I'll just get straight to the point here. First the good:
- The food is outstanding, even if it is a little pricey by Indonesian standards. The atmosphere in the restaurant was great - amazing views all the way down to the ocean. They also cook with healthy ingredients, so it's worth the extra cost for sure.
- The staff is fantastic, especially in the kitchen. One lady (her names escapes me now), whose smile was so big I can still picture it, even stopped to help us find the right path on a walk while she was on her way home.
- The grounds are gorgeous, and the walks around were so much fun, from rice terraces to waterfalls - what more could you ask for?!
- You are in a little village, so interacting with the local community is a great experience.
- The main reason I gave 4 stars: There was maintenance going on right next to our room on some of the little ponds. This wouldn't be so bad in a normal hotel, but here there are no doors or windows. The majority of the day there were people right outside of our room hammering away in what is supposed to be a peaceful oasis. There was also some hammering near the spa room, which kind of ruined most of the amazing (and expensive) massages we were getting. I realize these things need to happen, but it would have been nice to know in advance, or to have at least an acknowledgement that it wasn't ideal.
- I know this is obvious, and it's no fault of the hotel, but you can't turn off the stream (we stayed in the Buddha room). During the day it was peaceful, but at night it was so loud that it was difficult to sleep (it sounds like a torrential downpour). It also made the bed damp and sticky.
- It's a little pricey and out of the way, although they are very upfront about both their prices and location. I don't think either should deter you from giving this place a shot.
I teetered between a 3 and 4 star, and ultimately decided to go with a 4 because it is a really gorgeous retreat with an amazing staff. I just wish I would have known there would be construction. No one mentioned it, or apologized for it. No one ever introduced themselves as the owner or manager, and we wouldn't have felt right complaining to the sweet and helpful staff. All in all, I'm still glad we stayed here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the slopes of Mount Batukaru, Central Bali, you’ll find one of Bali’s best-kept secrets, a hidden eco-paradise only known by few but loved by many. If you’re lucky enough to nab one of Bali Eco Stay’s seven cozy bungalows, you’re sure to experience natural luxury like no other. On this vast owner-run and operated estate, guests are treated like family, personally welcomed and re-welcomed by the thoughtful founders and caretakers alike. Bali Eco Stay offers exciting experiences for guests of all ages, with plenty cultural and outdoor activities to enjoy. From traditional kite making to trekking in lush Balinese rice terraces, it is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with nature. The best part is, you won’t have to go far; the resort’s land is like no other. Just minutes from your doorstep is a private waterfall where you can bathe, undisturbed, in the pure spring waters of Mount Batukaru. Wander the property and you’ll find charming bales nestled by the riverbank, a natural swimming pool, serene spa, and Bali Eco Stay’s very own Food Forest, teasing your appetite for the delicious meal ahead. Chef Minni’s home cooking is a thing of art, combining locally-grown organic ingredients with a touch of Balinese flair. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bali Eco Stay Rice Water Bungalows Hotel Tabanan
- Bali Eco Stay Bungalows Tabanan