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TravelPod Member ReviewsLes Residences des Chartreux Tignes
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 Les Residences des Chartreux Tignes
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 a shower we went to the hotel lounge bar for a drink, we were served immediatly and then a band arrived to serenade us with what ever song we wanted.
After a good night sleep we went to breakfast, the choice was big, a egg station, with a mix of western and eastern foods, you will never go hungry on this holiday.
We then went to the hotels beach, it was clean, loads of sunbeds most with parasols, the hotel supplies towels, and if your on the gold package you have your sun beds reserved for you.
whilst on the beach we discovered WAYAN he is a local taxi driver who will take you anywhere on the island you want to go, we got a day trip to see the jewelery, art and wood carving quarters, then up to the volcano, the monkey forest, a temple, Ubud, a spice plantation, and more the day was from 8.30am to 6.00pm at it cost us only £25/couple, our rep wanted to charge us $40/person for the same trip. We decided that beacuse he was such good value that we when out again with him on another tour a week later. He is a very trust worthy guy, he speaks very good english and he doesnt thrust information at you, ask anything he will give an answer. if you need anything he will help.
If you want a massage go to the girls on the beach in the hut on the left of the beach we were charged £4 each for a full hour, it was amazing.
If you want to do watersports see NADA in the pool bar in the afternoons, he runs a water sports company in the mornings, we did jet skiing, paragliding, snorkaling and went to turtle island in a glass bottom boat, all for £40/couple.
One thing I really reccomend is that if you have a special occasion whilst at the Melia Benoa ask them to do a romatic dinner on the beach, it was the most amazing night we've ever had.
Overall this is a stunning hotel, the food/drink is great, the staff really are brilliant, your every wish is granted.
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...
The hotel also had an Italian restaurant and surprise, surprise this also served excellent food. The hotel was great value and we had a great time, and yes we would definately go again.
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.
Awful food; there are better resorts
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.
The tour desk was disappointingly bare - just a meagre selection of dated brochures. Bali has so many activities to enjoy - we just had to get the information from another hotel's tour desk!
For the price we paid, the resort was alright - it has a nice quiet beach and is close to water sports. But if you're looking to be pampered and enjoy your food, you can do better.
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.
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Travel Blogs from Tanjungbenoa
... the tiny playground at recess by the little hands of the students. We were showered with flower petals and offered the half-eaten snacks of the four and five year olds. Their smiles and kindness has continued to warm our hearts every day so far. Although they speak little to no English, we have managed to exchange names and learn basic phrases in each other's languages to ease off the communication barrier. Ever since that first morning, a ...
... Naomi a fellow traveller we met on arrival and hit Kuta town for the evening.. Bounty and Sky Garden clubs were right up our street. Lots of dancing on tables, bars and podiums! To sum up our 3 nights in Kuta, there was a lot of bintang, dancing and local men calling us Lady GaGa or the Spice Girls! ...
... and we had a chat. Francis had great English for only picking it up a couple of years earlier, and even better guitar skills which he only learnt 6 years ago! We were well impressed! Once again, the next morning we had a ridiculously long lie in and missed breakfast. So we headed off for some fried noodles again...I tried some watermelon juice ...Delish! Totes my new fave! I had a hair appointment booked in the next town so were heading back to the hotel soon ...
... orang utans left in the world today.
That evening we had a relaxing dinner at our jungle guesthouse and called it a night early as we had a 6 hour morning bus to Semporna. As much as we have learned to hate port cities we know they are necessary to reach many of the most beautiful islands in the world. Semporna is a prime example of this. This dump of a town is the main hub to book all scuba diving activity as accommodation for the islands of Mabul, Sipadan and ...
... of these little baskets, in various states of decay. All the birds know that the rice and crackers are good eating, and will land as soon as the incense has burned down a bit for their feast. Each house has at least a shrine to Shiva, if not a small temple, and religion, culture and daily life appear intertwined completely. We walk carefully, trying to avoid stepping on a single offering basket, but this is hard to do. ...