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“Lovely location, good food and nice bungallows”
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Santai Hotel Bali
Ranked #8 of 23 Hotels in Amed
Reviewed October 7, 2012

The location is nice. Is with access to the sea, but is impossible to swim, is only for snorkeling. The view for the snorkeling is good but not outstanding. They compensate with a beautiful pool. The problem is they don't have enough beds for the amount of people is booked in the resort.
The service is not bad, but there were some misunderstandings because of the not good English. The food was really good.
The mattress was quite strong and no comfortable.
The water is not included in the service. Strange because normally in most of the hotels where we stayed they give one water to brush the teeth.

Room Tip: The better bungallows are in the front, with view of the sea. Of course, are almost 50% more expensi...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

I didn't stay here either, but went for a lunch and after reading some reviews in Tripadvisor didn't expect too much. Food was fantastic, mexican spicy burger and quesedillas ( spelling, sorry) to die for. One of the best "western meals" of my two week trip. Bonus they also had a Finnish newspaper delivered ;)

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

Nice pool. Fantastic bungalows. Nice private coral reef for diving. Great restaurant. Very friendly staff. A perfect stay.

Room Tip: Beachfront is a bit more expensive but worth it.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

I didn't stay at this hotel but must say the food I ate here was probably the best food I tasted whilst in AMED. Yes it is more expensive than the other hotels but you can't compare the local warungs to the quality and standard of the food at this hotel. I also had one of my best massages at the spa at this hotel by a lovely Balinese girl named "Ketut". I had the healing massage special and I felt so fantastic afterwards. Very nurturing experience. Still day dream about the pina colada cheesecake......YUM>...

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

Daily routine i spent every day in Seminyak and Kuta area, very stress with facing the traffic jam, at week end i went to Santai hotel, it was opposite of what was happens in Kuta.
Santai Hotel was a boutique hotel, deference than the other hotel around there.
it really keep my mine in holiday and my private time.
i love the Ocean beach bungalow. i can feel the smell of the sea. the room was clean the breakfast was good and the staff also friendly. love to go there again,,,

Room Tip: Ocean beach bungalow is best choice.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

When I booked this hotel, I wanted a room overviewing the sea, in a quiet location of the hotel. They told me that all the rooms overviewed the street, so that I had to book a whole villa (a lot more expensive) to have a sea view. I did. But on the whole, il was all so disappointing!!!! Yes, the villa (juste opposite the swimming-pool) was big and globally nice, but...

1. The swimming-pool was quite a nice view, but it also brought a lot of noise, since people were swimming there in the evening, and shouting...I was going to Bali to have some peace and quiet, it was a total failure. Plus, the beach opposite the hotel is not really worth of interest (it is a beach of pebbles, and the view is not exceptional).

2. The swimming-pool was not clean: when you get out of it, your skin feels oily and greasy, and there are lots of bugs (quite big cockroaches) and ants...yurk. The sheets have dirty and strange stains on them...

3. The wifi was supposed to be free. In fact, it didn't work at all, and I was offered the lame explanation that it was because of the hotel being located in a valley (?!?!). Globally, the staff was NOT very agreable. Especially at dinner. Which was not good at all. There were dances there, but not very authentic: just for the tourists...and the food was not especially good...

4. The air conditioning did not work properly, and there was ice in the welcome cocktails (I had bowel problems following that). No TV.

The only good point I found in this hotel was its "sunset cruise": you get on a fishing boat with a fisherman (usually he speaks only Balinese), and you watch the sun go down. Astonishing (but expensive). And the bathroom (exterior) is practical.
So, if you have a choice, go somewhere else...this place is really too expensive for what it offers!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

I just spent six nights at the Santai with my mum and dad, and for the three of us our garden view villa was perfect. We loved sitting out on the porch listening to the birds, insects and the sea (though take plenty of mozzie spray!) I slept upstairs like a Walton, on a very comfy mattress looking down over the double bed. The shower was one of the best in Bali, great temperature and good pressure! Loved the outdoor bathroom in general really, the hairdryer was a nice touch as you don't often see them unless you're in a five star resort.

I loved the pool... not quite infinity as once you're in it you can't see the sea, even though it's a metre away. Although, if it was an infinity pool the kids and locals on the beach would have been able to look in and ask us to buy more jewellry than they already did (this wasn't really a problem, they would just stand in the doorway to the beach every now and then and hold necklaces up,.. very sweet kids!) The pool was great, we spent many hours reading books and ordering fruit juices, cokes and Bintangs on the blue sunloungers. The staff are all lovely!

The food at Santai is well priced and delicious - one of the best salads in Bali is the DIY Salad, choose what you want in it and they'll provide. I had the grilled chicken, blue cheese and sweetcorn one twice. The grilled tuna dinner was also great, as was the seafood gratin. Delicious. There's dancing and the gamelan twice a week and we got to see both. The restaurant was full for these events and gave the place a very nice atmosphere, especially with the full moon.

Breakfast was OK, though I've had better included in cheaper homestays in other parts of Bali. It was pretty standard, you choose 2 things from the menu such as eggs, fruit, pancakes, etc, though you only get one slice of toast with your eggs. Can't really complain. Ask for no ice or water in your fruit juice if you want it pure. We had very watery pineapple juice on a few occasions.

I went diving with the guys from the BaliKu dive resort, who will come pick you up. Ask for Murray and Nico and tell them Becky sent you, they know the reefs like the back of their hands and are super nice, incredibly professional guys (Nico speaks 5 languages). You won't regret diving with them in Amed. Snorkelling is OK off the beach in front of the resort but be careful of the coral. Walking on the beach can be quite tricky without shoes.

The WIFI at Santai was always very fast, especially in the restaurant area. I had no problem doing my work. For a change of scene and some seriously excellent food, turn left out of the hotel and walk for three minutes till you see the Titi Sedana warung on your right. Amazing local food and super cheap - though it will take a long time to get your food. Take a book and be patient!

All in all I would highly recommend Santai for anyone travelling in Amed and would definitely stay again. Beautiful, cosy, comfy and well-maintained. Really made our time in Amed special. Thanks!

Room Tip: Don't pay full price. Book your room on Agoda or similar for the best rates.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Santai Hotel Bali

Address: Bunutan | Karangasem, Amed, Abang, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Amed
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Amed
Price Range: $59 - $120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santai Hotel Bali 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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