The hotel is about an hour and a half's drive from Ngurah Rai Airport, depending on the traffic. You could get the hotel to pick you up which would be easier than haggling at the airport. The alley leading up to the hotel would make you wonder about the authenticity of the photos posted on the hotel's homepage. However all traces of doubt were erased as soon as the taxi drove up into the hotel!
We were greeted warmly with flower garlands, cooling towels and welcome drinks. And the surrounding was exactly as it was depicted in the photos. Luscious greenery, and Balinese style architecture.
We stayed on the ground floor of the villa. The room and bathroom were very spacious, with air-conditioning. And clean. Bathroom amenities are provided as well as bottled drinking water, which are replenished daily. Rooms are cleaned daily and towels changed.
Swimming pool: Good, medium-sized pool and a children's pool, towels provided.
Daily free activities: Walking tour, yoga, games
Wifi: Free, ask for the code from the reception (works for 12 hours at a time)
Restaurant: Restaurant Garpu serves good daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. Local and western food available. Prices are ++
Spa: Professional spa and massuesse
Bike rental: Only for daredevils....
There is no beach at the hotel, however it is located at the edge of the sea. To get to a beach take the taxi from the hotel and drive about 25-30 minutes to White Sandy Beach (the sand is not white, though). Strong waves, but makes for a good day out if you absolutely need to feel the sand in between your toes.... (Pack a lunch from the hotel or there are also restaurants at the beach). Otherwise the pool is a great place to get the sun and still get the seabreeze and hear waves crashing. The lounging bed is fantastic! We slept half the day away on it....
The "city" of Candidasa is about 5 minutes' drive from the hotel (Rp.25.000 with a taxi from the hotel). Nothing much to see except restaurants if you would like to try other restaurants, ATMs, mini-markets and the obligatory souvenir shops. You can get the driver to pick you up for the return journey or get your own cab. The taxis here do not have the taxi sign on top. It is usually a 7-seater mpv. There is a taxi service located in front of the Gemini mini-market (near the lagoon) if you decide to catch a cab on your own.
We (myself and my 7-year-old son) got massages at the spa. We loved it! The hotel gave vouchers to the spa which entitled guests to an hour massage for Rp250.000 instead of Rp.350.000.
We absolutely love this hotel, not just because of the facilities. Yes, we loved the fact that they worked fine and the hotel is very well-kept. However we would also credit the excellent stay to the hotel staff from front-desk to restaurant and kitchen and everybody else was just so helpful, courteous and professional. We would return in a heartbeat.
- There was a constant sewage smell in the bathroom. We kept the bathroom door shut to avoid the smell getting in the rest of the room.
- Ants in the bathroom and worktop.
- We saw a cockroach in the restaurant
- There is no immediate accessible beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa is located in the east of Bali, in the heart of the Candidasa district. With private beach frontage and a beach terrace above, the resort offers tranquility, ocean breezes, and a romantic atmosphere for nature lovers. Accommodations are artistically furnished and decorated with contemporary Balinese décor and modern facilities, and secluded balconies offering views over the ocean, pool, or garden.The natural serenity of being set amongst, mountains, rice fields and ocean, that offers the ultimate peace and tranquility. Whether you want shopping, activity ; such as diving, snorkeling and yoga, or just relaxing and daydreaming. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rama Candidasa Resort And Spa
- Rama Candidasa Hotel Candidasa
- Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa Bali