by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 25, 2019
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Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – Delightful tropical setting and traditional design with mountain backdrop.
Stone paths flanked by palms and bougainvillea meander through gardens so extensive that even staff can become disoriented. Deluxe Rooms are spacious, with open-air bathrooms, tasteful Balinese décor, and largish porches overlooking the alluring gardens. Villas are semi-detached but secluded and feature private pools, though none of the accommodations offer genuine sea views. The three main pools are so enticing that guests ignore the grey and gritty beach that is typical of the area. The resort is located along the busy road, with its very modest selection of shops and cafés, but is well sheltered from traffic noise.
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – The Location
- Address: On the main road midway along Pemuteran, an area that stretches several kilometers across the remote northwest coast of Bali.
- Area: Faces the beach, with a handful of places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance.
- How to Get There: No metered taxis or chartered cars from the airport will come this far (4-5 hours) and there are no direct shuttle buses or any public transport of much use to tourists. The only option is to arrange transfers through the hotel. Ferries from Java arrive every few minutes at Gilimanuk. From there, take a bus towards Singaraja and get off after about 45 minutes.
- Handy To: Scuba-diving agency.
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: Caters well for all, including families, without being overly focused on any one type of guest.
- Beach: The coastline along Pemuteran is curved and scenic, but all beaches are rocky, scruffy, and lined with fishing boats. Great for sunsets and walks but less appealing for swimming and sunbathing.
- Views: Most accommodation is 100m+ from the beach, so any promised ‘sea views’ may disappoint. Almost all rooms face the gardens and/or pools.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas feature a private pool.
- Extras: Free bicycle rental.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
- Parking: There’s plenty of free and secure parking at the front, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)362 94838
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: adiassribeachresorts.com
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: 3 large pools. The main one, almost 50m long, is in a glorious ocean-facing position.
- Spa: The Drupadi Spa provides the usual array of massages, scrubs, and facials. Special package deals pair accommodation with treatments.
- Fitness Center: None.
- Activities: All sorts of activities available including cycling tours, cooking classes, and temple visits.
- Other Facilities: An on-site scuba-diving agency also provides trips around the region, including the Bali Barat National Park. The boutique has an impressive selection of clothes and souvenirs.
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: The beachside restaurant serves a tempting range of Indonesian, Balinese, and Western food. Located between the restaurant and pool, the bar is ideal for cocktails at sunset.
- Breakfast: Included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 9 pm.
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Standard Rooms • Deluxe Garden View Rooms • Deluxe Premium Rooms • Super Deluxe Sea View Rooms • Two-Bedroom Pool Villas
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms but is permitted elsewhere.
- Best Room: Two-Bedroom Pool Villas are very spacious, offering limited sea views, an outdoor bathroom, and abundant furniture on the deck alongside the private pool.
- For Families: Cots.
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Pemuteran is several kilometers long and the limited facilities are spread out, so expect to do a lot of walking. The road is flat and wide, although busy, and reasonable for cycling. The resort offers free rental of bikes.
- Public Transport: Decrepit buses and bemos (minivans) ply the main road, linking all places within Pemuteran and connecting Pemuteran with Lovina, Pura Pulaki temple, and the turnoff to Banjar (see later).
- Shuttle Buses: No tourist shuttle buses venture this far. They do travel to Lovina, from where it’s easy enough to catch a bus or bemo to Pemuteran.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis, so charter a car with a driver for trips outside the region. A few local agencies rent motorbikes (which are a terrific way to explore the north coast) and cars (but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended).
Adi Assri Beach Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
There are only a handful within walking distance:
- Warung Dive Bar – Fab hangout for divers and serves excellent food. Virtually opposite the resort entrance. 1-minute walk (80m).
- The5 Garden Resto & Bar – Usual array of Indonesian and Western food, with super-friendly staff and garden setting. About 100m west of the resort entrance. 2-minute walk.
- Warung Ganesh (0)823 4130 6661 – 450m west of the resort entrance. Inviting décor, better-than-average food, and tables away from the noisy road. 5-minute walk.
- The Prana – Traditional setting and extensive menu. Next to the Ganesh. 6-minute walk (450m).
- There’s a minimart opposite the resort entrance, but not much shopping elsewhere in Pemuteran.
- Pulau Menjangan – Part of a national park, this uninhabited island offers world-class snorkeling/diving and rugged hiking. Organize a daytrip through the hotel.
- Pura Pulaki (2.3km) – Extraordinary beachside temple full of monkeys that actually swim. Close enough to cycle. 3-minute drive.
- Diving – Arguably some of the finest diving in Bali is along the coast nearby. A few agencies in Pemuteran can arrange trips, including Bali Diving Academy, located withing the resort.
Useful (but decrepit) public transport can be used to reach:
- Banjar (39km) – Delightful village with fantastic hot springs and Bali’s largest monastery. From the turn-off (50 minutes east), take a motorbike taxi. The walk down (3km) to the main road from either place is very pleasant. 55-minute drive.
- Lovina (45km) – More developed tourist region but also with a grey beach. 1-hour drive.
- Singaraja (55km) – Bali’s second city boasts a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. 80-minute drive.