We stayed at Puri Wirata twice, at the beginning and end of a month in Indonesia. We stayed in the upstairs of a villa, which meant a huge balcony (it might have been shared with the other side of the duplex set-up if the place were busy) with a padded pavilion to sit in and read, or enjoy the sweeping views. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained, and the two small pools are great for a plunge in the heat of the day.
Our room was very comfortable and well-appointed, with a small flat screen TV, coffee maker, good AC, comfortable netted 4-poster bed, and tiled bathroom. Food in the open-air restaurant is good, with an ample included breakfast. The staff is well-trained, friendly and efficient.
There's ample relaxation area around the pools, with sun loungers and beach towels aplenty. It's steps to the pebble beach, and there are abundant fish and quite decent coral. The associated dive shop is a very good outfit. There's generally one or two local people on the beach who will solicit your business for snorkel trips along the coast. They aren't a hassle if you just say no, and we went with one to the "Japanese Shipwreck" (just OK, although if you're there when everyone else in Amed isn't, there's decent coral), and had a good outing.
Our only complaint was with transport. We were staying near the airport, and arranged a car and driver through Puri Wirata. The first time, the driver was 20 minutes late, which really shouldn't happen on an arranged 1100 pick-up. The second time, we waited 40 minutes, and when he didn't show, we scrambled around finding one of their alleged phone numbers that actually worked, and discovered that no car had been ordered, but that one would be there "in ten minutes". A half-hour later, we had to phone again, and finally 20 minutes later a driver pulled in. He proved to be either drunk or insane, or both, yelling at nothing and singing cracked snatches of song, falling asleep every time we stopped for a light, and nodding halfway off very frequently unless I shook his shoulder.
After three hours of that, including him refusing to stop and let us continue with other transport from Candidasa, I was relieved but extremely irate when we finally arrived. Tom at the dive shop helped get Crazy Boy to drop us at the right place, and we weren't charged for the ride, but it was a pretty terrifying experience. This wasn't one of their usual drivers, but the fact that in both cases we were kept waiting, once for an hour and a half, and had a totally outrageous driver, would incline me to arrange my own transport another time. Since Puri Wirata charges Rp 450,000, you have a base price to bargain from if you're in South Bali.
I'd gladly stay again, but I'd get there on my own.
- 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