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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Hotel Tabanan
- Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort Tabanan