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Manta Dive Gili Air Resort
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is the sister hotel to Manta Dive next door. We stayed here for 5 nights in May 2014.

It's a beachfront property of 8 rooms set back from the main road. We were in #1 right next to the pool.
It's a really nice place. The bar and restaurant out front serve great food and the staff are fantastic.

The location is good, surrounded by restaurants and bars in either direction, but the beach out front wasn't really suitable for sunbathing with numerous dive boats moored. The better swimming/sunbathing beaches are 150 metres or so to the south.

The rooms although cosy are new and well appointed with room safe, TV and good aircon. There was a nice little daybed on the balcony for reading and relaxing. Sleep quality was good with nice comfortable beds.
The only issue would be the lack of storage for clothes with a very small wardrobe and a couple of shelves and nowhere at all to put small items.
The outdoor bathrooms are spacious, but the shower head at over 2 metres high is out of reach so you need a chair to change the angle/spray. Water pressure wasn't the best.

The pool although small was adequate. Typically the water was warm in the middle of the day.

Guests enjoy a 10% discount at their beachside restaurant (see separate review) in a lovely shaded setting literally a few metres from the water.

Every Saturday night there's a fun quiz night in the bar which attracts people from all over the island. It's a great evening. You need to book a table in advance as it has gained in popularity since they started them.

All in all it was a lovely stay at the Waterfront Hotel. Will definitely return on our next visit.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank skiggy
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

We did our open water SSI cert here and it was 3 days (4 dives) of absolute fun.
Roxy was our instructor and she was brilliant. The atmosphere is chilled with good vibes and it was easy to see afterwards that other dive companies didn't have much to compare.

All rates on the island are 4.2 million IDR (about $400 or 285 euro)

The SSI and PADI courses are very similar but with SSI you get your card at the end rather than posted to you. And the theory is done in your own time.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank simonmcmahon7
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

July 2014: Definitely the cleanest and most comfortable room in our 3 weeks Bali holiday! We stayed in a Waterfront bungalow. 'Waterfront' is place nextdoor, where you have your great breakfast. They also have some rooms which are similar to Manta Dive bungalows. Both resorts closely work together and you could nearly say that Manta Dive and Waterfront are the same place. Nice clean and soft towels, very modern bathroom with rainshower, free safe in room,TV + DVD player, power supply left and right side of the comfy bed, new airco and nice private terrace outside with comfy couche! Breakfast is also very good, as well as the rest of the menu. You can walk in 10 minutes from the boat to this resort. Pool is small, but you'll swim and snorkel in the beautiful and calm sea, right in front of this place. Diving was also great with Manta Dive, we will absolutely come back!!!

Room Tip: Waterfront & Manta Dive are both OK!
  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Ralph619
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Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

When you get off the port Manta resort is about a 5-10 minute walk to the right of the port. Once you arrive the dive staff or restaurant staff are really attentive and greet you immediately and bring you to the room.

As stated before in other reviews staying here allows you to get 10 percent discount on food and dives. Both of the dives and restaurant were great. The service was laid back but still professional. A great combination whilst on an island getaway.

Stayed: July 2014
1  Thank BigBen0711
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

We recently stayed here and really enjoyed our time. Sasak bungalow was beautiful with a lovely outdoor bathroom and nice breakfast which you can eat overlooking the amazing ocean. I did some diving with the lovely Burke and have decided to return and do my advanced course as I now know I would like to dive a little deeper. Lovely snorkelling only 20 metres out from Manta Dive and loads of places to eat, drink etc but rooms lovely and quiet and peaceful. Waterfront restaurant staff very friendly and pleasant.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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