We stayed at GK for 6 nights of our honeymoon. It is a nice place and has a lot going for it - staff are friendly, breakfasts and restaurant are great (the restaurant do the best pancakes in Bali in our opinion!), shuttle on demand is excellent for getting around, the rooms are well appointed (including a nice lounge room and big tv), it has a nicely equipped gym and the grounds are very pretty. GK also made up the room with flowers for our honeymoon which was a very nice gesture!
Having read all of the fantastic reviews on this site there were a few things which were a bit surprising though and we think could definitely be improved:
+ The website descibes GK as having "breathtaking views over a steep wooded ravine with luxuriant green vegetation". We didn't see any breathtaking views (whether from our villa or any of the communal areas) while we were at GK.
+ We stayed in Prinia 1 which is a one bdr villa right at the bottom of the hill that GK sits on. The lounge, bedroom and bathroom are all very spacious and nicely furnished but as the villa is at the bottom of the hill it is actually quite dark and smells a bit damp. The bedroom had mildew on the ceiling and the creek bed just below the villa had some rubbish in it. It is a nice villa but as the pool area is also a bit cramped and dark we didn't end up using the pool that much. All of the glowing reviews we have read refer to room upgrades and people who have stayed in 2bdr plus villas so maybe it is just a matter of avoiding the Prinia rooms but we definitely found this disappointing and didn't really get much sympathy when we raised it with management!
+ The reception staff are very friendly and happy to help but the check in process and the front desk in general was a bit chaotic (needed more than one person on the desk to answer phones, check people in and handle guest enquiries) and we didn't feel like there were really any suggestions on what to do while in Jimbaran (or any familiarity with places that we asked them about). Douglas is the man to talk to about this stuff (and gave us some excellent suggestions over breakfast) but it wouldn't go astray to have some of these things in the guest information book and for the other staff to experience some of these places themselves so they can impart some first-hand knowledge.
+ There seems to be some confusion on this site about whether GK has a 'beach area'. It doesn't have a beach area. We found this absolutely fine (and understandable given that GK is a 5 min drive from the beach) but the staff weren't equipped with any knowledge about where to find a deck chair for hire!
Overall we did have very big expectations (particularly because we were staying so long, were on our honeymoon and had heard such great things) so we're probably being a bit harsh but there are some areas for improvement!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gending Kedis at Jimbaran Bay is a collection of 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom luxury villas each with its own private pool villa. The resort is located within 15 minutes from the Bali airport and just 2 minutes drive to the white sands of Jimbaran beach.The resort has full services and amenities including the Alcedo Restaurant and bar lounge, room service and 2 function rooms. The Malkoha Spa offers a full range of body treatments and the Rudy Hadisuwarno Salon offers hair styling for ladies and gents. A fully equipped spacious gym and a 22 meter swimming pool complete the facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gending Kedis Villas And Spa Estate
- Gending Kedis Villas & Spa Estate Hotel Jimbaran
- Gending Kedis Hotel Estate
- Gending Kedis Resort Estate
- Gending Kedis Villas & Spa Estate Bali/Jimbaran