Alam Bali Hotel in Tanjung Benoa

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 16, 2019

Review of Alam Bali Hotel in Tanjung Benoa, Bali.

Alam Bali – Radiates charisma and personality rarely found in this increasingly hectic region.

The antithesis of a charmless mega-resort, this adorable guesthouse offers three definite advantages: with only a handful of rooms, the staff is extremely helpful and friendly; it’s set back from the main road; it’s excellent value for money. What’s more, rates include breakfast and a free shuttle service to Nusa Dua. Standard Rooms are in a row at the back of the quaint gardens, and for a minimal extra cost, the Superior Rooms are far better – spacious, stylish, mostly separated, and facing the pool.

Alam Bali – The Location

  • Address: Just off Jalan Pratama, the main road through Tanjung Benoa, a quieter resort region along a peninsula in southern Bali.
  • Area: Along a serene backstreet, about 200m from the beach and water-sports kiosks. Great position midway along the peninsula, with plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (14km, via the tollway), depending on traffic.

Alam Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters mostly to couples and small groups of all ages seeking an affordable guesthouse.
  • Beach: The beach is about 200m away. Cut through one of the resorts along the main road. All beaches in Tanjung Benoa are open to the public, and many are used for noisy water-sports.
  • Views: Standard Rooms face the garden at the back, while most Superior Rooms overlook the pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at a low-priced guesthouse like this.
  • Extras: Daily shuttle service to the beach in Nusa Dua.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free at the reception and around the pool, but access rarely possible in rooms at the back.
  • Parking: A couple of spots at the reception area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 771 767
  • Email: Send a message through their website alambalihotel.com
  • Website: alambalihotel.com

Alam Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Decent size considering there’s only a handful of rooms.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of guesthouse.

Alam Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Small café at the reception area only offers breakfast to guests.
  • Breakfast: Breakfast is included. Decent serve of eggs and fruit.
  • Room Service: Complimentary tea served to the rooms from about 7 am to 7 pm.

Alam Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Standard Rooms • Superior Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking is allowed in the rooms, but is permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Of the handful of Superior Rooms, most face the pool (which can get noisy at times). A couple are more secluded and tranquil.

Alam Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Almost everything required is within walking distance. The main road is long, flat, and comparatively quiet, but very few shops in Tanjung Benoa rent bikes.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There is no public transport in the area. To reach attractions within southern Bali, metered taxis are cheap and comfortable. Driving a car anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but cars can be rented from a few agencies along the main road, while motorbikes are not as easy to rent as they are elsewhere. For longer distances, hire a car with a driver through the hotel.
  • Local Shuttle Buses: No shuttle bus company offers services to/from Tanjung Benoa, including the Kura-Kura Bus. About every hour during shopping time, a free shuttle bus (available to all) links major hotels in Tanjung Benoa with the Bali Collection mall in Nusa Dua (see below). Catch the bus at Hotel Nikko, 400m to the north. 5-minute walk.

Alam Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Warung Nyoman – On the main road, opposite the access lane to the hotel. Classy and popular, featuring an extended menu and quiet garden setting at the back. 1-minute walk (80m).
  • Mr Bob Beachfront Bar & Grill – Rare seaside setting, with fresh seafood, pork ribs, friendly staff, and live music. About 100m north up the road. 1-minute walk.
  • Coco Bistro – One in an island-wide chain of popular, reliable, and inexpensive cafés. 350m up the road from the hotel. 5-minute walk.
  • Bumbu Bali Tanjung – Glorious traditional setting, authentic Balinese food, and cooking classes. 700m north of the resort. 9-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimarts in both directions, but little else to excite shoppers. So take the free hourly shuttle bus from any resort in Tanjung Benoa to Bali Collection, a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua with department stores, large souvenir shops, and abundant cafés. 8-minute drive (3.5km).

Attractions

  • Tanjung Benoa is renowned as the epicenter in Bali for all sorts of activities on and above the water. One of the better places for jet-skiing or parasailing is PT Segara Mas. It is at the end of the lane to the beach which starts about 200m south of the hotel’s access lane. 4-minute walk.

Alam Bali – The Hotel

The hotel is located in Tanjung Benoa.

Alam Bali is in Tanjung Benoa, a more low-key tourist region in southern Bali.

The hotel is located away from the main road on a quiet backstreet.

The hotel is located along a quiet backstreet, about 50m from the main road.

The large reception is very welcoming and friendly.

The hotel is so welcoming and friendly, with a sizeable lounge area at the reception for guests.

A stone path leads to the small number of rooms.

The handful of rooms are accessible along a stone path.

The hotel garden has lovely traditional touches.

The layout is particularly attractive, with many traditional touches around the garden.

Most Superior Rooms face the main pool.

Most Superior Rooms are detached and face the pool.

All rooms come with patios.

Each room features a patio.

Superior Rooms come with elegant bathrooms.

A standout feature of the Superior Rooms is the elegant bathrooms.

Superior Rooms have lovely furniture.

Superior Rooms contain some lovely furniture.

The spacious Standard Rooms are very colorful.

Standard Rooms are also spacious and colorful.

Some Standard Rooms don't have pool views, but are brighter and more airy.

The Standard Rooms further back don’t overlook the pool, but are brighter and more airy.

Mr Bob is one of few beach-facing cafes nearby.

One of few cafés facing the beach, Mr Bob is only 200m north along the main road from the hotel.

Coco Bistro serves extremely fresh seafood.

About 150m past Bumbu Bali, Coco Bistro offers super-fresh seafood.

Warung Nyoman opposite the hotel lane is very popular.

Opposite the lane to the hotel, Warung Nyoman is popular, with quieter tables at the back.

Tanjun Benoa is famous for its wide and affordable selection of water sports.

Tanjung Benoa is famous for its range of affordable water sports.

Free hourly shuttle buses ferry guests to Bali Collection in Nusa Dua.

Free shuttle buses transfer anyone (whether guests or not) from major resorts in Tanjung Benoa to the delightful outdoor mall at the neighboring region of Nusa Dua.

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