Firstly, the location of Ananda is simply the best. Yes, it is a ten minute walk to the beach, but as soon as you walk out you are spoiled for eating choices. And that is where you want to be! The resort is surrounded by boutiques, conveniences stores, pharmacies, and best of all amazing restaurants. Only a few minutes by taxi to Kuta, Jalan Petitenget, etc. And the pool is so good you don't want to go to the beach!
For those people who are complaining about the breakfast, they are simply whinging. Yes it is basic, but you cannot get better value for the location you are staying in. For the low price we paid, I was surprised to even get breakfast at all! Often we would go across the road in the early morning to Cafe Bali or similar and eat a proper breakfast for $10 AUD, then utilise the hotel included breakfast as a late morning snack.
As for facilities, they are great. I have stayed in 5 star resorts in Thailand, Mexico, etc. and they were very similar to '3 star' at Ananda. The Balinese style decor and feel is combined with a modern marble bathroom, and with plenty of space. Rooms were made up nicely and promptly every day. The air con and wifi worked well throughout our 7 day trip. The whole resort is quiet and tranquil with lush grounds. And I can't believe I have previously paid $30 AUD for a transfer, Ananda's transfer is only $10 AUD, which was organised for me straight away upon booking. Couldn't be simpler.
The staff are extremely friendly, always saying hello and good bye with a smile on their face. We witnessed some other tourists being very demanding and quite rude to the reception staff, and they handled it very well. The staff were always accommodating with our requests.
I simply did not find any negative aspects about the Ananda resort!
The only suggestions I would have for Ananda is some music playing on low by the pool - I know that this is a subjective preference for people, but it definitely gets people by the pool bar and creates a holiday ambience. And perhaps the unused room by the pool could be used as a buffet breakfast area, with an option for guests to upgrade their price for a better breakfast. Or my boyfriend and I imagined that room as a great area for games such as pool or air hockey.
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- Also Known As:
- ANANDA RESORT Bali/Seminyak