Four Seasons Resort Bali Hotel at Jimbaran Bay, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 15, 2019

Review of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay in Bali.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Tranquility and faultless opulence in one of Bali’s premier locations.

Cascading down an extensive hillside facing the sea, villas are only accessible along steps and cobblestone paths through ornate tropical gardens. All are very spacious and sumptuous with a subtle Balinese décor, stunning bathroom, and abundant windows to maximize the sublime views of the curved Jimbaran Bay and its famed sunsets. Each boasts a private pool (with a gazebo and extensive decking), and the edges of these and the main infinity pool somehow blur into the horizon. Although only five minutes on foot from Jimbaran, the access road and paths around the grounds are steep, so buggies are available. These can also whisk guests to the private beach and renowned seafood cafés.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – The Location

  • Address: At the far southern end of Jimbaran, a surprisingly quiet region just south of the airport.
  • Area: Between the cliffs and steepish road, so no beach directly in front, but only a short stroll down to the sea and beachside café/bars.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 18 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Cafés on the sand for seafood dinners at sunset.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all but with the exquisite setting and lofty rates, many guests seem to be couples over 40.
  • Kids’ Club: The Jimba Club offers a decent range of activities, including treasure hunts, kite-flying, coconut bowling, and crab hunting.
  • Beach: The beach at Jimbaran is one of Bali’s finest: curved with calm waters and white sand, and often uncrowded. Only 5 minutes on foot (less by resort buggy), the private Coconut Grove Beach is also superb, with shady trees and abundant water-sports.
  • Views: Many views of the sea and curved Jimbaran Bay are partially obstructed by other villas. Vistas are even more extraordinary at night, with hundreds of tables along the beach with twinkling candles.
  • Kitchen: Larger villas feature a kitchen, as well as a dining/living area.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The resort only offers villas, each with an Infinity pool.
  • Extras: Water-sports. Balinese dance/music performances. Free transfers around Jimbaran. And ask about free local tours.
  • Wi-Fi: Often included in rates but double-check when booking.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure spots can be found on-site, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 701 010
  • Email: Send a message through the website: contact_us.html
  • Website: fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay/

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Amenities

  • Pool: The main pool boasts one of the most sublime positions anywhere in Bali. With Infinity edges that seem to blend into the horizon.
  • Spa: The Healing Villas Spa is as exquisite as imagined, with a very long list of treatments. Yoga and meditation classes also available.
  • Fitness Center: State-of-the-art equipment, with personal trainers available.
  • For Families: Children’s menu at the restaurant. Free baby-sitting. Balinese dance classes. Temple tours. Beach games. Cots.
  • Activities: Cooking classes. Water-sports. Surfing. Tennis Court.
  • Other Facilities: Ganesha Cultural Center and art gallery.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Taman Wantilan – watch seafood and Asian cuisine sizzle in the open-plan cooking areas, admire the traditional setting, or gasp at the unrivalled bay views. Breakfast and dinner only. • Pool Terrace Café – alongside the pool and facing the sea for casual meals, such as salads and sandwiches, all day. • Sundara Beach Club – few minutes’ walk (less by resort buggy). Perfect beach, lovely pool, live music, all-day tapas, and romantic dinners at sunset.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, and can be paid for when booking.
  • Room Service: Available all day and night, with a personal butler also available 24/7.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Villas • Premier Ocean Villas (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Jimbaran Bay Villas (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Garden Villas (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Imperial Three Bedroom Villas • Royal Villas • Family Premier Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Fairly strict about smoking. Ask at reception about dedicated areas.
  • Best Room: The Royal Villas are very spacious and luxurious, with an Infinity pool that seems to merge with the horizon. Higher up the hill for less obstructed bay views.
  • For Families: Each villa has a daybed that can convert to a single bed, while another single can also be squeezed in. Some villas have connecting doors, while others have 2 or 3 bedrooms. With a special children’s bedroom, the Family Premier Villas suit a tribe of 4.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: With flat roads and less traffic than other regions, walking around Jimbaran is pleasant – and often quicker via the beach than the road. Cycling is also easy, but the hill immediately below the resort gates is steepish. Ask at the hotel about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus http://kura2bus.com/ company links Jimbaran with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing. Shuttle bus companies (eg Perama) that service Kuta and Sanur don’t bother coming to Jimbaran.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Taxis ply the main road, and are a cheap and comfortable way to reach anywhere in southern Bali. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, nor is hiring a motorbike for traveling around this part of the south. All transport options can be arranged at the hotel.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • About 600m down the road are a cluster of about 15 seafood cafés in the area known as Muaya Beach. (See Attractions below.)
  • Otherwise, a couple of low-key cafés facing the sand are within a 500m walk down the road, such as White Sands Beach House and JWB Pizza.
  • And almost hidden within the Karma Jimbaran villas, about 300m down the road, is an excellent restaurant, The Bay, with live music most nights.

Shops & Markets

  • The quaint Jimbaran Corner shopping center is home to a bundle of boutiques and bistros. About 1.2km away, but too far and steep to walk, so ask the hotel for a lift.

Attractions

  • A highlight of any trip to Bali is dinner at sunset on the sand in Jimbaran. With wandering musicians, fireworks, and traditional dances, this should not be missed. Cafés set up from 4 pm at several places along the beach (including Muaya Beach, 600m down the road), but most are also open all day. Menus overwhelmingly focus on seafood, but other meals are available.

Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – The Hotel

The resort is located in a quiet area south of the airport.

The resort is located in the quieter southern part of Jimbaran, not far south of the airport.

The welcoming lobby is surrounded by ponds.

The Four Seasons is set back from the main road, with a welcoming lobby surrounded by ponds.

The contemporary resort layout is impressive.

The layout of the resort is contemporary and impressive.

The vast resort grounds require golf buggies to get around.

The resort, and private villa complex across the road, are vast enough to necessitate golf buggies to get around.

The raised area offers plenty of views and breeze for lounging guests.

The resort doesn’t face a beach, but offers a raised area for extended views and welcome breezes.

The resort pool has a magnificent setting.

The pool at the Four Seasons boasts one of the most magnificent settings anywhere in Bali.

The Pool Terrace Café serves drinks and light meals.

The Pool Terrace Café offers drinks and light meals alongside the resort pool.

The on-site Taman Wantilan bistro features open-plan cooking areas.

Also within the resort, Taman Wantilan is a classy bistro with open-plan cooking areas.

The Taman Wantilan restaurants offers excellent bay views.

The Taman Wantilan offers sublime views of Jimbaran Bay.

The on-site Ganesha Cultural Center features an art gallery.

Within the resort grounds, the Ganesha Cultural Center contains an art gallery.

The villas are accessible via stone paths across the vast grounds.

Villas are spread across the vast grounds and accessible along stone paths.

The traditionally-designed villas are secluded behind high walls.

Villas feature a traditional design and are secluded behind lofty walls.

Some of the villas are accessible by steps.

Layered up the hillside, some villas are also accessible via steps.

All villas feature sizeable private pools.

Each villa contains a sizable private pool with bay views.

The villas' private pools feature infinity edges and amazing views.

The private pools attached to the villas feature infinity edges that seem to blend into the horizon.

Villas feature elevated ceilings and 4-poster beds.

Villas are superbly decorated with elevated ceilings and a 4-poster bed.

The spacious villas can accommodate an extra bed.

Villas are spacious enough for at least one extra single bed.

The villa bathrooms offers excellent views of private gardens.

Even the bathroom offers exquisite views – but of the private gardens.

The public Jimbaran beach nearby is magnificent.

Only a few minutes’ walk down from the resort is the magnificent beach at Jimbaran.

The resort has converted a part of the beach to a private beach club.

A section of the beach at Jimbaran has been commandeered by the resort and offers beach club facilities.

The private Coconut Grove Beach nearby is very clean.

A few minutes’ walk down the road, the private Coconut Grove Beach is shady and immaculately clean.

Within walking distance are several seafood cafes offering food on the beach.

Within a 500m walk down the road are several low-key but inviting beachside cafés with tables and beanbags on the sand.

Within walking distance, patrons can enjoy sunset seafood dinners on the beach.

About 600m down the road, tables are set up on the sand from 4pm for seafood dinners at sunset.

The Bay at the Karma Jimbaran

Just a few minutes’ walk down the road, The Bay is an elegant restaurant within the nearby Karma Jimbaran villa complex.

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Belmond Jimbaran Puri Hotel in Jimbaran, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 15, 2019

Review of Belmond Jimbaran Puri in Bali.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – Hidden gem with angled palms across expansive beach frontage.

Fronting a magnificent stretch of powdery-white sand, this resort is designed like a Balinese village with villas and cottages dotted among manicured gardens adorned with traditional statues. The cottages are spacious and old-fashioned (in a good way), but the smallish windows don’t maximize the views and breezes. The secluded one and two-bedroom pool villas feature adorable Balinese décor and gorgeous wooden decking around a largish private pool, while the main pool boasts an ideal tropical setting. And the Belmond is only 300m from the main road and a short stroll to the renowned beachside cafés specializing in seafood.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – The Location

  • Address: At the end of a quiet dead-end street (Jalan Yoga Pekanthi) to the beach, and 300m from the main road.
  • Area: Faces the beach about midway along Jimbaran, a surprisingly quiet region just south of the airport. Within walking distance of quality cafés along the main road and beach.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This only takes about 17 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: Village with temple and market. Cafés on the sand for seafood dinners at sunset.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – The Basics

  • Guests: Likes to attract families but nothing is really set up for children. Most guests are couples, often over 40, probably attracted by the seclusion.
  • Beach: Long and virtually private, the beach is uncrowded and curved with calm waters and white sand.
  • Views: Cottages facing the sea are a little distant and windows undersized, so views are minimal. Others overlook the lawns and pool. Villas are secluded behind walls.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The pool villas feature a substantial pool with lovely wooden decking.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking available, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 701 605
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: belmond.com/jimbaran-puri/

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – Amenities

  • Pool: The superb infinity pool is long, shimmering, and surrounded by shady palms and hammocks. Dedicated area for children.
  • Spa: With intimate treatment rooms and massage tables outside, the Beach Spa is one of the finest in Jimbaran.
  • Fitness Center: None.
  • Activities: Cooking lessons. Yoga classes. Local tours (e.g. temple and fish market).
  • Other Facilities: Library. Boutique.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Nelayan Restaurant – Spectacular setting, spread across the sand 5m from the water. Seafood as well as Italian and French cuisine. • Tunkung Restaurant – Further back from the beach but still with sea views. For buffet breakfast and dinner only, with an intimate setting and Indonesian food. • Puri Bar – Alongside the beach and pool for a variety of cocktails, beers, and juices.
  • Breakfast: Included in many rates but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available between 6 am and 10 pm.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – Rooms

  • Room Types: Luxury Cottages • Pool Villas • Deluxe Pool Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in or around the cottages or villas but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The Deluxe Pool Villas are secluded, spacious, opulent, and beautifully decorated with Balinese arts and crafts. The private pool is substantial, surrounded by wooden decking, and designed with spouts.
  • For Families: Some villas have 2 bedrooms and a private pool.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: With flat roads and less traffic than other regions, walking around Jimbaran is pleasant and often quicker via the beach than the road. Cycling is also easy but few places offer rentals.
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Jimbaran with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing. Shuttle bus companies (e.g. Perama) that service Kuta and Sanur don’t bother coming to Jimbaran.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Taxis ply the main road and are a cheap and comfortable way to reach anywhere in southern Bali. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, nor is hiring a motorbike for traveling around this part of the south. All transport options can be arranged at the hotel.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • More than a dozen seafood cafés are clustered at the end of Jalan Pemelisan Agung street, about 300m north of the resort via the beach or 11-minute walk by road. See Attractions later.
  • Joglo Restaurant – Inviting café/bar along the sand and under shady trees. In the neighboring Keraton resort, a 2-minute stroll north along the beach (or 10-minute walk through the lanes).
  • Akua Bali Tapas Bar & Restaurant – About 400m north via the beach (or 5-minute drive), this delightful, modern, and airy bistro offers tapas and fine-dining all day.
  • The Open House Bali – About 100m up the street from the Akua (5-minute drive from resort), a cute café offering hearty serves of Indonesian food as well as salads, sandwiches, and coffee.

Shops & Market

  • Enough minimarts along the main road, 300m up the side-street, but few other shops of interest in the immediate area. The Jimbaran Market is at the main intersection, 700m north (4-minute drive) via the road. Opposite the market is the village temple.

Attractions

  • A highlight of any trip to Bali is dinner at sunset on the sand in Jimbaran. With wandering musicians, fireworks, and traditional dances, this should not be missed. Cafés set up from 4 pm at several places along the beach (including the end of Jalan Pemelisan Agung street, 300m north of the resort), but most are also open all day. Menus overwhelmingly focus on seafood, but other meals are available.

Belmond Jimbaran Puri – The Hotel

The resort is located in a quiet area south of the airport.

The resort is located about 300m from the main road in Jimbaran, a quiet region just south of the airport.

Jimbaran beach is beautiful and surprisingly uncrowded.

Despite its proximity to the airport and all the facilities at Kuta, Jimbaran is surprisingly uncrowded.

The large pool is very inviting.

The pool is especially inviting and features a traditional design.

The resort pool lacks shade.

The pool lacks some shade but is surrounded by lawns.

The several hammocks across the resort lawns are inviting.

The lawns are dotted with palm trees which are handy for the numerous hammocks.

The vast grounds are dotted with villas and cottages.

The villas and cottages are sprinkled around the extensive gardens.

The Nelayan Restaurant is by the resort beach.

Alongside the resort beach is the delightful Nelayan Restaurant.

The Nelayan Restaurant offers romantic dining over the sand.

Tables from the Nelayan Restaurant spread across the sand for romantic dining.

The on-site Tunkung Restaurant catches plenty of sea breezes.

Overlooking ponds, but still catching sea breezes, is the Tunkung Restaurant, also within the resort grounds.

The Puri Bar is alongside the resort beach and pool.

The resort offers private sunset dining on the sand.

Staff at the resort can arrange private dining, with tables almost on the sand – perfect at sunset.

The cottages are enchanting but their small windows affect the views.

The older-style cottages facing the sea are enchanting, but the undersized windows affect possible views.

The pool villas are connected via a path.

Paths lead to the Pool Villas which are in a separate area.

Tall walls offer the villas much privacy.

Pool Villas are secluded behind lofty stone walls.

The pool villas are spacious and beautifully decorated.

The Pool Villas are particularly spacious and beautifully decorated.

The living areas of the villas are decorated with Balinese arts and crafts.

All villas feature a substantial living area with abundant Balinese arts and crafts.

The private pools in the villas are larger than expected.

The pools in the villas are larger than expected.

All villas have a beautiful private garden with pool.

The villas boast a divine garden setting.

The Keraton Resort's cafe and bar are a short 2-minute walk.

Only a 2-minute stroll north of the resort via the beach is the café/bar at the Keraton resort.

Nearby there are several beachside cafes specializing in seafood.

About 300m north along the beach from the Belmond is a cluster of beachside cafés specializing in seafood.

The beachside cafes offer sunset dinners on the sand.

Most of the seafood cafés north of the resort are open all day but more tables are set up on the sand in time for sunset.

The Akua tapas bar nearby offers fine-dining all day.

About 400m north of the resort via the beach, the classy Akua offers tapas and fine-dining all day.

The Open House Bali is located closeby.

Also worth a short walk up from the Akua is the quaint café at The Open House Bali.

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The Best Ryokan in Japan

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 14, 2019

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Ryokan with Onsen in Japan.

Sadachiyo Ryokan in Tokyo. A great traditional place to stay and one of the few ryokans in Tokyo.

Japanese Ryokan – An Introduction

Staying in a Japanese inn—called a ryokan in Japanese—is a great way to experience traditional Japan. The oldest ryokan date back centuries, when they were built to serve feudal lords and their samurai retainers traveling between Edo (present-day Tokyo) and the provinces. These historic relics stand like sentinels of the past, made mostly of wood and with long gleaming corridors leading to tatami rooms with intricately carved transoms, sliding doors, shoji screens and a low table with cushions. The futon is laid out only for sleeping. Of course, today’s ryokan vary greatly in size, price and atmosphere, from sprawling affairs busy with tour groups to exclusive enclaves with only a dozen or so rooms offering the best service money can buy. Although ryokan are found throughout Japan, they’re concentrated mostly in historic towns like Kyoto, in rural areas, and in Japan’s countless towns and villages with hot-spring spas (onsen).

If you’re staying in a first-class ryokan, you can expect impeccably decorated rooms ranging from antique historic to Zen modern, meals fit for an emperor and personalized service. Etiquette dictates that you take your shoes off at the entryway and slip into the proffered slippers before being led by a kimono-clad hostess to your tatami room, where you shed the slippers before entering. Your room might have a view of a private garden and your tub might be made of cypress. Your room attendant will bring welcome tea and a sweet, but it’s the hot bath that’s the clincher, either in your room or the communal bath. If you’re staying in an onsen, you might even have the luxury of a rotenburo (outdoor thermal bath). To feel fully at home, you’ll then don the yukata (cotton robe) provided by your ryokan. Your kaiseki dinner, served either in the privacy of your own room or the inn’s dining hall, will be a feast of many local dishes and seasonal delicacies, artfully arranged. You’ll sleep on a futon laid out on the tatami floor, or, in a contemporary ryokan, on a raised platform. The next morning, after breakfast (many ryokan offer either Western or Japanese options), your hostess will see you off at the front gate, bowing as you depart feeling rejuvenated and pampered. Although rates for a ryokan, which are always per person, can seem high, they include two meals and often service charge and tax.

Although a top-class ryokan is worth the splurge at least once during your travels, there are also moderately priced inns that don’t provide as much individualized service but offer the opportunity to sleep on a futon in a tatami room and dine on local specialties. Many of these cater mostly to families and groups and serve set meals or buffets in a communal dining hall. Even cheaper are inns that may or not serve meals and have shared bathroom facilities down the hall. A minshuku is Japanese-style lodging in a private home, the Japanese version of a small bed-and-breakfast. Regardless of your budget, staying in a Japanese inn could well be the highlight of your trip and an experience you won’t soon forget.

The Best Ryokan in Tokyo

Hoshinoya Tokyo

Tokyo has few ryokan – land is so expensive, most were long ago gobbled up by developers. But this low-key entry has bucked the trend, opening in 2016 in the heart of the capital near Tokyo Station. With only 84 rooms, Hoshinoya creates a relaxing and intimate oasis, with tatami rather than wood floors running throughout the inn, even in the elevators. There’s a lounge for every six rooms, where attendants are on hand to serve snacks and provide personalized service. Spacious rooms are decorated in a minimalist style that blends natural materials like wood and bamboo with high-tech features. Bonuses include a top-floor onsen open to the sky and a restaurant specializing in French cuisine made with Japanese ingredients.

Sadachiyo Sukeroku-no-yado

This moderately priced inn is one of Tokyo’s oldest, established about 70 years ago and located in the delightful Asakusa neighborhood. It imparts an atmosphere reminiscent of centuries past, from the rickshaw parked outside its front door to staff dressed in period clothing. Its 20 tatami guest rooms are decorated with antiques, woodblock prints, shoji screens and other traditional flourishes, with some large enough for a family of six. Extensive Japanese meals are optional, but you’ll get in the mood by dining in, followed by a soak in the inn’s public baths.

Homeikan

Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Homeikan is the umbrella name for three separate Japanese inns, all acquired by the present owner’s family over more than a century and all with striking architectural details. The Honkan (main building) is the oldest and has the distinction of being a Listed Tangible Cultural Property, while the Daimachi, built as the family home after World War II, is probably the most popular due to its Japanese garden and communal mineral bath. Note, however, that none of Homeikan’s 89 rooms have a private bathroom or modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, and meals are not served. It is, however, a jewel of an inn and provides a unique look at how Tokyo’s upper class lived in the days of yore.

Ryokan Sawanoya

Ryokan Sawanoya is a fine example of an inexpensive Japanese inn, managed since 1949 by three successive generations of the same family and offering a heartfelt welcome to international travelers for decades. Advertising itself as LGBT friendly, it offers 12 tatami rooms (only two with private bathroom), two Japanese-style baths which can be locked for privacy, and a lounge with free tea and coffee and breakfast available on request. Surrounding Sawanoya is Ueno, known for its old downtown atmosphere, with Nezu Shrine and Ueno Park with its many museums within walking distance.

The Best Ryokan in Kyoto

Hiiragiya Ryokan

One of Kyoto’s most famous inns, Hiiragiya was established in 1818 and has played host to writers, politicians and even members of the imperial family. Located in the heart of the city and owned by the same family of innkeepers for six generations, it exudes all the quintessential graceful elements of a traditional inn, with 28 tatami rooms spread in the main historic building and in a modern wing. Each room is uniquely decorated, whether it’s a folding screen painted on gold leaf or an ink drawing on handmade paper, but all have the traditional hand-carved transoms and reed ceilings. Some have views of the garden. Kyoto-style kaiseki cuisine is served in your room in true ryokan fashion.

Hotel Kanra Kyoto

Hotel Kanra Kyoto is a hip hybrid between a hotel and a ryokan, with a sleek design that nevertheless borrows architectural details from the many machiya (merchant houses) that once graced many Kyoto neighborhoods. Its 68 spotless rooms, hidden behind lattice doors and spread between the main building and an annex, are stylishly modern, with wood or granite floors, shoji screens, raised platform beds, tatami areas for relaxing and cypress soaking tubs (and separate showers). The English-speaking staff is especially helpful and always seems to be waiting just for you. Because meals aren’t included in its rates, this is a good choice for travelers who wish to experience the atmosphere of a contemporary ryokan but wish to dine elsewhere.

Seikoro Ryokan

Established in 1831, this is one of Kyoto’s most atmospheric inns. 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). During the offseason, Seikoro gives the option of room rates without meals for about the same price you’d pay at a medium-priced hotel, but frankly, it would be a shame to miss the experience of a kaiseki dinner served in the privacy of your room. The large public bath is made of 400-year-old cypress, making it the pride and joy of this ryokan.

Nishiyama Ryokan

Located just a few minutes’ walk from downtown, this moderately-priced inn was founded about 50 years ago by the present owner’s grandfather. Because of its low prices and convenient location, it’s always filled with travelers from around the world, youth groups and budget-minded Japanese. Although it occupies a nondescript five-story building, the inn strives for authenticity with an interior that includes traditional Japanese touches in the lobby and courtyard garden, a public bath complete with waterfall and free public events like a demonstration of the tea ceremony, an origami session and koto concerts. Its 30 rooms are mostly Japanese style, and kaiseki meals are available if booked in advance.

The Best Ryokan in the Rest of Japan

Arai Ryokan – Izu

Located in the center of Shuzenji, a popular onsen weekend getaway from Tokyo on the Izu Peninsula, this inn opened in 1872 and has welcomed many Japanese celebrities since then, including artists, writers and kabuki actors. Its 15 structures, all registered as national cultural assets and centered on a river-fed pond, include the majestic main building, a wooden covered bridge leading to rooms and a century-old onsen bathhouse. Its 30 rooms are spread through several wooden buildings dating mostly between 1899 and 1935, the best of which face the pond and Katsura River (not all rooms have private bathrooms). Traditional kaiseki meals change monthly and are served in your room. There are several options for onsen bathing, including a rotenburo encircled by boulders.

Gora Kadan – Hakone

This top-rated ryokan, nestled among woods and gardens in Hakone, exemplifies the Japanese knack for elevating simplicity into eye-catching, understated elegance. Guests check in here to check out, where the emphasis is clearly on the restorative powers of indoor and outdoor spring baths and various spa treatments, with an indoor heated swimming pool and a small gym for those inspired to work out. Rooms are minimalist modern, all with direct access to balconies or gardens and the more expensive with rotenburo. Its kaiseki meals are celebrations of the season. For lunch, there’s also a restaurant, an Elizabethan-style half-timbered building that once served as a former summer residence of the imperial family.

Ryokan Kurashiki – Kurashiki

Kurashiki’s historic old town centers on a willow-lined canal and centuries-old black-and-white granaries now converted into shops, restaurants, museums and this exclusive ryokan, which occupies three renovated warehouses and an old mansion. Its eight rooms are actually suites, with separate bedrooms fitted with two Western-style double beds plus traditional tatami rooms, some with views of the picturesque canal. Kaiseki dinners can be served in your room or in a private room overlooking the canal, while breakfasts are served in the inn’s delightful terrace tea lounge overlooking the inn’s small garden.

Minamikan – Matsue

Hugging the shores of Lake Shinji, this historic inn has a 130-year-old history, evident in its 1888 main building and its highly-ranked garden with 300-year-old pine trees. A variety of rooms are available, including Japanese-style tatami rooms and combination rooms with both beds and tatami areas, all with views of the lake and/or garden. Some of the combination rooms even have onsen baths overlooking the lake, but there’s also a public onsen with views of the water. Meals feature seasonal catches from Lake Shinji and the Sea of Japan, along with regional ingredients. The inn’s restaurant is very popular with locals for its one-pot rice meal served with sea bream and other ingredients.

Kurayado Iroha – Miyajima

This contemporary lodging boasts a great location on the main pedestrian shopping street of Miyajima, a jewel of an island famous for its Itsukushima Shrine (a World Heritage Site) and views of the Seto Inland Sea. Laid back but with a meticulously efficient staff, it offers several types of rooms, from Japanese-style tatami rooms (the cheapest, but they face only an inner courtyard) to combination rooms with beds and tatami areas, the best of which offer sweeping views of the sea. Guests are asked beforehand about allergies and food preferences for the seemingly endless kaiseki meal served in the dining room, certainly the highlight of a stay here along with the open-air rooftop bath and flawless service.

Kannawa-en – Beppu

Beppu is one of Japan’s most famous spa resorts, and though Kannawa-en lies in the tourist thick of things, it’s worlds apart, hidden from sight. In fact, Kannawa-en is like a village unto itself, with ponds, beautifully landscaped gardens and a series of buildings housing Western-style rooms, combination rooms with private rotenburo, and even free-standing suite villas. Because the inn has its own natural hot springs, its curative waters run through all guest rooms and the communal indoor and outdoor baths. Dinners, served in the main building, feature Black Japanese beef, seasonal organic vegetables and fresh seafood. In addition to a spa, the inn also has a thatched-roof teahouse and even its own Noh theater, where plays and music are performed.

Tsuru-no-yu Onsen – Tohoku

Located in rural Tohoku, this remote ryokan looks like the set of a samurai movie. In fact, its hot springs have been drawing bathers since the 17th century. Its thatched-roof row house, housing 5 tatami guest rooms, is more than a century old, with an additional 30 rooms in rambling hillside wings added over the years. The main draws are its indoor/outdoor baths, each with different mineral compositions thought to treat different ailments. Meals, served either in your room or a dining hall depending on where you’re staying, feature local mountain vegetables and grilled fish. Because this is a rustic place, with some rooms having toilets but none with private bathrooms, prices are reasonable. But for travelers not willing to rough it, there’s a modern annex down the road called Yama no Yado with private bathrooms at a higher price.

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Venice Cheap Hotels

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 14, 2019

15 Best Budget Hotels in Venice

1. Generator

Upscale hostel on Giudecca Island with private rooms for up to 5 guests with en-suite bathrooms, in addition to shared dorm-style rooms. Located a 2-minute walk (180m) to the Zitelle ferry and water bus terminal, the Casa dei Tre Oci gallery (200m, 2-minute walk), and several restaurants, the property also has a bar, and all-day cafe onsite.

2. B&B San Marco

Quaint guesthouse located an 8-minute walk (600m) to Piazza San Marco and a 9-minute walk (650m) to Doge’s Palace, with historic decor, complimentary breakfast, and private or shared bathrooms. Numerous restaurants, churches, landmarks, and water bus stops are also within close walking distance.

3. B&B Allo Squero

Cozy accommodation offering complimentary breakfast, a courtyard, and rooms with private bathrooms. Located an 8-minute walk (600m) to the Rialto Bridge, a 5-minute walk (400m) to several water bus stops, and a 14-minute walk (1.1km) to Piazza San Marco.

4. B&B Le Terese

Family-run pet and kids-friendly bed and breakfast with 2 guest rooms, a shared bathroom, air conditioning, and complimentary breakfast daily. Situated less than 10 minutes (750m) on foot to the restaurants of Campo Santa Margherita, 15 minutes (1.1km) to the Gallerie dell’Accademia, and 600m to the San Basilio (7-minute walk) and Santa Marta (7-minute walk) water bus stops.

5. B&B Al Palazzetto

Cozy guesthouse located a 6-minute walk (500m) from Campo della Maddalena, a 3-minute walk (210m) to the Ca’ d’Oro water bus stop, and within minutes of many restaurants, churches, and landmarks. All rooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning, safes, and historic furnishings, and free continental breakfast is available daily.

6. Ai Tagliapietra

Historic guesthouse featuring ensuite bathrooms and located a 5-minute walk (350m) to Piazza San Marco and the famous Bridge of Sighs (450m, 5-minute walk) and an 8-minute walk (650m) to the Rialto Bridge. Guest rooms include traditional artwork, TV, kettle, and refrigerator, and several restaurants and water bus stops are within a short walk.

7. Hotel Falier

Quaint hotel located less than a 10-minute walk from Giardini Papadopoli Park (280m, 4 minutes), the Piazzale Roma bus station (400m, 5-minute walk), the Santa Lucia train station (800m, 9-minute walk), and several water bus stops. Amenities include private bathrooms, air conditioning, complimentary continental breakfast, and a courtyard garden, and Grassi Palace is 1km away (10 minutes, including a short ferry ride).

8. Hotel Rossi

Historic, pet-friendly budget hotel with air conditioning in every room, some rooms with private bathrooms, and a front desk staffed 24/7. Located a 2-minute walk (180m) to the Guglie Bridge, a 5-minute walk (400m) to Santa Lucia Station, and a 9-minute walk (700m) to Campo della Maddalena.

9. Hotel Henry

Cozy, pet-friendly hotel within blocks of restaurants, cafes, and a Coop grocery store (300m, 4-minute walk) and a 16-minute walk (1.3km) to the Rialto Bridge. In addition to standard guest rooms (most with a private bathroom), the hotel offers apartments for up to 4 guests with full kitchens.

10. Hotel La Residenza

15th-century mansion converted to a hotel offering free continental breakfast, concierge service, and Victorian decor. Located an 8-minute walk (600m) to the Doge’s Palace, a 12-minute walk (900m) to Piazza San Marco, and less than 5 minutes to several water bus stops.

11. Ruzzini Palace Hotel

Historic hotel with an on-site bar, elevator, and free breakfast, and rooms featuring minibars, air conditioning, and desks. Located a 4-minute walk (350m) to the Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, a 6-minute walk (500m) to Piazza San Marco, and a 6-minute walk (450m) to the Rialto Bridge.

12. Albergo ai Tolentini

Budget hotel located a 3-minute walk (240m) to the Piazzale Roma bus station, 4-minute walk (350m) to the Constitution Bridge, and a 11-minute walk (850m) to Campo San Polo. Rooms have wardrobes, air conditioning, and private bathrooms; discounted continental breakfast is available at a nearby cafe.

13. Alloggi Barbaria

Cozy, pet-friendly hotel just a 3-minute walk (230m) from the Ospedale water bus stop and 6 minutes (500m) from Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo, with free continental breakfast and a private bathroom in every guest room. The hotel has a terrace, stair lift for the disabled, and concierge services, and Piazza San Marco is a 12-minute walk (950m) away.

14. Hotel San Geremia

Historic hotel with private rooms and dormitories located in 2 adjacent buildings, steps from the Guglie Bridge (120m, 1-minute walk) and a 5-minute walk (400m) to Santa Lucia Station. Rooms have private or shared bathrooms, some rooms have a view of San Geremia Square, and the 4-floor property has no elevator.

15. Arcadia Boutique Hotel

Boutique hotel with an on-site bar within walking distance of many historical landmarks, churches, water bus stops, and restaurants of the Cannaregio district (200m, 2-minute walk). Free breakfast is available daily, and every room has air conditioning, a minibar, and a private bathroom.

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Perissa and Perivolos Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 13, 2019

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Perissa is a fun Santorini beach town with plenty of good restaurants, low-key bars, and a backpacker scene/party (beach-style, not clubby) vibe. This strip of black sand beach spreads along 3 or 4 kms, peppered with hotels and restaurants – at some indistinct point it turns into Perivolos, but it all feels like one long spread. The sand here is much finer than you’ll find in pebbly Kamari, just up the coast (getting sandier as you move south towards Perivolos), and the swimming is excellent. It’s also farther from Fira than Kamari, which makes visiting the caldera a bit more of an outing.

The best beach hotel in Perissa and Perivolos, Santorini.

Istoria – The best beach hotel in Santorini.

The 9 Best Hotels in Perissa and Perivolos

  • Meltemi Village Hotel – Bright and traditionally-styled rooms and suites. Suites feature private outdoor jacuzzis, villa has a full kitchen and can accommodate 6 guests. Mature palm trees give the large, lovely pool area a tropical feel. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 081325)
  • Aqua Blue Hotel – Steps from Perissa’s black sand beach, with a private area reserved for hotel guests. The pool areas are beautiful, with double sun-loungers, and rooms are modern and spacious. The Family Apartments and Junior Suites sleep families of 4 or 5. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085015)
  • Veggera – Elegantly and traditionally furnished, great for families. Suites and maisonettes sleep up to 4, apartments sleep 5. Central sundeck with two adult and one kids’ pool. Located just opposite the beach, with a good selection of shops and restaurants nearby. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 082060)
  • Anastasia Princess – Adults only, beautifully decorated rooms and suites just two minutes from the beach. Shared pool and sun deck; deluxe apartments sleep 3, suites include private jacuzzis or plunge pools. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 081957)
  • Sellada Beach Hotel – Set right on Perissa Beach, with a well-maintained pool (that never gets too crowded) and beachfront bar service. Rooms are fresh and clean with modern bathrooms. Split-level maisonettes sleep 5. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 081859)
  • Istoria (Perivolos) – Easily the most luxurious beachfront hotel in Santorini, Istoria boasts an infinity pool with an attached jacuzzi, a holistic spa, and friendly, attentive service. Most of their well-appointed suites have private, outdoor jacuzzis or pools. Food and drinks are incredible at their signature restaurant Mr. E and their all-day pool bar. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085051)
  • Smaragdi Hotel (Perivolos) – A great value hotel, just a few meters from the beach. Lovely shared pool and hot tub, luxury Suite has a private jacuzzi. Great location, near restaurants, bars, and a small supermarket. • (Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701)
  • Orabel Suites (Perivolos) – Beautiful modern suites, 5 minutes from the beach. Shared pool with poolside bar; suites feature sea or pool views and indoor or private outdoor hot tubs. • (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085060)
  • Black Rose Beach Suites (Perivolos) – Beautiful whitewashed suites feature private patios with pool, garden, or Aegean Sea views. Deluxe Suites have private pools, Superior Suites have private pools and hot tubs. Communal pool and sun deck, 1-minute walk to the beach. • (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085124)

Map of Perissa and Perivolos Hotels

Map of Perissa and Perivolos in Santorini.

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Rome Cheap Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 14, 2019

18 Best Budget Hotels in Rome

1. Generator Rome

Modern accommodations with an on-site bar and cafe located 1.5km (18-minute walk) from the Colosseum and 800m (10-minute walk) from the Roma Termini train station. While rooms do not have TVs, shared rooms sleep up to 6 guests with lockable storage areas and reading lights, and private rooms are available with en-suite bathrooms. Amenities include bar and lounge.

2. The Yellow

Located a 7-minute walk (500m) from The Baths of Diocletian, this hostel features shared and private rooms with a co-working space, an all-day restaurant and bar, an escape room, laundry facilities, and a hair salon onsite. Room amenities include lockable storage and air conditioning, private rooms have ensuite bathrooms, and the the Castro Pretorio subway station is a 3-minute walk (260m) away.

3. Funny Palace Hostel

Within walking distance of several restaurants and a 4-minute walk (350m) from Roma Termini Station, this hostel offers complimentary breakfast at a nearby cafe and laundry facilities on-site. Dorm rooms and private rooms are available, and some rooms have private bathrooms, desks, and TVs.

4. Hotel Des Artistes

Budget hotel with a roof terrace located a 2-minute walk (170m) to Castro Pretorio subway station and an 8-minute walk (600m) to the Baths of Diocletian. Rooms have a variety of bedding configurations and feature antique artwork, and a breakfast buffet is available daily for a fee.

5. Althea Inn Roof Terrace

Cozy bed and breakfast with a rooftop deck located within a 10-minute walk of several transit stations and restaurants and a 4-minute walk (350m) to the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. Amenities include complimentary bicycles, continental breakfast, and concierge service, and some rooms have balconies.

6. La Controra Guesthouse Rome

Budget hotel offering free breakfast daily and located a 5-minute walk (450m) to Piazza Barberini and the Barberini subway station. All rooms feature kettles, individual climate control, and en-suite bathrooms with bidets, and numerous historical sites and restaurants are on the surrounding blocks.

7. Hotel Colors

Budget hotel located a 10-minute walk (750m) to the Vatican and 9-minute walk (700m) to Castel Sant’Angelo and a variety of restaurants and shops are within 500m. A free breakfast buffet is available daily, and rooms feature free bottled water, refrigerators, and private or shared bathrooms.

8. Hotel Sileo

Historic budget hotel with individually decorated guest rooms and a shared living/reading room with a fireplace; some rooms feature a desk, a wardrobe, and a private bathroom. Located a 2-minute walk (130m) from Roma Termini Station and a 6-minute walk (450m) from The Baths of Diocletian.

9. Hotel Rimini

Historic budget hotel located a 1-minute walk (100m) from Roma Termini Station and a 5-minute walk (400m) from The Baths of Diocletian. In addition to a complimentary breakfast buffet and afternoon snack bar, the hotel features concierge service, a reading room, and some guest rooms with balconies.

10. Hotel Robinson

Located a 2-minute walk (140m) from Roma Termini Station a 6-minute walk (450m) from The Baths of Diocletian, this budget hotel offers free breakfast and mini-bars, hair dryers, and air conditioning in every room. 24-hour concierge service is available, and numerous restaurants, cafes, and historical sites are within walking distance.

11. Hotel Al SanPietrino

Budget hotel located a 10-minute walk (800m) to the Vatican and surrounded by restaurants and cafes. Hotel amenities include a complimentary beverage vending machine and a shared TV lounge, flat-screen TVs and DVD players in rooms, and an elevator to reach the hotel’s third-floor location.

12. Hotel Panda

Budget hotel just a 4-minute walk (300m) to the Spagna subway station featuring air conditioning and private bathrooms in every room. Numerous museums, churches, historical sites, restaurants, and shops are within close walking distance, including the Piazza di Spagna (270m, 3-minute walk) and the Mausoleum of Augustus (400m, 5-minute walk).

13. Hotel Mimosa Pantheon

Quaint, family and pet-friendly budget hotel with free continental breakfast daily, located a 3-minute walk (220m) to the Pantheon, a 4-minute walk (350m) to Piazza Navona, and steps to luxury shopping. Rooms sleep up to 4 guests, and amenities include buffet breakfast, private bathrooms, air conditioning, and concierge service.

14. Parlamento Boutique Hotel

Cozy and pet-friendly budget hotel located between dozens of shops and restaurants and just a 7-minute walk (600m) to Piazza di Spagna and an 8-minute walk (650m) to the Pantheon. Complimentary continental breakfast is available every morning, and all rooms include a private bathroom, refrigerator, kettle, and hair dryer. Some rooms have sofa beds.

15. Hotel Giuliana

Economy hotel with an on-site bar and free continental breakfast buffet located a 6-minute walk (500m) to Palazzo delle Esposizioni and an 8-minute walk (600m) to Roma Termini Station. Private parking is available for a fee, and rooms feature en-suite bathrooms, hair dryers, and desks.

16. B&B Arco Del Lauro

Budget hotel located in a 16th-century building less than a 10-minute walk to numerous restaurants, the River Tiber, and numerous historical sites, including the Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere (600m, 8-minute walk) and the Mouth of Truth (750m, 10-minute walk). Continental breakfast is available for a fee, and amenities include a complimentary snack and beverage bar, private bathrooms in all rooms, and air conditioning.

17. Hotel Trastevere

Economy hotel with rooms for up to 4 guests, cribs available upon request, and complimentary continental breakfast available daily. Situated in the Trastevere neighborhood among numerous bars and restaurants, the hotel is a 3-minute walk (240m) to Basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere and an 11-minute walk (700m) to the Fontana dell’Acqua Paola.

18. Relais Le Clarisse

This is not a budget hotel but if you’re looking for a good-value splurge in my favorite Rome neighborhood, then this is a great choice. It’s a historic hotel with a courtyard garden within a short walk of several notable cathedrals, museums, and historical sites in addition to a variety of restaurants and bars. A full breakfast is served daily, and concierge services and ironing facilities are available at all times. The hotel is pet-friendly, and some rooms feature kitchenettes and can accommodate up to 6 guests.

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The Best Palm Springs Hotels

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 13, 2019

The best luxury resorts with pools in Palm Springs, California.

Palm Springs is loaded with great luxury hotels and resorts.

The 9 Best Hotels in Palm Springs

1. La Quinta Resort & Club

Luxury resort featuring 7 restaurants, 5 golf courses, tennis courts with private instructor, and 41 climate-controlled swimming pools. Located 21.5 miles south of Palm Springs (35-minute drive), every room has a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and historic architecture, and some rooms feature fireplaces or whirlpools.

2. The Ritz-Carlton (Rancho Mirage)

Desert-inspired resort with a full-service spa, 2 restaurants, 2 pools, and an exclusive club lounge located 9 miles (18-minute drive) southeast of Palm Springs. Most rooms have balconies, and complimentary amenities include yoga, guided hikes, lawn games, a candy buffet, guest-use bicycles, and stargazing.

3. Colt’s Lodge

Bed and breakfast offering continental breakfast daily and located within a 10-minute drive of shops, golf courses, hiking trails, and the airport (3 miles, 7-minute drive). Amenities include an outdoor heated pool, a garden area, a lounge with a piano, a BBQ grill, and complimentary bicycles, and each room has an individual theme and eclectic decor.

4. Santiago Resort

Men-only, clothing-optional hotel featuring an outdoor heated pool and spa, guest-use bicycles, free parking, mountain views, and a complimentary, always-open snack bar. Continental breakfast is served daily, and the hotel is located a 6-minute drive (1.6 miles) from the Palm Springs Art Museum and a 10-minute drive (3.3 miles) from the Palm Springs International Airport.

5. Del Marcos Hotel

Adults-only, pet-friendly hotel with an outdoor saltwater pool, located a 3-minute walk (0.1 miles) to the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center and a 14-minute walk (0.7 miles) to the North Lykken Trailhead. On-site facilities include a spa, a restaurant, and a bar, and continental breakfast, happy hour drinks, and bicycles are all complimentary.

6. The Colony Palms Hotel

Historic hotel located less than a mile from (0.7 mile, 14-minute walk) to the Robolights sculpture garden and the Palm Springs Art Museum (0.7 mile, 14-minute walk). Amenities include an outdoor climate-controlled saltwater pool, a restaurant, a full-service spa, and complimentary bicycles, and some rooms have bathtubs and fireplaces.

7. Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel

Stylish, pet-friendly hotel with a rooftop pool and bar and several dining options, located a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) to the Palm Springs Art Museum and steps to hiking trails and restaurants. In addition to hotel bicycles, amenities include free morning coffee, fitness center, an evening manager’s reception, and house car service within Downtown Palm Springs, and rooms feature bathrobes, a yoga mat, and desert and mountain views.

8. L’Horizon Resort & Spa

Adults-only, design-forward resort featuring 25 bungalows with modern amenities like Apple TVs, Nest thermostats, and Nespresso machines. In addition to a full-service spa, the resort has a restaurant, bar, and pool and is located a short drive from several golf courses, malls, hiking trails, and the Palm Springs International Airport (3.3 miles, 7 minutes).

9. Parker Palm Springs

Whimsical boutique hotel offering a slew of recreational activities including tennis courts, a croquet lawn, bicycles, hammocks, giant chess, a fitness center and spa, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Located within a short drive of numerous golf courses, hiking trails, restaurants, and the airport (3 miles, 7 minutes), this colorful hotel features several on-site dining options and a lemonade stand.

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The Best San Diego Hotels

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 12, 2019

One of the best hotels in San Diego.

The US Grant Hotel – one of the best luxury hotels in San Diego.

The 14 Best Hotels in San Diego

1. Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Mediterranean-style resort known for its 18-hole golf course and high-end spa located about 7 miles to Torrey Pines State Reserve (15-minute drive) and the restaurants of Del Mar (15-minute drive). In addition to 4 outdoor pools, amenities include several restaurants and lounges, a kids club, and Nespresso machines and European-style soaking tubs in every room.

2. Pendry San Diego

Boutique hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter within walking distance of Petco Park (0.2 mile, 5 minutes), the New Children’s Museum (0.4 mile, 8 minutes), and the Gaslamp Quarter light rail station (0.2 mile, 5 minutes). The hotel features 6 restaurants and bars, a rooftop pool, and a spa, and each ocean-inspired guest room has a bluetooth speaker, designer toiletries, and a mini bar.

3. L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa

Beach-inspired resort with an outdoor pool, spa, and several dining options located a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) from the shore and steps to the restaurants and shops of Camino Del Mar. Rooms feature balconies or patios and marble bathrooms, and some rooms have fireplaces.

4. Omni San Diego Hotel

High-end hotel connected via skywalk to Petco Park (200 feet, 1-minute walk) and within blocks of the restaurants and bars of the Gaslamp Quarter (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk). Amenities include an outdoor heated pool and hot tub, a poolside restaurant, a coffee shop, and a 24-hour fitness center, and rooms offer city or bay views.

5. The Westgate Hotel

Luxury hotel home to the 40,000-square-foot AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club and located a 3-minute walk (0.1 mile) from the San Diego Civic Theatre, a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) from Westfield Horton Plaza and the Balboa Theatre, and across the street from the Civic Center light rail station (200 feet, 1-minute walk). A bar and restaurant are on-site, and rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows.

6. Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

High-rise hotel featuring several restaurants and bars, including a 40th-floor cocktail lounge, and all rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, a desk, and a sitting area. Located across the street from the Seaport Village light rail station (400 feet, 2-minute walk) and a 6-minute walk (0.3 mile) to the New Children’s Museum, a 3-minute walk (0.2 mile) to Seaport Village, and a 10-minute walk (0.5 mile) to the USS Midway Museum.

7. Kimpton Solamar Hotel

Upscale boutique hotel with a rooftop pool and bar located a 4-minute walk (0.2 mile) to Petco Park and steps to the Gaslamp Quarter’s restaurants and nightlife (0.2 mile, 3-minute walk). Complimentary amenities include bicycles, morning coffee and tea in the lobby, a nightly manager’s reception with local beverages, and pet-friendly rooms which feature skyline views, yoga mats, and desks.

8. Andaz San Diego

Modern luxury hotel featuring a rooftop pool with fire pits and a DJ on weekends, a fitness center, and a pet-friendly policy. Located a 5-minute walk (0.3 miles) from Westfield Horton Plaza and a 9-minute walk (0.5 miles) from Petco Park, guestrooms have Keurig coffee makers and sitting areas, and suites sleep up to 6 guests.

9. The US Grant

Historic luxury hotel known for its iconic Grant Grill restaurant and Gaslamp Quarter location just a 2-minute walk (440 feet) to the San Diego Civic Theatre and a 15-minute walk (0.7 mile) to Broadway Pier. In addition to a fitness center and spa suite, several dining options are on-site, and some guest rooms feature deep-soaking bathtubs.

10. La Valencia Hotel

Glamorous hotel located a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) from La Jolla Cove and known for its famous pink facade. Surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and upscale shopping, the property features an outdoor pool, outdoor saltwater spa, a fitness center, several dining options, and ocean views.

11. Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Classy resort with several on-site restaurants and lounges, including a Napa Valley winery’s tasting room, located a 10-minute drive (4.1 miles) to La Jolla Cove. Free shuttle service within a 5-mile radius is available upon request, and recreational amenities include an outdoor saltwater pool, lawn games, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and an EV charging station.

12. San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina

Harborfront hotel just steps to the Embarcadero with 2 swimming pools, a fitness center, a spa, 4 restaurants, and a coffee shop. Rooms feature city or bay views, some with balconies, and the property sits within walking distance of Seaport Village (0.3 mile, 7-minute walk), the San Diego Convention Center (0.2 mile, 5-minute walk), and Petco Park (0.5 mile, 10-minute walk).

13. Tower 23 Hotel

Contemporary boutique hotel on Pacific Beach with an on-site restaurant and ocean views from most guestrooms. Located steps to restaurants and shopping on Garnet Avenue, 2 miles (9-minute drive) from Belmont Park, and 3.7 miles (11-minute drive) to SeaWorld.

14. Hotel del Coronado

Iconic resort with many on-site restaurants, shops, and recreational activities including beach chairs and umbrellas, rental bicycles, a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a kids club. Located on Coronado Island, the property is within walking distance of numerous restaurants and accessible via car (6.6 miles, 15-minute drive) or ferry from Downtown San Diego.

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OK Divers Resort & Spa Hotel in Padangbai, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019

Review of OK Divers Resort & Spa in Bali.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – Taste of colonial splendor in a charming village.

Despite the modest moniker, this new resort oozes colonial charm with its whitewashed walls and wood-stained doors in a three-level block. The tropical feel is enhanced by the sloping palms flanking the main pool, but only rooms on the top floor can boast sea views. Each room features a lovely tiled bathroom and shares an extended balcony overlooking the main pool, but some are a little cramped inside. The location is ideal, however: facing the beachside street with its delightful cafés, and only meters from the jetty for speedboats to the Gili Islands. And the appropriately-named Colonial restaurant faces the curved bay and second pool, which is often used by the onsite diving agency.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Silayukti, the street alongside the beach in Padangbai, a quiet village on the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: Excellent position midway along the village: facing the cove, flanked by places to eat and drink, within 100m of the pier for speedboats to the Gili Islands, and walkable to the ferry terminal for Lombok.
  • How to Get There: Very few metered taxis and chartered cars will take anyone this far from the airport, so best to arrange a pickup (about 1.5 hours) through the hotel. Many people come on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by all sorts of speedboat companies. Buy tickets from agencies at either end or compare schedules and buy tickets online. (See under Local Transport later for information about shuttle buses.)
  • Handy to: Snorkeling just offshore. Pier for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Terminal for ferries to Lombok Island (9-minute walk).

OK Divers Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Primarily (but not exclusively) for divers so most guests are younger, but it does try to cater for families.
  • Beach: The resort is just across the main street from a pretty cove which is lined with fishing boats and not too practical for swimming or sunbathing. Better options are nearby (see Attractions later).
  • Views: Rooms on the ground floor face the main pool (which can get noisy), while only the suites on the top floor are likely to offer any sea views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange hotel in Padangbai.
  • Wi-Fi: Available for free throughout for guests.
  • Parking: No onsite parking available, but is adjacent to the public carpark where security cannot be guaranteed. However, think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)811 385 8830
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: okdiversresort.com

OK Divers Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: 2 pools: 1 in the front facing the street is often used by divers for training, and also available to anyone dining at the restaurant. The pool alongside the reception area is more private, exclusively for guests, and has a swim-up bar.
  • Spa: The Green Spa is modest but offers a wide array of treatments using special organic products.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at a midrange hotel of this size in Padangbai.
  • Other Facilities: Plenty of other outdoor activities offered, not just scuba-diving. Also, tours around eastern Bali can be arranged through the reception.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Facing the beachside street and alongside the second pool, The Colonial is a stylish café offering an impressive range of meals. Also popular for homemade desserts, happy hours, and daily specials. Diners from outside can use the pool.
  • Breakfast: Rates for most rooms include a decent breakfast, but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 9 pm.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Nudibranch Superior Rooms • Seahorse Deluxe Disabled Friendly Rooms • Seahorse Deluxe Rooms • Dolphin Family Rooms • Manta Sea View Suites • Mola-Mola SPA Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Strict no-smoking policy in the rooms and public areas, but OK on the balcony outside the rooms.
  • Best Room: The one-only Mola-Mola SPA Suite extends across the top floor, providing the finest views, a separate living room, and private spa.
  • For Families: On the ground floor, with close proximity to the main pool, the Dolphin Family Rooms comfortably accommodate 4. The Manta Sea View Suites are also suitable for families.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – Local Transport

  • Walking: Padangbai is just a village, so everything is within walking distance.
  • Public Transport: Padangbai is about 2km from a junction on the main road along the east coast. Decrepit minibusses stop at this junction on their way to Denpasar or Amlapura (via Candidasa). Motorbike taxis take passengers between the junction and Padangbai, or anywhere else for a negotiable fare.
  • Shuttle Bus: The island-wide operator, Perama, offers services to Ubud, Kuta, Candidasa, Amed, and Lovina. The Perama office is now inconveniently located about 500m up the main road from the ferry terminal (6-minute walk). A few locally-operated companies also offer similar services.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis operate in this part of Bali. For day trips or airport transfers, charter a car with a driver from someone on the streets, or better, through the hotel. There’s nowhere to reliably rent a car (which is not recommended anyway), but motorbikes are easy to arrange and an exhilarating way to explore the east coast.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Omang Omang Bar and Diner – About 100m up the side-street alongside the hotel. Charming, with plenty of shade, and soothing live music most nights. 2-minute walk.
  • Within 250m further up the beachside street are:
  • Baguette Bar – Hugely popular for some of Bali’s tastiest baguettes, crepes, and waffles. 1-minute walk.
  • Kerti Restaurant (0)363 41391 – Fresh seafood, traditional décor, and the finest views in the immediate area. 1-minute walk.
  • La Cabana – Chic bar/bistro with a pool for guests and a focus on Italian food. 2-minute walk.
  • Topi Inn – Justifiably popular hangout with bright décor, scrumptious food, and funky music some nights. 4-minute walk.

Shops & Markets

  • Minimarts sell basic supplies along the beachside street, but there is nothing much to buy anywhere in Padangbai. Spreading along a road up from the ferry terminal most mornings, the village market is worth a look.

Attractions

  • Padangbai is a delightful base from which to explore the east coast of Bali, including:
  • Goa Lawah (7.8km) – Impressive temple with an eerie cave choked with bats. Accessible by public transport from the junction. 12-minute drive.
  • Candidasa (13km) – Rival resort region with better facilities. Also accessible by public transport from the junction. 20-minute drive.
  • Klungkung (17km) – Regional center with impressive water palace and bustling market just across the road. 27-minute drive.
  • Snorkeling – Possible offshore at the main beach, but better at Blue Lagoon Beach, about 800m up along the beachside street. Snorkeling gear can be rented there. 7-minute walk.
  • Swimming – The main beach is scenic, but better swimming and sunbathing at Blue Lagoon Beach and the desolate Bias Tugel. The latter is about 1km from the post office (just up from the ferry terminal), via a steep road. 14-minute walk.

OK Divers Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The resort is located in scenic Padangbai.

The resort is located in the scenic village of Padangbai, on the east coast of Bali.

The resort is located at a prime beachside location.

OK Divers is superbly positioned at the start of the beachside street.

This new resort offers impressive facilities to its guests.

The resort is new and offers the most impressive facilities in the center of the village.

The hotel has 2 pools, 1 of which has a swim-up bar.

There are 2 pools: the 1 at the back, alongside the lobby, is shady, with a swim-up bar. The 1 at the front is open to restaurant guests and diving course candidates.

Colonial restaurant is good for tasty food, happy hours, and daily specials.

The stylish Colonial restaurant at the resort offers a wide menu of tasty food, happy hours, and daily specials.

The seating by the street is good for cocktails.

A few tables alongside the beachside street are a perfect place within the resort for cocktails and people-watching.

The resort features an attractive colonial theme.

The overall design is agreeable, with the sort of colonial theme very uncommon in Bali.

Rooms open to a common balcony overlooking the main pool.

Rooms face an extended balcony that overlooks the main pool.

The spacious rooms feature underwater photos.

Rooms are spacious and feature some nautical touches, such as underwater photos.

The room decor is contemporary, and includes wooden furniture.

The décor is contemporary, with plenty of attractive wooden furniture.

Baguette Bar is extremely popular for its light meals.

Immensely popular for light meals is the Baguette Bar, less than 250m along the beachside street.

La Cabana is a poolside bar and bistro.

Also along the main street and ideal for a cocktail is La Cabana, a poolside bar with a bistro further back.

Omang Omang cafe close-by offers plenty of shade.

Omang Omang is a shady café in the backstreets, only 100m from the hotel.

Kerti Restaurant has an upper floor which offers better views than other nearby eateries.

Kerti Restaurant is the only place along the beachside street with a second level offering views.

Topi Inn is popular for food, games, movie nights, and live music.

Topi Inn, at the end of the beachside street, is a popular hangout for food, games, movie nights, and live music.

The Blue Lagoon Beach is almost a kilometer away up a steep road.

About 800m up a steep road from the end of the beachside street is Blue Lagoon Beach, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling.

Once can catch the ferry to Lombok Island from the Padangbai ferry terminal.

Padangbai has ferry services to Lombok Island but the terminal is remarkably unobtrusive.

The village is known as the hub for speedboats connecting to Gili Islands.

The village is more renowned among tourists as one of the main points for speedboats to/from the Gili Islands.

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Bloo Lagoon Eco Village Hotel in Padangbai, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019

Review of Bloo Lagoon Eco Village in Bali.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Genuine eco-friendly resort offering some of the most exceptional views in Bali.

The one, two, and three-bedroom villas are tiered along cliffs, each providing jaw-dropping panoramas of the rugged coastline of eastern Bali. All villas are comfortable, if a little rustic, with a kitchen, open-air bathroom, and high thatched roof. With no proper walls, the windows, balcony, and empty spaces maximize the vistas and breezes, and they are separated and secluded behind walls and/or private gardens. The indescribable views are shared equally with the yoga deck, art gallery, spa, and restaurant, while plenty of activities are also on offer. Within a short (but steep) climb of the charming village of Padangbai, and only 300m to the Crusoe-esque Blue Lagoon beach.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Silayukti road, which extends up a steep hill from the end of the beachside street in Padangbai, a quiet village along the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: On a stunning clifftop in the tranquil northern part of the village. About 500m via a very steep road from the limited facilities in central Padangbai.
  • How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars will take anyone this far from the airport, so best to arrange a pickup (about 1.5 hours) through the hotel. Many people come on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by all sorts of speedboat companies. Buy tickets from agencies at either end or compare schedules and buy tickets online. (See under Local Transport later for information about shuttle buses.)
  • Handy to: 1,000-year-old Pura Silayukti temple. Snorkeling just offshore. Pier for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Terminal for ferries to Lombok Island.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters for all, but most guests seem to be couples and smaller groups of all ages.
  • Beach: Alongside a divine cove called Blue Lagoon Beach, with extra-white sand. Ideal for snorkeling and swimming, but be wary of waves and undertows. The beach is about 300m from the hotel entrance, via steep roads and steps.
  • Views: Almost all bungalows face the ocean for spectacular views along the northeast coast, but don’t overlook the beach.
  • Kitchen: Most villas contain a kitchen.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of eco-conscious boutique hotel (where some rooms don’t even have air-conditioning).

  • Extras: Yoga classes each morning.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: 1 or 2 free and secure parking spots available at the lobby, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)363 41211
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: bloolagoon.com

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool sparkles and features a modest waterslide.
  • Spa: The award-winning Spiral Spa Bloo is committed to the well-being and health of all guests, offering an impressive range of holistic treatments.
  • Fitness Center: None, perhaps a little surprisingly.
  • For Families: Lessons for children in kite-making and Balinese cooking.
  • Activities: Classes in yoga (free) and Indonesian cooking.
  • Other Facilities: All sorts of activities, including scuba-diving, can be arranged at reception. Blootique sells locally-made jewelry and handicrafts, as well as snorkeling gear and massage oils. Computer station. Art gallery.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Beautifully situated at a higher level offering unparalleled views of Padangbai and the east coast is the Helix 64 Restaurant and Bar. The menu is extensive and pricey (as expected), with a focus on soups and salads using organic ingredients grown onsite. Plenty of wines and desserts further enhance the enjoyment.
  • Breakfast: Healthy breakfast is included in all rates.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours – about 7 am to 9 pm.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Rooms

  • Room Types: Small Villas • Family Villas • Large Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted anywhere on the hotel grounds.
  • Best Room: All villas are exquisite, and each uniquely designed and decorated. Ask for one with air-conditioning, if required, because not all feature this (and none have a TV).
  • For Families: The Small Villas have space for at least 1 child, and often 2. Family Villas feature 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a kitchen/lounge/dining area, while the Large Villas can accommodate 6 or 7 people.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – Local Transport

  • Walking: Padangbai is just a village, so everything is within walking distance. But the hotel is up a steep road, about 500m from the limited facilities on offer.
  • Public Transport: Padangbai is about 2km from a junction on the main road along the east coast. Decrepit minibusses stop at this junction on their way to Denpasar or Amlapura (via Candidasa). Motorbike taxis take passengers between the junction and Padangbai, or anywhere else for a negotiable fare.
  • Shuttle Bus: The island-wide operator, Perama, offers services to Ubud, Kuta, Candidasa, Amed, and Lovina. The Perama office is now inconveniently located about 500m up the main road from the ferry terminal (18-minute walk). A few locally-operated companies also offer similar services.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis operate in this part of Bali. For day trips or airport transfers, charter a car with a driver from someone on the streets, or better, through the hotel. There’s nowhere to reliably rent a car (which is not recommended anyway), but motorbikes are easy to arrange and an exhilarating way to explore the east coast.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Facing the impeccable Blue Lagoon Beach, about 300m away, 2 similar warungs (food stalls) offer simple meals and unbeatable views: Warung Blue Lagoon and Warung Shanti. 6-minute walk.
  • Warung Manggane – Along the steep road to the resort, it provides simple meals and views to rival anywhere in Padangbai. 8-minute walk.
  • Topi Inn – Justifiably popular hangout with bright décor, scrumptious food, and live music some nights. About 300m away, where the beachside street heads upwards to the resort. 8-minute walk.
  • Kerti Restaurant (0)363 41391 – Best along the beachside street, if only for the elevated position offering superior views. Not far past the Topi Inn. 10-minute walk.

Shops & Markets

  • Minimarts sell basic supplies along the beachside street, but there is nothing much to buy anywhere in Padangbai. Spreading along a road up from the ferry terminal most mornings, the village market is worth a look.

Attractions

  • Padangbai is a delightful base from which to explore the east coast of Bali, including:
  • Goa Lawah (8.7km) – Impressive temple with an eerie cave choked with bats. Accessible by public transport from the junction. 18-minute drive.
  • Candidasa (13km) – Rival resort region with better facilities. Also accessible by public transport from the junction. 25-minute drive.
  • Klungkung (17km) – Regional center with impressive water palace and bustling market just across the road. 35-minute drive.
  • Snorkeling – Excellent at Blue Lagoon Beach, but be wary of waves and undertows. Snorkeling gear can be rented there.
  • Swimming – The main beach is scenic, but better swimming and sunbathing at Blue Lagoon Beach and the desolate Bias Tugel. The latter is about 1km from the post office (just up from the ferry terminal), via a steep road. 9-minute drive.

Bloo Lagoon Eco Village – The Hotel

The resort is located in the delightful village of Padangbai.

The resort is above the northern end of Padangbai, a delightful village along the east coast of Bali.

The resort's access road is very steep.

The access road from the end of the beachside street is about 300m long and quite steep.

Padangbai views from the road to the resort are lovely.

Views of Padangbai from along the road to the resort (and to the nearby temple on the other headland) are lovely.

The Blue Lagoon Beach is accessible via steep roads and steps.

The resort is (almost) named after the exquisite Blue Lagoon Beach, which seems very close but is 300m away via steep roads and steps.

The large pool is inviting and has a waterslide.

The pool at the resort is inviting – more than large enough for the limited number of guests – and features a small waterslide.

The resort spa offers an excellent range of treatments.

The Spiral Spa Bloo offers an impressive range of treatments.

The Helix 64 Restaurant and Bar offers some of the best views in the region.

The Helix 64 Restaurant and Bar provides some of the finest views anywhere in the region.

The bar and restaurant have a good selection of food and drinks.

The menu at the restaurant is extensive and the bar well stocked.

The lobby features computers, bulletin board, and travel information.

The lobby area on an upper floor provides travel information, computer access, and a bulletin board.

The villas are located in gardens containing fish-filled ponds.

Villas are dotted around gardens with ponds of fish and lilies.

All villas offer great views of the ocean.

Almost all villas provide sublime views of the ocean and northeast coast.

The resort offers panoramic ocean views from throughout the property.

Superb views are possible in all directions from just about anywhere within the resort.

The villa furnishing is simple but comfortable.

Furnishings are understated but certainly comfortable enough.

Only some of the spacious villas have air-conditioning.

All villas are spacious but not all have air-conditioning, and none have a TV.

Some villas have outdoor bathrooms with great views.

Some villas boast an outdoor bathroom – also with exceptional views.

The large villa windows let in plenty of light and air.

Villas feature as many full-length windows as possible for maximum views and light, but also for breezes because some villas have no air-conditioning.

Topi Inn close by is arguably the best eatery in Padangabi.

The best place to eat in Padangabi is the Topi Inn, about 300m down from the resort.

Warung Blue Lagoon is popular for its simple meals with amazing views.

Warung Blue Lagoon offers basic furniture, simple meals, and awe-inspiring views.

Warung Shanti at the Blue Lagoon Beach offers fantastic views as well.

The only other warung (food stall) at Blue Lagoon Beach, about 300m from the resort, Warung Shanti boasts an equally unbeatable position.

Warung Manggane nearby offers affordable meals with fantastic views.

About 200m down the steep access road from the resort, Warung Manggane provides simple meals at inexpensive prices, and views to rival any posh café in the region.

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Grace Hotel Santorini in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019

The infinity pool and volcano view at Grace Santorini Resort in Greece. Grace is the most popular hotel for visitors from the United Kingdom and USA.

The view of the caldera from the pool at Grace Santorini Hotel – The best luxury hotel in Santorini.

Grace Hotel Santorini – Elegant hotel with an award-winning restaurant and champagne lounge, well-appointed rooms, and breathtaking views from the largest infinity pool in the caldera.
 
A sophisticated hotel offering bespoke experiences, Grace customizes guests’ amenities to taste, from room scent to pillow type, plus guests personally meet the chef to go over food preferences. Many suites include private, heated plunge pools, while all offer special perks, such as iPads, flat irons, and twice daily maid service, including turndown service with different goodies every night. Dining and drinks are incredible every day, whether at the restaurant, champagne lounge, or poolside. Expansive caldera views are available throughout the hotel, with Skaros Rock front and center, and looking out to Akrotiri, the volcanoes, Thirassia Island, and Oia.
 

Grace Hotel Santorini – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in the heart of Imerovigli village, with amazing dining and attractions all within a couple of minutes from the hotel. Imerovigli sits at the highest elevation on the caldera, and the views are stellar throughout the hotel and from most of the restaurants here.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in the center of Imerovigli village, 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 Imerovigli – the entire trip from port or airport to Imerovigli will take around an hour). The bus stop is just 8 minutes away on foot, and the walk from there to the hotel is mostly flat or downhill, 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 Grace Hotel should be about €20, and a taxi from the ferry port to Grace Hotel should be about €20 too. There will be a small surcharge for luggage, or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there is free parking in front of the hotel (often full), near the Imerovigli Basketball Court, and near Sunbird Rent-A-Car. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple times to find a spot.
  • Handy to: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Anastasi Church (4-minute walk), Skaros Rock (8-minute walk).

Map of Grace Santorini Hotel

Map of Grace Santorini Hotel in Imerovigli.

Grace Hotel Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: This is an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 14 years old to stay here, with the exception of the villa, which is for all ages. Guests tend to be couples on a romantic getaway.
  • 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 is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (15-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor, and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (12-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 4.8 km drive to the north end, or 7.2 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Exceptional caldera and sunset views throughout the hotel, centered on Skaros Rock.
  • Kitchen: The villa includes a fully-equipped and stocked kitchen with a private chef available on request.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Most rooms, suites, and the villa have private, heated, outdoor plunge pools. Those include the Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool, Junior Suite with Plunge Pool, Honeymoon Suite, Superior Suite, and VIP Suite. The VIP Suite has the largest terrace, while the Grace Suite has a second, indoor plunge pool and steam room. The Villa features an indoor jacuzzi and steam room in addition to its outdoor, heated swimming pool, larger than the plunge pools at the suites.
  • Parking: There is free parking in front of the hotel, which is often full. The main parking area in Imerovigli is near the Basketball Court, and there is a small lot near Sunbird Rent-A-Car; both of these are free lots. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple of times to find a spot.
  • Extras: Everlasting memories (Polaroid photo on arrival, and a memory box to keep Santorini mementos), weddings and events, complimentary yoga and pilates classes, personalized in-room amenities [pillow menu, fragrance selection, food preferences, monogrammed robes (for additional fee)], complimentary yoga and pilates classes, twice daily maid service, different turndown service nightly (chocolates and brandy, popcorn and movies, tea and delicacies, etc.), 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service.
  • When to Book: The hotel is open from mid-April to November 1. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during 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 22860 21300
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: gracehotels.com
  • Video: Hotel Review of Grace

Grace Hotel Santorini – Amenities

  • Pool: The largest infinity pool in the caldera, with gorgeous views of Skaros Rock, Thirassia, the volcano, and of each tip of the island itself.
  • Spa: No spa, but in-room spa treatments are available.
  • Fitness Center: Small but well-equipped gym with cardio machines, free weights, and state-of-the-art cable machines. Complimentary yoga and pilates classes are available daily.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. Many of the smaller suites have loft bedrooms. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: This is mostly an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 14 years old to stay in the rooms and suites, though The Villa is available for guests of all ages. It is not recommended for very young children due to the number of stairs in the hotel.
  • Activities: Grace offers exclusive Bespoke Experiences that center on wellness, wine, photography, culture, and caldera cruises. Additionally, their dedicated team of concierges can arrange private helicopter tours, island excursions, dive tours, and much more.
  • Other Facilities: Chapel, boutique, wedding, and event spaces.

Grace Hotel Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Santoro is Grace’s signature restaurant. Winner of Greece’s prestigious Golden Cup Award, Santoro is open all day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the main restaurant, and for snacks and cocktails at their pool bar. The menu features inspired Mediterranean flavors, which can all be customized to suit each guest’s palate. The atmosphere during lunch or at the pool bar is casual, while dinner service is an elegant fine dining experience. The restaurant is open to the public, so it is best to make reservations to get a table with the best view, especially if traveling during the high season. Lunch is served until 6:30 p.m., and dinner is served until 11:00 p.m. • $$$$.
  • Lounge/Bar: 363 Champagne Lounge has recently been named the Best Hotel Bar in Europe, and is an especially popular spot for sunset cocktails. With a wide array of bubbles, local wines, and superb cocktails, this lounge is a favorite of guests and locals alike. Do not miss their signature Grace Cocktail. Open from 4:00 p.m. until midnight.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served every morning at Santoro from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast is a decadent 5-course affair featuring local products and superior recipes. The set menu changes every day, and can be tailored to guests’ preferences. Guests may order something entirely different than the set meal, if they prefer, at no additional charge.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Grace Hotel Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Room • Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool • Junior Suite • Junior Suite with Plunge Pool • Honeymoon Suite • Superior Suite • VIP Suite • Grace Suite • The Villa
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Grace Suite is the highest suite category, perfect for couples. It is the most private of their suites and features an outdoor plunge pool with panoramic caldera views, and an indoor plunge pool with sunset views. The suite features a king-sized bed, an open-plan layout, a steam room, and a 2-person shower.
  • For Families: Most rooms and suites at Grace are for adults only (ages 14 and up). The one exception is their luxurious Villa, which is open to guests of all ages. The Villa can be arranged as a 1 or 2-bedroom unit, and features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, 2-level sun terraces, an outdoor fireplace, and gazebo, with panoramic caldera views throughout. It also boasts its own private spa with an indoor jacuzzi, steam room, and treatment room as well as a fully-equipped, fully-stocked kitchen with an optional private chef.

Grace Hotel Santorini – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the center of Imerovigli, above the caldera, and on the Oia-Fira hiking trail, with the village’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions just a few meters away. Easy access to all dining and attractions in Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in Fira, just a 31-minute walk south.
  • Bus: The nearest bus is in Imerovigli village, near Sunbird car rental and Posidonia Tavern, an 8-minute walk from the hotel. 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 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) 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, all the way down in Fira, so not very practical to walk or bus to. Plus, 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 them meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Imerovigli to Fira is roughly €10, and from Imerovigli to the airport or port is around €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.

 

Grace Hotel Santorini – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • The Athenian House: Elegant fine dining with spectacular sunset views. Contemporary and imaginative Greek dishes incorporate modern gastronomic techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Most of all, they’re delicious. 3-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 8-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 9-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 9-minute walk.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 10-minute walk.
  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 26-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but they’re cheap and they deliver (cash only for deliveries). 9-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb and the sunset views are gorgeous. 17-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Pegasus Boutique: Next to the hotel of the same name, this little boutique offers clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories by Greek designers. 9-minute walk.
  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 12-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. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 33 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock either way.
  • Agios Georgios Church: Small white church on a platform over the caldera, marking the start of the trail to Skaros Rock. Gorgeous, panoramic views from here. 3-minute walk.
  • Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots. 4-minute walk.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 9-minute walk or 3-minute drive.
  • 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. 8-minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Jimmy’s Market Cava: Market and deli with a great selection (especially the wines) plus great coffee and breakfast sandwiches (more consistent and better quality breakfasts than Hlios, but they don’t deliver). 9-minute walk.
  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area, and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 9-minute walk.

Grace Santorini – The Hotel

Grace Hotel is arranged vertically over 7 levels.

Outside Grace Santorini, facing southwest toward the volcanoes and Akrotiri at the far tip of Santorini. Grace is arranged vertically over several levels as seen here, down the side of the caldera.

The 7-level staircase offers great views of the caldera.

The stairs at the entrance connect all of the floors. Like most hotels in the caldera, there is no elevator. This view faces east toward Skaros Rock and Thirassia Island.

The hotel offers amazing views of Skaros Rock and the caldera.

View of Skaros Rock from the bottom floor of Grace Santorini, with the volcanoes and Thirassia Island in the back. The trail to Skaros passes by the lower level of the hotel. There is one Junior Suite at the lower level nearest to the trail, making it the least private room onsite, but with a truly spectacular view regardless.

The chapel is reserved for Greek Orthodox weddings.

The chapel is near here, reserved for Greek Orthodox weddings.

Santoro Restaurant has a cozy and modern interior seating area.

Santoro Restaurant sits on a higher level. This is the interior seating area.

Lunch and dinner are well-presented with amazing flavors.

Lunch here is more casual than dinner, but still well-presented with extraordinary flavors.

The pool and dining areas offer fantastic caldera views.

Santoro’s outdoor dining terrace is one floor down from the infinity pool, and offers sweeping caldera views.

The hotel's infinity pool is the largest in the caldera.

Grace’s infinity pool is the largest in the caldera.

The main pool and adjoining pool bar are usually not crowded.

There are plenty of sun loungers around the unheated pool. Since most suites have private pools, the main pool is usually quiet. In the back right, the Pool Bar (run by Santoro) is visible. Oia village is in the center (all the white buildings), and Thirassia Island is partially visible on the left.

Award-winning 363 Champagne Lounge offers stellar cocktails, champagne, and wine.

Another floor up is the award-winning 363 Champagne Lounge, with stellar cocktails and an extensive menu of champagne and wine.

363 Champagne Lounge's outdoor terrace is very popular during sunset.

The bar’s outdoor terrace is the most popular seating area for sunset views.

All accommodations offer special touches like a memory box.

The rooms, suites, and villa offer bespoke amenities and special touches. Each room comes with a memory box to store mementos of Santorini, and create everlasting memories.

The mini-bars are well-stocked.

The mini-bars are well-stocked with local, Santorinian products.

The Superior Suite's decor is understated and elegant.

This is a Superior Suite. Like the rest of the hotel, the décor is understated and elegant.

The mid-range suite features a king bed.

This is one of the mid-range suites. Like all rooms and suites, it features a king-sized bed.

All Superior Suites are unique, and built as per the geography.

The suite features traditional, Cycladic design, such as its rounded ceiling. All rooms are unique, and built to suite the caldera’s unique geography.

The marble bathroom is very spacious.

The marble bathroom features a spacious vanity and a glass shower.

The suite's terrace has a plunge pool and al fresco dining area.

The Superior Suite’s terrace features a plunge pool and an al fresco dining table for 2.

The plunge pool offers excellent caldera views.

The plunge pool overlooks the caldera, and boasts gorgeous, panoramic views.

The Superior Suite's terrace offers caldera views all the way to Oia.

View towards Oia from the Superior Suite’s terrace.

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The Suites, Location, and View at Santorini Grace Hotel

Pool and Restaurant with view of caldera and Therassia in Santorini.

The view from Santorini Grace looking west towards Skaros Rock and Thirassia (the island in the distance). To the north (right) is Oia at the tip of Santorini.

Suite with Caldera View at Grace Santorini.

All rooms have been refurbished for summer of 2016. This is a Junior Suite.

Beautifully decorated room at Grace Santorini.

The bed in the Junior Suite.

Huge luxurious bathroom on Santorini.

Large beautiful bathrooms.

Private pool, private patio, and view of caldera at Grace Santorini in Imerovigli.

Private deck with views of the caldera, sunset, and Oia in the distance.

Private pool at Santorini Grace Hotel.

The plunge pools are exactly what they sound like: small pools but not hot tubs.

Private pools at Grace Santorini suites.

Two neighboring suites at Grace Santorini. Like most Santorini hotels along the caldera there’s some privacy but don’t be expecting total seclusion.

View of Skaros Rock and Volcano from Grace Santorini.

View from a private deck.

Suite with private pool and views of volcano and caldera.

The view of Skaros Rock from inside a suite with private plunge pool on the deck. The Deluxe Double Room with Plunge Pool is the cheapest room with a private pool. If cost isn’t a concern then splurge on the Grace One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool. Photo: flickr/JohnM

Deluxe room at Grace Santorini.

Beds in Greece are often hard and uncomfortable (for most, I actually love hard beds). But not at Grace, where the beds are super comfy.

Pillow Menu at Santorini Grace Hotel in Imerovigli.

Pillow Menu – Oh yeah!

Private villa with pool and lots of privacy.

The private villa at Grace Santorini. Attached to the hotel but just set off on its own a little bit. Private pool and jacuzzi, private spa (with steam bath), full kitchen, and 2 bedrooms each with king beds. Grace is adults-only but all ages are allowed in the villa.

Steps down to Grace Santorini from Imerovigli town.

Grace does have a lot of stairs (over 200 from most rooms to the town square up above). Hotel staff will help with luggage. If you need a luxury hotel with an elevator (but still great views) look at Canaves and Katikies in Oia.

Pool and restaurant with caldera view at Grace Santorini.

The pool, bar, and restaurants with more seating inside. (Oia is visible in the distance.) It’s open to non-guests and has tables spread around the huge pool with wonderful views of the caldera and sunset.

Bar at Grace Santorini luxury hotel.

The brand new lounge/bar at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Honeymoon Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Grace Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Junior Suite with Private Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Junior Suite (no pool) at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Private Villa at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Superior Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of VIP Suite at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.

Room Layout and Dimensions at Grace Santorini.

Layout of Deluxe Room (no pool) at Santorini Grace. The least expensive room at Grace but still beautiful with great views.

Steps down cliff to Grace Santorini, pool, and Skaros Rock.

The stairs in front of Grace leading to Skaros Rock.

Church for wedding photos near Santorini Grace

At the end of those stairs you encounter this little church which is very popular for wedding photos.

View of volcano, Skaros Rock, and Thirassia from Grace Santorini.

View looking out at Skaros Rock. Little church is just to the right.

View of Grace Santorini from above.

Grace from above. Hotels in Imerovigli have the best sunset views on Santorini. It does change depending on the time of year but generally the sun will set in the gap between Thirassia (on the left) and Oia (on the right). While Oia is known for its sunsets very few hotels there have sunset views. The white buildings visible on the tip are actually looking back into the caldera and do not get a direct view of the sun setting into the sea.

View of Santorini Grace swimming pool with caldera in background.

View of Grace from the south (looking north towards Oia). If you look closely you can see the stairs that lead past Grace and towards the little church.

Luxury hotels near Grace Santorini.

Similar view as above but here you can see the pools at Tholos (bottom) and Astra (top) just beyond Grace.

View of Oia from Grace Santorini.

Similar view but a little farther north and the entrance to Grace just ahead (the small set of stairs). This is the footpath that runs from Fira to Imerovigli and then on to Oia. Astra, Tholos, Kapari, and Sophia Suites are all in the clump of buildings visible. Annio Furnished Flats is the white complex with dark blue trim just to the right.

View of caldera and path towards Oia from Grace Santorini.

Continue walking on the path and in 10 minutes you’re out of Imerovigli and walking north to Oia.Visible ahead are the hotels West East Suites, Rocabella Hotel & Spa, and Santorini Princess. You can then see a hill and then another clump of white buildings – these are San Antonio Suites and Aenaon Villas.

View of Imerovigli and Grace Santorini from the north.

The view looking back towards Skaros Rock and Imerovigli from (roughly) the hill I mention above.

View of caldera from Oia

That path leads all the way to Oia (walking it is one of the highlights of a trip to Santorini). Here’s a view from Oia looking back at Imerovigli. You can just make out Skaros Rock.

View of Imerovigli and caldera from Firostefani.

Now let’s go south from Imerovigli. Here’s a view of Skaros Rock from Firostefani – the closest village to Imerovigli as you go south and about a 10 minute walk from Grace. Part of the volcano is visible to the left. Thirassia island is in the center of the photo and Oia a bit to the right.

View of Imerovigli from Belvedere and Homeric Poems hotels in Firostefani.

A little farther south. The View of Imerovigli from the Belvedere and Homeric Poems hotels in Firostefani.

View of Skaros Rock from Fira.

And then a little farther south. This is in the stretch between Firostefani and Fira. This is the same footpath that will eventually pass Grace and lead to Oia.

View of Imerovigli from Fira.

A 20 minute walk south of Imerovigli and you get to Fira, the largest town on Santorini. Imerovigli and Skaros Rock are visible as is Oia in the far distance (to the left).

Good restaurants near Santorini Grace.

A restaurant in Fira looking directly out on the volcano. Fira has the most nightlife and places to eat on Santorini.

Best restaurant near Grace Santorini: Mezzo Restaurant in Imerovigli.

But while Imerovigli doesn’t have a lot of restaurants (only 8 to 12 depending what you include) they are all good and many are great. This is Mezzo, my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli and just up the steps from Grace. (You can see the Grace swimming pool down below.)

Good restaurant near Grace Santorini.

Avocado restaurant in Imerovigli. It’s up in the main part of Imerovigli and doesn’t have views, but the food is absolutely incredible. Avocado is open for lunch and dinner whereas Mezzo is only dinner.

View of Grace Santorini from Kapari.

Kapari Hotel also has a great restaurant (specializing in local food). You can see the pool at the Grace private villa in the distance.

View of Grace Santorini from Sophia Suites.

The view of the volcano from the private jacuzzi (honeymoon suite) at Sophia Suites. Once again, the pool at the Grace private villa is visible.

Luxury hotel just as good as Grace Santorini.

Astra Suites is almost as luxurious as Grace. A good alternative if Grace is fully booked (which often happens).

Good hotel cheaper than Grace Santorini.

Tholos Resort – wonderful hotel with great views. Not as expensive as Grace or Astra.

Great hotel near Grace Santorini.

Absolute Bliss has incredible views (and perhaps the best sunset views on Santorini). The private patios have more privacy than many units at Grace or Astra. That said, it does lack some of the magic and character of the other hotels. The owners are super-friendly and helpful.

Best budget hotel with caldera view in Imerovigli.

Need a less expensive hotel? Kasimatis Suites is not as luxurious but has some large suites, wonderful views, and a nice pool. It’s also one of the more kid-friendly places in Imerovigli (those are my 2 boys getting ready to jump in the pool.) Oia is visible to the right. Thirassia to the left. Kasimatis is a good option for last minute bookings.

View of Santorini Grace from Imerovigli.

One final look at Grace, Skaros Rock, the volcano, and the far southern tip of Santorini (and the village of Akrotiri) in the far distance.

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Lunch menu at Grace Santorini Restaurant.

Lunch menu at Grace Santorini.

Dinner menu at Grace Santorini

Dinner menu at Grace Santorini.

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The Watergarden Hotel and Spa in Candidasa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019

Review of The Watergarden Hotel & Spa in Bali.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – Beautiful bungalows among gorgeous gardens offering serenity, yet so convenient.

A meandering mossy path from the main road leads up into the hills where a small number of bungalows offer remarkable tranquility under the dramatic backdrop of Mt Agung. With bubbling fountains and trickling water drowning out the traffic, genuine seclusion and privacy are created by thickets of flowers and shrubs rather than brick walls. Each bungalow is separate, secluded, and designed to face elegant private gardens and ponds full of goldfish and lilies. They are all bright and airy, with plenty of windows offering all-around garden views. The attached café is classy but along the noisy road, while the pool is small but inviting. The entrance is along the main drag and barely 100m from the sea.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Raya Candidasa, the main road through Candidasa, a quiet resort region along the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: In the western part of Candidasa. On the opposite side of the road from the shoreline, but very few hotels offer any semblance of a beach anyway. Surrounded by places to shop, eat, and drink, and handy to transport.
  • How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 2 hours) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See under Local Transport later about tourist shuttle buses.
  • Handy to: Scuba-diving agencies. Snorkeling spots. Perama shuttle bus office.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: The overall vibe is ‘romantic getaway’, so ideal for honeymooners.
  • Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. The hotel does not face the sea, but simply walk 100m down the lane to the Puri Pandan restaurant (almost across the road from the hotel), where calm waters and a patch of decent public beach awaits.
  • Views: All villas are secluded behind walls, fences, or dense foliage, with views of fish-filled ponds and lush private gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The single Kul Kul suite features a private pool.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: A few free and secure spots on-site. Arrange this when booking. But think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)363 41540
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: watergardenhotel.com

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is pleasant and shady. Seems a little undersized, but there are few guests.
  • Spa: Inside one of the lovely villas facing a pond packed with fish, the Orchid Spa offers massages, scrubs, facials, and waxing.
  • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided in a boutique hotel like this in Candidasa.
  • Facilities: Boutique/souvenir shop.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: The classy Watergarden Kafé is alongside the road (so noisy), but nicely designed with ponds and cushioned alcoves. The menu is extensive and the happy hours and daily specials are generous as it competes with elegant rivals nearby.
  • Breakfast: Included in most rates, but check when booking. The a la carte breakfast is served in the lovely café.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours of 7 am to 8 pm.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Bungalows • Super Deluxe Bungalows • Kul Kul Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted anywhere on the grounds.
  • Best Room: The one-off Kul Kul Suite features a wonderful traditional design, and is very romantic and serene. With 2 bedrooms, each with an attached bathroom, in separate buildings facing the private pool.
  • For Families: The only option is the 2-bedroom Kul Kul Suite, but the hotel is not family-focused.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The main road through Candidasa is only 1km long and an easy walk. The road is flat and reasonably wide (but very busy), so bicycles are a good option. Ask the hotel about rental.
  • Public Transport: Long-distance minibusses career along the road between Amlapura and Denpasar (via the turnoff to Padangbai), but not really needed in the local area.
  • Shuttle Bus: The main island-wide operator, Perama, offers several services daily to Kuta, Ubud, and Lovina, all via Padangbai. The office is conveniently only 250m west along the road. 3-minute walk.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis in this area, so charter a car with a driver from someone along the main road, or better, through the hotel. Renting a car is possible from local agencies (but not recommended anywhere in Bali), while motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the east coast.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • There are several places within 200m west along the main road:
  • Refresh Family Restaurant – Cute restaurant, with vegetarian options and a playground. 1-minute walk.
  • La Rouge Bar & Restaurant – Family-friendly restaurant with an open-air kitchen, serving a variety of cuisines. 2-minute walk.
  • Le 48 – Classy bistro facing the lagoon, about 700m further east. 9-minute walk.
  • But it’s far nicer to dine somewhere distant from the traffic and facing the sea.
  • Puri Pandan – Virtually opposite the hotel entrance, and the finest seaside setting in Candidasa. Steps lead to a pocket of sand and calm waters. For seafood, grills, and even frogs’ legs. 2-minute walk.
  • Le Zat Beach Restaurant – Means ‘delicious’ (as one word), which describes the seafood and location. About 150m west of the hotel, at Ashyana Candidasa Beach Resort. 2-minute walk.
  • Pondok Bambu – Idyllic beachside position and great service. Nibble on pork ribs while watching waves smash distant breakwaters. About 300m past the Puri Pandan. 4-minute walk.

Shops

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

Attractions

  • Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
  • Tenganan (5km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful. 11-minute drive.
  • Pasir Putih (9km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village. 21-minute drive.
  • Padangbai (12.6km) – With a scenic cove, more renowned as the terminal for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Accessible by public minibus, shuttle bus, and/or motorbike taxi. 21-minute drive.
  • Tirtagangga (17km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus. 30-minute drive.

The Watergarden Hotel & Spa – The Hotel

The hotel is located on the main road of Candidasa.

The hotel and attached café are along the main road through Candidasa on the east coast of Bali.

The resort is located at the foothills of the Agung mountain.

The resort is among lovely gardens in the foothills of the mighty Agung mountain.

The resort is dotted with fish ponds.

All over the resort are ponds filled with fish and lilies.

There is plenty of seating around the pool.

Alongside the pool is a pleasant sitting area.

Watergarden Kafe by the main road is busy but welcoming.

Attached to the hotel, the Watergarden Kafe is along the main road, so a little busy but very welcoming.

The cafe serves a better menu than other eateries around.

The café offers a more imaginative menu than most rivals nearby.

The on-site boutique sells a wide range of souvenirs.

A small boutique on-site offers a fascinating array of souvenirs.

One of the villas houses the spa, which offers a range of treatments and massages at reasonable prices.

The Kul Kul Suite has a private pool.

The solitary Kul Kul Suite features a private pool.

The beautiful suite is surrounded by a fence.

The Kul Kul Suite is beautifully presented and secluded behind a fence.

The delightful Kul Kul Suite has a Balinese decor.

The suite contains a delightful Balinese décor.

The Kul Kul Suite bathroom is partly open-air.

The bathroom in the Kul Kul Suite is exquisite.

The spacious bungalows are very comfortable.

All bungalows are spacious and very comfortable.

Bungalows have big windows that open onto private gardens.

Each bungalow features plenty of windows, all facing private gardens.

Refresh Family Restaurant serves healthy food and drinks.

The main road near the hotel is dotted with wonderful eateries, including Refresh Family Restaurant, which specializes in healthy food and drinks.

Le Zat restaurant is within walking distance.

Le Zat is one of a few seaside restaurants within a 3-minute walk of the hotel.

Pondok Bambu nearby has an excellent sea-facing setting.

Another enticing café/bar facing the ocean and close to the Watergarden is Pondok Bambu.

Puri Pandan restaurant opposite the hotel is an excellent seaside bistro.

Puri Pandan restaurant is the finest of the seaside bistros in Candidasa, and virtually opposite the entrance to the hotel.

Classy Le 48 cafe faces the lagoon.

Along the other end of Candidasa, about 800m away, is the lagoon. Facing it is the classy Le 48 café.

Puri Candidasa temple is located opposite the lagoon.

Opposite the lagoon is the Puri Candidasa temple.

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Bali Seascape Beach Club Hotel in Candidasa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019

Review of Bali Seascape Beach Club in Bali.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – Affordable and convenient resort catering for families.

With its low-key but welcoming beach club vibe, this place offers a range of rooms, apartments, and villas in a tranquil setting a short walk from the main road with its numerous cafés and shops. The all-around views of the hills, coastline, and islands offshore from the pool and upstairs rooms are superb, while a breakwater creates a tiny beach with safe and sheltered swimming. Rooms are comfortable and functional, and the units (apartments) offer a separate lounge/dining area and kitchenette, and enough space for two or more children. All accommodation is huddled together, however, so rooms could be noisy, but plenty of interesting activities are offered for families.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – The Location

  • Formerly known as the Bali Shangrila.
  • Address: Jalan Pantai Indah road, Candidasa, on the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: Faces the coast in a tranquil area. Along a quiet laneway that starts where the main road heads inland, but only 200m from the facilities and transport along the main road in Candidasa.
  • How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 2 hours) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See under Local Transport later about tourist shuttle buses.
  • Handy to: Dive agency onsite. Snorkeling spots just offshore.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – The Basics

  • Guests: Focuses on families. Others may resent the noise from youngsters and guests attending the beach club during the day.
  • Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. Unusually, there is a patch of sand in front of the hotel, with calm water for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Views: A few rooms, especially those on the upper floor, offer decent views of the sea, but most overlook the pool, which can get noisy.
  • Kitchen: The units (apartments) contain a kitchenette with limited facilities.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange resort in Candidasa.
  • Extras: DVD rental. Free shuttle service within Candidasa.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout for all guests.
  • Phone: (0)363 41829
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: baliseascapebeachclub.com

Bali Seascape Beach Club – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool can get crowded at times because it’s also a beach club attracting outside guests, and anyone eating at the restaurant can also use the pool. Includes a small area for children.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not really expected, nor provided, at this sort of midrange resort in Candidasa.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Other Facilities: Shangrila Scuba Divers. Tours arranged through the front desk. Library.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Alongside the pool, the airy Rathbone’s Bar and Restaurant offers a range of Indonesian and other meals, including weekly barbeques with seafood or a pig on a spit. Live music, happy hours, and cooking classes add to the appeal.
  • Breakfast: Not normally included, but can be paid for as an extra.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of 7 am to 9 pm.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – Rooms

  • Room Types: Units (with 1 or 2 bedrooms) • Studios • Rooms • Luxury Penthouse Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The one-off Luxury Penthouse Suite offers far more space and optimal views of the sea.
  • For Families: Various options: the 1-bedroom units can sleep up to 4, while those with 2 bedrooms can accommodate up to 6. Studios can also squeeze in an extra single bed.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The main road through Candidasa is only 1km long and an easy walk. The road is flat and reasonably wide (but very busy), so bicycles are a good option. Ask the hotel about rental.
  • Public Transport: Long-distance minibusses career along the road between Amlapura and Denpasar (via the turnoff to Padangbai), but not really needed in the local area.
  • Shuttle Bus: The main island-wide operator, Perama, offers several services daily to Kuta, Ubud, and Lovina, all via Padangbai. The office is at the far western end of the main road, 1.3km away. 16-minute walk.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis in this area, so charter a car with a driver from someone along the main road, or better, through the hotel. Renting a car is possible from local agencies (but not recommended anywhere in Bali), while motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the east coast.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Along the laneway are several great options, including:
  • Warung Candidasa Moka – Popular for coffee, ribs, and cakes, as well as unfussy service, air-conditioning, and affordable meals. Opposite the Discovery resort, 100m back towards Candidasa. 2-minute walk.
  • Ganesha – Fascinating décor, set-priced menus, and numerous wines and homemade desserts. Daily specials add to the attraction. About 200m further along the laneway. 5-minute walk.
  • Where the laneway meets the main road, only 200m from the hotel entrance, are:
  • Vincent’s – Dedicated to Van Gogh, and featuring live jazz, lounge chairs, and quieter tables in a garden. 5-minute walk.
  • Warung Astawa (0)363 41363 – Opposite Vincent’s for duck, seafood platters, and set-priced menus of Balinese food, all at pleasingly low prices. 5-minute walk.
  • Dewata Agung – More traditional décor than others. Great for seafood, people-watching, and happy hours. Almost next to Vincent’s. 6-minute walk.

Shops

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

Attractions

  • Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
  • Tenganan (6km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful. 14-minute drive.
  • Pasir Putih (8.4km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village. 21-minute drive.
  • Padangbai (13.7km) – With a scenic cove, more renowned as the terminal for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Accessible by public minibus, shuttle bus, and/or motorbike taxi. 25-minute drive.
  • Tirtagangga (16.6km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus. 30-minute drive.

Bali Seascape Beach Club – The Hotel

The resort is located in a quiet neighborhood of east Candidasa.

The resort is only 200m along a quiet laneway in the eastern end of Candidasa, on the east coast of Bali.

The resort is open to the public as it is also a beach club.

The resort is also a beach club, open to the public, so can get busy at times.

The friendly resort lobby has books, DVDs, and newspapers.

The lobby area is welcoming, offering books and DVDs for free rental, as well as daily English-language newspapers.

There is a Shangrila Scuba Divers center on-site.

The Shangrila Scuba Divers center is on-site.

The resort bar is very popular.

The bar between the lobby and pool is a popular hangout for expats and guests.

The resort's pool-side Rathbone's restaurant is pleasant.

Rathbone’s is a pleasant restaurant alongside the hotel pool.

The resort has a rare sandy beach with calm waters.

There is more sand in front of the Seascape than most other resorts n Candidasa, with the calm water protected by a reef and breakwater.

The raised walkway offers good views of the sea and distant mountains.

Views from the raised walkway include the distant mountains and islets just offshore.

The raised sandy lounge area offers great views.

The raised area of sand and grass at the hotel offers superb vistas and welcome breezes.

The 1 or 2-level room blocks mostly face the pool.

Rooms are in 1 or 2-level blocks that mostly face the pool.

Ground floor rooms have a small porch with some furniture.

Rooms on the ground level feature a small porch.

Rooms feature traditional furniture and simple design.

Rooms are comfortable, with a mix of traditional-style furniture and contemporary art.

Units feature a small kitchenette with bare necessities.

Units feature a corner kitchenette, but facilities are limited.

Some family-friendly units feature a huge lounge area.

Some units are ideal for families, with a huge lounge area.

Dewata Agung closer to the main road is an excellent place to eat.

One of several fabulous places to eat near where the laneway to the hotel meets the main road is Dewata Agung.

Vincent's Bar & Bistro features live jazz almost every night.

Almost next door to Dewata Agung, Vincent’s is a classy bar/bistro with tables at the back and live jazz most nights.

Warung Candidasa Moka nearby is great for coffee and simple meals.

A 1-minute walk towards the main road, Warung Candidasa Moka is a fine place for coffee and simple meals at inexpensive prices.

Ganesha restaurant down the laneway offers great food and decor.

A 3-minute stroll further up the laneway, Ganesh provides fab food and a fascinating décor.

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The Best Hotels in Corfu

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 11, 2019

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10 Best Hotels in Corfu

Bella Venezia – Corfu Town

Bella Venezia Hotel in Corfu
Housed in a restored neo-Classical mansion, the Bella Venezia’s 30 rooms and one suite are simply but elegantly decorated, and feature exceptionally comfortable, orthopedically designed beds. Flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi, AC, and fridges are all standard. Public areas have a homey, European elegance, with carved wooden ceilings, marble floors, and comfortably-upholstered furnishings. A generous and locally-sourced breakfast buffet is offered in the sunny garden gazebo. The hotel is a five-minute walk from the Old Town’s many restaurants and cafés.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661046500

Cavalieri Hotel – Corfu Town

Cavalieri Hotel in Corfu Town
A classically restored 17th-Century Venetian mansion in a lovely Old-Town location overlooking the harbor. Singles, Twin, Superior, and Family rooms are offered; all with Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Some have balconies, other look out onto the narrow alleyways of the Old Town. Crowned by an internationally renowned rooftop bar & restaurant, ranked 13th in the world, with blissful views over to the fortress. Buffet breakfast included. Excellently located, a quick walk from the heart of Old Town Corfu.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661039283

Hotel Corfu Palace – Corfu Town

Garitsa Bay hotel Corfu
One of the island’s original resorts, this landmark resort hotel occupies prime Corfu real estate on Garitsa bay, a fifteen-minute stroll from the center of the Old Town. All rooms feature plasma TVs, well-stocked minibars, music, Wi-Fi, and ample marble bathrooms; all suites face the sea. Four bars and restaurants are onsite, as well as an in-house casino. Offered sporting options include tennis, croquet, golf, and cricket. Aside from location, the hotel’s best feature is its huge and beautifully landscaped sea-water swimming pool, with loungers and umbrellas on offer.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661039485

Mayor Mon Repos Palace Art Hotel – Anemomylos (near Corfu Town)

Adults-only Anemomylos resort hotel
A chic, adults-only boutique hotel 2km south of Corfu Town, overlooking a calm small harbor, windmill, and the Old Fort in horseshoe-shaped Garista Bay. The hotel combines old world and modern sensibilities, with a clubby reception area and airy guest rooms that feature fridges, Wi-Fi, tea and coffee makers; some with sea views. Downstairs there’s a lounge and in-house restaurant, and a small pool is located to the side of the hotel. In-house spa and bike rental; golf and tennis can be arranged off-site. Buffet breakfast is included in the room rate.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661032783

Corfu Mare Hotel – Kefalomantouko (near Corfu Town)

Adults-only beach resort Corfu
The Corfu Mare is a luxury, adults-only, boutique resort a 10-minute walk from the port and just 3km from Corfu Town. Seven categories of rooms (including some that are wheelchair-accessible); all airy and stylishly equipped with excellent bathrooms, balconies or terraces, Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, minibar, and tea/coffee makers. Jacuzzis are offered in superior suites. The swimming pool features a pool bar for drinks and snacks, and the Corfu Mare’s relaxing bar and restaurant uses home-grown ingredients from the hotel’s garden. There’s a well-equipped fitness center, too, with sauna and yoga classes offered.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661031011

Akrotiri Beach Hotel – Paleokastritsa

Akrotiri Beach Hotel in Corfu
The best resort in Paleokastritsa, a picturesque village on Corfu’s green west coast. All rooms have great sea views with private balconies, along with wood floors, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. The Panorama suite adds a king-size bed, separate lounge and desk area, and a huge 16 sqm balcony. Akrotiri Beach Hotel boasts an expansive bar, swimming pool, and pool bar area with stunning clifftop views; the in-house restaurant offers a daily buffet breakfast. Close to Agia Triada beach, which has a diving center and hotel-run Akron beach bar.
Hotel Phone: +30 2663041237

Corfu Palma Boutique Hotel – Dassia

Best hotel in Dassia Beach
A relaxing and welcoming oasis amid the busy Dassia beach scene. Rooms are modern and well equipped with Wi-Fi, fridges, flat-screen TVs, and large comfortable beds. Standard, superior, and family rooms, and superior suites are offered; all have balconies. Find a generous bar and restaurant area at the front of the hotel, and a palm tree-ringed pool, pool bar, and Jacuzzi in the back. The beach is a five-minute walk away, with many excellent local tavernas within walking distance.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661093941

Daphnila Bay Dassia – Dassia

Luxury resort hotel Dassia Corfu
This all-inclusive hotel sits on a hill on the Kommeno peninsula overlooking the sea. Accommodation consists of standard and family rooms, suites, villas, and bungalows. All rooms are bright and airy, with open plan and Ionian island décor style throughout. Armchairs, slim-line TVs, fridges, and very comfortable large beds are standard; more expensive rooms have balconies. Seven restaurants, four bars, and a variety of snacking choices are available onsite, as well as three adult pools, a splash pool, spa, and hammam. Located an easy 12km drive from the airport.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661090320

Kastraki Epavlis – Barbati

Luxury rental villa Corfu
Occupying four and a half acres of lush hillside 18km north of Corfu Town, this lovely and luxurious rental villa enjoys perhaps the best views in Corfu. There are four bedrooms on different levels, a large communal lounge overlooking a pool, a billiards/games room, wood oven and BBQ area, with hammocks and an outdoor Jacuzzi. It comes pre-stocked with food items, but it’s not far to local stores for additional supplies. A perfect Greek island haven for large families or groups of friends.
Owner’s Phone: +30 69732288249

Molfetta Beach Hotel – Gouvia

Family-friendly beach hotel Corfu
A friendly, family-run hotel situated on a public beach in Molfetta Bay. All rooms are compact and cozy; the one luxury suite features a Jacuzzi. Some rooms feature sea views, though Fridges, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and breakfast are standard in all. There’s a casual restaurant and cocktail bar that features live entertainment on some nights of the week, and more restaurants are within a five-minute walk back up the beach access road. The beach here is literally on your doorstep, and the surrounding area lends itself to cycling (bikes are available to rent from the hotel). Located 8.5 km north of Corfu Town.
Hotel Phone: +30 2661091915

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Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa Hotel in Candidasa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 10, 2019

Review of Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa in Bali.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – Serene and spacious, with plenty to offer families.

The Rama is one of very few large and modern resorts along the east coast but somehow manages to seem compact and personal. The lack of beach is massively compensated by the gorgeous palm-fringed pool. The expansive gardens, with immaculate lawns, swaying palms, and trickling fountains, are quiet enough to hear birds. The Superior (standard) rooms are sizeable and noteworthy for the Balinese photos and carvings, while cottages are secluded with perfect sea views as far as Lombok Island. Providing a variety of activities (often free) for families, the resort is a short but peaceful distance from the main road, although an inconvenient kilometer and a half from central Candidasa.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – The Location

  • Address: About 200m from the main road through eastern Bali: Jalan Raya Sengkidu. The turnoff alongside a petrol station is easy to miss.
  • Area: About 1.5km west of downtown Candidasa, a quiet resort region in eastern Bali. Faces the coastline (but no beach), with few facilities nearby.
  • How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 1 hour 45-minute drive) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See under Local Transport later about tourist shuttle buses.
  • Handy to: Ancient village of Tenganan.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters very well for families, as well as couples and smaller groups of all ages.
  • Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. There is no beach in front of the hotel, but a breakwater does provide a sheltered swimming area, though waves are often rough.
  • Views: Varies considerably. Superior Rooms offer views of the garden or sea, often at a distance, while many cottages provide perfect vistas of the ocean as far as the neighboring island of Lombok.
  • Kitchen: One Bedroom rooms feature a kitchenette with fairly limited facilities.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not available.

  • Extras: Shuttle bus service to the main road in Candidasa. Ask about renting bicycles.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure places at the lobby, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)363 41974
  • Email: Send a message through the hotel website.
  • Website: ramacandidasahotel.com

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – Amenities

  • Pool: Large pool faces the sea, with palms that seem permanently reflected in the water for postcard-perfect photos. Also, a separate area for children.
  • Spa: The Rama Spa offers an array of holistic treatments, as well as classes in massages.
  • Fitness Center: Well-equipped and wonderfully located in a separate building within the vast gardens.
  • For Families: Cots.
  • Activities: More activities provided than anywhere else in eastern Bali including dance, traditional crafts, and yoga (often free), as well as scuba-diving and cooking. A wide range of interesting and engaging tours can also be arranged through the reception.
  • Other Facilities: Inviting library with lounge chairs and loads of books. Separate and sizeable Business Center.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Featuring a modern layout, the classy Garpu Restaurant seems to hover above the shoreline. Views are exquisite and the all-day cuisine equally inviting.
  • Breakfast: Often included, but this may depend on how the room is booked.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 9 pm.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Garden rooms • One Bedroom rooms • Deluxe Cottages Garden (or Ocean) View • Studios • One Bedroom Lofts
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms and public areas, but OK elsewhere.
  • Best Room: The One Bedroom rooms may only provide views of the gardens but are twice the size of the other rooms, and feature a separate living room and kitchenette.
  • For Families: The resort is family-focused, so many rooms have connecting doors, and all types of accommodation can fit in an extra single bed.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The hotel is 1.5km from central Candidasa. The road is flat and reasonably wide (but very busy), so bicycles are a good option, and can be rented from the hotel.
  • Public Transport: Long-distance minibusses career along the main road between Amlapura and Denpasar (via the turnoff to Padangbai). These are a cheap (but uncomfortable) way to travel between the resort turnoff and center of Candidasa.
  • Shuttle Bus: Perama offers several services daily to Kuta, Ubud, and Lovina, all via Padangbai. The office is at the western end of the main road through Candidasa, about 1.5km from the resort. 16-minute walk.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis in this area, so charter a car with a driver from someone along the main road, or better, through the hotel. Renting a car is possible from local agencies (but not recommended anywhere in Bali), while motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the east coast.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • A little too far to walk into Candidasa, so use the hotel shuttle service and try:
  • Watergarden Kafé – Lovely décor and wide range of better-than-average meals. 4-minute drive.
  • Le 48 – Classy bistro facing the lagoon. 5-minute drive.
  • Otherwise, within walking distance are:
  • Zen Restaurant – In the resort opposite the entrance to the Rama. For sea views and simple, affordable meals.
  • Welcome In Warung – Also opposite the entrance to the Rama. Friendly service, basic food, and inexpensive prices.
  • Lotus Bungalows – With tables facing the ocean and set way back from the traffic, the menu focuses on Italian food. About 700m towards Candidasa. 9-minute walk.
  • Loaf Café – About 900m towards Candidasa, at the junction for the road to Tenganan village. Coffee, pastries, and sandwiches. 11-minute walk.

Shops

  • Minimart right opposite the hotel entrance. The 1km-long road through Candidasa is packed with all sorts of shops, from minimarts to souvenir stalls. No malls, but enough places to satisfy most.

Attractions

  • Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
  • Tenganan (5km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful. 12-minute drive.
  • Pasir Putih (10.5km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village. 25-minute drive.
  • Padangbai (11.6km) – With a scenic cove, more renowned as the terminal for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Accessible by public minibus, shuttle bus, and/or motorbike taxi. 25-minute drive.
  • Tirtagangga (18.7km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus. 35-minute drive.

Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa – The Hotel

The area around the resort is dominated by rice fields and volcanoes.

The resort is located along the eastern part of Bali, which is dominated by rice-fields and volcanoes.

The resort is located about 1.5km west of Candidasa.

The Rama is accessible from along the main road, about 1.5km west of Candidasa.

The resort is located in a quiet neighborhood.

The resort is at the end of a 200m laneway from the main road, ensuring distance from traffic noise.

The resort sports a contemporary Balinese design.

The overall design of the resort is contemporary Balinese.

A sandy area with lounge chairs gives off a beach vibe.

A raised sandy area with lounge chairs enhances the tropical holiday vibe.

The trees offer plenty of shade all around the resort.

There is plenty of shade throughout the resort.

The resort has no beach even though it is by the sea.

Like almost all resorts in Candidasa, there is no beach in front, and here the waves are often too rough for swimming.

Massages are offered in several huts around the resort.

Massages can be organised in huts around the resort grounds.

The sophisticated Garpu Restaurant serves all meals.

Breakfast and other meals are served in the sophisticated Garpu Restaurant.

Perched above the sea, the restaurant offers great views.

The resort restaurant is almost perched above the sea, so views are excellent.

The Business Center is very spacious.

Another attraction is the extensive Business Center.

The spa offers a decent selection of treatments.

The spa at the resort offers a better-than-normal array of treatments.

The glass-encased gym has one of the best settings in Bali.

Among the extensive gardens, the gym provides one of the finest settings anywhere in Bali.

The hotels has abundant lawns with plenty of foliage and shade.

A vast area within the resort features shady lawns and tropical plants.

Gazebos in the gardens are a fun place to relax in.

Among the gardens, several gazebos offer the chance for total relaxation.

Room blocks mostly face the gardens.

Most rooms are in stylish blocks facing the gardens.

Cottages are surrounded by dense foliage.

A few cottages are nicely secluded behind dense foliage.

The spacious cottages feature appealing Balinese decor.

Cottages are spacious, and feature a likeable Balinese-style décor.

The simple cottage decor includes old photos of Bali.

Furnishings in the cottages are comfortable and the walls dotted with old photos of Bali.

Welcome In Warung opposite the hotel is good for cheap and simple meals.

Directly opposite the resort entrance, the Welcome In Warung offers simple meals at cheap prices.

Zen Restaurant nearby serves affordable Indonesian and western meals.

On the other side of the access lane from the resort entrance, the Zen Restaurant provides the usual Indonesian and western meals, but at prices considerably lower than at the Rama.

The elegant Le 48 bistro by a lagoon can be reached by the hotel's shuttle bus.

It’s worth hopping on the resort shuttle bus to the elegant Le 48 bistro, which faces the lagoon along the eastern end of Candidasa.

The excellent Watergarden Kafé can be reached by the hotel's shuttle bus.

The delightful Watergarden Kafé in Candidasa is also accessible by the shuttle bus provided by the resort.

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Ida Beach Village Hotel in Candidasa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 10, 2019

Review of Ida Beach Village in Bali.

Ida Beach Village – Traditional, exquisite, affordable, and in a serene location.

This is along a laneway in the tranquil eastern end of Candidasa, but only a few minutes’ stroll from endless shops and cafés. Hidden behind stone walls, with a genuine Balinese village vibe, the cottages are cheerful and spacious. All are traditionally designed and furnished, with a thatched roof, ornate carvings, and Balinese rugs, arts, and crafts. Other accommodation is built like traditional lumbung rice barns, with a sloping roof and sea views from the second level. Meandering stone paths lead to the pool which faces the dramatic coastline and alluring islets just offshore. However, the beach is typically gray and undersized, and often unsuitable for swimming.

Ida Beach Village – The Location

  • Address: Jalan Pantai Indah road, Candidasa, on the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: Faces the coast in a tranquil area. Along a quiet laneway that starts where the main road heads inland, but only 300m from the facilities and transport along the main road in Candidasa.
  • How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 1 hour 45-minute drive) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See under Local Transport later about tourist shuttle buses.
  • Handy to: Snorkeling spots.

Ida Beach Village – The Basics

  • Guests: Most guests are older couples who relish the serenity and tranquility.
  • Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. The beach in front of the hotel is minuscule, with gray sand, and often disappears at high tide. Not much good for snorkeling either.
  • Views: Only a couple of bungalows face the sea, with views from the upper level. Cottages are along a village-style street overlooking a private patch of garden.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided, nor really expected, at this sort of hotel in Candidasa.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Enough free and secure spaces alongside the lobby, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 41119
  • Email: N/A
  • Website: N/A

Ida Beach Village – Amenities

  • Pool: Smallish, but a decent size for the limited number of guests.
  • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of hotel in Candidasa.

Ida Beach Village – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bar: Modest eatery alongside the pool and facing the sea. Mostly used to serve breakfast to guests, and seems uninterested in offering meals to anyone at other times.
  • Breakfast: Usually provided and served at the poolside café.
  • Room Service: Not available because there really isn’t a fully functioning café onsite.

Ida Beach Village – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cottages • Twin-level Bungalows
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but permitted anywhere else.
  • Best Room: The bungalows feature an uncommon design, shaped like a traditional rice barn. And with 2 levels, sea views are possible.
  • For Families: An extra single bed can be placed inside all accommodation.

Ida Beach Village – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: The main road through Candidasa is only 1km long and an easy walk. The road is flat and reasonably wide (but very busy), so bicycles are a good option. These can be rented from the hotel.
  • Public Transport: Long-distance minibusses career along the road between Amlapura and Denpasar (via the turnoff to Padangbai), but not really needed in the local area.
  • Shuttle Bus: The main island-wide operator, Perama, offers several services daily to Kuta, Ubud, and Lovina, all via Padangbai. The office is at the far western end of the main road, 1.5km away. 18-minute walk.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis in this area, so charter a car with a driver from someone along the main road, or better, through the hotel. Renting a car is possible from local agencies (but not recommended anywhere in Bali), while motorbikes are easy to rent and a terrific way to explore the east coast.

Ida Beach Village – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Within 300m in either direction along the laneway, these places are so much quieter than anywhere along the main road:
  • Ganesha – Fascinating décor, set-priced menus, and extended list of homemade desserts. Daily specials add to the attraction. 1-minute walk.
  • Puri Pudak – Within a new collection of villas facing the beach for inexpensive seafood. 1-minute walk.
  • Puri Oka – Best of the seaside eateries for cocktails, and inexpensive and tasty Indonesian standards. 1-minute walk.
  • Arco Iris – Burgers, pizzas, and home-baked goodies in a friendly setting. Seafood grilled outside attracts more customers. 2-minute walk.
  • Warung Candidasa Moka – Popular for coffee, ribs, and cakes. Unfussy service and air-conditioned. 3-minute walk.

Shops

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

Attractions

  • Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
  • Tenganan (6.2km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful. 14-minute drive.
  • Pasir Putih (8.5km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village. 21-minute drive.
  • Padangbai (13.8km) – With a scenic cove, more renowned as the terminal for speedboats to the Gili Islands. Accessible by public minibus, shuttle bus, and/or motorbike taxi. 25-minute drive.
  • Tirtagangga (16.7km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus. 30-minute drive.

Ida Beach Village – What’s Nearby?

The hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood of Candidasa.

The hotel is along a quiet laneway, but within a short walk of all the facilities along the main road in Candidasa on the east coast of Bali.

The hotel faces the ocean but has no beach.

The hotel faces the coast, but like virtually every hotel in Candidasa, there is no beach in front. But the setting and views are still very pleasant.

Guests can enjoy panoramic ocean views from a raised section.

A raised section within the hotel provides impressive views of the coastline and islets just offshore.

The oasis-shaped pool is shaded and offers sea views.

The pool is inviting and surrounded by shady trees.

The cafe serves breakfast and faces the sea.

The café facing the sea and alongside the pool is used mostly to serve breakfast to guests.

The stone cottages and 2-level rice-barn-shaped bungalows are impressive.

Instantly impressive is the traditional design of the stone cottages and 2-level bungalows shaped like traditional lumbung rice barns.

The layout of the hotel resembles a Balinese resort.

The layout of the hotel resembles a Balinese village, with a stone path between cottages.

Stone walls encircle each individually-named cottage.

Cottages are individually-named and secluded behind stone walls.

Cottages feature plenty of windows that let in natural light.

Windows on 2 sides ensure that cottages receive plenty of light.

The rustic decor is very likeable.

Furnishings inside the cottages are unfussy, but the ambience is very likeable.

The spacious cottages are nicely decorated.

All cottages are spacious and nicely decorated.

The cottages have a rustic and traditional design.

The stone walls, tiled floors, and rattan furniture add to the appeal of the cottages.

Arco Iris serves good pizzas, burgers, and grilled seafood.

Almost opposite the hotel entrance, Arco Iris provides tasty pizzas, burgers, and grilled seafood.

Ganesha nearby is the best restaurant around.

The best eatery along the laneway, and within a 1-minute walk of the hotel, Ganesha offers tasty food and a fascinating décor.

Puri Oka nearby is a very appealing cafe/bar with sea views.

Also within a short stroll along the laneway, Puri Oka is the most appealing café/bar facing the sea within the immediate area.

Puri Pudak near Ida Beach has a good restaurant with excellent views.

At the front of a new bunch of villas, very close to the Ida Beach, Puri Pudak also offers a restaurant.

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Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas Hotel in Candidasa, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 9, 2019

Review of Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas in Bali.

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

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – The Location

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, so families and couples will feel comfortable.
  • Beach: Candidasa is a chain of rocky coves with patches of gritty sand created by breakwaters. There is no beach in front of the hotel, but steps lead to a protected area for swimming and snorkeling just in front.
  • Views: All accommodation faces the gardens, while the twin-level Pool Villas may offer sea views, foliage permitting.
  • Kitchen: Pool Villas feature a kitchenette.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not provided – nor really expected – at this sort of hotel in Candidasa.
  • Extras: Bicycle rental.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort.
  • Parking: Plenty of free and secure spaces at the reception area, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)363 41145
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: discoverycandidasa.com

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Amenities

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Food and Drink

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Rooms

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – Local Transport

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

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

Shops

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

Attractions

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

Discovery Candidasa Cottages and Villas – The Hotel

The resort is located down a lane in Candidasa.

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

The resort is located in Candidasa's quietest neighborhood.

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

The spacious resort has plenty of shade and parking.

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

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

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

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

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

Chair swings are scattered around the resort gardens.

The resort gardens are dotted with inviting chairs.

An special sandy area gives off a beach vibe.

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

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

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

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

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

The Stran Nik Restaurant is classy.

The classy Stran Nik Restaurant is along the lower level.

The curved terrace leads up to a bar.

At the end of the curved terrace is a bar.

The circular pool is small and can get crowded.

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

The spa offers a diverse range of good treatments.

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

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

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

The cottages are traditionally-designed.

The delightful cottages feature a traditional design.

The spacious cottages feature photos of underwater delights.

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

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

Cottages have full-length windows.

Dewata Agung nearby serves delicious Indonesian food.

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

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

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

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

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

The Bali Seascape Beach Club houses Rathbone's restaurant.

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

Ganesha restaurant nearby has good decor and food.

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

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Santai Hotel in Amed, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 8, 2019

Review of Santai Hotel in Bali.

Santai Hotel – Traditionally-designed bungalows and uncommon beach frontage.

Facing a clean – but very rocky – beach with no boats to spoil the views, the Santai offers extensive views and refreshing breezes. The spacious 2-level bungalows are distant from the road and alongside a rocky path lined with bougainvillea. Designed like traditional houses found in the Indonesian province of Sulawesi, these bungalows feature a lofty thatched roof, stylish rattan furniture, and open-air shower (but the design does ensure the need for constant air-conditioning). The lower level contains a futon mattress for relaxing, which can double as a bed for 2 small children. And from within the delightful tropical gardens, which are dotted with gazebos, is the continuous sound of crashing waves. Located on a flattish road and flanked by more cafés and shops than many other similar hotels in Amed.

Santai Hotel – The Location

  • Address: Along Jalan Jaya Amed, the only road in Bunutan village. In the northern section of the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.
  • Area: In a more developed region, with enough places to shop, eat, drink, and arrange dive trips within walking distance.
  • How to Get There: No taxi from the airport will come this far, so organize transfers by car through the hotel – which takes about 3 hours. Many people stop at Amed on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by speedboats run by Freebird Express and Gili Sea Express. Book at travel agencies at either end, or compare schedules and book online.
  • Handy to: Snorkeling spots and scuba-diving agencies.

Santai Hotel – The Basics

  • Guests: Caters well for all, but most guests seem to be couples and small groups, often under 40.
  • Beach: One of few resorts in Amed to directly face a beach, which is clean but typically rocky. There is no sand on the beach or in the water, so it’s difficult to walk along or even lie on. But still scenic, with no fishing boats spoiling the views, and decent snorkeling just offshore.
  • Views: Bungalows offer views of the sea or gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange resort in Amed.
  • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
  • Parking: Some 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)363 23487
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: santaibali.com

Santai Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: The pool is particularly inviting, with plenty of shade and ocean views, but could get a little overcrowded at times.
  • Spa: The Channa Spa offers massages but little else. The hotel does offer free transport to the nearby sister resort, The Griya, where the complete works are available.
  • Fitness Center: Nothing at the Santai, but guests can use the gym at the sister resort nearby, The Griya, but free transfers are not available for this.
  • For Families: Families are encouraged with good-value packaged deals, but nothing really set up for the younger ones.

Santai Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant & Bars: The Coconut Restaurant is hugely popular among those staying in the general area, not least for the happy hours. No real sea views, but intimate setting under a traditional-style roof, and exquisite food, specializing in Indonesian cuisine such as beef rendang.
  • Breakfast: Not generally included. Can be paid for as an extra when booking or on the day.
  • Room Service: Limited service available during restaurant hours from about 7 am to 8 pm.

Santai Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Ocean View Bungalows • Garden View Bungalows • Ocean View Suites • Garden Views Suites
  • Smoking Rooms: Not permitted in the rooms or public areas, but allowed anywhere else.
  • Best Room: The 2 spacious Ocean View Suites are a little further back from the sea, but provide optimal views and a lovable traditional design.
  • For Families: The bungalows on 2 levels can accommodate 2 small children on the lower floor.

Santai Hotel – Local Transport

  • Note: All cars/buses enter Amed from the north (via Culik) because the road from the south (via Ujung) is too windy, narrow, and steep for anything but motorbikes.
  • Walking: Generally, Amed is very spread out, and the road often steep, but enough facilities within walking distance of the hotel.
  • Public Transport & Shuttle Bus: No reliable public transport anywhere through Amed. Perama, the main operator of tourist shuttle buses throughout Bali, offers a couple of services daily to Kuta via Padangbai and Ubud – but, inconveniently, leaves from northern Amed. Other local companies connect to Lovina. Get shuttle bus tickets through the hotel or a nearby travel agency.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis anywhere, so charter a car with a driver through the hotel or a travel agency. Renting a motorbike is a terrific way to explore the east coast. Nowhere to rent a car, which is not recommended anyway because of the condition of local roads.

Santai Hotel – What’s Nearby?

  • Unlike other hotels further to the southeast, a reasonable range of facilities are within walking distance and (gratefully) along a flat road.
  • Restaurants & Bars

    • These places are easy to find within 150m of the hotel in either direction.
    • C’est Bon Restaurant – Wide range of Indonesian dishes and seafood, with a raised setting for views and breezes. 1-minute walk.
    • Warung Ary – Typical Amed eatery: elevated, quaint, and affable, offering simple food at cheap prices. 1-minute walk.
    • Titi Sedana – Little classier than neighboring rivals, and a more imaginative range of meals. 2-minute walk.
    • Peace Bar – Reggae theme and regular live music of, well, reggae.

    Shops

    • A few minimarts selling basic supplies in both directions, but nowhere really in Amed to shop.

    Attractions

    • Amed is not close to anything, which is part of the attraction. But the main reason many come is for snorkeling, often accessible just offshore; and scuba-diving, which can be arranged at any of the numerous agencies dotted along Amed.

    Santai Hotel – The Hotel

    The hotel is located in a semi-developed area of Amed.

    The Santai is located in a reasonably developed area of Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.

    The hotel features plenty of secure parking soaces.

    One attraction for some is the ample and secure parking available.

    The beach is rocky but features few fishing boats that hamper the views.

    The resort is unusual because it faces a beach. Like almost all others in this part of Bali, however, the beach is rocky, but at least views are not obstructed by rows of fishing boats.

    The inviting swimming pool is well-shaded.

    The shady setting makes the pool more inviting than many others in the region.

    The on-site Coconut Restaurant is known for its fine food and intimate setting.

    The Coconut Restaurant is popular among guests and the general public for the fine food and intimate setting, particularly at night.

    The restaurant is popular for its traditional lesehan seating.

    The restaurant also features traditional lesehan seating, where diners squat (often on cushions) and eat at a low table.

    The hotel grounds offer plenty of areas to enjoy the views and breeze.

    There are plenty of areas around the hotel grounds to enjoy the views and breezes.

    All bungalows sport a traditional Indonesian design.

    All bungalows feature a traditional design, often reminiscent of other areas of Indonesia.

    Bungalows are surrounded by lush gardens with stone paths and fish ponds.

    Bungalows are dotted around lush gardens with stone paths and fish ponds.

    The bungalows sport a rare traditional design.

    Rare among the many rival hotels throughout Amed is the traditional design of the bungalows at the Santai.

    The bungalow porch is well-furnished.

    The porch in each bungalow is packed with outdoor furniture.

    The bungalow sport traditional decor such as rattan walls.

    The décor is very traditional, such as the rattan walls.

    C'est Bon is a decent eatery close by.

    Another attraction of the Santai is the location among simple but decent eateries, including C’est Bon.

    Warung Ary nearby is a family-run, friendly cafe.

    Among several friendly and family-run cafés close to the hotel is Warung Ary.

    Titi Sedana is classier and serves a better menu than other nearby eateries.

    Also within 150m of the hotel, Titi Sedana is classier than rivals, with a more imaginative menu.

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    The Best Hotels in Kefalonia

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    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 7, 2019

    10 Best Hotels in Kefalonia

    Kefalonia Grand Hotel • Argostoli

    The best hotel in kefalonia
    In a prime position on Argostoli’s busy waterfront, the Kefalonia Grand is chic and stylish. Rooms are compact and comfortable, outfitted in a modern, simplistic style; some with balconies overlooking the waterfront. Wi-Fi works well, and the lobby is airy and welcoming, with friendly reception always on hand to help. Only a fifteen-minute drive from Lassi Beach. An ample buffet breakfast – with à-la-Carte options – is served in the sunny indoor/outdoor streetside restaurant.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671024981

    The Alley Hotel • Argostoli

    luxury hotel in argostoli, kefalonia
    The elegant Alley Hotel is just off the main Argostoli waterfront, ideally placed for the island capital’s best restaurants, cafés, and nightlife, and only a 15-minute drive to the beach. The 29 rooms come in four sizes: standard or deluxe doubles, plus two-bedroom suites and a deluxe loft suite. All feature soothing pastel décor, marble bathrooms, writing desk, satellite and cable TV, aircon, and Wi-Fi – along with a complimentary bottle of wine. The 35 sqm top floor loft suite has a large balcony with stunning harborside views.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671025115

    Odyssey Hotel • Agia Evfymia

    luxury hotel in Agia Evfymia, Kefalonia
    In the former fishing village of Agia Evfymia, one of the island’s most picturesque locales. The Odyssey Hotel has a large pool and smaller children’s pool with great views out over the sea. All meals are offered in their casual Mediterranean restaurant, while the Zen-like spa and wellness center caters to guests’ well-being. 40 sqm luxury suites have Jacuzzis, digital TV and radio, blackout curtains, living room, and minibar. Good Wi-Fi.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2674061089

    Thalassa Boutique Hotel • Lassi

    Luxury boutique hotel in Lassi, Kefalonia
    Overlooking magnificent Lassi bay, Thalassa Boutique Hotel offers a quieter experience than a bustling family resort. Thalassa enjoys wonderful hilltop views, with ample green, palm-tree studded gardens built around a relaxing pool. Nine room types are available, from 28 sqm standard sea view rooms to the 32 sqm ‘White Suite’ with panoramic views. All are tastefully decorated, with aircon, large and comfortable beds, TV, fridge, and coffee or tea-making facilities. Very close to the airport and Argostoli; one of the best locations on the island.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671027081

    Mediterranée Hotel • Lassi

    Best resort hotel in Lassi, Kefalonia
    This swanky 4-star, 227-room hotel is located in the sparkling water of Lassi bay, just a short drive from Argostoli town. Occupying a prime stretch of coastline, the Mediterranée has its own beach plus a grand pool. Tastefully decorated rooms are garden or sea view; plusher junior or regular suites offer coffeemakers, satellite TV service, and refrigerators. Breakfast and dinner are served in the large main restaurant, while the beach bar and restaurant cater to swimmers. A dedicated kids’ pool, tennis court, and table tennis keep the younger set happy.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671028760

    Ionian Emerald Resort • Karavomylos

    Luxury hotel in Karavomylos, Kefalonia
    Enjoying unparalleled views over the Ionian Sea toward Homer’s Ithaca, the relaxed Ionian Emerald offers minimalistic rooms, suites, and split-level maisonettes. All have hydro-massage, aircon, bar fridge, DVD player, free Wi-Fi, and either sea or pool views. In-house restaurant and bar, spa and fitness center. The handy port of Sami is very close, while the picturesque fishing village of Agia Evfymia is 15-minute drive – and it’s only a 5-minute drive to the Melissani Cave.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2674022708

    Leivatho Hotel • Svoronata

    Luxury hotel in Svoronata, Kefalonia
    Family-friendly and relaxing, Leivatho Hotel offers low-key lodgings in the peaceful and green Svoronata district. It’s a five-minute walk to Avythos Beach with its two tavernas, and there’s a large pool with a dedicated children’s section. Rooms are located in low-profile eco-bungalows and feature large airy windows, raw stone walls, air conditioning, fully equipped kitchenettes, and either garden or sea views. Free Wi-Fi.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671041340

    Fiscardo Studios • Fiscardo

    Best hotel in Fiscardo, Kefalonia
    Six individual pastel-colored studios located amid the picturesque hustle and bustle of Fiskardo’s harbor, with restaurants and cafés at your doorstep. Each tiled studio is well-equipped, with a kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, room safe, local TV channels, and a balcony to enjoy the harbor views. (Some cheaper studios are available without harbor views.) The complex offers a convenient restaurant, café, and souvenir shop, and an additional bed or baby cot is provided for guests with small children.
    Hotel Phone: +30 6936767921

    F Zeen Retreat • Lourdhata

    Luxury resort in Lourdata, Kefalonia
    Occupying a hillside location on one of Kefalonia’s most popular beach destinations, the gated, adults-only F Zeen Retreat offers a high level of luxury and comfort and a very extensive set of guest services that includes laundry, room service, and pillow menu. This all-suite resort has 12 spacious and artfully-decorated residence options, ranging in size from 30 to 44 sqm and running the gamut from simple, to superior suites with pools, to a terraced penthouse. There’s a pool and shaded dining/bar area with rough-hewn stone façades, and the beach is a five-minute stroll away.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671031419

    Tesoro Blu Hotel & Spa • Skala

    Best hotel in Skala, Kefalonia
    Tesoro Blu hotel on Kefalonia’s south-east coast epitomizes simplicity, minimalism, and artful exclusiveness. Its 89 rooms plus distinguished luxury suites all have oversized beds and offer garden, mountain, or sea views. Luxury suites offer an enhanced experience with pool, huge Jacuzzi bath, and generous sitting area. There’s a welcoming spa, pool bar, and two restaurants on-site, and the outdoor infinity pool blends seamlessly into the sea.
    Hotel Phone: +30 2671083056

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    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali Hotel in Amed, Bali

    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 6, 2019

    Review of Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort in Bali.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Classy, convenient, and lower-priced resort with genuine beach frontage.

    Among tropical gardens choked with palm trees, the bright and airy bungalows feature a chic Balinese décor, extensive veranda/balcony, open-air bathroom, and king-sized bed that dominates the room. Those with ‘sea views’ (more like glimpses) feature sliding doors to maximize views and breezes. It is built at sea level, so walking to nearby cafés and shops is not too strenuous, and on an upward bend in the road, so the pool, gardens, and café (but not rooms) can be a little noisy. But unusually, it does face a beach that isn’t rocky – although the sand is lined with fishing boats.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – The Location

    • Address: Along Jalan Jaya Amed, the only road in Bunutan village. Midway section of the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.
    • Area: Located at a steep hairpin bend and facing a beach (which is unusual). In a less developed area of Amed, but walkable to a few shops and restaurants.
    • How to Get There: No taxi from the airport will come this far, so organize transfers by car through the hotel – which takes about 3 hours. Many people stop at Amed on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by speedboats run by Freebird Express and Gili Sea Express. Book at travel agencies at either end, or compare schedules and book online.
    • Handy to: Snorkeling spots and scuba-diving agencies.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – The Basics

    • Guests: All welcome, but the vibe is more about couples and smaller groups than families.
    • Beach: The resort faces a beach, which is rare anywhere in Amed, but is crammed with fishing boats, so of little use for swimming or sunbathing. But the snorkeling within meters of the shore is superb.
    • Views: All bungalows offer pleasant views of the gardens, but the few villas promising ‘sea views’ may disappoint.
    • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: 1 villa and 1 of the rooms features a private pool.
    • 
Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
    • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking available onsite, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
    • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
    • Phone: (0)361 737 358
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website: palmgardenamed.com

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Amenities

    • Pool: While rooms don’t suffer from traffic noise, the pool area is fairly noisy at times.
    • Spa: Small but lovely traditional spa, with plenty of massages and other treatments offered.
    • Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of midrange resort in Amed.
    • Other Facilities: Library. Tour agency can organize local trips.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Food and Drink

    • Restaurant & Bar: Open-air and under a traditional bamboo roof, with a wide selection of Indonesian food as well as soups, salads, and seafood.
    • Breakfast: Not usually included, but can be at an extra cost when booking or on the day.
    • Room Service: Possibly available during restaurant hours of about 7 am to 8 pm.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Rooms

    • Room Types: Standard Garden Rooms • 1x Beachfront Bungalow with Pool • Garden Bungalows • 1x Beachfront Room with Pool • 1x Beach View Deluxe Room
    • Smoking Rooms: Smoking not allowed in the rooms or public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
    • Best Room: The only Beachfront Bungalow with Pool is secluded and spacious, and features a sizeable private garden and open-air bathroom.
    • For Families: The bungalows and 1 of the rooms can squeeze in an extra single bed, and the Beach View Deluxe Room contains an extra room with a single bed.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – Local Transport

    • Note: All cars/buses enter Amed from the north (via Culik) because the road from the south (via Ujung) is too windy, narrow, and steep for anything but motorbikes.
    • Walking: Amed is spread out, and the road often steep, so be prepared for a lot of walking.
    • Public Transport & Shuttle Bus: No reliable public transport anywhere through Amed. Perama, the main operator of tourist shuttle buses throughout Bali, offers a couple of services daily to Kuta via Padangbai and Ubud – but, inconveniently, leaves from northern Amed. Other local companies connect to Lovina. Get shuttle bus tickets through the hotel or a nearby travel agency.
    • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis anywhere, so charter a car with a driver through the hotel or a travel agency. Renting a motorbike is a terrific way to explore the east coast. Nowhere to rent a car, which is not recommended anyway because of the condition of local roads.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – What’s Nearby?

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Amed Paradise – Decent range of meals. Conveniently located opposite the hotel entrance. 2-minute walk.
    • Within 500m up the road (to the east) are:
    • Imbuh – At a peak in the road. The menu is limited, but views among the finest in Bali. 3-minute walk.
    • Good Karma Restaurant [(0)813 3753 1133] – Casual dining with rare beach frontage. 5-minute walk.
    • My Place Bar & Restaurant – Cozy and congenial, perfect for authentic Balinese food. 6-minute walk.
    • Green Melon Warung – Classic Amed-style eatery: small and friendly with simple meals at very cheap prices. 8-minute walk.

    Shops

    • Minimart within 200m northwest along the road, but virtually nowhere in Amed to shop. 3-minute walk.

    Attractions

    • Amed is not close to anything, which is part of the attraction. But the main reason many come here is for snorkeling, accessible just offshore at nearby Selang Beach, and scuba-diving, which can be arranged at any of the numerous agencies dotted along Amed.

    Palm Garden Amed Beach & Spa Resort Bali – The Hotel

    The area around the resort has few facilities.

    The resort is midway along Amed in eastern Bali, with far fewer facilities than places like Kuta and Sanur.

    The resort faces a scenic cove with a sandy beach.

    The resort faces a scenic cove lined with jukung fishing boats.

    The resort sports traditional architecture and design.

    The Palm Garden features likeable traditional designs.

    The open-air lobby and hotel staff are welcoming.

    The staff and open-air lobby are welcoming.

    The sandy beach along the resort is lined with fishing boats.

    Little of the coastline along Amed has beaches, and these are often very rocky. The beach in front of the resort is very rare because it’s wide, reasonably sandy, and accessible – but still mostly lined with fishing boats.

    The large pool offers great ocean views.

    The pool is extensive and nicely located facing the ocean.

    The stone-edged pool is surrounded by lounge chairs.

    There is attractive stonework surrounding the pool and plenty of lounge chairs.

    The open-air restaurant serves soups, salads, and Indonesian fare.

    The restaurant is open-air and serves Indonesian food, as well as a better-than-average selection of soups and salads.

    The villas are separated to give some privacy.

    Villas are separated, with a very appealing traditional design.

    The villa veranda/balcony are well-furnished.

    Villas feature a wide veranda/balcony loaded with outdoor furniture.

    The villas are pleasantly decorated with a tropical theme.

    Furnishings throughout the resort are pleasant, with a subtle tropical theme.

    The villa on the ground floor has a private pool.

    This 2-story building at the resort contains 2 separate villas. The 1 at ground level boasts a private pool.

    The villa bathrooms are partly open-air.

    Villas also feature a delightful and partially open-air bathroom.

    Amed Paradise, opposite the hotel,

    Directly opposite the hotel entrance, Amed Paradise offers the usual array of Indonesian and Western delights.

    Good Karma nearby is a casual beach-side cafe.

    Only a few minutes’ walk east of the hotel, Good Karma is a likeable, casual café with rare beach frontage.

    Green Melon Warung is a typical Balinese eatery.

    Green Melon Warung, also a short stroll from the Palm Garden, is typical of Amed.

    Imbuh Café and Bar offers great sea views.

    On the way to the Good Karma, the Imbuh café/bar boasts one of the finest views in Bali.

    My Place Bar & Restaurant nearby serves authentic Balinese food.

    Also close to the hotel, My Place Bar & Restaurant is the ideal place to try authentic Balinese food.

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    The Best Orlando Hotels

    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 6, 2019

    The 9 Best Hotels in Orlando, Florida

    1. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

    Luxury resort offering an on-site spa, dining, golf course, game room, and water park in addition to a Disney concierge desk in the lobby and free transportation to Epcot (4.3 miles, 10 minutes), Magic Kingdom (5.4 miles, 11 minutes), and Animal Kingdom (9 miles, 18 minutes). Family-friendly amenities include complimentary children’s camp, room service, and views of Magic Kingdom from most rooms. Within 15 minutes by car to all Disney parks.

    2. JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

    High-end hotel featuring an outdoor pool and lazy river, several on-site restaurants, and access to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Orlando Spa and golf course (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk). Located a 10-minute drive (3.3 miles) to SeaWorld and 14 minutes (9.4 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort, and both concierge service and room service are available 24/7.

    3. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Near Disney

    Rooms at this upscale resort come with access to bikes, rock climbing, on-site hiking trails, and a private lake with paddle boats, plus shuttle service to area theme parks. A children’s camp is available for a fee. Several restaurants, a 45-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, and an outdoor lagoon-style pool are located in the hotel, which is a 10-minute drive (3.8 miles) to Disney Springs and 12 minutes (5.6 miles) to Epcot.

    4. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

    Upscale resort with an on-site water park, 9 restaurants, a spa, a game room, and an exclusive adults-only pool. Some rooms have balconies and babysitting services are available for a fee. Located 10 minutes to Epcot (5.4 miles), Magic Kingdom (6.1 miles), and SeaWorld (7 miles) by car.

    5. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

    Family-friendly resort offering a lazy river-style pool, a spa, Greg Norman golf course, tennis courts, a kids club, and 11 restaurants. Guest rooms have balconies and nightly turndown service, and the property is located 9 minutes (3.2 miles) from SeaWorld, 15 minutes (8.5 miles) to Universal, and 18 minutes (12.7 miles) to Epcot by car. Shuttle service to area parks is complimentary.

    6. Waldorf Astoria Orlando

    Luxury resort with a golf course, a spa, a fitness center, 2 pools, 12 restaurants and bars, and free coach transportation to Disney parks. Located a 12-minute drive (5.8 miles) to Magic Kingdom and 14-minute drive (8.9 miles) to SeaWorld. The kids club offers daytime and evening activities for a fee.

    7. Reunion Resort

    Golf resort with an award-winning 54-hole golf course, 10 community pools, an on-site water park, and tennis courts. 1 to 3-bedroom villas feature full kitchens, living rooms, patios, and complimentary parking, and some villas have private swimming pools and in-unit laundry. Located a 16-minute drive (12-miles) to Epcot and a 22-minute drive (19.3 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort.

    8. The Alfond Inn

    Boutique hotel in downtown Orlando within walking distance of many restaurants, museums, and Winter Park Station (0.3 mile, 5-minute walk). On-site facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, and fitness center in addition to the hotel’s famed art collection. Driving time to Orlando theme parks is approximately 30 minutes.

    9. Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

    Located within Universal Orlando Resort, every room comes with a free Universal Express Unlimited benefit, early admission to some Universal parks, and complimentary theme park shuttles and water taxis. Hotel amenities include several on-site restaurants and cafes, 3 themed swimming pools, live music in the evening, and Italian-inspired harbor walking paths.

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    Orlando Choice Hotels

    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 6, 2019

    Choice Hotels is a collection of good-value lodging options, primarily in the budget to moderate price range. The brands in this group include: Ascend Hotel Collection, Cambria Hotels, Comfort, Sleep Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion Hotels, Extended Stay, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, WoodSpring Suites, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Vacation Rentals by Choice Hotels. If you’re looking for a dependable and cheap place to stay in Orlando, Florida these hotels are often a great (if unexciting) choice.

    The 13 Best Choice Hotels in Orlando

    1. COMFORT SUITES MAINGATE EAST

    All-suites hotel located across the street from the shops, restaurants, and attractions of Old Town and Fun Spot and a short drive from Epcot (7.5 miles, 14-minute drive) and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (6.2 miles, 11-minute drive). Free breakfast is served daily, free shuttle to major theme parks, and the hotel’s recreational amenities include an outdoor heated pool, a poolside restaurant, and an indoor game room.

    2. COMFORT SUITES NEAR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

    Budget hotel located a 5-minute drive (0.5 mile) to Universal Orlando Resort, 14-minute drive (7.9 miles) to SeaWorld, and within walking distance to several casual restaurants. Free parking and a free shuttle to Walt Disney World theme parks are available, and the hotel offers complimentary breakfast daily and an outdoor heated pool and hot tub.

    3. QUALITY SUITES LAKE BUENA VISTA

    All-suites hotel featuring full kitchens in every room, free buffet breakfast, an outdoor pool and hot tub, a game room, and a free shuttle to all Disney theme parks. Free parking is available on-site, and the hotel is located a 5-minute drive (1.8 miles) to Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, a 7-minute drive (3.2 miles) to SeaWorld, and an 9-minute drive (2.8 miles) to Disney Springs.

    4. BLUEGREEN VACATIONS ORLANDO SUNSHINE, ASCEND RESORT COLLECTION

    Family-friendly resort within walking distance to restaurants and shops and a 5-minute drive (1.5 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort. Rooms feature 2 bedrooms, full kitchens, balconies, and in-unit laundry, and hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, children’s pool, tennis court, and BBQ grills.

    5. BLUEGREEN VACATIONS FOUNTAINS, ASCEND RESORT COLLECTION

    Resort featuring the on-site Wakoola Springs water park with pools and waterslides and a clubhouse with a game room, cafe, and bar. 2 and 3-bedroom suites include full kitchens, laundry machines, parking, and over 1,000 square feet of space. Located a 3-minute drive (0.8 mile) from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, 6 minutes (2.9 miles) to SeaWorld, and 11 minutes (4.6 miles) to Disney Springs.

    6. CLARION SUITES MAINGATE

    Budget hotel located within walking distance of several restaurants, an 8-minute drive (3 miles) to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and a 12-minute drive (7.4 miles) to Magic Kingdom. In addition to a free hot breakfast, the hotel offers free shuttle services to the top theme parks and Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall, and an on-site outdoor pool, whirlpool, and bar.

    7. COMFORT INN MAINGATE

    Budget hotel with a free breakfast buffet, free parking, and free transportation to theme parks and Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall. Located a 8-minute drive (3.5 miles) to Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, a 12-minute drive (6.9 miles) to Magic Kingdom, and within walking distance to restaurants.

    8. COMFORT INN & SUITES NEAR UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT (Canada Avenue)

    Budget hotel located a 4-minute drive (0.9 mile) from ICON Orlando, a 6-minute drive (1.5 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort, and a 12-minute drive (4.9 miles) to SeaWorld with a free theme park shuttle. In addition to a free hot breakfast, hotel amenities include an outdoor pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and free parking.

    9. QUALITY INN AT INTERNATIONAL DRIVE

    Economy hotel with an outdoor pool, hot tub, and children’s pool, plus free parking and free breakfast. A complimentary shuttle provides service to Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld parks, and the hotel is within walking distance of the restaurants and attractions of International Drive. Universal Orlando Resort is 8 minutes (2.3 miles) away by car.

    10. COMFORT INN INTERNATIONAL DR.

    Budget hotel offering a free full breakfast, free parking, free EV charging, outdoor pools, laundry facilities, and a free theme park shuttle, and within walking distance of the restaurants and attractions of International Drive. Walk to the ICON Orlando (0.4 mile, 9-minute walk) and Sea Life Aquarium (0.6 mile, 13-minute walk), or drive 5 minutes (1.9 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort or 18 minutes (12.8 miles) to Disney’s Magic Kingdom.

    11. CLARION INN & SUITES ACROSS FROM UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT

    Budget hotel featuring an on-site cafe, restaurant, and bar, plus an outdoor heated pool, sun deck, and picnic area. Located within walking distance to Orlando International Premium Outlets and a 2-minute drive (0.3 mile) to Universal Orlando Resort, and free theme park shuttle service and free parking are available.

    12. CLARION INN & SUITES KISSIMMEE-LAKE BUENA VISTA SOUTH

    Economy hotel located within walking distance to several restaurants, a 14-minute drive (9.1 miles) to Epcot, and 15-minute drive (9.8 miles) to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Free theme park and outlet mall shuttle service is available, and hotel amenities include a free buffet breakfast, an outdoor heated pool, and an on-site bar.

    13. COMFORT SUITES DOWNTOWN

    Budget hotel within walking distance of Orlando Science Center (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk) and Florida Hospital Health Village Station (0.1 mile, 3-minute walk). Amenities include free hot breakfast, a heated outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free parking, and every room includes a refrigerator, a microwave, and a coffee maker.

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    The Griya Villas and Spa Hotel in Amed, Bali

    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2019

    Review of The Griya Villas & Spa

    The Griya Villas & Spa – Opulent and secluded villas with unrivaled views.

    Each 1, 2, and 3 bedroom villa features a classy interior, private pool, charming kitchen, vast bathroom with a free-standing tub, and abundant luggage space. And indescribable views from all windows. Villas are tiered up a steep hill, so a golf buggy is offered to get around. The whole place, particularly the lobby with its bistro and infinity pool, is spacious and open-air, offering welcome breezes and striking panoramas of the ocean and hills. Located in the less developed Lipah village, with a typically rocky beach across the road and a few cafés within a short stroll.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – The Location

    • Address: Along Jalan Raya Amed, the only road in Lipah village.
    • Area: Midway along the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali. A few classy eateries nearby, but this is a less developed region.
    • How to Get There: No taxi from the airport will come this far, so organize transfers by car through the hotel – which takes about 2.5 hours. Many people stop at Amed on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by speedboats run by Freebird Express and Gili Sea Express. Book at travel agencies at either end, or compare schedules and book online.
    • Handy to: Snorkeling spots and scuba-diving agencies.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – The Basics

    • Guests: The setting, seclusion, and prices attract couples, especially those on honeymoon.
    • Beach: Amed is a chain of coves and cliffs, with rare beaches packed with rocks and boats. To access the closest beach, cut through one of the resorts on the other side of the road. The beach is very rocky and lined with boats, but decent enough for snorkeling just offshore.
    • Views: Each villa provides views of the sea in front and hills to the back, while vistas from the restaurant/bar and main pool are of the hills.
    • Kitchen: All villas (the only type of accommodation) contain a kitchen.
    • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The resort only offers villas, each featuring a private pool.

    • Extras: Free bicycle hire (but roads are steepish).
    • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
    • Parking: Some 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)363 23571
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website: thegriya.com

    The Griya Villas & Spa – Amenities

    • Pool: Although each villa features a private pool, there is also an attractive infinity-edged pool alongside the café and lobby. With mountain views, swim-up bar, and plenty of decking.
    • Spa & Fitness Center: The Channa Spa, Sauna, & Gym provides an impressive range of treatments and equipment for complete wellbeing.
    • Other Facilities: Boutique sells clothes and souvenirs.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – Food and Drink

    • Restaurants & Bars: Safka Restaurant – Alongside the pool, with superb meals at pleasingly affordable prices. Mountain views are particularly notable from the rooftop bar, with its cushioned lounges and impressive happy hours. The wide menu includes Mexican delights and vegetarian options, while most nights featuring either live music or Balinese dance/music show. • Maku Healthy Café – Attached to the restaurant, with all sorts of healthy food and drinks, as well as coffee and desserts.
    • Breakfast: Excellent a la carte breakfast included. Served at the café or delivered to the villa for an extra charge.
    • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours from about 7am to 9pm.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – Rooms

    • Room Types: Only offers villas with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.
    • Smoking Rooms: No smoking allowed in the rooms or eating areas, but tolerated elsewhere.
    • Best Room: The 1-Bedroom Deluxe Pool Villa is ideal, especially for those on honeymoon. Separate living room and wide pool surrounded by decking.
    • For Families: Some villas feature 2 or 3 bedrooms, and all have a kitchen and private pool.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – Local Transport

    • Note: All cars/buses enter Amed from the north (via Culik) because the road from the south (via Ujung) is too windy, narrow, and steep for anything but motorbikes.
    • Walking: Amed is spread out, and the road often steep, so be prepared for a lot of walking. Bikes can be rented from the resort, but roads are reasonably steep.
    • Public Transport & Shuttle Bus: No reliable public transport anywhere through Amed. Perama, the main operator of tourist shuttle buses throughout Bali, offers a couple of services daily to Kuta via Padangbai and Ubud – but, inconveniently, leaves from northern Amed. Other local companies connect to Lovina. Get shuttle bus tickets through the hotel or a nearby travel agency.
    • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis anywhere, so charter a car with a driver through the hotel or a travel agency. Renting a motorbike is a terrific way to explore the east coast. Nowhere to rent a car, which is not recommended anyway because of the condition of local roads.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – What’s Nearby?

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Barong Café – Little classier than rivals, with a higher position offering better views. Virtually next to the Griya. 1-minute walk.
    • Warung Gado-Gado – Typically small and family-owned café offering huge portions at little prices. Just past Bo’s. 2-minute walk.
    • Bo’s Restaurant – Also raised, with terrific views and tasty seafood. About 300m northwest along the road. 3-minute walk.
    • Puri Wirata Restaurant – At the resort opposite Bo’s. One of few places to actually face the sea (although there’s no real beach). 4-minute walk.

    Shops

    • Minimart about 70m down the road, but nowhere else in Amed to really shop. 1-minute walk.

    Attractions

    • Amed is not close to anything, which is part of the attraction. But the main reason many come is snorkeling, often accessible just offshore, and scuba-diving, which can be arranged at any of the numerous agencies dotted along Amed, including Bali Reef Divers at the Puri Wirata resort, just northwest of The Griya. 3-minute walk.

    The Griya Villas & Spa – The Hotel

    The resort is located in a quiet and isolated neighborhood of Amed.

    The resort is in a quieter and more isolated area of Amed, along the east coast of Bali.

    The resort is located between the beachside road and green hills.

    The Griya is squeezed between the beachside road and dramatic hills.

    The beach is rocky but great for snorkeling.

    The beach is accessible through any resort on the other side of the road, but is rocky and lined with fishing boats. Decent snorkeling just offshore, however.

    The infinity pool also has a swim-up bar.

    The sizeable infinity-edged pool features a swim-up bar.

    Safka Restaurant has plenty of casual and formal seating.

    At the resort, the Safka Restaurant provides abundant casual seating as well as tables for fine dining.

    Safka serves a variety of Indonesian, western, and Mexican food.

    The Safka offers an extensive menu of Indonesian, western, and Mexican food.

    Some nights feature a Balinese dance and music show.

    Some nights, a charming Balinese dance/music show is held at the Safka Restaurant.

    The Maku Healthy Café next door is a great place for healthy food and drinks.

    Next to the Safka, the Maku Healthy Café provides a range of healthy food and drinks, as well as coffee, desserts, and pastries.

    The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating.

    Tables at the Maku are inside, with air-conditioning, or along a terrace facing the hills.

    The rooftop bar has good happy hours.

    Above the Safka Restaurant, the rooftop bar offers impressive happy hours.

    The rooftop bar is a great place to watch the sunset.

    The rooftop bar is loaded with lounge chairs, especially enjoyable when the sun sets (over the hills, not sea).

    The on-site boutique sells clothes and souvenirs.

    A lovely boutique facing the pool sells elegant clothes and better-than-average souvenirs.

    The villas have 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.

    The Griya only offers villas with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.

    The villa private pools offer sea views.

    Each villa features a private pool, most with views towards the sea.

    The villas have an outdoor area, kitchen, and dining area.

    Each villa features an outdoor area, alongside the pool, with a kitchen and dining area.

    The lounge area is quite spacious.

    Next to the kitchen/dining area is an extended lounge room.

    The spacious bedrooms are sport a traditional design.

    The very spacious bedrooms feature a lovely traditional design.

    The bathroom is open air.

    The bathroom is extended and mostly open-air.

    Bo's is located close to the hotel.

    Bo’s is one of several eateries within a few minutes’ stroll of the hotel entrance.

    Puri Wirata Restaurant is also located close to the hotel.

    The Puri Wirata Restaurant faces the beach not far from the entrance to the Griya.

    Warung Gado-Gado is one of many eateries close by.

    Also very close to the Griya, Warung Gado-Gado is typical of many found along Amed.

    Popular Barong Cafe offers excellent views.

    Offering superior views is the popular Barong Café, virtually next to The Griya.

    Bali Reef Divers is located just down the road.

    Amed is famous for scuba-diving. Agencies are dotted along the entire length of Amed, including Bali Reef Divers, just down the road from the Griya.

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    Blue Moon Villas Hotel in Amed, Bali

    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2019

    Review of Blue Moon Villas in Bali.

    Blue Moon Villas – Popular and secluded, but not too isolated, with tasteful Balinese décor.

    The spacious villas feature enchanting Balinese touches, as well as an extensive balcony facing the sea. Pleasingly not huddled together, they overlook an infinity pool that is surrounded by palm trees and has edges that somehow blend into the azure horizon. The cheaper rooms layered up the hill on the other side of the road also offer superb views, while the café is breezy, popular, and lined with comfy cushions. There are a few eateries nearby, and steps just down the road lead to a beach, which is typical of Amed: scenic but rocky, with superb snorkeling just offshore.

    Blue Moon Villas – The Location

    • Address: Along Jalan Raya Amed, the only road in Bunutan village. Midway along the southern part of the laidback area known as Amed, which stretches about 10km along the east coast of Bali.
    • Area: The hotel spreads along both sides of the road, with rooms climbing up the hill and villas on the clifftop facing the sea. A few classy eateries nearby, but in a less developed region.
    • How to Get There: No taxi from the airport will come this far, so organize transfers by car through the hotel – which takes about 2.5 hours. Many people stop at Amed on the way to/from the Gili Islands, which is connected by speedboats run by Freebird Express and Gili Sea Express. Book at travel agencies at either end, or compare schedules and book online.
    • Handy to: Snorkelling spots and scuba-diving agencies.

    Blue Moon Villas – The Basics

    • Guests: More suitable for couples than families. Perhaps, more younger guests in the rooms based around the café, and older guests in the secluded villas at the front.
    • Beach: Amed is a chain of coves and cliffs, with rare beaches packed with rocks and boats. Only 50m down the road from the hotel entrance (just past Aquaterrace villas), steps lead to Selang Beach. The beach is typically scenic, but so rocky that it’s unsuitable for sunbathing or even walking. But perfect for snorkeling just offshore.
    • Views: Villas at the front boast unobstructed sea views, while most rooms on the other side of the road also offer fine views, although often partially blocked by foliage.
    • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Villas at the front face 3 separate pools, each shared by only 3 villas.
    • Wi-Fi: Provided free for all guests throughout.
    • Parking: No parking onsite, and think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
    • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
    • Phone: (0)363 21428
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website: bluemoonvillas.com

    Blue Moon Villas – Amenities

    • Pool: 4 pools. The one alongside the café provides views and breezes, and is surrounded by attractive decking and lounge chairs. The others are smaller, with infinity-edges, and for the exclusive use of the 3 clusters of 3 villas.
    • Spa & Fitness Center: Not expected or provided at this sort of resort in Amed.
    • Activities: Snooker table. Library. Games.

    Blue Moon Villas – Food and Drink

    • Restaurant & Bar: Renowned for the ocean views and congenial setting with cushions, Komang John’s Cafe is a local institution. Surprisingly upmarket cuisine, but still reasonably priced, and live music most nights.
    • Breakfast: Usually included in the rates, depending on the booking.
    • Room Service: Not available.

    Blue Moon Villas – Rooms

    • Room Types: Blue Angel Deluxe Oceanfront Villa, Suite, or Penthouse • Blue Paradise Deluxe Ocean View Villa, Suite, or Penthouse • Blue Paradise Mountain View Family Suite • Blue Star Penthouse and Apartment • Blue Ocean Villa • Blue Villa • Blue Star 2-Bedroom Penthouse • Blue Star 3-Bedroom Villa
    • Smoking Rooms: Permitted anywhere outside the rooms and eating areas.
    • Best Room: The Blue Angel Deluxe Oceanfront Penthouse is extraordinary, with a broad balcony that seems to hover over the sea. Unparalleled views, and very romantic setting and décor ideal for honeymooners.
    • For Families: Most villas, suites, and apartments can fit in 1 extra single bed, while the Blue Paradise Mountain View Family Suite is ideal: comfortably accommodating 5, with a private pool. And some villas have 3 bedrooms.

    Blue Moon Villas – Local Transport

    • Note: All cars/buses enter Amed from the north (via Culik) because the road from the south (via Ujung) is too windy, narrow, and steep for anything but motorbikes.
    • Walking: Amed is spread out, and the road often steep, so be prepared for a lot of walking.
    • Public Transport & Shuttle Bus: No reliable public transport anywhere through Amed. Perama, the main operator of tourist shuttle buses throughout Bali, offers a couple of services daily to Kuta via Padangbai and Ubud – but, inconveniently, leaves from northern Amed. Other local companies connect to Lovina. Get shuttle bus tickets through the hotel or a nearby travel agency.
    • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: No metered taxis anywhere, so charter a car with a driver through the hotel or a travel agency. Renting a motorbike is a terrific way to explore the east coast. Nowhere to rent a car, which is not recommended anyway because of the condition of local roads.

    Blue Moon Villas – What’s Nearby?

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Aquaterrace – Next door, for classy décor and a menu specializing in Japanese. 1-minute walk.
    • Good Karma Restaurant [(0)813 3753 1133] – Shady and beachfront, accessible by road (400m downhill) or more scenically, via the beachside path. 6-minute walk.
    • Within a short stroll down the road are 3 more options:
    • Green Melon Warung – Typically Amed: raised, tiny, and friendly, with tasty seafood and other Indonesian dishes. 3-minute walk.
    • My Place Bar & Restaurant – Perfect for trying authentic Balinese food. 4-minute walk.
    • Imbuh – On a peak in the road. Limited menu, but some of the finest views in Bali. 7-minute walk.

    Shops

    • Minimart about 300m down the road. Otherwise, almost nowhere in Amed to shop. 4-minute walk.

    Attractions

    • Amed is not close to anything, which is part of the attraction. But the main reason many come here is for snorkeling, accessible just offshore at nearby Selang Beach, and scuba-diving, which can be arranged at any of the numerous agencies dotted along Amed.

    Blue Moon Villas – The Hotel

    The hotel is located in a fairly quiet neighborhood of Amed.

    The hotel is in a quiet part of Amed, which stretches for about 10km along the east coast of Bali.

    The rooms, lobby, and cafe are on one side of the road, while the villas are on the sea-facing side.

    The hotel spreads across both sides of the road. The lobby, café, and most rooms are on one side, while the villas are accessible from the road which faces the sea.

    Selang Beach can be accessed by stairs just steps from the hotel.

    Only about 50m down from the hotel entrance, steps lead to Selang Beach.

    The beach is rocky, but excellent for snorkeling.

    Selang Beach is typical of Amed: scenic and breezy, but rocky and lined with fishing boats. But the snorkeling just offshore is exceptional.

    John's Cafe offers excellent cuisine with fantastic views.

    Inside the hotel, Komang John’s Café offers top-notch cuisine, and is just as popular for the sublime setting.

    The on-site cafe is lined with cushions for lounging.

    Lined with cushions, the hotel café is a congenial hangout for guests and the public.

    The main pool is not big as villas have private pools.

    The main pool alongside the café seems small, but guests at the villas have access to their own pool.

    The traditional villas are secluded.

    Villas are secluded, separate, and traditionally-designed.

    The enchanting villas have 4-poster beds.

    Décor in the villas is enchanting, and feature a 4-poster bed and alcove.

    The spacious villas feature Balinese touches.

    Villas are spacious and include some lovely Balinese touches.

    Sets of 3 villas share a private pool.

    Each set of villas faces a private pool, shared with only two other villas.

    The villa pools have infinity edges and amazing ocean views.

    The pools shared by the villas feature infinity edges that almost blur into the horizon.

    The broad balconies are an excellent place to lounge in.

    The broad balconies at the villas offer welcome breezes and wonderful views.

    The room views are blocked by foliage.

    Views from the rooms on the other side of the road from the villas can be obstructed by foliage.

    Selang Beach has a walking-friendly path along its stretch.

    Accessible by steps only 50m down from the hotel entrance, Selang Beach is lined with a delightful path.

    The beach path leads to Good Karma Restaurant.

    The seaside path at Selang Beach leads to the casual but charming Good Karma Restaurant.

    Imbuh Cafe down the road offers excellent ocean views.

    About 300m down the road, Imbuh is a modest café/bar providing some of the finest views anywhere in Bali.

    My Place Bar & Restaurant down the road serves good Balinese food.

    Within a 3-minute stroll down the road, My Place Bar & Restaurant is the perfect spot to try Balinese food.

    Green Melon Warung nearby is small and friendly.

    Green Melon Warung is like so many others in Amed: raised, small, and friendly.

    Aquaterrace nearby serves delicious Japanese food.

    Next to the hotel, Aquaterrace is a stylish bistro specializing in Japanese food.

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    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali

    by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 5, 2019

    Review of Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas in Bali.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – Contemporary, intimate, and elegant, with endless sea views.

    Far smaller and less pretentious than neighboring mega-resorts, the Ulu Segara faces a narrow private beach that disappears at high tide. The villas are massive with modern décor, garden inside and out, and plenty of windows. They also contain a bathroom as large as the bedroom, plunge pool with gazebo, and comfortable living/kitchen/dining areas. In the curved six-level block overlooking the clifftop infinity pool, the suites feature stylish Asian décor, kitchenette, huge lounge area, and broad balcony from which the sea views are sublime. The regular shuttle bus to Nusa Dua (six kilometers away) compensates for the isolation.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – The Location

    • Address: Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan road. Follow the signs from the main road south of Nusa Dua.
    • Area: Faces the coast along an isolated section of southeast Bukit Peninsula, in southern Bali. About 6km from the beaches, shops, and facilities of Nusa Dua.
    • How to Get There: A complimentary airport pickup is included. Otherwise, the only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car. The trip should take about 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – The Basics

    • Guests: More secluded ‘villa vibe’ for couples rather than a family-friendly resort.
    • Beach: Accessible by numerous steps, the tiny narrow beach all but disappears at high tide.
    • Views: All suites face the sea, with direct views of the ocean (but not beach), while those on the lower levels are angled more towards the pool.
    • Kitchen: Villas feature a kitchen and dining area, and the suites contain a smaller kitchenette.
    • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: 10 villas feature a private plunge pool.

    • Extras: Free shuttle bus service to Nusa Dua and airport pick-up.
    • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout for all guests.
    • Parking: Some limited free and secure parking available, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
    • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
    • Phone: (0)361 846 8188
    • Email: [email protected]
    • Website: ulusegara.com

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – Amenities

    • Pool: The gorgeous clifftop infinity-edge pool is in front of the block of rooms, with a swim-up bar and plenty of lounge chairs.
    • Spa: The Solace Spa is modest, with the usual treatments offered.
    • Fitness Center: Impressive size, featuring all the latest equipment.
    • Other Facilities: Library.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – Food and Drink

    • Restaurants & Bars: Angkasa Lounge Lobby Bar – at the reception area, with an intimate setting and vast views. • Ulu Segara Restaurant & Bar – Romantic, with an extensive menu offering contemporary cuisine. • Cawan Pool Bar – Swim-up or lounge about on chairs with a cocktail or snack.
    • Breakfast: Not normally included, but this depends on the type of room and booking.
    • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – Rooms

    • Room Types: Suites • Presidential Rooms • Villas with 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms
    • Smoking Rooms: Strict no smoking policy in the rooms and public areas, but permitted elsewhere.
    • Best Room: Villas are the most luxurious – all with ocean views, private pool, kitchen, and open-air living/dining room. They contain 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms.
    • For Families: Some villas contain 2 or 3 bedrooms, with a private pool and lounge/kitchen/dining area.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – Local Transport

    • Walking: There are no facilities of any sort within walking distance.
    • Public Transport & Shuttle Buses: Neither venture along this part of the isolated coast.
    • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: Nowhere local to rent a motorbike or car (which is not recommended around Bali anyway). A chartered car with a driver or metered taxi can be arranged through the reception.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – What’s Nearby?

    Restaurants & Bars

    • Being so isolated, the options close by are limited to the 2 neighboring resorts:
    • Samabe (650m via the backstreets) – Elegant dining options, including the Crystal Blue Ocean Grill. Couple of minutes’ walk via the beach, or 4-minute drive.
    • Ritz-Carlton (1.5km via the main road): Finest of several restaurants is the exquisite Bejana clifftop restaurant which specializes in Indonesian food. Few minute’s walk along the beach, or 6-minute drive.
    • Bali Collection – Otherwise, use the resort shuttle service and visit the Bali Collection mall in Nusa Dua (16-minute drive), and try:
    • Coco Bistro – Always popular for tasty food and affordable prices 9-minute drive.
    • Gourmet & Café – Delightful shady setting at the main gate. 15-minute drive.

    Shops

    • Nowhere to spend any money nearby, so hop on the shuttle bus to Bali Collection, a delightful and extensive outdoor mall in Nusa Dua, with department stores, cavernous souvenir shops, and abundant café/bars.

    Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – What’s Nearby?

    The resort is located in a remote part of Bukit Peninsula.

    The resort is along a remote stretch of Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali.

    The roads leading to the resort are bumpy and potholed.

    The roads become progressively bumpier and potholed as guests approach the resort.

    From outside, the resort looks very modern and welcoming.

    The resort is modern and welcoming.

    The resort is located on the top of a cliff.

    The Ulu Segara is spectacularly located on a cliff top.

    The infinity-edge pool offers excellent sea views.

    The main pool features infinity-style edges that seem to merge into the horizon.

    All suites offer sea views.

    All suites face the sea, with better views on the higher levels.

    The well-furnished villas have a corner kitchen and a spacious dining room.

    Villas are nicely furnished, with a corner kitchen and spacious dining room.

    The suite balconies offer excellent views.

    Each suite features a broad balcony providing extensive views.

    Suites have a spacious lounge area.

    Suites contain a sizeable lounge area.

    Rooms feature contemporary decor and functional furnishing.

    The décor in all rooms is contemporary and the furnishings are likeably functional.

    Villa views are mostly blocked by other villas.

    Inevitably, views from most villas are obstructed by other villas.

    Villas have a large private garden for guests to relax in.

    Villas feature a private garden, with plenty of room to relax.

    The villas feature a magnificent marble bathroom.

    Most guests staying at the villas remember the exquisite marble bathroom.

    Some villas boast a private pool.

    Some villas contain a private pool.

    The Ritz-Carlton next door has plenty of restaurants and bars.

    The neighboring Ritz-Carlton resort offers several elegant restaurants and bars.

    A hotel shuttle offers free transport to Bali Collection.

    The resort offers a shuttle bus service to Bali Collection, a delightful outdoor shopping center in Nusa Dua.

    Coco Bistro offers a wide range of affordable dishes.

    At Bali Collection, Coco Bistro is a popular eatery offering a wide-ranging menu and reasonable prices.

    Gourmet & Café by the main gate is an inviting place.

    At the main gate in Bali Collection, Gourmet & Café is shady and inviting.

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