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“Lovely hotel and great diving!”
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Lotus Bungalows
Ranked #11 of 20 Hotels in Candidasa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 15, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Rooms closest to the sea can hear the waves all night - lovely!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

I stayed at this hotel on a retreat with a group of 16 and not only was the accommodation perfect but given the reasonable rates, the food and service were incredible. The managers Henrietta and Jon did everything in their power to make sure that all of our needs were attended to.

The resort consists of several bungalows that contain a small fridge, large bed, room for clothing, and tea and coffee making facilities. The best part is the outdoor bathroom and shower. It is in the elements but completely private so you can shower under the stars if you so choose.

The grounds are gorgeous and you can hear the ocean from everywhere on the property. NB: It is also flat so those that have issues with bad knees (there were a few in our group) can get around easily unlike some of the other resorts we visited. It is not a great beach for swimming but the pool is large enough to swim laps and laze around. It is very quiet and very peaceful. There is not a lot to see in the town (it is pretty small) but there are things to see around the area and the resort will take you to various dive sites in the area as well. Be sure to visit the water temple not too terribly far away.

The food in the restaurant is pretty good and they have both western, indonesian, and Balinese choices and although I only worked through the asian items the others enjoyed their choices. I had a massage in the evening by the pool that was fantastic and helped to start the trip on a good note!

If you are looking for a quiet getaway for rest and relaxation far from the touristy parts of Bali at affordable rates than this a the perfect choice!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 15, 2012

We were looking for a quiet getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of Kuta ... And we've found it here! the grounds are beautiful and the view from the seaside pool is incredible. We love our room and the outdoor bathroom, the friendly service ... And the gracious help we receive from the staff for arranging trips to nearby attractions. definitely a 5 star experience for us!

Room Tip: Ask for the bungalow closest to the ocean if it's available!
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Thank DaniYak
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

Amazing views, very nice service, clean and comfortable rooms. One of the most beautiful places to spend a couple of days!

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Thank Fbrunosilva
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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The swimming pool here is world class with fantastic views over the ocean. Rooms are clean and staff were nice.
I thought the food was very average and in retrospect didn't like the 1/2 board situation-which is breakfast plus one other meal included in the price. For me the food was not of a standard that made me want to eat their every night so we lost out because we preferred to explore some of the restaurants in Candidasa.
That's my biggest complaint although for two and adults and two young children it was more expensive than more sumptious places we stayed at in Ubud and Seminyak.
Also there is no beach so to speak of. But you can get a taxi and go to nearby beaches.
I think Lotus is okay, the rooms are clean and tidied often and the outdoor showers are brilliant. But overall I think there is better value for money around.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

We chosed this hotel randomly. The view was stunning. The staff were very friendly.
The pool was great. Breakfast was alright and standard. Dont have chance to try their meals on the restaurant. The room is small but clean. The bathroom is open. Its fun to shower outside. However it was bit scary because someone can actually see and watch you shower from the coconut tree outside the bathroom (which is happened to us).

And the aircon was tooooooooo cold.. Not really good blanket available.
However the housekeeping come and gave us better blanket.

Overall the experience was nice...
However they should need more touch on the property.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank elzyech
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Reviewed April 11, 2011

We stayed here for 5days and if you wanted peace and quiet in a breathtaking this was it.

Accomodation- Small and clean Bungalows

Food- was OK but nothing special but their are many restaurants in the area.

Perfect place for relaxing and sunbathing with an out of this world swimmingpool see photos they do not lie.

If you are ever in Candidasa you should visit this place

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ball-1234
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Address: Candidasa Main Road, Candidasa, Karangasem 80871, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem > Candidasa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Candidasa
Price Range: $64 - $105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Lotus Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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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