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“Tranquil, perfect Bali” 4 of 5 stars
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Jalan Pantai Bingin, Bali 80361, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #148 of 952 Hotels in Bali
east coast
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“Tranquil, perfect Bali”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This is what I think of when I think of Bali. This is a beautifully done small compound overlooking the amazing waves at Bingin. Yoga classes were a highlight. The much hyped sushi dinner on Sunday night was OK, but the great setting and communal sitting style made for a memorable evening. Unfortunately, there was construction happening on a lot adjacent to the hotel, with constant drilling throughout most days.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We entered the lodge and there was nobody to welcome us. Someone called out from a window in what room we were. Obviously we had no idea as we had just arrived. The man who apparantly was the owner came down but was very unfriendly. After we had been in Bali for 3 weeks this welcome really took us by surprise as everywhere you go in Bali people are extremely friendly.

I did like the look of the place but as the room had no airco it was quiet impossible to sleep.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We have just returned from an awesome holiday around Bali. For a section of our trip we stayed in Bingin. We stayed at The Temple Lodge and had a fantastic stay there. We were welcomed by the friendly Amed and also met later by Cristiana. Breakfast each morning was amazing along with a dinner we had there - delicious! Our room (Gecko Lodge) had awesome views of Impossibles and Bingin surf breaks (my hubby and son were in heaven) and we loved the outdoor shower overlooking the surf breaks. The monkeys are a problem so everything needs to be locked away in very large lockable boxes. Our son was a little concerned when we arrived and was very hesitant, however after one day we all settled in very well. The place would not suit everyone...it is very unique and there is no air conditioning which most would like to have...fans were fine during the night and we love the heat anyway. We can't wait to get back there next year!

Room Tip: Try and get the Gecko suite as the views of Impossibles and Bingin are amazing!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Ants, Mosquitos, screaming children, barking dogs, wifi only in common areas, searing heat, overpriced, poor service & empty promises. No thanks! This was our "splurge" accommodation on our honeymoon and it was so disappointing even though it was breathtakingly beautiful. The bugs, as they are everywhere in Bali are invasive. The mosquito nets and coils did little to keep us from being bit. An army of ants invaded our bathroom and all the tables in the common areas. I was bit by ants repeatedly while using the wifi that is only in the common areas. A family with two awful children were also staying at the lodge and were incredibly disruptive. Screaming, crying, complaining and splashing in the pool was a daily occurrence. Not very romantic for us... Wish the owners would have taken the lead and asked the family to keep it down. The dogs bark early in the morning and late at night. Very disruptive. The worst part of our trip was that We rented motorbikes from a local staff member at the lodge and I crashed into a ditch with some terrible injuries. We were able to make it back to the lodge and layer the hospital by cab, that's when the service truly went south. Ame promised a "probiotic shake" to help with my healing when we returned from the hospital... Nice, but that never happened. We were handed a box of medical supplies and essentially left on our own from there on. We felt like we were a terrible burden on the owners through this accident instead of being taken care of or showing true concern. Shocking. We were forced to have dinner at the lodge every night as I was unable to walk down the 200 stairs to the beach for local warung food. Dinner was interesting, hot Italian food on a very hot day was an odd choice, but it was our only option. Very pricey. A lot of empty promises were made by Ame, including talking to his "guy" we rented the motorbike from to negotiate repair costs (he again, dropped the ball and we literally paid for it). We had to hunt him down between his yoga and massages to use a phone to rearrange our accommodations due to the accident, always feeling like were such a burden. Very poor service. The last straw was a promise to send us an email of suggestions in Ubud, as again we had to unexpectedly rearrange our plans, which never happened. It's my opinion that when something like a motorbike accident happens, you do your best to be of assistance and show compassion. In the end we felt ashamed of our presence and apologized to Ame "for being a burden." His response "well, thanks for that." Unbelievable! Everywhere else we stayed in Bali during our stay was more kind, inexpensive, present and accommodating. Such a disappointment.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I stayed in May/June this year with my daughter and her boyfriend who had been in Indonesia for a month. They had previously stayed at Temple Lodge a couple of times...and I understand why they were so keen to go back!
The 3 of us were in the Spice Suite, which doesn't have a view of the ocean, but was PERFECT for us. With a kingsize canopy bed inside , a beautiful bed with canopy was made up for me in a raised loggia in the enclosed garden of the Spice Suite. Separate access to the bathroom from both areas. We all slept very well, and I could watch the stars at night from my sweet garden bed!
The outlook from the pool and common areas is a stunning vista across the ocean and beaches, with stunning sunsets. We spent many hours reading and relaxing in and around the pool.
The food was another highlight - fresh, delicious and well priced. This is a very peaceful quiet nook on the coastline of Bali, so you will need a scooter to get around if you wish. The owners and all staff were friendly, helpful and kind. I felt amazing after my rejuvenating holiday at the Temple Lodge, thankyou (Anna, Emily, Dan).

Room Tip: Some have amazing ocean views, some may be difficult to access if physically impaired.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Stayed for the first time last week and immediately decided to book my honeymoon here. For me, The Temple Lodge is perfect. The rooms are rustic, tuscan inspired and unique. The pool is relaxing with the best view I had in Bali, the 'restaurant', is quaint, relaxed and delicious. The management style is personal and relaxed, there is no reception so if you have a question or need to request a taxi, you ring a giant gong and someone pops their head out of their treehouse! We stayed in Gecko Sweet, which was huge, open and relaxed with surf views from the cliff-top semi outdoor shower. I'd like to try Eagle's Nest next time, which is down the cliff face a little with uninterrupted private ocean views. I am shocked to read some reviews claiming they experience 'arrogance here', the place is run by an Italian couple and their son, and their son especially could not have been more kind and helpful. I agree this is probably not a place to bring young kids - there is not much to do besides swim and relax. The beach is a short, interesting hike down the cliff, with limited warungs offering beach front dinners. To get to any other beaches/restaurants/shops you do need to organise a Taxi, but they will take you anywhere for 60,000 rupiah, so $6. My one slightly negative comment was that as the rooms are all open and un-airconditioned, you really need a fan per person when sleeping, as in one fan was not enough for our bed, we needed one on either side! I'm sure they would accommodate this request.

(We did a day trip to Finns Beach Club, the private beach owned by Semara Villas on the opposite side of Uluwatu - highly recommend for a luxurious private beach experience. )

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Italian owners, so everything is done with imagination and character. Each room is unique. There is a feeling that you're visiting friends. The idea of ​​a common dinners are great. After the first dinner - you know everybody in the hotel and feel like home.
Very easy to get to the beach - it is right under the hotel.)
But if you need the service at the hotel - it is not your option. The hotel has a special style and way of life, the kitchen closes early. No shampoo and shower gel - it surprised.
Morning yoga - perfect.
Worth to stay at this hotel for a couple of days, it is really nice.

Room Tip: coral room
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Pantai Bingin, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #148 of 952 Hotels in Bali
Number of rooms: 7
Also Known As:
The Temple Hotel Bali

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