My Husband and I stayed at Matahari in early October 2012. The reason we chose North Bali is for the fantastic diving we read about at Menjangan Island, just off the North West coast of Bali.
Matahari had excellent reviews and was therefore our choice to stay at - and we're sure glad we did!
Our room (the setup is 2 adjacent chalets) was stunning, and looks exactly like it does on the Matahari website! surrounded by lush gardens, the wooden Balinese furniture just adds that extra feel of luxury. Almost everything is hand carved in Bali, you would seldom find a plain old door! from the moment we stepped onto the porch, I was thrilled to be there.
The outdoor shower was so refreshing, listening to the birds, the sun shining down - like out of a story book! Just be careful there are plenty mosquitoes. The rooms have mosquito coils which can be used during the evenings especially.
The resort is on the beach and a short walk from the room takes u down to the shore. The sand is a very dark brown, fine like powder and extremely hot!
The resort has its own dive centre which was convenient. The dive instructor did a refresher course with me off the shore, which I requested. They are extremely patient and helpful. The next day we did a trip to Menjangan (meaning Deer) Island. This was my fist time to dive in the ocean and the best experience of my holiday! the water was warm, and I went up to 18 metres on my 1st dive. It was like swimming in an aquarium, so many colourful fish, coral. We even saw an ell garden which was amazing. There was an underwater current which assisted since I didn't have to fin very hard. Just be careful on ascent, the dive sites around Menjangan are 'walls' and therefore the current could send you up quite fast.
Breakfast at Matahari was very interesting - I tried a tasty Asian reddish rice. The fruit is fresh and juicy (oh and you get a fruit bowl in you room on a daily basis). For supper, we ate twice at Warung Taruna, about 100m from Matahari (turn right when exiting the Matahari driveway) - they were extremely reasonable with prices. Matahari meals seemed to be over priced and hence we did not have lunch/dinner at the resort.
We had free use of bicycles, which was quite a challenge cycling on Bali roads - cycle in daylight and stay off the road as far as possible!
The Matahari spa is 1 of the most beautiful spas I have seen - the outdoor carved sculptures make it seem out of this world. We had a full body massage in the beach pavilion, just off the shore where you can hear the waves. Absolutely relaxing!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Matahari. I booked our 3 nights via Bali Tours & Travel firstname.lastname@example.org since they quoted the cheapest rate compared to all other booking sites (Agoda, hotels.com etc) - almost a 50% saving to the hotel rate!
Thanks all at Matahari for a truly memorable experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the northern coast of the island, set amongst fragrant lotus and frangipani flowers, this splendid village consisting of Balinese pavilions overlooks the sea. Each ornate bungalow has hand-carved wooden folding doors, a tropical garden and an outdoor shower with a stone dragon: pure nirvana. Just like the sense of wellbeing imparted from the spa with its massage and other treatments in the best Balinese tradition. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matahari Beach Hotel Pemuteran
- Matahari Beach Resort And Spa
- Matahari Beach Resort & Spa Bali/Pemuteran