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Gajah Mina Beach Resort

Romantic resort, spectacular setting

Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah T: (0811) 386 052 (0812) 388 2438 (0812) 381 1630 F: (0212) 922 2981

Gajah Mina Beach Resort

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With a romantic windswept clifftop location at the northern end of Balian, Gajah Mina offers an assortment of sophisticated accommodation options in this classically styled resort.

Designed by the French owner, the plush and comfortable bungalows afford European flair although are quintessentially Balinese and although it is looking a little tired, this upmarket joint still manages to appeal and remains one of the best choices for a fancy-pants stay in the area.

Plenty of scope for lounging.

Plenty of scope for lounging. Photo: Sally Arnold

Peppered around the expansive grounds, choose from a row of stone bungalows perched along the ridge, some with sea views and others overlooking the garden or a two- or three-bedroom garden view villa or for an uber-romantic option, the two-bedroom clifftop wooden villa or honeymoon suites.

Relax in the beautiful swimming pool that mirrors the shape of the surrounding rice terraces, enjoy a delicious meal at Secret Bay Restaurant overlooking the small sandy inlet of the same name then walk across the clifftops for sunset and see thousands of bat stream from the cave below.

Spacious rooms with unusual windows.

Spacious rooms with unusual windows. Photo: Sally Arnold

Aside from the fabulous clifftop location of the pricier wooden honeymoon bungalows, we prefer the style of the traditional stone bungalows. Built from a variety of natural materials the bright and airy antique-filled air-con rooms feature quirky church-like tinted windows and rounded open bathrooms and feel more luxurious than the rate suggests. Interiors are tasteful and beds are super comfy, although most were not yet made up when we dropped by, with a couch that could be used as an extra bed for a small child (it’s not really long enough for an adult).

Amenities include a fully stocked minibar, safe and tea-making facilities, all hidden away in the solid wooden desk and cabinets. Traditional Balinese style doors lead to the spacious ensuite bathroom, watch your step over the high threshold, with an outdoor hot-water rainfall shower. Relaxing furnished terraces overlook the sprawling lush gardens.

Take a swing.

Take a swing. Photo: Sally Arnold

The two-bedroom garden villa offers similar interior styling, set back behind the pool with its own private garden and is an ideal option for families with young children, and the three-bedroom villa, although it harbours its own private swimming pool, has less quirky design features and consequently doesn’t feel as luxurious as the others, however it is also a very comfortable option.

We were unable to view the boat-like two-bedroom villa perched solitary on the edge of the cliff overlooking Mejan Beach to the north of Balian, but the location with the crashing waves below is a stunner. On the opposite promontory between Balian Beach and Secret Bay, are two secluded teak stilted Honeymoon Suites with more modern decor in the all-wooden interiors, the perfect romantic hideaway, and at the very end of the cliff, the resort’s spa.

Time for a rubdown perhaps?

Time for a rubdown perhaps? Photo: Sally Arnold

In front of the stone bungalows the large curving swimming pool edged with shady palms overlooks Secret Bay. A rather odd elephant-headed fish fountain spurts into the sparkling water, a reference to the resorts name: Gajah is elephant and Mina is the constellation Pisces. Deckchairs and shaded seating are plentiful too.

If you are not staying at the resort, the pool is available to outside guest for 50,000 rupiah for adults and 30,000 rupiah for kids, an ideal option if you dine in the resort’s excellent (and good value) restaurant overlooking Sandy Bay. Breakfast is included, and we’d recommend trying some of their other dishes too with fresh organic produce and homemade breads and condiments, one of the best meals we ate in Balian.

A pleasing pool.

A pleasing pool. Photo: Sally Arnold

Although charming, staff can be hard to find—one couple staying mentioned that a “back in five minutes” sign had been up for days! If you are after a secluded romantic option at Balian, Gajah Mina ticks the boxes. Check online for deals here as walk-in rates as well as rates on their website are higher than booking sights we checked. For a more family-style resort right on the beach, Pondok Pitaya may appeal.

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Walk-in rates at Gajah Mina Beach Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
US$ Garden view room
Superior double room
US$ Ocean view room
Family room
US$ Two bedroom garden view room up to $200 for a ocean view villa
Private pool villa
Room: Standard double room, low season: US$60, high season US$60. Notes: US$ Garden view room
Room: Superior double room, low season: US$100, high season US$100. Notes: US$ Ocean view room
Room: Family room, low season: US$180, high season US$180. Notes: US$ Two bedroom garden view room up to $200 for a ocean view villa
Room: Private pool villa, low season: US$300, high season US$300. Notes:

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Where is Gajah Mina Beach Resort

Gajah Mina Beach Resort
Jalan Pantai Balian, Lalanglinggah
T: (0811) 386 052 (0812) 388 2438 (0812) 381 1630 F: (0212) 922 2981
Coordinates (for GPS): 114º57'44.41" E, 8º29'59.53" S
Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp

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