Novotel Bali Benoa
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... at a heal retreat where we treated ourselves to a massage, sauna, steam room, manicure and pedicure! It was s relaxing set in a rustic Balinese garden with just the sounds of trickling water and birds singing and the waft of incense. It was amazing! Afterwards we went to see the Barong dance at the Royal Palace theatre. It is a traditional form of Balinese dance involving dramatic monster costumes and wide eyed performers. It follows a Tory bout a white witch ...
... that have boats going to the Gilis or Lombok. He was here in 2012 and said we must check out the blue lagoon for snorkeling and spend a night or two in the chilled out town. After a bit of reading on tripadvisor and Lonely Planet we narrow it down two hotels to choose from, The Lemon House backpackers homestay or the hotel by the pier with swimming pool. In the end we go for the Lemon House as it has excellent reviews and is only 200,000 IDR a night. We ...
... diving along a reef, ghostly shapes of the ship's hull could be see everywhere. Gun turrets were also strewn across the ocean floor.
There were more corals at this site than in Thailand, making it a kaleidoscope of colors. Red bubble tip anemones, blue and green sponges, and a bunch of hard tabling corals with pink tips were seen all along the ...
... amazing views of the rock mountains sitting in clear blue waters. Just ride around and find spot that look nice. We stopped at a nice restaurant that was perched up on a mountain that overlooked the beautiful water. Here you could sit back and watch surfers eat sand all day, it was quite entertaining actually! One of the things we did was the eat a seafood bbq! It was simply delicious. Everything was fresh and very reasonably priced as well. We had muscles, ...
... is much more gratifying, it brings imagination to life and frees us from prejudice schemes and bigotry frames of mind. One of my favourite aspects of traveling is immersing oneself in the culture.
Today Yoga took me to the village he had grown up in. He picked me up from the hotel at 9am and we travelled by motorcycle. It took nearly two hours before we arrived at the village in east Bali, known as Karangasem. The village was fairly remote ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
Nice ambient, good food, and great beach!
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We have been staying at the Novotel at least twice a year since 1996. Many people would feel that that is boring but from our frequent stays at this hotel we have developed lifelong friendships with the amazing staff, and know that we will be having a wonderful break without any inconveniences. The grounds as others have mentioned are immaculate. The rooms lovely and very in keeping with the Balinese style. The breakfasts are unbelievable...if you can't find a food that will make you happy at this buffet you have a serious problem! The staff in all the restaurants are lovely, friendly without being instrusive and always happy to accomodate any requests.
The two redeeming qualities of this hotel is that it looks beautiful and that the customer service staff are lovley, but that's where it ends.
Our holiday to the Novotel was in June 2006.
I stayed at the Novotel Benoa for 4 nights, and was sorry i had to leave to check into the next hotel i had booked!
I had the misfortune of staying in this hotel for 2 nights. The Novotel Benoa is advertised as a "5 star luxury resort". In reality, it's a 3 star at best. The only good thing about the hotel is it's location, being near some excellent restaurants ( 'Casa Luna' just down the road, is superb and very reasonably priced ). And the rooms themselves...the wooden floor is in very poor condition. The door to the balcony didn't close properly, nor did the bathroom door. The air-conditioning unit was extremely noisy. The pool area is beautiful but very small. It only takes 10 people to make the area look crowded. The beach it is on is just horrible. There are absolutely no grounds to walk around, as the hotel structures take up the whole site. Despite the glossy brochure which makes the 'resort' (which it's not) look beautiful, I will never ever stay at this place again. Pay a bit more and stay at the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. It leaves the Novotel Benoa for dead. Avoid avoid avoid this place!
We stayed 3 nights there in June 2003, having flown from Hong Kong. We only paid £35 for the bedroom each night, incl a very good breakfast buffet. The bedroom was nice. Yes you have to cross the street to go to the beach but it's litterally 3 mins walk through a very nice lounge!
Really nice stay
We arrived to find that our rooms were ready and were interconnecting as requested. They were ground floor close to the main pool on the beach side of the resort. Having stayed at this hotel several times there were no surprises. It is very tasteful, pleasant staff, good location, great pool and comfortable rooms. Only complaint was the airconditioning- our room was good but the kids room was substandard despite 3 work orders. Personally I think that they all need to be replaced as they have put in a few years now. Breakfast buffet was good. We ate at the hotel for 1 night- Italian buffet, it was great. Prices reflect that of a 5 star hotel.
After an EXHAUSTIVE hotel search we decided on the Novotel. It was exactly what we wanted: rustic but modern, casual but chic. The hotel is not large but its a wonderful little grassy oasis in Bali. Very personal. The pool is great with big stone Gargoyle-type things that spew water. We found the prices were very reasonable for food and spa service compared to other Nusa Dua hotels. Great little ice cream menu with wonderful sundaes for $4.00. The little childrens club is more thatn adequate for young ones. If you book, you must get one of the villas (room 219 or 222). Each has a CD player with CD's, the bathroom is great with the shower in the bathroom but the huge stone tub is OUTSIDE!!! A high wall makes it totally private. When booking, call the hotel direct and you might get a better price. The rack rate for the villas is about US$350. Travel services offered it for $220. The hotel website had it for $170. When we called the hotel we got it for $140 (Jan 2003). DRAWBACKS: the beach is small and there is a watersport place next door so sitting on the beach is very noisey, but contrary to belief, Bali beaches are pretty lousy. Also there is very little storage space in the villas. I supposed your not supposed to take more than a bikini to Bali..... But I still recommend it if you want a stylish and cozy place. We use asiatravel.com or southtravel.com when booking asia. Good luck fellow travelers!