Popular, but we had mixed feelings
Set across a sprawling lawn terrace, long running Taman Sari (it opened in 1995) is a favourite of Bali expats and families with kids.
We had mixed opinions. On the upside, staff are very friendly and obliging and the lawn area is terrific for kids to run around in. The gardens in general are very attractive and there are a couple of very comfortable hammocks by the beach. It's also almost directly opposite some quite good snorkelling. On the downside the rooms are a bit long in the tooth, the pool is small (for a property of this size) especially when there are divers in it and it just feels like it is overdue for a complete refurbishment. The food is mediocre at best. The villas are overpriced but the standards are better value. All that said, this is a very popular spot and you'll struggle to get in on weekends, but we'd say Pondok Sari nextdoor is the better option — especially if you're not travelling with kids.
Last updated on 17th September, 2013.