We had such a wonderful stay at the Alila Manggis!
From the initial pick up at the airport, welcome at arrival, daily staff interactions and transfer onward, the staff was absolutely amazing. They make you feel so comfortable and taken care of, but not in an overwhelming or annoying manner.
We did a package that included 3 meals a day, since this was our first honeymoon stop and we wanted to just relax at the property. Everything we ate was amazing. We did not try any of the Western-style food items, so I can't vouch for those, but the Indonesian and Asian dishes were wonderful! The breakfasts were my favorite during our whole trip in Indonesia (better than 5 star hotels we stayed at) - I am still dreaming of the banana juice! The daily tea and sweets were fantastic. At some hotels I think this is more of an afterthought but here the treats were made fresh and were different and delicious each day.
The grounds themselves were very well maintained and the whole property is so peaceful that we mostly just lounged by the pool and relaxed. We took advantage of a couple of the Alila Experiences. The guided trek from Kastala to Tenganan we really enjoyed - it was a great way to see the real village way of life and the rice terraces were beautiful. We also did deep sea fishing - not my favorite, mostly because the boat was small, but it was still an experience! As mentioned by others, there isn't a real beach here, but the pool was so fabulous that we didn't mind.
The rooms were comfortable and clean, not overly fancy. The shower/bath products were divine! They smelled so fresh and I love that they were in reusable containers.
East Bali and the Candidasa area are much quieter than the Bali hot spots like Kuta and Ubud. For us this was ideal, but others may be looking for more action.
My husband and I both had massages and facials and really thought the spa services were top notch. The semi-open location right along the water made it extra relaxing.
A couple of notes on some previous comments I've read... the rooster/cock crowing here was the same experience I had at every resort in Indonesia - it's part of the deal when you come to a location like Bali; some people mention insects - this is a tropical climate and when opening doors, etc. some bugs will get in, but even though I'm not a huge fan of bugs they really were very small and did not bother me (again - part of being on a tropical island!).
In summary, you get so much for what you pay here. This was really the best value we found on our whole honeymoon. We had such a fabulous stay and would love to come back!
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- Also Known As:
- Alila Manggis Hotel Manggis
- Alila Hotel Manggis
- Alila Resort Manggis
- Alila Manggis Bali