We booked our stay based on the strength of the reviews here but really could not identify with the views of the majority. The pics look great on Tripadvisor but the atmosphere on-site did not live up to those pics and our expectations. But let's start off with the strengths:
1. To be fair, it is a boutique hotel and viewed from that perspective, it is comparable to the villa-type accoms around Seminyak. In fact, they are a little more luxurious than those in Seminyak/Kuta but note that The Bale is also more pricey. In my view, there is not a lot to do around Nusa Dua and the dining options are limited - hence, I agree with a post here that mentioned The Bale as being "too pricey for (the) value".
2. The service was very good; the staff members were very attentive and accommodating. In my view, they alone deserve the great ratings accorded to the property.
3. The 'Faces' restaurant dished out very tasty meals, both local and international cuisine. We tried a range of their dishes and came away with a good impression. The soto ayam was good, as was the lobster pasta that we tried. I especially enjoyed the mee goreng. So a 4.5 stars to the restaurant. We did not have dinner there and so can't comment on the dnr menu.
The downside (want to add that everyone's experience and taste is different - it just did not live up to the good reviews here):
1. There is NO beach front - in case you made the mistake of looking at one of the photos like we did. The photo is a management photo of a small area on the beach that is about a 3min drive from the hotel across the main road. You can walk but it would take you 10 mins and perhaps by asking around. The area is extremely small and is flanked on the left by a barren patch of private owned ppty and on the right by a activities organiser. It is not luxurious and we felt that it was very makeshift - we were accosted by therapists hawking massage services. We left after 20 mins.
2. Not a big point but just wanted to mention that The Bale sits next to the main thoroughfare and is therefore noisy as you enter. You can't hear the noise at the villas but the feeling of exclusivity is lost as you enter the hotel.
3. The Villa itself is well-appointed, with a pool and a big-sized bathroom. However, we did not once swim in it coz the pool floor looked filthy. You can see the dirt stir-up as you touch the water - I think they try to purify the pool every morning with chlorinated pellets but I can't be sure. There were white pellets that dissolved after a while. We were also not enticed to enter the main pool for the same reason and the general feel of the ppty just did not resonate.
4. The Villa was populated with mosquitoes. I do not want to sound like I am nickpicking here but it really is annoying when they buzz around you at night and you wake up with bites everywhere. We had Baygon sprays but seriously, how many times to you want to get up and spray insecticide in your own air-conditioned room?
5. The air-con system is insufficient to cool the place. One unit broke down during our stay and although they fixed it, they asked us not to lower the temp below 22 deg - In the Bali heat and given the size of the room, I thought they really should relook their cooling systems.
6. Our villa was noisy with all sorts of fauna - a pigeon made a nest on the roof and we would hear it cooing all afternoon - annoying! We had lizards visiting the room and a wierd noise circling the ppty all night. Found out on the last day that it was some sort of bird (a Kite perhaps) that circled and landed on our Villa roof at night.
We were looking for some form of luxury when we were there but did not find any. I do not believe the ppty merits the 5 circle ratings it has been getting. If you do find yourself drawn to the ppty, I would recommend that you spend 1 day at Finn's Beach Club at Ungasan. It costs us Rp80,000 by cab each way but the trip was worth it. It was really beachfront as you would imagine it. I will not be back here.
P.S. Have a look at The Mulia next door - great ppty and certainly beachfront but it may be a little too big and corporate to offer you the private coupling time if that is what you are looking for. But worth a visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bale is a rare gem, a retreat dedicated to revitalizing your soul. With just 29 blissful pavilions, each with their own private swimming pool and modern, fashionable interiors, The Balé offers you the chance to relax and revitalize in style.Stroll through peaceful white − walled courtyards and past refreshing water pools, indulge in the unique collection of holistic spa treatments and well-being programs and dine on the freshest organic produce.Enjoy the friendliest and most refined service − what we call out "hospitality from the heart". The Balé is all this and more. Come and experience its magic.You deserve it ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Bale Hotel Nusa Dua
- Bale Nusa Dua
- Bale Hotel Nusa Dua
- The Bale Bali/Nusa Dua