Mantra Sakala, Nusa Dua Indonesia, Bali
A fantastic beach hotel in southern Bali, the Mantra Sakala (previously the Chedi Sakala) is modern, stylish and very comfortable with some of the largest hotel rooms in Bali.
At the centre of the hotel is a large lagoon-style swimming pool with nice areas to relax. Lower level rooms have direct pool access which can be a real treat! Every room has a private balcony and is very spacious, with comfy beds, modern amenities and subtle luxurious touches throughout. The Cabana Suite with direct pool access is one of our favourite rooms here; great for honeymooners! Families will love the Balinese beach house-style 2 bedroom pool villa for plenty of privacy and space.
Just across a small road, the hotel looks out over Tanjung Benoa Beach with lovely white sand and clean water safe for swimming. Freshly cooked international and Balinese cuisine is served at the restaurant, and the lobby bar has an extensive selection of Bali-inspired cocktails. The spa, health club, kids club and nearby water sports on offer mean that guests have plenty to keep them entertained here, however for many this is the perfect spot to relax on a lovely stretch of beach that is quieter than most in southern Bali. A great option for families or couples looking for a deluxe hotel at great value.
Deluxe - This is our first really 'upmarket' category. It might be a beautiful tiny hotel with very limited facilities or a 5* resort hotel with all the trimmings; but any hotel in this category will be a well-run establishment with very comfortable rooms, a strong service ethos and excellent food.
Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.