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“Best hotel in Kuta Area...but no beach!”

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Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Ranked #6 of 251 Hotels in Kuta
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Perth, AUS
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“Best hotel in Kuta Area...but no beach!”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Cannot fault the hotel at all. The best in Kuta as far as I'm concerned. The only criticism I would make is that although the hotel is right on the beach - it doesn't have a beach due to a big retaining wall. If you wish to swim at the beach you need to walk about 200 metres in either direction along the boardwalk. We found ourselves catching a taxi up to Legian beach most days as you can at least hire chairs and umbrella on the beach there. Kuta does not allow umbrellas or beach chairs.
We would happily stay at this hotel again if we wanted to be in Kuta, but intend to stay in the Legian area in future.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

Just recently returned from a 5 night holiday at the Discovery Kartika Plaza, in Tuban, and loved every single moment of our stay. My wife and I had a pool view garden room, ground floor, and were impressed from the moment we arrived until our reluctant departure.
We were impressed with the quality of the room, the amenities, and the darkness of the room once the blinds were drawn, which facilitated a very relaxing sleep-in, if required.
The breakfasts were first class and provided an abundance of choice, more than sufficient to satisfy all tastes and desires.
The pool was exceptional and the swim up pool bar is one of the biggest I have had the pleasure of swimming up to.
The service throughout the huge complex was outstanding, nothing in this area could be faulted. The free wifi is simply an added, and much appreciated, bonus.
If there was one negative it is that time simply flies too fast at the Kartika, and a fantastic relaxing holiday is over way too quickly.


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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

my husband and i stayed here from 15 to 22 may it was very quiet but that was ok,it is a lovely resort the pools a very nice gardens immaculate,nice breakfast,only problem was our room was never cleaned each day we would arrive back after being out all day it was getting beyond a joke every day i had to ring housekeeping to clean it and the aircon wasnt that cold one day it was 23 then 25 after being out walking all day the last thing you need when you get back is a warm and uncleaned clean room,but apart from the resort is beautiful,and we would stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

It was our first stay in Bali and an excellent introduction. The hotel location is ideal - next to the huddle and bussle if kuta, but the hotel grounds are big enough to make you feel like you are isolated. Great hotel grounds - massive gardens, beautiful pool, great quality restaurants and bars. The grounds and the room were very clean and well kept. The rooms were on par with other hotels in their category. Wireless was a bit slow but Internet was free. Breakfast buffet was excellent. Overall a great experience. Word of caution though- we stayed on block A. Block B is closest to the mall and town and can be a bit noisy.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

After returning from Bali on the 20/5/13 and spending a 16 day stint at this hotel, there's really only (1) word you could say about this hotel...Outstanding...From day(1) till the end there was nothing but praise for these people. Always smiling and very well mannered. Nothing was ever a bother. We stayed in a Ocean view room on the west side of the hotel, great view of the property and the ocean. The room itself was very clean and quiet, big in size with a king bed. Airconditioning worked very well. The bathroom was very clean and with a large seperate shower, again everything worked well. The cleaning staff who make your room up are very good, they even come back in the afternoon to see if you need anything else done. The thing i have to say about staying on the west side of this complex is if your planing to dry some wet washing and leaving out on the balcony on the clothes hoist it takes some time to dry as there is no sun that beams in this area, so maybe ask for the east side of the hotel!! If your a long term stayer as we were, they through in a few extras, (2) double free meals within the hotel plus drinks, a invite to the managers cocktail party every Monday night , no charge and discounts on meals and drinks.

The full buffet breasfast down stairs in the Pond area is very good with lots to choose from but can get quiet busy at times, but no big deal as there is plenty of seats. The grounds are in perfect shape, with the well looked after lawn and the gardens, its a pitty that these ground staff don't come over to my place and do mine!! Very well family catered for, they have a childrens play ground and a toddler pool with plenty of shade so the kids don't get burnt from the sun. The main pool is very clean and big and with the water falls coming out of the garden lsland and the (2) walking bridges across the main pool makes it a very nice touch.. The only issue i had with the swim up bar was the price of the drinks, don't get me wrong, the bar itself and the great staff and the choice was very good, but as usual the price on drinks was a little on the pricey side..A small Bingtan stubby, $4.50 and the cocktails around $7.00 upwards. I had a spearmint cocktail one night and i was charged $11.00. So maybe go easy on the drinks inside the hotel..They have happy hr starting from 5pm to 7pm but only %30 off.. The entertainment at night was very good with live music and dancers..worth a watch!!

The meals in the restaurants within the hotel are nice but again a little on the pricey side, but your choice where you eat as there are ample of places you can go around Bali!!! A big plug goes to the management and staff at the Bamboo Bar and Grill which is located opposite from the Centro shopping centre, not far from the hotel, can't miss it!!! Its owned by aussie so they know how to cater for us and others of course!! They have a welcoming drink and a very cold towel as you enter, no charge..Huge plasma screens to watch the AFL & RUBY and with a live band every night is great entertainment..The meals are very tasty and generous, again, well done to all concerned..we'll be back!!

If your looking for transport when in Bali, give this driver a go. He's name is and yes its KETUT, but sorry NO RHONDA!!!! Vey knowlable around Bali and very helpful.. He charges around $40.00 Aussie dollars all day and it doesn't matter if you sit in for lunch or do a tour for a few hrs, he will be sitting in the car park waiting for you on your return, or if you need a interpreter, he's on hand..He's name is Ketut Sumerdra...Email..ksumendra2008@hotmail.com or Mobile..+62 81 337 107 944..Worth a try!!!

All in all another great time spent in Bali and as we go over every yr, this was no exception..This yr we flew Garuda Airlines..sorry to all others, but we found Garuda much better in all catergories.. Till next yr...Rob

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

My wife & I returned for a 2nd stay at Discovery Kartika Plaza within 12 months. Had a great, relaxing time again. Room was good & free wi-fi was very handy. Location was perfect for us to do lots of walking. Service was good & efficient. We had no problems. A well-run resort!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

After spending 7 nights here with 7 girlfriends we all agreed the grounds and staff were fantastic however the rooms are in desperate need of renovations.

1st room AC wouldn't adjust moved to new room, this room shower continually leaked
2nd room couple of days in and no power at all, could open the door, the safe or anything else moved to new room
3rd room TV wouldn't work staff came and advised the socket was damaged not the TV just don't touch the socket and all will be ok??
4th room shower continually leaked all over the floor

The beds felt like you were sleeping on the base of the ensemble very uncomfortable.

We did try the spa and it was extremely elegant and peaceful - would use again.

I sadly will not be recommending this once upon a time lovely hotel to anyone until it has been refurbished - better standard of accommodation can be found which also offers better value for money.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Address: Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kuta 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room 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 Business Hotel in Kuta
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kuta
#2 Family Hotel in Kuta
#3 Spa Hotel in Kuta
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Kuta
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kuta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 318
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel offers the warmth of Balinese service with caring and thoughtful service. Set on 8-hectares of gardens and ponds, along 550-metres of private beach, are 318 rooms, suites, and villas. This includes villas with beachfront access, ocean view suites, and ocean front rooms.The hotel has 3 dining outlets, 2 bars and 2 lounges, and facilities such as a swimming pool, full service business centre, day spa, and Kid’s Club. Spacious function rooms, including a 700 sqm ballroom, and a private helipad allow for grand celebrations, romantic weddings, private business meetings, or large conferences.The hotel proves welcoming for couples, friends, families and business executives. Its convenient location makes it an ideal gateway to the vibrant and colourful sights of central Kuta. It is within walking distance to the main Kuta shopping areas, including the neighbouring Discovery Shopping Mall, Waterbom Park as well as a variety of retail, dining and entertainment options. ... more   less 
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