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“A water temple paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tirta Ayu Hotel & Restaurant

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Tirta Ayu Hotel & Restaurant
3.5 of 5 Villa   |   Inside Tirtagangga, The Water Palace | Amlapura, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia   |  
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Frankfurt, Germany
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8 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“A water temple paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2011

Tirta Gangga is one of those magical places one has to see while on Bali. In fact, I've vowed to return there just to stay at Tirta Ayu for at least three nights!
The small hotel offers only 5 or 6 villas set in a lovely garden, but they are a real gem. There is a pool villa, a Raja villa and three superior villas. We actually took the superior villa, as my husband deemed the more plush Raja and Pool villas as 'too dark'. Well, we were checking in at p.m., and yes, the villas didn't feature panoramic windows, but were more in the traditional Bali style (bedroom is private and for sleeping only). However the superior villa was perfectly adequate, clean, well furnisher and spacious and its outdoor bathroom a delight to soak in.
The highlight was the restaurant - overlooking the Tirta Gangga water gardens. We sat under the high thatched roof with a friendly hard-to-spot mega-gekko reminding us with occassional (mating?) calls that this is Bali and not paradise. Here I had the pleasure to eat the best Nasi Campur on Bali and a delicious Sate Lilith (minced fish sate with lemon grass & co). The superior caliber of the food prompted me to make an exception and to order desert:s: a crepe (pancake) filled with fresh coconut and palm sugar and Pisang Goreng (fried bananas).
Upon viewing of his intensely green crepes (compliments of pandang leaf coloring) my husband accused me of being related to Lucretia Borgia, but then proceeded to munch happily until not a coconut crumb was left.. Hard to believe that by eating simple fried bananas one can partake in a deeply sensual experience, but biting through the light and crispy bit to get the oozy, oogling banana hit my culinary G-spot right there and then.
Dinner was simply great, the service attentive, with the Bali ear-to-ear smiles from the great staff and rounded up by sipping some Chivas Regal.
The next day my family swam in the King's pools, as well as in the lovely hotel's own pool, not too big, not too small, whilst I was being massaged by the pool. The massage was very good, the masseusse very thorough and attentive.
All in all I would come all the way to the east of Bali just to stay at Tirta Ayu again. There are a lot of hiking paths around and I would use the hotel as a base for exploring the countryside.
Everything the hotel had to offer was good value for money, including the message and the restaurant. The staff were very friendly, helpful, yet professional. I look forward to returning!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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london
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40 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

The location of this hotel is stunning and you could spend hours looking out over the water palace from the restaurant. It is especially good to be here early morning and evening when the day trippers have gone. Do swim in the palace pools as the water isn't as cold as the hotel staff would lead you to believe. The lower pool is much cleaner than the upper one as the water is constantly flowing. The rice terraces in this area are very picturesque and you can do trekking here. The food in the restaurant is excellent and the menu specialises in Balinese food that we had not seen elsewhere. The villas are spacious and peaceful and the outdoor bathrooms are almost as big as the room. As there is a lot of rainfall in this area and as the rooms don't get much sun we found our room a little bit musty. The pool area is adequate but not enough sun loungers for all guests. The massage at the spa is good and cheap. Breakfast was a little disappointing as continental breakfast was included within the price whereas at other hotels we were given the choice of a cooked breakfast.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2011

The best word to describe Tirta Ayu is overwhelming. You will find only a few rooms and villas directly within the walls of the Water Palace of Tirtagangga. All accommodations are concealed and out of direct sight. A private pool allures you to take the plunge. From the exterior itself, a certain wellness experience can be perceived of a veiled treat. Metaphorically speaking: all is opposite to Kuta's mainroad.

The decor of the rooms is reminiscent of that of larger chains: simple, but with luxurious fabrics and comfortable beds. As subdued as the rooms are, as extravagant are the bathrooms. The designer has completely gone loose on the theme Water Palace, with gigantic Balinese temple images as shower head holders. The bathrooms are half open-aired, so that when it rains, you won't miss-out on it whilst showering.

Enfolded by fountains and ponds, Tirta Ayu's restaurant welcomes visitors with exquisite taste. The appetizers, main courses and desserts are most agreeable, but always appear to be quite different from what you pictured in your head. In a positive sense that is! One remark should be made about breakfast. Breads are unevenly baked. Top of the rolls is too light and the bottom too soggy.

  • Stayed March 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2010

10th of october 2010 i did get married in Candidasa and the Tirta Ayu hotel arranged the catering service. I can recommend everybody this catering service. The indonesian food inclusive Babi Guling was proffesionaly cooked and it was a taste full dinner (best i had on Bali so far). The food value was reasonable prices and the stafff was great.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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kiama
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2010

We spent 3 nights in this incredible oasis with first 2 in the pool villa but could not leave so were lucky enough that the Villa Raja was available for a 3rd night!!! We did not leave the grounds of the this amazing place for the whole 3 days of our stay we just simply could not drag ourselves away from the peace and quite of the beautiful surrounds of the gardens, pool and restaurant...Bali in the true sense with an regal old world feel to it felt like we had been transported back to the Bali of 50 years ago.....The pool Villa is very modern and is quite new with beautiful soft furnishings ..The Villa Raja is truly an experience not to be missed old world elegence with all the modern amenities you need to make it a memorable and luxurious stay.....Our dining experiences were some of the best we have ever eaten in Bali after many , many trips the Balinese and Indonesian dishes very authentic in flavour and the presentation truly a delight....The sevice of the staff was seconf to none nothing was a bother to them ..so very warm and friendly I look forward to my next stay in this tiny pocket of the world that really feels like your own..

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2010

We spent two nights only at Tirta Ayu, first night in the Pool Villa and second night we decided to upgrade for Villa Raja. Villa Raja is the best room available in the hotel and I strongly recommend to book it if you wish to enjoy fully your stay there. The room is bigger than Pool Villa and the bathroom is great. I have read comments saying that there is not much privacy even in Villa Raja. It is kind of true but this wasn't a problem at all for us since the hotel can host only a few guests at once. Staff is nice and helpful (we traveled with a baby girl of 9 months old and they were all lovely with her, helping us with food, meal storage, mineral water etc). The place is beautiful: unique garden with great statues, public pool, flowers etc. Hotel rather small but you can walk around and find some nice rice fields worth the pictures we shot. One great thing about Tirta Ayu is their restaurant. The chef is incredibly talented and we had some of our best meals in Bali. We went 100% for Balinese food and didn't regret it at all. You must try the whole duck Balinese style (24hr preparation needed). One thing a bit disappointing: the breakfast. Aparently, whether you book a regular room or higher standard one, you would get the same continental breakfast deal: fresh juice, tea or coffee, mixed danish or toasts... pretty basic really. Up to you to order à la carte side orders. Unlike what I read in other comments, prices at the restaurant were reasonable, especially when you consider the quality of what you get. Sure it is way more expensive than street Nasi Goreng but you won't come out pennyless from there. When it comes to pyaing the bills, I suggest you to come with a good amount of Indonesian Ruppias in cash because Credit Card payments will add a 3% service charge to your expenses... Also, if you carry US$, make sure to have bank notes issued after 2007 (common policy in Bali) or your cash won't be accepted. I recommend this place to people who want to retreat from packed places such as Kuta and get a taste of inland eastern Bali. Peaceful and tasteful. Next time we come to Bali, we might go again to Tirta Ayu.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rohnert Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

our stay at the tirta ayu hotel was memorable. the grounds at the water palace are so beautiful and and numerous pictures were taken. our pool villa was a haven of serenity. the staff were very accommodating and all our requests fulfilled. if you want time away from the maddening crowd, this is the place to stay. we would return again.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Inside Tirtagangga, The Water Palace | Amlapura, Karangasem, Bali 80852, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 51 Specialty Lodging in Karangasem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tirta Ayu Hotel & Restaurant 3.5*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover Bali's ultimate number one holiday destination the fabulous Tirta Ayu Hotel (which means lovely waters). Located within the beautiful, secure 22-acre grounds of Bali's most treasured Royal Water Palace at Tirtagangga and situated in the Karangasem Regency of East Bali which is overlooked by Mount Agung. Views of the surrounding countryside are blessed with some of the most amazing rice terraces with the warm crystal clear ocean in the distance. This is real Bali at its best. ... more   less 
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