Ayodya Resort Bali
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... spices. The women are making hundreds of small offerings with palm leaves and flowers. The children are keeping a small charcoal fire burning to cook various things like chickens. It goes on all day.
Meanwhile the Homestay guests walk in and out. No one is bothered or offended by taking photos or asking"What is that???"
Darta tells me the ceremony is to bless their house temple. It has to be done every 210 days. Must have some Hindu significance. We'll see ...
Got up at 12:30 to do the blue fire tour at mount ijen. Paid 150,000 Rp.
Met 2 nice filipina girls and a japanese couple.
the volcano climb was tiring but the blue fires were really cool.
Got to see the locals digging out chunks of sulphur.
I got a different minibus from there to Claire, so I didn't see her again.
Got a taxi with a local who had a young baby girl from denpasar.
... our last night Tara went and did a yoga session whilst I stayed at the hotel watching a huge weather system ride over the island. The rain drops were like the size of small espresso cups thundering down, saw a few flashes of lightning across the evening skies and hoped the flashes wouldn't get too close... Our time on the island was special and we were sad to be leaving. As we were waiting near the docking area to catch our boat back to Bali, then to the airport we saw ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAyodya Resort Bali Nusa Dua
Amazing resort, completely unreal, for boring couples. That was not for us. Too expensive for plastic pleasure. The room was old. But we needed some rest after long travel. so, now we know!the staff at the check in extremely unpolite.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ayodya Resort Bali Nusa Dua
Upgrade to The Ayodya Palace
Strongly suggest a upgrade to the Ayodya Palace. The Main Hotel is just OK , there are much nicer hotels in Nusa Dua (Westin, Melia Bali,Nusa Dua Beach Resort). However The Ayodya Palace is absolute Luxury and well worth the extra outlay! From the surroundings to the excellent service. If you get the opportunity to stay there GRAB IT!!!
Can't wait to return
My wife and I stayed at the Ayodya Palace for 12 nights. Service was incredible. The staff was very attentive. Yes the hot water was turned off 1 day for maintenance, but they gave 24 hours notice. The room was incredible. Very clean, turn-downs with a gift every night, fresh flowers in the room, fresh fruit every day and a newspaper at the door each day.
This hotel gave everything that was advertised on its web site. Yes I did get a cold towel upon arrival and a complimentary drink. It was incredible value for the money. Service of this sort in Europe or the U.S would be double the price. The food was above average especially the Lagoona, and the Japanese restaurant.
The staff at the Ayodya actually reminded me that it was tea time when I was swimming in their private pool. If you eat and drink all the freebies it is almost impossible to eat a full dinner. The breakfast buffet was one of the best I've ever had.
The grounds are immaculate. They are also beautifully manicured and the fragrance of the flowers is breathtaking.
Taxis are very cheap, don't attempt to drive on your own in this country. We rented a car and driver and he took us all over the island. Definitely check out the Monkey forest in Ubud and 1 or 2 temples.
Even cheaper food can be found about 2 block from the hotel, a short safe walk in the evening. Plenty of souvenir shops there also. Do bring an extra souvenier bag as prices are very inexpensive.
We are definitely returning.
Less than 5 Star Service!!
We stayed at the Bali Hilton In June for our honeymoon, and having just stayed in the wonderful Kuala Lumpur Hilton recently, we were very disappointed with the service at the Bali Hilton.
For starters, although the hotel was less than 30% occupied, we were refused an upgrade by the guest relations manager, even though we were on our honeymoon and were staying for 10 nights. The service was very poor..we had to remind housekeeping to clean our room. Without any warning the hotel decided to cut our water supply for 24hours to do maintenance work, and when the water did come back on it was brown.
After complaining to the manager about our awful first few days in the hotel, she eventually agreed to upgrade us to the Ayodhya Palace. The service wasn't much better. Even though the rooms had been renovated in the last year, they were in very bad condition (peeling paint, damp in the bathroom, smell of stale air). Although the hotel website advertises the Ayodhya Palace lounge as a place with freeflowing snacks and drinks, there is hardly anyone there to serve you, and guests are limited to a choice of peanuts or prawn crackers and iced tea or lemonade. All other choices have to be paid for. The evening cocktails and canapes are not very generous either.
I would not recommend this hotel to anyone. Having travelled a great deal, and stayed in many five star hotels, the Bali Hilton although a structurally beautiful building, lacks the 5 star service one would expect. It's no wonder that the Hilton Group have removed this hotel from their management and have opened their new hotel just up the road. Very disappointing stay.
Suffering from Bali withdrawal!!
My wife and I recently spent 4 days in Singapore and 12 days in Bali. We would definitely like to go again!
We arrived at the Bali Hilton late in the evening, and were unfortunately not greeted by flowers or singing, drums or any kind of music (actually, we didn't see this happening at all during our stay). But my eyes were instantly drawn to the beautiful architecture and craftsmanship, the blend of rich wood tones, tan-coloured stone and terracotta-coloured brick obviously made in Bali from the beautiful reddish local soils, tastefully decorated with stone and wood carvings. A large pool and waterfalls by the 'Waterfall Restaurant' (where the impressive buffet breakfasts are served) had fish, birds and reptiles - a beautiful setting! The entrance pools and water fountains were under maintenance or repair when we were there, and one of the lounges was being renovated, so we couldn't enjoy all the features of the hotel. We loved some of the little details - like the beautiful drawings in the sand borders along the walkways, even the drawings in the sand-filled conch-shell ashtrays along the walkways, and of course, the turn-down service!
Almost without exception, the staff, from the maintenance & grounds workers to the front desk staff and management, always met us with wide, friendly smiles and pleasant greetings. They were very attentive and the service, almost without exception, was prompt and good. The only negative in this regard would be during our 2-night stay (because we wanted to be closer to my wife's sister & her husband's room when they joined us for a few days) at the Ayodya Palace (the "executive club level" part of the hotel), where we finally had to flag down someone to get a drink during their happy hour (free cocktails in the early evening there, but hard to get anyone to serve you more than one!).
Our first room was nice, but faced the back of the hotel. After our Ayodya Palace experience ( which we were disappointed in....not worth the price for upgrading, in our opinion) we met with one of the managers, and explained that since the hotel was only 30% full, and we were there for 12 days, it would be good PR for them to give us something better than their regular room. They agreed to upgrade us to a superior room that faced the lagoon and we were much happier with that. We knew the hotel wasn't very busy when the 4 or 5 restaurants had hardly a soul in them in the evenings, there was NO problem finding a quiet place around the pool any time of the day, and the taps produced brown water for the first minute after being turned on! Rather sad, because it is indeed a beautiful hotel/resort. But we loved our stay! Careful to not phone home from the room using your credit card though - our 8 calls (less than an hour in total) cost us nearly $600 Cdn!! Bring your calling card!
Very good and reasonable restaurants only 10 mins (walk) away, although the more expensive ones at the hotel also have good food. Try Nyoman's Beer Garden nearby - great food, and the best 'latin' band my wife says she's ever heard - in Bali - go figure! The spas are inexpensive and relaxing (try also the Anika Spa in Kuta...awesome!). Watch local fishermen fish for their food on the reef from the beach. I bartered a 1-hour couples' beach massage in the shade of a tree from the local women selling T-shirts & saris, etc. on the beach, for 150,000 Rp (that's about $15 US for us both), 3 women each working on us!
5 tours were included in our package, but next time we would hire a car & driver for a day (about $15 dollars) a couple of times, and visit the places we want to see - got a little tired of the markets and the pressure to buy stuff we didn't want. Even so, it was a good way to get introduced to some of this beautiful island. Taxis are cheap. We wouldn't even consider renting a car or motorbike - let someone else manoeuver the '2 lanes optional' road madness, where a short honk is the only warning you get before someone forces you into the next lane, between other vehicles, etc., not to mention the motorbikes with complete businesses attached, or whole families on board - no kidding - 2 adults, sleeping baby, 2 kids all riding together, some with helmets, some with hardhats....yikes!
All in all a fabulous experience, and yes, we would stay at the Hilton again - hopefully tourism will pick up again!
On the whole, this is a nice hotel. Although it is marketed as a 5*, it is more in keeping with a 4*.
Upon arrival, a gong sounds out to announce your arrival, then guests are showered in flowers. We were given a free upgrade to a pool/lagoon view room.
The Hilton is a huge hotel, very easy to get lost in. The grounds are lovely, lakes run from the front of the hotel, down towards the beach. There are several restaurants, including a dinner buffet, which is very nice (around £35 for two including drinks, children are free). There is a drug store and shops, some sell fake designer goods, but they are very expensive compared with those outside the hotel. There is a spa/hairdressers/beauty salon.
All of the restaurants/bars/lobby have "entertainment" which consists of Balinese musicians singing popular western songs, unfortunately, they are not very good, particularly the lobby bar.
The pool is huge with plenty of sunbeds, although the mattresses are plastic and the towels don't fit properly- they get very hot. If you want a drinks service beside the pool, you will need to tip around Rp 1,000 (5p), this will ensure good service.
The rooms are a good size, but do need refurbishing. The bathrooms are well past their best- the door didn't lock and the suite needs replacing. Some rooms have been refitted, but they cost a lot more. If you want luxury, you will need to upgrade.
The beach is very nice, the water is a lovely shade of blue, but can be quite rough. There are hawkers, but they take no for an answer. There are ladies who braid hair for around Rp50,000, but you will have to barter hard. Massages are also available for around Rp100,000.
This hotel is very child friendly, with lots of families from all over the world. The kids club is free for the over 5's. Babysitting is available for around £5-7 for the evening.
There are plenty of restaurants outside the hotel, about 5 minutes walk away. (After running the gauntlet of many hawkers- taxi's/tours/time share etc, this could turn into 30 minutes). We were warned not to eat outside of hotels, but decided to chance it and ended up very ill. For a change, it's advisable to try out the other hotels in Nusa Dua rather than risking your health/holiday.
Excusions: Get a driver for the day for around £13-15. That way you get to see all the sights at your own pace.
Money changing: Kodak shops are safe, it's best to avoid other outlets.
Shopping: (Exchange rate April 05 Rp 17,750 = £1).
Kuta is best for shopping, Poppies Lane is good, not too pushy. Sarongs go for Rp 15,000 to 20,000, sunglassess/watches Rp 20,000, fake bags Rp 100,000 to 120,000 (although the quality is not too good).
We were there in July 2004.
Well... where to start?
Absolutely fantastic! It's more of a resort rather than a hotel. We were originally booked for a week but decided to extend out stay to 10 nights (if you decide to extend your stay, you can negotiate the rate. If I remember correctly, they asked for $110 per room per night and they agreed to $90. They probably would have agreed to less!) as it was sooooooooo good. We came back 2 new people. It's a great place to relax. The hotel is stunning. Arriving, our jaws dropped. We noticed later that this was every new arrival's reaction. Our room was huge. Private little balcony overlooking the central part of the hotel which was this lake with little waterfalls and flowers and birds. Breath taking.
The breakfast. OMG!!! This has to be the best breakfast I have ever had in my life! Spoilt for choice. The first day it took us 20mins to decide what we were going to have.
The swimming pool is massive. Towels provided on the spot. No need to take them from your room. Try a Balinese iced coffee. Good stuff! They have great cocktails too (all presented beautifully with an orchid). The Hilton has a private beach area too. Swimming in the sea though is one thing I didn't do. You can't swim in the afteroon as the tyde is low and there are jellyfish. Also, they have these flags on the beach which indicate the safe are which you can swim in and depending on how these flags are positioned you might not be able to swim at all due to strong currents.
We only had dinner once at the hotel and it was very nice. There are loads of restaurants within the hotel.
The spa was nice. I had a balinese massage, a hair treatment with head massage (would have rather have had another balinese massage), and one reflexology session. The reflexology session is oddly painful (in a weird but good way) so if you decide to have a massage and a reflexology session right on top of each other be sure to have the reflexology BEFORE the massage!!
A couple of evenings we had drinks at the bar in the lobby. They had a female singer accompanied by a piano. Not exactly Celine Dion, but quite nice.
All the staff were very nice.
This has to be the best holiday I have been on in my life and it was due to the Bali Hilton! F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C!
Excellent place to relax
Stayed for 5 nights in October 04. Great hotel/resort. Staff very friendly. Pool excellent and the beach frontage was beautiful. Only thing my husband and I missed was the lack of a swim-up bar. Didn't seem to be many in Nusa Dua.
Stayed at the Bali Hilton for 9 days in September 2001 and it was fantastic! Hotel is wonderful from the open plan design, traditional Balinese welcome every time you arrive, gorgeous grounds and pool to the beach! I cannot recommend this hotel enough! The staff made the stay a total pleasure, always welcoming and eager to learn about you and teach you about the joys of thier island. Cuisine is out of this world and about 10 min walk away is the resort village with huge selection of very cheap restauarants with entertainment also. Excellent location at the end of Nusa Dua beach. Can't wait to return some day! Tip: don't bother with supplement for Seaview room: sea is too far away and viewed through lots of trees. Anyway, resort pools and lagoons are gorgeous to look at!
I loved Bali. I would go back in a heartbeat. The people were really friendly; the food was great; the prices were really good, especially in the markets; and the weather was amazing! I went in February and it was beautiful. Very hot and muggy with some rain, but the rain was a relief. I recommend going to the beach and seeing the ladies in the cone hats for a very good and very cheap massage. Very picturesque. You see a lot of temples there and that can get slightly repetative. You're far enough away from everything that the hotel is quite, but you're close enough that you can be in the mix pretty fast. Walk about two blocks away from the hotel and get some really great restaurants which are awesome deals. Food portions seem extremely large there. Kuta Beach is a definite must. Be prepared to walk a lot. Bring and extra suitcase for all the loot you'll buy. The rooms are beautiful with amazing wood work. Staff was very friendly as well. I would recommend this place over and over again. My friend and I were slightly worried about two women travelling there alone, but we had absolutely no problem travelling without a guy. Oh, yeah, they're really crazy drivers.
Nice stay, lots of humidity!
The HILTON Bali is a great hotel but be careful of the reptiles walking at your veranda!
A great drawback is that you can't open your room windows after the sun has set because of the reptiles' appearance.
The humidity is also awful, but the hotel is beautiful at daytime!
Excellent service, people there really know how to satisfy all customer needs.