Aston Bali Resort and Spa is situated at Tanjung Benoa, Bali , one of the island's prestigious private beaches. Unfortunately, the resort is reasonably far-flung from all the happenings and entertainment due to its remote location. This particular resort caters to guests who are looking for a holiday away from racket of Bali 's infamous shopping and entertainment district. To make sure that guests don't go bored out of their mind, many alternative activities are available to them.
Upon entering the hotel, it's hard not to notice the traditional Javanese architecture. The entire hotel is designed to resemble that of an ancient Javanese Palace . But alas, this 8-year old resort is considered a senior compared to many of the newer resorts and to keep up with the times, many of the rooms have been upgraded to provide more comfort and convenience to its guests. Such a contrast usually ends up with an awkward blend but in this case, it is tastefully done with both the ancient and modern style complimenting each other. If you prefer a slightly traditional feel to the interior of your room, the suites would suffice as they have yet to be upgraded.
The rooms are large in size but modest in amenities. The basics are present such as air conditioning, TV with in house movie and satellite channels, a safe, mini bar and a hair dryer. Every room has a private bathroom with a separated shower and tub as well as a balcony. Initially, we thought the air conditioning was not working but after speaking to the reception, we learnt that the air conditioning is wired to the balcony doors and will automatically shut off when the doors are open. All rooms have a beautiful garden or ocean view so be sure to request for a view that tickles your fancy.
There are four restaurants and one lounge within the resort itself, CafĂ© Melasti, Bali Luna Restaurant, Aloha Pool Bar, By The C and Samudera Lounge. Unfortunately, none of the outlets are open 24-hours so guests will have to find alternatives during the wee hours of the morning. Breakfast is served as early as 6.30am at CafĂ© Melasti for early birds who want to get an early start to the day.
Being situated away from all the hustle and bustle of the entertainment and shopping forces Aston to organize many different activities for its guests to participate in. Many water sport activities are available at the beach front while aqua aerobics sessions are conducted at the swimming pool. To make things more interesting, games and quizzes are held now and again to keep the guests on their toes. This myriad of activities enables guests to meet one another and make new friends during their stay.
The beauty of Aston Bali comes from its beach side. It is isolated which gives it a sort of calmness and a charm that takes one's breath away. Many deck chairs are placed along the beach and because of its privacy, it is a perfect environment for sun bathing, nude or otherwise.
SD's take on Aston Bali Resort & Spa
Although its location might be away from Bali 's thriving nightlife, the beauty and serenity of its beach side makes up for it. Its accommodation isn't exactly 5-star material but the rooms are large enough to fit the entire Von Trapp family. The environment is conducive for business or pleasure and for both couples and families and the wide range of activities caters to individuals of all ages. Aston Bali Resort & Spa might not be as elegant and prestigious as the other hotels that surround it but it offers a different kind of holiday experience and it is attractive in a different sort of way.