Ramayana Candidasa – Serene and spacious, with plenty to offer families.
The Ramayana 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 sizable 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, though a little far from central Candidasa.
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Ramayana Candidasa – The Location
- Area: About 1.5 km west of downtown Candidasa, a quiet resort region in eastern Bali. Faces the coastline (but no beach), with few facilities nearby.
- Address: Jalan Raya Sengkidu, Karangasem. About 200m from the main road through eastern Bali. The turnoff alongside a petrol station is easy to miss.
- How to Get There: Few metered taxis and chartered cars from the airport (about 1 hour 45 minutes) will take anyone this far, so best to arrange transfers from the hotel. See Local Transport below about tourist shuttle buses.
- Handy to: Ancient village of Tenganan.
Ramayana Candidasa – The Basics
- Guests: Caters very well to 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 views of the ocean as far as the neighboring island of Lombok.
- Kitchen: One Bedroom rooms feature kitchenettes with limited facilities.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Not available.
- Extras: Shuttle bus service to the main road in Candidasa. Ask about renting bicycles.
- 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: +62 (0)363 41974
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: ramayanasuites.com
Ramayana Candidasa – Amenities
- Pool: Large pool facing 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 sizable Business Center.
Ramayana Candidasa – 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 is 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.
Ramayana Candidasa – Rooms
- Room Types: Superior Garden • One Bedroom • Deluxe Cottage Garden (or Ocean) View • Studio • One Bedroom Loft • List of all Rooms
- 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 separate living rooms and kitchenettes.
- For Families: The resort is family-focused, so many rooms have connecting doors, and all types of accommodations can fit in extra single beds.
Ramayana Candidasa – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: The hotel is 1.5 km 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 minibuses pass by 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 1.5 km from the resort.
- 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.
Ramayana Candidasa – What’s Nearby?
Best 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 tasty meals.
- Le 48 – Classy bistro facing the lagoon.
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.
- Loaf Café – About 900m towards Candidasa, at the junction for the road to Tenganan village. Coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.
- Minimart right opposite the hotel entrance. The 1 km-long road through Candidasa is packed with all sorts of shops, from minimarts to souvenir stalls. No malls, but enough places to satisfy most.
Candidasa is an ideal base for exploration of the east coast, including:
- Tenganan (5 km) – Fascinating millennia-old village pre-dating Hinduism. Maybe get a lift up by car or motorbike. The walk downhill (5 km) to the main road in Candidasa is delightful.
- Pasir Putih (11 km) – One of Bali’s premier beaches, yet still remarkably underdeveloped. Accessible by public transport and lovely walk (1.5 km) from the turnoff at Bugbug village.
- Padangbai (12 km) – 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.
- Tirta Gangga (19 km) – Bali’s most exquisite water palace is accessible by public transport via Amlapura or shuttle bus.