This place.... I don’t even know where to begin. I feel like they’re paying people to write kind reviews. I don’t even know where they got the pictures. The only positive thing I have to say is the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly.
After traveling for over 24 hours to even get to Bali and then a 2 hour car ride to this ‘resort’ all I can say is no. My husband and I were beyond tired and just wanted to sleep so we stayed here one of the 7 nights we were in Bali. When we got to our room the first thing I noticed was the towels on the bed that they arranged looked dirty and the air conditioning didn’t work. The bathroom was like a hospital bathroom with no defined tub and was filthy with pink mold. The curtain doesn’t even pull around to block water from getting all over the toilet and sink. And isn’t long enough to keep it from getting all over the floor. I HAD to take a shower after all the traveling. We ate after that and the fried rice I had was good, my husbands chicken was not. We went to bed after that and when I pulled back the comforter the sheets were full of holes. Again, I was exhausted and it was nearly 10 p.m. so I just went to bed. The next morning I woke up and told my husband I was not going to stay here for 6 more nights. We left that day for the Hilton in Nusa Dua and I will never regret that decision.
My photos show you the bathroom, the ‘beach’ you have access to, and the cabanas that have sheets with holes in them.
We got there at 2 in the morning from the airport (2 hr trip)
The room was their economy one in the main building with a shared bathroom that also contained the washing machine.
So we upgraded (if we had wanted to pay double + we would have booked something somewhere else)
Our room faced an abandoned construction site
The beach is what it is - rocky
The food in the morning was lovely
The menu for lunch/dinner or room service was adequate
The pool was great
We got scooters to be able to travel around with our kids
That was the only way to really see Candidasa itself and get different food.
The room was fantastic - however the aircon didn’t work very well on the first day so they did something and then it was truly lovely.
My kids enjoyed exploring the plants and gardens
The bathroom was great! Clean and large
But a heap of bugs every morning we’re discovered in the shower.
The staff were lovely to my kids and they enjoyed their interactions.
I stayed in Crystal Beach for 9 days and just fell in love with this place. Room was clean, really good equipped, with gorgeous bed and sea & palms views. Breakfast was simple but tasty. Location is really good. You can do swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, running or yoga here. Sun beds in front of the ocean is so relaxing - perfect for reading, meditating and listening for music. The nearest village (walking distance), lots of good beaches and many other touristic attractions (accessible by scooter or car) are quite close to the hotel. It’s very cool that you can have a dinner here, ask for massage or rent a scooter. All the staff was so nice and helpful. Thanks Annie, Putu, Ibnu and all the rest of the team for one of my best traveling experiences ever! Looking forward to come back here.
I will try to make this review as accurate as I can. Everyone travels differently and what I find comfortable may not be for certain travellers.
The road to get to the resort is long so if you plan on walking you will be far from everything. A scooter is highly recommended and they will rent one here for IDR 50 000 a day. The staff is very welcoming and nice. The resort is by the ocean but there is no beach. You can however snorkel or swim from steps that goes into the ocean. Our room was in the back building but with a view. Very comfortable bed with duvet. Large room. Clean. Quiet. Large bathroom and in Bali you must get used to shower without much protection for water to go everywhere. We travel a lot and this is the norm. However our room had a bathtub with shower head. And an awesome view from the window. The pool is small but that’s not important to us. There’s loungers by the resort and near the beach. Sooo nice and comfortable. Breakfast is buffet style and they go out of their way to give selection of western and Balinese items. We didn’t use the restaurant so I can’t comment but they offer food.
Overall great value for money.
I'm giving this small resort four points though it could just as easily have been one. I would strongly urge anyone thinking of staying here to read all of the reviews including the bad ones. It's really all about the room you're assigned. We were fortunate to have a huge room with ocean and jungle views so, as you would imagine, we were well pleased. We would not have been so excited about the ground floor rooms, one of which overlooked ugly advertising placards and what appeared to be gas cylinders. The location isn't so fantastic unless you have your own transport. It's a long walk to the main road although there is a shuttle every two hours. Finally, I would like to add that the staff were pleasant throughout.