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Today was so hot and humid that there is not a lot one could do other than swim, rest and swim some more. The water is beautiful and clean and the sand is white. The steps up and down to my accommodation are not for the faint hearted and I had to be really careful not to go head over heels a couple of times. When the tide went out at lunch time I trecked back down and was able to walk along the beach nearly all the way to Dreamland. It was ...
... only able to get a quick glimpse but I was super excited!! As if that mola sighting wasn't amazing enough, we were then greeted by 11 dolphins that swam right by us. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was screaming under water ;). Dolphins are often seen from the boat on the sea surface, but seeing them while diving is an incredibly rare event here. Needless to say, yesterday was a very very special day! Today, I guided 2 girls from Australia. At around 12 meters ...
... so culturally acceptable that sales of these works are now making a lot of gallery owners and tourist shops, very rich. Yet not so long ago the work these people did was derided and disregarded much as they were. Times change.
The museum also houses the stuffed carcass of "Sweetheart" the male saltwater crocodile that went on a killing rampage and was killed in 1970. Sweetheart was feared, he was 5.1 metres long and as formidable as any of his brethren I saw from ...
... leaf, spicy shrimp, pork satay, shredded chicken and seafood cakes made of crab, prawns, and squid and some hot sauce surrounding a scoop of rice. For dessert was a slice of sesame cake with ice cream and fresh fruit. It was a great way to start eating my way through Bali. Too bad that I left my camera and phone in my room so have no pictures of the wonderful meal. There was an interesting footnote. During the orientation ...
... been a popular location for divers, as the ship has since been reclaimed by anemones, gorgonian fans, hard and soft corals. The wreck was only 30 m off shore, so there was no need to jump off of a boat. All we needed to do was to strap our scuba gear on and walk into the ocean.
Diving at wreck was a new experience for the both of us. Even though we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMelia Benoa Tanjungbenoa
We had a fantastic experience here - great room, service, food, pool, beach, activities - you name it! Can warmly recommend this hotel.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Benoa Tanjungbenoa
We had our Honeymoon at the Melia Benoa from 2nd september to the 16th September 05, the night we arrived we where greeted by a number of staff ready to take care of our every whim, whilst we checked in our bags were taken to our room, once in our room which was amazing we had an excutive suite, the hotel had put a couple of gifts for us on the massive bed.
After the LONG flight we were greeted by our rep who gave us a drink and took us to our hotel 15 mintues away in a private car. We were given an upgrade to our room, even though it was huge it was at the back of the hotel, so we changed it back to the delux room which overlooked the pool. We were AI and the food was magnificent in the 24 hour restaurant with so much variety, the Italian restaurant was a disappointment especially as you had to book (! we were the only ones in there for 2 hours) and the restaurant nearest the beach held the special evenings and lunch times which we found to be slightly inferior to the 24 hour restaurant. We were recommended to the guy on the beach to do trips round the island and he was a fantastic guide and went where and when we wanted to go and were so much cheaper than the holiday co tours. The shopping at the Galleria was our pre dinner trip and we went most evenings (being 2 girls) which was fantastic. There is a shoe maker in the shops next to the hotel which made any type of shoe/boot you wanted for £13/£48 made to measure. Brilliant value. One down side were the alcoholic drinks on AI which were decidedly rough but this did not dampen a magical holiday.
I visted Nusa Dua in June 2000. It was our honeymoon, and we found from the moment we got into our private taxi to our hotel to the moment we left the airport for our return journey to the Uk, the people were fantastic. The hotel was lovley and on arrival we had small children singing and playing musical instruments, it was a lovely welcome after such a long journey.We had been promised a room upgrade with it being our honeymoon, but the hotel staff did try to parm us off with the same room with a little additional cornice work. This was a little annoying.The room was nice and we received fruit and a cake on arrival and nice little touches were left in the room which was also kept very clean. We stayed on a all inclusive package, and it was great. The food was above average but did get a little boring after a while. The pool was nice and the towels offered during the day was also a good facility.The beach was a little disapointing,it was full of seaweed and to get into the sea you had to climb over large rocks, which I thought was un-safe. The local shops & markets where great and I found some lovelly little gifts etc to take home.The entertainment in the hotel was very good, they had themed nights and music in the bar. During the day,there was plenty to do if wanted, and my husband enjoyed these activities such as shooting, archery and many more.We also had a go at white water rafting, and this was great fun, so would highly recomend this. We also hired a chap to take us out for the day, he came recomended from another resident who got chatting with him on the beach. this is not something I would usually do or recommend, but I can assure you he was excellant and spent all day driving us to temples, the monkey forest, the silver jewellrey factory and a local Balinees dance created by local school children.The cost was £6.00 for the day, what a bargain!! we did give him a tip as we felt we owed him that for the fantastic day. We also took a trip out on a boat to another small island, cant remember the name, but it was about 1hrs sailing, with a stop to snorkell. We had a tour around this island we were shown the seaweed farming and the house under ground. You also had the option to stay at this island in wooden huts situated on the beach but we declined, and I only wish we had stayed, it would have been lovely to sit listening to the sea whilst drifting of to sleep.this cost around £20.00 each for the day and an extra £20.00 to stay over. We also took a moonlight dinner cruise,it cost £100.00 for the trip. It was nice to get dressed up, but the food was a little unusual and didnt go down to well with my husband so overall wasn't value for money. One word of warning, there is a money exchange kiosk just outside the hotel to the left, beware!! after counting out our money he was straightening the money on the desk, and dropped 5-6 notes on the floor, luckily my husband spotted him so we did get all our money and we did report this to the hotel. Not sure the staff at the hotel were very interested as this was not in the hotel.so think this fell on deaf ears. I did have a problem with the mozis, even though I have never suffered with this in the past. I was bitten at least 50 times on my legs and then had an allergic reaction to one of the bites, so I had to see the doctor who gave me a jab, this did put a dampner on the holiday for a couple of days as I was in some pain.If you fancy a massage or treatment I can only say its the best I have ever had. We had a joint session, the surroundings were excellant and we had the full mud body wrap a massage and the oil bath, this took around 3hrs, and cost about £40.00, FANTASTIC!! Overall great holiday
Melia Bali Resort
The resort grounds were very lush and well cared for and the buffet breakfast was excellent. But we paid additional for an upgraded room and stayed in a 2 story room, but the air conditioning did not work!!! We called the front desk three times and twice someone came to 'fix' this problem, but the air conditioner never worked. It was less hot outside at night, but I did not want to sleep ourdoors, so we did not sleep well for the 3 nights we were at the hotel.
My husband and I recently stayed at this wonderful hotel for our honeymoon. We had a fantastic time food was excellent, staff were really friendly. The hotel is right on the beach, which was very clean and you always got a lounger without having to book one, which was great. The area where the hotel is situated is very run down and really if you ever fancied a walk you were better off sticking to the beach. The spa at the hotel was also very good you could get a basic massage for about 15 pounds this would last for 1 hour however if you wanted some real indulence you could push the boat out and have a treatment which lasted about 3 hours. This treatment Exfoliated the skin and you're then wrapped in volcanic mud and after that you have an hour massage. Amazingly this treatment only cost 40 pounds. In the UK you'd pay that just for an hour massage. Worth every penny. The food was very good they had theme nights most nights, mexican, greek, spanish etc...
Excellent Hotel - highly recommended!!
Me and my partner stayed in this hotel back in September 1999 and we thorough enjoyed ourselves, we though the hotel rooms was lovely (standard deluxe) and very clean.
The pool bar was stunning and we enjoyed swimming up to it to have a nice cocktail. Was a little disappointed with the beach as was not private and when the tide was out did not look very nice.
All in all a really nice location, right near Nusa Dua and the restaurants.
Bali has many luxurious resorts - Melia Benoa isn't one of them. The food at the coffee house was appalling. The buffet breakfast was a big let down. The coffee was weak and insipid, the tea didn't taste like tea. Even the scrambled eggs were bland! The rooms were clean and spacious, but lacked that touch of luxury - the tiled floors were cold at night - should have had some parts carpeted or made with wooden flooring. Some of the fixtures were run down - e.g. cupboards, doors.
Wonderful hotel, staff friendly always smiling. Excellent service, rooms large, clean and with good air-con. Varied buffet at lunch and dinner. Good activities during the day varying from fruit carving to massage to volleyball. Good evening entertainment. Good beach, good pool.
I went to Bali in May 2004, the country is so Beautiful and the scenary is breathtaking, well worth a trip. The tourism is certaintly suffering from the terrorist bomb that hit but the locals don't show it at all, we never at any time felt unsafe. The Hotel was wonderful the room was exactly the same as in the picture, very clean and large (we had a superior room). The hotel overall was really nice and they dealt with the mosquito problem by fogging the resort once a week in the evening which was a big help as in that climate they swarm. My only complaint was that there wasen't much to do in the evenings as the resort is quite far away from the town. A definate must is white water rafting in the north of Bali, as you go down the rapids your surrounded by beautiful greenery and waterfalls and of course the people are so friendly and welcoming.
An excellent hotel, staff very helpful always glad to please. Would certainly visit them again.