Look, it wasn't a long journey to get here, a pleasant afternoon flight down from KL, and the immigration/customs was a breeze, it's just that as darkness had descended, coupled with touts at the airport and the horrendous rush hour traffic, we were enduring a feeling of "should have stayed in Penang", but at the same time looking forward to seeing a place new to both of us.
We'd secured an official airport taxi from the booth to the right of arrivals when you leave the building, the driver was a gem, helping with heavy luggage and getting us through the traffic efficiently. It's difficult to assess a place arriving in the dark, but check-in at La Taverna was quick, fuss-free and laid-back, though highly competent. We spent a pleasant evening at a beach bar, and slept well in our cottage-suite.
The next day revealed the full beauty of the lush tropical gardens, beach-side bistro and restuarant, bar, swimming-pool and helpful staff to assist with everything we might need. Breakfasts were very good, in terms of quality, quantity but esecially choice, the informality of the breakfast room and the utterly charming staff only added to our enjoyment of this magical little place.
We stayed here several nights, alternating between La Taverna's much and deservedly lauded restuarant, and the beach bars with a kilometre of so each way from the hotel. There is also a large number of bars/restuarants to the rear of the hotel, along the road that runs adjacent with the beach worth exploring, but it would take the month we intend to spend next time to report on those.
Our suite at La Taverna was complete with outside sitting room, in secluded private gardens, groovy bathroom and an extremely comfortable bedroom. The nature of the gardens meant it inevitable that a selection of critters would visit, but none were malevolent nor caused alarm.
La Taverna is perfect for all visitors, we are a couple, but there were young families and small groups tucked into some of the other suites, and smaller rooms accomodated those enjoying the La Taverna experience on a smaller budget.
This place became our temporary home on Bali, we're lucky enough to travel and are no strangers to the quirky/luxurious, but this place touched us as so few other have before. It was a wrench to leave. We heard from friends who live in Bali that the place is an institution, I'm not surprised.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Taverna is a small privately owned hotel set within lush tropical gardens that open directly onto the golden sands of the Indian Ocean. La Taverna was one of Bali's first hotels and has over the years played host to artists, writers, musicians and a wide assortment of other colorful personalities. Its European owners have endeavored to maintain the spirit of old Bali, whilst also providing a relaxed, informal environment with emphasis on the personal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Taverna Hotel
- La Taverna Sanur
- Hotel La Taverna Sanur, Bali