We had a great time at the Puri Wirata during a recent 7 night stay. I must admit that I find the recent poor/average reviews a bit baffling and it might come down to expectations. This is Amed - a relaxed, tranquil, beautiful part of Bali blissfully free of the high-end gloss (and chaos) you get in the south. I therefore do not expect 5-star resorts and one allows for some lapses in cleanliness and service from time to time.
That said, Puri Wirata is a great resort and I thought the service was very good. Each time we had a request it was dealt with quickly and efficiently. The staff were friendly yet a little reserved which I suppose could be interpreted as unfriendliness. Our babysitter (Mendri) was fantastic and even bought our daughters a present. We stayed in an entire villa and my wife and I in the ground floor "master villa" next to the infinity pool (321). This was clean and spacious and in a great location. The upstairs villas were fine but a little small. The bathrooms are not fantastic but more than adequate. We had 5 noisy kids in our group but they essentially had the pool to themselves and we could watch them from our patio. The other pool was great too and the view from the sunbeds on its edge is great. The gardens are lush and very pretty. The resort is on the sea and the snorkeling out front was good but a difficult entry at low tide. The spa was a bit hit and miss - I would suggest a massage on your patio/balcony from one of the beach ladies for only 70000IRP an hour. Value wise I thought this resort was very good. We paid a bit more for high season but at $50-$60 a room in low season you can't go wrong. The pick of the deluxe rooms would have to be rooms 1-4 and the best villas are 321 and 311. The bungalow rooms looked quite nice too but try and avoid the deluxe rooms at the top of the hill if you can.
The breakfasts are simple but adequate. I thought the menu was good and particularly enjoyed the tuna wirata and the pepes ikan (fish in banana leaf). The food is relatively inexpensive (about $4-$8 a dish) and the beers were always cold. We ate out a fair bit, particularly at Warung Enak in the main area of Amed. This is run by Wayan who is one of the nicest people I have met. She is a fantastic cook - try the Ayam nanas and fish curry! Wayan even showed us how to make one dish we really liked so we will try and replicate this at home (little chance I fear). We had a rijstafel one night that was very good. other eating options nearby are Sails (well recommended and they make a sensational fish in banana leaf) and Wayan's Warung (cheap, adequate but not a patch on Warung Enak). We ate at the Grill one night and thought this was our worst meal in Amed. The ribs were abysmal and must have come from a very thin pig. Pity, because the owner was very nice and attentive.
The diving was very good and Tom is a great instructor. He took my 9-year old daughter for an introductory lesson and was extremely kind and patient with her. She is already planning her PADI course next year. The dive school is efficient, has good, new equipment and the dives are inexpensive at 280 000 IRP a tank (300 000 if you have less than 10 between 2 people).
Puri Wirata is a little way out of the main Amed area but I like this. There are no taxis so transport can be an issue if you don/t like mopeds. Fortunately we do and this is a highlight for me. They are so cheap to hire ($6 a day) and I feel quite safe on the quiet roads of Amed. the hotel can arrange these for you. Some restaurants (Saila, Baliku) will pick up.
Overall I highly recommend this hotel and we will certainly be back one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Puri Wirata Dive Resort & Spa offers you a comfortable and affordable home in Amed. A hotel with a family feel like you've rarely encountered before. With our own 5 Star Dive center located in our resort, Spa, Beach, Transport service and 2 beachfront swimming pools, we are perfectly equipped to give you the relaxing holiday you deserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Puri Wirata Dive Resort And Spa Amed Bali
- Puri Wirata Dive Hotel Amed