My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights during our trip to Bali in October 2012. We booked a PADI Open Water course here. The owner is the person who is teaching the diving course. Her name is Restuning Sandini and she is a very pleasant and friendly person. The reason why we went for Bayu was because my wife was a bit uncertain and preferred a dutch speaking and female diving instructor. We're very happy we went for Restuning, because she's really experienced and we had a lot of fun.
The hotel itself is located in Lipah Bay. We expected it to be very close to the beach. This wasn't true (you have to cross the road and pass another hotel), but still, the view was nice. The environment around Lipah looks a bit unclean and the view is a bit blocked by electricity poles. There is a lot of garbage near the road and by the beach, but this is the same for most of Bali. Nevertheless, I think this hotel has one of the better views of Lipah Bay.
The service is top notch! Very friendly staff. The restaurant menu is good, but the restaurant a bit further down the road, called Wawa Wewe, can bring some variation after several days there. The prices for food and drinks at Bayu Cottages aren't cheap, but not super high either. The room itself is really nice, clean and big, with a great view. A bit of climbing is needed, especially if you have one of the rooms at the top level. The airco could have been a bit cooler, but that wasn't a big problem. The swimming pool is small, but nice.
We were happy that Restuning was at the hotel during the whole diving training course. We never saw her dutch husband, Marcel. I can imagine it can be a bit disappointing for some if they never see either of the two during their stay, because the couple actually lives in Denpasar. Communication with the staff can be a bit difficult. Some of them don't speak English, some do (a bit).
The only negative thing about our stay there was bad communication with the staff about tickets for our fastboat from Amed to Gili Trawangan. The staff told us several things about the tickets which appeared later not to be true, causing stress and small problems after our stay at Bayu. They are getting a commission for the ticket, so they were eager to close the sale. Not really sure if it was their fault or the actual fastboat company (Marina Srikandi). In short: we almost missed it, we had payment problems because we were told at Bayu that Mastercard was accepted, which wasn't true. And when we wanted to leave the Gili's, the fastboat company said our ticket wasn't "confirmed", although this was already asked by us at Bayu. Luckily the staff at Scallywags Resort (Mango Retreat on Gili Air) had connections and saved us.
All in all, we had a great time at Bayu Cottages and will probably go there again if we are ever in Amed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bayu Cottages is a small family hotel, with just 6 sea view rooms and direct access to the beach and the Bali Sea, with a beautiful snorkel spot right in front of the hotel and spectacular dive-sites nearby. Designed and constructed with just one objective in mind: our guests relaxing comfort. The hotel combines the best of both European management and Indonesian hospitality. ... more less
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- Bayu Cottages Hotel And Restaurant Amed, Bali