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Naya Gawana Resort & Spa
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Banyuwedang
Certificate of Excellence
Limburg, Germany
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“A great place to spend quiet days”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

Had been there for 14 days in May. Comfortable huts with A/C etc, lovely and attentive staff. No animation or anything else. A lot of guests are only there for one or two nights during their roundtrip. Restaurant good quality - we booked half board, during breakfast we had to choose our dinner, don't know prices of "a la carte". Big and clean pool with view to the bay. Separate small pool with hot spring water. Dive station of Extra-Divers in a good condition ,also with a kind and competent staff. It is possible to arrange day trips at the reception. Transit time from airport Denpasar ( had been picked there from hotel driver) : between 2,5 hrs and 4 hrs - depends on traffic. Next village approx 2 km distance
For us those days in May had been perfect holidays in Nature - but with a lot of comfort. If possible, we will repeat it.

Room Tip: Try to get Lumbung Suites 10 - 12 . Only guests of Mangrove Suites will pass in front of your terrac...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

If you expect wild nightlife or loud on-site entertainment, look elsewhere. If you want a serene getaway, this is definitely the right place! In late April the resort was almost completely deserted, which felt somewhat strange, but also had its advantages. It offers everything you might need for a relaxing stay (apart from TV in every room and a loud disco) -- a spa, entertainment room with billiard table, TV, PC with Internet access and a book-swap corner.

There are also many short trips to book (Pulau Menjangan, various places on Bali, nearby Nature Reserve, even Java's Kawah Iljen). However, if you want a trip to Menjangan, you might also check at a nearby marina -- probably it's possible to get a better price. We booked that trip with the hotel and were satisfied -- it took about 4 hours including going to and from Menjangan, you get lunch box and snorkel/dive in two places. Even though it's not the best snorkelling spot I've seen (probably it's much better for diving), the fame is well-deserved. Shame about all the litter in the water...

We stayed in a Lumbung suite with sea view. It's a two-level 'hut' -- bed with mosquito net on the upper level, sofa and living space, minibar, etc. on the ground level. There's also a terrace and the bathroom with rainshower is absolutely fantastic!

Bear in mind that there's no sandy beach adjacent to the resort. There is an infinity pool (good for 'real' swimming, not only an occasional splash) with loungers and, on a lower level, jacuzzi fed by spring water. It's located on a small terrace with some additional loungers and overlooks the bay. There's also a jetty with wooden settee, very convenient for admiring the view and/or sunsets.

As indicated in previous reviews, food could be improved. It's not bad but you would expect a bit better from a 4-star resort. Also, the only drink that I ordered seem not to contain any detectable amount of alcohol!

All the staff, including waiting staff, were ultrahelpful and that's definitely on the upside.

*Some tips for those coming from Java*

- To save yourself trouble, make sure to withdraw money before leaving Java. There is no cashpoint in Gilimanuk (or it's extremely well hidden) and none in Naya or neighbouring resorts. The closest cashpoint is in Permuteran -- 7 km away.
- If you decide to go to Naya by public transport, have the resort's phone number handy anyhow. The bus will drop you off by the road leading to the resort and it is still a *long* way. Just call them and ask for a pickup. Or, alternatively, you can book transport all the way from Gilimanuk.
- 4 hrs transport to Denpasar is very efficient and more like a sightseeing excursion. It definitely made me want to visit Bali again! You go all the way across the island, mountains, rice paddies, etc. Very picturesque.
- Remember that Bali is one hour ahead of Java!

Room Tip: If you want sea view, make sure to mention it when booking, as not all suites overlook the bay.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

The journey from the airport to the hotel is more of a sight seeing trip than an airport transfer as it will take you more than 4 hours and you have to drive through the mountain ranges and you get to see parts of Bali that is untouched by tourism. We stayed in the Lumbung suite which was spacious yet cosy, comfortable and clean however I will not recommend this suite for anyone with difficulty climbing up stairs. The surrounding gardens was very well kept and there are lots of birds around the area. The atmosphere of this place allows you to be in touch with nature and to be completely relaxed as it is quiet and with only a few guests as they only have 16 suites. My husband and friends when diving at Menjangan Island nearby and they were pretty impressed with the dive site as the corals are in very good condition, good visibility, lots of small fishes and hardly any current. What I found pretty exceptional was the friendliness of the staff and their hospitality.

The only area that this hotel needs to improve on is its F&B. The variety of food in the restaurant was pretty limited and it is simple in its cooking style but what is available,it tasted good. Its fine if you were to stay there for 2- 3 nights but anything longer you may find that you have run out of choices to choose from. I was told by the management that they will try to improve on this. In the mean time you have the option of going over to the resort next door
( 10-15 mins walk) to have another dining choice. If you like your afternoon tea, best is for you to pack along some biscuits or snacks as there are no bake goods available in the resort.

We will definitely come back to this resort again as it is a great place to get away from it all to enjoy the simple pleasures in life like waking up to the songs of birds singing.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

We went to the Gawana for our honeymoon. Clearly the concept with rooms that look like huts in the trees is cool but nothing more than that. Service is average and breakfast is not acceptable for a place like this. However the restaurant for diner and lunch is pretty good. If you mind mice, then look somewhere else, we had a few in our hut/room, which did not really surprised the Frontdesk when we told them (half an orange was eaten and on the floor when we entered our room...). If you really want to experience hits in trees, I'd guess one night is more than enough.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We stayed in June 2012 as a last minute booking. 1st impressions were very positive with the room and service impressing. We took a mangrove suite which had a onsen style bath fed by hot spring water from the volcano. The room seemed new and the facilities were fantastic. Overall the room scored top marks. Service was friendly and efficient and overall very very good. The only area for improvement would be the food which was adequate in variety but poor in execution. Overall a top stay and will stay again without a doubt.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

What reason let you travel far from south to north,from east to west in Bali.May be I can give you the right answer:Naya Gawana Resort.I always spend my time in five star or six,may be feel luxury or accurate on presentation in every details or good facilities or complete system to aviod any holiday termination,but sometime no guarantee.Yes,absolutely.Just before,I spend in the most expensive room type in Kama....Absolutely terrible and no respect.I never be a trouble man but I swear no turn back.By accident,we discover some place in northwest,near by the national park.From the beginning,I can't make sure that my choice was right or wrong,cause I just caught a lack of information of there.Also,it must pay three or four hours for transportation.Before that,I have been visit Nusa Dua,Kuta,Ubud......I believed that Bali have been in my eyes.When Gawana's driver came,my real Bali's journey started with rainfall.Along the road,the car climbed up to the top of the mountain,I saw very beautiful landscapes more than Ubud bring to me.May be cause of the rain,something became a little bit myths or the God hope I take a rest inside the car,who knows?In the right,there have a temple that stand in the lake.I don't know the temple's name but I know it is a famous one.I always forget thought the driver always introduce to me.My English standard is poor,so,Indonesia?There have two different huge lake divide by the mountain,one left and one right,with foggy. After that,flower farm was coming by two sides,how much romantic!Again,rice terraces.again,rice terraces......and the biggest reward was the smile from two sides of the road.Some smiles for me,some smile for themself,special phonomenic appear when closer and closer to Northeast.Pass some little town that not as same as before,not too much traditional sculpture like Ubud.House is built in simply without any busy.When you see the ocean that not same as Seminyak,Peace instead of Speculate tide.Gawana have been wait for me.There is a resort mix in natural,you will leave all busy life,pressure from city,pollution,your doubt of your mind behind.You will find a unique villa that never need any unnecessary star standard.You will taste how wonderful world under the water,either snorkeling or diving,it also out of my expectation.Coral and fish types is very rich and concentrate,also many snorkeling and diving point,never let you disappoint.At night,you will have a natural roman under the starry night,may be when you having a dinner,may be you walk out for a beer in your balcony,please taste it,and don't miss it.You will hear the orchestra from little cute bird and they never disturb you when you still asleep in the morning.Cause they got a great pillow and mattress that I never taste in five or six star hotel before.Six sense's blanket is overwarm,Bayan tree and Anatrana's also too thick.(Who need a down quilted duvet in tropical weather?)I'm not a sale,I just want to tell you what I really feel.Moreover,you can having a bath in hot spring water everyday in your own villa.Also,behind the big main pool,the small one fill in hot spring water that will comfort your heart with face to the ocean.You will know what is simply life and real Bali,honestly.Also,the key point is the villa that have a excellent staff team,friendly,experience and in heart.Full of humanity,They're really the real treasure cause you will know what is humanity,same as your old friends also a family if you know what is respect.You will find some more than words.You will find peace,like Maldives,but more reality.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

In heart & honestly,my husband & me never regret to stay with Gawana.It really really sensationable,touchable & unforgetable.How many word can describe our feeling?Simply,it's more than words.The view is great,the suite is unique,the staffs is really really helpful,friendly & tenderly,same as a family,same as old friends,same as...... All they're the real treasure of the hotel,full of humanity that I can't find it from any five star hotel till now.Anyway,reception,restaurant, spa,diving centre,room service......they have been try their best that I can feel it.So,What can I say?What can I campaign anymore?In Gawana,I not only found the relationship of nature,also the relationship between people,here full of humanity that out of expectation,it overcome the five or six star hotel.It also become the main reason for me to coming back in the future..Diving team is great,Spa also professional,restaurant also know what is experience's service.Receptions is helpful & friendly......What can I say?Thank You,Gawana.Good Luck and good health,everybody.God bless.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Naya Gawana Resort & Spa
Address: West Bali National Park, Banyuwedang, Gilimanuk 81155, Indonesia (Formerly Novus Gawana Resort & Spa)
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Gilimanuk > Banyuwedang
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Banyuwedang
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Hotel Class:4 star — Naya Gawana Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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