Spruced up, older-style lagoon-side hotel
Overlooking Candi Dasa's beautiful lotus-filled lagoon, long-running Rama Shinta Hotel has spruced up its older-style rooms with a January 2016 renovation.
The double-storey longhouse building affords spotless, simple classic-styled, air-con rooms with quality wooden furniture, private safe, tea-making facilities and minbar.
Beds, complete with mosquito nets and crisp white sheets, are decorated with smart red and gold cushions and runners. Clean bathrooms were still undergoing renovation when we visited, but the newer ones have sandstone finishes and hot-water rain showers. Rooms have wide furnished balconies, the lower rooms with pool and garden views, and the upstairs rooms overlooking the lagoon. Ocean glimpses are available from corner rooms near the lagoon. Although not oceanfront, all are close enough to hear the waves in the evening.
A flower-filled tropical garden surrounds a lovely landscaped, but smallish swimming pool area that takes up most of the hotel grounds. A small fountain cascades into the well-shaded pool, and at the other end, umbrella-covered sun-lounges provide a relaxing corner to get into holiday mode.
The attached restaurant specialises in the local fishermen's catch, grilled in an open fireplace. Free WiFi is throughout and rates include breakfast. Bicycle rental is available from the hotel.
Not oceanfront, but a very short walk to the sea, Rama Shinta Hotel is a comfortable midrange option. We got the distinct impression that rates are negotiable, which would make it a great flashpacker deal — otherwise nearby Relax Beach Resort has larger more open rooms with ocean views for similar rates.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 26th February, 2016.