by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 26, 2019
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Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – Appealing traditional design and ideal location between the coast and mountains.
The lobby features a striking Balinese-style layout with dragon statues and stone bowls of lotus flowers. This traditional design continues throughout the alluring gardens: gazebos shaped like rice-barns, ancient banyan trees, and meandering paths dripping with bougainvillea. All categories of rooms are quiet and secluded and contain Balinese touches such as carved wooden doors, high thatched roofs, and enticing open-air showers. The beach is rocky but better shaded than others, and the mountainous backdrop adds greatly to the dramatic setting. Though it’s one of the first when approaching from Lovina, the resort is isolated from Pemuteran’s modest selection of cafés and shops.
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – The Location
- Address: On the main road at the eastern end of Pemuteran, an area that stretches several kilometers across the remote northwest coast of Bali. The first resort if coming from Lovina.
- Area: Faces an isolated area of coastline, with very few places to eat, drink, and shop within walking distance.
- How to Get There: No metered taxis or chartered cars from the airport will come this far (4-5 hours) and there are no direct shuttle buses or any public transport of much use to tourists. The only option is to arrange transfers through the hotel. Ferries from Java arrive every few minutes at Gilimanuk. From there, take a bus towards Singaraja and get off after about 45 minutes.
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – The Basics
- Guests: Caters well for all but most guests seem to be Europeans on packaged holidays.
- Beach: The sand is grey and rocky, which is typical of this area, but the beach is better shaded than at other resorts. Great for sunsets and walks, but less appealing for swimming and sunbathing.
- Views: All bungalows overlook the gardens; none face the sea.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: None.
- Extras: Yoga lessons each morning.
- Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
- Parking: Plenty of free and secure parking, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: (0)362 92312
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: matahari-beach-resort.com
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – Amenities
- Pool: Quite sizeable for the limited number of guests. Children’s pool attached.
- Spa: Parwathi is probably the finest in the region, with massages and treatments rarely offered elsewhere.
- Fitness Center: Decent size and well-equipped.
- Activities: Tennis, badminton, and volleyball courts. Rental of bicycles, paddleboards, and kayaks.
- Handy to: On-site dive center.
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Dewi Ramona – Fusion of Balinese and French cuisine in a classy garden setting. Popular for homemade desserts, its extensive wine list, and frequent Balinese music/dance shows. • Wayang Cocktail Bar – Alongside the Dewi Ramona. Packed with lounge chairs, offering signature cocktails. • Leon Beach Bistro – Casual, located near the beach and pool. Specializes in pasta and seafood. Particularly romantic in the evening.
- Breakfast: Better-than-expected buffet breakfast included in all rates.
- Room Service: Available during restaurant hours of 7:30am to 9:30pm.
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – Rooms
- Room Types: Garden View Bungalows • Premium Garden View Bungalows • Deluxe Bungalows • Super Deluxe Bungalows • Villa Cempaka (close by but on separate grounds, with 2 bedrooms)
- Smoking Rooms: Smoking not permitted in the rooms but allowed anywhere else in the grounds.
- Best Room: Super Deluxe Bungalows are twice the size of the standard versions. Gorgeous Balinese décor and furnishings, including 4-poster beds and huge marble bathrooms.
- For Families: All standard bungalows can fit in 1 extra single bed, and the Super Deluxe versions are large enough for 2. The sole Villa Cempaka contains 2 bedrooms.
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Pemuteran is several kilometers long and the limited facilities are spread out, so expect to do a lot of walking. The road is flat and wide, although busy, and reasonable for cycling. The resort offers rental of bikes.
- Public Transport: Decrepit buses and bemos (minivans) ply the main road, linking all places within Pemuteran and connecting Pemuteran with Lovina, Pura Pulaki temple, and the turnoff to Banjar (see later).
- Shuttle Buses: No tourist shuttle buses venture this far. They do travel to Lovina, from where it’s easy enough to catch a bus or bemo to Pemuteran.
- Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: There are no metered taxis, so charter a car with a driver for trips outside the region. A few local agencies rent motorbikes (which are a terrific way to explore the north coast) and cars (but driving anywhere in Bali is not recommended).
Matahari Beach Resort & Spa – What’s Nearby?
Restaurants & Bars
Nowhere close by, so be prepared to walk, cycle, or use local transport.
- Warung Dive Bar – Fab hangout for divers and serves excellent food. About 650m west. 8-minute walk.
- The5 Garden Resto & Bar – Usual array of Indonesian and Western food, with super-friendly staff and garden setting. About 50m past the Dive Bar. 9-minute walk.
- Warung Ganesh (0)823 4130 6661 – Seats further back from the noisy road. About 1km west of the Matahari. 12-minute walk.
- The Prana – Traditional décor and extensive menu. A little west and opposite Warung Ganesh. 13-minute walk.
- Minimart about 200m up the road, but there are few shopping choices anywhere in Pemuteran. 3-minute walk.
- Diving – Arguably some of the finest diving in Bali is along the coast nearby. All sorts of trips can be organized at the on-site dive center: Werner Lau.
- Pulau Menjangan – Part of a national park, this uninhabited island offers world-class snorkeling/diving and rugged hiking. Organize a day trip through the hotel.
- Pura Pulaki (1.7km) – Extraordinary beachside temple full of monkeys that actually swim. Close enough to walk or cycle. 22-minute walk.
Useful (but decrepit) public transport can be used to reach:
- Banjar (38km) – Delightful village with fantastic hot springs and Bali’s largest monastery. From the turn-off (50 minutes east), take a motorbike taxi. The walk down (3km) to the main road from either place is very pleasant. 55-minute drive.
- Lovina (45km) – A more developed tourist region, but beaches here are also grey – not white. 1-hour drive.
- Singaraja (54km) – Bali’s second city boasts a crumbling colonial-era harbor and mildly-interesting museums. 80-minute drive.