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
- Also Known As:
- Emerald Tulamben Beach Hotel Bali