Bali Bhuana Beach Cottages are a hidden gem if you know what you are booking. This is no resort and there are not the sanitized European influences. This is real Balinese accommodation owned and operated by Balinese locals who are friendly, helpful, hospitable and most importantly are very proud of their culture. My wife and I spent 4 nights there and left feeling thoroughly relaxed and much more enlightened about the Balinese way of life and customs. We are about to book for 2 weeks during our next visit to Bali which highlights the enjoyment of our stay.
We were initially attracted to the Bhuana Beach Cottages by favourable reviews on Tripadvisor. Our initial questions via email were answered promptly and professionally. We asked about ocean views and were told clearly and honestly that none of the rooms had views of the sea but the property was beachfront.
We decided to book a bungalow and transfers from the Sense Hotel in Seminyak where we were staying previously and to the airport for our return to Australia. On each occasion our driver was on time, friendly,very knowledgeable, passionate about his culture and most importantly a careful driver. We really enjoyed our 2.5 hour drives to and from Amed through the beautiful countryside and villages.
We were greeted warmly on arrival and shown to our room after a welcome drink. Our bungalow had views of the magnificent tropical gardens and from the verandah the restaurant ,pool area and ocean. The property is narrow and the accommodation is built in a line with the infinity pool and restaurant closest to the beach with great views. All the accommodation looks out over the established gardens and fruit trees. Our bungalow was large,well maintained and very clean. The double bed was comfortable with quality linen and bedding. There was no problem with the air conditioning. All the airconditioners are small modern split systems but with the high ceilings and large room size are only just able to do the job. We operated the airconditioning on maximum whenever we were in the room and were very comfortable. You could certainly notice the difference when venturing outside.The bathroom was sizeable, partly open, very clean with good water pressure and hot water supply. Yes the curtains are not blockout but were clean and provided privacy. We enjoyed waking up early to the sunlight and sound of roosters crowing in the background. Our room had no musty smell as mentioned by another reviewer.
We spent much of our time enjoying the pool area and day bed bure. The facilities are more than adequate for the number of guests and have been carefully set out to provide for enjoyment of both the pool and ocean.
We found the breakfast served at our table to be simple but fresh and satisfying. We ate exclusively at the restaurant and found the food to be good value and plentiful. Yes there was some variation in food quality but overall our experience was very positive.The service was very friendly and the tiny kitchen clean.There was a good selection of local and western dishes. A couple of times we ate lunch by the pool. Nothing was too much trouble. We were going to try other restaurants but settled on the convenience and quality of dining in - house.The outlook over the pool and beach was fantastic both during the day and lit up at night.
We did spend some time walking around the local area and beach. There are no hawkers, scams, or traffic other than motorbikes. Just genuine, friendly locals going about their business - what Bali used to be like. Black sand beach with fishing boats and snorkeling. The water is clear but rubbish was brought in on the afternoon tide/winds.
The owner of the cottages was very engaging and knowledgeable. It was interesting to hear his views about Balinese culture and the efforts to maintain it. His staff were without exception warm, welcoming and focussed on enhancing the enjoyment of our stay. They all seemed to be enjoying their jobs and with any accommodation this always makes such a difference to the enjoyment of guests.
It was interesting that several other guests at the time we were there had moved to Bhuana Beach Cottages after less than satisfactory experiences at nearby establishments. It was also interesting that they were in Amed and at Bhuana Beach for much the same reason - to experience the real Bali and to relax in a safe and quiet environment. Everyone we spoke to were enjoying their stay immensely.
So, in summary, we were delighted with our stay. It ticked all the boxes for us in terms of what we wanted for our holiday hence the rating. Hopefully this review is helpful to others in deciding whether Bhuana Beach Cottages will meet their needs.
- Also Known As:
- Bali Bhuana Beach Cottages Karangasem
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