Besakih Beach Hotel
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Disappointed in Besakih
"After reading all the reviews on Besakih, I booked two rooms for my family and arrived last week. We live in Indonesia and travel to Bali fairly often as our first holiday destination be it for a quick weekend or longer.
Arriving we were greeted warmly by two reception staff who were very friendly thus first impressions were favourable.
Shown to our rooms, two standard rooms in the old hotel part, in fact just a few doors down from the reception area itself on the ground floor.
Walking into the room, the first thing we noticed was a very strong pervasive musty smell. Turned on the air conditioner and hoped it would go away. No such luck. The mattress had such a strong mouldy odour that neither of us got much sleep that night.
The room was basic, clean, tidy but once you were inside you could be anywhere, it had all the elements of a standard hotel room anywhere in the world. That is to say, absolutely no character at all. We could have been in a motel room in outback Australia.
Floor tiles were cracked and stained, furniture well past their use by date, and the bathroom was, to put it mildly, decrepit. Stained tiles and bathtub, ageing taps, dirty yellow/grey grouting etc. The radio/power system set into the bedside table didn't work (so why leave it there?), a door at the back of the room, locked but obviously was a concern. The good thing was that between our two rooms was a connecting door near the entrance door thus facilitating access to our young childrenâs room.
Stepping onto the balcony we were faced with a brick wall a metre or so away so not the nicest view when relaxing.
My wife wanted to charge her mobile phone and went to reception to ask for a double adaptor. The person behind the counter (a new one who was not there when we checked in) told her to "go buy one if you need one". So she went out and bought one, only some time later a porter turned up and gave her one they had found.
The next morning I woke early and wandered down to the restaurant and asked for a coffee. I was given instant coffee. Usually most hotels in Bali will serve the delicious 'Bali coffee' .
The pool on first glance was very inviting, looking out over the beach and the sea. Closer inspection found it to be covered with a thin film of dust. However, later in the day I sat by it and while it was a lovely view, to get a drink one had to go over the bridge, down some steps, step up onto the raised restaurant floor, wait for the group of staff sitting around chatting to notice you, wait for a drink, ask for a stubby holder, (this caused a few annoyed looks cast my way), one grudgingly found and dusted off, and then back to the pool again. The pool bar was not in operation and looked as if it hadnât been for some time.
After the bad nights sleep, an uninspiring room and poor lacklustre service we had had enough. There are heaps of hotels to choose from along the beach strip.
We checked out and moved a few doors down to the Gazebo, paying less for a two bedroom, two bathroom, private courtyard, free standing cottage looking out onto a beautiful garden. Big clean rooms, delightfully and distinctively Balinese in design. We stayed at the Gazebo for a further four nights before heading back home. If you really want to enjoy Balinese hospitality, good food, good service and rooms, try the Gazebo.
Besakih falls far short for what they charge. However, the pool is invitingly situated with a lovely aspect. Shame about the rest."
- Travel date: Fri 29th of June 2007
Besakih is Great Mate
"The Besakih in Sanur is a great place to stay, its location on the Sanur beach is perfect, with choices of many restaurants and shops either on the beach or back on the road from which to choose.
The Hotels rooms seem somewhat dated but are kept clean by a very friendly group of staff who will go the extra mile to ensure your stay is is a happy one.
I must admit to getting confused as to what Hotel to choose for our 6 night stay in Sanur, so i started reading Trip Advisor Reports on all the potentials. Reading between the lines of other advisors i deducted that if you want a pristine, brand new hotel with limited charecter, then choose elsewhere. But if you want to feel the essence of Bali in clean older rooms with clean but dated bathrooms(how long do you spend in bathrooms any way?), well manicured gardens in a quiet environment, friendly staff and a Pool in a position to die for, then the Besakih is probably your best choice."
- Travel date: Tue 5th of June 2007
Great Hotel, Great location
"Very good hotel: good food, location. Comfy beach area with shade and a pool on the edge of the property facing the beach. Reasonably priced. Bungalows have a better view (of the garden) than std hotel rooms."
- Travel date: Mon 21st of May 2007
Besakih Hotel - a Sanur beachside treasure
"My partner and I have just returned from 5 amazing days at this beautiful beachside hotel.
There may be more modern hotels along the Sanur beachfront but to us this hotel encapsulated the spirit of Bali - beautiful garden surroundings, relaxed, comfortable, non pretentious, outstanding service and friendly staff who were prepared to go the extra mile (the poor chef was asleep on the beach one night and they woke him at 10pm to make us pancakes! - he was on duty but was so obliging and friendly.
The location is amazing - right on the Sanur beachfront, easy walking distance to markets and shops, and many many fantastic restaurants.
The room we stayed in was a bit tired, but very clean and well serviced every day - aircon was brilliant. Clean but old bathroom - shower in bath. Comfy bed. Specify if you want a double bed as most seem to be two singles. We were moved immediately when we requested a double bed. Good patio area with clothes rack. Very cheap and reliable laundry service.
Good internet service and exceptionally helpful front office staff. Make sure you take advantage of the safety deposit box facility at the front desk.
There's a little library where guests leave their books once they leave - great recycling and interesting range of reading tastes. My partner found a great book on the flowers of Bali and was able to identify the many many flowers in the extensive and lush gardens of the hotel. Fountains scattered throughout the gardens with water lilies and lotus flowers add to the ambience of the place.
What really makes the Besakih special (apart from all of the above!) is its amazing infinity pool, right on the beachfront - we saw quite a few of the other hotels on our walks and this was definitely the best location in our book. Lying beside the pool looking out to the reef and the volcanoes in the distance is a truly relaxing experience.
Note that the swim up pool bar operates a bit erratically and the spa is not working at the moment. Minor problems though, and the restaurant is very happy to bring food and drinks to the poolside.
The food in the restaurant was excellent and very well priced - try the fish curry and the satay. Breakfast was extremely good - choice of western or Indonesian breakfast with fresh fruit and you can ask for a very good mixed omelette.
We stayed in a standard room (downstairs) and there are also bungalows that look pretty good. We thought the ones numbered 223 to 226 were the best location - apparently the bungalows don't cost any more than rooms.
There are also two new "Classic" bungalows that cost a bit more and are more upmarket (brochure price was US150). While they are very nice, we prefer the older style.
The hotel indicated that they were very willing to negotiate on price and suggested we contact them directly by email next time.
The Besakih really suited our needs and tastes, but may not suit you if you are looking for something very upmarket and modern. We will definitely return here next Easter."
- Travel date: Tue 10th of April 2007
You must stay here
"This hotel was fantasic value for money. Right on the beach & very close to markets,& many great beach front restaurants. Rooms were nice but we spent most of our time at the beachside pool. Staff were very friendly & helpful & honest. Beautiful grounds & a beachside restaurant. We also stayed at Legian but would definately stay at Besakih again. We were in a two story thatched roof bungalow but the rooms looked nice too."
- Travel date: Sat 31st of March 2007
Besakih Beach Resort is the perfect getaway
"My husband and I found the Besakih Beach Resort on TripAdvisor and decided to call them directly to book our stay in Bali. They gave us the best rates, only USD45 per night for a bungalow. The grounds were beautifully kept, the bungalow had AC, large bedroom, and clean bathroom, plus a mini-frig. They have two pools that are carefully kept, with flowers dropping down from the shady frangipani trees all around. The property is on the beach, and the generous American daily breakfast (included) is served in the open air restaurant overlooking the water. It was nearly perfect!
I say "nearly" because there were several smokers at nearby tables who ruined our air quality and actually caused us to choke on their second hand smoke. Even after moving tables, it was still bothering us. After three months of teaching in Kalimantan with smoke-filled air from all the forest fires, it was more than we could take. We came to Bali to escape the smoke, and were very disappointed the staff did nothing to lessen the incidence of cigarette smoking in the restaurant.
The beachfront at the Besakih is not the best swimming beach, but when high tide comes in, swimming is possible. The white sand is mixed with coral, so it's a little hard to walk in bare feet. There is a great foot path for bicycles (can rent for USD4 per 2 hours), joggers, and walkers that stretches down the beach for about 4-5 km.
We considered renting a car to take a few day trips, but ended up hiring a wonderful driver/tour guide named Made (Mahday) Suba. His English was excellent, driving very safe, and had lived in Bali his whole life. You can ask for him at the front desk. His rates were very resonable, about USD30 per day, including gasoline! We went to Ubud (art community), Jimbaran Beach for sunset and grilled fish, and visited swimming beaches. He was very polite and helpful. I hope you can find him! Try the Surya Cafe at Muaya Beach Jimbaran for dinner at USD6-8 for two! Fewer tourists have braved these areas recently, but we had an amazing peaceful time, and the local people were SO grateful
that we had come."
- Travel date: Mon 30th of October 2006
Great Location on the Beach
"Located on the beach, there was a lovely breeze blowing to keep things cool. We were in a Bungalow with a verandah the other guests and staff were all very friendly. Ricky the manager was absolutely fantastic when I took sick nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff. I would highly recommend this fantastic place to anyone. The food at the restaurant was good and well priced. The swimming pools were wonderful, you could lean against the side and watch the world go bye on the beach only metres away."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of September 2006
Love Sanur! Love Besakih Hotel! Love the shopping!
"When our son told us he was getting married in Bali we were less than enthusiastic. However, we have just returned from 8 glorious - picture perfect - relaxing and stress free days in Bali. On top of that it was really inexpensive! The wedding was beautiful, the staff at Besakih Beach Hotel went out of their way to ensure that our new daughter-in-law had the day she had dreamed of. The Besakih was a great hotel, after a week most of the staff new us by name - and all had great joy teaching me snippets of Balinese! We had swims at midnight in the pool - surface covered with floating frangipanis (courtesy of nearby trees) - it was glorious. Lunch at the swim-up bar - didn't even have to get out of the pool! Everything was beautiful - I would be back there tomorrow if I could be!
Some tips for good shopping - once you have purchased an item - like a necklace or a sarong - wear it next time you go shopping. The hawkers will try to sell you more - will ask how much you paid - and offer to sell for less. Tell them what price you want - we tended to get things for less than half the price we purchased the first necklace or sarong for! Was much easier than cold haggling - the hawkers knew we had some experience. They will often try to take you for a ride if they know you have just arrived. Just tell them you have been there for a week even if you have just arrived! And you have already bought too many/much. If it is your first purchase - aim to get the item for roughtly half their initial price. It really helped me to write a rough conversion sheet on a business card and kept it in my purse - so you know roughly how much money you are talking about when haggling. Work out in your head what you want to pay - but don't be too tough - these people are really struggling with the lack of tourists. Although several times I had to walk off before getting what I wanted for the right price."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of September 2006
"as you can see i was at besakih quite a long time ago, we had booked into another resort which was further back from the beach, and even though it was lovely it was too hot, my friend did a bit of exploring and found besakih over the road, and with the sea breeze it was perfect, the rooms are very clean, we had a bungalow at the front by the pool which was wonderful, the staff are fantastic, as are some of the long term residents, as the other post said, it is self contained but just a short walk along the beach to great little eating/hanging out places- i'm getting nostalgic just thinking about it, and hope to stay again at besakih in 2007. sanur is just right if you want a relaxed holiday with the option of going into the 'busy side of town'. besakih, in my opinion is the best."
- Travel date: Fri 1st of September 2006
Great Cheap Beach front hotel 10/10
"I have stayed at Besakih twice, as you can see the last time was quiet a while ago! Though most people in my family go twice a year and usually stay at besakih.
I have just heard they have renovated!!!
This is a lovely hotel, beautiful little bungalows set in fantastic gardens. Most are positioned so you can sit outside of your room in privacy injoying the garden. They also have two story bungalows and some rooms near the front entrance. I recommend the single bungalows. NO NEIGHBOURS!
The bungalows are basic, they have phones, TV's, fridges & ensuites. Very Clean. The staff are beautiful, typical balanesse. I prefer this to a flashy hotel as you can be yourself. You can dress how you like and relax.
The pool is to die for, they even have a bar in there. Its right on the beach and next to the resturant, you don't even have to leave the resort if you don't want to. It's location is also great, it's just a short stoll along the beach to the local markets. If you want to eat out of your hotel, there are resturants on the beach or you can go out into the street. There are a few good resturants within walking distance or there is an endless supply of bemo drivers to take you.
Outside the hotel there are alot of different shops along the street and a supermarket
Sanur is a great place to stay if you want a relaxing holiday, if you want a full on shopping/partying experience then it may be a bit quiet for you! Though they do have some good bars and nightclub.
I'm hoping to go to bali soon, will deffinately stay here! Hopefully it will still be the same as my review as it has been a while :)"
- Travel date: Sun 12th of February 2006