The Patra Bali Resort & Villas Hotel in Kuta, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 26, 2019

Review of The Patra Bali Resort & Villas in Bali.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – Tasteful, traditional, and quiet(ish) despite proximity to the airport.

Large enough for guests to need maps, the immaculate Balinese-style gardens are sprinkled with palms and ponds and the beachfront pool boasts a picture-perfect tropical setting. Rooms are spacious, airy, and lovingly furnished, while the villas (some with a private pool) are secluded and elegantly designed. Typically for Tuban, the sand in front is a little gray and gritty but the beach is curved, calm, and ideal for swimming. And there’s more than enough space for tennis courts, playground, children’s pool, and kids club. The resort is remote (for example, it’s not easy to find taxis nearby), but the location in Tuban village is an attraction in itself. The runway can be clearly seen and planes often heard, but proximity to the airport is more of a bonus than a distraction.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – The Location

  • Address: At the end of Jalan Juanda street, in the far southern part of Tuban (also called South Kuta). About 5km south of Kuta, the most popular tourist region on Bali. 15-minute drive.
  • Area: Faces Tuban Beach in a quiet area that is really a suburb and surrounding facilities more for locals than tourists. Almost nowhere to eat, drink, or shop within walking distance along the streets except a few via the beachside path.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes less than 11 minutes. Looks close enough to walk but perimeter fences make this problematic.
  • Handy to: Airport. Lippo Mall.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – The Basics

  • Guests: Popular among families, especially those from Indonesia. Couples can find seclusion from noisy children.
  • Kids Club: For those aged 4 to 12, it’s well-staffed and the largest in Tuban. Expansive range of activities includes bike-riding and beach football. And special baby rooms.
  • Beach: Beaches in Tuban are generally gray and gritty but the sand in front of the resort is slightly better than most. Good for swimming because the water is protected from waves by a breakwater. Views are affected by the runway extension but frequent take-offs are surprisingly unobtrusive.
  • Views: Most rooms overlook the gardens, lawns, pools, and ponds. Only a few of the most expensive suites face the sea.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Royal Villas feature a private pool.
  • Extras: Bicycle rentals (great along the beachside path as far as Kuta). Infrequent shuttle bus services to downtown Kuta.
  • Wi-Fi: Available free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • Parking: One advantage (especially for Indonesian tourists from Java) is the vast amount of parking onsite – all free and secure. But think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 935 1161
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: thepatrabali.com

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – Amenities

  • Pool: Main pool faces the beach and flaunts a divine palm-fringed setting, swim-up bar, and area for children. Another pool is for the exclusive use of villa guests, while a third is secluded and mostly for adults.
  • Spa: The Chavana Spa is as massive and modern as expected, catering very well for couples. Try the Frangipani Body Glow.
  • Fitness Center: Alongside the spa, offering pool views, the Patra Gym is spacious and very well-equipped.
  • For Families: Small, shaded playground. Baby-sitting.
  • Activities: Tennis courts. Ping pong. Water volleyball. Activities all day, including lessons in weaving, language, and kite-making.
  • Other Facilities: Gelato shop. Chemist/gift shop. Business Center. Moneychanger.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants: Tenku Japanese Restaurant – Mezzanine level, offering marvelous views of the grounds and distant ocean. Quaint setting and authentic décor and food. • Rinascimento Italian Restaurant – Another gorgeous position facing the ocean, with food, décor, and music straight out of Genoa. Popular among families for pizzas. • Heritage Floating Lounge – Stunning, romantic setting in thatched huts that do seem to ‘float’ among lily ponds. Specializes in Indonesian food but no alcohol served. • Teratai Coffee Shop – Lovely position near the lobby for breakfast and other meals. Live Balinese music in the mornings and bands in the evenings. Open 24 hours.
  • Bars: The Lobby Lounge – Open 24 hours for cocktails, coffee, and conversation. Also light snacks and extended happy hours. • The Bar – On the sand and under shady palms but only a few seats. • Kintamani Sunken Bar – Alongside the main pool for all sorts of drinks and light meals.
  • Breakfast: Included in many rates but check when booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24/7.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Rooms • Deluxe Suites • Embassy Suites I and II • Studio Suites • Executive Suites • Garden Villas • Honeymoon Villas • Crown Villas • President Suites • Royal Villas (with 2 or 3 bedrooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms but OK elsewhere, including special sections in some bars and restaurants.
  • Best Room: The Presidential Suites are as amazing as they sound, featuring 2 bedrooms, a gazebo on the patio, and gorgeous Balinese décor.
  • For Families: Most suites and villas can accommodate a family of 4 but particularly nice are the twin-level Embassy Suites. Very secluded and private, with 2 bedrooms and a separate lounge area.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – Local Transport

  • Walking: Expect to do some walking to find places to eat, drink, or shop outside the resort; or use the free shuttle bus to downtown Kuta. Most places nearby are more accessible along the lovely beachside path than any roads.
  • Public Transport: No public transport in the area. The Kura-Kura Bus company links Tuban and Kuta with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali but schedules are convoluted and routes confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To go anywhere within southern Bali, hire metered taxis which are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, organize a chartered car with driver (for a negotiable fare) at the hotel. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, and renting one in Tuban/Kuta is madness. Motorbikes are easy to rent and useful for getting around the backstreets of Tuban/Kuta/Legian, but not so elsewhere in southern Bali.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach another town outside of southern Bali, e.g. Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. The main operator, Perama, offers many services from its office on Jalan Legian street in Kuta, about 5km away. (26-minute drive).

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • There is nowhere to eat/drink around the side-streets but via the beachside path to the north are several options:
  • Holiday Inn – At the neighboring resort are the Palms Restaurant (family-friendly and Asian food) and ENVY (alluring décor and garden setting facing the sea). Both barely 400m away. 4-minute walk.
  • Cluster of warungs (food stalls) just past the Holiday Inn. Several classy restaurant/bars at beachfront resorts such as Ma Joly and Bintang Bali, both within 800m of the Patra. 8-minute walk.
  • Otherwise, walk about 200m north to the Holiday Inn and within 500m along the access street to that resort are several more eateries:
  • Sulis Hotel – Rooftop café/bar providing the finest views in the area. 7-minute walk.
  • Dewi Shinta Restaurant – Likeable garden setting in the Rama Beach resort. Popular buffets with traditional music/dance. 8-minute walk.
  • Lentera Restaurant by El Toro Bali – Attracts returnees for attentive service and hearty portions of Spanish/Brazilian food. 10-minute walk.

Shops

  • A couple of minimarts along the side-street to the Holiday Inn, about 700m away. 8-minute walk.
  • The sizeable Lippo Mall is about 1km north via the beach and side-street to the Holiday Inn. Offers classy bistros, familiar fast-food outlets, and plenty of places to shop. 14-minute walk.

The Patra Bali Resort & Villas – The Hotel

The resort is located close to the airport in Tuban.

The resort is located in the far southern end of Tuban (also known as South Kuta) and far closer to the airport than to Kuta.

The vast resort has maps all over to help lost guests.

The Patra is so vast that guests need maps to get around. And becoming lost is inevitable.

The resort beach is very appealing.

The beach in front of the resort is more appealing than most of the grayish sand elsewhere in Tuban.

The resort gardens are huge.

The lawns and gardens are massive, with plenty of space in all directions.

The resort gardens are full of fish-filled ponds.

Adding to the appeal are the numerous ponds, all packed with fish.

The resort has several traditional touches like a kulkul tower.

There are delightful Balinese touches throughout the resort, such as this traditional kulkul tower.

The main pool has several palm trees giving it a very tropical vibe.

The main pool is divine and abundant palm trees add to its allure.

The Kintamani Sunken Bar is popular during happy hours at sunset.

The Kintamani Sunken Bar is popular, especially during happy hours at sunset.

The main pool has several gazebos around it.

The main pool is lined with delightful gazebos.

There is a separate secluded pool for adults.

Another more secluded pool is used mostly by adults.

Guests can rent free bicycles and ride along the beachside path.

Guests at the resort can rent bicycles for free, which are ideal for traveling along the beachside path as far as Kuta.

The Lobby Lounge is open round the clock.

The Lobby Lounge is an ideal meeting place and open 24 hours.

Breakfast is served at Teratai Coffee Shop with live music.

The Teratai Coffee Shop is where breakfast is served along with live traditional music.

The delightful Rinascimento Italian Restaurant offers authentic food and decor.

The Rinascimento Italian Restaurant is one of several delightful restaurants in the hotel. This one faces the ocean and provides authentic food and décor.

Tenku Japanese Restaurant is known for its teppanyaki.

On a mezzanine level above the lobby, the Tenku Japanese Restaurant serves teppanyaki among other delights.

There is a very good gelato shop near the resort.

One of several shops around the resort serves delicious gelato.

The resort offers plenty of family-friendly activities and games.

Facilities are excellent for families, with plenty of games and activities available all around the resort.

The small playground has plenty of shade.

The playground is well-shaded but reasonably small.

The secluded villas are very quiet.

Villas are in a separate area, so they’re more secluded and quiet.

The suites are located in modern blocks away from the ocean.

Suites are in modern blocks but most are too distant to offer any sea views.

The road leading the Holiday Inn has a few restaurants.

There are no restaurants along the streets around the resort but a few are along the road leading to the neighboring Holiday Inn resort.

The Dewi Shinta Restaurant nearby is very good.

Along the road leading to the nearby Holiday Inn, and about 400m from the Patra, is the enchanting Dewi Shinta Restaurant.

The pretty beachside path links to several cafes and bars.

The best way to reach most of the café/bars within walking distance is via the pretty beachside path that passes in front of the resort and stretches several kilometres to Kuta.

The neighboring Holiday Inn hosts the colorful ENVY restaurant.

In the neighboring Holiday Inn resort is the colorful ENVY restaurant.

Sulis Hotel nearby has a rooftop cafe and bar.

Opposite the Holiday Inn (which is alongside the Patra), the Sulis Hotel has a café/bar on the rooftop.

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