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Mara River Safari Lodge
Ranked #2 of 12 Hotels in Gianyar
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

I absolutely loved my experience at Mara River Safari Lodge. From the Lobby pick up in an old fashioned open safari van to the extensive information provided to you about the lodge. The staff are all exceptionally friendly and would bend over backwards to ensure you enjoy your stay. The swimming pool is awesome, being able to swim in while rhinos are zebras roam just 30 ft from you is spectacular. The rooms overlooking the grounds are equipped with all the luxurys and the semi-outdoor shower is a great touch. This place would be amazing for a family for a few days, with plenty to entertain kids whilst providing a relaxing and calm atmosphere for the adults. Was a great way to kick off my trip!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

We loved Mara River. The African style bungalows overlooking the wild animals roaming was great. Drifting off to sleep to lions roar is an experience as is dining in the Tsavo Restaurant with the lions close enough to almost touch through the glass windows. Each night they bring a different animal into reception for the guests. We had a snake & elephant. Plenty of time for photos & questions. Food & service excellent although on the expensive side. Night Safari, feeding the zebras also fun. The live show in the Agung Theatre was a great story of Bali, educational, musical & funny. The theatre is beautiful, very cool & comfortable. Cannot speak highly enough of the whole package. Stay here & see the Safari Park at your own leisure & enjoy the extras you get for being a guest not a day tripper. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

The place is perfect for families with kids of all ages. We travelled with kids ages 9, 12, 15 and 16 and we all enjoyed our 2 night stay...our villa, which accommodates six, had an excellent location relative to the swimming pool -- this pool overlooks an open area where zebras, rhinos and elephants wander about and come to feed in the afternoons. However, we were a bit of a walk from the lobby and the ONLY restaurant in the lodge, Tsavo.

The lodge is quite impressive, our villa was wonderfully decorated with an African village theme... everything was clean and secure, unless you're terrified of frogs, geckoes and lizards as I am -- then you will be freaked out quite often. This is a safari-hotel after all...there will be frogs and geckoes at every turn, but, happily...you may also meet a squirrel or two on your way to lunch.

This is an excellent choice for a weekend, but I wouldn't push it far beyond two nights unless you and your kids really REALLY like animals and don't mind not having anything else to do except look, feed and just generally hang out with animals. The first problem about staying longer is the food....there are enough food options at the Bali Safari and Marine Park, but all those food shops close by 5 or 6pm and after that, you have no choice but to eat at Tsavo. The food at Tsavo isn't bad at all, but the menu is limited and if you've already had breakfast there every day, and a lunch or dinner...you really get rather tired of it. Also, it is a bit expensive, compared to everywhere else you have or will get to eat in Bali.

I would definitely recommend a night or two at Mara River Lodge, but I suggest exploring the rest of Bali from a different base.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

My family with 2 kids (a 5yo and 3 yo) stayed for 2 nights. On the whole we had a wonderful experience. What stood out was the night safari experience when we got to feed the lions, tigers, zebras and a host of other animals. The animals rides were pleasant and exiting for my 3yo. We had the chance to take photos with a 10month old baby lion which was quite an experience too. The educational shows which was well staged and narrated and pretty entertaining. And one morning we woke up to an amazing view of 2 rhinos, zebras grazing right across from our room.

The GM and one reception staff was especially helpful and speak good English and make good recommendations. We were glad to have met them who made a difference to our stay experience.

We gave the funzone and waterpark a miss, many rides were closed and don't look well maintained. The food at the Tsavo lion restaurant was abit costly but otherwise had a wide selection.

We would recommend it for first timers. But will not make a return trip since the park is not very big and we have covered most of it.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

It seems that the hotel takes every thing concerning the guests' entertainment and comfort into consideration, except that there is not jogging path for them to exercise and enjoy the unique scenery at the same time. It is a pity. The furniture and decoration of the hotel room are also of African style. They are special and beautiful.The waiters and waitresses are friendly and will offer a helping hand without hesitateion. The food in the restaurant is not so excellent ( at least it is not to my taste), and not cheap, either, but the service is good. We can watch lions and some lovely animals outside the windows when we eat.The best thing here is that we can listen to the lions roaring from afar when we lying in bed at night.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Li Jung Y
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed at the resort for 2 nights. Our package deal included the night safari and dinner and a few other little things. Firstly the park is excellent and well worth the visit in it's own right. Great for kids and enjoyable for adults to experience the animals up close. The night safari is well worth doing. Having a tiger sitting on the roof of the tour truck and being able to feel it's hot breath was an amazing experience. Dinner (which was included in the package) was excellent and an enjoyable experience with the lion's growling etc on the other side of the glass. We went back next night for dinner and found the prices to the restaurant on the expensive side (for Bali) yet they were well presented and nicely done. Breakfasts are great with a choice of a few styles of foods. Accomodation is very clean and well appointed. The little things like the shower wash etc are a nice touch and are well thought out. A two storey villa is the best as you can see the animals on the range grazing etc. Rooms are all airconditioned and comfortable to be able to make the hot days better even after a dip in the huge pool.

A very clean and comfortable place to stay however I think possibly 2-3 nights would be enough as the park is big enough to not see in one day yet might be scratching for things on the 3rd day. Bali Agung is a show to see if you have the chance also.

Room Tip: only marked the fitness centre down as I didnt think there was one which in essence is non-relative...
  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank willthan
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I love this lodge.
We'll need to use Golf Car to go everywhere between Hotel Area.
You can found burning mosquito repellent inside the closet. It's enough to burn it around the room to keep you safe from mosquito.
But if you don't like the smell, you can prepare Insect Spray before you come.

Stayed: January 2013
Thank W_chat
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Address: Jl. Prof Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19, 80551, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Gianyar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Gianyar
#2 Spa Hotel in Gianyar
Price Range: $178 - $317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mara River Safari Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mara River Safari Lodge is a themed resort that offers a truly unique experience. Accommodation is composed of a series of comfortably appointed thatched dwelling orientated towards a landscaped inhabited by wildlife. With the shadow of Bali's sacred Mount Agung looming in the distance, embrace the rare tranquility of this retreat as rhinos, zebras and oryx graze contentedly at close range. Savor the raw beauty surrounding the lodge, while lions majestically roar declaring their status as the king of the beasts. ... more   less 
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Mara River Safari Hotel Gianyar
Mara River Safari Resort
Mara River Safari Lodge Bali/Gianyar

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