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Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Tabanan
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Sydney Australia
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“Excellent alternative to Kuta”
Reviewed April 15, 2012

This hotel was overall excellent and basically worth the 5 star rating. It was about 50 minutes drive from Kuta (outside peak hour traffic) and 28 minutes drive from Seminyak. Add about 15 minutes more if travelling during peak hour. A 30 minute drive in a taxi (by the meter) cost us $80,000 rupiah (about $9 Australian, very cheap). Or you can get almost any hire car driver to drive you around the entire Bali island, or stop and hang around somewhere while you eat/shop, for betweem $200,000 for 3 hours - $500,000 rupiah for 12 hours (about $22 - $55 australian dollars). Most drivers will be happy to take you on a private all day tour of the country-side, volcano etc for Aus$50 for 12 hours. I don't know how they do it this cheap but they all charge these prices and their cars are kept to a high standard from what I saw. We used a driver who spoke very good English and Japanese. His website is balimadetour .com (his name strangely enough is Made--pronounced Marday). I thought I'd give him a plug because he's self employed and just a descent bloke.There were a lot of drivers who spoke english but this Balinese chap was totally professional and had a great car and understood what the tourist was looking for.
We stayed 10 days at the hotel which was right next to Tanah Lot temple (great view but not much else). The hotel had really fantastic pools and views and the room met my 5 star standard. Great room decor, linen and the king size bed was fantastic. We stayed in a pool view which also had a small view of the ocean (room 348) and it was just so relaxing. There were however, excellent views from most of the rooms from what I saw, possibly even the golf view rooms (which I didn't see). Every part of the hotel was great. I even used the gym which was well equipped and my wife said the spa was great too ($30 for a pedicure she told me-I'm not sure if that's cheap or not). I missed out on playing on their golf course but be prepared to pay $1,100,000 rupiah (Aus$100) per game (hotel guest price only) plus $40 for club hire and $20 for shoes. A great looking course though and you're accompanied by a caddy all the way. Given how hot and humid it is golf starts at 7am, or you can do the 3pm afternoon/night round. I'm not sure if you can go at other times but you wouldn't want to as it's just very hot and humid (it feels like about 37 degrees celcius (maybe 95F) and 85% humidity in the sun).
We dined at the hotel on two nights and the food standard was comparable to very good quality dining in Australia. We payed about $220,000 rupiah ($22 australian dollars) for a main mean (wine can be expensive though). Most nights we went to Seminyak for dinner and the prices were the same, although I'm sure you could get it cheaper at some lower class restuarants. Food quality was pretty darn good at the better restaurants and you can have western food or indonesian style food, all well presented and tasty. After 9 days I started to wish Seminyak was closer (for dinner) but you're on holidays so the drive is ok. Just remember to put aside Aus$20 extra for the return drive to Seminyak each night. The hotel does have a free mini bus service to Seminyak which leaves at 9am, 12pm and 3pm. They really should have another service at 6pm and later but I guess the taxi is so cheap that you can pay for it yourself. We went to a superb restaurant in Seminyak called Sarong which was as good as the best restaurant in Sydney and about Aus$115 for 2 people (depending on how much you drink/eat etc). Generally no tipping is required in Bali.
If you want to travel to Kuta each night then this is not the hotel for you due to the 50 minute drive. It's only approx 25km's (14miles) to Kuta and the roads are pretty smooth, but they're small and there's a fair amount of traffic.
If you want a relaxing holiday by tranquil and beautifully landscaped pools, with cliff top ocean views and you only want to do 1 or 3 tourist day trips during your trip, and you don't mind either dining at the hotel or being driven 25 minutes to Seminyak for dinner, then I highly recommend this hotel. The hotel does not have a swimming beach and it's not for party animals or bogans who want to eat MacDonalds every night. There were some children at the resort and they seemed very happy, particularly with the 3 pools and water slide (adults will love this too), but I would say it is more a hotel for adults who want to relax at a place where there isn't a lot of kids (we were there during the school holidays, but even then the kids weren't a problem).
The service at the hotel was what you would expect from a 5 star. There are basically 2 restaurants at the hotel, one outside near the pool and one in the breakfast area. I expected there to be another formal style restaurant but there wasn't one, which was probably the only disappointing thing about the hotel. We didn't let this deter us though as the food at the other restaurants was varied and tasty and we went into Seminyak most nights anyway.
Day trips to the volcano, elephant farms and white water rafting take about 2 hours to get to and cost Aus$35 per person...again very cheap. Tourist companies have no problem picking you up from your hotel in a private car for an extra $5 (it takes 2 hours to get to the volcano or rafting from Kuta anyway, so the distance from this hotel for day trips is no problem).
All in all I would absolutely recomend this hotel for couples wanting a relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

When traveling this part of Bali, Pan Pacific is a good choice to spend couple nights in. The hotel provides many different facets that a guest discovers gently and gradually while the final impression is unforgettable. The memories get even stronger after you look back couple months later. Sunset at Tanah Lot or nearby Batu-Bolong temples are so spectacular that truly compete with most beautiful sights in Bali. Spacious and empty golf fields surrounding hotel gives contrast with over populated areas like Kuta or industrial Negara. When filled of viewing the nature around you may enjoy food in couple restaurants in the hotel, lay down near the pool cascades or sense the waves striking the rock cliff while relaxing in gazebo. The Nirvana is so closed ...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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PPNBR, Director of Rooms at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Dear Honza_64,

Thank you for choosing Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort for your holiday. Our entire team is pleased that you refer to our tropical resort as “Nirvana”.

We are glad you enjoyed the food, our Greg Norman-designed golf course and wonderful views across to Tanah Lot temple and Indian Ocean. We feel being removed from the crowds yet not too far from beaches, Ubud and Seminyak is a great setting for the perfect relaxing personalized private holiday.

Thanks again for taking the time to write comments and share your experience with us. We are honored that you chose us again and hope we can welcome you, family and friends many times in the future. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Golf & Spa soon and often.

Best regards,
Romy Mansoer
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Reviewed April 12, 2012

Beautiful view of the large green garden with a blue ocean and Tanah Lot temple are a sailor’s nourishment after a long day of routine, but they are even better when you can enjoy a great view and experience dining at the Merica restaurant at Pan Pacific Hotel. My good friends Sugeng and Adi invited me and my college to experience the Merica restaurant and discussing the business. We had a wonderful crispy duck, grilled snapper, magnificent black truffle pizza, that was very good taste, I still can felt that on my mouth hahah, The resort it self was very huge with all beautiful scenery view, Golf view, rice padi view and many other, It's not enough to explore the resort in one day :) and I believe watching the sun disappear in glory and magnificence, many stories were exchanged. I hold memories of those fabulous evenings fondly in my heart.
Thank You Pan Pacific Bali for great memorable experience, looking forward to visited your resort again.... shortly :)

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
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PPNBR, Director of Rooms at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Dear HendraOktaviano82,

Thank you for sharing your comments on TripAdvisor noting “Lunch at Merica, Pan Pacific Bali”. We appreciate you choosing us for your recent visit. We are glad you enjoyed your lunch at Merica, our contemporary brasserie, is the perfect spot to revive your senses as you indulge in a leisurely lunch. We appreciate your praise of beautiful scenery surrounding the resort, the fantastic view of the sea temple in the middle of a rough ocean.
We are really glad you enjoyed your experience with us here at Nirwana. We are pleased of your recognition of our picturesque golf course, Tanah Lot views and fabulous evenings.

We look forward to seeing you again at the Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Golf & Spa soon.

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Romy Mansoer
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

For a resort with no beach to speak of, the Nirwana Bali Resort makes up for things with spectacular grounds and one of the best pool areas you could wish for. There is room for the children, multiple pools, spas and a popular water slide. Adults have many areas for peace and quiet and if you are fortunate enough to bag a seaside cabana you can enjoy the breezes and wonderful sunsets.
We stayed in a deluxe hotel room with garden view. Rooms are very spacious and well appointed, though we did experience noise and trouble with the air con and fridge. Others in our party also had the same and it took some time to get attention.
This is a great place for any family for a few days. A superb golf course and enough to do at the resort and nearby Tanalot temple. best also to walk along the coast to Tanalot rather than drive as you are charged entrance fees if you come in from the main entrance.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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PPNBR, Director of Rooms at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Dear JemBrisbane,

Thank you for choosing Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali to host you and your family holiday and sharing your experience with us and trip advisor. We truly appreciate your mention of “Great place for a family break”. We are appreciative and encouraged by your entire specific comments, which we are delighted you chose to share.

We look forward to your return as we continue to work on improvements including new bicycles and hope you will choose Pan Pacific Nirwana for regular repeat visits.
Please call on me when we can be of assistance. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Golf & Spa soon and often.

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Romy Mansoer
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

Tanah Lot is an icon for anyone going to the island of Bali. This hotel is a getaway from the busy busy Kuta that has become so very commercial. Do admit that the fact the hotel is a good 50 minutes to an hour drive from the touristy Kuta strip. However, if you are a golfer or you want a relaxing getaway, then this is the best!

I stayed in a club room & the facilities in the room were nice. Not overly extravagant. The fact that the club room gives you complimentary breakfast, lunch, evening drinks plus canapés (a light meal really), then stays open for snacks including haagen-dazs ice cream is great value!

I planned & hired a car with driver for the day to goto Kuta for retail therapy. It was the right choice compared to being right in the drunken mess that can be Kuta in the evenings.

The drive out to the hotel gives you glimpses of what Bali used to be & is very scenic. There are also many local shops you can stop at, when I say local I mean the non internationally owned air conditioned shops that charge like a wounded bull. You even pass paddy fields.

Great for a spot of rest & relaxation without the heavy charges of the 6 star properties at Ubud.

PS boasts one of the best golf courses n the island!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
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PPNBR, Director of Rooms at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Dear Edster88,

Thank you for choosing Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort for your Bali vacation. We value your business and thank you for sharing your experience with us on TripAdvisor noting “A glimpse of Bali’s tranquility”.

We are glad you enjoyed our spiritual private sanctuary amidst the lush tropical landscape sharing the dynamic coastline with Tanah Lot. Thank you for your recognition of our Pacific Club room with its facilities.

We will be completing our finishing touches, programs and services over the next few months and hope you see improvement upon your return.

We look forward to your return soon and often as we continue to work on improvements including guests’ activities and programing. Please call on me when we can be of assistance.

Best regards,
Romy Mansoer
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

We spent three nights at this glorious property and we were sad to leave. We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of privacy and quiet spaces you can enjoy at this large hotel. The tables and loungers by the pool are well spaced and the bales facing the ocean create such a sense of calm. Looking at the ocean waves crashing on the Tanah Lot temple is really magical and you get a sense of the special place you are sharing with the people of Bali. What a great way to start your day...having breakfast outside facing the temple.

The staff are genuinely happy to see you, recognize and remember your preferences. That is impressive given the number of people there. This is one of the best hotels we have stayed at! I would highly recommend you use the concierge - they are proud of their job and are very good at it. Whether you are staying on site, looking for things to do, they are very helpful.

The food was good and I would recommend the pool grill for dinner. Nice ambiance with the lit candles all around the place, including floating candles. The local musicians were fun - don't expect professionals, but these guys have heart! The buffet breakfast was a little frustrating with other guests pushing, and I would have liked to have the option of a la carte.

We felt the rooms were exceptional - we upgraded with a privilege membership to GHA, but both were beautifully appointed. The spa experience was also outstanding.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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PPNBR, Director of Rooms at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Dear OttawaDebbie,

Thank you for choosing Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali and sharing your experience noting “Mesmerizing views and fabulous service with genuine smiles”. We are appreciative and are encouraged by your specific comments, which we are delighted you shared. We are pleased and grateful when guests recognize the dedication to service of our employee associates. They will be very thankful of your recognition of their knowledge and hospitable welcome.

We will be completing our finishing touches, programs and services over the next few months and hope you see improvement upon your return.

We look forward to your return soon and often as we continue to work on improvements including guests’ accessories and programing. Please call on me when we can be of assistance.

Best regards,
Romy Mansoer
Director of Rooms
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Reviewed April 5, 2012

You can spend hours just watching at one of the best view worldwide...couple with very nice hotel and helpful team... not convinced yet? ok add a phenomenal golf course in the middle of the resort, the most famous temple in Bali, a weekend rate with upgrade and club lounge include and just enjoy the place.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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PPNBR, Director of Rooms at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort, responded to this review, May 3, 2012
Dear edouardgalisson,

Thank you for sharing your comments on TripAdvisor noting “Fantastic place…”. We appreciate you choosing us for your Bali holiday visit. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the golf course and magnificent views and vistas to the Tanah Lot iconic Temple.

Thank you for mentioning our helpful staff associates. They will be very proud and thankful to hear of your comments.

Please call on me when we can be of assistance for your return visit. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Golf & Spa.

Best regards,
Romy Mansoer
Director of Rooms
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Property: Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort
Address: Jl. Raya Tanah Lot | PO Box 158, Tabanan 82171, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#2 Top resorts Hotel in Tabanan
#3 Spa Hotel in Tabanan
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Tabanan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 278
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a flawless getaway in paradise against the dramatic backdrop of Bali’s iconic Tanah Lot Temple and the Indian Ocean.Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort unveiled a brand new experience for guests with a US$10 million refurbishment of its 278 guest rooms including luxury suites and villas, restaurants, bars and event spaces completed in 2011. The renewed resort, complemented by the uncomplicated service and premium offerings synonymous with the Pan Pacific brand, will enable guests to enjoy enriching and unrivalled experiences.Experience the best location to enjoy a remarkable sunset in Bali with dramatic views of Bali’s iconic Tanah Lot temple, Indian Ocean, rice paddies, Greg Norman golf course and lush tropical gardens. In the resort, you can enjoy cycling around the resort grounds and the Bali countryside, a sunset walking experience with 103 hectares manicured gardens, spa indulgence at the Bale with endless view of the Indian Ocean, exquisite culinary offerings, relax by the three-tiered swimming pools with a 54-metre water slide, and many more activities awaits you. Complimentary shuttle service to Kuta and Seminyak is also provided.Children staying in the resort will be able to enjoy a wide-range of kid-friendly activities and experiences such as; painting, Balinese dancing, jungle gym, tennis, golf, Wii video games at Kids Club and Family Rooms or even join the fun environment activity of baby sea turtle release at the resort beach.Recently, Nirwana Bali Golf Club at Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort received prestigious recognition as Asia’s 10 Most Elite Golf Courses by FORBES Travel Guide, voted 100 Best Golf Course outside the US (no 66) and No 1 Golf Course in Indonesia by Golf Digest-US and Indonesia’s Leading Golf Resort (2010, 2011, and 2012) and Indonesia’s Leading Spa Resort (2012) by World Travel Awards. ... more   less 
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