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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