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“Nice hotel for nature-lovers, about 20 minutes from the airport”

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Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge
Ranked #12 of 112 Speciality Lodging in Jimbaran
British Columbia
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“Nice hotel for nature-lovers, about 20 minutes from the airport”
Reviewed 29 February 2012

NIce hotel! Peaceful, quiet and handy for the airport. Very nice pool; I am a nature-lover so especially enjoyed the grounds and fish ponds. Unfortunately, the walking trail that we tried to use was overgrown and inaccessible, possibly because it was low season. Meals were very good and the view from the dining room lovely. The kitchen staff and the hotel driver were all very friendly, helpful and efficient. They were great!
Our reservations were made months in advance, online, through Asian Accommodation and Tours (and paid via PayPal). Once we had booked and paid, however, Asian Accommodation and Tours no longer responded to our emails when we wanted to confirm or adjust our accommodation and transfer arrangements. They simply ignored our emails. The end result was some unnecessary anxiety plus a long, sweaty, uncomfortable wait at Denpasar airport for a hotel transfer that never came - despite the fact that we had phoned them from Lombok two days previously and were given verbal assurance that all reservation and transfer arrangements were in order! When we eventually reached the hotel, the apologetic and helpful hotel manager WAS expecting us, but she had no idea that we needed an airport transfer - a miscommunication could have been avoided had the booking agent maintained communication. I would not book through Asian Tours and Accommodation again; nor should Udayana Kingfisher Lodge.

If you plan to stay at Udayana Kingfisher Lodge, I would recommend booking either through a different agency or directly through the hotel.

Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Lovely place up in the hills so away from all the shops full of rubbish in Legian and Kuta. No McDonald's in sight;-) The driver and all the staff are lovely and really helpful. Trips can be arranged with the hotel driver too, with the local insider knowledge and small groups making all the difference, and the trips more flexible. Food is yummy and plenty of it, the pineapple jam at breakfast is delicious. Pool is in a peaceful garden surrounded by trees. Was very well looked after here, would go back again if I revisit Bali.

  • Stayed February 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

The lodge is in a very peaceful location, surrounded by vast grounds. The rooms are quite basic, but comfortable and large. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious and included one of the best pots of coffee we had while in Bali. One night we went for the set dinner menu and were very pleasantly surprised with a simple, but absolutely delicious home-cooked meal that was excellent value for money. There is a lovely cozy living room area that is great for reading / watching TV. The service impressed us the most of all. All the staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome to the lodge.

On the down side, the lodge really is miles from anything. This is ok for a couple of nights, but any more than that it may be a strain. Considering the inconvenient location, we felt it would have been fair if the lodge provided a free shuttle service into Jimbaran town instead of charging for the trip each time. Taking into account the location and basic rooms, it did feel overpriced. Possibly paying low season prices (we went in high season) would feel better value.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Orinda, California
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Reviewed 16 October 2011

We stayed at this lovely little hotel as we journeyed around Indonesia. We used it as our base as we needed to go in and out of Denpasar to get to the remote islands. The rooms are a nice size with great AC and VERY quiet. Maybe 15 minutes from the airport in a very quiet part of town. The owners and staff were exceptionally helpful. We left our luggage with them and each time we returned (4xs) it was already in our room when we got there.

They have a big pool which over looks the valley and bay. Nice sitting areas where many bird watchers would greet the morning while having their coffee/tea and watch the local birds. They have excellent meals with both a set an ala carte menu. Everything we ate was wonderful. They have a small in house bar with wines, beer and soft drinks.

The staff could not be more helpful as were the owners Dr. Alan and Meryl Wilson (both are ex pats from Africa). They are committed environmentalist and are very active in animal preservation issues. They will make you feel most welcome.

They have 5 different lodges throughout Indonesia that are all Ecolodges. For some the only downside might be if you are looking for a hotel close to the clubs and nightlights. You will have to take a taxi but we preferred the peace and quiet with warm Balinese hospitality!

Room Tip: they have 10 rooms and they are all fine!
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hunstanton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

A lovely place to stay. The staff and the owners Meryll and Alan Wilson could not have made us any more welcome. The food was excellent and the atmosphere peaceful, after the more popular tourist centres. Jimbaran beach also well worth a visit, beautiful.

Thank you so much to the Wilsons. Having visited the other eco lodges that they are involved in I can say that they are all wonderful and welcoming.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

Udayana was like a little oasis at the end of our trip across Java and Bali. Set in beautiful gardens with a beautiful pool hiding beyond the trees, this is a quiet retreat perfect for a relaxing break. Staff are very helpful, and if you want to plan adventures they’ve got some great advice. It’s only 30 mins walk to the beach, through the gardens and along a few streets, with plenty to look at along the way. Alternatively you can organise your own transport (ojek / taxi / hire car). As a one-off, we hired a car and driver for the day through the lodge. We thought the cost was worth it for the day, as our driver acted like a guide and recommended places we wouldn’t otherwise have discovered, which was great. (Try the coffee luwak and meet the civet at the orchid gardens!)

The room was clean and cool, and the nicest we’d stayed in during our whole trip. (The outdoor shower with our room was a novelty to us English types! Don’t let this put you off – they are in no way overlooked and it’s nice to feel the sun on your…back)

The bar and dining area upstairs is open along one side, making you feel like you are sitting in the canopy of the surrounding trees – lovely! There was a tasty range of food, taking into account my allergy to seafood (unfortunate in Bali), and breakfasts were good too. You need to let the staff know each morning if you plan to be around for lunch and / or dinner.

The lounge area was equally charming, with endless books to browse and a TV with lots of channels and DVDs should you wish. There’s internet access too. I loved curling up amongst the cushions listening to the frogs chirping outside, and watching the cicaks come and go. As I overheard another excited guest saying “this is like someone’s home” (only it's even nicer!)

Room Tip: 10 rooms, all overlooking the beautiful gardens & all downstairs.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dieppe, France
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

it was the best hotel during one month in Bali between 16 hotels tested in this country
it looks like a green island in the town so you need a car or a scooter to go in the center or to the beach
this is the reason why you can feel the nature especially during the night with a lot of birds and frogs .From this hotel you can have a walk in their forest park, area protected..
ALL IS CLEAN people are so much kind with you even the owners want to talk with you..
nice swiming pool in the beautiful garden
Ideal when you want to have a break during your holidays and regenerate you
thanks

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge
Address: Kampus Bukit | P.O. Box 3704, Jimbaran, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Jimbaran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 112 Speciality Lodging in Jimbaran
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Udayana Kingfisher Eco Lodge is our first eco lodge, is the centre of our company and is the first small hotel in Indonesia to obtain international eco certification from Green Globe. This lodge is the eco standard for all our other lodges. Situated in beautiful gardens with a swimming pool in the Jimbaran hills of South Bali, the lodge is a perfect base not only to discover Bali but Indonesia through our other eco lodges. Aroud the lodge is a bird sanctuary with two species of Kingfisher, The Javan being the lodge icon. There have been over 50 species recorded in the gardens. ... more   less 
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