Okay as it says you get what you pay for, when we arrived around 16:00 we were given our key straight away (perfect as we wanted to unpack and chill after a mega long journey).
As usual for us I didn't unpack until I thoroughly checked the room was okay, eveything was okay until I noticed the fridge not working! Then realised we had no electric, we called reception and to be fair someone appeared within 5 minutes. After 3 return visits and finding out the air conditioning was tripping the electric we called reception for a room change, we were then informed that they were already sorting it out and could we go to reception and collect the key to another room. 1st class service on their part for this.
I have many health and mobility issues and originally we were on the 2nd floor a long way from the lifts, our 2nd room was on the 5th floor but next to the lifts which was better for me . The room was kept topped up with towels, clean bedding, tea, coffee, whitener and water. Cleaned daily but the only issue was the floor didn't seem to be mopped (good job they provided slippers as these were used 24/7). Very little wardrobe space and only a few hangers but they soon sent more hangers when I asked, also no drawers which I have never encountered before so all underwear etc was on show on a shelf . We were in room above the bar unfortunately all the air con units are below these rooms which made it very noisy and I do not sleep very well at the best of times
Breakfast okay I only had fried eggs and occassionally toast for the 1st week, after that didnt eat as I got bored with it. Its great if you like curries, rice etc for breakfast We took our tea, coffee and whitener as I am fussy but the only issue I had was when I asked the staff for boiling water in my home brought keg (with the own coffee and whitener in they said I could only have a cup full, more like a thimble!!!!!). I found how to get the boiling water out of the machine and did it myself, wasn't impressed with that!
We had no problems with loungers but we love the sun and dont want brollies, the beach however if you didnt get there early, you would have to lay on the sand and wait for one of the 6 beds to become available. The sea is very shallow and lots of sea urchins, take foot protection!!! It is advertised as an area for water sports so is very busy and not suitable for swimming/ snorkelling.
The restaurants in the area 95% are brilliant, I have put reviews on many we went to separately.
Bakers Corner turn right out of the hotel is great for food, drinks etc very good prices.
Now for a SERIOUS WARNING....they say only go to an authorised money exchange there are lots around, there are also lots on the street saying they are authorised (this is not true) while lots are okay there is 1 that will con you (picture added). The only time hubby went alone, they had another man pacing behind my husband and when he looked around they moved 500,000 rupiah without him seeing. This place is right out of Ibis Styles past the wasteground there is a white sign Rumah Makan Family sign.... As hubby had already left and I checked it we thougth there was no way we would get the money back so for your own sake.....do not give them your money people.
Now if you want a brilliant tour guide for a fantastic price and someone that will give his all to make your holiday perfect this is your man, Nengah Suarjaya at Candidasa Transport (james for short lol) if you would like his contact details let me know and I will send them to you, he made our trips so special it made our break the best ever and we have travelled a lot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the southern tip of Bali, Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua, Ibis Styles Bali Benoa is a retreat that blends modern contemporary design with natural elements. Rooms are designed with colorful theme and elegant backdrop amidst dashes of vivid colors with the touch of contemporary interior designs. Each facility features individual concept, from international restaurant to a stylish lounge, and pool side bar with innovative and generous selections of cocktails, beers and wines. ... more less
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