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“Rama Candidasa, a lazy weekend in 40 shades of green”

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Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa
Ranked #2 of 20 Hotels in Candidasa
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“Rama Candidasa, a lazy weekend in 40 shades of green”
Reviewed 13 February 2012

We arrived at Rama Candidasa after riding for a few hours on the road in from Legian. The further East you travel, the traffic thins out and the roads improve. You can feel it when you are entering this lush, windward side of the island, as the greenery thickens and the air becomes wet.
A few miles before our destination our Driver stopped at the beautiful Goa Lawah temple with its auspicious Bat Cave. Even though a ceremony was in session (this is quite common) we were able to put on a sarong and sash and quietly walk in to take a look. The Balinese are always so patient and friendly with Visitor's at their Holy sites as they go about the business of the many ceremonies that are a part of Hindu life.
The street outside gives no clue as to the lovely grounds that are within the property of Rama Candidasa. The grounds are a botanical delight! So many kinds of palms laden with fruit, ponds, fountains, manicured greens, and many flowering plants surround the little Villas that the hotel is made of. There is a small beach next door to the property (and a dive shop), but the water's edge of Rama Candidasa is a sea wall. The small bay there is dark and calm looking and seems less of a swimming beach and more for fishing or boating.
We were greeted with beautiful marigold garlands and a sweet juice to sip with the cool cloth for our sweaty faces, as is customary in the better hotels in Asia. As we waited to be checked in we were encouraged to enjoy the over-sized furniture in the large traditionally roofed lobby area that is surrounded with a koi pond and some bubbling fountains. An event organizer came by offering morning rice paddy hikes, yoga classes, and dive trips in case we were interested as the area outside of the hotel is fairly residential with not a lot going on.
The Villas were gorgeous. Each Villa is a 4-plex, 2 ground level units and 2 upstairs. Each Villa has a water feature in the front which completes the soundtrack for relaxation, as the breeze blows the palms, and the waves break calmly out front. The rooms themselves are dark wood contemporary, with wooden floors and a large sofa. The curtains and covers have sumptuous fabrics and the bedding (the bed and pillows were great!) is spanking white. The AC humms and we were grateful for it even in December as it is a muggy part of the island. Large black and white artists photographs decorate the walls with images of nearby water Temples in triptychs.The natural stone bathroom has a large glassed-in shower and nice amenities. The sign in the shower does state that it is not potable, but drinking water is provided in the room.Nice sized closets and drawers, a mini bar and fridge, a safe, and a flat screen with satellite are all features of the room. We stayed on the second floor of our Villa and we really enjoyed the front lanai that had a huge day bed to relax and read on. Bring your mosquito repellant. I am sure they fog, but you really can't conquer the jungle when it comes down to it.
The sandy area along the sea wall at the ocean facing section of the property also has a series of large, wooden framed, canvas covered swinging beds that are the most decadent hammocks I have ever seen. It seems the whole property is geared towards relaxation.
The hotel restaurant and bar is open toa beautiful bay view and is next to the small but very clean and well designed swimming pool and massage house. Statues of Garuda and Barongs spew blue water into the quasi-infinity style plunge. We enjoyed a dinner there early in the evening to gamelan accompaniment, and a terrific breakfast buffet the following morning. The far side of the property inland revealed what looks to be a spacious conference or wedding complex fronted by a stunning open green in a palm grove. A massive lotus pond was dotted with lilies of every color is a central point for more of those covered beds to lay about in and read.
The Staff was all very helpful and pleasant, but a bit more remote than other places we have stayed. The front desk is pretty firm about the 2 pm or later check in.
If you are willing to take a few hours drive out of the bustle of Seminyak to really chill out, Rama Candidasa is your destination.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 14 February 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
Many Thanks for the compliments.
Our Staff are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us.
It was a pleasure reading your mail.
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

We stayed here for three nights is a junior suite. It was a wedding present from our uncle and aunt for our honeymoon! The room was absolutely brilliant, very comfortable bed, huge mattress, gorgeous bathroom and lovely furniture, including a kettle and fridge. The swimming pool was great too and the breakfasts were very good. The only bad things I would say about this was the price of the room and the treatments in the spa was soooo expensive for Bali. I guess they are touristy resort prices, but quite unaffordable for the normal traveler. Also, there's not too much to do in the area and there's no beach so I wouldn't recommend going there and I wouldn't go back. We hired a bike to try to explore a bit but it was disappointing. if you want to eat locally some restaurants will send a car to pick you up, so ask at reception as its too far to walk in the dark.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank You for your comments.
We will review them and take action where possible.
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Newbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

never been to bali before but will return and to this hotel. we paid the extra for the sea front bungalow and it was worth it. beautiful location,very clean,really good breakfast and we ate 4 nights in the hotel [out of 5 ] off the balinese menu and everything was good,also nice touch for chef to come out and introduce himself and discuss our choice and to make suggestions. all staff courtious and friendly,looking forward to going back there

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
It was a pleasure serving you.
Many Thanks for the positive comments.
When i shared them with our staff they were very pleased.
Hope to see you soon back at Rama Candidasa Resort.
Warm Regards
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

What a place. Great location + staff + lobby + gardens + swimming pool + restaurant makes this place hard to beat - not only in Candidasa - but in whole Bali. The restaurant "Garpu" knows how to do Balinese cuisine, we tried their Nasi Campur + Fish Soup + Pork Sate + Seafood Platter and they all were just divine. Generous servings with beautifully presented food that just melts in your mouth; now all that for IDR 90.000 is not bad eh!!! In this trip we stayed at Respati Beach Hotel (Sanur) and Komaneka at Bisma (Ubud) and they were fantastic as well. Bali know how to make the guests welcomed and Rama is just another jewel in its crown. Only disappointment is the spa is well over-priced. Try Respati Beach Hotel (Sanur) for the best massage for just IDR 100.000/hour.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 13 February 2012
Dear Valued Guest,

We sincerely appreciate your comments.
I will share them with all our staff.
It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the near future.
Warm Regards,
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Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 31 January 2012

Lovely, friendly hotel. Great staff, great setting. This was a trip with just my husband and I and we really enjoyed the stay. A bit out of town but with scooter hire across from hotel that was not an issue. Recieved a room upgrade as there were works going on near our reserved room, it was much appreciated.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 1 February 2012
Dear Mrs Sharyn,
Thank you for the compliments.
It was a pleasure to serve you and your husband.
Hoping to welcome you both back to the Rama Candidasa Resort in the near future.
Warm Regards
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Dutch Alps
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

Very nice hotel with very nice rooms which are well decorated and clean. Restaurant staff a bit on the slow side, but the food was good. Live music was appreciated, not too loud and well performed.
WiFi however was to be paid for and this should be standard complementary (!)
If you look for a relaxing place this is the one you'd want to be.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 1 February 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you for the compliments.
We will review the cost for WiFi soon and take corrective measure in the near future.
Hope to see you soon at Rama Candidasa Resort.
Warm Regards
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

the hotel was nice but when we got there they took us to a room with two twin beds and we had to complain to get the room we paid for . the spa was great the pool was nice but the man made beech was a joke . the rooms would fill with methane gas from the drains at night time. that is really hard to ignore .

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Resident_Manager_RCD, Manager at Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 1 February 2012
Dear Valued Guest,
Thank you your comments.
We will review them and take measure to improve our short coming.

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Property: Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa
Address: Jl Raya Sengkidu, Candidasa Beach | PO Box 120, Candidasa, Karangasem 80801, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem > Candidasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Candidasa
#2 Romantic Hotel in Candidasa
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Candidasa
#2 Spa Hotel in Candidasa
#3 Family Hotel in Candidasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rama Candidasa Resort & Spa is located in the east of Bali, in the heart of the Candidasa district. With private beach frontage and a beach terrace above, the resort offers tranquility, ocean breezes, and a romantic atmosphere for nature lovers. Accommodations are artistically furnished and decorated with contemporary Balinese décor and modern facilities, and secluded balconies offering views over the ocean, pool, or garden.The natural serenity of being set amongst, mountains, rice fields and ocean, that offers the ultimate peace and tranquility. Whether you want shopping, activity ; such as diving, snorkeling and yoga, or just relaxing and daydreaming. ... more   less 
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