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Naya Gawana Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Banyuwedang
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 February 2010

We stayed in Novus Gawana for 8 nights in februari, which is low season. The Lumbung suites are hugh, with a great bed plus mosquito net on the upper floor and a large couch and balcony on the lower floor. The bathroom is also large and luxurious. The water from the tabs comes directly from the hot spring, which means you cannot take a cold shower but that doesn't matter much. The room has a fan and aircondition and stays quit cool. The Lumbung suites are situated in a great garden with lots of flowers and birds. Service is very good, fresh flowers, towels and drinking water everyday.

The friendlyness of the entire staff of the resort is striking, even the gardeners stop working once you show up and always ask about "your activity of today". The restaurant is nice with a great view on the bay. The menu is not very extensive but contains some very tastefull Indonesian dishes. The portions and not huge and the dishes not supercheap, but the quality was good and always fresh.

The dive center of the resort is run by a German lady and a couple of very nice Indonesian dive guides. Snorkeling on the housereef is great. Don't expect any white sand or great visibility, but the amount of batfish and nudibrances (and they say even seahorses were seen!) will make it up to you. The dive center offers a daily trip to Menjangan Island, which is a 45 minute relaxed trip on a wooden boat (with shade). You will make one dive in the morning and another one afer having lunch on the boat or on the dock. It's also possible to make an early morning dive or a night dive, and they even have their very own Mandarin Point. Secret Bay is a special trip made by car, it takes about an hour to get there but it's worth it. The dive site could be compared to Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi, only a bit smaller. The number of weird creatures is enormous.

Overall: great place to stay when you're into diving and you're looking for a relaxed holiday.

P.S. the peanuts are indeed very good. And so is the coconut cocktail :-)

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Dear Sir,
Warm greetings from Novus Hotels & Resorts
We delighted that you so enjoyed our hotel facilities and activities. Thank you for the compliments about our room, food and services.

It is a pleasure for us to strive to provide the highest quality of service. We look forward to seeing you again at Novus Gawana Resort & Spa and hope your next visit will be an unforgettably wonderful one.


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Reviewed 14 November 2009

Stayed here for two nights as we toured around Bali. The location is about a far away from the touristy part of Bali as you can get. I think our party and another three couples were the only people staying here on the first night.

We stayed in a Lumbung suite, these are quite cute, with two levels, bedroom is upstairs, bathroom below. Each suite is its own individual structure with a balcony. Bathroom has a huge concrete tub with rainshower. Water is actually natural hot spring water (has that smell too) - I found it hard to get the right temperature.

There is a pool with towels provided, cocktails if you want (for purchase) and little birds that keep sweeping into the pool. The view is of mangroves, not the beach. It was also quite windy, apparently this is normal at that time of year.

We went snorkeling at Menjangan island, it's a full dive center as well. Took a boat out there (about 45 mins), had excellent visibility (100ft+), warm water, LOTS of fish, coral and followed a turtle around. There is also a wall going down into the depths for the avid wall divers (but the water got colder as we ventured in that direction). Lunch was a simple box lunch, BUT... the salad had a very spicy pepper that some did not notice. Oh, remember to put sunblock on the back of your legs.

We had to be flexible with pre-dinner drinks as they seemed to have a limited inventory (ran out of basics like either Gin or Tonic). The staff was willing to be chatty with us, or leave us alone depending on our mood. The peanuts were really tasty - not the same type we tend to get in the US - much crunchier. Dinner was good, not great. Service was pretty good too. After dinner we grabbed our drinks and played some pool (don't expect perfect condition).

When we were leaving, we had been told one rate for the driver to the ferry (the published rate) and as we were leaving the fella at the desk mentioned another rate a little bit higher. We corrected him and all was fine - but this seemed to happen almost everywhere we went in Bali.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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An Agoda Traveller
Reviewed 2 April 2009

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 14 July 2008

We stayed at Gawana in early July. We have two children aged 15 and 8 and we all love snorkelling, which was the attraction of this resort.

Firstly, West Bali is a long, long way from Ubud, Denpasar and Kuta. In time, culture and climate. Our driver must have taken us on a scenic route as it took us over 5 hours from Ubud, dodging chickens, mopeds and dogs all the way. The landscape got drier and warmer after we passed over the central mountains in low cloud. Very dramatic.

Our sense of fatigue disappeared as we reached gawana as it truly is an oasis. The views are to die for and the architecture of Lumbungs and low bungalows is sympathetic and unique.

The Gawana is obviously not new place. Many of the fittings, fixtures and fabric are a bit tired, but this just adds to the charm. It's not the 'four seasons' but that's a good thing. We had two Lumbung suites, but in reality we only used one as they are easily big enough for four. Facilities in the suites are a bit basic but we were there for the snorkelling so we didn't really care. There is a games room, reminiscent of 50's holiday camps and a single on site restaurant. Eating out isn't really an option as the nearest village is very small and not set up for tourists but to my surprise and delight the restaurant was excellent. The chef really knew what he was doing and his creations would not have been out of place in 5 star horels in Singapore or Hong Kong. The tuna tataki was incredible.

Snorkelling and diving takes place at the nearby coral reef and is simply wonderful. The gawana has it's own dive centre and we were kitted out by Anya (an ex-pat German) in excellent wet suits an gear. We were also provide with a guide, a boat and pilot and lunch. All fabulous.

There has to be some down points though. West Bali is quite Muslim and I was awakened by the call to prayer at 4 am and the accompanying cockerel calls. The hotel also made a mistake with our booking and there was a prolonged negotiation to get it fixed. For obvious reasons this place attracts honeymooners and we were the only family there. if it wasn't for the Japanese scuba divers we would have felt like real goosberries!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 May 2008

Wonderfully landscaped property in relatively remote northwestern part of the island (Taman Nasional Bali Barat). Much less touristy than Lovina, and definitely not a place to party or surf like Kuta and no huge resort style complex like Nusa Dua or Jimbaran. If you like nature at its best, surrounded by tranquility, facing a calm bay, opportunities to row and dive, in an intimate setting far from modern civilization, but still accompanied by attentive, knowledgeable staff who respects privacy, then this is the place for you. No television in rooms. CD players for music only.

Hard to find if you are driving, unless you are adventurous. Amazing adaptation of the indigenous architecture, and very tasteful incorporation of modern amenities into the bungalows. We stayed at both the Lumbung suites (inspired by traditional structures) and the Mangrove suites (only 2 available). We prefer the Lumbung for its unique design and mezzanine bed. Our parents like the Mangrove for its single floor plan with indoor-outdoor bath featuring a large soak tub fed with hot water from a nearby spring.

Dinner at the poolside restaurant was fine, not excellent, and expensive for Indonesian standard, but as expected in an establishment this calibre. There are not many dining options around the area, and we prefer to enjoy the property, so we were glad to dine onsite. Good wine called "Hatten Aga", especially the white, cultivated from a local winery.

The best feature besides the suites are the infinity swimming pool and the pier, very relaxing and quiet. Picturesque nature abound. Check out the pictures. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed: March 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 April 2008

This was a very nice hotel with beautiful grounds. Very close to the dock to dive Menjangan Island. The food was very good. Nice pool overlooking the ocean. The only thing the hotel needed was a beach, but it is close to a lot of temples. They have the best staff.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2008

My wife booked this hotel, one of four we stayed in on our Bali trip. It's 4.5 hours from the airport - if you travel up in the evening, you miss the opportunity to visit some under-visited and interesting sites on the way. It's way up in the North West of Bali in the national park - great for wildlife, onshore and underwater. The resort arranged reasonably priced transfers with a knowledgeable driver. It is peaceful and beautiful. We stayed in one of the two suites with private outdoor gardens and it's big plunge pool/jacuzzi fed by a natural volcanic hotspring was a real treat. There were only two other guests at the resort when we were there. The staff are friendly, gentle and helpful. The swimming pool has a view to die for. It was a great option for us as I could dive (slightly wacky, but very knowledgeable guides, especially for Secret Bay) while my wife used the spa and went bird watching and jungle trekking. The restaurant food was unexceptional, except on the night when we booked a special meal via the chef and it was outstanding. Perfect for couples, honeymooners, and divers wanting something special: absolutely zero nightlife so ideal if you want a peaceful, special retreat. Maybe because we went in the rainy season we got a special deal, but we thought it was exceptional value for money.

Stayed: February 2008
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Address: West Bali National Park, Banyuwedang, Gilimanuk 81155, Indonesia (Formerly Novus Gawana Resort & Spa)
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Gilimanuk > Banyuwedang
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Banyuwedang
Price Range: £45 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Naya Gawana Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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