed up like goddesses and gods, moving theirs hands and eyes in sync. The Bali Hyatt is a beautiful hotel in Sanur, during breakfast you are surrounded by tropical vegetation and a pond with tropical fish and other animals, with a band playing live, and it blends in so nicely with the environment.
Candidasa, in the southern part of Bali, has suffered serious erosion on its beaches, due to the tourist boom of the 60s and 70s as people ripped coral reefs for use as building material and eventually the beaches have started to disappear. Thus the hotels have very large pools and a big area for sunbathing and relaxing. This is the case of Puri Bagus Candidasa, with typical Balinese accommodation in bungalows and gardens around.
Tulamben, on the east coast of Bali, is one of the quieter areas of the island, and tourism development is still moderate. The hotel where I stayed, the Mimpi Resort, had one of those pools without a border that gives the impression that it goes off straight into the ocean, and the kids are very friendly, they spent the day doing cartwheels on the beach and making necklaces to sell tourists.
While Kuta is full of luxury hotels, it also has some very nice places for backpackers, and Komala Indah II (the I is similar but more expensive) is one of the best options. For just 5 € you get a bungalow with a private terrace (clean and comfortable), with breakfast in the dining room that is situated in the beautiful gardens.
This small hotel is located on the main road of Candi Dasa. The hotel complex consists of small bungalows very that suggested a romantic atmosphere, each offer a small terrace where we can enjoy a small pond with fish, Nenufaros, Lotus Blossom. This was a great place to rest, and forget the stress. The restaurant also offers a range of varied dishes, and fresh juices.
Not only in the middle of Ubud, but also close to everything - perfect for romantic holidays! There's a swimming pool in each villa, as well as a large pool in the hotel for everyone. Comfortable, quiet and surrounded by nature - very relaxing. And they have a computer room if you can't bear to disconnect from the modern world! The breakfasts are very good, and the staff are charming. A great option to recharge your batteries...
The Legian hotel is from a chain owned by GHM hotels (the same as the Nam Hai), and is part of Leading Hotels of the World. Situated right on the beach in Seminyak, it is important not to confuse it with the "Legian Beach Hotel" in Kuta, which has happened before, because they have nothing to do with eachother. It is situated on the beach, and the first thing they do when you arrive is to warn you not to miss the sunset as it really is worth it. The smallest room is 99 square meters. There is also a spa, infinity pool, and luxurious décor. It´s the perfect place to rest after many trips in Ubud.
I've been to this hotel twice and think that I cannot imagine a better vacation spot. The warmth of the staff, the location, the gardens, the beach area and indeed the SPA; everything is wonderful at this hotel. However, I can't guarantee that the hotel management is the most well-mannered in the word; indeed, some are really unbearable.
The prices of the hotel restaurants (5), are a little high when compared with those on the street, but compared to Europe in general, they are very affordable. The massages are expensive when compared to a good hotel in Bangkok, or outside on the street, but I have not had a massage as good as the one at this Hotel, and I have a lot of experience with massages.
It's best to book a room Palace Club, it's worth it, especially since you can have breakfast in the resort grounds, with only the company of birds, ducks and "ulus". The waitresses are very attentive and you don't even notice that they are there until you need them. It is the only place where you can have a coffee "comme il faut". Just wonderful. I'll return.
The humble, but great, Good Karma Hotel, as the name suggests offers a very cool place in a unique natural setting, situated on the eastern coast of the fascinating island of Bali in a bend of the Selang Beach, in a fairly quiet area. It offers simple but authentic beachfront bungalows, comfortable simple and a very pleasing for very good prices.
We stayed at this small hotel at the recommendation of a friend and it is truly a hidden gem. The Kebun Indah hotel has about 10 rooms and the cheapest option (ours) cost $ 25 with an a la carte breakfast included in the price. The room has mosquito netting and a ceiling fan. It's right next to a small rice field and a 15 minutes walk from Ubud Palace. It also has pool and Internet, and the staff are friendly and efficient. In fact, we had only intended to stay for three days and we ended up staying for six!
For starters, the director is Spanish... That gives you some peace of mind if you need something in a country that's so far away. We left some of our clothes in the hotel and the owner was kind enough to send it to us. For us it was a perfect stay. The bungalows were very cozy, spacious, clean and with everything in perfect condition. There was a plasma tv, mini bar, air conditioning, patio with table, chairs and umbrella ... all of this along the beach. We arrived in the evening, delicious tea waiting for us on the table in the living room ... Balinese music in the bar on the beach, fully furnished in wood and comfy cushions ... baskets with towels for sunbathing, well, a bit of paradise. It is a hotel with charm and class, and nothing flashy. I hope I can go back someday.