We arrived at the peninsula on 1/9/12 for 1 week. Yes it is a time share arrangement but the best thing is it is classed as home to many from young to old. It is like any other resorts in the world with it's good and bad points. As mentioned the new appartments at the Bay Resort are being built and wow are they something else, super big and modern, the resort is about 1/2 done and will take 12 to 18 months to complete.
The Peninsula is under renovations not that you would know it, they are doing about 3 rooms per floor at a time. We certainly didnt hear any noise from this.
Someone mentioned the sewer smell this is because they are currently putting in place an enviromentaly friendly waste water treatment system for watering the gardens.
The mixture of people are from old to young familys and retired couples which says it all for the resort as most have had 10+ stays at the resort, and i know why now it's a home away from home. Very clean and tidy through-out the entire resort.
The staff could not do enough for us and knew our names within hours of being there. A massive thanks to the pool and beach bar staff, Arnold, trainee"Akan", Jo-Jo,Ben,Jack,the 2 Merta's, and the food and beverage manager Bayu-"Handsome" LOL your a ledgend mate you guy's really made our stay.
The drinks and food are amazing at the resort and it's proven by the casts of hundreds from all the other resorts comming to drink and eat there during the day.Beautiful huge cheap meals and Bintang's at 17,000 each which is $1.70. Next door at the Aston they are 38,000 and dearer at other places. The Island Burger is to die for as are most of the meals we ate and my 20 yr old son ate 4-5 times a day there i dont think there was anything on the menu he didnt have.
The Sports bar was also a great place to chill out and have a meal of an evening,they have theme nights every night from trivia to karaoke and all the sports channels on the big screens.
This place is the same all the people from the other resorts come here to enjoy the nights and good food. Says it all again!!! The duck dish and 250grm tenderloin is a great choice here.
The Jackaranda resturant is a nice but small place for a good meal with a touch of class added to it.
As far as Bali Belly i dont know of anyone when we where there that had it and belive me i was asking. The thing is De-hydration is mostly the cause of any 1 being sick and people usually blame Bali Belly for there incompetance in hydration.
The pool and beach are quite good, there is beach shopping as well so good for the kite's and Bintang singlets or sarongs and so on. The most i. Well the wife paid for anything there was $5 Aus.
As far as another comment that you have to go to the watersports centre down the road goes, this is rubbish!! you can do any thing you want right there within 50 mtrs and its cheaper than the watersport centre by alot. Parasail, jetski.banana boat, flying fish, game fishing and so on. Ask the beach bar staff and they will point you in the right direction.
At the Loby front desk you can get a driver or a taxi anywhere you want to go, just ask them, all prices are cheap to. There is free WiFi at the hotel as well.
To finish off the total bill for 4 adults for 7 days of food massage drinks"alot of them to" buffet breakfast and so on was $1500 Aus. In Fiji last visit for 7 days cost me over $5000 so you do the maths.
This is a wonderful resort and we have made some amazing friends here,local and people travelling so i will be back in april 13 and in Sept 13 loved it and cant wait to be back.
A holiday is as only good as YOU make it.
Also a lot of people that stay here have no timeshare they have been sent by the people who do and want to share the resort with thier friends.
Will post photos soon.
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