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Reviewed 6 May 2007

The resort sits right on Menjangan Bay with outstanding views of the bay and mountains from all points. The property features Suites of unique and traditional design offering fantastic views. We selected the Mangrove Suite which featured beautiful mangrove views with a huge outdoor bathroom with private soak tub. The Gawana Novus also prsents a large infinity pool, full-service restaurant, boat dock, assistance with tours and activities; and, complimentary driver housing.

  • Stayed: April 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 July 2006

Gawana Novus

My husband and I stayed in a Lumbung Suite at Gawana in June. And we loved it! Prior to this, I was debating between Matahari Resort and Gawana and am so glad that I chose the former!

A very strong selling point for this resort is the service. The staff seemed closely knit and were extremely accommodating, helpful and friendly.
Being right in the midst of World Cup fever, my husband wanted to watch a lot of matches. There is no TV in the room, but they had a small one in the dive shop and invited my husband to watch with them. The staff were extremely professional.
They apologised for the small TV, the not-so good reception, and some staff who were watching TV with him couldn't speak very good English, but their hospitality made up for it. Sport is, after all, an international language.

We also took a snorkelling package from them. It was a day trip to Menjangan island. We had a guide, called Ketut. Personally, I feel that Menjangan is the best place for snorkelling in Bali. There are loads of fish and live coral. There is also a drop, so it's also possible to do diving there.

According to our guide, there are big waves in August. We also snorkelled at 2 spots. One spot was for fish, the other was to look at corals (there were also fish there, but less). What's also nice is that it's pretty shallow, so that visibility's very good. Ketut was works at Banyu Mandi (I hope I spelt it correctly), which is next to Gawana Novus. He has only been there for
about a year. He was very good because he picked up any rubbish that was floating in the sea (that scored a lot of points for me!), and he bothered to dive down and bring stuff for us to touch and see (e.g. sea cucumber, starfish, etc). He doesn't scuba dive, but he "free dives" i.e. no aqualungs/oxygen tanks and his record is 28m. The packed lunch was also delicious.

When we got back from our snorkelling, we tried scuba diving in the pool (this was free for the guests - and if we had wanted, we could've done it every day). I thought that this was a great because I have always wanted to try scuba diving, but didn't really want to pay so much money, in case I didn't like it after the first lesson and wouldn't be able to get a refund.

We also decided to do a hike in the National Park. You need proper shoes. This guide was also very good and pointed out the various fauna and flora and explained stuff along the way. Unfortunately, I have forgotten his name!

The menu at the restaurant was unfortunately a bit limited. Later on, we found out that the chef was new - as in he had just started working there a few days prior to our arrival. I'm sure that there will be a wider selection later on. However, another couple who was staying there told us that the waiter had actually proposed some more dishes which were not on the menu. I think this couple ended staying there for at least 8 days, so yes, am sure
they wouldn't tried everything on the menu after the 3rd or 4th day!

And if you still don't like anything on the menu, well you can just walk over to Mimpi Resort next door (10 min walk). I had a look at the rooms at Mimpi and the publised rates were the same as Gawana, but Gawana is much prettier.

They also don't have a library and internet connection is very slow - the staff kept apologising about that though. They are also going to have a pool table. The room was not ready yet, but the table was "up and running", so if we had wanted to, we could've played pool at night.

The water in the bathroom is also from the hot springs (don't worry, it's been cooled down, and the smell is not strong at all), so that's also good for the skin.

We only tried the complimentary foot massage at the spa, so I can't comment on the massages. The spa is lovely though. There are only 2 treatment rooms and the view is lovely.

On another day there, we wanted to rent a motorbike and explore the area. However, we were told by one of the staff, John, that they didn't have any motorbikes for rent. However, he offered to lend us HIS motorbike. NO rental fee. He only asked that we pay for the petrol - i.e. we were free to top it up ourselves at the service stations or the roadside stalls, not give him a fee for the petrol. I thought that was great hospitality!! He just lent us his bike and trusted us completely.

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Gawana. We are definitely going to go back there. I can't stop raving about it. However, Gawana is NOT for everyone. It's out in the styx, not located along a main road, no other restaurants nearby. There isn't very much to do there, so you must be prepared for that. It's a great place to read, write and just chill out. No shopping, no world class food. Just a cozy, home away from home. We can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: June 2006, travelled as a couple
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  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled with friends
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