A mixed bag
Perched atop the hill at the northern end of Padang Bai sits the Bloo Lagoon, an "international village" that is associated with the T House concept outside Ubud.
Pushing a low impact and environmental ethos, the resort attracts a mixed clientele from Euro package groups to local expats off for a weekend (expats: be sure to ask after a KITAS discount!). The rooms are large and clean, stylishly decorated and often very well appointed, nestled within lush gardens. Travellers with kids will find the bigger rooms of particular interest (assuming they are in your budget). Children will also enjoy the very kid-friendly swimming pool — especially the waterslide. There are two issues with Bloo Lagoon worth pointing out however. First and foremost, it is atop a hill, making for long and very steep walk down to both the bay area, where great snorkelling and diving awaits; and to Padang Bai itself — making for quite a trek should you want a meal out. Secondly, the restaurant facilities are comprised only of a poolside cafe, which is expensive for the standard of food and, in our experience, woefully slow. The food is not up to a standard commensurate with the room rates. If you're after a secluded couple of days, are not bothered by a pool with a waterslide and don't mind the walking, then this is a good choice — the rooms are indeed lovely — but otherwise we'd recommend looking elsewhere.
Last updated on 17th September, 2013.