Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort
Travel Blogs from Tanjungbenoa
We are staying in Bali for 2 weeks! It is nice and tropical here, and the temperature is absolutely perfect. We are staying in a rented villa the first week, which is in walking distance of kuta beach. Random Balinese people on the beach have asked to take their picture with me. Probably because I'm a blonde American so therefore I'm 'exotic' in …
... When we were about to leave- we realised- that by participating in this comp, the man we were talking to would actually be the one benefiting, as he would receive $50.00 easily. How could we say no? However to proceed with this comp, we had to inform the hotel, that we were lesbians in a long term relationship. Hilarious!!! So when we walked into the hotel (hand in hand), we were sat down and asked a few personal questions. Luckily for us, they decided to give us a gift, ...
... very steep, slippy path descending down to a river which we had to cross on a pathetic bamboo bridge. We then climbed up the other side which was just as bad. It wouldn't have been so bad in boots but with only sandals it was bordering on dangerous. We did make it though, and its testament to how good Kate's feet are now. Three months ago she couldn't have done it for all the clothes in Chatuchak market. When we got to the top I did give our "guide" a small tip ...
... and we needed to lay back flat or we would get knocked in the face. Paddle front and paddle back was forwards and backwards paddle. And the last one I can remember is BoOM BOOM! That meant we were going to hit something and we should hang on. We hit a lot of things. Rocks sticking out of the water, rock walls on the side of the river, and many times other boats.
We stopped once at a waterfall for a break and some ...
... which was going to cost $75 before even getting started. Great. Then I tell her to ship it as cheap as possible, I don't care how long it takes just give me the best rate. $650. $#&$! **** that stinks! I sweet talk her a bit and turns out there is some way where I waive my right to request a refund even if the package does not show up by the quoted date. I'm like, OK I don't care if it doesn't get there til Christmas! Turns out costing around ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Aston Bali Beach Resort Tanjungbenoa
This was a great place to stay at. It was definitely worth 5 stars. The rooms were very very nice. There was a huge pool. The hotel had their own private beach, meaning my mom could leave me alone at the beach and not have to worry about people bothering or trying to sell things to me. They gave free transports to Kuta every day, if you wanted to go there for shopping or tours. The breakfast buffet was also great; it was huge with tons of different food choices. We did an hour long yoga class here that was great, and the instructor really made sure I worked my muscles. There are also a few restaurants and a million different massage places in short walking distance. I cannot say anything bad about this place, except for the fact that the yoga class and restaurant were kind of expensive, and the massage was way overpriced for being in Bali. But if you want a massage, there are tons of places in walking distance that all charge about $6 for an hour. Great experience, you should really stay here.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort Tanjungbenoa
Great Value and Service!
We've just returned from a week at the Aston Bali. It completely exceeded our expectations. It offered great service, excellent food, a beautiful beach front, pool, and spa amenities, all in a medium-sized hotel.
From the moment we arrived and were handed a welcome cocktail, we felt at ease. The staff remembered our names and never failed to greet us each day of our stay. The rooms are nice, with double beds, separate seating area, and bathrooms with glass enclosed showers and soaker tubs big enough for two. Get a room with an ocean view if you can, and you can enjoy the sounds of the ocean and sights of the main pool and dining space below from your balcony.
The food was excellent. We had breakfast included and the buffet was great and varied every day. There are theme nights for each dinner, some with traditional dance shows. If you choose to venture out, there some good options (notably Bumbu Bali) nearby. Dinner at Jimburan Bay (a must do!) is also a short 15-min taxi ride away.
The beach area and swimming pool are well kept. Staff make their rounds regularly so its easy to have a meal while you're lounging by the pool. Even better, order a coffee colada from the swim up bar :) There is a stylish "By the C" lounge located by the pool, though not many people were there during our stay. We had the 2-hr Lulur treatment from the spa and it was divine. For the equivalent of $60 each, it was quite the deal.
Location wise, the hotel is situated in the Tanjung Benoa area. There are not too many restaurants or retail stores nearby, but if you are looking just to rest and relax by the beach, it is perfect. Day trips to Kuta, Ubud, and Sanur are easy as well. I would recommend this hotel to families, couples, and older travellers. If you are looking for more of a party and social scene, go to Kuta instead.
We took a walk to other nearby hotels (The Oasis, Conrad Bali) and the Aston definitely is the tops in our book. It is contemporary yet maintains typical Balinese tropical touches (like the outdoor thatched roof bed!). It is small enough so the staff know your name, and large enough that you can find a private spot on the beach. What more could you want.
Love the Aston
Hi all, My wife and I were married at the Aston in Aug 2003 and have been back for our anniversary each year and going again this year, we can not say enough about all the wonderful help and stress free time we had leading up to the wedding, All the staff were great and they remember us every time we go back. The hotel , in my opinion, is maybe a little dated but all the services and staff far outweigh any negatives that some people will find. Meals are good, service great, rooms very very comfortable.
Great hotel for the price
We stayed at the Aston for a week & were very pleasantly surprised, especially considering what we paid to stay there. We were told that it's a good 3* hotel & found it to be just that. The staff were just lovely, and treated us & our kids so well. The buffet breakfasts were very good, with a wide variety of food, but it didn't change much at all during the week we were there.
The kids loved the pool, with the waterfall. I loved the Cabrioshcas (sp?) - wonderful, fresh lime juice cocktails.
The rooms are like old 4 star hotel rooms. They're dated and looking worn, but would once have been very nice. The bathroom in our room had worn well, and not dated - it was all marble, with a huge bath and shower. The room was very clean & the beds comfortable. We had an ocean view room, and it was nicely situated near a water feature, which the kids loved.
Right accross the road there's a great restaurant which has the best mushroom risotto I've evr tasted.
We will stay there again in the future.
Loved the Aston
Just back from 10 days staying at this lovely resort it was an awesome place. Room was huge with a huge soaker tub and seperate shower. Room over looked the pool and ocean. The food was excellent. The staff where all so friendly and helpful. The hotel supplies a shuttle into Kuta. The pool is like a bathtub and the grounds and hotel are excellent this is a 5 star place and right on a beautiful beach. My husband and I would be back in a flash and in fact plan on going back next year. Colleen from Victoria British Columbia
Loved the Aston
We have just returned from the Ason Hotel in Bali.
The Aston is a lovely Oasis in Bali.It was a relief to go there after the recent bombings ( we moved there from Tuban).There was very good security at the entrance and on the beach.
The hotel was medium sized approximately 150 rooms thus the staff got to know us and knew us by name.
We had interconnecting rooms which were spacious , clean and had a great view over the pool and ocean.
The breakfast buffet kept he whole family happy and we certainly did not need lunch.
The hotel was welcoming to children but certainly was not family focused.There was a mixture of couples and only a few familes.My children are 11 years and 9 years of age and chose not to use the kids club which seemed more like a baby sitting service in a lovely room with TVs annd Play stations etc.
The best aspect of the hotel is the staff.They were welcoming and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Position wise the Aston is right on a lovely beach.You can partake in lots of water activies and walk down the beach for fabulous shopping bargains , cheap massages and manicures.
The hotel in on a street with very good shopping.Just as good as kuta but obviosly less noise and kaos.
I would go back to the Aston hotel.We thorouly enjoyed our stay.
No where to walk
the Aston Bali was disapointing for us as the Hotel although lovely could have had the dirt removed from the woodwork in the rooms and the food in the Bali Luna resturant and the Poolside buffet could have been better but worse was the Pavements outside the front of the Hotel were not laid and holes everywhere for about half a mile making it virtually impossible to go for a stroll along the very busy street without having to dodge traffic at all times even to cross the road was dangerous.
The good thing about the hotel was everyone who worked there was so very nice and helpful and the beach and pool and gardens were well cared for.
Definitely Not a 5 Star
We stayed at the Aston Bali from Mar 20 through 23, 2005. We went there because we were advised that it is a 5 star resort. To our dismay we found it is, at best, a 3 star. The hotel and grounds are attractive but quite small and there are very limited amenities at the hotel. The pool is small as is the beachfront and the food is a bit above average. The staff were great; very friendly and helpful. The rooms are very large, especially the bathrooms with separate shower stall and large soaker tub. Unfortunately the rooms we were in (after moving from the rooms initially given us which looked directly at the concrete wall of the neighbouring hotel rather than into the gardens as per our reservation!) had a horribly strong musty and moldy odour. The wall beside our bed had mold patches and dry rot crumbling the plaster. We were eventually offered other rooms but they all had a strong odour also. Our son started reacting to the mold so we decided to move hotels (we went to the Melia Bali, about 1 mile south, in the Nusa Dua area). The hotel management does not seem to realize or they just don't care that mold is a health problem and can cause serious respritory problems for some people.
The general area around the Aston is somewhat rundown and it is not a great area to walk around or shop in. You are better off taking a taxi to better shopping areas or hiring a car and driver for the day for seeing the country (cost is only about $30 US). We made the mistake of going on a Gray Line tour which was long, somewhat boring and too restrictive. The day we went with a local driver was fantastic. The driver spoke English quite well and was very funny . We saw all the sights you'd see on a normal tour but we also managed to stop where we wanted to stop and shop in the stores we chose.
If you are looking for a well priced 3 star with an OK location then the Aston Bali is a reasonable choice as long as you are not stuck in the rooms we were in. If you want higher quality then go to the Nusa Dua hotels or one of the well known higher quality chain hotels. The Melia Bali, where we moved to, is excellent and is great value as the reviews on it will attest. Don't believe the hotel ratings that the Tourism Ministry provides as they don't relate at all to the quality of the hotel as we discovered with the Aston Bali (rated 5 stars by the Tourism Ministry).
Loved the Aston Bali
Just returned from a 12 day stay at the Aston Bali Hotel in Nusa Dusa. What a beautiful well cared for hotel it was! There was every convenience you could ask for. The hotel staff were gracious and did everything to make your vacation wonderful. The meals were excellent, the service fabulous. The swimming pool was out of this world and the ocean was right there sand kept very clean. I can't wait to return.
Far From the Madding Crowd
My wife Maggie and I stayed at the Aston bali for 10 nights in novemebr 2004 and were delighted with this mediun sized beachfront hotel. With 187 rooms it is large enough for the services and amenities you would look for on vacation but avoids the impersonal people crush of a larger hotel. If you are looking for a high energy action packed vaction do not come to this hotel!..however, if you enjoy an intimate atmosphere with the highest level of service and reasonable prices, very friendly staff and superaltive surrounding, then you will be hard pressed to find anywhere better than the Aston Bali.
The regular rooms are HUGE with dark hardwood floors,marble in the bathrooms, and all the mod cons....this would be a 5 star hotel in many other places. Breakfast is excellent with high quality and goood choice. Whilst dining in the hotel for dinner at night is higher than the local restaurants, it is good qualtiy and still affordable. Drinks are not that cheap...happy hour at the poolside is 3-5pm, but right next door the adjoining time share/hotel has a happy hour up to 6pm and prices are chaeaper.
We enjpoyed this hotel so much so that we are returning in March 2005..hope to see you there!!
We will return to the Aston
This hotel exceeded our expectations. The staff was friendly and willing to assist us whenever we asked. Our room was clean and comfortable with ample storage space and a nice little balcony. The grounds and pool were beautiful. Don't miss walking along the paved beach path at sunrise. Some mornings the sky was unbelieveably red. At sunrise many of the hotel's staff are busy sweeping the sand, scrubbing the tile in the pool, and tending to the flowers. The complimentary breakfast buffet has a wide selection of foods including eggs cooked to order. The coffee service at breakfast was good every morning except one. That morning the restaurant was filled with a large, demanding group eating before their tour and the staff seemed overwhelmed.
My husband, daughter and I had messages, body scrubs, and facials at the hotel's spa. We found the prices to be much higher than we paid in Ubud. However, the prices seemed like a bargain compared to US prices and we were very satisfied with our spa experience.