Bali Dynasty Resort Hotel – Tuban, Bali, Indonesia

by Nick on March 21, 2005

by Nick | March 21st, 2005  

Bali Dynasty Resort Hotel –
Tuban
, Bali, Indonesia

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The Bali Dynasty is an older 4-star resort hotel located on Jl. Kartika Plaza in Tuban. I is 1 mile from the airport very close to the beach.

The hotel entrance is next to the sign for Gracie Kellys Irish bar.

People staying here will maximize their holiday time as very little travelling is necessary from the airport. Jl. Kartika Plaza is loaded with bars and places to eat and the new Discovery Shopping Mall is close by. Getting to Kuta is easy, by simply walking for 15 minutes for grabbing one of the many taxis that cruise Kartika Plaza.

Walking in through the front gate one will notice the long driveway, pass through a Balinese split gate leading to a huge banyan tree on the right side. This is the parking area and straight ahead is Gracie Kellys and the main lobby up the ramp.

The first thing I noticed walking in was the color of the place. Shiny red tiles floor with wood paneling and support beams. This gives the hotel an older feel than some of the newer places I have visited. Balinese sculptures and a massive iron chandelier add to the feel as do banana leaf furniture. To the right side walking in I noticed the internet corner and the entrance to the Golden Lotus restaurant, which serves very good Chinese food.

The Bali Dynasty does a good trade and is a favourite with Australian families as well as Indonesian tourists.

Extending back from the rear of the lobby is the garden which has 2 3-storey blocks of rooms on each side. This design layout has been repeated a 100 times in Bali, with the inside / outside Café Piazza restaurant downstairs. The blocks of rooms have a typical orange / grey brick similar to many Balinese structures and there are Balinese motifs in the stonework around doors and windows.

Balconies have wicker chairs and a table.

Gardens are very neat and contain Balinese temple structures. Heading towards the pool the noise levels increase and the pool-party atmosphere seems integral to this kind of hotel, a larger version of Hotel Bounty in Kuta. Next to the pool is the Tropical Cafe serving a variety of snack type items. An Aussie burger is 45,000rp, a fish & chips 40,000rp and an iced-coffee 15,500rp. Alcoholic drinks can be bought from the pool-bar.

During my visit there was a flair-bartending show going on accompanied by a loud guy on a microphone, whipping up the atmosphere. Tightly packed loungers and shades can be found all the way around the pool and the pool-bar was doing a good trade.

To the rear left of the pool is the kids area, complete with pool and water-slide. To the side of the kids area is an access alley to the beach only 30 meters away. This was one of the funny things about the layout of the hotel, so close to the ocean, but not beachfront. Private villas from the Discovery form a barrier to the beach.

Actually getting onto the beach is easy and outside is a small set up of vendors selling the usual array of watches, hair-braiding and massages. The actual beach is reasonably quiet and you can swim without a problem. I think the hotel could do a little more to clean up the area directly outside the backdoor.

One nice feature the Dynasty has is a super long plunge pool at the rear-fence. A visitor heading towards the beach might be disappointed that there is no straight through access to the beach, but instead will enjoy this long pool allowing guests to cool off and enjoy the rear gardens and the 2-storey Sunset Bar.

Heading back inside the hotel I passed through Cafe Piazza and checked out their menu. They have a pastry section which is ideal for those wanting a sweet snack in between meals. Pies, pasties, sweets, salads, pizza and pasta are all on the menu. This restaurant is family friendly and super relaxed. There is also an Indonesian and kids menu. A kids Mickey Mouse pizza will cost 19,000rp and a small Bintang is 21,000rp.

Cafe Piazza does a themed dinner every night of the week. Prices range from 80,000-100,000rp per person and the list includes Italian Pasta Night, Balinese Seafood Night, East Meets West, Satay Night, Malam Bali Night, Aussie Surf & Turf BBQ, Roast Night.

I think this whole set up is ideal for families and is definitely Aussie friendly. I would go to the BBQ Night no worries.

Directly adjacent to the restaurant is shopping area and stairs leading up to the lobby.

I headed out the front from the shopping area and re re-entered into Gracie Kellys. This bar is set up to be an Irish bar and they have spent some money for sure. Two pool-tables, a dart board and sports tv are located next to the bar. Gracie Kellys serves a range of wines, liquors and beers. The bartender was making a couple of gallons of sangria when I showed up. At Gracie Kellys a small Bintang will cost you 20,000rp (18,000rp on draught), a glass of house wine is 40,000rp and a Coke is 10,000rp. Do not order a pint of Guinness from the can, as I did (75,000rp!!!!). Ouch. I think that is a bit of a shake down, especially when the staff do not warn you of the cost.

Location:
The Bali Dynasty is located on Jl. Kartika Plaza in Tuban and is 1 mile from the airport very close to the beach.

People staying here will maximize their holiday time as very little travelling is necessary from the airport. Jl. Kartika Plaza is loaded with bars and places to eat and the new Discovery Shopping Mall is close by. Getting to Kuta is easy, by simply walking for 15 minutes for grabbing one of the many taxis that cruise Kartika Plaza.

Seminyak is about 20-25 minutes by taxi.

Atmosphere:
The Bali Dynasty is a large size resort hotel that has been around for a while. Package tourists love this place and the atmosphere which is of fun and enjoyment, over peace and tranquility.

Luxury level:
The Bali Dynasty is an older 4-star hotel. The place has all the bits and pieces that you can list, 5 bars and restaurant, large pool, waterslide, internet etc. but does not really feel like a luxury hotel.

What makes this hotel unique:
This hotel is unique because it provides that raucous Hotel Bounty Aussie atmosphere just a mile from the airport. High occupancy means you will be elbow to elbow with plenty of other partiers and families. Bali Dynasty also has enough hotel facilities where you can spend a lazy week without having to leave the hotel.

Staff Friendliness:
The staff are perky and are used to the less than formal family atmosphere and behave respectively. My guide, Agus from Sales was a very sharp dude.

Weird stuff:
The area outside the rear gate in between the hotel and the beach looks like a kampung trash pile. Strange the management would not try to keep this area tidy as so many guests will walk through here.

Why would you stay here:
I would stay here if I wanted a decent level of services, decent room with fridge, TV, phone, AC etc. and also in a fun hotel that was not far from the airport. This hotel is meant for people who want fun in the sun and do not want to trek all over the place to get it.

Why would you stay somewhere else:
If you do not like crowds and noise stay somewhere else. If kids bother you stay somewhere else. This hotel is a decent size but is not shiny new like the Conrad for instance.

Noise levels:
Noisy around the pool area with high density and staff arranging noisy events. Rooms are far from the main street so no worries there.

How do the rooms feel:
Rooms feel spacious and clean if not like a kings chamber. The usual 4-star amenities are to be found (Satellite TV, Mini Bar, In-Room Safe, Hair Dryer, IDD telephone, AC ).

When I visited all the rooms were full and I viewed a Standard room, which had a white tile floor and egg yolk colored walls, complimented by wooden furniture.

Proximity to the action:
The Bali Dynasty is in the middle of busy Jl. Kartika Plaza where you will find many bars and restaurants. The action in Kuta is a 15 minute walk.

Amenities:
An almost beach front location, neat gardens, 3 swimming pool, spa, 5 restaurants and bars, 24 hour room service, Kids Club, waterslide, Internet Corner, Laundromat, tailor, beauty salon. Money changer, mini-mart, Departure Lounge.

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{ 1 comment }

Alana April 13, 2007 at 7:26 am
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I have been to bali at least 9 times about 7/8 times out of the 9 i have stayed at the Bali Dynasty Resort.

The staff are great and are always ready to help.
The pool boys always have the kids interests aat heart with their daily activites and games.

Will always go back to the Bali Dynasty

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