I've read all the reviews on the Siddhartha (well, expect the one in russian :-) ), and would like to add my opinion. Our initial impression: one of the best resorts we've stayed in, but during our 5 day stay we had to change our opinion slightly...
When we got to the resort, we were simply amazed. Extremely friendly reception, tour around the resort, etc. The first thing you notice is the amazing garden. Wonderfully maintained and it looks impeccable. The reception area, the restaurant, the spa, the bungalows: it all looks fantastic. Of course, it is a sort of Bali meets Design style, and you need to like that, but we were impressed. We had one of the sea-front bungalows, and were extremely happy. The view was fantastic: from the lounge chairs on our own veranda, we had an amazing view over our own garden and the sea behind that. Priceless!
The room itself, including the open-air bathroom were spotless clean. It is a big room centered around the king-size bed. All amenities you expect are there: coffee/tea maker, large LCD TV, stereo set, DVD player. We didn't need any of this, but I read in some reviews people complained about the lack of these items: well, they were in our room.( BTW: internet access is available throughout the resort. I have read the many complaints about the high price. I guess they changed that, because we paid 8 euro's (100.000 rupiah) for our entire stay (5 nights). )
The bathroom was very large as well, and felt simple luxurious.
The pool area, including pool bar is very nice, plenty of chairs, plenty of towels.
So far: paradise! So, let's go into the areas that need improvement.
First of all: the restaurant. Many reviewers mentioned it, and we agree: the restaurant is just average. (although, we liked the cats that hang around :-) ).
Breakfast: good selection, but never fresh juice. Weird.... But in general breakfast is good. And when we had an early breakfast at 06:00 the entire selection of breakfast items was available.
Lunch: we only had a sandwich and a salad, nothing special. So no comments.
Diner: here's the problem: poor selection. Poor quality. Bland taste. Simply not good enough. did we hate it? No. Did we enjoy it? Mwah, it wasn't disgusting, but simple nothing special. And especially the indonesian dishes disappointed us. Very small selection (ehh, hello! We're in Indonesia) and the dishes certainly didn't taste fantastic. Very mediocre.
Some people stay at this place for 2-3 weeks. That must be terrible, from a food point of views.
Another area of improvement: the pricing is ridiculous. I mean prices for beverages, restaurant prices, trip prices, everything. The room rate is not my problem here: value for money. But once you're in the resort, everything becomes expensive. And I compare it to other places where we've stayed on Bali, or anywhere else in South-East Asia, for that matter.
Example. The Spa. Beautiful designed, friendly staff, nice treatments. But I pay almost 2-3 times the amount of money for similar treatments in other spas.
The staff: very, very friendly. They really want to make your stay as good as possible!
The Resort manager: never seen him. Normally in places like this you would see/meet him, or talk to him. Weird...
And finally the dive center...
It is very well run. Very good equipment, very well organized, very friendly managers (Morten & Petra). The dive sites around the resort are mediocre at best, although diving the USS Liberty is one of those 'must-have-done-it dives'. Excellent dive!
I didn't expect to write down anything negative here, but the day we checked out I found out we we're lied to.
Here's the story: one of the top dive destination around Bali is Nusa Penida. Specifically the dive site 'Crystal Bay'. Reason: in August and mainly September there is a very good chance to see the Mola Mola. The Dive Center organises trips to Nusa Penida, even tough it is quite a trip: About 2.5 hrs. For us this was THE single most important dive site to go to.
When we found out we couldn't go there, because the trip was already fully booked for the week we stayed at the Siddhartha, The dive manager actually convinced other guests to go on another day, so we could go.That's really good stuff by the manager!!
But then it all went wrong. We were told that the Crystal Bay dive site was officially closed, because of two deaths at this site. Crystal Bay is known to have brutal, ripping currents, that can appear out of nowhere. And often these are down currents. There have already been many fatal accidents here over the years. And now the dive site was officially closed. Well, no Mola Mola for us. We did the dive at Manta Point, but still we're disappointed that we couldn't go to Crystal Bay. Especially since we passed the site on our way to Manta Point and saw the many dive boats there, despite the closure of the site.
The last day of our stay, we talked to the other dive manager and we talked about the closure of Crystal Bay. To our disgust we were told that the site had only been closed for a short time, that they knew the site was open, but that they didn't want to go there agin. Because of the dangers of diving that site. I other words: we were lied to !!!
Don't get me wrong: I understand their decision not to go there anymore. But it is OUR decision and OUR responsibility to decide whether we want to dive at this site. We could have gone with another operator. But the dive shop robbed us of that chance.
Yes, it is a very well run operation, with very friendly people, good equipment. But NOTHING can make up for being lied to...
All in all, we did like our stay at the Siddhartha A LOT. We certainly would come back again there, despite the restaurant and the dive center incident.
The restaurant can only get better (or else we will dine outside the hotel), and the place is just to good not to go to!
Get one of the sea-side bungalows!!
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