If you come here knowing what to expect you will absolutely love it. Otherwise you risk disappointment. We stumbled into Cili Emas on the Internet and came knowing not what to expect other than having found the positive reviews on tripadvisor.com. After having spent over two weeks on a luxurious live aboard dive boat we were a little concerned by what we saw when we arrived at the end of a 3 hour long drive from Denpasar. There was rubbish everywhere (except within the boundaries of the resort). There was rubbish on the beach. Rubbish on the streets and alleys. However, there is no rubbish at all in the character of the people who live here and that made a huge impact on the pleasurable nature of our visit here. Tejakula itself is definitely NOT a tourist destination and as such it is not manicured in any way. Rather it is a fishing village full of people that are understandably more concerned with living their daily lives than catering to tourists (which was good with us). It seemed that most Balinese had never heard of the place whenever we mentioned the name of the town where we were spending the last few nights of our honeymoon. I don't know that I have ever seen smiles as big anywhere else in my travels as those in Tejakula. Whatever this place lacks in luxury is made up for in attitude. Of course, the people of Bali in general have an amazing aura of happiness about them. There is a sense that they do not suffer from having too many expectations or a sense of entitlement that is so prevalent elsewhere in the world.
The resort itself is very nice though I would definitely characterize it as an "eco-resort" rather than a luxurious destination. When we booked the room we did so knowing there was no AC. We feared we may be hot trying to sleep and we were. Nightly, there were a number of ants in our toilet for whatever reason but that kind of thing does not bother us so we never even mentioned it to the staff. Had we done so I feel sure they would have bent over backwards to take care it. There was a gecko that joined us for dinner every night when dessert was served. He would sit there licking the small piece of watermelon we set for him while we were amused. We walked to a waterfall that is 50 meters in height a 15 minute motorbike ride from the resort. Fantastic! Take a 10 minute walk west on the beach westward and you will find sea salt makers toiling away. We bought a kilo for 20k rupiah and enjoyed the antics of the friendly gentleman trying to explain the process though we do not understand it now any better than by our own speculation. Nyoman (the manager of Cili Emas) was very attentive to everything. The food was amazing. Very artfully presented. I loved the way each meal was described in detail before we ate it. The spa was excellent and oh so affordable. 2 hours of Thai massage for less than 30 dollars. 1 hour of traditional Balinese massage for about $15. My wife had an hour long facial for about $15. The food was absolutely out of this world!! Each meal was a masterpiece from beginning to end. Dinners are served at one big long table so there is great opportunity to make new friends though there was never more than 6-8 of us staying at the resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Bali, the Island of the gods. Spend your holiday in our Resort which is in the middle of a tropical paradise on the untouched North Bali coast. Enjoy your individual dream vacation for your body, mind and well-being in Cili Emas Oceanside Resort. In our Resort you can spend your holiday, enjoy massage and wellness treatments, experience relaxation and regeneration, book a seminar or offer a seminar yourself. The Cili Emas Oceanside Resort is located in a small fishermen´s village on the authentic North coast of Bali, directly on the beach of the Indian Ocean, in the middle of endless coconut groves, surrounded by green chains of mountains and lush vegetation.Almost all of our bungalows, with ocean view and a small private patio, offer you privacy in the middle of an exotic garden. Our nice swimming pool, Spa-Area, sea, as well as our restaurant and pavillion offer you varied surroundings and wellness opportunities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cili Emas Oceanside Resort Tejakula, Bali