Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas Hotel in Candidasa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 9, 2019

Review of Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas in Bali.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Amid the action, yet tranquil and relaxed.

The cottages offer agreeable garden views from expansive verandas, as well as a separate lounge/dining area and massive bathroom. Even more appealing are the two-story villas which are secluded, airy, and spacious, and boast sea views. A curved terrace covers the classy bistro, while nearby steps lead to a protected swimming area. But most guests prefer to relax on the sunbeds, lounge chairs, and gazebos facing the circular pool, among the tropical gardens, or on the raised sandy area with dramatic ocean vistas. The lobby, with its welcoming Balinese décor, is only a hundred meters from the main road with endless cafés and shops, but rooms are sheltered from the continual traffic noise.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Pantai Indah road, Candidasa, on the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: Faces the coast in a tranquil area. Along a quiet laneway that starts where the main road heads inland, but only 100m from the facilities and transport in Candidasa.
  • How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 1.5-hour drive) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See under Local Transport later about tourist shuttle buses.
  • Handy to: Snorkeling spots just offshore.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, so families and couples will feel comfortable.
  • Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. There is no beach in front of the hotel, but steps lead to a protected area for swimming and snorkeling just in front.
  • Views: All accommodation faces the gardens, while the twin-level Pool Villas may offer sea views, foliage permitting.
  • Kitchen: Pool Villas feature a kitchenette.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided – nor really expected – at this sort of hotel in Candidasa.
  • Extras: Bicycle rental.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure spaces 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)363 41145
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: discoverycandidasa.com

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is circular, with a swim-up bar in the middle, but seems rather undersized.
  • Spa: The Ayurvedic SPA offers an extensive range of massages and traditional treatments focusing on de-stressing. The best in this part of Candidasa.
  • Fitness Center: Perhaps not expected at a smallish resort like this in Candidasa.
  • Activities: Wide range of exciting activities including village tours, trekking, and scuba-diving can be arranged through the reception. Yoga Classes on the upper floor.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The classy Stran Nik Restaurant and Bar provides enjoyable sea views from the open-air terrace. Serves the usual array of Indonesian and Western food, but also good-value set menus and buffets. Some tables are particularly intimate.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included but available at the resort for an extra cost.
  • Room Service: Limited services available during restaurant hours, i.e. about 7 am to 9 pm.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Cottages • Pool Villas with 2 or 3 bedrooms
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not permitted in the rooms and restaurant, but allowed anywhere else.
  • Best Room: Pool Villas are lovely: secluded, with 2 levels, sizeable private pool, and kitchenette.
  • For Families: Pool Villas (with 2 or 3 bedrooms) feature a kitchenette, separate living room, and a decent-sized pool.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The main road through Candidasa is only 1km long and an easy walk. The road is flat and reasonably wide (but very busy), so bicycles are a good option. These can be rented from the hotel.
  • Public Transport: Long-distance minibusses career along the road between Amlapura and Denpasar (via the turnoff to Padangbai), but not really needed in the local area.
  • Shuttle Bus: The main island-wide operator, Perama, offers several services daily to Kuta, Ubud, and Lovina, all via Padangbai. The office is at the far western end of the main road, 1.2km away. 14-minute walk.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis in this area, so charter a car with a driver from someone along the main road, or better, through the hotel. Renting a car is possible from local agencies (but not recommended anywhere in Bali), while motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the east coast.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Several quiet and pleasant places can be found along the laneway within a few minutes’ walk of the resort, including:
  • Warung Candidasa Moka – Delicious coffee and simple meals, opposite the hotel entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • Rathbone’s – Agreeable poolside eatery at the Bali Seascape Beach Club, 110m further along. 1-minute walk.
  • Ganesha – Enticing daily specials and likeably peculiar décor, 300m past the Seascape. 5-minute walk.
  • Within 250m of where the main road and laneway to the hotel meet are more excellent options:
  • Vincent’s – Lounge chairs, live jazz, and fine dining. 3-minute walk.
  • Dewata Agung – Traditional décor and tempting Indonesian meals. 3-minute walk.
  • Le 48 – A very classy bistro facing the lagoon. 3-minute walk.

Shops

  • The 1km-long main road is bursting with all sorts of shops, from minimarts to souvenir stalls. No malls, but enough places to satisfy most.

Attractions

  • Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
  • Tenganan (6km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful. 12-minute drive.
  • Pasir Putih (8.2km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village. 20-minute drive.
  • Padangbai (13.7km) – With a scenic cove, more renowned as the terminal for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Accessible by public minibus, shuttle bus, and/or motorbike taxi. 25-minute drive.
  • Tirtagangga (16.4km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus. 30-minute drive.

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – The Hotel

The resort is located down a lane in Candidasa.

The resort is located 100m down a laneway from the main road in Candidasa, along the east coast of Bali.

The resort is located in Candidasa's quietest neighborhood.

The resort is in the quietest area of Candidasa: distant from the main road, and among expat villas and local homes.

The spacious resort has plenty of shade and parking.

The Discovery is spacious, with plenty of shade and parking for guests.

Even though the resort faces the coast, there is no beach.

The resort faces the coast, but there is no beach in front – which is normal throughout Candidasa.

The lobby is connected to the pool and sea by a garden path.

A path from the lobby leads through lush gardens to the pool and sea.

Chair swings are scattered around the resort gardens.

The resort gardens are dotted with inviting chairs.

An special sandy area gives off a beach vibe.

A sandy area has been created to enhance the tropical holiday vibe.

A special curved structure houses the restaurant, bar, and spa.

An unusual curved structure is home to the resort’s restaurant, bar, and spa.

Swinging chairs on the upper level of the structure offer great sea views.

The upper level of the curved structure is lined with swinging chairs offering fabulous sea views.

The Stran Nik Restaurant is classy.

The classy Stran Nik Restaurant is along the lower level.

The curved terrace leads up to a bar.

At the end of the curved terrace is a bar.

The circular pool is small and can get crowded.

The pool features an interesting design, but could become crowded at times.

The spa offers a diverse range of good treatments.

The spa at the resort offers an impressive range of treatments – among the best in Candidasa.

The Pool Villas have 2 or 3 bedrooms and a private pool.

The 2-level Pool Villas contain 2 or 3 bedrooms and a private pool.

The cottages are traditionally-designed.

The delightful cottages feature a traditional design.

The spacious cottages feature photos of underwater delights.

Cottages are surprisingly spacious and contain photos of local underwater delights.

The cottages feature full-length windows that let in plenty of light.

Cottages have full-length windows.

Dewata Agung nearby serves delicious Indonesian food.

Where the laneway to the resort meets the main road, Dewata Agung provides tasty Indonesian food.

Vincent's Bar & Restaurant features live jazz on most nights.

Next to Dewata Agung, Vincent’s is a classy bar/restaurant featuring live jazz most nights.

Warung Candidasa Moka opposite the hotel serves good coffee and simple meals.

Directly opposite the hotel entrance, Warung Candidasa Moka offers tasty coffee and simple meals.

The Bali Seascape Beach Club houses Rathbone's restaurant.

Rathbone’s restaurant is within the nearby Bali Seascape Beach Club.

Ganesha restaurant nearby has good decor and food.

Probably the nicest place to eat along the laneway from the resort is Ganesha, which has a fascinating décor.

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