Stayed here for 5 nights on our first visit to Bali and it proved to be a great choice. The hotel is quietly located about 10 mins from Candi Dasa and seems a long way from the more commercialised south west of the island.
The Alila Manggis is quite modest in size (which we like) and consequently service remains highly personalised as well as friendly. We were greeted with a cold towel and drink after the transfer for the airport (about 1.5 hrs). Out room (we went for the deluxe) was perfect, secluded but looking out to the pool and the sea beyond. A large bed, couch, walk in shower (no bath), large balcony with table chairs and lounger to contemplate the sunset. There's no beach here but we knew that beforehand and the pool area is fine. No problem finding loungers, with clean towels and chilled water. Poolside drinks and food are promptly available. Free tea and cakes are available poolside between 1500 and 1700.
Our deal included breakfast and this was a real treat in the Salt restaurant with views to die for. The menu choice was really good with specials (local and international) changing daily as well as an extensive a la carte choice of Indonesian and international items all freshly prepared. The fruit, juices, smoothies, eggs (with bacon if you want) etc. was freshly prepared, delicious and beautifully presented.
Candi Dasa has a limited (but growing) number of eating places which meant we ate dinner in the Salt restaurant most nights. This is no hardship! The hotel has a fine reputation for its food (even running cooking courses) and it lived up to it in every way. Not the cheapest place in town but no doubt excellent value for the quality provided from but nightly specials and regular a la carte items. WIne is fairly pricey but no more so than any decent restaurant in this part if the world. We could not fault the food in any way.
There were some renovations taking place in one of the accommodation blocks but great efforts were made to shield guests from any disruption and noise was minimal. This work is due to finish in mid December. The spa (relocated due to the above work) continued to provide a good service and we found the massage and cosmetic treatments professional and also good value.
Also worth noting is the excellent and reasonable value tour programme run from the hotel using private cars with driver. This is comprehensive and flexible and we visited several sights (Tenganan, Ujung, Tirtagangga, Lake Batur etc) with our very knowledgeable and professional driver 'Budi')
All in all we loved this place and would love to return. Thanks to everyone for a great time.
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- Also Known As:
- Alila Manggis Hotel Manggis
- Alila Hotel Manggis
- Alila Resort Manggis
- Alila Manggis Bali