I've been spending time looking for a place to stay in the Permuteran area or Menjangan Island in August 2010. We are primarily going there for snorkeling and to vacation on the quieter side of Bali (we will also be in Ubud and Amed). In 2008 we were in Ubud, Amed and Nusa Lembogan so this will be our second trip to Bali.
I'd love to stay at Puri Ganesha Villas but at $550 a night, that is a bit of a expensive for us.
I've also been looking at Amertha Bali Villas. This looks nice if you are willing to book an entire villa in order to prevent sharing the space with people you don't know, which if nice enough is not out of the questions at approx. $200 per night.
Taman Selini Beach Bungalows might be nice as well but hard to tell.
On Menjangan Island, I was looking at Menjangan Resort but decided that it looked too cramped with all the rooms facing towards each other and the pool in the middle and Novus Gawana Resort which could be interesting but not sure about this. Another one I was looking at was Waka Shorea Resort but someone described it as camping in a hut which is not what we are looking for. Also, I like the idea of being close to great snorkeling on Menjangan Island but wonder if it is too limiting as far as places to eat other than where we are staying.
Sorry for all the rambling, but wondering if anyone has recommendations. I've read the reviews but still having trouble deciding.
Thank you for any advice you have,