We were so pleased to have chosen this resort to stay for 8 days in Amed. Our room was lovely with a four poster bed draped with a mosquito net, crisp white sheets and a big doona. The mattress was comfortable and the air conditioning was good, although on most nights we slept with the doors open and the air conditioner off. The sea breeze provided sufficient cooling. There was a decent sized television in a cabinet which received the Australian channel and a couple of news channels. The sweeping view to the ocean and hills could have been on a postcard. In addition to the bedroom and bathroom, there was a small dressing room which also contained a fridge and sink and there was plenty of bench space for storage of suitcases and photographic gear I loved it that there were good tea and coffee making facilities including milk- again, rare to be provided in Bali hotels. . The bathroom was spacious and had a good shower over a bath big enough for two. Lighting in all the rooms was good and believe me , this is unusual in Bali, even for five star hotels. Outside the room and overlooking the view, there was a huge, king sized day bed and a small table and chairs. A good, free afternoon tea was also available every afternoon.
We ate most of our meals in the restaurant. The ‘no extra cost’ breakfast consisted of muesli, cereals, black rice pudding, pastries, a very big fresh fruit salad , eggs, toast and coffee. It was also possible to order a number of other things for a small price. The lunch and dinner menu had a wide variety of dishes offered (I have separate review for the restaurant) and the food was as good, if not better than the other restaurants we tried. The meals were ‘home cooked’ style. The steak with mushroom sauce and the fresh fish (not always available when we were there) with mango and cilantro relish were our favourite dishes of the ones we tried. Free afternoon tea was also served. All the staff were charming and gracious. The hotel arranged a transfer back to Denpasar and the car was newish and the driver, very good.
The only slight downsides were that there were a lot of steep stairs to our room and I would not recommend this hotel for people who have difficulties with their knees, mobility or who don't like a bit of exercise. There were also occasional power outages but this is probably normal for the areas of Bali which are outside of the biggest tourist areas.
The dive centre was fantastic and Murray, Niko and Helen were wonderful guides. They were fun to be with and had great knowledge of, and experience with the local dive sites. They were safety conscious and gave excellent briefings. On one dive, there was a sudden, strong and unexpected current which we had to negotiate to get back to shore and I had confidence that Niko knew exactly what to do. Helen also made me a wonderful video.
I am already planning a return visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An harmonious synthesis of traditional balinese craftsmanship and the more eclectic "Bali modern" style. Beautiful villas surrounded by lush gardens, frequented by a rich variety of birdlife and butterflies.A boutique style resort nestled on the hillside above a fishing village with stunning mountain and ocean views to Lombok, yet just steps away from the beach - a real retreat. A real retreat, yet only an hour or so from cultural and historical sites of interest as well as incredible shopping destinations, making Baliku the ideal base for your tropical sojourn. Luxurious villas with breathtaking views - privacy assured. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Baliku Dive Hotel Amed
- Baliku Boutique Hotel
- Baliku Dive Resort Amed, Bali