Central Lovina isn't really a place to wander around and explore there's not much there to begin with. It's really just to stay and have some R&R in the resort itself. I was already forewarned about those lame ripoff dolphin tours so I'm just doing everyone a service by saying, "Don't even bother".
Puri Bagus was one of the more expensive hotels that we stayed at in Bali, I don't know if it was really worth it b/c I didn't stay anywhere else in Lovina but I didn't feel that we got quality service.
We got an ocean view room which was great b/c it looked out to the ocean with a beautiful sunset and had awesome cabanas along the perimiter to chill out and read a book and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. But, I initially had to switch rooms after I complained about the gang of solicitors loitering by a cabana in front of my room. It really bugged me that the resort allowed solicitors to loiter around the perimeter so every now and then you'd see some random guy or two walking up and down along the cabanas trying to get you to go on some lame dolphin tour or snorkeling.
The hotel staff would solicit services in general and were kinda pushy about it, I didn't really appreciate that. For the 10th time, thanks, but I'll pass on the spa services. We were even swindled to going on an expensive dinner boat cruise where I got seasick. Seasickness aside, we were better off on the hotel grounds b/c they had a special event that night where it was a Balinese Buffet dinner with Balinese cultural dancing and music, it wasn't free but it was cheaper than the boat cruise and alot more entertaining.
The grounds were well kept with fresh flowers everywhere which I loved.
Our room was substantial, it was clean for the most part. I wish the bathroom was a little cleaner, I'm a stickler for immaculate bathrooms. The outdoor shower looked much more luxurious in the photos than in real life so I opted for the indoor shower instead (you get both in your room). Our AC was dripping so their workaround was to put a big towel on the floor to soak up the water.
The food was expensive as mentioned in previous reviews and not memorable either.
The pool area was nice and the solicitors seemed to stay away from there.
The beach is just for that sunset view glittering against the small strip of black sand. You can't swim in the water, it's pretty dingy.
The one major positive I experienced at Puri Bagus was a Lovina Village Trek that we signed up for. Ok, I know, I got swindled into another package but I have to admit it was pretty memorable. It was a small group tour and luckily for me and my bf it was just the 2 of us and our guide and driver. We hiked around the villages and forests where our guide would talk about the plants, culture, and religion, saw a hidden balinese hindi altar in the forest, school children during recess running towards us to practice their english, clove farmers harvesting cloves high up in the trees, and to top it off we ended our day with a late lunch at a balinese farmers home with homecooked balinese food and enjoyed dessert in a little cabana by the cloves drying out in the sun, it was gorgeous and memorable.
Village trek aside, I wasn't satisfied with Puri Bagus. I think the loitering solicitors along the property perimeter and the pushy in-house staff solicitors pretty much ruined the experience. That and the front desk lobby didn't seemed concerend about my dissatisfaction and complaints about the loitering solicitors. I think they need to work on their customer service, the only reason why I gave them a 3 instead of a 2 is b/c the restaurant staff was very nice. And maybe they since they charge so much for the rooms they should use that money to hire a security guard to keep solicitors away or cleanup the beach property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The private beachfront and traditional Balinese thatched roof architecture, Puri Bagus Lovina offers 40 spacious villas including two suites with private pool and dining room. This beautiful resort provided plenty of space between each villa for stunning tropical gardens to enhance your privacy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Bagus Lovina Hotel Pemaron
- Puri Bagus Hotel Lovina
- Puri Bagus Resort Lovina
- Puri Bagus Lovina Lovina Beach, Bali