Club Bali Mirage
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... Apparently they only have 2/3rds of the harmonic scale of notes that we would traditionally have hence the unique sound. My favourite dancing though was called Kecak. The dancing itself was very similar to Legong but there was no orchestra, just a chorus of men chanting Chaka - a - Chaka - Chaka and various variations of that. It was totally hypnotic. To complete my cultural fix, I went to the Ubud Writers' and Readers' Festival. It is similar, ...
... beef burger and oh wow, it was one of the best burgers I've ever had!!! I don't know if my judgement was clouded by the fact that I haven't had a "very good" meal in a long time. But it was finger-licking good!!! Jo and I split a lemon tart for dessert and can we say heaven!!! We were all very pleased with our meals tonight. It's amazing how good food can impact one's happiness :))) I am now turning in early. Work begins at ...
... will return there if I go back to Kuta. Again met some very nice and interesting people whilst in Balu. 1st May 2013: Leave today back to Thailand to meet up with my German friend who also flys in today for a 2 week stay and as I'm going back to Hau Hin, I don't think there will be much of a blog as I've been there a few times now but if I get and good photos I will post them. Well best get on and enjoy the sun shine just like you folks back ...
... Our trip leader, Murta, was waiting for me, and told me that two other members of the group were waiting in the van. After quick introductions we were on our way to Ubud. Traffic is still crazy, and there are still lots of scooters, but I didn't see nearly as many scooters with entire families on board. The villages with their special crafts lined the road, some with stone carvings, others with paintings, some with wood ...
... resorts/villas/timeshares. They all seemed to have the same gimmick of luring people in (collect a prize that we've surprisingly won by visiting their resort).
All good things must come to an end. In a way, we're both looking forward to sleeping in our own bed, but it is also hard to leave this fantasy life we've been living for the past few weeks.
Until next time ...
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I was suprised to read the review saying that it was a disappointing holiday
. we went to club bali mirage last sept for our honeymoon and had the best time. It was so relaxing. I agree not much night entertainment but taxis into kuta are SO cheap, you can just hop in one and go into the town. At nights though, we mainly got drinks at the bar and sat by the pool or on the beach - it was very relaxing.
The staff in this hotel are fantastic - always smiling and so helpful.
The sea isn't great for swimming in but the pool is lovely and it's right on the beach.
One thing i have to insist you do, is to go out of the hotel (onto the beach) turn right and walk along a bit. You will come to a covered area with 4 or 5 massage beds. There are some LOVELY ladies who do an amazing massage here. We went every single day-it was a lot cheaper than the hotel and the ladies were really nice. Most days, we had three ladies doing each of us - one on each leg and one working on your back. It was the best experience.
Also, instead of going on big trips with tour companies, taxi drivers (in the blue bird taxis) will take you wherever you want for next to nothing. We hired a guy for the day and he took us to good surfing beaches and waited for us. He only charged ten pounds for the whole day. The taxi drivers are lovely and i would recommend going out with them - very friendly and very appreciatvie of your business.
I absolutely loved the club bali mirage and if i could afford it, i would be back there tomorrow.
Nice, but ACCOUNTING problems!
I stayed in the hotel for 6 nights from 22.July onwards.
generally, quite nice and quite, food and all inclusive are nice and offer a choice for everybody.
Room, I had a suite (which means it is just a sofa added in the corridor) and it was clean, well equipped and with a nice view on the sea.
PROBLEM: As it is customary, the hotel charged a guarantee deposit on my credit card AND charged the final amount, so I paid double. My credit card company says it an obvious fault of the hotel, but the hotel did not react to my or the banks questions yet.
So, unless you work with prepaid vouchers, avoid this hotel, since they are unable to maintain a proper bookkeeping and secondly do not answer to complaints.
Loved the club bali mirage
our party 2 adults 2 kids 7/8 arrived in Bali on the 23rd Dec we were staying for 16 nights at the club Bali mirage.
After getting through the airport(which didn't take to long) we were met by a rep who swiftly transferd us to the hotel, we were welcomed with a refreshing fruit drink and shown quickly to our room. ( WOW )
we were surprised by the size, we had a 6ft, four poster bed there were also two single beds for the kids and still loads of room there was a small christmas tree in the cornor which was a lovley touch for the kids.the bathroom was a good size with plenty of fresh towels every day, slippers and robe were also provided.we were on the ground floor looking on to the pool.
the kids had a fabulous time we hardly saw them in the day time they were off doing all sorts of activities with the kids club,ie:arts & crafts,sports activities,they learn't how to snorkal,and do local Balanese dancing, they really enjoyed themselfs & happy kids means happy parents.
we spent most of the time on the beach soaking up the sun,the sea was welcoming,ok a bit weedy but it didn't spoil it for us, we done a lot of water sports bannana boats, jetski,parasailing,speedboat rides,& the flyfish which was a great laugh.we got a really good price with a little haggling from Bruno who was on the beach outside the hotel.
the staff at the hotel worked really hard and nothing was to much trouble, infact it was the staff that made this hotel very special they remembered everyones name would bend over backwards to fulfill your every need.
the entertainment at the hotel was not fantastic but we meet some fantastic people and we made our own entertainment. and a night out in a good resturant or entertainment bar did not cost a great deal.there were theamed evenings at the hotel and these were good and the games rooms were well equiped and you could use the sister hotel.christmas & new year entertainment was very good and we all ended up singing kareokee till 5.30am
The food was good and there was always a choice there was also a menu which had sandwiches, salads,burgers,hotdogs, pasta, and local food avaliable 24/7.the bar was als 24hours.but at midnight it moved from the main bar to down stairs.
We had a great time in Bali we had a driver for a couple of days which was only U.S 40$ per day and he took us to see the real Bali,it is a very beautiful senic country(we fell in love with it) we had a wonderful time, the elephant safari is a must do it was quite expensive at U.S 160$ for 2 adults 2 kids but it was worth every penny.
To sum it up we had a great time and we would go back again tomorrow.
Just saw the "Dissapointing holiday" review. It's funny, since the intro sounded like someone from the hotel writing it. My ex and I were at the hotel in '99. Although we had almost the same experience, we viewed it differently. The biggest impression was made by the staff, who are exceptionally friendly, helpful and courteous. We had initially booked at a different hotel near the airport and were disappointed since it had a breakerwall as a beach (although the guest bungalows were gorgeous).
After last-minute reservations, we arrived and were given a welcoming cocktail while checking in. Our room was on the "garden side", which means no beach/pool view. We asked the reception if we could have a room with a beach view and were given one at the end of the right side of the "V" shaped building. That room just totally floored us - it was in the upper floor, spacious and cool, with a nice decor and, of course, a beautiful view.
As the other reviewer mentioned, the beach is only good for sunbathing and wading (if you like wading in seaweed). Obnoxious noise from Jetskis makes even sunbathing a lesser experience. We made up for the swimming and/or beach experience by going on a sailing cruise to Lembongan on two separate days. The snorkeling there is fantastic and using a sailboat for the crossing is extremely relaxing. While in Bali you'll also want to see the interior of the island. There are a large number of day tours which shouldn't be missed. The hotel itself has a native dance show every so often. Although it's just a tad touristy, it makes for a nice evening.
The hotel food was not a gastronomic highlight, but reasonabe if the "all inclusive" price of the hotel is considered. There was plenty and for the week we were there the variety was fine (there were different "themes" for each dinner, e.g., Italian, Mexican, etc.). We especially liked the fresh fruit that were offered and also the local food. We also went to the attached Chinese restaurant, which also was OK.
The drinks are included in the "all inclusive" offers, but is limited to local brands. I don't consider myself an alcohol connoiseur, but I found the cocktails and tropical drinks quite nice.
As to being bugged by vendors at the beach - I didn't find them all that intrusive - maybe I'm just used to them from other beaches around the world.
If you're looking for a good value, this is a good place to go. If you're looking for a perfect beach and food, you'll have to shell out more and go to one of the high-end places. Also, if you want to stay away from "foreigners", this isn't the place to go. There were lots of Germans and Skandinavians here when we visited.
The most amazing honeymoon at Club Bali Mirage
On arrival after a 27 hour flight delay(!) we were warmly welcomed and shown to our huge and luxurious bedroom. The staff at the hotel are fantastic- so helpful and friendly, the facilities (including a great games room and another one for the kids) are second to none and we felt like we were in paradise.
We cannot wait to go back. HIGHLY recommended.
A great friendly home from home
This hotel is by far the best we have ever been to and we have travelled. The staff remember you everytime you return. Its like visiting family. We are taking our third trip at christmas and cannot wait. We cannot fault anything about the hotel. The food is great, entertainment is good especially the Mavericks. The bars staff enjoy a chat and so do the waiters and waitresses. The entertainment crew are great. The Balinese people in the hotel cannot do enough for you. Nothing is a drama. Its very clean. If you go to Bali you must stay at this wonderful All Inclusive hotel. A great home from home.
Resort: conveniently located in Nusa Dua area, stands the Club Bali Mirage. The hotel has a lovely decoration and surroundings. When you arrive you get a warm welcome and when you go to your room you have the biggest surprise, it is over any expectations, well kept, comfortable, with a beautiful sea view balcony and fantastic details like typical Balinese robes and all in the most spotless clean. Everything in the hotel I must say, looks immaculate clean.
The hotel shares facilities with the Grand Bali Mirage, so we could enjoy the Thalasso Spa. Fantastic treatments at good prices, but for lot less money you can have a massage in a gazebo in the hotel beach with even better results!! 8/10
Beach: weakest point, completey disappointing. If you want clear water, white sands or to do snorkelling... forget about Bali. The sea is full of seaweed, for consequence the sand is also like a seaweed mattress, so you cant swim, smell bad, is dirty and honestly the hotel doesn't bother to clean it at all, occasionally they start to do it in the afternoon, when is too late because everybody is leaving! As a plus, forget about to have a relaxing time when you have an annoying noise made for the motorized sports, and as this isn't enough, you have people offering stuff every 5 minutes, like sarongs, massages, parasailing, crafts... anything!!! 0/10
Activities/entertainment: The hotel offers a very nice combination of activities during the day, such as aqua aerobics, crafts lessons, wood carving, cooking... also you can enjoy free non motorized sports if you are an all inclusive guest. The games room is great, with pool table, table tennis, backgammon, chess and play station!! If you want motorized sports you can do parasailing, jet ski or banana boat, at a reasonable price.. (that depends how good you are dealing with a price because everything in Bali must be negotiated!)
The problem starts at night... the entertainment, goes down to the floor... complete boring, almost nothing to do. We finished up going to a hotel next door when we wanted more fun. Karaoke nights... a couple of traditional dances at dinner time and after that all you can do is drink in the bar till 11:00 when it closes. If you want more drink after 11pm you are asked to go downstairs to the dining area where you have to then look for the staff in the games room as they are often found their playing the play station. You then end up sitting in the dining area in the near dark as they never put lights on down there. The hotel so much lacks entertainment, which guests regularly complain about (including us). If you go half board you may not find this a problem as you can get in a taxi and go off to kuta where there are some good clubs and bars but if you are all inclusive you should expect to be entertained on a regular basis.3/10
Food: the food is pretty good, nothing gourmet, but you have plenty of options in the buffet, plus a good variety of snacks out of dinner hours and an abundant breakfast. When you book the hotel they offer you at night ,A la Carte Menu but this never happens, every night you have buffet dinner at the same restaurant, so, from the first 4 initial options it gets reduced to only 2: the Pool bar or a Chinese restaurant attached to the hotel. This makes dinner time more boring, because you can get feed up of the same kind of food at lunch and dinner for 14 days, so what we finished up doing is going out for dinner because there are very good restaurants in the area at an affordable price (about £20 for a 3 course dinner for 2 persons including wine). 5/10
Staff: This is the best point of the hotel, they are extremely friendly and helpful, always with a smile on their faces. They make you feel very welcome and like at home. 10/10
Shop/Excursions: the best from Bali. Take a day at least to have a pretty good look to the heart of Bali, is a amazing country, full of temples and stunning scenarios. Fantastic crafts, paintings and jewels at great prices!! 10/10
Home from home
Club Bali Mirage is the friendliest, most wonderful hotel. Our last visit in 2002 was our fourth, having honeymooned there the year before. We now have lots of friends among the staff, and going back is like going home - it has a real family feel. Can't wait for the next trip!
In August of 2001 my husband and I had our honeymoon at the Club Bali Mirage. We booked with Silk Holidays out of Canada. We spent 12 days in Bali - and loved everyone of them. The hotel is a good three star - you get what you pay for. The service, food and staff were wonderful, and I would go back in a flash. BUT I would advise paying the upgrade for the Ocean front view. It was worth every penny. The hotel is AI - with a great beach front bar. If you did a day trip, you could call down and get a packed lunch to go. (very handy service). The hotel also had a Disco (not very busy) and a nice a la carte dinning room. Two thumbs up for a good hotel, with a great location and wonderful staff!