My family and I have recently returned from our 14-day stay at the hotel. My son is in first grade, my wife is a college professor, and I teach grade 6. We live in Jakarta, but we are originally from America. We scheduled our stay as part of a package airline/hotel deal.
Upon arriving at the airport, we took a taxi to the hotel. When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by the bellhop and desk attendant. We experienced a seamless transition to our room. The lobby is well prepared, clean, with tasteful Balinese-type music. I should note that although the hotel did not provide transport from the airport to hotel, they do offer transport that you can rent for the day. The transport they offer is of a better quality than those offering their services outside the hotel (there are many).
Our room was one of the first rooms on the left. The King size bed was actually two doubles pushed together. The room was sufficient for our needs. Bed, wardrobe, couch, desk, TV (with cable-various languages). The bathroom was clean and stocked with basic items (i.e., soap, towels, shampoo, conditioner, etc.). It is recommended that you do not flush tissue paper; this is common in Asia. Water is not drinkable, but two complimentary waters are provided daily. These waters are best used for brushing as they are not tasty.
The room did have air conditioner, but it took some time to cool the room. Once cooled, it worked well. All members of my family struggled with sneezing and stuffy noses while in the room. The sneezing and runny noses only occurred while we were in our room. I won’t make assumptions about what caused this.
The refrigerator was stocked daily with drinkable bottled waters, sodas, and beer. The room was also maintained daily. As is the case anywhere in Indonesia, geckos often joined us in our room (1-2 max). They sometimes left droppings on the wall. These were never cleaned. Again, this is common in Indonesia. The pool was nice.
The pool was always clean and there were always sun chairs available. The “baby” pool attached to the main pool was small, but my son seemed to enjoy it. The larger pool was not shallow enough for my son. The pool boy was always present with towels. I was able to order drinks from the attached restaurant. Four steps away from the pool was a separate, quiet sunning area (sometimes shaded). There were bathrooms and showers off the pool.
The gardens within the confines of the hotel were amazing. They offered a wonderful walk to your room with various plants and ponds with large goldfish. You’ll also see larger geckos and frogs crawling and hopping about. The gardens were maintained daily by smiling, friendly staff. At night, you will hear the frogs and other exotic animals. In the morning, you will hear various song birds. It’s quite nice.
If you’re interested in exercise, you will not enjoy the hotel’s gym. I’m an exercise buff, and I was incredibly disappointed with the gym. Three pieces, treadmill, bike, and multi-station weigh machine. Neither the treadmill nor the bike worked. The weight machine barely worked. The weight room is crammed into a very small room. Simply not worth your time.
We had the option of daily breakfast. After about 3-4 mornings, we either chose to sleep in or eat elsewhere. For the most part, breakfast consisted of Indonesia fare. On any given day you might have, toast, noodles, rice, potatoes, fruit, one of two juices, tea, and coffee. If you’re okay with a non-western breakfast, you’ll survive. If you’re looking for an excellent breakfast with many options, you might not enjoy it.
The restaurant’s lunch and dinner food was okay, and most of the staff were pleasant. A one-man band offered live music on Tuesday and Saturday. Overall, the restaurant was clean and conveniently located.
The hotel backs up to the “boardwalk” and beach. We did not enjoy this particular beach as it was not what we were looking for. On occasion the beach did have trash on it. In the morning, the beach was packed, midday was completely empty, and late afternoon completely packed again. The hotel does provide sun chairs for the beach. There were always enough chairs to accommodate the guests, albeit we did not spend much time at the beach, so this might have been a problem at a point when we were not there.
Plenty of shopping opportunities on the boardwalk outside the hotel, albeit after traveling to other locations around the island, these opportunities paled in comparison. Whatever the case, everyone beyond the confines of the hotel has something to sell you and in every case, they were all willing to negotiate the prices.
Within the lobby, you can enjoy their spa, make transport reservations, or rent bicycles. We did receive two 15 minute massages compliments of the hotel. We never got around to using them. However, I did purchase a 60 minute traditional Balinese massage. It was okay.
The hotel offered laundry service with a one-day turn around. The clothes were well pressed and always clean.
There were many restaurants and stores outside the hotel (e.g., convenience stores, Dunkin Donuts, KFC, Indonesian restaurants, Malaysian restaurants, etc.). All of this is within walking distance (1-5 minutes).
I took the time to walk down the boardwalk (out the back to the right). Along my walk, I came across many other beaches. These beaches seemed to be well maintained, especially compared to the beach behind the hotel. Most of these beaches were accessible to anyone.
What did I like best? Everyone (including guests) was friendly and helpful. The area (excluding the beach) was always clean and peaceful.
What did I like least? My runny nose and sneezing while in my room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Diwangkara Holiday Villa Bali is a boutique class resort and spa located on the beach front of Pantai Sanur in the south-eastern coast of Bali island. Surrounded by lush greeneries, this beautiful boutique resort and spa offers a tropical paradise with a unique blend of modernity and cultural heritage, making it a perfect destination for all ages and occasions. Staying in the heart of nature offers much comfort - what more at Diwangkara Holiday Villa's Balinese inspired guest rooms and suites, individual villas and bungalows. Equipped with modern conveniences, here is where you experience total bliss and bring home memories that will linger for a lifetime. The Lagenda Malaysian & Fusion Restaurant is the beach front open-air restaurant certified Halal by the Majelis Ulama Indonesia. Serving authentic Balinese, Malaysian, international and oriental cuisine. With a stunning view of the blue sea of Sanur and Mount Agung, each taste bite is all the more tantalizing. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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