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“Difficult circumstances” 5 of 5 stars
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Bayu Cottages Hotel and Restaurant
Jl. Raya Amed Seraya | Bunutan - Karangasem, Amed, Abang, Bali 80852, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #26 of 45 Amed B&B and Inns
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“Difficult circumstances”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

It would not be fair to comment on the amenities or service in this hotel as our scheduled eight day stay coincided with a severe weather event that compromised the infrastructure and operation of normal routines and we had to leave after four days. However the rapid,decisive and generous response of the owners exceeded our expectations and the above rating is based purely on this factor. In good weather, the views from the upstairs rooms would be amazing and the staff still managed to provide delicious breakfast over the four days without access to electricity. Thanks to all for their efforts.

Room Tip: Lovely views from the upstairs rooms, but very steep steps to get there
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

We will be back. We booked for two and stayed for three. Having stayed at Blue Moon Villas, which we highly recommend too, on a previous holiday Bayu did not disappoint. By comparison it is a well priced hotel with spectacular views from the balconies, swimming pool and dining area. We were greeted in the morning by the noises of the local people, the sights of the fishing boats and the splendour of the ocean. Breakfast included was simple but pleasant. The staff were very friendly, willing to accommodate and very flexible. We ate dinner at the hotel twice, the food was fresh, simple but adequate, offering a small range of traditional and non traditional dishes. The beds were comfortable, bathroom clean and well planned, air con worked well and TV offered many channels (although we didn't watch it). The only minor criticism from us would be, is that our room was located near the kitchen, and at times we felt the staff could be more mindful of their chatter and movements considering there were guests present. This should not deter you by any means but a friendly reminder to a great staff. We loved it!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We stayed for 4 nights in early December and enjoyed every moment. Our room #4 was at the top floor with a nice balcony and a panoramic view of the sea, Mt Agung and the village. In the evening, we enjoyed the beautiful colors of the sky. It was also nice sitting there early in the morning looking at the village waking up, amazing color of Mt Agung and the calm sea.

Our room was spacy, very clean and functional with a comfortable bed, nice shower with plenty of hot water, in-room safe, good air-conditioning with fan, writing desk, lots of storage space and big windows with great view. Internet is available at the balcony free of charge. Laundry is cheap at RP3,000 per piece and balcony is also a good place to dry clothes with bamboo clotheshorse equipped.

Although the hotel is the other side of the village main street from the beach, it only takes a minute or two to the beach. We could just go down with swimwear and bare feet. Snorkelling from the beach was beautiful with lots of small fish and healthy coral.

Hotel has a tiny pool with a view. We are not pool people but we enjoyed dipping in after coming back from snorkelling and appreciated the warmth and the view.

Young employees are all hard working and making sure guests have a comfortable time.

I don't think the hotel restaurant has been fairly judged by Trip Advisor in the past. I thought food we ate there was yummy, well presented and look very pretty. Girls were doing good job here too. Nasi Goreng and Club Sandwich were the best at Bayu while we were in Bali. We also ate at Wayan's Warung just down the road and Cafe Indah, beach front retaurant. They were both also nice.

We were very lucky to stay at Bayu Cottages and also lucky to know East Bali and this peaceful and quiet fishing village of Lipah, Amed.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

Amed is a little fishing village that's learning how to accommodate tourists. It doesn't have the experience or the structures as the more popular and more frequently visited places such as Legian and Kuta. It has grown in hotels and services over the past 5 years and I'm sure it will grow even more. I didn't see any flashy places that the south west of Bali may have but The Bayu Hotel doesn't charge as much either. We found the rooms to clean with good air con. They don't come with a fridge or even tea or coffee but we found the prices in the hotel was similar to the markets anyway. The view from out balcony was good for 32 euro par night, you could see the fishing boats coming and going and yes the odd roof top here and there. The food was yummy and priced ok. My wife uses the Nasi Goreng rule of thumb for how expensive a place is. Between 30,000 and 45000 is cheap, 45000 to 60000 not cheap and around 80000 or more rp expensive. The Bayu was in the cheaper section.
The snorkeling was really good, plenty of coral and fish to gaze at and only meters from the shore. We hired our gear off the beach. Always looked clean and in good order for around $3 per day.
I would recommend hiring a scooter while staying in Amed and make use of the uncrowded roads to explore the wrecks.
Amed itself doesn't look as green as some other areas as it sits right behind some mountain causing less rain. It's strange to see one side green and the other brown.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

The view from this hotel is amazing. The pool is beautiful. The rooms are nice. The great staff bring you your breakfast to your room's balcony.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2011

We stayed in Bayu for a week and it was lovely although a week in Lipah is plenty.

Location - the hotel is located right at the end of Lipah beach, not waterfront, slightly elevated with lovely views. The road is not a great problem however sleeping with an open balcony door is impossible as the road does get noisy in the morning. From the hotel there are stairs that will take you straight down to the beach,

Rooms - we stayed in room 5 (out of 6) which is on the top floor and it was nice and comfortable room with two double beds, lovely balcony. It is not luxurious at all but more than adequate. Bathroom I would not call exactly outdoor but it has a small opening in the ceiling that allows a view of a hill into which the hotel is built. We enjoyed views from our balcony immensley.

Food - hotel food is nice although quite pricey, much better option is Wayans Warung just down the road with lovely food and extremly friendly staff that are very genuine and really appreciate your business. Average dish price in hotel is 54000 Rp (including 10% tax) - 4 GBP where in Wayans for exactly the same sort of food you will pay 30000 Rp (2.20 GBP). Breakfast is ok, although after a week it gets bit boring (only choice of 3 preset breakfast meals: 1) eggs + tea/coffee + fruit salad/juice, 2) rice/noodles + tea/coffee + fruit salad/juice and 3) pancakes (delicious) + tea/coffee + fruit salad/juice.

Drinks - again cheaper elsewhere but I suppose they have to make their money somewhere. Beer in hotel is 32000 Rp (2.40 GB) which is reasonable. Bottled water is bit expensive at 13200 Rp for 1.5l. Expect to pay about 5000-6000 Rp in other restaurants or shops. Fruit juices are lovely although at 27500 Rp (2.10 GBP) bit overpriced.

Beach - it is a lovely beach BUT it is black sand and most of the day it is impossible to walk barefoot as it does get VERY hot. During the day there is no shade on the beach and renting a sunbed with a parasol will cost you 50000 Rp (3.80 GBP). Access to the water is only possible right in the middle of the beach but there is lots of fishing boats "parked" on the beach so you can't really lay a towel there.
Snorkling is amazing and right from the far right corner of the beach - same side where Bayu is. You can rent the equipment for a day for 30000 Rp (2.20 GBP). Trip to Japanese wreck can be organised on the beach for 250000 Rp (19 GBP) for two including the equipment.
Beach seems the centre of the village and many locals are there and they can organise anything for the right price. They will approach you all the time and try to sell you snorkeling, sailing, massages (100000 Rp - 7.50 GBP for an hour)... anything... They are very friendly and as soon as you say no they will leave you alone.

Village - you have to be aware that this is not a touristic resort with polished gardens and lush grenery... you are right in the middle of a lovely small fishing village community and as such for some people it will have drawbacks. It is definetely not very clean, in front of hotel there is a big plot of land for sale which is now being used for cows and goats, there is chickens running around... but all this is what makes it proper Bali.

I would definetely reccomed Lipah beach if you need a relaxing, laid back place with local community around you.
Would I choose Bayu cottages again - probably yes.

Oh, one more thing... staff in hotel are very very nice, very polite and genuine.
Definetely try siting on the terrace, sipping a beer, enjoying the view and relaxing.

Room Tip: Room 5 and 6 are the best rooms
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2011

I always research and plan our holidays very carefully and Trip Advisor is a major factor in the final decision on where to stay and until now it had always proved an excellent information source but I have reread many of the TA member reviews of Bayu Cottages and it is as though they and the Bayu Cottages website are talking about another place. There was only one reviewer who “said it like it is” but unfortunately my previous experiences with TA had taught me to go with the majority as long as it is a big one and, on the grounds that there is always “one”, I disregarded the bad review – at our cost. In this case I have got to be “two”.
We travelled 7000 miles for a peaceful chilled holiday with nice sea views and good snorkelling. We got the snorkelling. To be fair you can see the sea from the rooms but not before you have looked over the roofs of the hotel on the beach, through the pole cabling, over scrubland to the north and, from the infinity pool, past the Bayu car park signs. One cannot expect perfection at the low price of Lipah hotels and I think we could have got over the views that did not come up to expectations but the insurmountable problem for us was THE ROAD. It runs immediately in front of the pool and restaurant (admittedly about 15 feet below) and only a few yards back from the room balconies and the noise is considerable as this is a country where engine noise does not seem to be regulated very much, if at all. The favoured transportation is motorbikes - many of which were ridden at normal boy racer noisy speeds. Many lorries and pick ups passed and there was a particular lorry which passed several times that was so loud it woke my husband (an amazing feat as he sleeps for England). It seems to start 5.30-6.00am and of course gets worse as people go to and from work. We did not get the full impact however until day 3 or 4 when we spent the day by the pool and after that my noise tolerance level seemed to drop considerably. Unlike the other dissenter we had payed in advance for 7 nights - we would certainly not have stayed if we had not.
Then we come to the web page – what a clever photographer ……
The web page was full of “our pool” “our restaurant” “our rooms” and the “inhouse” owner/ dive instructor but we did not set eyes on mine hosts and we discovered towards the end of our stay that they actually live in Denpasar three hours away. We did see a lady who arrived with supplies which the staff carried up the steps and who brought nothing up herself so I guess she may have been an owner but she just said hello and disappeared into a room never to be seen again. We love going to small hotels - meeting and hopefully liking the owners but the only people we interacted with were the staff who were, with not too many exceptions, very pleasant. The food was ok, inside the rooms fine and everything worked.
We liked Lipah very much - the snorkelling was good and the sun shone all the time. We had planned to spend our 8th and last night in Bali in another area nearer the airport but decided after a couple of days to stay on in Amed. Fortunately - as it turned out – Bayu could not accommodate us so we looked around and found somewhere else right on the beach. It looked so nice that we booked two nights and bit the bullet on the last prepaid night in Bayu. About an hour after we had told the staff at Bayu that we were leaving early somebody came over to tell us that we could not have a refund – for which we had not asked.
In summary, apart from the imperfect views and the busy road, the place was as described so if you can overcome these things or at least arrive without the high expectations we had then you will not be so bitterly disappointed and probably have a good time.
By about day 5 we had decided that Bali was going on our “been there done that” list – I think the noise pollution problems slowly ground us down! Fortunately the wonderful last two days revived our spirits – to be fair the new resort did cost IR100,000 (£7.20 or $11.25) more per night but it was idyllic with an infinity pool truly looking at the ocean, a proper chef in the restaurant and a completely different “Hindu” atmosphere so now I am sure we will return to Amed sometime.

Room Tip: Try to be on the restaurant level - it is a long way up steep stairs to the top two rooms (4 & 5...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bayuhotel, Owner at Bayu Cottages Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this review, October 11, 2011
Thank you for your review. Excessive traffic noise, produced either by “boy racers” or up-powered trucks, is indeed a growing concern and nuisance. With other hotel owners and managers in the Amed area we’ve been negotiating with village chiefs and eldermen, police officers and the Bali Tourism Board to find ways to act against this illegal use of motor vehicles. Traffic rules and regulations do apply in Indonesia and the standards (also on noise production) are almost identical to European standards. Our hopes are high that our message and complaints have been understood and action will soon be undertaken by officials.

Regarding the absence of the owners during your stay: Our well trained staff has proven over and over to be quite capable to look after the guests at our hotel. With that knowledge in mind we had booked ourselves a small trip to Singapore to visit the Zoo, Universal Studios, etc., as a present to our 4-year old son after being released from his hospitalization. Sorry for that.
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Address: Jl. Raya Amed Seraya | Bunutan - Karangasem, Amed, Abang, Bali 80852, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #26 of 45 B&Bs / Inns in Amed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bayu Cottages is a small boutique hotel, with just 6 sea view rooms and direct access to the beach and the Bali Sea, with a beautiful snorkel spot right in front of the hotel and spectacular dive-sites nearby. Designed and constructed with just one objective in mind: our guests relaxing comfort. The hotel combines the best of both European management and Indonesian hospitality. ... more   less 
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