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Bayu Cottages Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #25 of 80 Amed B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 November 2012

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.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

We booked a triple room for 2 nights from Switzerland. Mrs Sandini, the manager, is very efficient and thorough. You have to pay 50% of the room price upon reservation and the rest before arrival. This can be done via PayPal which was convenient for us as there are no hidden transfer fees. The resort also arranged transportation for us from Seminyak and back.
The cottages are in an excellent location. You have just to cross the street and walk 50 meters to the beach and the coral gardens of Lipah beach. Snorkeling is easy, there is no current. We found, however that there was less coloured coral than 2 years ago.
The room was big, spotless and bright with large windows. It has quiet and efficient airconditioning and also a large ceiling fan. There is an electronic safe deposit box and a tv with English language cable channels (many for kids, as this is a triple room). The bath room was ok. It has a window into the bedroom which is a bit weird. There is a small lovely swimming pool with some deck chairs. For breakfast you can choose from a selection of simple fares. The restaurant is relatively small, but we always got a table. The staff is friendly and helpful. Overall, it was an excellent experience and we would definitely return.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

This hotel has the best views available in Lipah, no doubt and the pool is fantastic.

I would return if it would have a little fridge in the room and free wifi throughout the hotel.

Also the extensive list of rules and regulations (no outside foods, no guests etc..) were a bit off-putting at first. The price of food and drinks at the restaurant is pretty steep, but plenty of other opportunities around.

Would have been nice if the owners would have been available for some information on local activities.

The staff's english is not the best, so it is sometimes difficult to get ones point across, but they get 10 out of 10 for effort

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bayuhotel, Director of Sales at Bayu Cottages Hotel and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2012

The hotel offers broadband Internet access through Wi-Fi in all public areas of the hotel, i.e. reception, swimming pool and restaurant area. Guests only need to bring their laptop, tablet or smart phone to get free and truly unlimited access to the Internet.

Fridges have been removed some years ago from the rooms as many of the guests were unaware (or didn't read the instructions and house rules information) how easily insects and animals are attracted in the tropics by not properly stored food and drinks.

The owners are regularly present at the hotel to work, to socialise with guests and to share their local knowledge with anyone interested in it, etc., etc., Some times, esspecially when guests just stays a few days, they may miss eachother.

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Reviewed 28 July 2012

This great value complex was just fabulous for our family. Elevated with sea views, quiet and attractive with the pool looking out over the view. One minute down the track and onto the sandy beach. Excellent snorkeling straight off the beach. Bayu offers a wonderful breakfast in the restaurant looking out over the sea and with out doubt has the best Gado Gado! We enjoyed eating out and about and with hired scooters we were able to explore the area. Ahmed is a much slower, relaxed pace and away from the frenetic pace of Kuta or Legion. We are very keen to go back and do it all over again next year. We will definately be booking back with Bayu Cottages.

Room Tip: All rooms offer a view.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Our room was at the very top of the hotel and we arrived early in the evening in time to watch the sun set, with Mount Agung to one side of us and the sea stretching out in front. It was wonderful to fall asleep listening to the sound of the waves. We stayed for 2 days and ate in the hotel both nights- we found the traditional dishes to be fresh and delicious. Despite breakfast typically being served from 7am, the staff were happy to make something for us at 615 as we had an early start the day we left. The pool is lovely- small but perfectly formed with great views out to sea. The rooms are basic yet clean, but it's the setting and those views that really makes this place special. The first morning I watched the local children walking to school from our balcony- it's not a very developed place but that's part of it's charm. We loved it.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2012

It would not be fair to comment on the amenities or service in this hotel as our scheduled eight day stay coincided with a severe weather event that compromised the infrastructure and operation of normal routines and we had to leave after four days. However the rapid,decisive and generous response of the owners exceeded our expectations and the above rating is based purely on this factor. In good weather, the views from the upstairs rooms would be amazing and the staff still managed to provide delicious breakfast over the four days without access to electricity. Thanks to all for their efforts.

Room Tip: Lovely views from the upstairs rooms, but very steep steps to get there
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank jayjay163
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

We will be back. We booked for two and stayed for three. Having stayed at Blue Moon Villas, which we highly recommend too, on a previous holiday Bayu did not disappoint. By comparison it is a well priced hotel with spectacular views from the balconies, swimming pool and dining area. We were greeted in the morning by the noises of the local people, the sights of the fishing boats and the splendour of the ocean. Breakfast included was simple but pleasant. The staff were very friendly, willing to accommodate and very flexible. We ate dinner at the hotel twice, the food was fresh, simple but adequate, offering a small range of traditional and non traditional dishes. The beds were comfortable, bathroom clean and well planned, air con worked well and TV offered many channels (although we didn't watch it). The only minor criticism from us would be, is that our room was located near the kitchen, and at times we felt the staff could be more mindful of their chatter and movements considering there were guests present. This should not deter you by any means but a friendly reminder to a great staff. We loved it!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bayu Cottages Hotel and Restaurant

Address: Jl. Raya Amed Seraya | Bunutan - Karangasem, Amed, Abang 80852, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Amed
Price Range: £23 - £37 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bayu Cottages Hotel and Restaurant 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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