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“Great hospitality at Blue Star.”
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Blue Star - Bali
Ranked #8 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Amed
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
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“Great hospitality at Blue Star.”
Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

Clean, well organized villas. 30 seconds to the beach, 5 minutes to dive centers.

Bring binoculars if you are bird watcher or for star gazing.

Things to watch out for: Slower Internet typical of Bali, bring a flashlight as rural area gets dark very quickly at night.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

There a 3 rooms in the hotel, very clean, breakfast is very good and the restaurant is nice;
The lady who runs the place is really wonderful.
Unfortunately you here voices of the people being around, if you are looking for a very quiet holiday. But there is the option go to the beach in front of the hotel and take a free beach bed. The beach is really in front of the hotel. Wear shoes on the beach. small stones and coral on black sand.
There is AC and hot water;

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Blue Star cafe & Bungalows- review

My partner & I stayed at Blue Star (our 1st time in Bali) for a week, towards the end of August, also at the end of 3 weeks of holidaying in Bali. We specifically staged it so that the last leg of our trip was in a quiet place, so we could relax before returning to work, and did not want large crowds, busy streets and touts, so we chose Amed. After reading many positive reviews, we chose Blue Star.
Communication with Iluh via email prior to the booking was excellent, especially considering the time difference, and we also spoke on the phone to make some special requests, which she arranged.

Or welcome was very warm and genuine, and the requests we had made were in place. After more than two weeks, mostly in larger centres, like Sanur & Ubud, we were more than ready for some peace & quiet, which Amed & Blue Star delivered.

The bungalow and cottages are not fancy, but are very clean, secure and well maintained. We stayed upstairs, and had incredible views of the sea through our double doors, and could hear the waves at night, and even sleep with the doors open.
The location is so convenient, as you are on a beach which is part of a cove, with only one other cafe/hotel at before the end of the cove, resulting in lower foot traffic on the beach.
If you walk in the opposite direction, you will find a range of warungs (local eateries) with fresh seafood daily at very reasonable prices, e.g.£2 or 30000 Indonesian rupiah for a dish of grilled tuna and vegetables. We frequently ate at Blue Star, mainly because it was so convenient. We walked downstairs, and about 5 metres away you have the restaurant- where there was an inclusive breakfast of tea/coffee, a range of pancakes and fruit salad+ extras at an additional cost. The food in the area is similar in price, and standards can vary, but is generally good in Amed. We loved the banana and coconut pancakes, the Balinese fish, the various lassis and fresh fruit juices. If you like something in a particular way- communicate it to the staff and they do the best they can to meet your needs.


You step out of the restaurant straight onto the beach, and a few metres further on and you are in the water. The tide does not range too much, but the stunning coral reefs were best seen at high tide in the morning during our stay. Currents are very mild, so it's fairly safe, and the snorkelling is absolutely stunning. You have this incredible range of sealife, in 3D, right on your doorstep, and you can rent snorkelling equipment for £2/ day or 30000 rupiah. Despite having seen it before, we would snorkel almost every day- its easy, if you haven't done it before, and like stepping into completely different world. Highly recommended!

I would like to respond to Cindy L's review, which differed from our experience. Our perceptions may be influenced by our expectations, and like Cindy L, we experienced roosters crowing, but this took place across Bali, forms part of the lifestyle & culture of the Balinese people, even in urban centres- it woke my partner up in Ubud initially, but in Amed, she was fine- possibly because she had adapted by then.
There was no construction going on during our stay, and there was certainly no machinery, especially chainsaw sounding equipment. The jukung, Balinese boats go fishing early in the morning, using wind power, and on their return may use an outboard motor, but this was not loud or disturbing in our experience.
On occasion, there were people selling items like jewellery and sunglasses on the beach, but  they were the least aggressive we experienced in Bali, and after 2 no thank you's , or 'I already have sunglasses', they smile and move on. What some visitors may find uncomfortable, is that the vendors may stay in the vicinity after offering you something- not to pressure you into buying, but possibly because  it's a public beach and they enjoy it's beauty too. I think there may be cultural differences regarding understandings of personal space at play here...as many Balinese may ask you questions at your first meeting, which Westerners may consider personal. There are also the occasional tout who asks questions to find out if you are a possible customer, but this occurs across Bali, and in Amed we experienced this at its least invasive. However, if Amed is the only place you've visited in Bali, you may have a different perception.

During our stay, we also went on the morning fishing trip with Nengah, Iluh's husband, leaving about 5.30am. This was a truly beautiful, peaceful, almost mystical experience, and helped me to understand why fisherman may be very spiritual- the quiet, and contact with nature in its beauty and strength was awe inspiring-we hardly said a word during the 2 hour trip- unfortunately, no fish.

During our stay be also went scuba diving with Jukung Dive @ the famous Liberty wreck, & trekking up the mountain to visit a family living in the mountains with a member of staff, and to enjoy the wonderful views- all arranged via BlueStar. There are also massages available on the beach for 50000 rupiah/50 minutes- about £3.40. The sun loungers are free, but be sure to reserve them by placing your towels on them in the morning.

We did not want to leave at the end of our stay. It was quite sad. We felt at home, and very comfortable. If we had questions or queries or concerns, we communicated this to Iluh and her staff, and these were received very positively and acted upon very quickly and effectively.

Also, you need to consider the value you receive for your stay-we paid 350000 rupiah (£23)/ night for a room for 2 people, right on the beach, with a fantastic view. It's not a hotel, so adjust your expectations accordingly, but what you have is genuine Balinese hospitality, very helpful & friendly staff who appear to enjoy their work-Iluh & her husband Nengah, who go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, and a very small number of guests with whom you share the space.
I can fully understand why many of the guests return year after year - and we are considering returning ourselves.

A very warm thank you to Iluh, Nengah & their friendly staff for a most enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Top room for great views, bungalows for family, ground floor is cheaper
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2012

We absolutely loved our time at Blue Star. We stayed in the spotlessly clean upstairs room with lovely balcony and views over the sea. The wonderful owners Illuh and her husband Nengah made us feel so welcome and allowed us to experience balinese family life. Our children went with them to a family ceremony and spent hours playing with their charming son Gede. The staff at Blue Star were so friendly and helpful and we went for a walk with lovely Wayan up to her mountain home for amazing views and local hospitality.We ate in the restaurant several times and the food was fresh and delicious with very reasonable prices. The snorkelling outside Blue Star is fantastic and ideal for our 8 and 10 year old as it was calm and safe with great visibility and fish life. We enjoyed daily massages on the beach and enjoyed talking to the sweet children on the beach who were friendly and kept us amused. We found it really hard to leave this little oasis of peace and friendliness and cant wait to return. if you want to stay in a place with real heart and traditional balinese hospitality you will love Blue Star our favourite palce in Bali.

Room Tip: Upstairs room is very private and has lovely breezy balcony.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was the third leg of my 2 week Bali tour, and after a disappointing time in Pemuteran, Blue Star was an oasis of perfection. I could not believe my lovely room (one of just 3) which was upstairs and with a view over the sea. Every morning silent feet would deliver a flask of hot water, and tea/coffee which was such a delight. Iluh the owner was a delight. We had swapped lots of e-mails as I made my bookings and she was the kindest of people. Wayan cleaned my room and was another lovely lady (she also does tours to her village home). This was a great place to relax and unwind. There are not many sunbeds but Iluh encourages her guests to reserve their loungers.
The food at Blue Star is also very good and cheap. The snorkelling in the bay is excellent (I also visited the 2 shipwrecks) and you can get an hour's massage on the beach for 50,000 rupiah (especially nice as you watch the sun go down).
I slept wonderfully well at Blue Star which was the cheapest of the places I visited and absolutely stunning. I heartily recommend it.

Room Tip: There are only 3 but I loved the upstairs room
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed August 10, 2012

With the noise from some kind of construction project and also an early morning chainsaw, chickens and then getting hassled by aggressive jewellery sellers every time I stepped out of my font door can' say that this was the ideal 'relaxing' Amed experience that I was hoping for. I hope others will not have the same experience that I had - maybe when the building project nearby is finished it will get better.

Room Tip: Avoid this place at the moment if you want peace and quiet
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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finland
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Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

I stayed here in may 2012 with my son. We had the bungalow , which was clean , spacious and well maintained. The half open bathroom was great. The place is on the beach, quiet, very good service, the restaurant serves good food, and you feel very much at home. A place to come back to. The 2 other rooms in the house behind,on the ground and first floor,looked very good too. Clean and spacious, with a nice small balcony to overlook the sea. The bungalow we had, has a lovely daybed outside,and a small veranda, with sea view as well. Breakfast was good and served in front of the bungalow or 5 meters further, on the tables from the restaurant, the view of the sea included. Massage on the beach, and some kids selling small sailing boats, not to be compared to the hassle of other Bali beaches, and some daytourists who came for a snorkeling day to this beach was all there was.Snorkling was great, some walks to nearby beaches was good excercise and a good night sleep guaranteed! It reminded me of Bali 25 years ago.Respect to the owner of Blue Star, she is amazing and such a special woman!

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Blue Star - Bali
Address: Jemeluk Beach, Amed, Abang 80852, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #8 of 86 Specialty Lodging in Amed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located in the northeast of Bali, two hours away from mass tourism. We provide excellent service in a absolute appropriate clean manner. Our staff is highly motivated, loyal and strongly committed to our guests. They have profound knowledge in Balinese culture. Our contact is always polite and friendly. You will spend your holidays with us in a secured environment. ... more   less 
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