We chose Lotus Bungalows following some days at the sister hotel Villa Almarik, Lombok because we dived last year with Gangga divers on Gangga Island in Sulawesi and thought that their operation was superb and, like the Almarik, it did not disappoint! The hotel is located in Candidasa in the east of Bali – much quieter than the main tourist area in the south, and close to great dive sites at Nusa Pinede and Tulamben. The hotel was quiet when we were there, and so we seemed to have very personal service which was always friendly. Our room looked straight out over the sea, and close to the infinity pool with the enormous lounging platform with giant cushions – great for resting in the cooling easterly wind with a book and a beer after diving! The dive operation was very professional, and we always had a dive guide just for the two of us which made excellent opportunities for diving slowly through the undersea environment to find beautiful corals and lovely sea life – frog fish, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, mantis shrimps, awe-inspiring manta rays and, on one dive, a close encounter with a whale shark! Each dive trip involved a 15 minute drive to the nearby port where the diveboat was moored or, on two days, an hour’s drive to Tambulan to dive the stunning Liberty wreck, but both journeys gave us a chance to see island life and the dive operation provided lunch on the boat or the beach if the timing took us beyond lunchtime! Jan and Henriette came to see us every evening at dinner to agree a plan for the diving next day and make sure everything was fine. We’d certainly stay with Lotus hotels and dive with Gangga divers again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in a peaceful lush garden, Lotus Bungalows is located at the entrance of Candidasa. With a very high standard of service and comfort, it is the perfect place for nature lovers and diving enthusiasts. The Lotus Bungalows embrace mystique of Bali, with its bewildering natural charm, beauty and culture. The friendliness and hospitality of its people provides you with an exotic and relaxing holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lotus Bungalows Hotel Candidasa
- Lotus Bungalows Bali/Candidasa