We cannot speak more highly about this wonderful, small, friendly, 12 room boutique hotel with its amazing garden and waterway running either side of the hotel rooms, leading to the pool and the Rendevous Restaurant at the front of the hotel, overlooking the sea and small islands. We'd stayed here for 3 days in 2010 and rebooked for Christmas and New Year (10 nights). My husband proposed that we marry in Bali. It was a last minute decision that we "elope" so when I emailed Mr Wayan Kariasa, the Manager, just 6 weeks out from our departure to Bali, he was able to plan and organise a legal wedding ceremony. We were more than impressed with the arrangements. It was a simple process of providing documents before leaving and when we arrived we were taken to the Australian Consulate in Denpasar for the final paperwork. Wayan had even calculated the most auspicious date for us to marry according to the Bali calendar on 29 December 2011.
Our wedding day could not have been more special and, in fact, it far exceeded our expectations. Every detail was planned and the organisation was brilliant. There were flowers placed on the ground leading from our room, around the swimming pool, pots of flowers and my bouquet was frangipanis plus a beautiful orchid spray for my husband and I. The staff had decorated the pool area with traditional Balinese "penjor" and also decorated the chairs (for "king" and "queen" - us). We had 10 beautiful young Balinese girls, and bridesmaid (Sita) and page boy (Rama), all dressed in magnificent traditional Balinese costumes. There were flowers thrown and music when I walked to the altar to join my husband. The liturgy (the words) for our service were well written and meaningful to us. We had cake and champagne after our marriage and had other photos taken at the nearby lagoon and also the beach.
Then back at the hotel we had a small reception where we were most fortunate to have our Balinese friends share in the celebration with a delicious 3 course lunch. Then later back at our room, the staff had decorated the entrance with an arch and a huge love heart made of flowers at the entrance. Inside, our room was awash with more beautiful flowers and the bathroom as well had a gorgeous array of flowers. We also had a 2 hour spa - what a treat - massage, body scrub and flower bath. What fun! Then after, the decorated car took us to the sister hotel Ashyana for a dinner on the beach. Wow! The table was set up right on the sand, with 2 Balinese men playing Ringdig (bamboo percussion). We had more champagne and a wonderful dinner overlooking the water and fishing boats. Then, another cake!
We could not fault the organisation and planning of our wedding. What really made our day were the genuine good wishes and greetings from the staff that really entered into the spirit of our wedding and made the ceremony so special for us. We were also presented with a photograph album, all beautifully wrapped with flowers. We are an older couple (young at heart) who were on a budget and the setting of the hotel, the wonderful staff and the fabulous food of the Rendezvous Restaurant overlooking the sea just suited us so well for the 10 nights that we were there. We also celebrated Christmas and New Year's Eve - and that was also a fabulous experience. Thank you Wayan and all the wonderful Alam Asmara staff! We will be returning!
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- Also Known As:
- Alam Asmara Dive Hotel Candidasa
- Alam Asmara Dive Resort Bali/Candidasa