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Reviewed 19 August 2016

We went here for dinner twice and the food was great. Try the Japanese curry! It's right near Balian Beach and they welcome visitors. It's very clean and new. They can also organise a massage or bike rental for you.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This was our second stay at Istana Balian. We were a family of 5 adults and the two storey bungalow was perfect with great view of the surf. After the hustle bustle of Seminyak, this was the relaxing part of our holiday. Michael and Komang are great hosts, and only to happy to accommodate and arrange your plans and transport....

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Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 8 June 2016

Highly recommend Istana Balian, great for a surfing holiday. Staff are very accommodating, always friendly & happy. Great place for a get together with friends & family. Thanks Istana we will be back.

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Coolangatta, Australia
Reviewed 1 June 2016

Manager was obscene ! - he swore at us after we queried booking as this was different to our quoted amount. He refused to apolagise stating that we had ruined his day off. He has a reputation for treating people especially the Balinese poorly. Prices change depending on his mood & he is generally aggressive. We checked out the next...

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Istana_Balian, Owner at Istana Balian, responded to this review

I have made a conscious effort throughout the years to offer my guests the best experience, and have developed lifelong bonds with the locals in this island, so the best I can do in this regard is allow my reputation to speak for itself. Considering your criticism was aimed directly at me, and not our staff or any other aspect...

Brewster, Massachusetts
Reviewed 24 March 2016

I have stayed here several times. Komang and the staff are great, very accommodating and helpful. Rooms are always clean. Grounds are well kept. Pool is awesome. Food is great. Can't say enough good things about it Looking forward to returning as soon as possible.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

Eight of us have made this our go to eatery since arriving in Balian a few days ago. Beers are cold, juices slushy & everything on the menu has been a winner. It is meticulously clean. Staff are friendly & helpful. The setting & vibe of this place reminds me of my first visit to Bali 30 years ago. Well...

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Albany
Reviewed 20 November 2015

I booked a 2 story deluxe family villa here in January for our stay in October, receiving confirmation from Komang, the owner at the time. I arrived with my two children to check in, and was met by Komang. Komang then told me my booking was for two nights in a bungalow down the road and then five in the...

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Istana_Balian, Owner at Istana Balian, responded to this review

We take full responsibility for your bad experience, we could have and should have handled this lot better than we did. We'd like to extend our sincerest apologies. While this apology might carry very little weight for you after all this time, we have come to understand that it is important to embrace the criticism. We have made a lot...

Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

We arrived Balian Beach without accommodation and chose Istana almost by chance as there was plenty available, and it was the perfect place for our almost last night in Bali (last one was in Jimbaran for practical issue). The room was fantastic, spacious, clean and very comfortable both during the night and during the day, with its fantastic daybed in...

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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Me and my partner and son stayed 8 nights at Istana in early July. We have stayed at Pondok Pitaya before and were unable to book there again so chose to stay at Istana. We were so happy we did! We booked the villa (superior room n loft). We had so much room. The beds were extremely comfortable and had...

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Gold Coast, Australia
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

Great. Clean mid priced villas on the road in to the beach , host Michael also has a small villa available to rent closer to the main surf break . The footy in season it's here were all the xpats and visitors come to watch

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Experience the real Bali at Istana Balian. Away from the crowds and bustle of Kuta in the middle of beautiful nature, but still close to everything you might need. Enjoy authentic Balinese cuisine at our restaurant, enjoy signature cocktails from our bar, and allow our English speaking staff to recommend and organize local excursions. Perfect for families and surfers Istana Balian is the ideal spot to absorb the local culture, catch perfect waves and truly enjoy your time in the Island of the Gods. Offering a range of superior quality accommodation, including our Deluxe Bungalows, the luxurious secluded Garden Suites and the rustic surf front Beach Bungalow; privacy, peace and comfort for you, your friends and your family are assured. A luxurious garden, tranquil areas for reading and relaxing, and a swimming pool offer peace and recreation. Bali is an island which deserves to be explored. Our staff can arrange trips for you to the Ubud Monkey forest, Uluwatu Temple, Mount Kawi, Nusa Park, and many more destintions according to your interests. Nestled among little fishing villages, close to the traditional village of Surabrata, tranquil sand beaches, and impressive temples, Istana Balian offers everything for an unforgetable stay in Bali. Surabrata beach is in walking distance and perfect for children or just sunbathing and enjoying the view. Balian is also known for it's world-class surf spots. Only a short drive away is Medewi which is famous for the probably longest point break in Bali. We are about 60km from Denpasar airport and a transfer can be arranged. The beach and local shops are in walking distance, but if you feel like exploring the area on your own, we do provide scooters for 6 AUSD per day and can organize a taxi for you if you don't feel like driving. ... more   less 

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Address: Br Pengasahan, Desa Lalang Linggah, Surabrata, Tabanan, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Price Range: $48 - $95 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
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