Absolut Mykonos Hotel in Mykonos

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 21, 2019

Review of Absolut Mykonos in Mykonos, Greece.

Absolut Mykonos – Five-star boutique hotel with an infinity pool, full-service spa, and gorgeous sunset views, all within walking distance of Megali Ammos Beach and Mykonos Town.

Absolut Mykonos is a family-owned luxury hotel conveniently located near the island’s best dining and nightlife, and walking distance to the beach. Its free-form infinity pool has a built-in jacuzzi and stellar sunset views from the pool deck or bar. The Junior Suites can run on the smaller side, but the hotel offers several spacious suites, including the Absolut Suite with a private jacuzzi and their unique three-level Traditional Windmill suite. Service is always warm and personal. The hotel is located on top of a hill, about ten minutes on foot to Megali Ammos Beach or to Mykonos Town.

Absolut Mykonos – Location

  • Area: Absolut Mykonos is located just above Megali Ammos Beach at the edge of Mykonos Town, about a 6 to 12-minute walk from the nightlife, dining, and shopping that has made Mykonos famous. The landmark Kato Mili windmills and the Old Port are accessible within 8 and 11 minutes’ walk, respectively. The bus stop at Fabrika is only 4 minutes’ walk away, making it a breeze to reach the island’s best beaches, airport, and ferry port at Tourlos.
  • How to Get There: Absolut Mykonos is located just off the main road connecting Mykonos Town to the airport and southern beaches, making it very easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. Buses from the Airport or the Ferry Port (aka New Port aka Tourlos) to Mykonos town run several times a day throughout the summer season, but only every few hours in the winter. Fabrika is the closest bus stop to the hotel, just a 4-minute walk (350m) away. There is also a bus stop near the Old Port, about 19 minutes’ walk (1.5km) to the hotel. The bus from the Airport to Fabrika takes about 15 minutes, while the bus from the New Port to Fabrika takes just under 20 minutes. The walk from Fabrika to Absolut Mykonos is mostly along a flat route, though the street is narrow and there is a good deal of traffic. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only 30 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there is usually a long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Absolut Mykonos should be about €15, and a taxi from the ferry port to Absolut Mykonos should be about €18 to €20. There will be a small surcharge for luggage or for booking in advance. If renting a car, the hotel offers free valet parking (a huge perk).
  • Handy To: Megali Ammos Beach (8-minute walk). Dining, nightlife, and shopping in the Chora (6 to 12-minute walk). The Windmills of Kato Mili/Little Venice (9-minute walk).

Absolut Mykonos – The Basics

  • Ages: The hotel is open to guests of all ages. Most guests tend to be couples, friends, or groups between ages 25-65.
  • Beach: The nearest beach to Absolut is Megali Ammos. The hotel sits right above the beach, though it takes a good 8 minutes to hike the trail down to the water. Megali Ammos is an unorganized beach with no beach clubs or sunbeds to rent, though there is a fantastic little restaurant there, Joanna’s Nikos Place, with amazing sunset views. The best organized beach nearby is at Ornos, 2.4 km away (5-minute drive). This is a popular beach with golden sand, clear water, and plenty of beach clubs. Ornos Beach and several other great beaches (Platys Gialos, Paraga, Paradise, and Agios Ioannis) are easy to reach by bus from Fabrika nearby.
  • View: The vast majority of rooms at Absolut have sea views. There are a few junior suites and the 2-bedroom Veranda Suite that have garden or courtyard views, which are basically street and village views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Absolut Suite and the Windmill Suite both have private, outdoor jacuzzis.
  • Parking: The hotel offers free parking in their lot on-site.
  • Extras: Most bookings include complimentary arrival/departure transfer, super fast wi-fi in each room and throughout the hotel, free use of the sauna and steam room in the spa, laptop on request, concierge, babysitting (additional fee), and 24-hour reception.
  • When to Book: Absolut Mykonos is open from May through October. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22890 23883
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: absolutmykonos.com

Absolut Mykonos – Amenities

  • Pool: Absolut Mykonos has a free-form infinity pool with a built-in jacuzzi offering sunset views overlooking Megali Ammos Beach.
  • Spa: The hotel has a small, full service spa. Its steam room and sauna are complimentary for guests’ use.
  • Fitness Center: The hotel offers a small but well-equipped gym with cardio machines, free weights, and a cable machine.
  • For Disabled Guests: This hotel is spread over a few floors connected by stairs with no elevators. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: Absolut Mykonos is an all-ages hotel. Family amenities include babysitting (additional fee) and cots for extra guests. Most rooms are designed for 2 guests max, but the Spacious Two Bedroom Veranda Suite and the Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi can sleep up to 4.
  • Activities: The concierge team is happy to arrange tours or activities, including yachting, visits to Delos Island, cooking classes, helicopter tours, and more.

Absolut Mykonos – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Absolut’s restaurant is open all day long from 8 am until 11 pm and serves a small all-day menu of Greek and international meals, snacks, cocktails, and wines.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar is open from 11 am until midnight, offering fantastic cocktails and gorgeous sunset views.
  • Breakfast: A complimentary breakfast is included in most (but not all) room rates. Absolut offers a combination of a cold buffet and a supplementary à la carte menu from 7 am to 11 am. Though the restaurant is excellent overall, breakfast is not their strong suit. One coffee per guest is free every morning, though additional cups cost extra (very strange policy).
  • Room Service: Available during regular restaurant hours.

Absolut Mykonos – Rooms

  • Room Types: Unique Junior Suite Courtyard View • More than a Junior Suite Sea View • Enjoy Suite Sea View • Supreme Suite Sea View • Spacious Two Bedroom Veranda Suite • Absolut Suite Jacuzzi Sea View • Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The best rooms for couples are the Absolut Suite Jacuzzi Sea View and the Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi. The Absolut Suite offers a spacious 55sqm with an indoor jacuzzi, while the Traditional Windmill suite is the largest of all, spread across 3 stories with a private outdoor jacuzzi. The Traditional Windmill suite offers views of the village, Kato Mili windmills, and the sea in the distance (versus the direct view over the beach of the Absolut Suite), though the windows are small (as is typical of classic Cycladic architecture).
  • For Families: The best options for families are the Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi and the Spacious Two Bedroom Veranda Suite. The Traditional Windmill offers 2 bedrooms with queen-sized beds and 2 bathrooms spread across 3 stories with sea views, while the Spacious Two Bedroom features 1 king and 2 singles on one floor with 50 sqm of space and garden/courtyard views. Family amenities include baby cots and babysitting.

Absolut Mykonos – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located on the southern edge of Mykonos Town on a hill overlooking Megali Ammos Beach. Absolut is within a 7-minute walk (550m) of the heart of the village (Chora) and all of the island’s best dining, nightlife, and shopping, and about an 8-minute walk (600m) to the beach. Little Venice and the windmills are a 9-minute walk (800m) away, the Old Port is an 11-minute walk (950m) away, and 2 excellent sunset viewpoints are nearby at Boni’s windmill (850m, 12-minute walk) and 180° Sunset Bar (1.5km, 22-minute walk uphill). The road to and from town does not have a sidewalk and is pretty busy with cars, so exercise caution when walking, especially at night. That said, most people do walk in this area, so drivers are used to sharing the space with pedestrians here.
  • Bus: Absolut Mykonos is near 2 bus stops. The closest stop is at Fabrika, a 4-minute walk (350m) away, which serves the New Port (Tourlos), Airport, and the beaches at Ornos, Agios Ioannis, Platis Gialos, Paradise, and Paraga. There is also a bus stop at the far end of the Old Port (1.5km, 19-minute walk) that goes to the New Port (Tourlos), Ano Mera village and the beaches at Kalafati, Agios Stefanos, Kalo Livadi, Elia, and Panormos. There is no bus connecting Fabrika and the bus station at the Old Port; it takes about 14 minutes to walk from one to the other. Tickets cost from €1.60 to €2.30, depending on the destination. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 26 public buses serving the island. Bus schedules change every couple of weeks, so check the KTEL website for the most current timetables.
  • Taxi: The nearest taxi stand is at Fabrika next to the bus stop, about a 4-minute walk (300m) from the hotel, but there are generally fewer taxis traveling through this area than at the main taxi stand, which is about 17-minutes’ walk (1.3km) away, near the Old Port, behind the Cosmote building and next to the post office. There is almost always a wait at either taxi stand as there are only 30 taxis serving the entire island. Book ahead to avoid the wait, and have the driver meet you at the hotel instead. There will be a surcharge for advanced reservations (about €5) and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. A taxi from the airport to Absolut Mykonos should be about €15, and a taxi from the ferry port to Absolut Mykonos should be about €18 to €20.
  • Water Taxi: The New and Old Ports and several beaches are connected via a boat system. The Sea Bus connects the New Port, Old Port, and Delos Island with routes running about every 30 minutes, all wheelchair accessible, and all €2 one-way per person. Water taxis also connect the southern beaches, with routes connecting the main beaches at Ornos and Platis Gialos with the more remote beaches at Paraga, Paradise, Super Paradise, Agrari, and Elia. A one-beach pass is €10, while an all-day, all-beach pass costs €20.
  • Scooters and ATVs: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, and ATVs are super popular with tourists, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, these can be very dangerous to drive. The roads in Mykonos are zig-zagging, hilly, narrow, littered with potholes, sometimes dirt roads, and without street lights in most areas outside of Mykonos Town. And that’s not to mention the aggressive drivers, some of the world’s worst. A rental car is a much safer bet than a scooter or ATV, and can just as easily reach the more remote beaches on the island.

Absolut Mykonos – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Bakalo Greek Eatery: Excellent choice for simple, Greek comfort foods like moussaka and cheese dumplings. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Krama Fine Greek Dining: At Semeli Hotel, Krama features elevated versions of classic Greek comfort foods. 7-minute walk (550m).
  • Thioni Restaurant: Contemporary, creative Greek fine dining, also at the Semeli Hotel. 7-minute walk (550m).
  • Funky Kitchen: Phenomenal Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, fusing classic flavors and modern techniques and featuring seasonal, local ingredients. Great vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Reservations recommended. 7-minute walk (550m).
  • Joanna’s Nikos Place Taverna: Fresh fish and Greek favorites in a charming taverna on Megali Ammos Beach. 8-minute walk (650m).
  • To Maereio: Cozy restaurant serving traditional Greek family recipes and fantastic wine. This popular restaurant does not take reservations, so arrive early or have a glass of wine on the terrace while waiting. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • M-eating Restaurant: Creative, Greek fine dining with a casual atmosphere. Known for their lamb and beef dishes, fresh seafood, and their Mykonian onion pie. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Sakis Grill House: Great little pit stop for gyros, kebabs, and souvlaki. The best cheap eats on the island. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Kadena: Casual, waterfront spot for Greek and Italian food all day long until the wee hours. 11-minute walk (900m).
  • Caesar’s: Family-owned restaurant serving traditional Greek comfort foods in a friendly atmosphere. 12-minute walk (900m).
  • Nikkei: Romantic, Japanese-Peruvian fine dining restaurant under a huge bougainvillea. Do not miss the ceviche or the octopus-chorizo tacos. 12-minute walk (950m).
  • Pasaji: The best beach club in Ornos, Pasaji offers great sushi, meats, cocktails, and shisha served on the beach or in their open-air dining room. 6-minute drive (2.5km).
  • Kiki’s Tavern: Located at Agios Sostis Beach, Kiki’s Tavern is a little out of the way, but well worth the 16-minute drive (8km) to get there. This open-air restaurant serves a stripped down menu of grilled meats, seafood, and veggies in a stunning setting and free wine while you wait for a table (they do not take reservations).

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Alley Cocktail Bar: Awesome bar with a seasonal menu featuring local herbs, fresh fruits, and signature drink blends. 8-minute walk (650m).
  • Bao’s Cocktail Bar: Named after the pirate Bao, defender of the island, this bar offers amazing cocktails, all night dancing, and some of the best sunset views in Mykonos. Reserve ahead for the best view tables, or drop in anytime late for drinks and partying in the main bar or in their performance/VIP lounge Secret of Bao’s upstairs. 9-minute walk (750m).
  • Semeli the Bar: Spectacular sunset views outside and a packed dance floor inside. This bar tends to attract a younger crowd and more Americans than other bars in Mykonos. There is a 1-drink minimum per guest. 9-minute walk (750m).
  • Galleraki: Gorgeous spot for sunset cocktails and a lively atmosphere late into the night. The best views are from their upstairs balcony, so reserve ahead or arrive early to snag a spot there. 9-minute walk (800m).
  • Scarpa Bar: The best fresh fruit cocktails in Mykonos, known for their signature drinks, especially the Roger Rabbit (vodka, carrot, lime, peach, passionfruit). Their namesake Scarpa cocktail is the Greekest drink you’ll ever taste (mastiha, vanilla, beet, lemon, yogurt). Sunset views and house music until sunup. 9-minute walk (800m).
  • Skandinavian Bar Disco Nightclub: One of the oldest night spots in Mykonos, Skandinavian is a large complex with 2 bars downstairs, a rowdy dance club and bar upstairs, and an outdoor courtyard. 10-minute walk (800m).
  • Old Customs Café: The only rock bar in town, Old Customs plays a steady stream of indie, punk, and classic rock all through the night. Great beer, standard cocktails with heavy pours, and reasonable prices. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Katerina’s Cocktail Bar and Restaurant: Owned by the first female Greek sea captain, Katerina’s Bar offers a perfect perch for sunset views from the upstairs bar or the downstairs restaurant, serving exceptional seafood and refreshing cocktails at both spots. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Notorious: Cozy cocktail bar with a small all-day menu and creative, signature drinks. Live music most nights and karaoke on Friday nights. 11-minute walk (950m).
  • Jackie O’ Bar: The most fun bar in Mykonos, Jackie O’ is a gay bar (straight-friendly) open for sunset cocktails, all-night dancing, and nightly drag shows. They have a sister bar in Super Paradise Beach Club that’s also worth a visit. 12-minute walk (1km).
  • Babylon: Right next door to Jackie O’ Bar, this popular gay bar (straight-friendly) and dance club hosts regular events, including drag shows, dancers, and theme parties from sundown to sunup. 12-minute walk (1km).
  • @54 Lounge and Club: Gay/straight bar and dance club with an awesome DJ, friendly staff, and fantastic cocktails. The party starts late here, so arrive around 9 or 10 for a chill vibe or after midnight for a livelier atmosphere. 14-minute walk (1km).
  • 180° Sunset Bar: Amazing, outdoor bar with panoramic views over Mykonos Town and the Old Port. Though it’s usually busy, there is plenty of room to spread out over multiple patios. This is a more low-key bar than those in the heart of the village. 22-minute walk (1.5km).

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Cosmo Café: Charming little café with great coffee, fresh produce, and fantastic omelets and crepes. 5-minute walk (400m).
  • Gioras Wood Medieval Mykonian Bakery: The best baklava in Mykonos. Gioras has been in the same family for a couple hundred years and uses traditional recipes and methods to create their decadent pastries. 7-minute walk (550m).
  • Popolo: Amazing café offering rich coffee, freshly baked pastries, Greek pies, salads, and sandwiches on their homemade breads with exceptional meat and vegetarian menus. 10-minute walk (850m).

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

  • Mytho: Wonderful gift shop selling 100% Greek products, many handmade and unique. Located at the Kato Mili windmills. 8-minute walk (600m).
  • Osklen: Innovative, high-end, Brazilian streetwear boutique selling clothing, beachwear, shoes, and accessories for men and women. 9-minute walk (750m).
  • Alter Ego: Boutique shop specializing in women’s clothing, sandals, and jewelry by Greek designers. 9-minute walk (750m).
  • Soho Soho: There are 4 branches of this designer store in Mykonos, 2 of which are in Mykonos Town. The men’s shop is a 9-minute walk (750m) away, and the women’s shop is close to it (750m, 9-minute walk).
  • Optique Boutique: Stylish frames and sunglasses shop with a staff that excels at matching up shoppers with their most flattering shapes. 9-minute walk (800m).
  • Emmanouella’s: Women’s clothing boutique offering limited and exclusive pieces by Greek designers. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Elena Makri: Luxury women’s boutique by the former Vogue editor-in-chief. Clothing, shoes, and accessories that take inspiration from classical Greece. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Rarity Gallery: Truly amazing collection of contemporary artwork and exhibits, free admission, and no pressure to buy. 10-minute walk (850m).
  • Boutique of Sandals: Awesome selection of handmade, leather, Greek sandals. Some low-key designs but mostly crazy boho styles. 11-minute walk (900m).
  • Cosset Design: Upscale art, furnishings, and home décor store with a curated collection of unique and extravagant pieces. 12-minute walk (900m).
  • Ilias Lalaounis: Iconic jewelry store offering unique works by the legendary late goldsmith. 13-minute walk (1.1 km).

Nearby Attractions

  • Windmills of Kato Mili: 5 picturesque windmills that were once part of the largest, most important flour mill on the island that was in operation from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Only the exteriors are available to visit now. This is the most recognizable landmark on the island. 9-minute walk (700m).
  • Little Venice: The western half of Mykonos Town, with sunset view restaurants, lively bars, and all-night shopping, mostly built in converted 18th century fishing houses. 9-minute walk (800m).
  • Old Port: Beautiful waterfront neighborhood with restaurants, bars, shops, and a beach, plus the ferry to Delos Island. 11-minute walk (950m).
  • Paraportiani Orthodox Church: A complex of 5 churches built over the course of 2 centuries beginning in 1425. 11-minute walk (1km).
  • Boni’s Windmill: This 16th century windmill is the oldest on the island and offers gorgeous sunset views from the top of the hill. Inside the windmill is part of the Agricultural Museum, open in the summer months from 2 pm until 8 pm. 12-minute walk (850m).
  • Folklore Museum: Tiny, slightly disorganized collection of 19th-century Mykonian furniture, ship parts, and artifacts once owned by a local pirate. Free admission (donations welcome). 12-minute walk (1km).
  • Mykonos Farmers: Wonderful dairy offering tours of the facilities and a variety of cheesemaking classes. 6-minute drive (2.5km).
  • Delos Island: A holy sanctuary for over 1,000 years before becoming known as the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. The ruins of Delos are one of Greece’s most important archaeological sites. Ferries leave from the Old Port several times a day, and take about 20 to 30 minutes to reach the island, depending on the weather. A guide is recommended. Check here for schedule.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • AB Food Market: Small branch of the supermarket chain offering a good selection of groceries, produce, wine, and beverages at reasonable rates. 6-minute walk (500m).
  • O Parianos Fruit Shop: Excellent local vendor selling seasonal fruits and vegetables. 7-minute walk (400m).

Absolut Mykonos – The Hotel

The hotel offers free valet parking by the reception.

Outside of Absolut Mykonos. The door in the middle leads straight to the reception area, and the free parking lot can be seen on the left.

The hotel features a traditional Cycladic design.

Turning the other direction, you can better see the traditional Cycladic design of the building, with a white boxy shape and small windows (the windows in the suites are larger). To the right, the Traditional Windmill suite is visible.

The Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi suite is located by the reception.

View of the Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi suite from the front.

Absolut's windmill suite is the most luxurious one on the island.

The Traditional Windmill Outdoor Jacuzzi suite is the largest suite on-site with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms spread over 3 stories. Though Absolut’s windmill suite is not the only one on the island, it is definitely the most luxurious one.

The modern hotel reception is staffed round the clock.

Entering the hotel, guests are greeted at the 24-hour reception desk.

The hotel lobby and the rest of the hotel feature a contemporary, minimalist decor.

The lobby features a contemporary, minimalist décor, which is repeated throughout the hotel.

Breakfast is served in the coffee bar and restaurant by the lobby.

Adjacent to the lobby is the coffee bar and restaurant where the breakfast buffet is set up daily.

The restaurant serves excellent Greek and international dishes.

The restaurant offers a small but high-quality menu of Greek and international dishes throughout the day from 8 am until 11 pm.

The pool is located by the restaurant.

The pool is directly behind the restaurant.

The pool bar is by the free-form infinity pool.

The free-form infinity pool is surrounded by stylish sun loungers. The pool bar can be seen here in the back right.

The pool also has an attached jacuzzi.

There is an attached jacuzzi on the side closest to the restaurant.

The pool offers excellent sunset views over Megali Ammos Beach and Bao's Island.

The infinity pool and pool bar boast sweeping sunset views over Megali Ammos Beach, the Aegean Sea, and the old pirate hideout of Bao’s Island (Mpaos).

Megali Ammos Beach is within walking distance.

A zoomed in view of Megali Ammos Beach, about an 8-minute walk downhill.

The pool bar is open from 11 am to midnight.

The pool bar serves the pool and pool deck from 11 am to midnight.

The pool bar is very popular during sunsets.

The pool bar gets busy around sunset, so arrive early to get the best seat.

The hotel gym is small, modern, and bright.

Back inside Absolut there is a small, sunny gym with modern equipment.

The hotel has a full-service spa.

Near the gym is a tranquil full service spa…

The hotel spa offers several massage and treatments.

…offering a wide range of massage and treatments for men and women.

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Tandjung Sari Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 19, 2019

Review of Tandjung Sari in Sanur, Bali.

Tandjung Sari – Oozes tradition and charm in a top-notch location.

Built way back in 1962, the ‘Cape of Flowers’ is one of the very first hotels in Bali. It was designed to resemble a Balinese village, so all buildings are low-level, and mossy paths meander past ponds of goldfish and stone bowls filled with lotus flowers. With all rooms away from the main street, it is peaceful and serene, but still within a brief stroll to endless cafés and shops. Bungalows are separate and secluded behind lofty stone walls, and feature an elegant and often, individual design that marries the traditional (e.g. four-poster beds) with the modern (e.g. sunken baths). The twin-level viewing area overlooks the captivating seaside path and divine beachfront pool.

Tandjung Sari – The Location

  • Address: Set back 100m from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Prime location about halfway along Sanur. Faces the beach and is surrounded by cafés and other facilities along the road.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 30 minutes (15km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and Gili Islands. Golf course.

Tandjung Sari – The Basics

  • Guests: The setting overwhelmingly attracts couples, while the seclusion and old-style charm appeals more to older travellers.
  • Beach: Very scenic beach and abundant shade. Like all others in Sanur, it’s not private and can get crowded.
  • Views: Almost all accommodation is too far for any sea views. And many bungalows are secluded behind stone walls, although those on 2 levels boast some ocean views from the loft.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of old-fashioned boutique resort in Sanur.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Limited free and secure parking onsite, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 441
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tandjungsarihotel.com

Tandjung Sari – Amenities

  • Pool: The shady, saltwater pool facing the sea is charming, although not that secluded from the public walking along the beachside path.
  • Spa: None.
  • Fitness Center: Impressive for a mid-sized boutique hotel.
  • Activities: Yoga classes.
  • Other Facilities: Gift shop. Reading room.

Tandjung Sari – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The hotel restaurant boasts an adorable beachside setting. Every week or so there are Indonesian buffets with traditional dance/music by students sponsored by the hotel. Also, regular live jazz, and romantic tables on the sand. Transforms into a ‘food market’ at night on weekends.
  • Breakfast: Included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 9.30 pm.

Tandjung Sari – Rooms

  • Room Types: Village Bungalows • Two Storey Bungalows • Garden Seaview Bungalows • Beach Front Bungalows • Family Bungalows • South Garden Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: Strict policies, so check with the management before lighting up.
  • Best Room: The most adorable of many are the twin-level Beach Front Bungalows, with sea views from the upper floor. Surrounded by thriving private gardens and enticing verandas.
  • For Families: The 2-bedroom Family Bungalows comfortably accommodate 4, but the hotel is not really suitable for those with children.

Tandjung Sari – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from the hotel. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (2.2km, 7-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Tandjung Sari – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are towards the south, down the main street.

  • Rasa Senang Restaurant & Bar – The best place for Indonesian food, with renowned chefs offering cooking classes. Also, Mexican meals, cocktails, and set-price seafood menus. 100m from the hotel. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – Nightly music (often Irish-themed), shady setting, and friendly service. 3-minute walk (210m).
  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. The burgers are big and service, attentive. Opposite The Wicked Parrot. 3-minute walk (240m).
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Just past The Porch. 4-minute walk (350m).
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. 400m south of the hotel. 5-minute walk.

Shops

  • Numerous minimarts are present in all directions. Barely 100m south down the street from the hotel, the very elegant boutique, Uluwatu, sells gorgeous things made from lace. 1-minute walk.
  • About 650m south along the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 8-minute walk.

Attractions

  • The massive 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course dominates northern Sanur, about 1.5km away. 20-minute walk.
  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 40-minute drive (23km).

Tandjung Sari – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the relaxed and fabulous region of Sanur.

The hotel is in a fabulous location, about halfway along Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.

The lobby and rooms are located away from the noisy main road.

The hotel lobby is set back about 100m from the main street, ensuring that no rooms suffer from traffic noise.

The hotel is one of the first built anywhere in Bali.

The ‘Cape of Flowers’ hotel was one of the very first built anywhere in Bali.

The scenic beach in front of the hotel has plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas.

Abundant lounge chairs and umbrellas are set up for guests on the scenic stretch of beach in front of the hotel.

The hotel restaurant touches the public beachside path running through Sanur.

The hotel restaurant stretches out to the beachside path that links the hotel with the rest of Sanur in both directions.

The traditionally-designed restaurant faces the sea.

The hotel restaurant features a traditional design and perfect position facing the sea.

Bicycling along the lovely beachside path is a great way to explore Sanur.

A splendid way to explore Sanur and reach nearby restaurants is by bicycle along the lovely beachside path that stretches almost the entire length of Sanur.

The hotel features a lovely traditional design.

The Tandjung Sari contains lovely traditional structures, such as this Balinese-style bale hut.

The reading room is also very pleasant.

Also very appealing is the reading room at the hotel.

The pool is small but adequate for the number of guests.

The pool seems smallish, but is a reasonable size considering the limited number of guests.

Gazebos adorn the hotel gardens.

The hotel gardens are sprinkled with traditional gazebos which are perfect for relaxing.

Stone paths lead to bungalows among the beautiful gardens.

Bungalows are among divine gardens and accessible via stone paths.

The lush gardens feature lots of palms and ponds.

The gardens are flourishing, with abundant palms and ponds.

Superior bungalows feature high walls and private gardens.

The superior bungalows are secluded behind walls and feature extended private gardens.

The bungalow porches are quite large.

The porch attached to every bungalow is substantial.

The bright bungalows feature lots of traditional furniture.

Bungalows are brightly decorated, with plenty of space for traditional furniture.

The bungalow bathrooms are exquisite.

One exceptional feature of each bungalow is the exquisite bathroom.

Some bungalows feature open-air bathrooms with standalone bathtubs.

Some bungalows feature an open-air bathroom with a stylish tub.

All bungalows have 4-poster beds.

Each bungalow also has a 4-poster bed.

Bungalows come with large desks.

Bungalows are spacious enough for a sizeable desk.

Rasa Senang nearby also hosts cooking classes by its renowned chefs.

Only 100m south down the main street, the Rasa Senang employs renowned chefs who also run cooking classes.

The Porch Café nearby is popular for coffee, sandwiches, and tapas.

Also within a few minutes’ walk south of the hotel, The Porch Café is ideal for coffee, sandwiches, and tapas.

Three Monkeys near The Porch is also very good.

Just down from The Porch is the inviting Three Monkeys.

The Wicked Parrot hosts lively music every night.

Opposite The Porch is The Wicked Parrot, which hosts lively music every night.

The Retro is very family-friendly.

The Retro is a top-notch place to take the family. About 400m south of the hotel.

Hardy's supermarket and souvenir stalls are within walking distance.

About 650m south down the main street is Hardy’s, with a supermarket and several souvenir stalls.

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Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

Review of Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar in Sanur, Bali.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Modern, luxurious, surrounded by pools, and close to the beach.

Although not facing the sea, it is in a prime location for shops and cafés, and only a 3-minute stroll to the beach. All precious space within this newish resort is occupied by buildings and the swimming pool, so there are no gardens. Deluxe rooms are so packed with furniture, appliances, and features (sometimes jacuzzis) that they might seem a little crowded. Those at ground-level are better, with patios leading to plunge pool areas that open out to the main shared pool. This pool is split-level, fringed by palm trees, and substantial enough to feature bridges to ‘islands’. And the lounge chairs that seem to float in the shallow end are particularly inviting.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali. The entrance is about 50m back from the street and 400m from the beach.
  • Area: Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in all directions.
  • 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 (15km), depending on traffic.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all.
  • Beach: The beach is a 3-minute walk via an access road that starts opposite the resort entrance. The resort also has a sliver of beach where guests have access to lounge chairs and umbrellas.
  • Views: Most rooms face the pool, while some overlook the garden of a neighboring resort.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Rooms on the ground floor have patios with ladders leading to private plunge pools that open out to the main pool. Jacuzzi Grand Deluxe rooms and Penthouse Suites feature jacuzzis on the balconies.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Limited parking spots, so inform the management when booking. But think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 849 7000
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: swiss-belresortwatujimbar.com

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Amenities

  • Pool: One long glorious pool connects all the room wings. Plenty of palms provide a wonderful tropical feel, despite the lack of gardens. Features a bar, spouts, bridges to ‘islands’, lounge chairs that seem to ‘float’, and shallow end for the young ones.
  • Spa: Limited services but decent enough. Classier options in neighboring resorts and cheaper treatments in many places along the main street.
  • Fitness Center: Decent size given the limited space overall.
  • Other Facilities: Minimart. Business Center.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Facing the pool, Swiss-Café Restaurant offers al fresco dining with an open-plan kitchen for watching chefs lovingly create buffet breakfast and meals all day. • The sunken Lagoon Pool Bar is fantastic for cocktails, juices, and snacks all day.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Pool View • Grand Deluxe Pool View • Grand Deluxe Plunge Pool • Jacuzzi Grand Deluxe • Family Rooms • Penthouse Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms, but allowed elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Penthouse Suites are 3 times larger than the standard rooms, with jacuzzis, separate living areas, and home theaters.
  • For Families: Most rooms have a sofa that converts to a single bed, and many have connecting doors.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from the hotel. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (2.5km, 7-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. The burgers are big and service, attentive. Just meters north of the resort entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – Opposite The Porch for nightly music (often Irish-themed), shady setting, and friendly service. 1-minute walk.
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Only meters south of the resort entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. 150m south. 2-minute walk.
  • Rasa Senang Restaurant & Bar – The best place for Indonesian food, with renowned chefs offering cooking classes. Also, Mexican meals, cocktails, and set-price seafood menus. 200m north of the resort. 2-minute walk.

Shops

  • Numerous minimarts are present in both directions. Less than 200m north of the resort entrance is the very elegant boutique, Uluwatu, which sells gorgeous things made from lace. 2-minute walk.
  • About 400m south down the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 5-minute walk.

Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar – The Hotel

The resort is located on the main street in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is midway along the main street in Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.

The pleasant area around the resort hosts several classy cafes and shops.

The area surrounding the resort is very pleasant and home to a number of classy places to eat, drink, and shop.

The resort is located on the opposite side of the road from the sea.

The resort is set back about 50m from the main street and so is shielded somewhat from traffic noise, but is located on the other side of the street from the sea.

The large pool offers plenty of natural shade.

The pool is very large and particularly shady, with plenty of space for all guests.

Swiss-Café features an open-plan kitchen and serves meals through the day.

Swiss-Café Restaurant serves breakfast and other meals all day, and features an open-plan kitchen.

The pool features a large sunken bar.

A magnificent sunken bar is alongside the pool.

The pool bar serves light meals by the pool.

The pool bar also serves light meals.

The attractive 4 and 5-story buildings housing the rooms do not offer sea views.

Rooms are in attractive buildings of 4 and 5 floors, but none provide sea views.

The compact rooms are nicely furnished.

Rooms are compact and nicely furnished.

Ground-level rooms have private plunge pools that are connected to the main pool.

Rooms at ground level contain patios facing private plunge pool areas that open out to the main pool.

The Porch Café by the resort entrance has a 1920s-style decor.

Almost at the resort entrance, The Porch Café features a likeable 1920s-style décor.

Three Monkeys by the resort entrance is very popular.

Also adjacent to the resort entrance, the Three Monkeys is a popular and shady café.

The Wicked Parrot close-by is renowned for its live music.

Only a 2-minute stroll north of the resort entrance, The Wicked Parrot is renowned across Bali for its live music.

Rasa Senang nearby is popular for its Indonesian menu.

Rasa Senang is the place in the area for Indonesian food. About 200m north of the resort entrance.

The vibrantly-decorated The Retro nearby offers a children's menu.

Another terrific place within a short stroll, the Retro Kitchen & Bar provides a children’s menu and vibrant décor.

The beach is within walking distance across the street.

The beach is about 400m away, via a lane that starts opposite the resort entrance.

Hardy's Supermarket is within walking distance.

About 400m south of the resort entrance is Hardy’s, the only supermarket in Sanur.

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Segara Village Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 18, 2019

Review of Segara Village Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Segara Village Hotel – Enchanting, traditional resort with a first-rate beachfront position.

Family-owned for over sixty years, this hotel has been significantly modernized without sacrificing any charm. The sprawling gardens are well-established with paths, ponds, fountains, and even an ancient banyan tree. Deluxe Rooms are compact and comfortable, with Balinese touches and broad verandas/balconies overlooking lush grass or one of three pools. More appealing are the bungalows shaped like traditional rice-barns and concealed behind tropical foliage. Pleasing extras like a library and tennis court are also offered, and a part of the spotless beach has been sectioned off for the private beach club. It caters reasonably well for families too, although there’s no kids club. And plenty of cafés are sprinkled along the beachside path and main street.

Segara Village Hotel – The Location

  • Address: End of Jalan Segara Ayu, a dead-end side-street to the beach from Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main street through Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Between the beach and side-street in the northern part of Sanur. Plenty of facilities in all directions.
  • 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 (16km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands. Golf course. Perama shuttle bus office.

Segara Village Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, with separate rooms and a pool for families and for those without children respectively.
  • Kids Club: Considering how much the resort encourages families, there is surprisingly no kids club, though there is an open-air games room and a shady playground.
  • Beach: Spotless, but like all beaches in Sanur, it’s not private. Plenty of gazebos and the Byrdhouse Beach Club for guests.
  • Views: All rooms are nicely set over 200m from the beach, so none offer sea views. They all face the gardens and/or pools.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

  • Extras: Bicycle hire. Afternoon tea. 2 hours of cocktails and canapés per day if staying at the Club area.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: A few free and secure parking spots at the main gate, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 287 407
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: segaravillage.com

Segara Village Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: 3 pools. 1 infinity-edged, large, and popular with children who relish the splash area. Faces the beach and has a swim-up bar. Another is shadier and for members of the adults-only Club. A third is for younger children.
  • Spa: Indulge in all sorts of treatments for the body, mind, and soul at The Spa at Segara.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • For Families: Playground and games area with ping pong. Baby-sitting.
  • Activities: Water-sports kiosk. Snooker table. Volleyball/basketball/tennis court. Cooking classes. Weekly cultural events.
  • Other Facilities: Business Center. Library. Boutique.

Segara Village Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Le Pirate Restaurant – Poolside and open all day for Indonesian and Western meals with a contemporary twist. • Minami by the Beach – Chic Japanese décor, sea views, and vegetarian meals. • Amuse Geule Patisserie – At the beach for coffee, pastries, and juices.
  • Bars: Byrdhouse Bar & Terrace – Bright and inviting, with a fashionable setting along the beachside path. Complimentary afternoon tea for guests and live music most nights. • Jacuzzi Bar – Classic swim-up bar, where guests are also soothed with water jets.
  • Breakfast: Included if staying at the adults-only Club bungalows, but costs extra when booking other rooms.
  • Room Service: Available most hours, i.e. from about 6 am to midnight.

Segara Village Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Bungalow Rooms • Family Bungalow Rooms • The [email protected]
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms and rules elsewhere are fairly strict, so check when booking.
  • Best Room: The new bungalows with the chic name The [email protected] are private and spacious, and share a separate pool. Feature home theater systems and direct beach frontage. Adults only.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors, while Family Bungalows are ideal: twin-level, 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, and sizeable living areas.

Segara Village Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from the hotel. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (1.2km, 15-minute walk). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Segara Village Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    These 3 places are within 200m south along the beachside path:

  • Segara The Seaside Bar & Restaurant – Lively corner setting with beachside lounge chairs, live music, and buffets on some nights. 1-minute walk (110m).
  • Paon Kopi – Part of the Segara The Seaside. Popular hangout offering world-class kopi (coffee), funky décor, and tempting range of pastries and light meals.
  • Tootsie Bar (0)361 286 638 – Typically Sanur, with chequered tablecloths, chairs on the sand, world-class views, and pleasingly inexpensive meals. 2-minute walk (210m).
  • Dampati Café – The only place along the access road, Jalan Segara Ayu. About 150m up from the resort. 2-minute walk.

Shops

  • A couple of basic minimarts along the beachside path. Otherwise, walk about 400m to the main street (Jalan Danau Toba) through Sanur.

Attractions

Segara Village Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the northern part of the relaxed region of Sanur.

The Segara Village is at the end of an access road in the northern part of Sanur, a more relaxed region of southern Bali.

The reception is located further away from the quiet access road.

The reception area is about 50m from the access road, which is quiet anyway.

The resort beach has white sand and blue water.

The resort faces a perfect stretch of white sand and blue water.

The resort offers plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas at the beach.

There are always plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas at the beach in front of the resort.

One of Sanur's oldest resorts, it features a huge banyan tree on its grounds.

One of the first resorts built in Sanur, the Segara Village is still dominated by a massive banyan tree.

Traditional Bungalow Rooms share a separate pool.

Bungalow Rooms feature a traditional design and share a separate pool.

The unique Jacuzzi Bar features soothing jets.

The Jacuzzi Bar is unique, with water jets soothing guests as they sit on stools.

The resort features a basketball cum tennis court for children.

There are plenty of facilities for children, including a basketball/tennis court.

The large playground features beanbags and plenty of shade.

The playground is sizeable, with beanbags and abundant shade.

There is also an open-air games area.

Adjoining the playground is an open-air games area.

The resort also features a pleasant library.

Another added attraction at the resort is the library.

The beachside Amuse Geule Patisserie serves good coffee, pastries, and juices.

The Amuse Geule Patisserie at the resort beach is great for coffee, pastries, and juices.

The Byrdhouse Bar & Terrace is a part of the beach club.

The Byrdhouse Bar & Terrace is part of the beach club at the resort.

Le Pirate Restaurant has a delicious menu.

Also within the resort, Le Pirate Restaurant serves a wide variety of tasty food.

The on-site Minami Japanese restaurant is one of the best in the area.

One of the swankiest places along this part of the beach is the Minami Japanese restaurant, also within the resort.

None of the rooms offer sea views.

All rooms are at least 200m from the sea, so none have ocean views.

Split-level Family Bungalows feature bedrooms and bathrooms on each floor.

Family Bungalows feature 2 bedrooms and bathrooms on separate levels.

The Segara@Village2 rooms are for adults only.

The newer rooms, The [email protected], are adults-only.

The spacious Deluxe Rooms are stylish.

Deluxe Rooms are stylish and reasonably spacious.

The bathrooms are excellent.

A feature of all accommodations at the Segara Village is the bathroom.

The Deluxe Rooms feature contemporary decor and furnishings.

The décor and furnishings in the Deluxe Rooms are more contemporary.

The patios/balconies of Deluxe Rooms comes with bright furniture.

Deluxe Rooms also feature sizeable patios/balconies with bright furnishings.

Upper floor rooms feature daybeds in their balconies.

Rooms on the upper floors feature balconies with daybeds.

The beachside path running the entire length of Sanur is the nicest and quickest way to explore.

The nicest – and, sometimes, quickest – way to reach some restaurants and bars is along the beachside path. It passes in front of the hotel and stretches almost the entire length of Sanur.

Segara The Seaside cafe is within walking distance by the beachside path.

Within 200m south along the beachside path, Segara The Seaside is very pleasant for a meal and drink, or just to relax with a coffee.

Paon Kopi is very popular with locals as well as tourists.

Hugely popular among tourists and locals, Paon Kopi is part of Segara The Seaside Bar & Restaurant.

Tootsie Bar nearby offers beachside seating.

Tootsie Bar is one of several similar places within a few minutes’ walk south along the beachside path from the hotel.

Dampati Café on the access road is the only restaurant near by.

Surprisingly, Dampati Café is the only place to eat along the access road to the hotel.

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Puri Santrian Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 18, 2019

Review of Puri Santrian Resort Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Puri Santrian – Modern and quiet, with adults-only facilities, but a little isolated.

This resort is absolutely massive but feels less impersonal than others of a similar size. Among the sprawling lawns, several wings of rooms highlight traditional design or colonial-style features. Bungalows are secluded, spacious, and delightfully old-fashioned, with ornate Balinese-style doors, plenty of traditional paintings and furnishings, and garden views. Rooms in the members-only Santrian Club are contemporary, with four-poster beds, walk-in closets, and garden bathrooms. The three infinity pools are dazzling, and numerous gazebos face the beach which is calm, sheltered, mostly private, and perfectly curved. Located at the far southern edge of Sanur, the resort is a little remote – which means it’s also quiet – but there are enough shops and cafés nearby.

Puri Santrian – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Cemara street, the extension of the main road (Jalan Danau Tamblingan) through Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Between the beach and street, in the very quiet southern part of Sanur. Enough facilities in both directions.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 30 minutes (14km), depending on traffic.

Puri Santrian – The Basics

  • Guests: Focuses mainly on couples, especially older ones. In fact, children under 12 are not permitted in some areas of the resort.
  • Beach: Curved and clean beach in front, certainly quieter than most areas in Sanur. Sheltered by a breakwater, so the water is calm and shallow.
  • Views: The buildings housing the rooms are too far and too low for sea views, so they all face the pools and/or gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

  • Extras: Afternoon tea. Yoga classes each morning.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 009
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santrian.com

Puri Santrian – Amenities

  • Pool: Three sparkling infinity-edge pools. Two for usual guests, both with children’s sections, and another for Club Members only (i.e. adults). Also, a whirlpool in the Santrian Club area.
  • Spa: Recently renovated and expanded with an opulent lobby. Super selection of treatments in a soothing setting. Massage hut near the pool.
  • Fitness Center: Surprisingly, there isn’t one.
  • Activities: Floodlit tennis court. Gear for snorkeling, paddle-boarding, and kayaking for rent. Cooking classes.
  • Other Facilities: Library in the Club area.

Puri Santrian – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Lounge By The Sea – Adorable beachfront location, with all-day dining and focus on seafood. • The Mezzanine Restaurant – Tempting array of Thai, Japanese, and Western food. • Beach Club Restaurant – Buffet breakfast and other meals all day. Divine setting facing the pool and sea. Attached is a relaxing lounge, with newspapers and free afternoon tea.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but double-check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available about 18 hours a day.

Puri Santrian – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Bungalows • Santrian Club • Santrian Deluxe • Premier Deluxe
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but is permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Premier Deluxe rooms in the Club Wing feature plenty of space, contemporary décor, and amenities especially for Club guests.
  • For Families: All rooms are spacious enough to fit in an extra single bed, while many also have connecting doors. However, accommodation in the special Club Wing won’t accept children under 12.

Puri Santrian – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular. Ask the resort about bike rental. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (4.3km, 10-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Puri Santrian – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Within 300m northeast up the path parallel to the beach, several great seaside warungs (food stalls) are spread out under the trees. Also, northeast up the beachside path from the resort are:

  • Beach House Sanur – Breezy and airy, serving pizza, pasta, and tapas. At a corner, 500m away. 6-minute walk.
  • Mermaid Bay Restaurant – Extended seating along the sand. All sorts of fresh food with organic ingredients, ice-cream, and home-baked delights. 100m past the Beach House. 7-minute walk.
  • The Nest – Cozy and popular retreat for healthy food, coffee, and conversations. 150m past the Mermaid. 9-minute walk.
  • Izakaya – Another gorgeous seaside setting. Tables almost on the sand, and some of Sanur’s finest Indonesian food. Just past The Nest. 10-minute walk (850m).

Shops

  • The resort is in a quieter section of southern Sanur with a limited selection of shopping in the immediate area, but a couple of minimarts are nearby.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at the resort, or less expensively at counters along the beach nearby.

Puri Santrian – The Hotel

The resort is located in the southern part of the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is in the quieter and more southerly part of Sanur, itself a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.

The resort beach is clean and inviting, and the water is calm and shallow.

The beach in front of the resort is wide, clean, and inviting, and the water is calm and shallow.

The floating gazebos for guests are a unique feature in Sanur.

Unique among resorts in Sanur are the ‘floating’ gazebos in the water for guests.

The lovely beachside path near is the nicest and quickest way to explore Sanur.

A lovely beachside path passes by the Puri Santrian. Often the quickest – and certainly the nicest – way to reach some restaurants and bars.

The 3 large pools offer plenty of shade.

The resort offers 3 large pools, each with plenty of shade.

All the pools have interesting designs and several lounge chairs.

Each pool features an interesting design and plenty of lounge chairs.

The spa's reception area is very impressive.

The reception area at the resort spa is very impressive.

The Beach Club Restaurant offers an excellent seaside setting.

At the resort, The Beach Club Restaurant provides an idyllic seaside setting.

The Mezzanine Restaurant serves Thai and Japanese cuisines.

The newly-revamped Mezzanine Restaurant on-site offers Thai and Japanese food.

Lounge By The Sea serves seafood.

Alongside the resort beach, Lounge By The Sea focuses on seafood.

The buildings housing the rooms are spread across the gardens.

Rooms are in several buildings among lawns and gardens.

Superior Rooms come with large patios/balconies.

Superior Rooms are in newer buildings, with sizeable patios/balconies.

Bungalows are traditionally-designed.

Bungalows feature a likeable traditional design.

The spacious bungalows feature lovely Balinese art.

Bungalows are spacious and contain some lovely Balinese art.

Bungalows feature 4-poster beds and living areas.

Bungalows also contain 4-poster beds and living areas.

The beachside path leads to several food and souvenir stalls in both directions.

The beachside path connects the resort to many stalls selling food and souvenirs in both directions.

A cluster of warungs are within walking distance of the resort.

A cluster of warungs (food stalls) are within a 3-minute walk northeast of the resort via the beachside path.

Beach House Sanur is within walking distance via the beachside path.

About 500m up the seaside path is the breezy Beach House Sanur.

Mermaid Bay cafe is spread out across both side of the path about 600m from the resort.

Mermaid Bay is a very pleasant café spread across both sides of the beachside path, about 600m northeast of the resort.

The Nest is popular for coffee, snacks, and homemade treats.

About 150m past the Mermaid, The Nest is a popular hangout for coffee, snacks, and homemade goodies.

Izakaya is renowned for its Indonesian menu.

Izakaya, 850m northeast from the resort via the beachside path, is the finest place in the area for Indonesian food.

There are plenty of souvenir stalls in both directions.

Souvenir stalls line the beachside path in both directions from the resort.

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Prime Plaza Suites Sanur in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 18, 2019

Review of Prime Plaza Suites in Sanur, Bali.

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – Fully-equipped apartments in an unappealing location offset by facilities galore.

Although facing the very busy bypass road, this resort is somehow remarkably quiet – and certainly huge. The spacious, bright, and modern suites-cum-apartments offer functionality over tradition. All feature fully-equipped kitchens, spacious lounge/dining areas, and 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, each with a separate bathroom. The main pool is truly massive, shaped like a lagoon, and sparkling blue. And a vast amount of activities are offered at the extensive Camp Splash! Kids Club. The downside is that no shops or cafés are nearby, so hourly shuttle buses whisk guests around Sanur and to the private Sand Beach Club.

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – The Location

    (Formerly the Sanur Paradise Plaza Suites.)

  • Address: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, the road that detours around the edge of Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Unexciting area along a very busy road. Virtually nothing of interest nearby, so guests will frequently use the free hourly shuttle bus to the shops, restaurants, and beach.
  • 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), depending on traffic.

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Overwhelmingly caters to families who want the special facilities rather than a beachside setting.
  • Kids Club: Camp Splash! Kids Club is newly-renovated and fully supervised. Offers an exciting array of activities and facilities, including movies, 30m waterslide, basketball court, climbing gear, games arcade, playground, and even rabbits and birds to admire.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Pantai Karang, about 600m away, but quite difficult to reach along meandering backstreets. Far better to take the free shuttle bus to the private Sand Beach Club (3.4km, 8-minute drive) operated by the resort.
  • Views: Most rooms face the gardens and/or pool, but a few do overlook the very noisy bypass road or the far quieter access path.
  • Kitchen: Suites feature large, fully-equipped kitchens with dining areas attached.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.

  • Extras: Guests will rely regularly on the free hourly shuttle bus. It goes to the sister hotel (Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – 3.4 km, 8-minute drive) in the more appealing northern area of Sanur, the private Sand Beach Club, Hardy’s Supermarket, and anywhere else in Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Ample free and secure parking on site, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 289 166
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: spps.pphotels.com

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: The main pool is huge, shaped like a lagoon, sparkling blue, and meanders between the blocks of rooms. Separate children’s pool with a 30m waterslide.
  • Spa: Huge amount of therapies and massages, with packages lasting up to 3 hours at the Bougainvillea Spa. Even special treatments for the kids.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting. Games area. Playground.
  • Activities: Many offered, including classes in cooking, snorkeling, jewelry-making, and even magic. Birthday parties can be arranged. Futsal pitch. Basketball court.
  • Other Facilities: Minimart

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Terrace Restaurant – All-day dining inside and out. Themed buffets most nights, especially catering for families. • Pool Bar – Moreish cocktails, healthy juices, and light snacks. Happy hours and DJs most nights.
  • Breakfast: Can be included, but must be booked as part of an inclusive deal.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – 6.30 am to 8.30 pm.

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Suites with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms (some with balconies) • 3 Bedroom Loft Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but is permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Suites are fairly similar, with the number of bedrooms varying. The quietest ones will be furthest from the main road, and on the top floor, further from the pool.
  • For Families: Only offers suites (which are like apartments). Large and fully-equipped, they are ideal for families of up to 7. With kitchen/dining areas and 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, each with an attached bathroom.

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali, but not along the bypass road in front. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, but again, not along the bypass road. Instead, hop on the resort shuttle bus to its sister hotel, rent a bicycle down the side-street, and explore Sanur along the 6km-long beachside path.
  • Public Transport: The bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) that ply the main street through Sanur won’t come this far north, unless chartered.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, while services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its office only 220m down the side-street from the sister hotel (accessible via free shuttle, then a 3-minute walk). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Far better to use the free shuttle service anywhere to Sanur or the sister Prime Plaza Hotel. Along the quiet side-street which the Prime Plaza Hotel faces are several inviting options:

Shops

  • A few minimarts along the main road, but nothing else. Take the free hourly shuttle bus to Hardy’s, a supermarket with a few other shops attached, which is very modest compared to Kuta. 6-minute drive (2.6km).

Prime Plaza Suites Sanur – Bali – The Hotel

The isolated resort on the busy bypass road offers free shuttle buses to the beach and other facilities.

The resort is rather isolated along the busy bypass road, but accessible by free and regular shuttle bus to the beach and other facilities in Sanur.

The closest beach is 600m away.

Sanur is a quieter and more relaxed region in southern Bali. The closest beach to the resort is 600m away.

The resort has a massive main pool and a children's pool with a long waterslide.

Apart from the massive lagoon-shaped main pool, a special pool is set aside for children and features a 30m waterslide.

The resort features a futsal pitch and a basketball court for children.

Among many facilities for the younger ones is a futsal pitch and basketball court.

The large playground offers lots of shade.

The playground is extensive and offers some welcome shade.

The Bougainvillea Spa also offers treatments for children.

Within the resort grounds, Bougainvillea Spa even offers special treatments for children.

The Terrace Restaurant has garden-side seating.

The Terrace Restaurant provides tables among the gardens.

The Pool Bar serves good cocktails.

The Pool Bar offers an extended selection of cocktails and beers.

Guests can take the free shuttle bus to the private Sand Beach Club.

A free hourly shuttle bus takes guests to the private Sand Beach Club in a quiet section of Sanur.

The resort sports Sanur's largest games room.

The games room at the resort is probably the largest in Sanur.

Camp Splash! Kids Club has separate areas for different age groups.

The Camp Splash! Kids Club is divided into special areas according to ages.

Movies are shown on a large screen on most nights.

On most nights, a screen is set up to show movies for the entire family.

Pleasant 4-story buildings house the suites.

Suites are in appealing 4-level buildings.

Suites feature spacious main bedrooms with modern art.

The main bedroom in the suites is spacious and features modern art.

The family-friendly suites come with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.

Suites contain 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms, and so are ideal for families.

Suites come with dining areas and fully-equipped kitchens.

All suites also feature fully-equipped kitchens and dining areas.

The family-friendly suites are very spacious.

There is plenty of space in the suites for the family.

Guests can take the free shuttle to the sister property and dine at Cameng Restaurant & Bar nearby.

There is nowhere really to eat near the resort, so take the free hourly shuttle bus to the sister Prime Plaza Hotel and try the nearby Cameng Restaurant & Bar.

Made Two is located right next to the Cameng.

Next to the Cameng, only a minute walk down the side-street from the sister Prime Plaza Hotel, is Made Two.

Ananda Beach Restaurant is at the end of the side-street and within walking distance.

At the end of the side-street, about 400m from the entrance to the Prime Plaza Hotel, is Ananda Beach Restaurant.

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Where to Stay in Tulum

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

  • The main areas for travelers to Tulum are the Pueblo (downtown) and the beach.
  • Most luxury hotels, fine dining restaurants, outdoor nightlife (beach and jungle parties), and boutique shops are on the beach. Most hotels on the beach have limited or no air conditioning.
  • The beach is wide and mostly sandy, though there are a few rocky patches here and there. The beach hotel zone is roughly divided into 3 areas: the North (quiet, romantic, near the ruins), the Middle (restaurants, beach clubs, and nightlife), and the South (family-friendly, lots of yoga, wide sandy beach, near Sian Ka’an bio-reserve)
  • The Pueblo offers a mix of luxury and affordable hotels with a walkable center, offering authentic restaurants and fantastic nightlife (all-night dance clubs, fun bars, and street parties). All hotels in the pueblo have 24-hour air conditioning.
  • Just south of the Pueblo is a new luxury development called Aldea Zama (about halfway between the heart of the Pueblo and the beach). This is a quiet neighborhood with a suburban feel and a couple of boutique hotels and restaurants. Much of Aldea Zama is still under construction.
The Middle Beach Zone in Tulum

The beach in front of Ahau Tulum in the Middle Beach Zone.

Best Places To Stay in Tulum

  • Best new hotel in Tulum is the fabulous La Valise (Incredible, luxury hotel at the south end of the beach).
  • Best luxury hotel on the beach is the Mezzanine Hotel (Romantic boutique hotel on the beach near the Tulum ruins).
  • Best luxury hotel in the Pueblo is Una Vida Tulum (An urban oasis with a wonderful pool, spacious rooms).
  • Best budget hotels on the beach are Playa Mambo Eco Cabanas (Small, beachfront hotel with palapa roofs – moderately priced) and Las Palmas Maya(friendly, budget hotel with a shared kitchen, great breakfasts, and bikes).
  • Best budget hotel in the Pueblo is Don Diego de la Selva (Amazing, small hotel with a jungle garden, pool, great food, and an apiary.)

Where To Stay in Tulum?

The big decision visitors need to make is whether to stay in the Pueblo (affordable hotels, delicious restaurants, fun bars, and dance clubs) or on the beach (posh hotels, stylish party scene, fine dining restaurants, and boutique shopping). The beach itself is made up of 4 areas all with unique feels: the Beach Town and the North, Middle, and South Beach Zones. It takes about 15 to 45 minutes to cycle from the heart of the Pueblo to the Beach, depending on your exact destination (if walking, this can take an hour or 2). Most hotels offer free or cheap bicycles to guests, making it simple to stay in one spot and enjoy the other (about a 10-minute bike ride from the Pueblo to the beach). There are no street lights or bike lanes on the road that runs alongside the beach, so cycling there is best during the day.

The best places to stay in Tulum for partying are the Pueblo, Beach Town, or the Middle Beach Zone, for families, it’s the South Beach Zone or Aldea Zama, and for romance and honeymoons stay in the North or South Beach Zone (though pretty much every part of Tulum is perfect for a honeymoon holiday).

Staying in the North Beach Zone

The North Beach Zone is the strip of beach running along the edge of Tulum National Park, where the Mayan ruins are. This generally means from the ruins in the north down 4 km south along Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila (the beach road) to its intersection with Avenida Coba (the road to the Pueblo) at the tourist police station. Unofficially, the North Beach Zone extends a little farther north to the Tankah neighborhood. This is the quietest area in Tulum, with just a few boutique hotels, restaurants, and beach clubs. Most hotels are on white sandy beaches, though there are a few areas of rocky coastline. Among the best beaches here are Playa Paraiso and Playa Pescadores (picturesque, soft, sandy beaches), Playa Maya (lots of cheap snorkeling trips here), Santa Fe (Tulum’s original hippie hangout – strong swimmers can swim the 500 meters to the ruins from here), and Ruins Beach (the beach right underneath the Tulum ruins). Just north of the beach zone, there are several gorgeous cenotes (natural swimming holes connected to underground river systems) with especially great swimming at Casa Cenote and Dos Ojos.

The Best Hotels in the North Beach Zone

    • Mezzanine Hotel(Hotel phone: +52 1 984 115 4728)
    • Jashita Hotel (In Soliman Bay, north of the North Hotel Zone) • (Hotel phone: +52 1 984 875 4158)
    • Mi Amor(Hotel phone: +52 1 984 188 4273)
    • O’ Tulum(Hotel phone: +52 984 231 1241)

Staying in Beach Town

Beach Town is a cluster of hotels, restaurants, and shops from kilometer 4 to about kilometer 5.5 between the North and Middle Beach Zones. The beach is sandy and swimmable in the north end, with rocky patches for the southern 500 or so meters. In general, dining, drinking, and shopping are more affordable here than in the other beach areas. Most of the restaurants and shops are on the jungle side of the road, including Mateos, a fun 3-story restaurant with hammocks, and Tunich, a fantastic breakfast spot. Beachside dining is best at Zamas and Mina. Across from Zamas are 3 boutiques featuring Mexican clothing, crafts, and gifts: Mixik, Hilo Rojo, and Shalom. A little bit north of the Beach Town, you’ll find Kin Toh (a treetop restaurant/lounge) and Zak Ik (fashion boutique), both at stylish Azulik Resort. North of Azulik is Papaya Playa Project, the which hosts the wildest late night beach parties.

The Best Hotels in Beach Town

    • Zamas(Hotel phone: +52 1 984 145 2602)
    • Azulik(Hotel phone: +52 984 980 0640)
    • Papaya Playa Project(Hotel phone: +52 1 984 871 1160)
    • Staying in the Middle Beach Zone

      The Middle Beach Zone is the heart of Tulum’s beach area, with upscale dining, high-end boutiques, and stylish open-air nightclubs, especially chic Casa Jaguar and Gitano. Outside of the party scene, there is a plethora of ambitious restaurants serving fine-dining and creative menus. Among the best restaurants here are Hartwood, Arca, and Safari. Plenty of yoga studios and casual beach clubs also dot the strip. The Middle Beach Zone sits roughly between kilometers 5.5 and 8 on Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila, from the narrow, rocky Sunset Beach at the north end to just past Arca restaurant in the south end. The beach is long, wide, and mostly sandy though there are some rocky patches between km 5.5 and 6. Though there are no street lights, sidewalks, or bike paths, most people get around this area by walking or cycling, though it’s fairly easy to flag down a taxi here.

      The Best Hotels in the Middle Beach Zone

      Staying in the South Beach Zone

      The South Beach Zone is great for kids with a long, wide stretch of sandy beach with no rocky parts. Located near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, hotels in the south end tend to be more eco-conscious than hotels to the north, which is reflected in the bohemian vibe and abundance of yoga and wellness studios here. The South Beach Zone tends to be quiet, away from the central party zone but still within walking/cycling distance to fantastic restaurants and nightlife. This is a great place to stay for active families and couples who want to explore more of Tulum’s natural wonders, from beaches to jungles to cenotes. Amazing restaurants in the South Beach Zone include Nü, Charly’s Vegan Tacos, and Taqueria La Eufemia. The best yoga studios here are at Yäan Wellness, Sanara (beachfront yoga), Alaya, and SUP Yoga Tulum, with classes held in various locations in and near Sian Ka’an.

      The Best Hotels in the South Beach Zone

      Staying in the Pueblo

      The Pueblo is the lively downtown area of Tulum, brimming with wonderful restaurants, bars, and clubs. Hotels tend to be in the budget or moderate range, though there are a handful of luxury hotels at a fraction of the cost of the beach resorts. The Pueblo is easily walkable and bikable with a grid layout, sidewalks, and street lamps in most parts. Food in the Pueblo is more authentic and affordable than what you’ll find at the beach; among the best are Taqueria El Carboncito, Antojitos la Chiapaneca, and La Gloria de Don Pepe, though there are many amazing spots to try. The nightlife is anchored by Batey Mojito Bar, with several great bars and clubs on that same block or along the main street, including Pasito Tun Tun and Kiki. Two of Tulum’s best yoga studios are here: Yoga Dicha (yoga with puppies every Monday morning) and Tribal Tulum (a yoga studio/dive shop). Though the Pueblo is a vibrant, urban area, it is completely surrounded by jungle, with lots of nature to explore just a short bike ride away. Several amazing cenotes are within a 5 to 25-minute bike ride north along Avenida Coba, including Cenote Calavera, Gran Cenote, Cenote Santa Cruz, and Cenote Zacil-Ha (with a zip line).

      The Best Hotels in the Pueblo

      Staying in Aldea Zama

      Aldea Zama is a new luxury development in between the Pueblo and the Beach Zone. This neighborhood is primarily high-end homes and condos, though there are a couple of boutique hotels, restaurants, and a playground connected by walking and cycling paths. Much of the development is still under construction, but there are plans to add luxury boutiques, restaurants, and bars. At the moment, this area has a bit of a sterile feel and hasn’t found its own personality yet. However, the location is perfect, offering easy access to the Pueblo and beach, while remaining calm and quiet at night.

      The Best Hotel in Aldea Zama

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Palihotel Seattle – Hotel Review

Home > Seattle > Seattle Hotels > Palihotel Seattle
by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Palihotel is located on the corner of 1st Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle.


Palihotel Seattle – Stylish boutique lodging near Pike Place Market.

96-room boutique hotel with a cozy plant-filled lobby and a vintage upcycled vibe, just across the street from the shops, stalls, and restaurants of Pike Place Market. Guest rooms feature vibrant green and floral decor, large windows that let in lots of light, Smeg refrigerators and electric kettles, and whimsical design elements like old-fashioned telephones. Many rooms overlook the Market with views that extend over Puget Sound. No fitness center or spa, but Palihotel has a great Southern-style restaurant (with attached coffee and cocktail bars) just off the lobby, and an unbeatable location for Seattle sightseeing.

Palihotel Seattle – The Basics

  • Location: Excellent central Seattle location at 1st and Pine Street, across the street from Pike Place Market. Loads of great shopping, restaurants, bars, cafes, and attractions within close walking distance.
  • Ages: All ages. Cribs are available and complimentary, though no extra beds can be accommodated in any of the guest rooms. Bunk rooms sleep 3, and can be adjoined with a shared foyer to accommodate larger families.
  • Pet Policy: Dogs are allowed, up to 50 lbs. A $125 per pet, per stay fee is charged.
  • View: Rooms facing 1st Avenue overlook Pike Place Market. Those on higher floors also may include views of Puget Sound. Corner rooms have the best possible views, but also suffer the most from street noise.
  • Wi-Fi Internet: Free across the hotel for all guests.
  • Parking: Valet parking is available for $55/night with unlimited in/out privileges.
  • Nice Perks: Smeg refrigerators and electric kettle in most rooms.
  • Phone: 206-596-0600
  • Email: [email protected]
  • When To Book: Two months in advance during the April-September cruise season, and during the December holidays. Two weeks in advance October-March.
  • How To Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.

Palihotel Seattle – Amenities

  • Pool: No pool.
  • Spa: No spa.
  • Fitness Center: No fitness center.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or Jacuzzis. Some King Studio rooms have claw-foot bathtubs.

Palihotel Seattle – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The onsite Hart and the Hunter restaurant is an upscale diner, specializing in Southern-style cuisine that utilizes fresh, Northwest ingredients. Excellent biscuits. Attached coffee bar. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekekend brunch: 8am-10pm Tuesday-Friday, 9am-10pm Saturday & Sunday, 8am-4pm Monday.
  • Lounge/Bar: There is a bar area located within the Hart and the Hunter restaurant that operates during restaurant hours. Beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Breakfast: Not complimentary. A la carte breakfast is served in The Hart and the Hunter restaurant from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday, with a weekend brunch from 9am-4pm. Items range from $10-$20.
  • Room Service: Room service is provided by The Hart and the Hunter restaurant during business hours.

Palihotel Seattle – Rooms

  • Room Types: Twin (2 single beds) • Bunk (double bed + twin bunk) • Queen • King • Deluxe Queen • Deluxe King • King Studio • List of all rooms
  • Room Tips: Rooms facing 1st Avenue overlook Pike Place Market. Those on higher floors also may include views of Puget Sound. Corner rooms have the best possible views, but also suffer the most from street noise; this is an older building in a busy area of downtown, and city sounds can be an issue for light sleepers. If you prefer prefer a quieter room, book an interior-facing option.
  • Smoking Rooms: Palihotel Seattle is 100% Smoke free.
  • For Families: Bunk rooms sleep 3 (with a double bed below and a single above), and can be adjoined with a shared foyer to another Bunk room or to a King room to accommodate larger families. Cribs are available and complimentary, though no extra beds can be accommodated in any of the guest rooms.
  • Accessible Rooms: Some King Studios are ADA accessible, with grab bars, roll-in showers, and ample space for wheelchair use.
  • Best Room: King Studios are 335–415 sq ft, and feature a King Bed, sofa, desk, and a bathroom with double sinks and rain shower. Some also have claw-foot bathtubs.

Palihotel Seattle – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

Nearby Restaurants

Nearby Bars and Breweries

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Market or Grocery

  • Pike Place Market – Across the street, and has dozens of fruit stalls, bakeries, and specialty food shops; hours are more limited than a typical grocery store. 2-minute walk.
  • Target – Discount department store with grocery and pharmacy. 3-minute walk.

Palihotel Seattle – The Hotel

Palihotel Seattle exterior, looking toward Pike Place Market

Palihotel Seattle is located in a historic building on the corner of Pine Street and 1st Avenue – just across the street from Pike Place Market.

Palihotel reception desk.

Palihotel’s reception area sets the tone for the hotel’s vintage vibe, with upcycled items…

Live plants in the reception area of Palihotel Seattle

…and lots of live plants.

Lobby of Palihotel Seattle.

The comfortable lobby has lots of space to lounge on overstuffed chairs and leather sofas.

Backwards-facing books are a recurring design feature here, and in the guest rooms.

Standard Queen room in Palihotel Seattle.

This is a Standard Queen room. Exterior-facing rooms at Palihotel have large windows that let in lots of light.

Smeg brand minifridge in Palihotel Seattle

Guest rooms in Palihotel are each a little different, incorporating original elements of the historic building into their design. All rooms feature a Smeg minifridge and flat-screen TV…

Guest room desk at Palihotel Seattle

desk…

Minibar in guest room at Palihotel Seattle

minibar with locally-sourced items for purchase…

Minifridge stocked with drinks in Palihotel Seattle

…stocked refrigerator (with drinks to purchase)…

Bedside table with vintage telephone at Palihotel Seattle

…vintage telephone, and an electronic display of the time and weather.

Bathroom with rainfall shower head in Palihotel Seattle

Bathrooms continue the vibrant green color scheme, and include rainfall shower heads.

View of Pike Place Market from Palihotel Seattle

This Queen room faces 1st Avenue, overlooking Pike Place Market.

View of Puget Sound from Palihotel Seattle.

Looking right out of the window, peek-a-boo views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains are visible. Deluxe-class rooms on higher floors have more extensive views of the water.

Studio King room in Palihotel Seattle

This is a Studio King room. They’re far more spacious, and feature an extra oversized desk…

Leather sofa in Studio King room in Palihotel Seattle

…and large leather sofa.

Wheelchair accessible shower in Palihotel Seattle

This Studio King room is ADA compliant, and features a roll-in shower for wheelchair use.

Sinks in a Studio King bathroom in Palihotel Seattle

All Studio King bathrooms have double sinks…

Claw-foot bathtub in the Studio King bathroom in Palihotel Seattle

…and some also feature a claw-foot bathtub.

Bunk beds in Palihotel Seattle

Bunk rooms sleep three (two below, one above), and can share a foyer with another Bunk room, or a King room.

The Hart and the Hunter restaurant in Palihotel Seattle

Palihotel Seattle’s in-house restaurant, Hart and the Hunter, is an upscale diner concept, serving Southern cuisine made with fresh, Northwest ingredients.

The Hart and the Hunter bar in Palihotel Seattle

Hart and the Hunter has a small, in-room bar counter…

The coffee bar in the Hart and the Hunter restaurant in Palihotel Seattle

…as well as a coffee bar, where coffee, tea, and pastries can be purchased to-go.

Palihotel Seattle – What’s Nearby?

Looking down at Pike Place Market from First Avenue on Pine Street.

Crossing 1st Avenue at Pine Street will lead you down to Pike Place Market’s many shops and restaurants.

Shopping arcade at Pike PLace Market, Seattle

Pike Place Market is a must-do for Seattle visitors, and is home to some of my favorites restaurants, bars, and shops.

Tables at Steelhead Diner in Seattle

Steelhead Diner is a fantastic and family-friendly Pike Place Market restaurant that’s just across the street from Palihotel.

Demilune windows at Matt's in the Market restaurant, Seattle

Matt’s in the Market has incredible food, and great views.

Bistro tables at Place Pigalle Restaurant, Seattle

Also in Pike Place Market, Place Pigalle is a cozy French restaurant that’s a great date spot.

Shug's Ice cream parlor in Pike Place Market

Shug’s is a charming ice cream parlor and soda fountain, a 1-minute walk from the hotel.

Bar at Radiator Whiskey, Seattle

Radiator Whiskey is a great Pike Place Market spot for (you guessed it) whiskey – as well as other drinks, and a great meat-heavy menu.

Tourists taking photos at Pike Place Market's Gum Wall.

Alibi Room has good pizza and is open late, located at Pike Place Market’s notorious Post Alley Gum Wall.

Stuffed animals in Robot vs. Sloth store, Seattle

Robot vs. Sloth, across 1st Avenue from Palihotel, sells adorable handmade kids’ toys.

Display of maps in Metsker Maps, Seattle

Metsker Maps is heaven for map-lovers, or anyone planning a trip. 1-minute walk.

Corner of 1st Avenue and Pine Street, Seattle

Traveling up Pine Street away from Pike Place Market will bring you to more great shopping…

Pine Street entrance to Westlake Center light rail station, Seattle

…and the 3rd & Pine Street entrance of Westlake Center light rail station – a 3-minute walk from the hotel.

the flagship location of Nordstrom department store in Seattle

A few more minutes’ walk up Pine Street will take you to the flagship location of Nordstrom department store…

Atrium in Pacific Place Mall, Seattle

…and the high-end shops, restaurants, and 11-screen cinema in Pacific Place mall.

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Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Prime Plaza Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Convenient, comfortable, and also suitable for those on business.

Although on a busy corner about 500m from the beach, it somehow seems to avoid the traffic noise. Rooms are comfortable and spacious, with bright and modern Balinese décor adding to the appeal, and are located into a motel-style building without balconies. Those on the ground floor have direct access from patios to the shady lagoon-shaped pool. While convenient to renowned fast-food outlets, the golf course, and speedboats to Nusa Lembongan and the Gili Islands, the hotel is in northern Sanur, a fair distance from the area’s premier selection of shops and cafés. However, a free shuttle bus is offered to whisk guests around Sanur, including to the private beach club and sister resort (Prime Plaza Suites Sanur) with its several facilities, especially for families.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – The Location

    (Formerly the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel.)

  • Address: Corner of the main road that bypasses Sanur (Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai) and Jalan Hang Tuah street. In Sanur, a more low-key region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Within the northern part, cut off from the rest of Sanur by the massive golf course, but enough facilities nearby. A 5-minute walk (400m) to the beach.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 30 minutes (17km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboat terminal/offices for Nusa Lembongan and Gili Islands. Golf course. Perama shuttle bus office.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Seems to cater more for business people than tourists. Families are likely to be encouraged to book at the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur (2.3km, 4-minute drive).
  • Kids Club: There isn’t one onsite, but guests can take a free shuttle bus to the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, home to the Camp Splash! Kids Club. The club provides a good selection of activities and facilities, including movies, 30m waterslide, basketball court, playground, and computer games.
  • Beach: About 500m down the side-street (Jalan Hang Tuah) is the beach, but this area is commandeered by speedboats to nearby islands. Better sections of beach are 500m further south along the seaside path in front of major resorts. Otherwise, take the free hotel shuttle bus to the private Sand Beach Club (2km, 5-minute drive).
  • Views: Too far for sea views, so all rooms and suites face the gardens and/or pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Many ground-floor rooms have a patio with direct access to the main pool.
  • Extras: Guests can use any of the facilities at the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, which is far more family-oriented. Free hourly shuttle buses take guests to that resort, the private Sand Beach Club, Hardy’s Supermarket, and anywhere else around Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking places, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 281 781
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: spph.pphotels.com

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: Huge, shady, and lagoon-shaped, featuring fountains, swim-up bar, and nets/hoops for games.
  • Spa: The spa provides an inviting choice of massages and other treatments as well as inexpensive package deals lasting up to 3 hours.
  • Fitness Center: New and well-equipped.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Activities: Tennis court.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Café Komodo – Casual all-day dining alongside the pool. Contemporary cuisine and signature cocktails. • Sanur Harum Restaurant – Spacious and welcoming. Buffet breakfast for guests. Chinese food the rest of the time.
  • Bars: Pool Bar – Open until late for light meals and all sorts of drinks. • Tunjung Mekar Lobby Bar – Lively lounge with live music and snooker table.
  • Breakfast: Rates include substantial buffet breakfast.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Pool View • Premier • Pool Access • Balcony Rooms • Courtyard Pool Access • Suites • Pool Access Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms, but is permitted anywhere else in the resort.
  • Best Room: The largest rooms by far are the Pool Access Suites, with separate living rooms, private courtyards featuring Balinese design, and direct access via steps to the main pool.
  • For Families: Suites have 2 or 3 bedrooms, while many rooms have connecting doors. The sister hotel, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, is better suited for families.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from a few agencies along the side-street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches almost the entire length of Sanur. To avoid the chaotic bypass road, those on foot or on 2 wheels should use the beachside path, or cut through the area alongside the golf course.
  • Public Transport: The bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) that ply the main street through Sanur won’t come this far north, unless chartered.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, while services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its office only 220m down the side-street from the hotel (3-minute walk). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    At the intersection opposite the hotel entrance are outlets of KFC and Dunkin’ Donuts. The following three are down Jalan Hang Tuah, the side-street with the resort entrance.

  • The Cameng Restaurant & Bar (0)361 289 197 – Pleasant setting with better-than-normal menu of tasty food. 1-minute walk (65m).
  • Made Two (0)361 281 687 – Another friendly eatery offering seafood, duck, and pizza. Bar counter popular with expats. Next to The Cameng. 1-minute walk (110m).
  • Ananda Beach Restaurant (0)361 288 327 – At the end of the street, 400m away. Perfect for watching public boats leaving for the islands and locals enjoying themselves. 5-minute walk.

Along the beachside path that heads south from the end of Jalan Hang Tuah are:

Shops

  • A few minimarts along the side-street, but nothing much else within walking distance.

Attractions

Prime Plaza Hotel Sanur – Bali – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the relaxed region of north Sanur.

The hotel is on a corner in the rather isolated section of north Sanur, in the southern part of Bali.

The hotel is close to facilities but far from the beach.

The hotel is on a busy corner, handy to facilities, but about 800m from a decent patch of quiet beach.

Guests can take the free shuttle bus to the private Sand Beach Club.

A free hourly shuttle bus takes guests to the private Sand Beach Club along a quiet section of Sanur.

Tunjung Mekar Lobby Bar hosts live music on most nights.

The sophisticated Tunjung Mekar Lobby Bar at the hotel hosts live music most nights.

The lobby has a friendly bar to hangout at.

The lobby bar is a friendly place to meet.

Sanur Harum Restaurant serves breakfast in the mornings and Chinese cuisine through the day.

Sanur Harum Restaurant serves buffet breakfast in the morning and transforms into a Chinese restaurant for the rest of the day and evening.

The Pool Bar has plenty of lounge chairs and bar stools by the pool.

The Pool Bar offers lounge chairs and bar stools.

Café Komodo offers casual dining through the day.

Café Komodo inside the hotel grounds has casual dining all day.

Café Komodo also offers poolside seating.

Diners at Café Komodo can also eat next to the pool.

Guests can take the free shuttle to the sister property and use the facilities there for free.

Guests can take a free hourly shuttle bus to the sister resort, Prime Plaza Suites Sanur, and use their facilities for free, e.g. screenings of family movies.

The sister property has much nicer facilities for children.

Facilities for children and families are more impressive at the sister Prime Plaza Suites Sanur resort, about 3.5km away by free shuttle bus.

Rooms and suites overlook the pool, but only a few have balconies.

Rooms and suites are in 3 and 4-level buildings overlooking the pool, but only a few have balconies.

The colorful rooms have a contemporary decor.

Rooms are colorful and feature a contemporary décor.

The spacious rooms come with window alcoves and modern art.

Rooms are spacious, with window alcoves and modern art.

The beachside path nearby is lines with stalls.

From the end of the side-street with the hotel entrance is a beachside path lined with stalls.

Djukung cafe nearby is shady and inviting.

Djukung is a shady and inviting café along the beachside path, about 500m from the hotel.

Kopi Kiosk is a very popular hangout.

Next to Djukung, and immensely popular for a coffee fix, is Kopi Kiosk. (Kopi is the closet possible transliteration of ‘coffee’ into Indonesian.)

The Cameng nearby is friendly and affordable.

The Cameng is one of several friendly and well-priced cafés along the side-street from the hotel.

Made Two is known for its seafood and duck.

Next to The Cameng, Made Two specializes in seafood and duck.

Ananda Beach Restaurant is at the end of the side-street and within walking distance.

At the end of the side-street, about 400m from the hotel, is Ananda Beach Restaurant.

The boat terminals nearby serve as arrival and departure points for Nusa Lembongan and Gili islands.

One advantage of staying in this comparatively isolated part of Sanur is the proximity to the departure point and offices for speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands.

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Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Massive, family-friendly resort, but a little isolated.

The Prama is on the southern edge of Sanur, in a classy area with fewer (but enough) cafés and shops, and also far less traffic and crowds. The unusual enclosed lobby opens out to expansive lawns dotted with swaying palms and stylishly-designed gardens. Despite all the space, rooms seem clustered together and are too far from the sea for any worthwhile views. Superior rooms are comfortable, while Deluxe rooms are more spacious. The beach is immaculately-groomed, wide, and virtually private, and the main pool is gigantic and sparkling blue. Added attractions are the bright and inviting kids club offering numerous activities, children’s pool with waterslide and playground inside, and numerous gazebos large enough for families of four.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Cemara street, the extension of the main street (Jalan Danau Tamblingan) through Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali. The lobby is about 150m back from the street.
  • Area: Between the beach and street, in the very quiet southern part of Sanur. Enough facilities in both directions.
  • 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), depending on traffic.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for families, but couples of all ages would also be happy at the Prama.
  • Kids Club: Bright, colorful, and inviting, with plenty of supervised activities.
  • Beach: Long, wide, and spotless. More private than others (but still open to the public like all beaches in Sanur). Not much shade, however.
  • Views: Most rooms face the thriving gardens, while some offer distant glimpses of the sea from balconies. A few overlook the carpark.
  • Kitchen: Pool Villas feature kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Pool Villas have private pools and jacuzzis.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking within the grounds, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 011
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: pramasanurbeachresort.com

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: The lagoon-shaped pool is truly massive (the largest in Sanur, according to management) and features a swim-up bar. Far better than most, the Splash Zone pool is popular with children for its waterslide and playground in the water.
  • Spa: Aroma Spa faces the beach (which is surprisingly rare), and blends modern equipment with traditional techniques. Also offers a spa and yoga classes.
  • Fitness Center: Recently renovated, featuring impressive equipment.
  • Activities: Many offered, e.g. basketball, badminton, and tennis courts. Also, yoga classes and bicycle rental. Water-sports kiosk.
  • Other Facilities: Library. Business Center. Gift shop. Cash machine. Rip Curl School of Surf, which also houses the Blue Oasis Dive center.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Basilico Italian Pavilion – Stylish but casual, overlooking the sea. Authentic pasta, risotto, and other tasty delights. Romantic tables on the sand. • Tirta Restaurant & Pool Bar – Buffet breakfast for guests, as well as all-day dining for all. Children’s menu and swim-up bar. • Lada Resto – Another inviting beachfront eatery, with Indonesian food and a more informal vibe.
  • Bars: Bamboo Bar & Lounge – Wonderful beachside setting under a traditional-style thatched roof. Popular among guests of other resorts for pizza, cocktails, and live music. • Prama Bar & Lounge – Chic décor and live jazz on most nights.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but can be added when booking.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of 6 am to 10 pm.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Garden View • Deluxe Sea View • Suite Rooms • Club Rooms • Club Suites • Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms but permitted elsewhere, including on the balconies/verandas (except the villas).
  • Best Room: Pool Villas are very spacious and secluded, with private access and private pools. They also feature jacuzzis, massive living/kitchen/dining areas, and gazebos.
  • For Families: Most rooms can fit in an extra single bed, and some have connecting doors. Pool Villas feature very large living/kitchen/dining areas and can fit in 2 extra single beds.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented at the resort. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (7km, 15-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • The neighboring Puri Santrian resort to the northeast provides several terrific options, including Lounge by the Sea, with an adorable beachfront location and focus on seafood. 1-minute walk (80m) via the beachside path.

Within 400m northeast up the path parallel to the beach are several casual seaside warungs (food stalls) under trees. Also, several great places are clustered along the main street very close to the resort.

Shops

  • The resort is in the quieter section of southern Sanur, so the selection of shops is limited, but a couple of minimarts are nearby.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at the resort, or less expensively at counters along the beach nearby.

Prama Sanur Beach Bali Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a quiet part of the relaxed region of Sanur.

The Prama is in a very quiet part of Sanur, which itself is a comparatively more relaxed region of southern Bali.

The reception is located further away from the main street.

The reception area is some 150m from the main street.

The resort faces an excellent beach which, however, lacks natural shade.

The resort fronts a divine beach, with golden sand and bright-blue water, but it lacks shade.

The resort provides plenty of places to relax on the sand.

There are always plenty of places on the sand for guests to relax.

The Splash Zone pool is popular with families.

The Splash Zone pool within the resort is popular with all the family.

The waterslides are extremely popular with children.

Children love the waterslides at the Prama.

The on-site Tirta is a good place to eat at.

Tirta is one of several inviting eateries at the resort.

The beachside Basilico Italian Pavilion offers romantic seating on the sand.

Basilico Italian Pavilion overlooks the resort beach and provides romantic tables on the sand.

The Bamboo Bar & Lounge has interesting seating options.

Bamboo Bar & Lounge at the resort beach provides a range of tempting seats.

Lado Resto is renowned across southern Sanur for its Indonesia menu.

Also within the resort, Lada Resto is one of the finest places in southern Sanur for Indonesian food.

The Lado Resto offers beachside seating on a wooden deck.

Tables at the Lada Resto extend across the deck for a shady beachside setting.

The vast resort grounds house basketball and tennis courts.

The grounds within the Prama are expansive, with more than enough space for basketball and tennis courts.

The exquisite Aroma Spa has a unique beachfront setting.

Rare among rival resorts is the beachfront setting of the exquisite Aroma Spa.

A surfing school and dive center are housed in a building by the beach.

A building facing the resort beach is home to the Rip Curl School of Surf and Blue Oasis Dive center.

Accommodations can be accessed using several paths through the gardens.

Numerous paths along vast lawns and gardens lead to the rooms, suites, and villas.

Sea views from rooms are distant and obstructed.

Rooms are in 4-story buildings facing the ocean, but most sea views are obstructed and distant.

The beachside path is the nicest and quickest way to explore Sanur.

The delightful beachside path heads in both directions from the resort. It is often the quickest – and certainly the nicest – way to reach some cafés and bars.

Bicycles are an excellent idea to explore Sanur.

The best way to explore Sanur is by bicycle, which can be rented at the resort.

Ayucious bar and restaurant by the entrance is a popular hangout.

Ayucious is a large and friendly bar/restaurant at the street-side entrance to the resort.

The funky Warung Beach Breeze is just a minute's walk away.

Only a 1-minute walk down the street is the funky Warung Beach Breeze.

Bella Italia bistro serves authentic Italian fare.

Next to the Beach Breeze is the authentic Bella Italia bistro.

Natah Bale Bar & Restaurant is a spacious establishment set away from the street.

Far larger than most along the street, and set back a little from the traffic, is the Natah Bale Bar & Restaurant.

Red Manna nearby offers daily specials and plenty of shade.

Also very close to the resort, Red Manna is popular for its shady setting and inexpensive daily specials.

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The Best Cheap Hotels in Dubai

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 16, 2019

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The 8 Best Budget Hotels in Dubai

1. Citymax Hotel Bur Dubai – Budget

Modern and affordable hotel with a rooftop pool, free on-site parking, a gym, and several bars and restaurants, located a 6-minute drive (2km) from BurJuman Mall and a 12-minute drive (11km) from the Dubai Interntional Airport. All rooms feature ironing facilities, refrigerators, and coffee makers; some connecting rooms are available.

2. Novotel Deira City Centre – Budget

Sleek hotel with an outdoor pool, free shuttle service to Al Mamzar Beach (8km, 12-minute drive), free on-site parking, fitness center, variety of dining options, and refrigerators in all guest rooms – plus sofa beds and espresso makers in some rooms. The hotel is situated across the street from City Centre Deira and a 4-minute walk (350m) to Deira City Centre Metro Station.

3. Rove Downtown – Budget

Funky boutique hotel with an onsite movie theater, gym, sundeck, and free parking, located a 10-minute walk (750m) to The Dubai Mall and a 15-minute walk (1.1km) to the Burj Khalifa. A complimentary shuttle is available to La Mer Beach (6.3km, 14-minute drive) and a variety of shopping options, and rooms feature coffee/tea facilities, designer bedding, rainfall showers, and access to a self-service laundry room.

4. Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Muraqabat – Budget

Contemporary hotel located 4km (8-minute drive) from Dubai International Airport and a 13-minute walk (1km) from the Al Rigga metro station. Amenities include a rooftop pool, as well as a restaurant and bar, fitness center, business center, free self parking, and free shuttle bus to La Mer Beach (10km, 16-minute drive) and a few area attractions. Rooms feature refrigerators and coffee/tea facilities.

5. Novotel Dubai Al Barsha – Moderate

Modern, high-rise hotel with an outdoor pool, located 5 minutes on foot (400m) to the Sharaf DG metro station and 18 minutes (1.5km) to the Mall of the Emirates. Hotel amenities include a spa, fitness center, complimentary shuttle service to the beach and shopping centers, and a variety of restaurants and bars. Modern guest rooms feature city or water views, tea/coffee facilities, and refrigerators.

6. Xclusive Hotel Apartments – Moderate

Spacious apartments featuring full kitchens, balconies, in-unit laundry, and living rooms, in addition to private bedrooms and traditional Arabian furnishings. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness center, and the property is situated a 13-minute walk (1.1km) from BurJuman Mall and 10km (12-minute drive) from Dubai International Airport.

7. Novotel World Trade Centre Dubai – Moderate

Connected to the Dubai World Trade Centre and located a 12-minute walk (900m) to the World Trade Centre metro station, this 4-star hotel offers an outdoor pool, spa, fitness center, kids play area, wide range of dining options, and complimentary shuttle to a variety of nearby attractions. The modern guest rooms feature desks, coffee makers, and ironing facilities. Smoking and non-smoking floors are available.

8. Arabian Courtyard Hotel & Spa – Moderate

Located steps from the Dubai Museum (130m, 2-minute walk), this great-value upscale hotel features a full-service spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour room service, and several restaurants. Guest rooms have desks, coffee makers, ironing facilities, and traditional Arabian decor. Located a 7-minute walk (500m) to the Al Fahidi Historical District.

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Peneeda View Beach Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Peneeda View Beach Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Newer and older-style villas in a central but tranquil location.

This hotel is on a narrow property stretching from the beach to the lobby, which is 100m from the main street and thus, quieter than others. It only offers villas/bungalows, with older ones secluded behind high walls and accessible along a village-style path. The lavish private gardens, old-fashioned furnishings, abundance of windows, and decent-sized verandas give guests plenty of privacy without feeling isolated. Other villas are in two-level buildings shaped like traditional rice-barns which are less secluded but more modern inside. And the four pools are reasonably large. Although named after Nusa Penida, no villas offer views of the sea, let alone that of the distant island.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main street through Sanur, a more relaxed region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach and about 100m back from the street. Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in both directions.
  • 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), depending on traffic.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all but perhaps, less so for families with younger children.
  • Beach: Wide and decent enough, but no shade.
  • Views: No rooms provide views of the sea (or the island after which the hotel is named), except the Seaside Bungalows. Older villas are secluded behind stone walls, and newer ones face the communal gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at a mid-range hotel like this in Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking onsite, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 425
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: peneedaviewhotel.com

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: One at the lobby, with an attached pool for children. Another closer to the beach, but not facing the sea. And a fourth which is more popular with adults.
  • Spa: In a separate building facing the gardens, the lovely Peneeda View Spa offers the usual array of treatments – all at more affordable prices than at major resorts.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at a mid-range hotel like this in Sanur.
  • Activities: A few activities offered, such as yoga classes and beach volleyball.
  • Other Facilities: Library. Gift shop.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Providing views of Nusa Penida island, the beachside bistro offers grilled seafood, several Indonesian delights, and buffets on some nights. The café at the lobby is more casual and often features live music.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but depends on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours from about 7 am to 8 pm.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Two Bedroom Family Suites • The Villas • Seaside Bungalows • The Club Lumbung (villas)
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed in the rooms, but is permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Seaside Bungalows are delightful and very romantic, with 4-poster beds and extended terrace offering broad sea views.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 bedrooms, and those with 1 bedroom can squeeze in an extra single bed. Best are the Family Suites with 2 separate bedrooms and 3-way bathrooms.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from agencies on the main street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (3.2km, 10-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All the places listed below are along the main street.

  • White House Sanur – Quaint Mediterranean-style setting, though the cafe serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine (including ‘goat sandwich’). Shady tables under a huge tree or upstairs. Just outside the entrance. 1-minute walk.
  • Graze – Classy street-side setting in the remarkable Maya resort alongside the Peneeda. More interesting menu than most, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Also, coffee, sandwiches, and home-baked pastries. 1-minute walk.
  • Warung Becak – Recognizable by the namesake becak (old-style rickshaw) in front. Popular for live music, salads, and steaks. Also claims to be a ‘mango bar’. South of the entrance to the Peneeda. 1-minute walk.
  • Ulu Thai Food Sanur – Funky décor (with several dangling lights). Specializing in Thai food. 100m north. 1-minute walk.
  • White Orchid – Just past Ulu. Healthy Asian cuisine, good-value specials, shady deck, and smart service. 1-minute walk.
  • Café Batu Jimbar – Long-time favorite for gelato, salads, and outdoor Sunday buffet/market. About 250m north. 4-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimarts are present in all directions, and lots of shops everywhere. About 350m north along the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 4-minute walk.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (22km).

Peneeda View Beach Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located in a pleasant area of the relaxed region of Sanur.

The hotel is along a pleasant mid-section of Sanur, a quieter region in southern Bali.

The hotel is set away from the street and the noise.

The lobby is about 100m from the main street, ensuring no rooms suffer from traffic noise.

The hotel takes its name from Nusa Penida island which is usually visible from the beach.

The Peneeda is named after Nusa Penida island, which can often be seen from the beach but not from the rooms.

The gift shop by the reception sells souvenirs and some daily items.

Just past the reception area, a gift shop sells souvenirs and a few daily items.

The Peneeda View Spa offers affordable treatments.

The Peneeda View Spa offers the usual array of treatments at rates more affordable than at major resorts.

The on-site restaurant is casual and colorful.

The hotel restaurant at the beach is casual, colorful, and breezy.

Buffets are often offered at the beachside restaurant.

The beachside restaurant offers buffets several nights a week.

The restaurant also offers comfortable beachside seating.

The hotel restaurant also provides some very comfortable lounge chairs on the beach.

The mid-range hotel offers resort-style facilities such as a library.

Although a mid-range hotel, the Peneeda provides facilities often expected at resorts, e.g. a library.

Out of the 4 pools, 1 is for children only.

There are 4 pools, including 1 for children, thus always offering enough space for guests.

The small hotel gardens have plenty of shade.

Gardens are limited but shady and pleasant enough.

Stone paths stretch from the lobby and the beach to the accommodations.

All accommodations are accessible along stone paths that stretch from the lobby to the beach.

The older villas feature stone walls.

Older villas are secluded behind stone walls.

The older villas come with verandas and private gardens.

Older villas feature sizeable verandas overlooking private gardens.

Large windows make the villas light and airy.

Windows on both sides ensure that the older villas are light and airy.

The newer villas offer less privacy.

Newer villas are less secluded but still quiet and private.

Some villas feature traditional rice-barn designs.

Some villas are shaped like traditional lumbung rice-barns.

Graze offers fine dining in a street-side setting next door.

Graze offers fine dining in a shady street-side setting at the front of the Maya resort, adjacent to the Peneeda.

White House Sanur nearby serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

White House Sanur is an appealing Mediterranean-style café focusing on contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Just a few steps north from the resort entrance.

Warung Becak serves healthy meals with live music.

On the corner of the lane to the hotel, the eye-catching Warung Becak offers healthy meals and energetic live music.

Ulu close-by serves excellent Thai food.

Only 100m north of the hotel entrance, the funky Ulu specializes in Thai food.

White Orchid nearby is popular for its affordable daily specials.

Another cafe within a few minutes’ walk, White Orchid is popular and shady, with good-value daily specials.

A beachside path stretches across almost the entire length of Sanur.

A beachside path stretches several kilometers in both directions along almost the entire length of Sanur.

Hardy's nearby is the sole supermarket in Sanur.

About 350m north of the hotel, Hardy’s is well-stocked and the only supermarket in Sanur.

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The Oasis Lagoon Sanur Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 15, 2019

Review of The Oasis Lagoon in Sanur, Bali.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – Contemporary, with extended pools instead of gardens in an unbeatable spot.

Squeezed into a limited space next to the popular Hardy’s Supermarket, the Oasis boasts a prime location for shops and cafés. It doesn’t face the sea but is pleasingly set back from the busy road. All rooms are in four-level buildings overlooking the pool which takes up the entire ground-level area. Rooms are compact and functional, without being overly spacious, and feature an appealing wooden décor that extends to the undersized verandas/balconies, which are oddly enclosed on the upper floors. More appealing are the ground-level rooms with patios that open out directly to the main pool. The resort is a block from the sea and offers a private beach club nearby.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in both directions. Doesn’t face the sea, but only 1 block from the beach.
  • 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 (15km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Hardy’s supermarket. Golf course.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – The Basics

  • Guests: Particularly popular with families, but caters well for all.
  • Beach: On the other side of the main street from the beach, which is about 300m away (4-minute walk) via the lane that starts opposite the resort entrance. The resort offers a beach club on a sliver of sand with lounge chairs and umbrellas, a short 8-minute walk or a few minutes by shuttle bus away.
  • Views: All rooms overlook the extended swimming pool.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Patios of ground-floor rooms offer direct access to the main pool. Cabana Rooms feature private plunge pools.
  • Extras: Free shuttle bus service around Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Very limited free and secure parking on site, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 282 264
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: theoasislagoon.com

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – Amenities

  • Pool: The seemingly endless C-shaped pool links all the buildings housing the rooms. Often packed and usually noisy.
  • Spa: Tirta Spa is a fantastic place to relax and be pampered with a facial, massage, or manicure.
  • Fitness Center: Limited space throughout the resort ensures that the so-called ‘mini-gym’ is undersized.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: De’dapoer is an elegant street-side café, recently redesigned with an inviting décor. Focuses on contemporary Indonesian food, and offers a children’s menu and daily specials. The delightfully old-fashioned bar alongside offers cocktails and imported wines.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Studio Rooms • Lagoon Access • Family Duplexes • Family Rooms • Cabana Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms, but permitted on the balconies/verandas and elsewhere.
  • Best Room: Cabana Rooms are exquisite and very intimate for honeymooners. Spacious, with plunge pools.
  • For Families: Many rooms have connecting doors. Easily accommodating 4 people are the split-level Family Duplexes, with a second bedroom on a mezzanine level, and the single-level Family Rooms with larger second bedrooms than the Family Duplexes.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from agencies on the main street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (3km, 10-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

Shops

  • Minimarts are present in all directions, and lots of shops everywhere. Less than 50m north along the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 1-minute walk.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters near the resort’s beach club, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (22km).

The Oasis Lagoon Sanur – The Hotel

The hotel is located midway on the main street in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is midway along the main street in Sanur, a quieter region in southern Bali.

The area around the resort features plenty of facilities.

There are plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop in both directions from the resort.

The compact resort features a meandering pool accessible from ground-level rooms.

The Oasis is compact, with a pool meandering around the clusters of rooms.

The spacious street-side De’dapoer café features a unique decor.

The spacious and airy De’dapoer café at the front of the resort provides an inviting street-side setting and unique décor.

De’dapoer café serves contemporary Indonesian food.

De’dapoer specializes in contemporary Indonesian food.

The old-fashioned resort bar has an impressive wine list.

The bar alongside the resort café is delightfully old-fashioned, and offers an impressive wine list.

Extensive wooden decks encircle the pool.

Some ground floor rooms face extensive wooden decks alongside the pool.

Attractive modern buildings house rooms with full-length windows.

Rooms are in attractive modern buildings and feature full-length windows.

The main pool can be accessed from the private patios of some ground-level rooms.

Some ground-level rooms offer direct access to the pool from private patios.

The spacious rooms comes with king beds.

Rooms are reasonably spacious and feature king-sized beds.

Upper-level rooms feature unusual enclosed balconies.

Rooms on the upper floors feature unusual enclosed balconies.

A lane opposite the resort leads to the clean, public beach.

On the other side of the street from the resort entrance, a lane heads 300m to the clean, public beach.

Café Batu Jimbar opposite the resort entrance is a popular hangout.

Opposite the resort entrance, Café Batu Jimbar is very popular, and not just for the cakes.

Café Batu Jimbar is frequented by expats for its healthy salads.

Expats flock to Café Batu Jimbar for the healthy salads.

A food market-cum-buffet is held on Sunday mornings in front of Café Batu Jimbar.

On Sunday mornings, a food market-cum-buffet is held at the front of Café Batu Jimbar.

Downtown nearby is a friendly and affordable cafe.

About 50m south of the resort entrance, Downtown is a friendly place for an inexpensive meal.

El Comedor offers an extensive menu and plenty of shade.

Next to Downtown, El Comedor is popular for its shady setting and extensive menu.

Ulu nearby is known for its funky decor and Thai menu.

Only a few minutes’ walk south of the Oasis, Ulu is renowned for its funky décor and Thai food.

Hardy's next door is the only supermarket in Sanur.

The Oasis is almost next door to Hardy’s, the only supermarket in Sanur.

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Maya Sanur Resort & Spa Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 15, 2019

Review of Maya Sanur Resort & Spa in Sanur, Bali.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Opulence and luxury in an ultra-modern resort.

Opened in 2015, with an entrance resembling a Mayan temple from Central America, the resort offers state-of-the-art facilities, though there is nothing even remotely Asian about this place. It’s in a prime location surrounded by classy shops and cafés, in a narrow property stretching from the main street to the beach. Rooms are spacious and cheerful with contemporary and tasteful design, while the suites with private pools are even chicer. All rooms face the ‘lagoon’ (i.e. pool), and those at ground level have direct access from wooden patios. The beach is decent enough, and the second beachfront family pool is gorgeous.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Between the beach and main street. Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in both directions.
  • 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), depending on traffic.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Children not discouraged, but the chic design seems to attract couples, with many under about 40.
  • Beach: Narrower and less shady than other beaches in Sanur, but decent enough.
  • Views: No rooms provide sea views. Almost all face the gardens or ‘lagoon’ (which is the pool), but a few overlook a neighboring resort. Suites boast beach frontage but offer no direct views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Most rooms on the ground floor have access to the main pool via patios. Beachfront Pool Suites feature private pools.
  • Extras: Free morning yoga classes.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: A few free and secure parking spots inside the gate, but let the management know, and think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 849 7800
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: mayaresorts.com

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Extended, lagoon-shaped pool alongside the buildings housing the rooms. Another separate Family Pool faces the beach.
  • Spa: All sorts of indulgent treatments available at the Spa at Maya.
  • Fitness Center: Very well-equipped and personal trainers available.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Reef – Swish, featuring tables inside and gazebos that almost ‘float’ in the pool. Breakfast and all-day dining for pizzas, burgers, and salads. Open-plan kitchen, separate vegetarian menu, and themed buffets some nights. • Graze – Stylish eatery along the street. More interesting menu than most, with a focus on fresh ingredients. Also, coffee, sandwiches, and home-baked pastries.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available from about 6 am to 11 pm daily.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Garden View Rooms • Deluxe Lagoon View Rooms • Deluxe Lagoon Access Rooms • Beachfront Pool Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms, but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The swanky and spacious Beachfront Pool Suites feature all the latest equipment, marble bathrooms, and private pools longer than most.
  • For Families: All rooms can fit in 1 extra single bed, and many have connecting doors.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from agencies on the main street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (3.2km, 10-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • White House Sanur – Quaint Mediterranean-style setting, though the cafe serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine (including ‘goat sandwich’). Shady tables under a huge tree or upstairs. On the corner to the adjoining Peneeda hotel. 1-minute walk.
  • Ulu Thai Food Sanur – Funky décor (with several dangling lights). Specializing in Thai food. 60m north. 1-minute walk.
  • White Orchid – Just past Ulu. Healthy Asian cuisine, good-value specials, shady deck, and smart service. 1-minute walk.
  • Warung Becak – Recognizable by the namesake becak (old-style rickshaw). Popular for live music, salads, and steak. Also claims to be a ‘mango bar’. 60m south. 1-minute walk.
  • Café Batu Jimbar – Long-time favorite for gelato, salads, and outdoor Sunday buffet/market. About 200m north of the resort entrance. 3-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimarts are present in all directions, and lots of shops everywhere. About 300m north along the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 4-minute walk.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (22km).

Maya Sanur Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located in the relaxed and pleasant region of Sanur.

The resort is along a pleasant part of Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.

The huge and uniquely-designed resort dominates the area.

Because of its size and unique design, the Maya dominates this section of Sanur.

The beach by the resort is decent but lacks shade.

The resort stretches between the main street and an agreeable beach, which does lack shade.

Since the beach is public, the resort offers a private, raised, sandy area for its guests.

No beach in Sanur is private, so another raised section within the resort offers sand, umbrellas, and views.

The resort features a unique design.

The design of the Maya is like no other in Bali.

The resort has a second smaller entrance from the beach.

The entrance to the resort from the beach is less dominant than the front.

The main pool stretches through the resort.

The extended main pool stretches throughout the resort.

The resort sports a chic design and layout.

The design and layout all over the resort is chic.

Breakfast is served to guests in the Reef restaurant.

Breakfast is served to guests at the main restaurant, Reef.

Reef offers poolside seating which is particularly romantic at night.

Tables at the Reef spill out onto the deck alongside the resort pool, and are particularly romantic at night.

Graze serves a good selection of healthy food, coffee, and sandwiches.

The other resort restaurant, Graze, offers a tempting menu of healthy food as well as coffee and sandwiches.

Most ground-floor rooms have direct access to the main pool.

Most rooms on the ground floor provide access to the main pool.

Appealing cabanas are located on the ground-floor room patios.

Ground-floor rooms with pool access also feature appealing cabanas.

Some rooms overlook the neighboring resort.

Not all rooms face the pool; some overlook a neighboring resort.

The rooms are more spacious than at rival resorts.

Rooms are considerably more spacious than those at rival resorts.

The rooms feature bright decor and pleasing furniture.

The décor is bright and furnishings, pleasing.

Rooms come with comfortable living areas.

Rooms feature comfortable and cheery living areas.

The suites feature longer than expected pools.

The pools at the suites are longer than expected.

The White House cafe nearby serves contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

Within a 1-minute walk, the White House is a likeable café serving contemporary Indonesian cuisine.

Funky Ulu cafe nearby serves good Thai food.

Only 60m north of the Maya, Ulu is a funky place specializing in Thai food.

White Orchid nearby is popular for its affordable daily specials.

The daily specials are excellent value at the shady and colorful White Orchid, just past Ulu.

Warung Becak nearby is an excellent dining option.

Warung Becak is another fabulous place to eat, and only 60m south of the resort entrance.

Hardy's nearby is the only supermarket in Sanur.

About 300m north along the main street is Hardy’s, the only supermarket in Sanur.

The beachside path stretches across the entire length of Sanur.

A delightful beachside path passes the resort and stretches almost the entire length of Sanur.

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Maregio Suites Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

Review of Maregio Suites in Santorini.

Maregio Suites – An intimate hotel on the caldera’s edge under the windmills, Maregio offers spacious suites with heated plunge pools, private dining, and direct views of Oia’s coveted sunset.
 
Maregio Suites boasts nine contemporary, cave-style suites each with its own outdoor heated plunge pool overlooking the caldera. This romantic hotel is known for its peaceful ambiance, flawless and friendly service, and dramatic sunsets that can be enjoyed from the suites’ private terraces. Each suite is served directly for private dining and in-room massage, rather than having a centralized restaurant or spa. The hotel’s location is superb: within steps of the island’s best dining, shopping, and attractions, while remaining as private as possible on their small perch over the water.
 

Maregio Suites – Location

  • Area: Quiet location with gorgeous sunset views right underneath the windmills in a pedestrian-only area above Ammoudi Bay. Maregio Suites is walking distance to the Byzantine Castle ruins, Ammoudi Bay for dining, cruises, and cliff diving, and the shopping and dining of central Oia.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits midway down the side of the caldera along one of Oia’s maze-like footpaths, so it’s a bit difficult to find. Coordinate with the hotel directly to have them meet you at arrival and guide you to the entrance, whether arriving by bus, taxi or driving yourself. There are always buses at the ferry port for every arrival as well as buses departing hourly from the airport. The local buses from the ferry port and the airport stop in Fira first, where passengers must transfer to another bus to get to Oia village. By bus, the total trip will take more than an hour, depending on how long you have to wait in Fira to catch the Oia bus. From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an 8-minute walk to the hotel along a mostly flat route. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Maregio Suites should be about €25, and a taxi from the ferry port to Maregio Suites should be about €15. There will be a small surcharge for luggage or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there are a few free public parking lots within a 3 to 6-minute walk of the hotel, but be patient as you may need to check a couple of lots before finding an open space.
  • Handy to: Byzantine Castle Ruins (5 minutes on foot), Oia Bus Terminal (8-minute walk), Ammoudi Bay (10 minutes on foot downhill, and about 15 minutes to climb back up).

Map of Maregio Suites

Map of Maregio Suites Hotel in Oia.

Maregio Suites – The Basics

  • Ages: Maregio Suites has no official age limits, though they do recommend guests be 12 years or over due to the many stairs onsite. There are no amenities or facilities for children, and even the largest suites only accommodate up to 2 guests. Most guests are couples celebrating a romantic occasion, especially honeymoons, anniversaries, proposals, and weddings.
  • Beach: The closest beach is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 500 meters down (10-minute walk). This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: Each suite has a spectacular, direct sunset view over the caldera.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All suites have their own private, outdoor, heated plunge pools.
  • Parking: There are a few free public parking lots within a 3 to 6-minute walk of the hotel, and even more if you check farther east. Be patient, as you may need to check a couple of lots before finding an open space, especially during the high season.
  • Extras: More private than other Oia hotels (due to its location at the far end of the village and its high walls), complimentary cell phones, 24-hour reception, airport shuttle (additional fee).
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1 until October 31. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September, and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 72218
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: maregiosuites.com

Maregio Suites – Amenities

  • Pool: No shared pool. Each suite has its own private plunge pool.
  • Spa: No spa onsite. Spa and salon services are done in-suite.
  • Fitness Center: No gym. Personal training and yoga can be arranged.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with plenty of stairs and no elevator. This hotel is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: Maregio Suites does not have a specific age policy, but they do recommend guests be at least 12 years old in order to safely navigate all of the stairs onsite. There are no facilities or amenities for children, and rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 guests, so larger groups will need to book at least 2 rooms.
  • Activities: The concierge team is happy to arrange any activities on the island, including wine tours, caldera cruises, visits to the archaeological site, car tours, and more.

Maregio Suites – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No restaurant on site. There is a full kitchen open from 12 pm until 10 pm that prepares meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day to be delivered directly to each suite. The menu is filled with Greek and Santorinian favorites made with organic produce, fresh fish, and local ingredients. The food pairs exceptionally well with their well-curated selection of local wines, champagne, and custom cocktails.
  • Breakfast: A complimentary, a la carte breakfast is served directly to each suite at the time of your choosing from 8 am to 11 am. Breakfast is a real highlight here, made with local, organic ingredients and with exceptional eggs, coffee, and pastries.
  • Room Service: Room service is available all day from 8 am until 10 pm.

Maregio Suites – Rooms

  • Room Types: Junior Suite with Heated Plunge Pool • Premium Suite with Heated Plunge Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Heated Plunge Pool • Deluxe Villa with Heated Plunge Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: Maregio Suites does not allow smoking in any of its rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private, outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas of the hotel.
  • Best Room: The Deluxe Villa with Heated Plunge Pool is the top choice at Maregio. The Deluxe Villa is the most spacious at 90 sqm with a huge terrace and the largest private pool on site. The chic, minimalist villa features a king-sized bed and upgraded amenities, and is the only unit with an indoor soaking tub.
  • For Families: The hotel allows guests of all ages, but for safety concerns, they suggest all guests should be at least 12 years or older. There are no facilities or amenities for children, and the largest suites accommodate a maximum of 2 guests, so families would need to book at least 2 suites.

Maregio Suites – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located on the western point of Oia, walking distance to the area’s best restaurants, shopping, and sights. Ammoudi Bay is accessible via a steep and winding path, easy to descend the 500m down, but arduous going back up; many people taxi back to the top. The heart of Oia, with its fine dining, luxury boutiques, and a few bars is only a 3-minute walk from the hotel, while the castle is only 5 minutes away.
  • Bus: Maregio Suites is close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just an 8-minute walk. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island. Routes to Imerovigli, Firostefani, and Fira are direct, while all routes to the beaches, port, airport, or other villages require a change of bus in Fira. Tickets are bought on board, and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 am to 5 am) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, an 8-minute walk and near the Oia Bus Terminal, but there is often a wait as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, plus you can have them meet you closer to the hotel. A taxi from the airport to Maregio Suites should be about €25, and a taxi to Fira or the ferry port from Maregio Suites should be about €15. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros.
  • Scooters/Motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
  • ATVs: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.

Maregio Suites – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 4-minute walk.
  • Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 6-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 6-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 9-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 10-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.
  • Melitini: 100% Greek menu using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. 13-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Vitrin Café Creperie: One of the best breakfasts on the island, plus AMAZING sunset views if you arrive early enough to snag a table. 2-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. 4-minute walk.
  • Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 14-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini Market: There is a small market up the hill directly above the hotel with drinks, snacks, and some basic items. 1-minute walk.
  • Asteras Supermarket: Small, but solid selection with a surprising amount of fresh produce for its size, along with prepackaged deli cuts, snacks, beer, wine, and some beach gear. 9-minute walk.
  • Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2 am. 9-minute walk.

Maregio Suites – The Hotel

The hotel offers enviable caldera views across its many floors.

Standing outside Maregio Suites, looking toward its enviable caldera views. The suites are spread over multiple floors all connected by stairs, as is typical in Santorini.

The hotel is located under Santorini's windmills.

Heading downstairs and turning back, you can see that the hotel sits directly under Oia’s picturesque windmills.

The hotel offers fantastic caldera and sunset views.

View of the caldera from the stairs. The hotel sits on top of Ammoudi Bay facing Thirassia Island with direct sunset views.

One can see the private terraces with pools and dining tables on the lower floors.

Angling down to see 2 typical terraces with outdoor, private plunge pools and al fresco dining tables.

The small reception is staffed round the clock.

The 24-hour reception area is the only shared space in the hotel. All suites are self-contained for ultimate privacy, at least by Oia standards. This is one of the most private hotels in the village; many hotels closer to the center have public walking paths running through them.

This Premium Suite is the most photographed one.

Seen here is the terrace of the Premium Suite with Heated Plunge Pool. This is the most photographed suite on-site…

The suite features a unique cave-style pool.

…because of its unique cave-style pool…

The cave pool offers uninterrupted caldera views.

…with direct caldera views.

The suite's cave pool is heated.

Backing up to see the full size of the heated cave pool.

The suite's private terrace offers panoramic caldera views.

The Premium Suite’s private terrace has gorgeous views of Thirassia Island on the right, tiny Aspronisi Island in the center-right, the 2 volcanoes on the left, and Akrotiri peninsula in the left background.

The suite has an open-plan layout with a king bed and large living area.

Inside, the open-plan suite features a king-sized bed and generous living area.

The living area has a colorful sofa and traditional table.

Another angle of the Premium Suite.

The spacious bathroom has an open shower, rock sink, and large vanity area.

The bathroom features a natural stone sink, large vanity, Apivita natural amenities, and an open-style Greek shower with a large rainfall showerhead.

All Honeymoon Suites are unique in layout.

Almost half of Maregio’s suites are Honeymoon Suites, similar to this one. No 2 suites are exactly alike, though.

The suites have a heated pool, sunbeds, dining table and seating on their large terraces.

Honeymoon Suites feature outdoor heated plunge pools, sunbeds, outdoor dining tables, and extra seating for perfect sunset viewing.

The terrace has plenty of seats to enjoy the sunsets.

A better look at the terrace’s seating.

The spacious suite has an open layout with a king bed.

Honeymoon Suites offer ample indoor space with an open layout and king-sized bed…

The suite even features mood lighting.

…with mood lighting.

The living area of the suite is very spacious.

A view including the living area.

The suite is bright due to the natural light coming in through the windows and door.

View of the suite from the bed.

The bathroom has a large vanity, rock sink, and an open shower.

The bathroom features a large vanity with a natural rock sink and a traditional, cave-style, open shower.

The bathroom has a unique cave-style open shower.

A look at the shower and its rainfall showerhead, bench, and lighting.

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Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

Review of Griya Santrian in Sanur, Bali.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Contemporary design and traditional décor, with tropical setting and convenient location.

This charming resort, family-owned for over 30 years, is set about 100m from the main street, so it’s quiet while still being in the midst of Sanur’s best cluster of shops and cafés. Rooms are in modern but tastefully-designed low-level buildings among lovingly landscaped tropical gardens with Balinese-style statues and fountains. Rooms face the pools and/or gardens from wide balconies and feature colorful Balinese décor. Suites are even more spacious and boast four-poster beds and sunken baths. The three pools are sizeable and shady, with unusual designs, while the beach is powdery-white and well-maintained.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Facing the beach and 100m back from the street. Pleasant area midway along Sanur, with plenty of facilities in both directions.
  • 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 (15km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands. Golf course.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all. Among families, perhaps the hotel is more suitable for those with older children.
  • Beach: Well-groomed, with powdery-white sand and plenty of lounge chairs. However, not that private because of people walking along the seaside path.
  • Views: No accommodation offers sea views. All rooms face the pools and/or gardens, while suites have private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: A few free and secure parking spots available, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 185
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santrian.com

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: 3 large and shady pools, with interesting designs that are more appealing than those at other resorts. The one by the beach features a swim-up bar. The other 2 are alongside the buildings housing the suites.
  • Spa: Within a pretty building, the Rama Sita Spa is classier than rivals. The resort also has a traditional bale hut alongside the beach where massages can be enjoyed.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • For Families: Various tours and classes available, including cycling.
  • Activities: Classes in cooking and yoga. Demonstrations in Balinese traditions, such as flower offerings and woodcarving. Rental of bicycles and canoes.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Wantilan Restaurant – All-day dining with broad sea views. Breakfast and afternoon tea served here, and themed buffets with traditional music/dance on most nights. • Griya Beach Corner – At the pool and facing the ocean. Specializes in Japanese, Italian, and Asian food. Popular among families for pizza, and also features romantic tables on the sand. Lunch only.
  • Breakfast: Sometimes included, depending on the room and how it was booked.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Garden Wing Rooms • Beach Wing Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Santrian Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms, but OK anywhere else.
  • Best Room: Santrian Suites are the most spacious, and feature even more appealing traditional décor.
  • For Families: Most rooms and suites can fit in an extra single bed, and many have connecting doors, though nothing is really set up specifically for families.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from the hotel. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (2.4km, 7-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • Rasa Senang Restaurant & Bar – The best place for Indonesian food, with renowned chefs offering cooking classes. Also, Mexican meals, cocktails, and set-price seafood menus. 50m north. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – 50m south for Irish-themed music, shady setting, and friendly service. 1-minute walk.
  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. The burgers are big and service, attentive. 100m south, opposite The Wicked Parrot. 1-minute walk.
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Just past The Porch. 2-minute walk (200m).
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. About 70m past the Three Monkeys. 3-minute walk.

Shops

  • Opposite the hotel entrance, the very elegant boutique, Uluwatu, sells gorgeous things made from lace. 1-minute walk.
  • Minimarts are present in all directions. About 500m south down the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 6-minute walk.

Attractions

  • The massive 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course dominates northern Sanur, less than 2km to the north. 20-minute walk.
  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (23km).

Griya Santrian Beach Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located midway in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is midway along Sanur, a quieter region in southern Bali.

The resort is located away from the main street, thus reducing noise.

The lobby is about 100m from the main street and traffic noise.

The beachside path by the resort runs across the entire length of Sanur.

The resort faces the sea, with a beachside path that extends almost the entire length of Sanur.

The resort beach is well-maintained by the staff.

The beach in front of the resort is broad and well-maintained by staff.

All 3 pools are large and well-shaded.

Of the 3 large and shady pools, the smaller pool is more popular with adults.

The resort offers plenty of family-friendly facilities.

The Griya caters well for families, with enough facilities to keep the younger ones happy.

The attractive Rama Sita Spa is housed in a separate building.

Within an attractive separate building, the Rama Sita Spa is classier than those at neighboring rivals.

The Griya Beach Corner bar offers poolside seating.

The bar at the Griya Beach Corner offers stools alongside the edge of the pool.

Wantilan is one of the finest restaurants in the area.

One of the finest restaurants in this part of Sanur is the Wantilan, also within the resort.

Attractive 2 and 3-story buildings house the rooms.

Rooms are in attractive 2 and 3-level buildings.

The secluded suites are surrounded by lush greenery.

Suites are more secluded and surrounded by tropical plants.

The nicely-furnished rooms feature contemporary Balinese decor.

All rooms are nicely furnished, with a contemporary Balinese décor.

The rooms feature colorful wall art and cushions.

Colorful touches, such as cushions and wall art, add to the appeal.

The spacious Deluxe Rooms are beautifully decorated.

Deluxe Rooms are pleasingly spacious and beautifully decorated.

Bicycling along the beachside path is an excellent idea to explore Sanur.

A perfect way to explore Sanur is by bicycle along the beachside path in front of the resort.

Rasa Senang close-by is popular for its Indonesia menu.

A 1-minute walk north of the resort, Rasa Senang is the best place in the area for Indonesian food.

The Porch Café nearby is popular for coffee, pastries, and tapas.

The Porch Café, only 100m south of the resort, is ideal for coffee, pastries, and tapas.

The Wicked Parrot hosts live bands every night.

Opposite The Porch, The Wicked Parrot hosts enjoyable bands every night.

Three Monkeys nearby is popular day and night.

Also within a short stroll south of the resort, Three Monkeys is shady during the day and more vibrant at night with live music.

The Retro offers a children's menu.

Just down south from the Three Monkeys, the Retro offers a children’s menu.

Hardy's nearby is the only supermarket in Sanur.

About 500m south of the resort, Hardy’s is the only supermarket in Sanur.

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The Best Kyoto Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

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The 7 Best Hotels and Ryokan in Kyoto

Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

The Four Seasons is the best hotel in Kyoto, Japan.
Brand new and amazing in every detail. The spa, indoor pool, restaurant, and setting are the epitome of luxury. The Four Seasons is the best luxury hotel in Kyoto and maybe the best hotel in all of Japan. (Hotel phone: +81 75-541-8288)

Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Best Ryokan with tatami beds in Kyoto.
With a contemporary yet traditional design, this 29-room boutique hotel borrows architectural details from the many machiya (merchant houses) that once graced many Kyoto neighborhoods. Latticework, raised platform beds, tatami areas with modular furniture, and hinoki (cedar) soaking tubs impart the essence of this ancient city, which guests can explore with the hotel’s rental electric bicycles, powered by rooftop solar panels. (Hotel phone: +81 75-344-3815)

Seikoro Ryokan

The best ryokan hotel in Kyoto.
The best Ryokan in Kyoto. Centrally located east of the Kamo River, it’s filled with antiques and character, especially in the 120-year-old main building where the best rooms open onto the garden (rooms in the annex, built just before the 1964 Olympics, look out over rooftops). The large public bath is made of 400-year-old cypress and is the highlight of the ryokan. This is a magical place to stay. (Hotel phone: +81 75-561-0771)

Ritz-Carlton

The Ritz Carlton in Central Kyoto.
With a wonderful location on the banks of the Kamogawa river, this 134-room property blends in with its historic surroundings with low-slung buildings and an understated design that resembles a Japanese inn. Its interior is a fusion of traditional and contemporary Japanese styles, complete with Zen gardens, a three-story waterfall, and artwork created by 80 mostly Kyoto artists that center on The Tale of Genji, the world’s first major novel. Rooms are huge (starting at 45 sq.m/483 sq. ft.) and are luxuriously appointed, with the best providing vistas of the river and Higashiyama hills rising in the background. (Hotel phone: +81 75-746-5555)

The Screen

Best Boutique Hotel in Kyoto.
A hip boutique hotel that stands out by offering only 13 rooms, each designed by a different designer and ranging from Japanese-style rooms to themed rooms like the one decorated in black (to resemble the peacefulness of the womb). Its location is excellent, on a street lined with craft and antique stores just a short walk north of downtown Kyoto. (Hotel phone: +81 75-252-1113)

Westin Miyako Kyoto

Best luxury hotel near Kyoto.
Open since 1890, the Miyako is one of Japan’s most famous hotels. Although renovations and expansions over the years have transformed it into a thoroughly modern property, it conveys the spirit of old Kyoto with its attention to detail, superb hilltop setting near Nanzenji Temple and excellent service. Its 499 rooms offer a wide variety of choices, from those large enough for four people to 20 Japanese-style rooms in an annex. Sprawling over more than 16 acres, it has more facilities than almost any hotel in town, including both indoor and outdoor pools, a Japanese garden, children’s playroom, and even a bird sanctuary. (Hotel phone: +81 75-771-7111)

Hoshinoya Kyoto

Best traditional ryokan in Kyoto.
The ultimate in Japanese elegance, Hoshinoya occupies a century-old former riverside villa in Arashiyama, with guests ferried 10 minutes to and from the property by boat. Every detail of this luxury hotel-ryokan hybrid is exquisite, from paper walls imprinted with 130-year-old woodblocks to seasonal meals that are true works of art. Each of the 25 rooms has views of the river and nature in all its glory, from cherry blossoms in spring to fiery red maples in fall. (Hotel phone: +81 570-073-066)

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Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 13, 2019

Review of Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali in Sanur, Bali.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – Ultra-modern, with emphasis on room luxuries rather than lush gardens.

Bordering on futuristic in design, this gigantic resort has more concrete than lawns, but some swaying palms do provide limited tropical ambiance. All suites feature walk-in closets, massive bathrooms with free-standing tubs, and enclosed balconies. The secluded villas contain up to three bedrooms, and some feature a spa, steam room, and private pool. The main infinity pool is raised, offering superb views of the curved beach which is partitioned from jet-skis. And the younger ones would relish the waterslide, playground, and kids club with its many activities. The resort is where the mid-section of Sanur, along with its abundant shops and cafés, blends into the tranquil southern part, so it doesn’t feel as isolated as neighboring rivals.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Kusuma Sari street, a dead-end access lane to the beach. The resort entrance is about 150m from the main road (Jalan Danau Tamblingan) through Sanur, a comparatively relaxed region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Faces the beach in the quieter southern part of Sanur, with enough facilities in all directions.
  • 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), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands. Golf course.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, from large families to couples on honeymoon.
  • Kids Club: Better than expected, but mostly indoors. Waterslide, playground, mini-cinema, and plenty of activities.
  • Beach: Faces a scenic, curved bay which is sheltered by a breakwater, so the water is shallow and calm. Dedicated swimming area, distant from jet-skis.
  • Views: Rooms overlook gardens, while some villas offer distant sea views. Presidential Beachfront Villas provide direct beach access and unobstructed sea views.
  • Kitchen: Some villas feature well-equipped kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Signature Spa Suites feature spas and steam rooms. Each villa has a private pool.
  • Extras: Free shuttle bus service throughout Sanur. Bicycle rental.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking within the grounds, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 3011 888
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: fairmont.com

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – Amenities

  • Pool: The main infinity pool is 50m long and elevated for superb sea views. Other smaller pools are more popular among adults.
  • Spa: Simply named, The Spa features a fetching tropical setting and treatments guaranteed to revitalize the body and mind.
  • Fitness Center: Good size and well-equipped.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Activities: Better variety of more engaging activities than most resorts, including cooking classes and yoga lessons.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Layang Layang – Specializes in cuisine from all over Indonesia and Southeast Asia. • Nyala Beach Club & Grill – Beside the pool and sea, for light meals during the day. Transforms into an elegant and romantic restaurant at night. • Lobby Lounge – Suitably named for views of the pool, sea, and gardens.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on the type of booking.
  • Room Service: Available all day and night, with butler service also possible 24/7.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – Rooms

  • Room Types: Fairmont Suites • Deluxe Suites • Signature Spa Suites • Pool Villas (with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms) • Presidential Beachfront Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or public areas, but is OK anywhere else in the resort.
  • Best Room: The Presidential Beachfront Villas are as exquisite as imagined: massive, with 2 bedrooms, private pool, steam room, sublime views, and direct beach access.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 or 3 bedrooms and well-equipped kitchens. Deluxe Suites are spacious enough for 1 or 2 extra single beds and feature 2 TVs.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented for free at the resort. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (4km, 15-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    Plenty of warungs (food stalls) are within 300m south along the beachside path. These 3 excellent choices are along the beachside path.

  • Mermaid Bay Restaurant – Extended seating along the sand. All sorts of fresh food with organic ingredients, ice-cream, and home-baked delights. 1-minute walk (70m south).
  • The Nest – Cozy and popular retreat for healthy food, coffee, and conversations. Attached to the namesake spa. 1-minute walk (110m).
  • Izakaya – Another gorgeous seaside setting. Tables almost on the sand, and some of Sanur’s finest Indonesian food. Just past The Nest. 2-minute walk (180m).

Also, along the main street are:

Shops

  • Minimarts are present in all directions. About 1.4km up the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 18-minute walk.

Attractions

  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (21km).

Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali – The Hotel

The hotel is located just off the main street in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The resort is just off the main street through Sanur, a quieter region of southern Bali.

The massive resort is in a quiet area.

The Fairmont is massive and in a quieter section of Sanur.

The resort features a modern and attractive layout and design.

The overall layout and design of the resort is modern and striking.

The resort gardens offer plenty of shade.

The gardens around the resort are limited but shady enough.

The beach in front of the resort is well-maintained.

The beach in front of the resort is broad, unusually shady, and immaculately maintained.

The large main pool is located by the ocean.

The main pool is beautifully positioned alongside the ocean, and is 50m long.

The other pools are more popular with adults.

Other swimming areas are more popular with adults.

The on-site Layang Layang restaurant serves Indonesian and Southeast Asian cuisine.

Layang Layang is the premier restaurant at the resort, and specializes in cuisine from across Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The Nyala Beach Club & Grill serves light meals in the day-time and fine-dining at night.

Also at the Fairmont, the Nyala Beach Club & Grill offers light meals during the day and more sophisticated dining at night.

Attractive buildings house the suites.

Suites are located in attractive 2 and 3-level buildings.

The spacious suites feature huge living areas.

Suites are spacious, with separate living areas that are much larger than at rival resorts.

The suite bedrooms feature a mix of tropical vibe and modern conveniences.

The bedrooms within the suites are beautifully furnished, providing a tropical vibe and modern conveniences.

The suites and villas feature exquisite bathrooms.

A standout feature of the suites and villas are the exquisite bathrooms.

The beachside path by the resort stretches across the entire length of Sanur.

A pleasant beachside path passes the resort and stretches almost the entire length of Sanur in both directions.

Warungs nearby serve fresh seafood and inexpensive meals.

Within 300m south of the resort via the beachside path, a number of warungs serve fresh seafood and other inexpensive meals.

Mermaid Bay nearby is known for its delicious food and ice-cream.

Within a 2-minute stroll along the beach north of the resort, Mermaid Bay is popular for mouth-watering food and lip-smacking ice-cream.

The Nest is popular for coffee, pastries, and juices.

The Nest is a cosy hangout, popular for coffee, pastries, and juices, attached to the spa of the same name.

Classy Izakaya is known for its Indonesian menu.

Classier than rivals, and also along the beachside path within 500m of the resort, is Izakaya.

Funky Blue Café is within walking distance of the resort.

Only 200m from the resort, on the corner of the main street and access lane to the hotel, is the funky Blue Café.

Canang next door claims to be the best restaurant in Sanur.

Just up from the Blue Café, Canang modestly claims to be the ‘best restaurant in Sanur’.

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Besakih Beach Hotel in Sanur, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 17, 2019

Review of Besakih Beach Hotel in Sanur, Bali.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Traditional design with modern comforts, facing an excellent beach.

Conveniently located halfway along Sanur, this resort is long-established and away from the main road, so the tropical gardens, with Balinese-style fountains and statues, are extensive and tranquil enough to hear birds singing. The accommodation is unusually designed: some shaped like Balinese rice-barns with separate rooms upstairs and down, and others like old-fashioned homestays with doors facing a common veranda. The spacious rooms are comfortable and feature traditional furnishings, but seem huddled together. In contrast, the bungalows are spread apart, with some hidden behind walls and private gardens. The beach is broad and shady, and there is a children’s pool and an enticing games area. However, this resort would be more suitable for families with older children.

Besakih Beach Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan, the main road through Sanur, a more relaxed resort region in southern Bali.
  • Area: Between the beach and road, in a pleasant area midway along Sanur. Plenty of facilities in all directions. The lobby is 50m+ back from the road.
  • 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 (15km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Speedboats to Nusa Lembongan island and the Gili Islands. Golf course.

Besakih Beach Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: More popular with older couples and families with older children.
  • Beach: The broad beach in front of the hotel is not private (like all beaches in Sanur), but it is shady and scenic, and there are no fishing boats spoiling the views.
  • Views: Rooms are too far and too low to provide sea views, so they all face the gardens. Some bungalows are secluded behind walls overlooking private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided in a midrange hotel like this in Sanur.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure parking spots inside the gate, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 288 423
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: besakihbeachhotel.com

Besakih Beach Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: A bridge between the gardens and beach passes over the main pool, which has a swim-up bar. A second pool is more popular with adults. A third is for children.
  • Spa: Massages are available in a traditional-style hut near the beach.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided.
  • For Families: Games Room with lounge chairs, chessboard, and snooker table.
  • Other Facilities: Business Center. Guests’ lounge with library. Souvenir stall.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Batu Bata Restaurant – Charming beachside setting. Popular with tourists from all over Sanur for hearty servings of Indonesian and Western food.
  • Breakfast: Can be included, but depends on how the room was booked.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 8.30 pm.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Suite Classic Bungalows • Classic Bungalows • Standard Bungalows • Suite Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not permitted in the rooms or public areas, but is OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Suite Classic Bungalows are spacious and feature sitting areas and balconies with pleasant garden views.
  • For Families: The 2-level bungalows with a bedroom on each floor are ideal for families, perhaps more so for those with older children. And some rooms have 3 beds.

Besakih Beach Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walking around Sanur is more pleasant than most places in southern Bali. With flat roads and minimal traffic, cycling is also popular, and bikes can be rented from a few agencies on the main street. Walking and cycling are ideal along the beachside path that stretches over 6km, almost the entire length of Sanur.
  • Public Transport: Sanur is unique within southern Bali as local bemos (decrepit minivans with bench seats) ply the main street, but won’t go further north than the golf course. Fares are set, but invariably inflated for tourists.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended, but renting a car is possible at agencies all over Sanur. Motorbikes are also easy to rent and useful for getting around Sanur – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali. Taxis are plentiful, cheap, and comfortable, and the best way to go anywhere in southern Bali. For longer trips, charter a car with a driver. This can be arranged at any travel agency or better, through the hotel.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach any town outside of southern Bali and and one that is popular with tourists (e.g. Ubud), buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some companies pick up guests from their hotels, but services for Perama, the only island-wide operator, leave from its inconvenient office on Jalan Hang Tuah on the other side of the golf course in northern Sanur (2km, 7-minute drive). The Kura-Kura Bus company links Sanur with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.

Besakih Beach Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

    All places listed below are along the main street.

  • Rasa Senang Restaurant & Bar – The best place for Indonesian food, with renowned chefs offering cooking classes. Also, Mexican meals, cocktails, and set-price seafood menus. 50m south. 1-minute walk.
  • The Wicked Parrot – 200m south for Irish-themed music, shady setting, and friendly service. 2-minute walk.
  • The Porch Café (0)361 281 682 – Quasi-1920’s décor for coffee, pastries, healthy sandwiches, tapas, and several vegetarian options. And the burgers are big and service, attentive. 200m south, opposite The Wicked Parrot. 3-minute walk.
  • Three Monkeys – Attracts the same crowd night after night for wine, pizza, grills, salads, pasta, and funky live music. Just past The Porch. 4-minute walk (300m).
  • Retro Kitchen & Bar – Indonesian specials, desserts, pizza, and children’s menu in an attractive setting. About 100m past the Three Monkeys. 5-minute walk.

Shops

  • Among the classy boutiques is Uluwatu, 70m down the street from the hotel, which sells gorgeous things made from lace. 1-minute walk.
  • Minimarts are present in all directions. About 650m down the main street, Hardy’s is a supermarket with a few other shops attached, but is very modest compared to Kuta. 8-minute walk.

Attractions

  • The massive 18-hole Bali Beach Golf Course dominates northern Sanur, less than 2km to the north. 20-minute walk.
  • Jet-skiing and parasailing, among other fun activities, can be arranged at counters along the beach nearby, but the choice is better at Tanjung Benoa. 35-minute drive (23km).

Besakih Beach Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel is located off the main road in the relaxed region of Sanur.

The hotel is located about halfway along the more relaxed region of Sanur in southern Bali, and is set back a little from the main street.

The resort shop sells locally-made crafts.

The Besakih provides some tasteful Balinese touches, including a stall selling locally-made crafts.

The beachside path by the hotel is ideal for walking and cycling.

The hotel faces a lengthy beachside path which is ideal for walking and cycling.

The beach in front of the hotel is wide and very clean.

All beaches in Sanur are public, but the sand in front of the hotel is particularly wide and clean.

The hotel has a beach-facing main pool and another smaller, children's pool.

The main pool faces the beach, while another pool is designed for children.

The guest lounge features a small collection of books and some chairs.

A guests’ lounge offers a few chairs and modest selection of books.

The open-air games room is very popular.

The open-air games room provides a few things to do on a rainy day.

Themed buffets are held at the Batu Bata Restaurant.

Open from 7 am till 11 pm, the Batu Bata Restaurant hosts themed buffets on some nights.

The cute Classic Suite Bungalows have a traditional design.

The Classic Suite Bungalows are cute and feature a traditional design.

The 2-bedroom bungalows are shaped like twin-level rice-barns.

The twin-level bungalows with 2 bedrooms are shaped like traditional lumbung rice-barns.

The spacious Superior Rooms feature simple furnishing.

The standard Superior Rooms are spacious and simply furnished.

The beachside path is the perfect way to get around Sanur.

The perfect way to get around Sanur is along the beachside path.

The Wicked Parrot plays live music every night, often with an Irish theme.

About 200m south of the hotel, The Wicked Parrot is renowned throughout Bali for its live music, often with an Irish theme.

The Porch is popular for coffee and burgers.

Opposite The Wicked Parrot is The Porch, ideal for coffee, conversations, and burgers.

Next to The Porch, Three Monkeys offers shade and live music.

Just past The Porch, the Three Monkeys is a shady spot, also with live music.

The Retro serves pizzas, desserts, and a children's menu.

About 100m south of the Three Monkeys, the Retro offers pizzas, desserts, and a children’s menu.

Rasa Senang nearby is known for its Indonesian menu and cooking classes.

Just up from the hotel, the Rasa Senang is the best place for Indonesian food. Also offers cooking classes.

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Santorini Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 12, 2019

Reviews of all the best hotels in Santorini. New hotel reviews will be added daily for the next few months. To read about only the top luxury hotels read my post on the Best Santorini Hotels.

Santorini Hotel Reviews

Santorini Hotels by Town

All Four and Five Star Hotels in Santorini

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Fira Hotels

Santorini Hotel

Santorini Hotel: Aria Suites & Villas in Fira.

Great views, several good museums, and tons of restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The largest and busiest town on the island, Fira is also the hub of the island bus system, so every other town is just one bus trip away.

Oia Hotels

Romantic, with excellent views, restaurants, and high-end shopping. Santorini’s northernmost cliff town is also its most charming and photogenic, with more of a traditional village feel than you’ll find in Fira or Imerovigli. Every evening, travelers from all over the island stream in to enjoy the sunset from Oia’s terraces and rooftops. It’s a 20 minute bus or car ride from Oia to Fira.

Imerovigli Hotels

Quiet cliff town with the island’s best caldera views and a handful of markets and wonderful restaurants. An easy bus trip, taxi ride, or 25-minute walk from Fira, Imerovigli is a great choice for those seeking luxury cliffside accommodation that’s convenient to – but well removed from – the hub of activity.

Hotels Between Oia and Imerovigli

Private and somewhat isolated cliffside hotels with great caldera views. Located along the cliffside path between Oia and Imerovigli, these hotels are great for travelers seeking a peaceful, private retreat. Car, bus, taxi (or daytime hike) is required to get to the shops and restaurants of the nearest towns.

Firostefani Hotels

Relaxed cliff town, excellent views, no nightlife. Adjacent to Fira, Firostefani provides a relatively quiet retreat with easy access to the island hub, ideal for those who want to be near – but not in the center of – the action. Central Fira is about 15 minutes away on foot via a cobblestone cliffside path. The Oia to Fira bus stops in Firostefani going both ways.

Megalochori Hotels

Small, traditional village with wineries, good food, and great views (from some hotels, the village itself is back from the cliff and doesn’t have views). Megalochori has a charming town square that’s ringed by churches, pottery shops, great little family-owned tavernas, as well as some of the island’s best wineries. Hotels here are mostly situated along the cliff, with lovely views out over the caldera. 10 minutes south of Fira by car.

Pyrgos Hotels

Charming hilltop village; cultural attractions, panoramic island views. The winding streets, small shops and restaurants, and traditional village feel of Pyrgos make this an ideal spot for those seeking the “real” Santorini experience, away from the cruise ship crowds. Pyrgos is also the island’s most magical spot over Easter weekend – on Good Friday, the entire village is lined with candles, and there’s a procession from the church of Agios Nikolaos Theotokaki. 10 minutes to Fira by car.

Kamari Hotels

Busy but relaxed beach town; family-friendly atmosphere, lots of great and affordable restaurants. Kamari is a pebble beach, but the swimming here is excellent. From Kamari, it’s easy to walk or water taxi to Perissa beach, bus into Fira or Oia, and hike (or catch a shuttle) up to the nearby ruins of Ancient Thera. 15 minutes by car to Fira.

Perissa Hotels

Black sand beach town with great, inexpensive, low-key bars and restaurants. Perissa is more spread out than Kamari, with a less commercialized feel and a bit of a backpacker vibe. There’s water sports rental on the beach, a taxi boat to Kamari, and the beach road is closed to cars in the evening. 20 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus to Fira.

Perivolos Hotels

Black sand beach town that’s adjacent to Perissa but quieter, with more upscale bars and restaurants. Perivolos is connected to Perissa along a well-lit beach road, providing easy access to Perissa’s nightlife and the water taxi to Kamari. 20-minute drive to Fira.

Akrotiri Hotels

Remote and quiet village on the island’s southernmost tip. Not a lot in the way of shops, but there are some great fish taverns and small beaches along the water, fantastic caldera views, a nearby lighthouse, and a world-famous archeological dig site. Akrotiri village is on the island’s main bus line, but it’s easier to explore the island from here by car – it’s a 20-minute drive into Fira.

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The Best Hotels in Chicago

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 12, 2019

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Chicago Hotels – Tips and Advice

The 24 Best Luxury Hotels in Chicago

1. The Langham Chicago – River North
The five diamond Langham Hotel boasts Chicago's only five star spa.
An elegant newly-awarded five star, five diamond property on State Street. The Langham is home to Chuan Spa, the only five star spa in Chicago, offering a full menu of treatments, plus a Himalayan salt sauna, lavender steam room, herbal warm room, eucalyptus steam shower, and an indoor pool. The Pavilion hosts the finest afternoon tea service in the city, with sweet and savory treats and live music. Located on the north side of the Chicago River, steps from shopping and dining, this is a superb choice for experience the best the city has to offer. • Hotel phone: 312.923.9988

2. The Peninsula Chicago – River North
Chicago's Peninsula Hotel has Art Deco styling and modern luxury amenities.
Gorgeous, contemporary luxury, with the most intuitive and gracious service in the city. Built in this millennium, but designed in Art Deco style with vertical accents, high ceilings, and golden domes. Each room is completely controlled via tablet, from temperature to lighting, and all suites include a complimentary three-hour chauffeured tour of the city in a Mini Cooper. Their full-service spa takes up two full stories, plus they have a heated pool and whirlpool. They are also home to the best Chinese restaurant in the city. Located on the Magnificent Mile in the Near North area, close to the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Water Tower. • Hotel phone: 312.337.2888

3. Chicago Athletic Association Hotel – The Loop
The luxury Chicago Athletic Association Hotel was originally a men's sporting club.
The most unique hotel in Chicago, originally built as a men’s sporting club in 1890 and completely renovated in 2015. This hotel offers luxury, sport-themed accommodations with cool details, like pommel horse benches and tennis racket nightstands in the rooms, all amid the original architectural beauty of mosaic tile floors, carved wood accents, and gold ceilings. Five excellent restaurants and bars onsite, with a game room and grand lobby library. Located in the Loop, near the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park, overlooking The Bean. • Hotel phone: 312.940.3552

4. Four Seasons Hotel Chicago – Gold Coast
Chicago's Four Seasons Hotel has unmatched city and lake views.
Classic, luxury hotel at the start of the Magnificent Mile, with the highest luxury guest rooms in the city and unmatched city and lake views. An art-forward hotel, they have eleven museum-quality works here, which guests may tour through. This hotel has several suite options, many of which have kitchenettes. This is an excellent choice for families, offering tons of kid-friendly amenities; including a teen spa, kids’ club, and indoor pool. Connected to the 900 North Michigan Shops, walking distance to Oak Street Beach and the John Hancock building. • Hotel phone: 312.280.8800

5. The Palmer House – The Loop
The grand lobby of Chicago's historic Palmer House luxury hotel
A stately and historically significant luxury hotel in the heart of Chicago. The Palmer House is the city’s longest continually opened hotel, since 1871. Every U.S. president since Grant has either slept or dined here, Mark Twain spoke here, and the trial over General Custer’s death took place here. Interiors feature vaulted, hand-painted ceilings, gold detail, and marble columns. Indoor pool and full service spa on site. Well-situated in the Loop, near The Art Institute, Millennium Park, and the Chicago Symphony. • Hotel phone: 312.726.7500

6. Renaissance Blackstone Hotel – The Loop
Chicago's Blackstone Hotel is the famous site of Al Capone's barber shop.
Beaux-Arts luxury hotel that’s rich in history. This is home to the original “smoke-filled room” where a secret meeting selected Harding to run for president, as well as Al Capone’s barber shop. Breathtaking interiors have been lovingly restored to preserve its unique feel. Phenomenal Spanish tapas restaurant on site. Located in the Cultural Mile, south end of the Loop, The Blackstone is close to the Art Institute and Museum Campus. • Hotel phone: 312.447.0955

7. Waldorf Astoria Chicago – Gold Coast
Chicago's Waldorf Astoria Hotel is within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile
Chic hotel with an urban luxury vibe, modeled after Parisian styles of the ‘20s. Their guest room options include suites with fireplaces and balconies. This hotel houses an award-winning spa, plus nail salon, hot tub, and a pool with family swim hours. Located in the luxe Gold Coast neighborhood, the Waldorf Astoria is situated in a little triangle between shopping on State Street and dining on Rush Street, walking distance to Oak Street Beach and the Mag Mile. • Hotel phone: 312.646.1300

8. Ritz-Carlton Chicago – Gold Coast
Chicago's Ritz-Carlton Hotel is located just off the Magnificent Mile.
Lavish hotel just off the Magnificent Mile with amazing city, lake, and Navy Pier views. This hotel offers gorgeous rooms and a wide range of suite options, some with two floors, two bedrooms, or full kitchens. Amazing food and drink options here include a fine dining brasserie and a rooftop bar serving late night tapas and cocktails. Be sure to start the morning with a rooftop yoga session or a dip in the pool. Walking distance to Water Tower Place, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Driehaus Museum. • Hotel phone: 312.266.1000

9. Park Hyatt Chicago – Gold Coast
The fashionable NoMi Kitchen and Lounge in Chicago's Park Hyatt Hotel
Contemporary and stylish luxury hotel in the Gold Coast with views of the Water Tower and lake. This hotel offers spacious rooms, all with Eames chairs and window seats. Dining is fantastic here, with NoMi Kitchen and Lounge offering modern American fare and seasonal cocktails, plus an extensive wine variety and cheese cave. Their art collection boasts an original Matisse and Chihuly glass art, while their lobby displays a wild collection of fossils and meteorites. A spa, pool, and sun terrace round out the experience. Walking distance to upscale shopping and great restaurants. • Hotel phone: 312.335.1234

10. InterContinental Chicago – Streeterville
Chicago's luxury InterContinental Hotel employs an eclectic but tasteful mix of styles.
Luxe hotel right on the Chicago River and boasting a restored Art Deco pool with stained glass and columns. The décor here is a fusion of cultures and times, Assyrian to Celtic, Medieval to modern, but the hospitality is true Midwestern warmth. There’s a great little wine tasting room here, pairing drinks with chocolates and cheeses. Just a short walk to the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise and The Bean. • Hotel phone: 312.944.4100

11. Omni Chicago Hotel – Streeterville
The restaurant in Chicago's luxury Omni hotel features house-cured charcuterie.
Sophisticated, all-suite, luxury hotel located on the Mag Mile. Lots of room options, including some with sleeper sofas, full kitchens, and extra half baths. Popular with foodies, The Omni’s signature 676 Restaurant & Bar cures their own charcuterie and makes their own drink infusions and mixes-in house. For a hands-on experience, check out one of their packages for a deep dish pizza-making or a wine and food pairing class. Other amenities include a pool, hot tub, spa, and sun deck. Near the Water Tower and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. • Hotel phone: 312.944.6664

12. Sofitel Chicago – Gold Coast
Chicago's Hotel Sofitel is steps from great shopping and museums
French-brand luxury hotel with international flare; over 20 languages are spoken here, even among the bartenders. The building itself is built on a slant, giving each room an unobstructed view of the city and Lake Michigan. Gorgeous modern interiors include their Parisian-inspired opera staircase, lit with subtle, glimmering lights at night. Upscale shopping and fine dining is right outside the door, while the Museum of Contemporary Art is only a short walk away. • Hotel phone: 312.324.4000

13. Loews Chicago Hotel – Streeterville
Loews Chicago is a family-friendly luxury hotel with an indoor swimming pool
Brand new luxury hotel perfectly located just five minutes’ walk to the Mag Mile, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier. This hotel is ideal for family stays with several room and suite options, plus fun amenities, like “dive in movies” at their pool and a full lawn on an elevated terrace. With great Argentine restaurant and full service spa, this is also a great pick for a relaxing and indulgent stay. • Hotel phone: 312.840.6600

14. Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park – Lake Shore East
Chcago's Fairmont Hotel connects to the city's underground walkway
With its V-shape, the Fairmont Chicago offers stunning views of Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, or Millennium Park from nearly every room. This hotel connects to the Pedway, Chicago’s underground walking system, so guests can get around town even in the worst weather without a coat. Enjoy the soothing onsite spa and cap the night off with a cocktail in their gorgeous brass-circled lobby lounge. Fantastic shops, restaurants, and the architectural boat tour are right at your doorstep. • Hotel phone: 312.565.8000

15. The Drake – Gold Coast
Chicago's Drake Hotel is well known for its afternoon tea service.
Quintessential luxury in an Art Deco building on Oak Street Beach. This hotel has long played host to the well-heeled, including Princess Di (they even named a suite for her). There are five restaurants onsite, but they are best known for their afternoon tea service, featuring a live harpist. For children they offer a Little Prince or Little Princess tea service. Other family friendly bonuses include suites with two bathrooms, an American Girl package, and their proximity to Lego Land in Water Tower Place. • Hotel phone: 312.787.2200

16. Swissotel Chicago – Lake Shore East
The luxury Swissotel Hotel in Chicago.
This sleek hotel is shaped like a three-sided prism to offer panoramic river, lake, and city views, while its central location makes this hotel a great home base for exploring Chicago. For families, they offer connecting or adjacent kids’ rooms, stocked with age-appropriate amenities for ages 0-17. For couples or solo travelers, they have a lively lobby bar. An indoor pool, whirlpool, spa, and sauna fill out the range of amenities, making this a perfect stay for mixed groups. Located on the Chicago Riverwalk, near the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise and The Bean. • Hotel phone: 312.565.0565

17. Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel – Gold Coast
The Historic Knickerbocker Hotel is located in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.
Spectacular, Art Deco luxury hotel, formerly home to Al Capone’s secret casino, and later a Playboy hotel. Built at the height of the roaring ‘20s, this hotel features its restored, original light-up dance floor, plus grand, ornate gold and original plasterwork. Wonderful location, right next door to the John Hancock building and walking distance to most attractions, including the Bean, plus great restaurants on Rush Street. • Hotel phone: 312.751.8100

18. Kimpton Hotel Monaco – The Loop
The Kimpton Hotel Monaco offers family friendly luxury in the heart of Chicago.
Boutique-style, luxury hotel in a hundred-year-old former hat factory. Most rooms have city or lake views and window seats, which they make up as beds for children. This hotel is fantastic for families, with tons of unique amenities, including loaner goldfish, hula hoops, and kid-sized bathrobes. Superb bar and restaurant onsite, serving Midwest comfort food, brewing their own beer, and mixing inspired craft cocktails. Fantastic location in the Loop, near the river, shopping, and nightlife. • Hotel phone: 312.960.8500

19. Thompson Chicago – Gold Coast
Chicago's Thompson Hotel offers modern, artsy luxury and impeccable service.
Modern luxury hotel one block off the Magnificent Mile. This hotel features provocative artwork and eclectic décor. The Thompson is well known for their outstanding level of service at every interaction; in fact, the New York Times recently wrote an article on their doormen. The fab kitchen here serves great rustic, Italian food as well as a stellar weekend brunch. Located in the Gold Coast, walking distance to Oak Street Beach, as well as the finest shopping in the city. • Hotel phone: 312.266.2100

20. Kimpton Hotel Allegro – The Loop
Chicago's retro Kimpton Allegro Hotel boasts glamorous Art Deco interiors.
Glamorous Art Deco hotel in the Theater District area of the Loop. Decadent retro interiors with original molding and lighting, plus vintage inspired décor. Suites are twice the size of rooms, and higher floors offer sweeping city views. Enjoy yoga gear in each room and a complimentary wine reception every evening. This hotel is surrounded by shopping and restaurants and is within walking distance to The Bean, Chicago Theater, and the river. • Hotel phone: 312.236.0123

21. JW Marriott Chicago – The Loop
Chicago's JW Marriott hotel is centrally located in the Loop, near Millennium Park and Navy Pier.
Luxury hotel in a historic Daniel Burnham building with polished marble and rich gold details. Built in 1914 and recently restored, this Chicago landmark has an indoor pool, whirlpool, and sauna. Dine well at their gourmet Italian restaurant or in their New American-style lounge. Centrally located in the Loop, near Millennium Park and Navy Pier.• Hotel phone: 312.660.8200

22. Hard Rock Hotel Chicago – The Loop
Chuck's Restaurant in Chicago's Hard Rock Hotel
Rock ‘n Roll-themed luxury hotel in a historic Art Deco building. The building itself, designed after a green champagne bottle with a golf foil top, perfectly suits the indulgent attitude the hotel represents. The interiors feature faux snakeskin and music memorabilia, like instruments, concert flyers, and band photos. This hotel also features two amazing restaurants, one featuring Jamaican cuisine and the other in a New American style. Ideal location, near the Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago Theater, and Millennium Park. • Hotel phone: 312.334.6767

23. Silversmith Hotel – The Loop
The luxury Silversmith Hotel is located in Chicago's Jeweler's Row.
Independently-owned, boutique, luxury hotel. Located in Jewelers Row, the hotel matches their décor to their setting with vibrant jewel-tones and Swarovski crystal lamps and tables. Rather than suites, the hotel offers Premium Rooms with an extra seating area and pullout couch. Cozy, glitzy, and fun, this is a perfect getaway for couples. Near the Chicago Riverwalk and Millennium Park. • Hotel phone: 312.372.7696

24. The Ivy Hotel – Streeterville
The Sky Terrace in Chicago's luxury Ivy Hotel.
Stylish, boutique, luxury hotel in the smallest skyscraper in the city. This cozy, little hotel is perfect for couples, with an intimate lounge area and a seasonal rooftop bar. The Ivy offers mostly suites, all with chic and contemporary décor. Stellar location in the Streeterville neighborhood, just steps away from the city’s top dining and shopping on the Magnificent Mile and close to Navy Pier. • Hotel phone: 312.335.5444

Staying in the Gold Coast

Luxury retail in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood.

This is the most affluent neighborhood in Chicago, and has been since its birth in the 1880s, when several millionaires flocked here after the Great Chicago Fire. Stately mansions, luxury high rises, and designer boutiques line the streets, alongside Rolls Royce and Lamborghini dealers. This area is home to a few malls, including Water Tower Place and 900 North Michigan Shops. But Oak Street is the most loved hub for upscale shopping and features designer shops, like Hermes and Prada, plus high-end specialty boutiques. Rush Street is a haven for cutting edge restaurants, plus bars and clubs that run high-energy until the wee hours. Other area attractions include the historic Water Tower and its tiny art gallery and the John Hancock Tower with its 360º Observatory featuring the signature Tilt experience, where visitors are tilted over the edge on a glass platform.

Oak Street Beach makes up the eastern edge of the Gold Coast, and offers some of the bluest water you’ll see outside of the Mediterranean. This neighborhood is considered to be the start of the Magnificent Mile, with Michigan Avenue beginning on its southern edge. The Gold Coast is north of Streeterville and south of Lincoln Park in the Near North Side area of the city.

Best Hotels in Gold Coast

Best Restaurants in the Gold Coast

Staying in River North/Streeterville

Navy Pier in Chicago's River North neighborhood.

Once an industrial area crisscrossed by train tracks, the River North area was known in the early 1900s as “Smokey Hollow,” because its factories pumped out enough smoke to block the sun. A real-estate remake in the ‘70s brought in tons of artists, leading to this area having the second highest concentration of art galleries in America, just behind Manhattan, a distinction which it still holds today. Just to its east, on the other side of Michigan Ave, is a sub section of River North, known as Streeterville, which houses some of the city’s tallest skyscrapers, as well as attractions like Navy Pier, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and landmark architectural touchstones, like the Wrigley Building. Together, the River North and Streeterville areas make up the shopping heart of Chicago surrounding the Magnificent Mile, with name brand, boutique, and vintage stores, plus trendy restaurants and bars.

River North and Streeterville are bounded on the east by Lake Michigan at Navy Pier, to the north by the Gold Coast, to the west and south by branches of the Chicago River. Michigan Avenue, aka the Mag Mile, divides the two areas from each other.

Best Hotels in River North and Streeterville

Best Restaurants in River North and Streeterville

  • Quartino Ristorante • $$-$$$ • Chicago’s best Italian. This place is crackin’ all the time, so reservations are recommended for this spot “where the wine is cheaper than water.”
  • The Purple Pig • $$-$$$ • House cured meats, lots of wine, lively bar. Best restaurant on the Mag Mile.
  • Tanta Chicago • $$-$$$ • Upscale Peruvian fare and great cocktails.
  • Beatrix • $$-$$$ • New American dining, featuring fresh juices and cocktails made with them.
  • Bohemian House • $$-$$$ • Central European food with a great beer selection in a funky space.

Staying in the Loop

The Chicago neighborhood, The Loop.

This is the central business district of Chicago, and one of the most important in the world. Named for the railways and cable cars that once encircled the area, the Loop is true downtown Chicago. This is a perfect spot for first time visitors to the city who want to be close to the action. This area is best known for its striking architecture, which includes the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower), the second tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the tallest in Chicago. Other landmark buildings here include the Carbide and Carmon Building and the Chicago Theatre. This area is also home to the city’s most beloved hangout space, Grant Park, which includes Millennium Park and The Bean, and is just north of the Art Institute of Chicago. At the south end of the Loop, you’ll find Museum Campus, home of the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium (the oldest planetarium in America), and the Shedd Aquarium.

The Loop is bordered to the north and west by the Chicago River, to the east by Lake Michigan, and to the south by the Prairie District and Chinatown.

Best Hotels in the Loop

Best Restaurants in the Loop

  • Cafecito • $ • Cheap spot for Cuban sandwiches and great coffee.
  • The Gage • $$-$$$ • Inspired New American pub fare.
  • Acanto • $$-$$$ • Casual spot for Italian food with a wonderful outdoor space.
  • Kramer’s Health Foods • $ • No frills vegetarian and vegan deli.
  • Saucy Porka • $ • Affordable Asian/Latin fusion foods. Great for brunch.

Staying in Lake Shore East (New East Side)

Chicago's new and modern Lake Shore East neighborhood.

This is a newer, “master planned” neighborhood located within the Loop at the north eastern corner. This area is only recently built up, so it lacks the storied history of other parts of the city. But its location right on the Chicago Riverwalk, near the boarding area for the Chicago Architectural Foundation River Cruises, and bordering Millennium Park makes it a great spot for visitors looking to be close to the action, while still being removed enough to have a restful sleep. Here you’ll find clean streets and gorgeous modern skyscrapers, most notably the Aqua, its wavy face mimicking the river flow. Be advised that this area can be tricky to navigate, as many of the streets are split-level near the river.

Lake Shore East is bordered by the Chicago River to the north, Lake Michigan to the east, parks on the south (Grant, Millennium, and Maggie Daley), and Michigan Avenue to the west.

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The Best Cheap Hotels in Madrid

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 12, 2019

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The 9 Best Budget Hotels in Madrid

1. Mola Hostel – Budget

Funky hostel located a 3-minute walk (300m) from Puerta del Sol, a 7-minute walk (550m) from San Miguel Market, and within a short walk of many restaurants, shops, and theaters. The property offers modern dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms and private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. Also daily buffet breakfast (for a fee), a spacious lounge area, organized tours and activities, and 24-hour reception.

2. Hostal Triana – Budget

No-frills hotel situated among a variety of restaurants and shops, and located a 3-minute walk (300m) to the Puerta del Sol and a 9-minute walk (800m) to the Círculo de Bellas Artes. All rooms have private bathrooms, some rooms have air conditioning and balconies, and the property has a 24-hour front desk and several sitting areas.

3. Hostal Adriano – Budget

Basic hotel located a 3-minute walk (270m) to the Puerta del Sol, a 6-minute walk (450m) to Plaza Mayor, and within blocks of a variety of restaurants and shops. All rooms have private bathrooms, safes, and refrigerators. The front desk is staffed around the clock.

4. Urban Sea Hotel Atocha 113 – Budget

Affordable and modern boutique hotel featuring a rooftop terrace, business center, free tea and coffee in the lobby, and efficient guest rooms with minimalist white decor. Nestled among numerous restaurants, the hotel is located an 8-minute walk (650m) from Puerta de Atocha Station, a 4-minute walk (300m) from Real Jardín Botánico, and an 8-minute walk (600m) from the Museo Nacional del Prado.

5. Hostal Madrid – Budget

Budget hotel with rooms for up to four guests, all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. Surrounded by restaurants and shops, the hotel is located a 3-minute walk (210m) to the Puerta del Sol, a 3-minute walk (210m) to Plaza Mayor, and a 5-minute walk (400m) to San Miguel Market.

6. Hostal Central Palace Madrid – Budget

Just steps from the Royal Palace of Madrid (2-minute walk, 200m) and Teatro Real (2-minute walk, 140m), this historic hotel is within walking distance of many restaurants and the Opera subway station (3-minute walk, 230m). Good value property featuring a 24-hour front desk and breakfast for a fee, and every room has a modern, private bathroom, wood floors, and vintage furnishings.

7. Aparto Suites Muralto – Moderate

Modern apartments with kitchenettes, air conditioning, and a variety of bedding options that can accommodate up to five guests. In addition to breakfast for a fee, the property features on-site parking (fee applies) and a 24-hour front desk, and its location is four blocks from West Park (4-minute walk, 350m) and 800m to the Temple of Debod (10-minute walk) and Plaza de Espana (9-minute walk).

8. Room Mate Alicia – Moderate

Stylish hotel located near a variety of theaters, restaurants, and shops, and a 9-minute walk (800m) from the Museo Nacional del Prado. All rooms have colorful designer decor, private bathrooms, minibars, and desks; some rooms have balconies. Hotel amenities include a breakfast buffet (fee applies).

9. 60 Balconies Urban Stay (Apartments) – Moderate

Contemporary apartments with full kitchens, private balconies, and eclectic artwork, located a 3-minute walk (220m) from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, an 8-minute walk (500m) from Retiro Park, and a 5-minute walk (350m) from Puerta de Atocha Station. Accommodation options range from studio apartments to three-bedroom apartments, and all units have access to laundry facilities.

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The Best Hotels in Playa del Carmen

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Updated: April 11, 2019

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Playa del Carmen Hotels – Tips and Advice

  • The absolute best hotels in Playa del Carmen are: Hotel Esencia (most luxurious boutique hotel), El Dorado Maroma (best adults-only resort), and Hotel Xcaret Mexico (best family all-inclusive resort).
  • The best areas for travelers in the Playa del Carmen area are Downtown (nightlife, shopping, dining), North Playa del Carmen (walking distance to downtown but waaay quieter), Mayakoba (luxury resort complex convenient to the downtown), South Riviera Maya (cenotes, jungle, and beaches on the way to Tulum), and North Riviera Maya (beaches and attractions on the way to Cancun).
  • Getting to Playa is easiest by driving, but if you’re staying in downtown or only plan on leaving the resort for tours, it’s probably not worth the price to rent a car. Instead, travelers should take the ADO bus or pre-book a shuttle. I recommend Private Transportation Riviera Maya; a round trip shuttle for a family of four from the Cancun Airport to downtown Playa del Carmen runs about $110 USD and takes about 50 minutes each way. The ADO bus is definitely the cheapest option. Tickets are 190 pesos ($10 USD) per adult and 95 pesos ($5 USD) for children. The same round trip rate for a family of four would be about $60 USD and would take 1 hour 15 minutes each way, including a stop in Puerto Morelos. Buses leave every 30 minutes. Tickets are sold for particular time slots, so it’s best to buy them at the airport rather than booking ahead online, in case of unexpected delays. Taxis are also available, running about 650 pesos ($34 USD) one way for a group of four from the airport to as far south as the ferry terminal.
  • Playa del Carmen is small and it’s easy to get around on foot, with most restaurants and shops within a 3 km section of town. There is no Uber here, but taxis in the city are affordable and easy to find at designated taxi stands or by flagging one down on the street. Taxis here do not use meters; fixed rates are printed on a chart that drivers carry with them – prices are listed in pesos. Though drivers accept US dollars (with change given in pesos), rates are much lower if you pay in pesos, as drivers do not use a currency converter and will just make up a number that is always higher than the exchange rate.
  • Pay in pesos! As with taxis, almost every restaurant and shop accepts US dollars, but the exchange rate always favors the peso. If you pay in dollars, you will overpay.
  • If you opt to rent a car to explore on your own, you’ll find that driving is very easy. Playa del Carmen does have a few pedestrian-only streets where cars are not allowed, but they are all well-marked. Parking can be tricky, as there is a good deal of car congestion in downtown. Rules of the road are similar to the U.S. Highways are well-maintained, and streets are well-mapped and easy to follow via GPS. Two things that are different are topes and left turns. Topes (pronounced TOH-pays) are speed bumps, but there are no regulations on their height, steepness, or visibility; some are nearly impossible to see until it’s too late! Drive slowly in downtown, and keep an eye out for these. Standard left turns are usually OK in downtown but not on highways. To make a left, drivers will often need to use a retorno, which is a U-turn overpass. To use a retorno, drive past the road you want to make a left onto, get into the far right lane to take the retorno exit, make the left onto the overpass, and finally merge with traffic going the opposite direction. You can then make a right at the desired street or destination.

The 25 Best Luxury Hotels in Playa del Carmen

1. Hotel Esencia – South Riviera Maya

The best luxury hotel in Playa del Carmen
Chic, elegant boutique hotel on a full kilometer of serene beach, surrounded by 50 acres of jungle and cenotes. This exclusive hotel offers refined lodging with two dazzling pools, a spa with traditional Maya handmade treatments, and gourmet dining. Suites and villas are spacious and well-appointed, many with soaking tubs, plunge pools, and a couple with full sized pools. Though most popular with honeymooners, families will appreciate their large villas for up to nine guests, babysitting services, and family activities onsite. Food is truly sumptuous here with a new Nikkei restaurant (Japanese-Peruvian), regional Mexican fare, and international options, all using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients. Located in Xpu-Ha, halfway between the nightlife and shopping of Playa del Carmen and Tulum’s cenotes and ancient ruins. Hotel phone: +52 984 873 4830

2. El Dorado Maroma – North Riviera Maya

All inclusive adults only resort playa del carmen
Ultra-luxurious, adults-only, all-inclusive hotel with hands down the most amazing suites in all of Mexico. Their Overwater Bungalows are perched on stilts with glass floors over the turquoise sea and include private infinity plunge pools, outdoor showers, a two-person Jacuzzi indoors, and direct ladder access to the ocean. They offer several other suite and villa options, with the largest being a five-bedroom with a private pool and personal chef. The resort showcases three pools connected by a lazy river, two spas with an elevated massage palapa, farm-fresh gourmet dining, scuba and water sport amenities, and nightly entertainment. Located on Punta Maroma, a stunning stretch of white sand beach, near Maroma Adventures’ marina, dolphin swims, and excursions. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 3470

3. Hotel Xcaret Mexico – South Riviera Maya

Hotel Xcaret Mexico in Playa del Carmen
Luxury, all-inclusive, family-friendly resort owned by Xcaret Adventure Parks and including unlimited access and transportation to all of their parks and tours (10 total) with every booking. The parks include ziplining, snorkeling, ATVs, underground rivers, and more. The resort itself boasts 6 pools, a huge lazy river, kids’ and teens’ clubs, and a sandy, swimmable beach. Hotel Xcaret offers spacious suites for up to 5, all with hammocks on their private balconies, some with swim-out access to a shared pool. Great location in South Riviera Maya just 5 km from Playa del Carmen’s restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and the ferry to Cozumel. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 4805

4. Grand Velas Riviera Maya – near Mayakoba

all inclusive resort for families in playa del carmen
Family-friendly, all-inclusive, five diamond resort with three pools, kids’ and teens’ clubs, and a phenomenal spa. Dining is incredible here, with a host of four- and five-diamond restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines, from creative molecular gastronomy to Mexican fine dining to pan-Asian fusion and beyond. Their award-winning spa features a comprehensive hydrotherapy circuit, a seven-step water ceremony, couples packages, and much more. Rooms and suites all include whirlpool tubs and private terraces, some with plunge pools. The kids’ club is open until 11:00 p.m. with activities and crafts all day; the teens’ club is open until midnight, with a dancefloor, karaoke, video games, and a pool table. Grand Velas also offers plenty of adults-only areas, including a dedicated pool, restaurant, a nightclub, and several bars. Located at the edge of a mangrove jungle, on a gorgeous swathe of unspoiled beach with soft sand and gentle waves. Hotel phone: +52 322 226 8689

5. Banyan Tree Mayakoba – Mayakoba

all inclusive villas in playa del carmen
Luxury, family-friendly, all-villa resort on a sun-drenched beach in a protected mangrove jungle. This stunning boutique resort blends Mexican handcrafts from Oaxaca and Chiapas with contemporary Thai design; the owners, chefs, and all spa staff are from Thailand. All villas include private pools, outdoor whirlpool tubs, and terraces with hammocks. The grounds boast two larger pools, a spa with Thai massage, an active kids’ club, and boat service to the beach. Food is out of this world, with superb ingredients to suit all tastes as well as two destination culinary experiences: Ixchel, a romantic dinner for two in a boat, and Haab, a Maya dinner with a show. Set in the exclusive Mayakoba resort and golf complex, just twenty minutes’ drive to downtown Playa del Carmen. Hotel phone: +52 800 953 0565

6. Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – South Riviera Maya

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Playa del Carmen
Music-themed beachfront resort with 5 pools (some adults-only, some for kids and families), a natural lagoon with native fish, and the largest spa in the Riviera Maya. Family perks include kids’ and teens’ clubs, a rock climbing wall, their signature music amenities (loaner guitars, instrument and DJ lessons, band camp, etc), and a huge skate/bike/gymnastics center. 9 restaurants and 8 bars serve a huge range of cuisines all day, along with 24-hours room service. Heaven, the adults-only section, offers a private beach and cove. A wide range of rooms and suites all feature private balconies, hammocks, and indoor or outdoor jacuzzis; the largest sleep up to 6. Wonderful location near the golf course, marina, and Dolphin Discovery at Puerto Aventuras. Hotel phone: +52 984 875 1100

7. Rosewood Mayakoba – Mayakoba

luxury resort good for kids playa del carmen
Elite, family-friendly, five star resort featuring three crystal pools, exquisite dining, and a tranquil spa, all on a soft beach with deep blue waters. Suites and villas all include a plunge pool, outdoor showers, and butler service and offer beachfront, lagoon, or ocean views. Their Chef’s Garden grows much of the produce and herbs used in the onsite restaurants, with dinners hosted in the garden twice a week, as well as kids’ botanical tours. Their kids club offers unique experiences, such as tree planting, yoga, eco adventures, and movies under the stars. For couples, there are several adults-only room options, including the overwater and island suites with lagoon views. Located next to the PGA golf course in the Mayakoba resort complex with boat service to the beach. Hotel phone: +52 984 875 8000

8. Viceroy Riviera Maya – North Playa del Carmen

playa del carmen eco-conscious luxury resort
Luxury, beachfront, boutique hotel for ages fourteen and up. This eco-conscious resort was designed to exude a Mayan essence, with a shaman ritual and Mayan drink for all guests and a spa featuring indigenous treatments, a temazcal (sweat lodge), and a hydrotherapy circuit. The hotel itself was built to incorporate the jungle flora and fauna, and the grounds are filled with coati, iguanas, and even a few monkeys! There is no central lobby area; instead, all of the villas and restaurants are spread out, making the units more private and minimally invasive to the natural surroundings. Each spacious villa includes a private plunge pool, outdoor shower, hammock, and shady patio; some add soaking tubs. Common amenities include a pool, hot tub; restaurants feature locally sourced ingredients with Mexican and international flavors. Viceroy is just fifteen minutes north of downtown. Hotel phone: +52 984 877 3000

9. Fairmont Mayakoba – Mayakoba

playa del carmen luxury resort residences with full kitchens
Refined, family-friendly, beachfront resort with five pools scattered near the ocean, lagoon, or jungle. Large, light-filled rooms and suites all include soaking tubs and private terraces; oceanfront and beachfront rooms feature butler service. Most suites are one bedroom units except for one of the presidential suites, but connecting options are available for families. Residences have up to four bedrooms with full kitchens. Their kids’ club offers cooking classes and crafts, while their adventure camp keeps older kids active with kayaking and beach sports. The beach itself has just undergone a huge, eco-conscious renovation, making it longer and wider, with plenty of loungers, private palapas, and exceptional food and drink service. Located in the middle of the Mayakoba resort complex, next to the restaurants and shops at El Pueblito Village. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 3000

10. Andaz Mayakoba – Mayakoba

Andaz Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen
Stylish, luxury hotel in the exclusive Mayakoba beach resort with a golf course and lagoons. Andaz offers 2 pools, a holistic spa, and is set on a stunning white beach. Rooms and suites are all spacious, with free minibar items (sans alcohol) and private balconies; suites add private outdoor plunge pools. Food is outstanding at their 4 regional Mexican/international restaurants; guests can add a meal plan or book a room only. Family-friendly amenities include a kids club for ages 4 to 12, babysitting, and free bikes. Hotel phone: +52 984 149 1234

11. Paradisus La Esmeralda – North Playa del Carmen

Family-friendly luxury suites in playa del carmen
Contemporary, all-inclusive resort with fantastic family amenities on a gorgeous beach with a coral reef. This all-suite property offers several options for families, from junior up to two-bedroom connecting units; the Family Concierge upgrade adds a private terrace with a Jacuzzi, kids’ minibar items, a private restaurant, club lounge access, and an Xbox or PlayStation. This is one of the top resorts for parents traveling with younger kids, as they offer both a Baby Club for ages one to four and a Kids’ Club for five- to twelve-year-olds, so parents can pop next door to the adults-only Paradisus La Perla to enjoy a relaxing meal or quiet pool time. Three pools, great food, and a beach with a reef for snorkeling round out the experience here. La Esmeralda sits fifteen minutes’ drive or twenty-five minutes’ walk to downtown Playa del Carmen. Hotel phone: +52 984 877 3900

12. Azul Fives Hotel – North Playa del Carmen

Playa del carmen luxury suites good for kids
Playful yet elegant, this family-friendly, beachfront, all-inclusive boasts an all-suite layout, along with a stellar kids’ program, six pools, a lazy river, and twenty restaurants and bars. Suites range from one- to three-bedrooms, all with full kitchens, some with Jacuzzis, rooftop terraces, or swim up access. Kids’ amenities are outstanding, with a playhouse, pool, gym center, and even kids’ spa treatments, while the teens’ club offers video games, a rock climbing wall, and daily activities. Baby amenities include cribs, pack ‘n plays, strollers, and Gerber foods in all restaurants. Though the hotel has a lot going on for families, this is also a great retreat for couples and very popular for weddings, featuring an adults-only wing with its own suites, pool, and bar. Located at the north end of Playa del Carmen, just fifteen minutes’ drive from downtown shopping and nightlife. Hotel phone: +52 984 877 2750

13. Blue Diamond – North Riviera Maya

Best playa del carmen luxury hotel with spa
Intimate, all-inclusive, adults-only resort on a breathtaking beach with white sand and crystal waters. Suites all feature outdoor baths and two-person showers with lagoon or cenote views. Casitas and the Presidential Suite are oceanfront with the Presidential Suite adding two private infinity pools. The grounds feature great restaurants and bars, three pools, and a hot tub, but the main star is the 2300 square meter Maya spa, offering complimentary temazcal treatments for all guests. In perfect jungle seclusion, this boutique-style resort has several trails winding through a protected mangrove forest, around a lagoon and cenote, with coati and iguanas throughout; bikes are provided for exploring. Rates are inclusive of a snorkel tour, scuba class in the pool, cooking and cocktail classes, wine tastings, and more. Located in Punta Maroma, near cenotes, adventure parks, and not too far from Playa del Carmen’s nightlife scene. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 4100

14. Mahekal Beach Resort – Downtown

Playa del carmen eco-friendly resort
Eco-chic, family-friendly resort on an active beach, featuring a Bohemian ambiance, four pools, exceptional bars and restaurants, and a Maya spa. Mahekal offers a wide range of rooms differing by decor, view, and layout; choose a beachfront casita, a treehouse room, a palapa suite, or a penthouse suite; options can include private plunge pools, outdoor showers, hammocks, full kitchens, and butler service. Be advised that their get-back-to-nature vibe means no TVs in most of the rooms. Their jungle garden adds privacy to the resort grounds, while their convenient location makes it easy to explore the nightlife and shopping of Playa’s famous Quinta Avenida. Hotel phone: +52 984 873 0611

15. Generations Riviera Maya – North Riviera Maya

Best playa del carmen resort for large families
This upscale, all-inclusive beachfront resort gears itself toward large or multi-generational families. Amazing suite options include swim ups connecting to the enormous main pool, infinity pool suites connecting to one of the nine balcony pools, and balcony suites with gorgeous ocean views. Experiences can be catered to different age groups, with baby amenities including cribs, strollers, and pack ‘n plays, an active kids’ club with cooking lessons and a toy library, and a teen lounge with a pool table and video games. Adults have all-inclusive access to the bars, restaurants, and pools at both El Dorado properties next door. The beach is swimmable but rocky at some parts; barriers to prevent erosion also help to soften the waves, great for beginning swimmers. Generations is in Puerto Morelos, halfway between Playa del Carmen and Cancun. Hotel phone: +52 998 872 8030

16. Playacar Palace – Downtown

Family-friendly playa del carmen resort near cozumel ferry
Breezy, family-friendly, all-inclusive resort with a huge pool overlooking a sugary sand beach and the Cozumel ferry. Rooms and suites are generously sized, all with a two-person whirlpool tub and liquor cabinet, most with sweeping ocean views and balconies. Food and drinks here are exceptional, especially at adults-only Lahna, focusing on local Yucatan cuisine, and at Luna Lounge, spotlighting a specialty mixology menu. Family amenities include a kids’ club for ages four to twelve and free bicycle tours. Guests have signing privileges at all Palace properties, with the Cozumel location just a short ferry away and with complimentary transfer to the water park at The Grand at Moon Palace in Cancun. Their stellar resort credit program can be used toward tours to Chichen Itza, dolphin encounters, spa services, and more. Located on Playacar Beach in downtown, next to Fundadores sculpture park and walking distance to Quinta Avenida shopping and nightlife. Hotel phone: +52 984 873 4960

17. El Dorado Royale – North Riviera Maya

Best romantic resort for couples in playa del carmen
Romantic, adults-only, all-inclusive resort specializing in weddings and couples celebrating special occasions. Accommodations are all junior suites with private terraces, outdoor Jacuzzis, and hammocks; swim up options are available. Their spa offers couples’ and solo treatments, including Maya-inspired rituals, a temazcal, hydrocircuit, and their sky massage, done in an elevated, beachfront palapa. Dining is superb here, with the produce and herbs grown in their onsite greenhouse plus a culinary theater, where guests can watch, learn, and dine on meals prepared by celebrity chefs. Located in Puerto Morelos, on a long white beach; one side is sandy and easily swimmable, while the other side is rocky with a coral reef to explore. Hotel phone: +52 998 872 8030

18. Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort – Downtown

Luxury beachfront hotel downtown playa del carmen
Posh, family-friendly, beachfront resort with two infinity pools (one adults-only), great food, and a cenote-inspired spa. Rooms are large and include balconies; suites add soaking tubs and optional swim up access or private plunge pools. Upgrading to Club Level adds daily breakfast, snacks all day, an open bar, and evening apps. Babysitting and kids’ club access area available for a fee, while the teens’ arcade is open for all, featuring video games, mini-bowling, and foosball. Located on Playa del Carmen’s vibrant main beach in the newest part of the city, near a brand new mall, stellar restaurants, nightlife, and beach clubs. Hotel phone: +52 984 875 1234

19. Live Aqua Boutique Resort – Downtown

Adults only resort downtown playa del carmen
Stylish, adults-only resort with a rooftop pool and cozy spa in the heart of Playa del Carmen. An all-suite property, Live Aqua’s spacious accommodations begin at 50 square meters in a studio or one-bedroom layout, some with private balconies or soaking tubs; the 5th Ave Suite more than doubles the space and adds a private terrace with a two-person Jacuzzi. Dining is fantastic and varied, with everything from Mexican to sushi to Indian fare, along with a fantastic rooftop bar and 24-hour room service. This is more like a hotel with its compact layout, rather than a resort, though they do offer all-inclusive plans. Located on lively 5th Avenue (Quinta Avenida) with tons of restaurants and shopping, just a five minute walk to the main beach (guests get discounts at two beach clubs there), and only ten minutes walking to the nightlife district. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 4199

20. Thompson Playa del Carmen – Downtown

Pet-friendly luxury hotel playa del carmen
Urban glam, boutique hotel on 5th Avenue with a rooftop infinity pool and massage cabanas. This fashionable hotel blends mid-century modern furnishings with eclectic accents and a beach chic vibe. Rooms and suites all feature jetted tubs; many add private terraces with daybeds or Jacuzzis. Its restaurant Catch is a gourmet hotspot, featuring locally sourced ingredients and craft cocktails with sister locations in NYC and Dubai. The hotel is family-friendly and pet friendly, but focuses mostly on adults, especially couples. Guests have signing privileges and beach access at their sister property Thompson Beach House, located two blocks away. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 4800

21. Paradisus La Perla – North Playa del Carmen

Adults only suites in north playa del carmen
Sleek, adults-only, all-inclusive resort with an all-suite layout, shimmering pools, and a hydrotherapy circuit at the spa. Suites with connecting options range from studios up to two-bedrooms, all with dual soaking tubs and showers, with terrace Jacuzzi and swim up options. Upgrade to the Royal Service to gain access to an additional pool, private restaurant and club lounge, and butler service. The food variety is extensive, with ten outstanding restaurants and bars onsite, plus all-inclusive privileges at the adjoining Paradisus La Esmeralda, making twenty-six total dining and drink choices available. Located on a soft sandy beach adjacent to a rocky coral reef, ideal for snorkeling, just ten minutes driving or twenty-five minutes walking to downtown. Hotel phone: +52 984 877 3900

22. Grand Palladium Riviera Maya – South Riviera Maya

Luxury playa del carmen resort near Akumal
Expansive, family-friendly, beachfront resort with nine pools, a huge spa, and a swathe of dining and drink options. This resort is made up of four hotels, each with a different vibe: Katenah is Maya-styled, Colonial is Spanish, White Sand is contemporary and wellness-focused, and Royal Suites Yucatan is the top-line, adults-only wing. All sections have beach access, but Katenah and Colonial have most of the beachfront rooms and suites. White Sand is closest to the kids’ clubs (three of them for babies, kids, and teens), awesome water park, and comprehensive spa. Royal Suites are surrounded by the lagoon, many with their own jetties and canoes. Suite options can include outdoor showers, whirlpool tubs, and private pools; connecting rooms are available. Situated on a long stretch of beach near Akumal, several cenotes, and adventure parks, about halfway to Tulum. Hotel phone: +52 984 877 2100

23. Valentin Imperial Maya – North Riviera Maya

Swim up suites playa del carmen
Grand, adults-only, all-inclusive hotel on a full kilometer of beach, offering three free form pools, a tranquil spa, and twenty restaurants and bars. Suites are complete with a whirlpool tub and balcony or terrace, some with outdoor Jacuzzis. Swim up suites all connect to the lazy river in the quietest part of the resort. Food is phenomenal, especially at Ginger, the Japanese restaurant (reservations required for seats at the teppanyaki table), and L’Alsace, the French fine dining spot (with a dress code). This hacienda-style resort faces a kilometer-long beach with soft sand and great swimming along its length, except when occasional bigger waves arrive, as well as snorkeling in a man-made reef at the southwest end of the beach. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 3660

24. Thompson Beach House – Downtown

Beachfront boutique hotel downtown playa del carmen
Sunny, sophisticated, beachfront boutique on the lively main beach of downtown Playa. This intimate hotel, with only 27 suites, offers a small pool, a sun terrace overlooking the beach, and in-room spa treatments. Their great little restaurant C-Grill specializes in Mexican and Maya flavors, especially seafood, and is open all day for dining and drinks. Guests also have signing privileges at their sister hotel Thompson Playa del Carmen, only five minutes’ walk away, to enjoy their gourmet restaurant Catch with its stunning rooftop view. Suites all include balconies, and many have soaking tubs. The Panoramic Corner Suite adds a wraparound terrace and plunge pool. Convenient to all the best restaurants, beach clubs, bars, and shopping in the city. Hotel phone: +52 984 206 4805

25. The Carmen Hotel – Downtown

The Carmen Hotel in Playa del Carmen
Stylish, adults-only beachfront hotel with a rooftop pool and bar, beach club and restaurant, and spa services. All suites are bright and spacious with private balconies, sea or partial sea views, futuristic decor, and a strong urban beach vibe that perfectly suits its location in the heart of Playa del Carmen. Grand Suites boast private, outdoor jacuzzis. The beach bar restaurant Keel (chilled out) and rooftop Deck 5 Skybar (lively, late night dancing) serve farm-fresh local and international fare with fantastic cocktails. Great location just steps from the ocean, Quinta Avenida shopping, and nightlife. Hotel phone: +52 984 803 2409

Staying in Downtown Playa del Carmen

Where to stay and eat in downtown Playa del Carmen
Formerly a small fishing village, Playa experienced a huge tourism and population boom after the Cozumel ferry began service here. Since 1995 the residential population has grown by ten times, with most people now working in the tourism industry serving the millions of travelers coming through the hundreds of new hotels and resorts that have sprung up. Downtown is home to a plethora of resorts, mostly set up along the long public beach that runs the full length of the town and beyond.

Downtown Playa is known for its lively atmosphere, especially along Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue), the beachfront, and Calle 12 Norte. Quinta Avenida runs for four kilometers, beginning at Paseo del Carmen mall in the southwest and ends near the Paradisus Resorts at its northwest end. The first three or so kilometers are pedestrian-only, each side lined with malls, street vendors, the city’s best restaurants, and relaxed bars. The newest and flashiest part of the town is here, near the Quinta Alegria mall. The beachfront is home to several beach clubs, with lots of music, cocktails, and bites; the best among them are Mamita’s Beach Club and Coralina Daylight Club. Downtown is also the nightlife hub, with tons of nightclubs lining Calle 12 Norte, north of the Cozumel Ferry terminal. The biggest clubs are Coco Bongo, Mandala, and La Vaquita, all of which have sister properties in Cancun, but the best one is Diablito Cha Cha Cha.

The Best Hotels in Downtown

The Best Restaurants in Downtown Playa del Carmen

  • Las Hijas de la Tostada • $$-$$$ • Bomb seafood tostadas, stellar guacamole, and creative cocktails, served al fresco.
  • Oh Lala! • $$$$ • Intimate, upscale fare featuring local ingredients and international flavors.
  • Ah Carbón! • $ • Casual, authentic, taco joint, with the best al pastor in town.
  • Byblos • $$-$$$ • French and Italian fine dining with a great wine selection.

Staying in North Playa del Carmen

Where to eat and stay in North Playa del Carmen
At the far end of Quinta Avenida, the North Playa area is home to several luxury resorts, residences, and restaurants, along a stunning stretch of beach. This area is substantially less populated than downtown while still being easily accessible, just a twenty or thirty minute walk into downtown (depending on the resort) or a quick ten minute drive. This is an ideal spot for travelers looking to have all the varied experiences that the city has to offer, while still far enough from the party atmosphere for a peaceful rest.

The Best Hotels in North Playa

The Best Restaurants in North Playa

  • Los Asados de Patzcúaro • $$-$$$ • Awesome hole-in-the-wall for fantastic barbecued meats and more.
  • XG Sabor Extra • $$-$$$ • Family-run breakfast and lunch spot for authentic flavors, popular with locals.

Staying in Mayakoba

Where to stay and eat in Mayakoba, Playa del Carmen
This is a luxury resort complex just outside of Playa del Carmen’s north end. Its design incorporates the natural geography of the area, with cenotes, lagoons, and a sandy beach, and is home to a variety of native animals, including coati, iguanas, spider monkeys, and tropical birds. The complex includes a PGA golf course and El Pueblito village, designed after a traditional Mexican city square with a chapel, art gallery, and restaurants. Most people get around via the boat taxi on the lagoon, included in the hotel rates, but guests can also go on foot or use the bikes provided by the resorts to ride along the nature trail.

The Best Hotels in Mayakoba

The Best Restaurants near Mayakoba

  • Koba Club • $$-$$$ • Mexican and American casual favorites at the El Camaleón golf course.
  • El Jardin del Arte • $$-$$$ • Fresh Mexican favorites in a funky garden setting. Breakfast and lunch daily, open late with live music on Fridays.

Staying in North Riviera Maya

Where to stay and eat in north riviera maya, playa del carmen
Riviera Maya runs the length of the coast, from just south of Cancun to just south of Tulum, with Playa del Carmen in the middle. It also includes the island Cozumel. The stretch of beach on the mainland is fronted by the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, running from Cancun all the way down to Guatemala.

The North Riviera Maya, between Playa and Cancun, is home to some of the largest all-inclusive resorts. Most of these sit in mangrove jungles on long stretches of beach protected by the reef, making for mostly gentle waves. Outside of the two main towns here, Puerto Morelos and Punta Maroma, the resort beaches are nearly private, because they’re not walking distance to anything. Near Puerto Morales, the more northerly of the towns, travelers will find a botanical garden and Croco Cun Zoo, with several refreshing cenotes just inland. Punta Maroma has a more pristine beach, as well as dolphin encounters and more at Maroma Adventures.

The Best Hotels in North Riviera Maya

The Best Restaurants in North Riviera Maya

  • DK • $$-$$$ • Amazing restaurant in a shipping container. Their signature menu item is lionfish, prepared as tacos, burgers, or Thai style.
  • La Sirena • $$-$$$ • Mediterranean and Mexican flavors with balcony seating, live music, and a dancefloor.
  • Doña Triny’s • $ • Down home, Mexican kitchen with authentic flavors, open all day.

Staying in South Riviera Maya

Where to stay and eat in south riviera maya, playa del carmen
The South Riviera Maya, between Playa and Tulum, has long swathes of white sand beach, protected by the reef and Cozumel, making the waves extra soft. Hotels here are set into the jungle and fronted by kilometers of unspoiled beaches. The main town between Playa and Tulum is Puerto Aventuras, with a Dolphin Discovery park, along with restaurants and resorts. Some of the biggest draws to South Riviera Maya are the adventure parks, such as Xel-Ha, Xcaret, and Río Secreto. This is also home to the biggest and most popular cenotes; Akumal, Gran Cenote, Dos Ojos, and many more.

The Best Hotels in South Riviera Maya

The Best Restaurants in South Riviera Maya

  • El Arbolito • $ • Cheap and cheerful taco shop, great local experience.
  • Makito Fusion Restaurant • $$-$$$ • Seriously awesome sushi, killer Thai-Japanese dishes, and gorgeous marina views.

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Homeric Poems Hotel in Firostefani, Santorini

Home > Greece > Santorini > Santorini Hotels > Homeric Poems Review
by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 12, 2019

Review of Homeric Poems Hotel in Firostefani, Santorini.
 
Homeric Poems – Luxury, boutique hotel on the caldera in Firostefani with an infinity pool, all-day pool bar, and elegant suites offering spectacular sunset views.
 
This small, family-owned hotel offers magnificent views from all over the property, including every room and suite, and especially the cliffside pool. Rooms and suites are spacious, with bespoke furnishings and cave-style showers. Cave Suites sleep up to 4 in a loft layout, and Grand Suites boast indoor jacuzzis and outdoor plunge pools. A rich, a la carte breakfast is delivered to each room daily with no time restrictions, while the pool bar serves outstanding Mediterranean dishes. Wonderful location in Firostefani just steps from dining and attractions, and only a short walk to the nightlife in Fira.

Homeric Poems – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in Firostefani, with spectacular views over the caldera to the volcanoes, Thirassia and Aspronisi islands, and Akrotiri. The hotel sits at the bottom of the caldera footpath, allowing for completely unobstructed views over the volcanoes; this also means there are quite a few stairs to get back up to the main path. Lovely, quiet area just steps from great restaurants, and just a short walk to romantic Imerovigli (20 minutes) and the capital Fira (15 minutes).
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in Firostefani, not far off the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. There are always buses at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from the airport (both buses will stop in Fira from where you’ll get a different bus to Firostefani – the entire trip from port or airport to Firostefani could take around an hour). The bus stop is just 4 minutes away on foot near St. Gerasimos Church, and the walk from there to the hotel entrance is mostly flat, easy to navigate with luggage. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there is often a long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Homeric Poems should be about €15 to €20, and a taxi from the ferry port to Homeric Poems should be about €15 to €20, too. There will be a small surcharge for luggage, or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there is free parking in the lot nearby.
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), the cable car to Fira’s Old Port (10-minute walk), nightlife in Fira (12-minute walk).

Map of Homeric Poems

Map of Homeric Poems in Firostefani, Santorini.

Homeric Poems – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, Homeric Poems is open to guests over 12 years. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a romantic occasion or families with teens.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Exo Gialos, a quiet, black sand beach with intriguing wind-sculpted cliffs at its southern end. The best beach bar and restaurant there is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (12-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (9-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 4 km drive to the north end or 5 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Magnificent, unobstructed caldera views of the volcanoes, Thirassia and Aspronisi islands, Skaros Rock, and Akrotiri. Beautiful sunsets.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Grand Suites include indoor jacuzzis and outdoor plunge pools.
  • Parking: There is a large public parking lot at St. Gerasimos Church a 4-minute walk away.
  • Extras: 24-hour reception, room service, concierge, massage therapy, hypoallergenic pillows.
  • When to Book: The hotel is open from April 1 to October 31. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22680 24661
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: homericpoems.gr

Homeric Poems – Amenities

  • Pool: Stunning infinity pool on the caldera’s edge with expansive, unobstructed views.
  • Spa: There is a massage room onsite.
  • Fitness Center: No gym.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps to get to and from the rooms as well as the main footpath. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, Homeric Poems is open for guests over 12 years. There are no amenities or facilities for children. Only 1 room type, the Cave Suite, can sleep up to 4 guests.
  • Activities: The concierge is happy to arrange activities and excursions, including archaeological tours, sunset sailing, scuba diving, wine tours, and more.

Homeric Poems – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The Pool Bar is open from 10 am to 10 pm, and serves an excellent menu of casually elegant Mediterranean cuisine for lunch, dinner, and snacks.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar offers a fantastic selection of local wine, Greek beer, and tasty cocktails. Open until 10 pm.
  • Breakfast: A complimentary, a la carte breakfast is served to each room and suite daily at the time of your choosing.
  • Room Service: Available for all meals and drinks until 9:30 pm.

Homeric Poems – Rooms

  • Room Types: Double Room • Deluxe Double • Honeymoon Suite • Cave Suite • Grand Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Grand Suite is the top tier suite, offering a generous space, amazing sunset caldera views, an indoor jacuzzi, and an outdoor plunge pool.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, Homeric Poems is open for guests over 12 years. There are no amenities or facilities for children. Only 1 room type, the Cave Suite, can sleep up to 4 guests. These elegant loft-style suites set in a former captain’s mansion offer 1 bedroom in the loft with a queen bed and a separate living area with sofa beds.

Homeric Poems – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located near the main square of Firostefani, above the caldera, and on the Oia-Fira hiking trail, with amazing restaurants, bars, shops, and attractions just a few meters away. Easy access to all dining and attractions in romantic Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in bustling Fira; both villages are within 15 to 20 minutes’ walk of the hotel.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is a 4-minute walk from the hotel, near the parking lot at St. Gerasimos. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira if heading to the airport, port, or beaches. Tickets are bought on board and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 am to 5 am) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi in Fira, about a 16-minute walk south. There is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and have the driver meet you near the hotel instead. There will be a small surcharge for advance reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Firostefani to the airport or port is around €15 to €20.
  • Scooters/Motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
  • ATVs: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.

Homeric Poems – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Aktaion: The oldest taverna on the island, Aktaion has been serving authentic Santorinian flavors since 1922. 3-minute walk.
  • Da Vinci Restaurant: Fantastic Italian restaurant with spectacular caldera views. 6-minute walk.
  • Argo Restaurant: Argo features a rich menu of Santorinian and Mediterranean flavors with modern, international influences. With amazing views over the caldera, this is a popular spot for sunset dining. Reserve in advance to ensure a view table. 13-minute walk.
  • Pelican Kipos: Stellar, wine-centric restaurant with over 600 varieties of local and international wines in a charming garden setting. Wine tastings and cellar tours available daily. 14-minute walk.
  • Lucky’s Souvlakis: Hands-down the very best gyros in Santorini. Eating at Lucky’s is an absolute must when in Santorini. Authentic, filling, and affordable. 15-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 15-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Volkan on the Rocks: Great brewpub in Firostefani with amazing views and an outdoor cinema. 4-minute walk.
  • Kira Thira Jazz Bar: A Santorinian standby since 1976, Kira Thira is a cozy, casual bar with fantastic sangria, strong drinks, and an eclectic selection of music. 13-minute walk.
  • Tango Champagne and Cocktail Bar: Refined lounge with a romantic vibe and picture-perfect sunset views. 13-minute walk.
  • Tropical Bar: Great cocktails and a magnificent view make this a popular spot for catching the sunset. The drinks menu strips down to basic offerings after sundown, but at happy hours (9 pm to 11 pm), all cocktails are half price. Aussies take note: they sell VB here. 14-minute walk.
  • MoMix: Half bar, half mad science lab, MoMix (short for Molecular Mixology) creates wild cocktails served in test tubes, as edible bites, or in bubble form. 15-minute walk.
  • PK Cocktail Bar: The best bar in Santorini, PK Cocktail Bar offers superb sunset views, creative cocktails, and 3 levels of seating in the caldera. 15-minute walk.
  • Buddha Bar Beach: Upscale cocktail bar, restaurant, and shisha lounge with views over Skaros Rock to the caldera. Pricey but on point. 22-minute walk.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Galini Café: Super friendly, all-day café with superb coffee and amazing views. Best loved for their breakfasts and brunch, especially the crepes, bennies, and French toast. 2-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb, and the sunset views are gorgeous. 4-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Little Dot: Trendy boutique offering men’s and women’s street, surf, and swim wear. 10-minute walk.
  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 11-minute walk.
  • White House Santorini: Specialty shop for all-white summer garb for men, women, and children. Located across the walking path from Idol Restaurant in Fira. 13-minute walk.
  • Pegasus Boutique: Next to the hotel of the same name, this little boutique offers clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories by Greek designers. 14-minute walk.
  • Ammos: This shop has 2 locations in Fira, 1 in Kamari, and 1 in Oia. All offer a wide selection of international and Greek brands. 14-minute walk to either of the Fira locations.
  • Noi: Upscale women’s boutique offering elegant summer clothing, shoes, and accessories on Santorini’s famous Gold Street. 14-minute walk.
  • Caldera Jewelry/Golden Santorini: Right across from Noi, Golden Santorini/Caldera Jewelry has offered fine gold and precious stone jewelry since 1976. 14-minute walk.
  • Spicy Boutique and The Lace: These sister boutiques are located right next door to each other in the heart of Fira. Both shops sell Greek-designed women’s clothing and accessories. Spicy offers edgier styles, while The Lace caters toward a femme crowd. 14-minute walk.
  • The White: Across from Spicy, The White is a luxury boutique selling hand-crafted clothing and footwear by Santorinian designer Sophia H. 14-minute walk.
  • Drakkar Santorini: International and Greek designer-brand clothing for women. 14-minute walk.
  • Nick the Greek: One of the oldest jewelry shops in Santorini, Nick the Greek sells fine gold jewelry and luxury watches from Greek and international brands. 15-minute walk.
  • Koukla: Eclectic, artsy jewelry in a range of styles and prices. 15-minute walk.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 1-minute walk. One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking northwest, the full length of the path from the hotel to Oia Castle takes about 2 hours 15 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock when you head north. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 20 minutes.
  • St. Gerasimos Church: This blue-domed church is the most recognizable landmark in Firostefani. Many tours meet here as their starting point, and the village’s main parking lot is here. 3-minute walk.
  • St Mark the Evangelist: One of only a few Catholic churches in Santorini, St. Mark is recognizable by its colorful bell tower. It’s right next to The Tsitouras Collection. 6-minute walk.
  • Old Port of Fira: A.K.A. Fira Skala, the Old Port has a few tavernas, shops, and pretty sea views. The only connections from the port to the village are the cable cars, donkeys, or walking up the 587 steps. Nowadays, the Old Port is mostly used by cruise ship passengers, arriving daily by the thousands in the high season. To avoid the largest crowds, plan excursions around the cruise ship calendar. The beginning of the stairway down is a 13-minute walk away, plus 16 more minutes to hike down. The cable car to the bottom is closer than the stairway, about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral: This imposing cathedral dominates the main square in Fira. Fully renovated after the ’56 earthquake, this landmark church is surrounded by a series of grand archways, and is adorned with frescoed walls and ceilings inside in gold and vivid colors. 16-minute walk.
  • Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active. 22-minute walk walk to the trailhead; 10 more to reach the top.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini Market Sigalas: Small market with a good selection of staples, snacks, and wine near St. Gerasimos Church. 4-minute walk.
  • Creta Alpha Market: Convenience store with a decent range of drinks, food, and sundries. 5-minute walk.
  • Green Market Organics: Small but well-stocked grocery store in Fira with specialty items (gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, etc.), organic, and local products. 18-minute walk.

Homeric Poems – The Hotel

The hotel entrance is marked by a boat, and offers panoramic views from Thirassia Island to Oia village.

Standing above Homeric Poems, the first thing you’ll see is their boat marking the path to the entrance. From here, there is a gorgeous view to Thirassia Island straight ahead, Skaros Rock on the right, and Oia village on the right in the distance.

One can see the volcanoes and Aspronisi Island to the left.

Turning a little left, the volcanoes and tiny Aspronisi Island come into view.

Stairs lead to rooms and facilities from the entrance.

Continuing through the entrance, there are plenty of stairs leading to the rooms and facilities, like all caldera hotels.

The reception area is marked by a wooden sign and a donkey statue.

The wooden sign points the way to reception on the right, which is marked by the donkey statue.

The hotel offers stunning views of the volcanoes and the caldera.

Stunning volcano view with a cruise ship from the roof of Homeric Poems.

A cute and colorful donkey statue is outside the reception.

The little donkey outside the reception area.

The infinity pool is on a marble terrace by the edge of the caldera.

Downstairs from reception is the infinity pool, on a marble terrace perched on the very edge of the caldera.

The infinity pools offers the best panoramic views of the caldera from the hotel.

The infinity pool offers the best caldera views on the property. From left to right is Akrotiri, the volcanoes, Aspronisi Island, and Thirassia Island. Cruise ships pass by a few times a day, docking at the Old Port below.

The poolside terrace features sun loungers and spectacular sunset and caldera views.

The poolside terrace offers plenty of sun loungers and spectacular caldera views, especially during sunset.

The pool bar serves excellent Mediterranean dishes, local wines, and cocktails through the day.

The all-day pool bar serves excellent Mediterranean dishes, a great selection of local wines, and fabulous cocktails from 10 am until 10 pm.

The terraces of the Cave Suites have al fresco dining tables for 4.

The private terraces of the newly renovated Cave Suites. Each suite has an al fresco dining table for 4. The umbrellas seen here have been closed and laid down temporarily due to the wind.

The large sun beds offer excellent caldera views.

Double-size sunbeds for the Cave Suites. From the terrace, guests can see over the caldera to Oia, Skaros Rock, and Imerovigli.

The Cave Suites are loft-style with queen beds and can sleep up to 4 guests.

Inside one of the Cave Suites. These are all loft-style suites with a bedroom, sitting area, and bathroom on the ground floor, and a second sitting area upstairs. The beds are queen-size, and the sofas (1 upstairs and 1 downstairs) are single-size. Cave Suites are the only room type that sleep up to 4 guests.

The sitting area is comfortable.

Closer look at the ground floor sitting area.

The main bedroom features a contemporary, Cycladic-style architecture with a blue and white palette.

A view of the main bedroom. Architecture is contemporary, Cycladic-style with hand-carved archways, marble floors, blue and white palette, and a subtle nautical flair.

The bathroom and loft stairs are accessed through the archway on the right.

View from the opposite side. The archway on the right leads to the bathroom, loft stairs, and the mini-bar.

Formerly a sea captain's mansion, the Cave Suites feature some nautical-themed decor.

Some nautical-themed décor. The Cave Suites were formerly a sea captain’s mansion.

The suite has a minibar and a coffee station with a Nespresso machine.

Through the archway. The minibar and coffee station are on the left, and the bathroom is on the right.

The cave-style bathroom has hand-sculpted walls and ceilings.

The bathroom is more obviously done in a cave-style with hand-sculpted walls and ceilings.

The bathroom features a large, Greek, rain shower.

The bathroom features a large open-style, Greek shower with a rainfall showerhead.

The loft features a second living room with a single sofa bed.

Upstairs in the loft is the second sitting room with a single-sized sofa bed.

Looking down from the loft, the bed can hardly be seen.

From the loft level looking down, the bed is mostly hidden from view.

The loft windows offer views of the suite's terrace, caldera, and Thirassia Island.

Looking out the upper window from the loft, guests can see directly to the suite’s terrace and sunbed, the caldera, and Thirassia Island.

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Tjendana Villas Hotel on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: April 9, 2019

Review of Tjendana Villas in Bali.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Chic, funky, hospitable, and in a perfect location.

Although part of the lively Lembongan Beach Club, the stylish villas are quiet, separate, and hidden behind heavily secured doors. Accessible by buggy along a village-style path lush with foliage, each villa features a massive shower area, private gardens, and 1 or 2 bedrooms overlooking an elegant lounge/dining room. And the nicer ones boast decent-sized private pools surrounded by extensive wooden decks. The public infinity pool is meters from the turquoise sea, and the beachside lounge chairs are ideal for the legendary sunsets. Located in the village of Jungutbatu (for speedboats to/from Bali), it’s ideally positioned between the scenic bay and main street with its many shops and cafés.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – The Location

  • Address: Along the main street in Jungutbatu, the major village on the island of Nusa Lembongan, about 40 minutes by speedboat from Bali (or longer from the Gili Islands).
  • Area: Part of the Lembongan Beach Club, in the northern part of Jungutbatu, with enough facilities in either direction via the beach or main street.
  • How to Get There: The only way to reach Nusa Lembongan island is by speedboat from Sanur or Padangbai on Bali, often with connections to the Gili Islands. Compare schedules and book online. Most boats land in the southern section of Jungutbatu, about 1.2km south of the property. Ask the resort about transfers. And note: getting on/off these speedboats often involves wading through the water (many times at least knee-deep).
  • Handy to: Jungutbatu village. Offices/terminals for speedboats to Bali and the Gili Islands.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – The Basics

  • Guests: Part of a beach club with loud music in many places, it appeals more to the younger crowd.
  • Beach: The villa complex faces a public beach, which is busy but devoid of the fishing boats lined up elsewhere. The sand is clean and the beach, shady.
  • Views: Along a narrow strip with the beach club at the front, so none of the villas offer sea views. They’re all behind high walls and overlook private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas have sizeable private pools.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 8499 173
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: tjendanavillas.com

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: Gorgeous infinity-edged pool right on the beach. The on-site Lembongan Beach Club is open to the public, so it’s usually busy and often noisy.
  • Spa: In a lovely traditionally-designed building, offering a perfect setting and ambience.
  • Fitness Center: Alongside the pool, with all the latest equipment.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Pepita Café & Bakery – Coffee and scrumptious baked goodies, as well as cocktails, pizzas, and pasta. At the lobby entrance. • Kayu Manis – Elegant dining alongside the beach and pool. Indonesian and Western meals more tempting than most places elsewhere, with decent vegetarian options.
  • Breakfast: Substantial breakfast included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available from 6.30 am to 9.30 pm.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • One Bedroom Garden Villas • One Bedroom Private Pool Villas • One Bedroom Grand Premiere Private Pool Villas • Two Bedroom Premiere Private Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The One Bedroom Grand Premier Private Pool Villas are as grandiose as they sound: beautiful fusion of modern luxury and traditional design, and very secluded and spacious.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 bedrooms and dining/lounge areas, but the resort is not really set up for those with children.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Expect to do plenty of walking. Bicycles are a great option in and around Jungutbatu village but nowhere else because of the hills and potholes. Plenty of places in the village rent bikes.
  • Other Transport: No cars are allowed on the island. However, motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the island – and with no police, licenses are not required. New ‘taxis’ (pickup trucks) ply the narrow roads, but most are commandeered by speedboat companies and hotels, so arrange a lift through the hotel, if required. Cumbersome drive-yourself buggies can be rented at Mushroom Bay, and boats can be chartered anywhere for a more scenic way to reach remote parts of the island.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – What’s Nearby?

Restaurant & Bars

It is nicer, however, to wine and dine somewhere along the beach, especially around sunset. Places listed below face the sea and are accessible via the sand.

Shops & Market

  • Enough minimarts and low-key shops along the main street in Jungutbatu in both directions.

Attractions

  • Mushroom Bay (13-minute drive, 4km) is better than Jungutbatu for swimming and snorkeling, but access is problematic. The Crusoe-esque beach at Selambung (also called Coconut Beach and Song Lambung) is more preferable. It’s a 1.7km walk (23 minutes) south via the beach and stone path that passes Batu Karang villas. More serious exploration of the underwater delights can be arranged through scuba-diving agencies in Jungutbatu.

Tjendana Villas: Lembongan Beach Club & Resort – The Hotel

Most guests arrive at Nusa Lembongan by speedboat from Sanur.

Most guests come to Nusa Lembongan island by speedboat from Sanur, along the south coast of Bali.

The lack of jetty or terminal at the island makes getting on/off the boats cumbersome.

There is no terminal or anything resembling a jetty on Lembongan, so passengers must get on/off the boats by wading through the water.

The resort's lobby is located off the main street in Jungutbatu.

The resort stretches from the beach to the main street in Jungutbatu, where the lobby is located.

The resort faces the sparkling Jungutbatu beach.

The resort faces the sparkling beach at Jungutbatu.

The pool and beach areas have lots of lounge chairs.

There are plenty of lounge chairs around the resort pool and beach area.

Jungutbatu sunsets are legendary.

Sunsets at Jungutbatu are legendary.

The resort pool is part of the Lembongan Beach Club and faces the ocean.

Facing the ocean, the resort pool is part of the Lembongan Beach Club.

The Kayu Manis Restaurant has a good menu.

The Kayu Manis (‘Sweet Wood’) restaurant provides a more interesting menu than most places in the village.

The villas are along a path between the beach and the lobby.

Villas are accessible along an extended path between the street-side lobby and beach.

Some of the modern villas come with private pools.

All villas are modern, and some feature private pools.

The private pools are more than just plunge pools.

The private pools at some villas are substantial and more than just plunge pools.

Elegant furniture is used to decorate the beautiful villas.

Villas are beautifully decorated with elegant furniture.

The villa bathrooms are spacious.

The bathroom in each villa is particularly spacious.

Pepita Café & Bakery at the lobby is great for coffee and cake.

At the resort lobby, Pepita Café & Bakery is the place for a caffeine fix and tasty cake.

Lemongrass is popular for its shady setting and live music.

Virtually opposite the resort lobby, Lemongrass offers a shady setting and live music most nights.

Mickey Sports Bar & Grill is a pleasant hangout frequented by expats.

Next to the Lemongrass is the pleasant expat hangout, Mickey Sports Bar & Grill.

The Nusa Indah Restaurant on the beach is very romantic at night.

Only 50m south of the resort via the beach, the Nusa Indah Restaurant is particularly romantic at night.

Agung Restaurant nearby has a lovely beachside setting.

About 50m north of the resort, Agung Restaurant is one of the first set up on the beach.

Linda Bar & Restaurant next to Agung's is newly-renovated.

Just past Agung’s, Linda Bar & Restaurant has been newly renovated.

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