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Besakih Beach Hotel
Ranked #46 of 76 Hotels in Sanur
PERTH, W.A
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“Paradise!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2009

As newcomers to Sanur, we just wanted a break to rest and relax in quiet surroundings, and that is exactly what we got! The Besakih was very quiet, immaculate gardens, and the most friendly management in Bali. They just went out of their way to be helpful and friendly at all times. Location was perfect, right on the beach, and the rooms were basic but roomy and well maintained. The only complaint from the teenagers was the poor TV , with only 2 english speaking channels ( BBC and Aust. network!! ). The 2 swimming pools are small, but very close to the beach and restaurant. The pool table was free to use, and the kids loved Betsy the dog, Manas the cat, and the 2 turtles. This hotel is always full of people who have been before, and now we know their secret. If you're after clubs/noise/party scene : this is not for you. The Besakih is just for people wanting to experience the old fashioned Bali mantra : peace, rest, immaculate service, and the cool breeze of snoozy Sanur.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2009

We have been to Bali and Lombok numerous times, and like to experience different areas and accommodation. We have stayed at several of the Sanur beach hotels (including La Taverna, Griya Santrian and the Segara Village). We have also stayed at the Besakih Beach before, and have have just returned from another stay at the Besakih. We always enjoy the experience, and this visit was no exception, so we've just booked again for next year.
We find the rooms to be comfortable with very comfy beds, pillows, and good bed linen. They are also very clean, and all of the rooms that our family were allocated were freshly painted. Maintenance is often a problem in Bali. None of the wardrobe doors closed properly, and the airconditioners struggle in some rooms, as the filters are not cleaned as often as they should be. (We just cleaned the filter ourselves, and the efficiency rate shot up immediately). Fridges never appear to be defrosted in Bali (or Australia for that matter), and as we like really cold drinks, we always defrost the fridge first chance we get as well.
The Besakih bathrooms do leave a bit to be desired. They were clean, but are old, with stained grout and worn tiles, but with fresh new shower curtains. There was also no shortage of hot water and great water pressure. The towels were a bit small and flimsy, but were adequate. However, I don't hang around any bathroom longer than necessary, so didn't find it to be a problem. My son's bathroom did leak a lot of water from the shower onto the floor, which annoyed him a bit.
The staff are very good. We find them to be very friendly and their English is mostly good. I managed to have quite a good discussion on taxation rates and religion with one of the cleaners, and I speak no Indonesian, so his skills were pretty good. We have never had any communication problems with the upfront staff. Even the gardeners are welcoming and friendly, although as expected, mostly they have limited English. What they lack in English, they usually make up for in smiles when you make eye contact with them.
The breakfast was included in our rate, and was very good too. Try their mixed omelette (after the fruit platter, and danish or croissants) - delicious! Then go back to your room, and mostly you'll find that the staff have zipped in while you were away, and you'll find the beds made, the room clean, and smelling fresh and lovely. Magic.
The swimming pools are small compared to some other hotels, but the main pool overlooking the beach is great. You can rest on the edge and watch the world pass by. As the pool is small, there is limited space for poolside lounge chairs, but there are plenty of them beneath the shady trees on the beach - just a few metres from the pool.
All in all, I like the Besakih. There are nicer places to stay, but they are also more expensive. The Besakih has a relaxed friendly atmosphere, it's clean, it's cheap, and is good value for money.

A word of warning on money changers - Be very careful of the Wartel (Government authorised money changer) directly over the road from the Besakih entrance - No 86 Jl Danau Tamblingan. It's also an agency for the Denpasar Foto Centre, and is a car rental place as well. They are meant to be trustworthy, but one (or 2?) of the staff are not. She doesn't fill in the paperwork, and may try to confuse you by asking for change midway through the transaction. She then doesn't complete or give you any supporting paperwork. When questioned, she claims to have been interrupted doing the transaction - hence the unfinished paperwork. The apologies are profuse while she claims it was a mistake. It wasn't. She's trying to sting the customer - so insist on the paperwork and count your money very carefully before leaving the shop. I'm over money changers, and now try to use a bank whenever possible.

The Safari and Marine Park is worth a visit. Don't miss the animal educational performance at 11 am. Take a hat - it's really hot there. We booked it through the hotel, and the entrance fee per person was 370,000 Rp (with pick-up at another Sanur hotel. We got a driver to take us to the other hotel, and it then cost us extra to be dropped off at the Besakih). A few days later, a Besakih driver told us it would have only cost us 200,000Rp entry fee if we hadn't booked through the hotel. He said it was standard practice for the hotel to get a very big commission on any booking. We would still have had to get a driver to take us there and back, but it would have been a much cheaper option if what he said is correct. It might be worth checking out.
Oodnadatta.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2009

This hotel leaves a lot to be desired compared to all the other hotels we stayed at during 3 weeks in Bali and Java. The room reserved was a refurbished room, booked well in advance, but the room we were given was definitely not refurbished (they said it was - ha!). We paid $65 US which was way overpriced for what it was. Like others have said, the bathrooms are horrid, room cramped, sheets and towels old and worn. We should have moved hotels but were at the end of our trip and were feeling lazy. If they are going to book refurbished rooms they should stand by their word and do it!

The front desk staff Sri was not one bit friendly and it didn't feel like any staff went out of their way at all to make us feel especially welcome. The hotel is filled with old timers from Australia which seem to get the good room, reserve pool chairs at 7 a.m and enjoy hanging out and socializing in their balconies. It felt a bit like a campground to me.

The best thing about the hotel however is the great big shade trees covering the beach loungers. If you are a sun lover you will need to go somewhere else - maybe to the pool if you are an early riser to get a seat!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
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Darwin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2009

We stayed for our second week, and after coming from the cheaper hotel, we think we definately got better value there. We were in a bungalow close to the road, really no closer the the beach than what we were at the other hotel. We were excitied about the kingsize bed until my partner developped back problems from being too hard. The aircon was just cool enough at night but struggled during the day. The bathroom need bleach desperatley, and the drainage wasn't flash and ended up in ankle deep water after every shower. There was no cable TV or radio, so no music, don't care for TV. We were overall only just satisfied with the room but looked at other hotels within 5 mins each way and for value for money, I can say that we won't be staying here again. I know that it may seem like I am whinging, but each person is individual in their expectations and I was disappointed at what I got for the price in comparison. The internet can only give you a guide but you have to see it to make your own assumptions.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2009

We stayed at Besakih in June for two weeks. This was our third stay at the Basakih after having stayed at a number of other places in Bali on other trips.

In the past six months they have been doing alot of work on the resort and the grounds look fanstastic. They are also slwoly renovating the rooms. On this trip we stayed in a Bungalow but were booked in a standard room. They were kind enough to upgrade us since we had stayed in a Bungalow on previous trips. The bungalows are large, basic but still quite nice.

The gardens of the resort are very nice and well taken care of. There are a number of ponds including the two well fed turtles. The resort has two pools. The main pool is one of the best in Sanur. Its not the biggest is right next to the walkway overlooking the beach. Nothing beats swimming up to the edge and resting whilst looking out over the beach. They also have a pool bar serving drinks and food.

We never had a problem with getting a pool chairs. If the around the pool was full we went down to the beach where there was always plenty free. The Resort is in a great location with only a short walk to the markets and restaurants along the beach.

The staff are very friendly. A few of the staff don't speak the best english but we always found them to be friendly and helpful. No request ever seemed to be a problem. If you have not been told good morning or hello once or twice from the room to the pool there is something wrong.

The staff member who always goes out of her way to make people welcome is the Resort Dog "Betsy". You will often see her walking around at breakfast looking for pats or laying under someones pool chair. In the afternoon ske likes go for walks with guests along the boardwalk or doing afternoon patrols of the resort looking for snacks from people having afternoon drinks outside their rooms. If you remember betsy does like sausages, bacon, and ice cream.

The breakfast was again great value and the restaurant overlooks the beach so we found it easier to sit down and relax. The restaurant is not that popular at lunch or dinner as there are so manny other Restaurants to choose from along the beach and main street. We had lunch there and found the food to be quite nice but it is cheaper to go to one of the restaurants along the beach.

It easy to see they have so many regular guests. The resort makes you feel at home and is a great place to relax and unwind. Not luxury but has everything you need and makes you feel at home.

Needless to say we will be staying at the Besakih again.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2009

The Besakih is abit run down, we stayed in a bungalow that has not had any renovation like some other bungalows (room 219) the location of the bunglow was nice and private even thou its abit old and could do with some fresh paint.

The pool area is lovely, but there is never enough chairs for everyone. Most of the staff there does not speak english very well, there are only a couple that understand english better than the rest, but they usually work at night, which it doesn't help if you want fast quality services durring the day, e.g we ordered 2 banana smoothie and they got it wrong twice. They even put acohol in my 4 year old daughter banana smoothie.

Also the resturant services is very slow, when you order your lunch, about the time you get it, it will be nearly dinner. So remember when you want to have your lunch by the pool, be sure to order early, especially when you have kids. Not all the staff are friendly, maybe this is because they can't speak english properly. Overall the Besakih is a nice little resort but nothing special, but what do you expect for a 3 star hotel, you get for what you pay for. The resort is good if you are bringing a family, but don't eat at the hotel as it is quite expensive and you don't get much on your plate, especially the salad. It looks alot when they bring it to you but hollow in the inside.

Beware of all non authorise money exchange, there is a little shop around the corner from the Besakih hotel, which is on the main road and there is a little shoe shop right next to it. There is a guy there with a little pony tale that doesn't speak english very well or he doesn't speak at all. He always has the highest rate and said no commission. DO NOT GO TO HIM, he will rip you off after the third count.

He will let you count the money and it all look right when you counted, when he put it together for you right infront of you, this is when it goes missing, and then when you walk away this is when you realised that a few hundred thousands has gone when you counted again. Other Australians has experienced this as well, if they are authorised they will let you sign a docket, and if they are not you will walk away with less money.
If they are playing poker with you, you will mortgage your house. So a lesson we learned over in Bali.

Shopping - if you want to go shopping for clothes and not get rip off 10 time the prices, then go to a shop called Toot Sie, its off the beach in Sanur along the lane way. Its about a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Besakih hotel, depending how fast you walk. When you see Benos resturant,its on the same side of the resturant but abit further down the lane way. e.g, other shop would charged you for a quick sliver Tshirt from 150 thousand to 85 thousands rupia, Toot Sie will charge you 30 to 35 thousands depending on the size, the large and extra large is 35 thousands rupia.

We have enjoyed our stay in Bali, but won't be in any rush to go back there. We found Bali is very limited with the variety of food, if you like asain food then you will be in for a dissapointment, but plenty of western food and expensive. Bali is good for shopping, and beaches, the food is crap. We went to alot of resturants in Bali and only one resturant has fresh coconut juice to drink. For goodness sake this is Bali, NO COCONUT? Thailand is still a better place.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2009

took my parents 15years to talk me into going to Bali. i went and stayed at the resort with them. now i know what all the fuss was about and why they keep returning!!! second family is not the word. amazing spot, food people and location. no where in the world could u ask for a better position for sunrise. fell in love with Betsy and the staff. not to mention the Lazzee bar across the road. girls on the beach fussing over u and the house staff so friendly. i am not waiting another 15years to return. Besakih here i come. transport transport,,,,,yes please straight back to Bali Besakih!!!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Besakih Beach Hotel
Address: Jln. Danau Tamblingan No 45 | PO BOX 3306, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Sanur
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Besakih Beach Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and relax in the tropical splendor of the Besakih Beach hotel. Set amongst beautifully manicured gardens 80 attractive Balinese Bungalows offer the ideal setting for you to enjoy the delights of the Bali Coastline. ... more   less 
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