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Historical Traveler Reviews Melia Bali Indonesia Nusa Dua
This hotel is the real deal - more Bali than any of the other ones we've seen
The hotel was unbelievable (with a meaningful pause before the "un" and "believable"). I have never in my life been in a place that's that so well decorated, so open and spacious and so serene. Calling it "green" would be an insult to the thousands of plants off all shapes and sizes that are tastefully sprauling everywhere. The lighting, the sounds, the manicured vegetation, the calligraphic writing in the sand that changes every day, the "GONG" sound and traditional balinese dancers greeting guests as they arrive all create an experience like no other. The staff is putting a lot of effort into maintaining a feel of serenity. The architectural concept of "the wall" is challenged by more traditional Balinese architecture - do you think they should put walls in paradise?
Too many hotels are overusing the "royalty" concept but laying in an outdoor gazebo (it looks like a guargantuan 4-post bed with curtains) does make you feel like a 14-th century sultan. Taking a stroll through the pool area makes you feel like you're a little child from paradise on a trip to (the paradise's version of) the disneyland.
The breakfast and the various dining event are exotic feasts! You will get more variety of food from all over the world than you can possibly consume in several days. We did not really get the breakfast balinese dishes and the best meals by far were the fresh grilled fish . It makes me hungry even thinking about it. For all 1st-time travelers to east asia - see my notes below for ordering fish. My wife and I were suckers for the dinner and performance shows that the hotel organizes - we actually had a great time though I must say we did crave a younger, more outgoing crowd that you don't really see in Nusa Dua - you have to go to Kuta for that!
For the negative - the enormous and exquisite pool out there compensates for the beach which is too shallow to swim in most of the time (tide). My wife stepped on a sea-urchin in there which hurt like hell (there shall be no sea urchins in paradise!) It took the manager too many days to get us a different room even though we complained about mildewy smell on the very first day and they definitely not treated that innocent request with proper attention.
A note to first-time travellers. When ordering the cab from the hotel ask for a city taxi ahead of time, they tend to overcharge you for hotel taxi. When ordering fish insist on watching them weigh the fresh fish before they fry it - prices are by the kilogram or 100 gr. and not by the dish. Don't be cheap about diving/snorkeling guides - sometimes they can't explain to you why more expensive is better but it just is. This is for all of Bali, not just Melia.
And stay away from the coconut milk - nothing special. Fish wrapped in banana leaves - that's another story!
Last note about Melia - do the massage! Feel free to stroll around and go to restauarants / events in other neighboring hotels. They seem however to all be more mainstream and more expensive copies of what melia bali is with a lot less of the authentic "close to nature" feel.
Does what it says on the tin !!!
What I liked about this hotel is that it was just like the brochure suggested !
Our room looked like the picture on their website. So did the restaurants, the pool and the gardens ! We truly did get what we paid for !
Cant say fairer than that !
Amenities being as above, other points of comment as follows :
-The hotel is a big one, and it had a large group in for our first couple of nights. The group members were civilized and respectful, but their tendency to move and congregate in small (and large) gatherings was a minor irritation during a very pleasant holiday. The hotel wisely have a "Frequently Asked Questions" board in the lobby and there have clearly been questions about the number of groups they get at the property. Their response is that they get few but there is the necessity to take groups and operate at high occupancy levels in order to maintain their competitive price structure.
-We had read about air con problems on the site before leaving and so were wary upon arrival. No problems to report in our "wing" - building 2.
-Would recommend participating in the hotel's voucher deal which entitles you to 25% off food and drink if you pay at Reception in advance.
We found a decent lunch in the beachside restaurant (inc soft drinks) to total about £5 per person on those terms (after discount). Overall, the restaurants we tried at the hotel were great. Altho more expensive than the local places in Nusa Dua, the surroundings and sheer convenience made it worthwhile as an option and we enjoyed meals in both.
-Heed caution if using the tour operator on site in the hotel. The rates they charge for their private trips (ie your own car and guide) fluctuated tremendously, depending on who was in the office at the time of our enquiry. The guides and transportation were fine, but we had to be a little firmer than I would have hoped to get our original verbal offer accepted.
- When the tide is in, the beach setting is charming. When the tide is out it is considerably less attractive ! I put this down to nature rather than the fault of the Melia Bali ! Like others mention, seaweed and natural debris tends to drift in the water. Not the end of the world, but no quite the dream beach that some might hope for. NB this applies to all the hotels down the strip, not just this one.
I hope you enjoy Melia Bali. We did. I note that those that stayed in neighbouring hotels - Nusa Dua Beach, Sheraton Laguna and Westin - all seem to think they had the best deal, much as those at Melia think they did too ! Well, we thought the Melia was the top draw. I hand it to Sheraton that their pool setting is superior, but the grounds and tranquility of Melia gave it the edge for us. Lovely !
The territory is the best in Nusa Dua, damp smell is a problem
I'm a big nature lover, so I picked Melia for its lush vegetation that I saw in a brochure. What I discovered when I arrived though was beyond any of my expectations. The landscaping was so tasteful and the flora on the territory was so abundant that I felt as I was almost in a jungle forest. There are plenty of ponds with different kinds of fish around Melia territory. There is a library, which is on an island in the middle of a pond - you have to cross a little bridge to get there. The hotel does not have any walls, except for those in the rooms. There are only lianas hanging from the roof and flowers that surround the lobby and hallways. This makes you feel as you're walking in a middle of a tropical garden while walking inside the hotel. We were greeted by Balinese dancers in the lobby every night as we would come back to the hotel. The whole atmosphere was magical.
The breakfast was served next to a tropical pond with gold fish - you could even feed them off your table. There was so much nature in that hotel, that they even had bird watching tours around the territory! As honeymooners we also received a free massage in the spa. We had two Balinese masseuses give us a great massage in the same room and then we went to a jacuzzi filled with water and flowers. It was unforgettable. Another big plus for us was that they had badminton courts in addition to the tennis courts.
Our room was wonderful - authentic Balinese decor, view of coconut palm trees and exotic tropical plants from our balcony as well as from our bed (all rooms have balconies there). There were squirrels jumping up and down coconut palms right in front of our balcony and even wondering inside the room, birds singing... (See pictures). Everything was perfect except for one detail that was spoiling this whole paradise for me - the damp smell. My husband said I was too sensitive, since the smell didn't bother him. However, to me the smell was so strong that I could not stay in the room. Hence, we requested another room right after we arrived. First they tried to give us a room far inferior to ours, and we turned it down. The manager told us to wait, since they had a full house. Eventually, 2 or 3 days into our stay and me complaining to the management every day about the smell they offered us an upgrade to a suite. The suite was impeccable and we enjoyed it greatly. Although I liked the layout of the regular (they call it "superior") room better. The bed in that room is right in front of the balcony so you get all the views from it. In a suite the bed is on a second floor of the unit and all the views are on the first floor. The restaurants on the territory are superb. My favorite was right on the sand very close to the water with fresh fish daily. Unfortunately, I don't have the picture of it.
The beach in front of Melia was not very good for swimming, since it was shallow and the bottom had stones, covered with sea plants. You can only swim during high tide, which was 6 a.m. in July. I think it was twice a day, but not sure. On our first night we walked almost 1 kilometer into the water and still had water lower than our waist. Plus I stepped on a sea urchin, and was limping for two days after that (Can you tell it was a perfect honeymoon:) Beware of sea urchins - there are many of them in Bali and many tourists step on them.
Despite the issue of damp smell I do not regret I went to Melia. I purposely walked around to see other hotels in Nusa Dua and did not find a single one which I would have liked better. Sheraton is right next door to Melia. I can say that Sheraton is more luxurious and wealthy. However, Sheraton is much less green and less Balinese. If you like greenery you should stay in Melia and request a newly remodeled room without the smell. If you like blue pools and you want to be 100% sure you won't have any problem with rooms - go to Sheraton. As for Nusa Dua beach - it is as authentic as Melia, but you can feel it is cheaper than Melia. The territory is smaller and less landscaped, however, it still very nice. I did not like the Westin territory. It was like a piece of the U.S. in Bali. It was very westernized and seemed like a business trip hotel (good meeting facilities, etc.) It was neither romantic nor authentic. It looked like a western hotel with good management, but not much more than that.
I'll be happy to answer any qustions about Melia.
I'm sure everyone will have a great time no matter where they stay. It is impossible not to have a ball on Bali. Have a great vacation, everyone!
Beautiful Setting, Friendly Service, Truly Bali
My husband and I stayed at the Melia Bali Resort and Spa for 5 nights in December 2004 and we love the experience at the hotel. From the moment you arrive, they welcome you with a traditional Balinese 'GONG' and in the evenings when you return from your day trips, you'll be greeted by the hynoptic gamelan melodies and graceful Balinese dancers.
Ours was a superior double room but nevertheless, the experience was blissful. The rooms are well-kept, cosy and tastefully furnished with Indonesian teak. It opens up to abalcony where the occasional squirrels prance freely! (Don't believe, see our photosThe beds are very comfortable, a perfect respite for a long day of sightseeing! Oh, not to mention the pools, we love the pools, it's heated at night!
What truly makes Melia Bali a gem is the landscaping around the hotel compound and their eye for details. When night falls, the hotel staff actually lit up little candles one by one along the pathways leading to the pools and restaurants - casting a romantic glow on the entire resort. Throughout our stay, we were showered with the warmest Balinese hospitality and we couldn't ask for more. No wonder Bali is known as the Land of Smiles!
We've included some photos we've taken of the resort (and of Bali) for your viewing. Enjoy! http://www.worldisround.com/home/dimsim/index.html
We just got back from the Melia Bali Villas and Spa this morning. I have stayed in many 5 star hotels with excellent service and cleanliness. This hotel however was average in my opinion. The rooms were extremely humid (granted I understand it is a tropical climate) and not all the lights worked correctly. The laundry service as terrible and I had to send my clothes back. We had to ask for more bath and face towels everyday. The pool area was nice but the beach is small. I feel like the room humidity could have been fixed. I was annoyed since my clothes and money were literally damp/wet the entire time. The hotel could use some renovations. They need to work on the elevators since they seem to stop working many times during the day. I feel there are other options in choice of hotel rooms in Nusa Dua. The area has a lot of gorgeous places to stay. The Melia must do some great marketing to get the people there.
Beautiful Hotel beautiful people
We have just spent 14 nights at the Melia Bali and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have been lucky enough to stay in some very nice nice hotels around the world and the Melia will join my list of them.
The design of the accomodation blocks is such that there are tropical gardens just outside your door if you are a ground floor resident and I mean inside the hotel not on your balcony. The lighting is very romantic and subduded during the evening, both within the hotel and the grounds, it really is done well.
The rooms are nice but they did have a slight problem with their air conditioning making everything damp while we were there (they said it was the rainy season but the Hyatt next door had no problems.) The Restaurants are good and reasonable prices for a 5 star hotel. We went to the Tragia restaurant most mornings for our breakfast five minutes taxi drive next to the Tragia Supermarket.
We went with two lovely travellers Charlie and Joan from Jersey, they knew Bali very well and also introduced us to the Nylyan Restaurant in Bualu about 5 mins by taxi (£1.00). Both were great places to eat and cheap as anything with good food in return and a few laughs with the lovely locals.
The gardens and pool of the Melia really are good, the staff never stop cleaning and manicuring the lawns and surrounding areas. The beach bar is great, there was nothing like watching the sun go down with cocktail in hand, its a hard life!!! The staff there are really excellent and the food is very good. If you go say hi to Dewa, he is a very hard working and very nice guy and a credit to the hotel.
The cleanliness of the room is first class the cleaners work very very hard, we had a problem with some insects in our first room but they moved us straight away, the new room had no problems whatsoever.
If you do visit any of the hotels in Nusa Dua do try to make the effort to eat out from time to time as the locals really need the business and they are so nice you won't regret it one bit.
Bali is a wonderful holiday location and the Melia Bali is a wonderful hotel to visit, remember what I said as you walk into the lobby area when you arrive I dare you not to say WOW.
All in all a great holiday and I am already making plans to go back
We have been all over the world and stayed in at least 40 *****hotels, but this hotel ranks among the absolute best. Just about everything is top class at this hotel.
Breathtaking garden, beautiful interior, extremely friendly staff, great food. Also a great place to stay with kids.
The hotel is becomming more and more a favourite resort for the new rich from Eastern Europe.
Nevertheless, this hotel is a absolute miracle for relatively very low rates.
Heaven on earth
My wife and i spent 3 days at the Melia Bali resort in september 04 as part of our 2 week asian tour with Smar Tours. This by far was the highlight of our trip. The resort is breathtakingly beautiful both inside and out. The extensivly manicured grounds were full of tropical flowers and plants. The large pool has a swim up bar and is flanked with bouganvillas and other tropical vegetation. the service while at the pool or in any one of the restraunts was excellent- the food is good but slightly pricey. the facility is locaatd in walking distance to a shopping center with a grocery store, shops and several reasonably priced restaurants. the room was beautiful with a large veranda with table and chairs and even a couch to enjoy the view. The hotel is beachfront and the beach is beautiful in the morning however disappears by late afternoon because of low tide. WE WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND this hotel and I promise you won't be disappointed. We loved it so much my wife and I are willing to endure that LONG plane ride and go back this September to spend an entire week at the Melia Bali.
Great end to a Bali holiday!
My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights in July 2004, to round off our visit to Bali. Very luxurious and friendly hotel, where rooms, service, pool, and food are immaculous. Beach is nice although swimming better done in the central pool (low water, green algae) - not that that is a downside with this hotel. Activities and entertainment are organized, so there's something to do for those who are bored just about every hour of the day.
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... Everywhere we go in the hotel is opulence and North American prices, and it becomes clear that the local people who work here see none of the money that flows.
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