We recently stayed here for six nights and enjoyed the great views and excellent food. Full credit to Anya in the kitchen. But we were very disappointed by the non-existent diving/snorkeling operation, misunderstandings regarding the pricing for the hiring of a snorkel boat, resulting disagreements over the final bill at the time of check-out and the poorly maintained snorkel boat. It doesn't help that the local staff - whom otherwise try very hard to ensure that guests are happy and deserve full credit for this - speak very little English, and that the owners are based in Dili, and are very difficult to communicate with, as wi-fi and cell phone service are patchy at the best of times. We spent our first night in one of their 2-bedroom villas - which are converted shipping containers - but the noise from the very old and very loud air conditioners, necessitated that we move the following day, to one of their deluxe rooms. Which worked out fine. We're not sure what would have happened, had they been full at the time. Beloi Beach Hotel advertises itself as a dive resort. We'd like to highlight the most important issues that we found with this hotel: 1. Dili-Atauro Island transfer was done with a 15 foot boat, without a safety presentation and internationally accepted safety gear and marine communications equipment. This boat had multiple engine problems about 2/3 of the distance across the strait; which on a 25 km open ocean crossing, was reckless and dangerous. This transfer is advertised on their website as using a 39-foot water taxi. 2. Snorkel boat provided was the same boat used for the transfer, and again, had engine problems; a ridiculously short dive ladder, that was about a third of the length required to be effective for divers/snorkelers, and with a swivel pin that kept breaking, such that the ladder swung under the boat; protruding metal on the side of the boat that ripped several holes in a wetsuit; boat driver who didn't speak any English, who mostly failed to assist us in getting out of the water, and who didn't seem to have much idea of where the best sites were. 3. Absence of dive equipment and photo rooms, where dive/snorkel gear is hung to dry overnight and where notebooks, cameras, batteries, etc, can be charged. 4. Absence of large baskets to store your gear in - had to ask for and got very small baskets - and still had to dry wetsuits over communal chairs. In summary, we found Beloi Beach to be a great place to relax, with great views, food, and bar scene, but a difficult property to dive/snorkel from, as they lack the necessary infrastructure and experienced staff.…
This great little hotel is a five minute walk up the hillside overlooking the beach, although the hotel arranges a pick up as you arrive on the ferry or by boat. This means great views, gentle breezes, no pesky bugs and absolute quiet for sleeping. When I visited in Feb, I was the only one at the hotel for a day and the only one with Marcin, the dive instructor. It was fabulous. The snorkelling and diving is not to be missed and I dove every day of my visit. The reefs are healthy and stunningly active. I saw 1000s of fish, turtles, snakes, eel, tuna... crazy! The rooms are modest, clean and air conditioned. The food is fine and the bar is a real treat. The plunge pool is small with a spectacular view. If you are in Timor, a visit should be on your must do list.
Did a day tour to Atauro with this business. The boat trip across was fine, although no safety briefing, and while I trust there are life jackets , it was by no means clear where The island is lovely, and the crystal clear water abounds in coral & fish Not sure if scuba would greatly enhance the experience. Hotel has a very attractive terrace with pool, and an excellent view. Lunch was simple but good Only downside was that it appears a bit expensive st $ us 135, Nonetheless, happy to do it sgz
Neyl answers emails very promptly. His staff is kindly and helpful, especially Gito who looks after guests at the hotel. (By international standards, It’s more of a guest house than a hotel.) The local ferry being out of operation Beloi runs the only regular transfer service. From Dili the boat was spacious and had good engines for the open ocean and took an hour. On the way back, however, they used one of small dive tenders. It took 2.5 hours and was not safe. This needs to be improved. In contrast to Dili diving, Atauro boasts lusciously healthy corals, but very few fish and no pelagics. There are also resident schools of melon headed and pilot whales. The resort is only usually busy with visiting folks from Dili on a day trip over the weekend. I was the only guest there mid week and had the Polish dive master to myself. I could therefore choose when I wanted to dive. The equipment is new and of high quality. There are clean rinse tanks and plenty of place to dry your equipment. The rooms are small but clean and have AC and en-suite shower and toilets— the only accommodation on Atauro that have this. Rooms are not serviced while you stay there. There is no hot water-it’s warm at best but it’s so hot you won’t mind. There is a slight sewage smell from the drains but not enough to be off putting. There is no WIFI and no TV. The resulting peace and quiet was a selling point for me. The small pool and bar is super cozy and overlooks the sea. The reggae theme everywhere (including on scuba tanks!) is a bit odd for the most upmarket option on the island but doesn’t detract. Other than being transferred to Dili on the dive tender, the only thing which can and should quickly be improved is the food quality. Granted supplies on the Island are limited, but Barry’s Lodge manages to produce good meals and they don’t have a boat that goes to Dili at their disposal. The cook should probably get a few tips— ketchup features prominently on the menu everyday. To get the most out of your stay, plan on spending at least three full days diving here. Cost is $100 a night for all meals and the room and includes boat transfers ($45 each way for third parties). Diving is $55 a dive. They only accept cash and there is no ATM on Atauro.…
Beloi Beach Hotel Dive Resort on Arauro Island offers some of the best diving in Timor Leste. The reefs just off the beach are amazing and now protected with National Park status. Everything is pristine and healthy. Brendan our dive master was thorough and gave comprehensive briefings for each of our dives and created a relaxed but very safe dive environment. As older divers returning to diving after a long break, his observations and suggestions also really helped us improve our diving skills. The dives themselves were spectacular. Healthy corals, diverse fish, sea snakes, lobsters, turtles - amazing. If you are diving in Timor Leste don’t miss Arauro! The hotel is comfortable and the view from the pool, bar and restaurant is stunning. Gito who looked after us worked hard to ensure we were enjoying our stay and we did. We left feeling very relaxed. However you need to bear in mind that Arauro is still developing as a tourist destination. Go there with an open mind and you’ll have an amazing experience. …
Visiting family in Dili, recommended Beloi Beach Hotel. Excellent position, rooms very neat and tidy with aircon. Food was buffet with good choice of traditional food. Ponkys Bar and Cafe new addition, great area and huge variety of cocktails all very reasonably priced. Now offers diving packages to excellent reef off beach. Doll factory a must visit.
I’ve been to beloi beach hotel before and nothing comes quite as close to its tranquil feel aswell as the atmosphere from the moment you step foot on the island. We met Neyl at the airport and the experience was seamless - this is our second time back to beloi beach hotel and this time was for the scuba diving. My partner was very nervous but we were made to feel very comfortable. The instructors were experienced and knew the most amazing locations, I’ve never seen anything like it! Honestly can’t put a price on professionalism and peace of mind. If you’re going scuba diving in Timor, don’t look elsewhere!!!! Will certainly be back!!
Warning: Very dangerous and hazardous crossing in a boat not suited for Open Water and without any lifesaving equipment. The very small boat was heavily overloaded and with inadequate engige power. No credit Card accepted, no ATM on the Island. They tried to cheat us several times when we were paying, for example trying to get us to pay for the transportation twice. The food was at a low quality and was not served warm and also the quality of the wines were low. Even Christmas Eve we got the same left overs. We have wrote management about our shocking experience, but only got a standard excuse letter in return, they have apparently so many complains, that they do not answer individually.
The Beloi beach resort is one fantastic location with great service. Peaceful and tranquil. Neil and staff made us feel welcome and were accommodating with every need we had. Great cocktails and views.
What more could you want after a day of swimming than an amazing cocktail from Brendan, if its not on the menu he will give it a go. Relax and enjoy the view and if lucky he will be strumming his guitar