My daughter and Son in Law who live in Australia had already booked a trip to Bali and at the last minute suggested we join them. This was our first visit to Bali and lovely Sandi Phala was a perfect starting place. We were there for 5 days at the start of our trip and it was chosen in ignorance and with speed. We weren't keen on the choice my daughter had made for her first five days as it was in the mountains and we like to see the sea but wanted to be near enough enough to my daughters hotel so that we could meet up easily in the evening. As 'first timers' to Bali we hadn't accounted for the traffic jams eating into the travel times but after a couple of days you just make allowances. When we told her we had booked a hotel in Kuta she was horrified and said we would hate it. She was certainly right about Kuta but we were so glad our ignorance brought as to the Sandi Phala. Dont let the location put you off and certainly our hearts were sinking as we drove from the airport but as you turn into the hotel, it's a little oasis. The staff were a delight from the moment we saw Bude holding the name of the hotel aloft amongst the hundreds of other names at Denpasar airport until the time we sadly moved on after our five days. It was everything I had expected Bali to be. The room was spotless and absolutely nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff and after our exhausting 22 hour flight from the Uk to sit in the little bar overlooking the beach at sunset with a mojito in my hand, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven and new that the long journey had been worth it.
The Ma Joly restaurant is a must for a least one night of your visit. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Although I don't think the prices are especially more expensive than a reasonably priced high end restaurant in the UK but I except there are much cheaper places around but if you stay away from the wine and factor in the setting and ambiance in my opinion it's really very reasonable. Again the staff and service were impeccable and I'm cross with myself that I didn't write this review earlier ( we went in February) and I could have dropped a few names.
The hotel itself is small and wouldn't be suitable if you were looking to meet up and make friends with other hotel guests - some days we had the pool to ourselves - But it's perfect if you want a relaxing, pampered time and especially for arriving and unwinding after a long journey and for when it's time to go and only want a sort hop to the airport as it's literally 6 mins away and they operate a shuttle. I can't wait to go back to Bali and Sandi Phala would be my first stop.
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- Also Known As:
- The Sandi Phala Hotel Tuban
- Kupu Barong Beach Hotel
- Kupu Barong Beach Tuban
- The Sandi Phala Bali/Tuban