Tranquil resort with great grounds
A quiet calm descends when you enter the spacious and peaceful grounds of Puri Bagus Lovina, one of Lovina’s oldest and best maintained four-star hotels.
It boasts beach frontage with wide manicured lawns, mature fragrant trees, and flowering orchids, along with water features, stone carvings and traditionally styled thatch-roofed bungalows.
The voluminous high-ceilinged rooms may be a little dated in style, but they still manage to ooze simple classic comfort and provide all the amenities you would expect at this pricepoint. Bathrooms offer a choice of two showers — indoor or when the weather’s warm, a delightful outdoor version. Wide and shady terraces are designed to maximise to sea views, even in the back bungalows, just the thing for sipping a G&T and watching the yellow ball in the sky descend over the Bali Sea. A large, deep, organically shaped infinity pool graces the seafront, with enough sun lounges and shady pavilions not to have to be the first one up to put the towels out.
The open-air restaurant edging the pool gets a good wrap too (although we didn’t try the food), offering international and Indonesian cuisine, with produce from their own organic garden. A buffet breakfast is included in the rate. Open-air spa pavilions offer pampering and daily yoga is available for an additional cost and they often run yoga retreats. Staff are charming and helpful. This may all sound delightful, and indeed it is lovely and you won’t want to leave, and that is the problem with the location — it’s rather far from anything — closer to Singaraja than Lovina. Puri Bagus can arrange transport, but it seems more catered for guests that prefer to stay within the hotel grounds or book organised tours. However if a self-contained resort appeals, Puri Bagus Lovina has tranquility nailed.
Address: Jalan Seririt-Singaraja, Desa Pemaron
T: (0362) 21430; F: (0362) 22627
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º3'39.54" E, 8º7'43.1" S
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Room rates: 1,000,000 to 2,500,000 Rp
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||US$145||US$160|
|Deluxe double room||US$185||US$210|
Sally spent twelve years leading tourists around Indonesia and Malaysia where she collected a lot of stuff. She once carried a 40kg rug overland across Java. Her house has been described as a cross between a museum and a library. Fuelled by coffee, she can often be found riding her bike or petting stray cats. Sally believes travel is the key to world peace.
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