Where do i start....
Well i could not of been more over whelmed with our cliff top room. It was simply breathtaking! Myself and my New husband have stayed in many 5 star resorts but nothing comes close to our Villa at the Banyan Tree! We spent two weeks just chilling out around our pool admiring the beautiful views.
Nothing beats sitting in a huge bath tub looking out to the sea and watching TV at the same time!
The Villa's are immaculate, three flat screen TV's, amazing bathroom including an outside shower and one extremly comfortable bed! Our room was cleaned every single day and turned down most evenings.
The Bamboo restaurant is nice, offering varried cuisine. Breakfast buffet was lovely, something i greatly miss! Ja-ma-na was also nice, quite pricey but offers a great dinning experience. Tamarind restuarant which is only open for lunch was the biggest let down, not only on the excessive prices but the variation of food. We had a bowl of pasta each which came to nearly £60! By far the best dinning option we found was the in-villa dinning service. The food was gorgeous but the best part was the service, staff would come in, lay a table cloth down, set your meal out. It was perfect! Although we are not niave when it comes to eating in 5 star resorts, we are always prepard for the inflated prices and be prepared becase these are hughely inflated!
We took a few taxi rides out of the resort to local supermarkets and stocked up on drinks and snacks, which proved helpful apon check out! In comparison a sprite in the Banyann tree cost 45,000 rp where as the supermarkets charge 7,000 rp! We had in villa dinning most nights which saved us alot of money as we had our own drinks.
Other reviews have mentioned about the hottub being switched off at 6pm BUT we used ours some nights at 9pm and later and it was still boiling hot! It was amazing sitting there gazing up at the stars with the rolling waves in the background.
We also received a complimentary 'special evening suprise' as we were on our honeymoon which was amazing. Apon returning back to our villa from Ja-ma-na. there was a candle lit walk way and a rose petal bath with more candles and a bottle of wine. It was a lovely touch and something we really appreciated!
We also loved our night time sweet and tea which was served during the turn down service. We were always eager to see what we had that night!
Although the location of the Banyan tree is set back, it was perfect for us, quiet and private just how we like it!
There was one other thing that i just feel like i have to mention and that was the spa prices. Again i know how inflated prices are in 5 star resorts but my god this was absolutely outrageous! We had initially booked two treatements but apon discovering one of our treatments, the head massage only lasted 30 minutes although being described as a 60 minute treatment costing £80 was unacceptable. We swifly cancelled our treatments! When you compare that to english prices thats 3 times the amount But when you compare it to Balinease prices its 100 times the amount! Roughly a head massage outside the resort would set you back about £5.
One of the best parts of our stay was seeing the monkeys swing by in the trees below and evening popping into our villa now and then. We also saw 20ish dolphins swimming by which was an amazing experience.
The staff we're also brilliant, very welcoming and extremly helpful. By far the best service from the staff we have ever encountered! The buggy service was also great, perfect if your having a lazy day!
The beach once completed will be an asset and although its shut at the moment we still managed to get down there, assisted by one of the Banyan tree staff. He was lovely, bringing us towels and water and making sure we got up and down the steps safely.
Overall we loved our stay at the Banyan tree and will definatley be going back to another banyan tree resort . Thank you to all the staff for making our honeymoon just that extra bit special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set high on the cliffs near to the Uluwatu Temple, Banyan Tree Ungasan brings definitive fine cliff top living to the renowned beach island of Bali. An all-pool villa resort located at the southernmost point of Bali, Banyan Tree Ungasan offers one of the best unparalleled views of the Indian Ocean, complete with a level of comfort and privacy synonymous with the Banyan Tree brand. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali Hotel Ungasan