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“Great place for a yummy, cheap lunch on the beach”
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Blue Star - Bali
Ranked #7 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Amed
Certificate of Excellence
Bali, Indonesia
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106 reviews
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“Great place for a yummy, cheap lunch on the beach”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

My friend and I came across Blue Star Cafe for lunch when we were out on our rented motorbike one day and liked it so much we went back the next night for dinner. The food was fresh, well cooked, nicely presented and best of all, cheap! I had the grilled tuna special with salad (40,000 rps), my friend had the mahi mahi with rice - both were delicious. We also tried the chicken curry, and the black rice pudding for dessert. Try this - it's amazing! I can't say the staff were overly friendly but they were polite and courteous and the WIFI was pretty fast, too. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

I have travelled to Bali maybe 50 times or more. This was my first trip to Amed. It is how places like Seminyak and Kuta use to be 25 years ago and long may it last. It has taken me by the heart as the number one spot in Bali, above Ubud, provided you are looking to rest up and relax. that is what is great about Blue Star and Amed in general. We stayed at the Blue Star for 6 nights and it was simply wonderful. Iluh is a wonderfully warm and genuine lady and her staff are delightful. I felt quite at home there and I have booked to return already!! Long may Amed stay as peaceful as it is. Blue Star is right on the beach. Do yourself a favour too and look for the two ladies, Wayan I and Wayan II and get a 4 hands massage. I had loads!!

Room Tip: There are only 3 rooms but the best one is the bungalow by itself.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 January 2013

We were actually booked to stay at Blue Star for five nights but because the snorkelling we came for was washed out with all the rain we only stayed for two. The owner, Illuh (sp?) was incredibly gracious and supportive of our decision. The bungalow is perfectly placed by the sea, with a fab cafe with gorgeous views. It is very well priced and there was no problem fitting our family of five into the bungalow (quite rare we found) for only $55AUD per night incl breakfast. Every morning when we woke up there was a tea service set up on the table on our balcony. A gorgeous touch. Excellent friendly service from all staff.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Atascadero, California
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stayed at the Blue Star for 6 nights in late Nov. early Dec. 2012. We were in the Bungalow that has a loft which would be great for a family. There is a large bed in the main room downstairs and two twins in the loft. Lovely staff, good breakfast, peaceful area (it was low season). The beach is a pebble beach, not white sand, but clean and good for swimming. Went for a scooter ride further up the road, was beautiful with a nice remote feeling. Would definitely stay again.

Room Tip: Because of the bungalow's high ceilings the air con wasn't super cold, but still pleasant en...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Richmond Hill, Ontario
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Reviewed 6 December 2012 via mobile

Clean, well organized villas. 30 seconds to the beach, 5 minutes to dive centers.

Bring binoculars if you are bird watcher or for star gazing.

Things to watch out for: Slower Internet typical of Bali, bring a flashlight as rural area gets dark very quickly at night.

  • Stayed December 2012
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marseille
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Reviewed 27 September 2012

There a 3 rooms in the hotel, very clean, breakfast is very good and the restaurant is nice;
The lady who runs the place is really wonderful.
Unfortunately you here voices of the people being around, if you are looking for a very quiet holiday. But there is the option go to the beach in front of the hotel and take a free beach bed. The beach is really in front of the hotel. Wear shoes on the beach. small stones and coral on black sand.
There is AC and hot water;

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 September 2012

Blue Star cafe & Bungalows- review

My partner & I stayed at Blue Star (our 1st time in Bali) for a week, towards the end of August, also at the end of 3 weeks of holidaying in Bali. We specifically staged it so that the last leg of our trip was in a quiet place, so we could relax before returning to work, and did not want large crowds, busy streets and touts, so we chose Amed. After reading many positive reviews, we chose Blue Star.
Communication with Iluh via email prior to the booking was excellent, especially considering the time difference, and we also spoke on the phone to make some special requests, which she arranged.

Or welcome was very warm and genuine, and the requests we had made were in place. After more than two weeks, mostly in larger centres, like Sanur & Ubud, we were more than ready for some peace & quiet, which Amed & Blue Star delivered.

The bungalow and cottages are not fancy, but are very clean, secure and well maintained. We stayed upstairs, and had incredible views of the sea through our double doors, and could hear the waves at night, and even sleep with the doors open.
The location is so convenient, as you are on a beach which is part of a cove, with only one other cafe/hotel at before the end of the cove, resulting in lower foot traffic on the beach.
If you walk in the opposite direction, you will find a range of warungs (local eateries) with fresh seafood daily at very reasonable prices, e.g.£2 or 30000 Indonesian rupiah for a dish of grilled tuna and vegetables. We frequently ate at Blue Star, mainly because it was so convenient. We walked downstairs, and about 5 metres away you have the restaurant- where there was an inclusive breakfast of tea/coffee, a range of pancakes and fruit salad+ extras at an additional cost. The food in the area is similar in price, and standards can vary, but is generally good in Amed. We loved the banana and coconut pancakes, the Balinese fish, the various lassis and fresh fruit juices. If you like something in a particular way- communicate it to the staff and they do the best they can to meet your needs.


You step out of the restaurant straight onto the beach, and a few metres further on and you are in the water. The tide does not range too much, but the stunning coral reefs were best seen at high tide in the morning during our stay. Currents are very mild, so it's fairly safe, and the snorkelling is absolutely stunning. You have this incredible range of sealife, in 3D, right on your doorstep, and you can rent snorkelling equipment for £2/ day or 30000 rupiah. Despite having seen it before, we would snorkel almost every day- its easy, if you haven't done it before, and like stepping into completely different world. Highly recommended!

I would like to respond to Cindy L's review, which differed from our experience. Our perceptions may be influenced by our expectations, and like Cindy L, we experienced roosters crowing, but this took place across Bali, forms part of the lifestyle & culture of the Balinese people, even in urban centres- it woke my partner up in Ubud initially, but in Amed, she was fine- possibly because she had adapted by then.
There was no construction going on during our stay, and there was certainly no machinery, especially chainsaw sounding equipment. The jukung, Balinese boats go fishing early in the morning, using wind power, and on their return may use an outboard motor, but this was not loud or disturbing in our experience.
On occasion, there were people selling items like jewellery and sunglasses on the beach, but  they were the least aggressive we experienced in Bali, and after 2 no thank you's , or 'I already have sunglasses', they smile and move on. What some visitors may find uncomfortable, is that the vendors may stay in the vicinity after offering you something- not to pressure you into buying, but possibly because  it's a public beach and they enjoy it's beauty too. I think there may be cultural differences regarding understandings of personal space at play here...as many Balinese may ask you questions at your first meeting, which Westerners may consider personal. There are also the occasional tout who asks questions to find out if you are a possible customer, but this occurs across Bali, and in Amed we experienced this at its least invasive. However, if Amed is the only place you've visited in Bali, you may have a different perception.

During our stay, we also went on the morning fishing trip with Nengah, Iluh's husband, leaving about 5.30am. This was a truly beautiful, peaceful, almost mystical experience, and helped me to understand why fisherman may be very spiritual- the quiet, and contact with nature in its beauty and strength was awe inspiring-we hardly said a word during the 2 hour trip- unfortunately, no fish.

During our stay be also went scuba diving with Jukung Dive @ the famous Liberty wreck, & trekking up the mountain to visit a family living in the mountains with a member of staff, and to enjoy the wonderful views- all arranged via BlueStar. There are also massages available on the beach for 50000 rupiah/50 minutes- about £3.40. The sun loungers are free, but be sure to reserve them by placing your towels on them in the morning.

We did not want to leave at the end of our stay. It was quite sad. We felt at home, and very comfortable. If we had questions or queries or concerns, we communicated this to Iluh and her staff, and these were received very positively and acted upon very quickly and effectively.

Also, you need to consider the value you receive for your stay-we paid 350000 rupiah (£23)/ night for a room for 2 people, right on the beach, with a fantastic view. It's not a hotel, so adjust your expectations accordingly, but what you have is genuine Balinese hospitality, very helpful & friendly staff who appear to enjoy their work-Iluh & her husband Nengah, who go out of their way to make you feel comfortable, and a very small number of guests with whom you share the space.
I can fully understand why many of the guests return year after year - and we are considering returning ourselves.

A very warm thank you to Iluh, Nengah & their friendly staff for a most enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Top room for great views, bungalows for family, ground floor is cheaper
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Blue Star - Bali
Address: Jemeluk Beach, Amed, Abang 80852, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #7 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Amed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
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We are located in the northeast of Bali, two hours away from mass tourism. We provide excellent service in a absolute appropriate clean manner. Our staff is highly motivated, loyal and strongly committed to our guests. They have profound knowledge in Balinese culture. Our contact is always polite and friendly. You will spend your holidays with us in a secured environment. ... more   less 
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