Photo: Early morning at Candi Dasa.

Benthos Bali Dive Resort

Tropical log-cabins

Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa T: (0363) 438 1002 (0877) 6209 4750 (0878) 6268 3813

Benthos Bali Dive Resort

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At the far eastern corner of Jalan Raya, Benthos Bali Dive Resort is a dive operation with a lovely small hotel behind. It’s not beach side, but has a very tropical feel, and is just across the road from the beach anyway.

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Bright but rustic too.

Four solid wooden air-con bungalows, each divided into two separate rooms, are set closely together along a swimming pool and ponds. The warm golden-coloured, roughly hewn wooden bungalows feature oversized and interesting tribal-style carved doors and window frames in a contrasting darker wood. The skilled bespoke carving was made in Kalimantan — it’s very striking and unusual with spirals, crocodiles and hornbill motifs. The four standard rooms face the pool and at the rear of the hotel the deluxe rooms surround moat-like fishponds.

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Twin and double rooms are clean and spacious, and in the case of the deluxe rooms, huge. High bamboo ceilings have exposed beams, floors are sandy coloured tile and the exposed wooden walls give the rooms a very log-cabin-like feel.

They are sparsely but comfortably furnished, with a solid wooden bed and good mattress with crisp white linen, decorated with dark red brocade bed runners. Small LED reading lamps are almost hidden, but effective. An assortment of towel animals grace the beds, including turtles — the dive shops logo. Shelves provide luggage storage and rooms come with a safe and ample power sockets. Deluxe rooms have a flat-screen TV. Another oversized carved door leads to a semi-outdoor bathroom. Bathrooms are large and tastefully decorated with hot-water rain showers, slab-wood vanities with stone basins, and a small pebbled garden. The larger rooms have double basins. Outside the room, a small veranda provides a wooden table and chairs facing the swimming pool or ponds.

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It’s all in the details.

Half the swimming pool is taken up by a deep section for diver training, but the rest is plenty big enough for lolling about — the dive section was empty when we visited. It could be noisy in the poolside rooms when rowdy divers are learning their stuff.

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All you need. Plus elephant towels.

Couches with brightly coloured cushions are shaded by swaying coconut trees and a couple of lounges for sun lovers are arranged by the pool. There’s not much of a garden to speak of, but a narrow strip of lawn separates the pool from the bungalows, and a few plantings add tropical colour. A small wooden hut in the same log-cabin stye has a bar that can whip up cocktail or serve a cold poolside Bintang. There’s a small restaurant, included breakfast and fast free WiFi.

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Village style.

Benthos Bali Dive Resort offer discounts for divers and several dive packages are available. They have substantial discounts for walk-ins, particularly in low season — so try your luck. It’s a great place to stay if you’re doing some diving, but fine if you’re not and don’t mind a short walk to the sea.

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Walk-in rates at Benthos Bali Dive Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
400,000 rupiah
900,000 rupiah
Deluxe double room
450,000 rupiah
1,000,000 rupiah
Room: Standard double room, low season: 400,000 rupiah, high season 900,000 rupiah. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 450,000 rupiah, high season 1,000,000 rupiah. Notes:

Where is Benthos Bali Dive Resort

Benthos Bali Dive Resort
Jalan Raya Candi Dasa, Candi Dasa
T: (0363) 438 1002 (0877) 6209 4750 (0878) 6268 3813
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º34'25.25" E, 8º30'39.13" S
Room rates: 400,000 to 1,000,000 Rp

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