We were picked up at the airport by the driver the hotel arranged upon my request. He was on time and spoke reasonably good English. We were really surprised by the driving style in Bali. Prepare for a white knuckle ride! We stopped at a grocery store on the way for extra beverages, water and snacks. The hotel is down a dirt road about a twenty minute walk from a typical Balinese village. Not touristy at all, just real, friendly locals going about their lives to those who travel to see the local culture it did the job. The resort is lovely with great landscaping and a rustic yet refined charm. Try to request an ocean front villa otherwise you may face the back of another villa. We were on the ocean and the view was gorgeous! Small villa with a limited kitchen but doable. Beds were fine as were the linens and the bathrooms were spotlessly clean. Don't leave any food out on the counters unsealed (you are in the tropics after all) tiny ants will appear to steal your crumbs. We enjoyed this place very much and were traveling with a 11/2 year old and a teen. The hotel is surrounded by rice paddies and the biggest waves I've ever seen (at least when we were there). We walked the beach and collected surprisingly great shells. My husband and stepson body surfed and had a blast but got kind of beat up by the waves. The sunsets were stunning and the pool was perfect. It's a small property but I found it convenient to be close to everything at the hotel. It wasn't sterile feeling like a big resort. The manager Gusti works hard to fulfill your needs, he spoke to us every single day to inquire about our stay and how he could help make it as comfortable as possible. My baby girl was sad to say goodbye to him as he carried her all over and was so sweet to her. The Balinese LOVE children! The restaurant was good enough but not amazing. We had massages in our villa everyday that the hotel set up for us. Very good for around $16 US for an hour. We visited a local orphanage, a happy and special experience. We had a meal at the weekly market in the village with small food vendors serving delicious local food off of carts. None of us got sick and I always get sick when we travel. I went to a yoga class in the village and I was the only non-local and they were welcoming and happy to have me. Please please do your research before choosing to come to this place. Apparently many people arrive without knowing how remote it is and get very upset and take it out on the kind staff. This breaks my heart. If you want a disco or a mall, please stay in Kuta. If you want the beauty and tranquility of "old Bali" come here. I would not recommend more than three or four nights as you might get bored after doing all there is to do that is unless you just want to completely unplug and read or be with your partner without distractions. We went to Ubud for three nights after four nights at Taksu and thought it was perfect.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taksu Holiday Club has two amazing properties catering for all types of Bali vacations.From the luxurious Impian Villas situated in the shopping, bar and restaurant area of Seminyak, to the amazing Taksu resort hidden away right on the beachfront of the beautiful and serene Soka Beach just 90 minutes drive from the airport. Taksu Holiday Club can cater for all tastes, no matter how you wish to spend your time in Bali. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Taksu Holiday Club Hotel Tabanan
- Taksu Holiday Club Bali/Tabanan