by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Genuine eco-friendly resort offering some of the most exceptional views in Bali.
The one, two, and three-bedroom villas are tiered along cliffs, each providing jaw-dropping panoramas of the rugged coastline of eastern Bali. All villas are comfortable, if a little rustic, with a kitchen, open-air bathroom, and high thatched roof. With no proper walls, the windows, balcony, and empty spaces maximize the vistas and breezes, and they are separated and secluded behind walls and/or private gardens. The indescribable views are shared equally with the yoga deck, art gallery, spa, and restaurant, while plenty of activities are also on offer. Within a short (but steep) climb of the charming village of Padangbai, and only 300m to the Crusoe-esque Blue Lagoon beach.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – The Location
- Address: Jalan Silayukti road, which extends up a steep hill from the end of the beachside street in Padangbai, a quiet village along the east coast of Bali.
- Area: On a stunning clifftop in the tranquil northern part of the village. About 500m via a very steep road from the limited facilities in central Padangbai.
- How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars will take anyone this far from the airport, so best to arrange a pickup (about 1.5 hours) through the hotel. Many people come on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by all sorts of speedboat companies. Buy tickets from agencies at either end or compare schedules and buy tickets online. (See under Local Transport later for information about shuttle buses.)
- Handy to: 1,000-year-old Pura Silayukti temple. Snorkeling just offshore. Pier for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Terminal for ferries to Lombok Island.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – The Basics
- Guests: Caters for all, but most guests seem to be couples and smaller groups of all ages.
- Beach: Alongside a divine cove called Blue Lagoon Beach, with extra-white sand. Ideal for snorkeling and swimming, but be wary of waves and undertows. The beach is about 300m from the hotel entrance, via steep roads and steps.
- Views: Almost all bungalows face the ocean for spectacular views along the northeast coast, but don’t overlook the beach.
- Kitchen: Most villas contain a kitchen.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of eco-conscious boutique hotel (where some rooms don’t even have air-conditioning).
- Extras: Yoga classes each morning.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
- Parking: 1 or 2 free and secure parking spots available at the lobby, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)363 41211
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: bloolagoon.com
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Amenities
- Pool: The pool sparkles and features a modest waterslide.
- Spa: The award-winning Spiral Spa Bloo is committed to the well-being and health of all guests, offering an impressive range of holistic treatments.
- Fitness Center: None, perhaps a little surprisingly.
- For Families: Lessons for children in kite-making and Balinese cooking.
- Activities: Classes in yoga (free) and Indonesian cooking.
- Other Facilities: All sorts of activities, including scuba-diving, can be arranged at reception. Blootique sells locally-made jewelry and handicrafts, as well as snorkeling gear and massage oils. Computer station. Art gallery.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Food and Drink
- Restaurant & Bar: Beautifully situated at a higher level offering unparalleled views of Padangbai and the east coast is the Helix 64 Restaurant and Bar. The menu is extensive and pricey (as expected), with a focus on soups and salads using organic ingredients grown onsite. Plenty of wines and desserts further enhance the enjoyment.
- Breakfast: Healthy breakfast is included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – about 7 am to 9 pm.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Rooms
- Room Types: Small Villas • Family Villas • Large Villas
- Smoking Rooms: Not permitted anywhere on the hotel grounds.
- Best Room: All villas are exquisite, and each uniquely designed and decorated. Ask for one with air-conditioning, if required, because not all feature this (and none have a TV).
- For Families: The Small Villas have space for at least 1 child, and often 2. Family Villas feature 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen/lounge/dining area, while the Large Villas can accommodate 6 or 7 people.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Local Transport
- Walking: Padangbai is just a village, so everything is within walking distance. But the hotel is up a steep road, about 500m from the limited facilities on offer.
- Public Transport: Padangbai is about 2km from a junction on the main road along the east coast. Decrepit minibusses stop at this junction on their way to Denpasar or Amlapura (via Candidasa). Motorbike taxis take passengers between the junction and Padangbai, or anywhere else for a negotiable fare.
- Shuttle Bus: The island-wide operator, Perama, offers services to Ubud, Kuta, Candidasa, Amed, and Lovina. The Perama office is now inconveniently located about 500m up the main road from the ferry terminal (18-minute walk). A few locally-operated companies also offer similar services.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis operate in this part of Bali. For day trips or airport transfers, charter a car with a driver from someone on the streets, or better, through the hotel. There’s nowhere to reliably rent a car (which is not recommended anyway), but motorbikes are easy to arrange and an exhilarating way to explore the east coast.
Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
- Facing the impeccable Blue Lagoon Beach, about 300m away, 2 similar warungs (food stalls) offer simple meals and unbeatable views: Warung Blue Lagoon and Warung Shanti. 6-minute walk.
- Warung Manggane – Along the steep road to the resort, it provides simple meals and views to rival anywhere in Padangbai. 8-minute walk.
- Topi Inn – Justifiably popular hangout with bright décor, scrumptious food, and live music some nights. About 300m away, where the beachside street heads upwards to the resort. 8-minute walk.
- Kerti Restaurant (0)363 41391 – Best along the beachside street, if only for the elevated position offering superior views. Not far past the Topi Inn. 10-minute walk.
Shops & Markets
- Minimarts sell basic supplies along the beachside street, but there is nothing much to buy anywhere in Padangbai. Spreading along a road up from the ferry terminal most mornings, the village market is worth a look.
- Padangbai is a delightful base from which to explore the east coast of Bali, including:
- Goa Lawah (8.7km) – Impressive temple with an eerie cave choked with bats. Accessible by public transport from the junction. 18-minute drive.
- Candidasa (13km) – Rival resort region with better facilities. Also accessible by public transport from the junction. 25-minute drive.
- Klungkung (17km) – Regional center with impressive water palace and bustling market just across the road. 35-minute drive.
- Snorkeling – Excellent at Blue Lagoon Beach, but be wary of waves and undertows. Snorkeling gear can be rented there.
- Swimming – The main beach is scenic, but better swimming and sunbathing at Blue Lagoon Beach and the desolate Bias Tugel. The latter is about 1km from the post office (just up from the ferry terminal), via a steep road. 9-minute drive.