Ayodya Resort Bali Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 29, 2019

Review of Ayodya Resort Bali in Bali.

Ayodya Resort Bali – Traditional design and ambience, with one of Bali’s premier gardens.

Unlike other modern resorts, the Ayodya is old-fashioned (in a good way), tastefully designed, and radiating tradition and charm. The lobby is decorated with several Balinese carvings and statues, and their exceptional gardens feature seemingly endless ponds, swaying palms, lawns edging towards the sea, and an amphitheater for live performances. The broad beach lacks shade but most guests prefer to gather around the vast infinity pool’s ‘islands’ and fountains. Rooms are stylishly furnished with lovely Balinese-style cushions and lampshades and feature balconies/verandas facing the gardens, ponds, and/or pools (though none have sea views). Plenty of activities are offered, such as squash, yoga, and cycling, and there’s a playground and kids club for the younger set. Unlike most rivals, the Ayodya is also within walking distance of affordable cafés and shops outside of Nusa Dua.

Ayodya Resort Bali – The Location

  • Address: Just south of the Southern Gate to Nusa Dua, a complex of 4 and 5-star resorts, and a very popular tourist region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Faces a glorious beach within an area more spacious and tranquil than the rest of southern Bali. Convenient to most facilities in Nusa Dua.
  • 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 (13km via the tollway), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Golf course. Extra facilities outside the Nusa Dua complex.

Ayodya Resort Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well to all, from families to couples of all ages.
  • Kids Club: Camp Ananda provides abundant activities, e.g. classes in Indonesian arts & crafts and turtle release (in season). Within a secure and well-supervised environment that includes an outdoor playground.
  • Beach: Wide and scenic, with white sand and calm water. A little short, however, and no shade.
  • Views: All rooms are 100m+ from the beach and face the gardens, pools, and/or ponds. Some suites overlook a neighboring resort.
  • Kitchen: Many suites feature fully-equipped kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: A few suites have plunge pools.
  • Extras: Bicycles can be rented and used within the resort grounds.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure spots but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 771 102
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: ayodyaresortbali.com

Ayodya Resort Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Several infinity-edge pools. The main one is extraordinary, featuring islands, fountains, and water spouts.
  • Spa: The Ayodya Spa by Mandara offers a more extensive array of treatments than at most resorts.
  • Fitness Center: Fully-equipped and very spacious.
  • For Families: Lessons in Balinese dance. Traditional performances at the on-site amphitheater (free for guests).
  • Activities: Squash court. Yoga. Aerobics. Ping pong. Water-sports.
  • Other Facilities: Medical Clinic. Gift shop. Arts/crafts gallery. Business Center.

Ayodya Resort Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: • Surfer’s Corner – Relaxed position alongside the main pool. Casual meals all day. • Genji – Authentic Japanese fare, featuring teppanyaki. • Octopus Ristorante – Elegant setting but laidback vibe. Italian food and long list of desserts. • Waterfall Restaurant – Focuses on Indonesian cuisine from across the archipelago. Balinese décor and poolside location. Open 24 hours. • Ayodya Beach Club & Grill – Lots of fun during the day; more intimate at night. • Java Hut – Lobby cocktail lounge, nightly vibrant music.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included in rates, but this depends on the room and method of booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

Ayodya Resort Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Honeymoon • Grande • Grande Honeymoon • Ayodya Palace • Ayodya Garden Suites • Rama Shinta Suites • Mandavi Suites • Baratha Suites • Dasaratha Suites • Kausalya Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The ultra-luxurious Kausalya Suites are 5-6 times larger than Deluxe Rooms. Facing the beach, they feature separate living areas, exquisite marble bathrooms, and extended private pools. Plus saunas and 24-hour butler service.
  • For Families: All rooms and suites contain sofas which can convert to single beds, while many have connecting doors. Suites have 2 bedrooms.

Ayodya Resort Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: It’s often a lot quicker – and certainly more scenic – to walk along the beachside path than the main road through Nusa Dua. This road is flat and comparatively quiet, so it’s ideal for cycling. Ask the reception about renting a bike.
  • Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport or shuttle buses around Bali, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Nusa Dua with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, metered taxis are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali; however, motorbikes are a fun and easy way to get around Nusa Dua and neighboring Tanjung Benoa but not elsewhere in southern Bali. All transport options can be arranged at the resort.
  • Local Shuttle Buses: Free shuttle buses link major hotels in Nusa Dua with the Bali Collection mall (see below). And this is a great way to reach other resorts, beaches, and facilities in Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.

Ayodya Resort Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Virtually opposite the main resort entrance is a roundabout with a gate. From there, the road (Jalan Pantai Mengiat) is lined with tempting cafés/bars – many offering free transfer to/from the resort.

Additionally, there are many fabulous choices at the Bali Collection mall, less than 1km via the road or beach from the resort (or take the shuttle bus). These include:

  • Coco Bistro – One in a popular island-wide chain. Pleasant courtyard setting; extensive menu, including tasty desserts and Chinese food. 11-minute walk (850m).
  • Gourmet & Café – Charming courtyard setting at the main gate. Seafood, Balinese dishes, and regular live music. 11-minute walk (900m).

Shops

  • Bali Collection is a delightful outdoor mall in Nusa Dua, with department stores, cavernous souvenir shops, and abundant cafés/bars. Less than 1km from the resort, via the road or beach. Free hourly shuttle bus from the mall. 11-minute walk.

Attractions

Ayodya Resort Bali – The Hotel

The resort is located just south of the popular tourist region of Nusa Dua.

The Ayodya is just outside the southern edge of Nusa Dua, one of the most popular tourist areas in southern Bali.

The vast resort has a very impressive layout.

The resort is vast and the layout very impressive.

The resort grounds feature several ponds, lagoons, gardens, and lawns.

The grounds are very spacious with ponds, lagoons, gardens, and lawns all over.

The resort stands out for its amazing lagoons.

The extensive lagoons make the Ayodya one of the most appealing among this area of 4 and 5-star resorts.

The shady gardens and lawns feature several lounge chairs.

The gardens are shaded, and lawns are sprinkled with lounge chairs.

The resort beach is glorious and the beachside path is ideal for walking and cycling.

The resort faces a glorious beach. Alongside, the path is ideal for walking and cycling.

The resort beach features white sand and calm water.

The beach in front of the resort offers white sand and calm water.

The resort has several infinity pools.

There is always plenty of space for guests to enjoy a swim at one of the several infinity-edged pools.

The Waterfall Restaurant is located by the pool.

The Waterfall Restaurant provides a lovely setting alongside the resort pool.

The bale banjar pavilion by the lobby is used for traditional music performances.

Near the lobby, guests can relax in the bale banjar pavilion, which is also used for performances of traditional music.

The sea-facing Ayodya Beach Club & Grill is a good place to eat and drink.

Facing the sea, Ayodya Beach Club & Grill is a relaxing place for a drink or meal.

Octopus Ristorante is an elegant place to dine at.

Particularly elegant is the Octopus Ristorante, also within the resort.

The Octopus Ristorante has outdoor seating by the lagoon.

Tables at the Octopus Ristorante spill out onto the terrace alongside a lagoon.

Restaurants offer mostly lagoon views.

The lagoons dominate most views from the restaurants.

Genji is a great Japanese restaurant.

Genji is yet another terrific place to eat within the vast Ayodya Resort.

Surfer’s Corner is great for cocktails.

Also within the resort, Surfer’s Corner is an inviting spot for a cocktail.

A water-sports kiosk offers a large selection of fun activities.

A water-sports kiosk at the resort offers all sorts of fun activities on or in the sea.

The resort hosts live traditional performances at the amphitheater.

Guests can attend free traditional performances at the resort’s amphitheater.

Most accommodations face the lagoons.

Almost all rooms and suites face the extensive lagoons.

The spacious suites sport a Balinese decor.

Suites are very spacious and feature a lovely Balinese décor.

The family-friendly suites can fit an extra single bed.

Suites can fit extra single beds, ideal for small families.

The suites have elegant furnishings and separate living areas.

Furnishing in the suites is traditional and elegant, especially in the separate living area.

All rooms and suites come with balconies or patios.

All rooms and suites feature balconies or patios offering views of the gardens and lagoons.

Warung Yasa Segara café nearby is accessible by the beachside path.

Just north of the resort via the beachside path is the affordable Warung Yasa Segara café.

The INAYA Putri resort nearby has several cafes and bars.

Several café/bars in the neighboring INAYA Putri resort are less than 200m north of the Ayodya via the beachside path.

Aglio Ristorante just outside the resort entrance is a charming eatery.

Aglio Ristorante is one of several charming eateries along a street that runs west from the Southern Gate, just outside the resort entrance.

Mai-Mai is a shady and friendly cafe.

Near the Aglio, Mai-Mai offers a shady setting and congenial bar counter.

Nyomans Beer Garden near the Aglio is more than just a bar.

Nyoman’s Beer Garden, also near the Aglio.

The delightful Bali Collection is an outdoor mall with several shops and restaurants.

Bali Collection is a delightful outdoor mall packed with places to eat, drink, and shop – less than 1km away and accessible by foot or shuttle bus.

Coco Bistro is a fabulous cafe at the mall.

One of many fabulous places to eat and drink at Bali Collection is the Coco Bistro.

Gourmet & Café at the Bali Collection mall is very pleasant.

Also at the Bali Collection mall is the pleasant Gourmet & Café.

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