Spacious and colourful with sea views
Away from the busier end of Candi Dasa, in the seaside village of Mendira, Amarta Beach Cottages offer a range of beach-facing options.
The older, cheaper rooms here are badly in need of renovation, so look elsewhere for better value. The spacious double-storey air-con “sweet” rooms (we’re sure they mean suite) are a good deal.
Rooms are glass-fronted and sea-facing. The top-storey room has separate access and a private balcony. Modern-styled and generously sized, the rooms have large double beds, and a built-in alcove with a daybed wide enough to sleep a couple of kids. A freestanding wall crates an oversized bedhead and hides a storage area. Most interior walls are painted white, except for some very bright, somewhat overpowering coloured feature-walls — a different feature colour in each room. Large geometric paintings add more colour. Amenities include TV with DVD player, safe, tea-making, and a minibar built into its own wall alcove. Black tiled hot-water bathrooms have sparkling white toilets, stone washbasins and rain showers.
Two large swimming pools, a garden restaurant and plenty of space to run around make this hotel a solid midrange choice for travellers with kids. A tiny sandy beach offers swimming and snorkelling — equipment is available, but reports are it’s not so good — so bring your own. Free WiFi will keep you connected to the world, and breakfast is included. The on-site restaurant has an excellent range of Western and Indonesian dishes.
Amarta Beach Cottages is a little out of the way from the restaurants and shops of Candi Dasa, and the styling wasn’t especially to our taste. However, the hotel offers clean, large, seafront rooms and has very friendly staff. Closer to Candi Dasa, Le48 Zen and Happy Resort has large modern-styled rooms, although sans sea view.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 5th March, 2016.