Eco-friendly, expansive views
Encircling the hilltop at the far eastern end of Padang Bai, Bloo Lagoon Village is a serene, laidback resort with expansive views of the surrounding bays.
The stylish thatch and stone rooms have either one, two and three bedrooms along with living and dining areas, and a fully equipped kitchen — great for families or a group of friends. Pushing a low impact and environmental ethos, most rooms don’t have air-con — ceiling fans and ocean breezes are sufficient. There are no TVs — you’ll have to stare at the view, and one big communal pool, where you may have expected individual ones in this price range.
The well-appointed, clean — but not spotless — rooms are individually designed with a relaxed style, mostly with a blue and white colour theme complementing the natural textures of the building. Some have outdoor bathrooms. Surrounded by lush tropical garden, the large open rooms remain secluded and private, however living in harmony with the natural surroundings means small crabs, geckos, frogs, and ants are regular visitors. We found the gardens a little unkept, and some extremely slippery paths could be much better maintained.
Morning yoga classes and breakfast are included. Non-guests can join the 07:00 daily class for 115,000 rupiah. Free WiFi is available, and a business centre has computers and printers. Children will enjoy the very kid-friendly swimming pool — especially the water-slide. A spa offers beauty treatments and Balinese massages and a gallery space shows works of local artists — they also have an artist-in-residence program. Cooking classes are offered with a visit to the local market.
Open-air Helix LXIV restaurant has panoramic sea views, but many comments are that service is woefully slow, and the menu is not very extensive. We stopped by for coffee and cake, but they had run out of almost everything on the menu.
A free shuttle ferries guests up and down the hill to local beaches and restaurants, and it’s just a short walk downhill to nearby Blue Lagoon Beach, which has good snorkelling.
Bloo Lagoon Village is a decent option for a romantic secluded retreat or a family getaway, if staring at endless blue appeals.
Standard rooms at OK Divers offer a midrange family alternative.
By Sally Arnold
Last updated on 3rd March, 2016.