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Emerald Tulamben Beach Hotel
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Emerald Tulamben Beach Hotel
Ranked #12 of 12 Hotels in Tulamben
Reviewed 6 October 2009

This is one of my favourite places to stay, but not for all the usual reasons. I stumbled upon here by accident some 5 years ago. In the visits have made, the hotel is always empty - so you can feel like it is your own private estate. Apparently once or twice a year a planeload of Japanese descend on the place. But otherwise nobody stays there. They miss out.
It is huge, - and crumbilng more and more each year, and really a sort of slumbering giant. There are numerous nooks and crannies to explore and endless kitch touches (dolphins on the lawn, odd mushroom tables) all over the place, plus luxe touches - the helipad and the non functioning furnicular. . Some bits are not so safe to climb any more but you can see the vision of the place when it was constructed - even if you can't quite understand it.

Emerald has a lovely pool, and immaculately kept grounds in a wonderful setting. There are extensive facilities- but almost none of which work - the front coffee shop, the dive area, the boats, the spa etc etc. Recently they have put up a massage bed with a view, and on this 2006 trip we were able to use the Japanese baths - wonderful as it was full moon and we had them to ourselves (as ever!). Food is OK but expensive for the area, so we tend to eat out although the restaurant has a wonderful view. You can also walk out onto the lava that juts out into the sea. Just beautiful.
I love this hotel. But I have no idea how it survives, and each year, it appears more rickety in its structures. If you like eccentric and odd - try here. Forget the service and just enjoy the space. if you can get a good rate that is. Sadly they seem to have decided that they have to charge close to their rack rate, which, considering the deteriorating state of the place means it is not value for money. So I didn't stay last year. Here's hoping they change that policy going forward

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 July 2008

This hotel sounded lovely for our purposes during a trip to Bali.

Our main goal was a place to snorkel right from the shoreline of the hotel, as opposed to going out on day boats and tours.

We worked to find a hotel with air conditioning, and the best creature comforts we could find in the main dive site area of Bali: Tulamben. (Many dive sites appropriately cater to younger, less affluent guests. When we were younger, we went to those types of places. But we are now in late middle-age, and really want to be comfortable.)

From their website, Emerald Tulamben Beach sounded great.

When we arrived, we were the only occupants of the hotel -- quite spooky. We were told three other rooms would be occupied later that day.

Our room's temperature was still over 80 degrees F after the air con was on for several hours.

The stairs and ladders down to the water were broken and even missing in certain spots, making it extremely dangerous (and in some spots, impossible) to access the water.

This hotel, in its extremely beautiful location, needs some major refurbishment to meet the standards implied by its website.

On the good side: Excellent food (we were the only ones in the restaurant, of course); very nice staff, as in most places in Bali; a FANTASTIC ride from Denpasar up into the hills along the rice paddies of Bali's east coast.

We hope this hotel will improve in reality -- and in its portrayal of itself on the internet.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2010
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  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Emerald Tulamben Beach Hotel

Address: Jl. Raya, Tulamben 80852, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Tulamben
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Tulamben
Price Range: £83 - £188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Emerald Tulamben Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
Also Known As:
Emerald Tulamben Beach Hotel Bali

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