Novotel Bali Benoa
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... that there was a big fight outside the club between a tourist and a group of locals which was pretty scary. The boys told me they had never once seen a fight in all their time in Indonesia or any kind of aggression (and they've been to Kuta before as well). When me and Anna were walking back there was an incident where some local people who were on some kind of strange drug surrounded us and wouldn't let us walk on. Thankfully the boys were buying pizza just around ...
During our last few days on the Gili's we decided to do a day trip over to Meno, which is another island about 1km from Trawangan. Meno is a lot quieter and even more relaxed than Trawangan, a lot like a honeymooning spot with beachfront villas and bungalows. The locals were really friendly and didn't try to sell stuff to you quite as much, although there was several women on the beach carrying baskets of fruit (and ...
... and there is not many people around at all.
I would have to be the oldest here by about 100 years. It is full of gorgeous looking young surfers and bikini clad girls from all over the world. Every body has a tattoo which still surprises me. Even it Italy.... everyone had them there. From the young to the old. Not me..
Early this evening a did a yoga class at a resort not far from here. The yoga was fantastic as was the resort. It ...
... turned around to check on the girls. I then saw 2 mola mola heads above them and I screamed again! I started frantically banging on my tank to get everybody's attention. Luckily, most of our guests were able to get a glimpse. This time, the molas swam up close to us and I could see the details of their body. What a moment to remember. They were magnificent! Amazing! Incredible! I am attaching a pic from wikipedia, to give you an idea of what these molas look like ...
... deck of a boat on my Adelaide River crocodile spotting trip.
The museum also has much data about Cyclone Tracey, natures own Christmas gift to Darwin in 1974. No one told Tracey it was Christmas morning, she flew in and devastated the city, leaving only death and debris. The photographs are an eye opener.
On my eventual shuttle bus run to the airport to catch my flight to Bali I passed yet another Road Train. These are very long vehicles used on the miles ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNovotel Bali Benoa Tanjungbenoa
Nice ambient, good food, and great beach!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Bali Benoa Tanjungbenoa
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!