I am new to Trip Advisor and haven't reviewed the Mandira before - but have always gushed about it to anyone who would listen if they were planning a trip to Bali. We spent our 20th wedding anniversary there a couple of years back as well as the previous year, so we were looking forward to returning last week. What a dramatic change. I had put in the usual requests to the room location, type etc as over time, we've learned where we would prefer to be located in the grounds. We have always chosen a Deluxe Room with Club Lounge benefits (private check in, welcome drink, free afternoon tea every day, and free cocktails between 4.30 & 6pm) I know, too good to be true, but it is. Makes the small-ish rooms worth it - but the outdoor bathrooms are great! This time, no private check in, no welcome drink, (no recognition of 3 return visit either) and were shown to a room in the resort where MAJOR RENOVATIONS were in progress. I'm talking electric saws and scaffolding surrounding the room. To cut a long story short, 3 rejected rooms later and a couple of hours hanging around, we were finally given a room, which we accepted from looking at the location only and didnt check inside. When we finally got in, we were shocked to find we were in a smoking room. This, to 2 non-smokers, is completely unacceptable. I don't know how we endured it, but we did as we were both exhausted and quite frankly, fed up. We left doors open and air conditioning on constantly to keep air flow but it was impregnated in the room. We therefore spent as much time out of the room as possible. The resort itself is lovely, hence returning 3 times. The new addition of making the upstairs pool 'adults only' is a great idea. But the downstairs area where the fantastic 'sunset' watching open air area which is meant to be relaxing and a chill out area now has a resident 'spruker' who ruins the ambience by announcing dinner, playing disco music, bringing out near naked brazilian dancers - it all rings too much of a bad cruise ship. Legian has changed much since we were last there in 2009 and I feel the Mandira thinks it needs to draw more people in by these cheap tricks. The staff I've always dealt with are fantastic and they did remember us from our previous holidays. The breakfast on the Parasol terrace overlooking the ocean is beautiful and plentiful and does make it worthwhile also. But I feel the magic of this hotel is lost. They are expanding yet again, which will mean more people to share the same space. It will become as big and as horrible as the Jayakarta which is just up the road closer to Seminyak. It's a spacious hotel and is home to many weddings (2 of which we witnessed whilst we were there) but again, these take priority over the guests and loud music permeates the air and destroys any chance of chilling out if you had preferred to stay in for the evening to avoid the outside chaos. We have been home 2 days, and Ive had to wash the contents of our entire suitcases as ALL our clothes stunk of cigarette smoke from the room!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set amid landscaped gardens with palm trees, a relaxed resort, simplicity and touched with local warmth and charms. located right to the Beach and within walking distance to all that Legian and Seminyak is famous for, excellent shopping, traditional art markets, trendy restaurants and beach clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bali Mandira Beach Hotel Legian
- Bali Mandira Beach Resort And Spa
- Bali Mandira Beach Legian
- Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa Legian