We had our family holidays in Bali Beach this year. The hotel is situated on an awesome scenery having amazing sea view and access to a beautiful private beach. All the employees of the hotel are truly hospitable honouring the tradition of Crete. Bali village is ideally situated in the centre of Crete, thus it was very easy for us to rent a car and have nice excursions all over the island. In general we would definitely want to come back in the future and enjoy again our family holidays in Bali Beach Hotel.
Was sold by on the beach 2 family rooms for 7 people. That's a couple and 1 child, a mother and baby. And 2 men. So needed 3 bedrooms. But was informed family rooms have separate rooms with separate beds. But wasn't convinced so contacted the hotel prior to he holiday and was told it would be sorted on arrival.
On arrive was given 2 rooms for 7 people. Both rooms with 1 double bed and a cot bed and bed attached to it. The rooms was also 5 floors apart. Was told we would be moved closer together 2 days later, but it didn't happen. 3rd day I asked about the rooms and was told nothing they can do. So me and my parter was split apart for 10 days on our first holiday together. Not only was the room situation terrible the food in this hotel is disgusting. We had to eat out most nights. We paid £2,500! For 10 days in this hotel
Also the hotel is full of Russians, which made out stay uncomfortable as they are so rude
The hotel and village hotel also should be made clear, when sold this hotel you are not made aware you'll be staying across the road in another hotel up a million flights of stairs
There is nothing to do in the whole area for families. We was bored
The beach bar staff are also rude
And you should make it clear what you get for free in your all inclusive package. As if we had known adults wernt allowed ice cream for 1. I'd have not bothered booking with you
You also only give out crap alcohol in the all inclusive package, and no snacks all day as sold. Other than mouthful of popcorn
Hotel was clean.. only good point!
So I have been back again and it's a great little hotel - sure there's a lot of steps but the location is awesome. It's quiet and peaceful and the weather is great - walk down the road and you've got some great places to eat like Postos cafe and the Family Nest tavern ... will defiantly return.
I didn't eat at the hotel much because ( and not in a rude way ) it was OVERRUN with Russians who were very loud and rude and just didn't seem to have manners.
The beach is lovely but this is super busy in the day so best to go later on.
My boyfriend and I booked this holiday through teletext for £800.00 and what a bargain. To be honest I was very worried reading the below reviews but I would now like to give you mine :)
The views are spectacular. One of the most prettiest things I've ever seen.
On arrival we were greeted by a member of staff at reception who was very friendly.
We arrived quite late and he asked us if we were hungry. He then opened up the restaurant for us and gave us a plate with various foods on salad, meat, sauce and he told us to help ourselves to a drink. Just what we needed!
The food is like any other all inclusive hotel HOWEVER the hotel is very small so the selection is limited but good. There was pasta, soup, fish, meat, vegetarian options. Their mash was lovely!! I saw below people moaning there was no butter. I saw various people ask the waiters for butter and they bought it out on a plate for them! The salad was so fresh. It converted me. So much variation. I looked forward to it every afternoon.
The rooms are clean, there is a hair dryer in the bathroom, blankets, extra pillows, a fridge.
The alcohol was ok...but just a refreshing drink when it was hot was great.
There is a supermarket over the road sells alcohol so we used to buy a couple of beers and sit on the balcony.
There is no entertainment but to be honest we loved that Because a lot of all inclusive entertainment is shocking.
Of a night we went down to our favourite bar in the harbour "postos". People are extremely friendly and inviting. There do the best sangria!
There is a street food building on the harbour down one of the streets and they do Greek giros for 3 euros each. There are amazing, would highly recommend.
One of the nights we did the catamaran sunset cruise on the ladies suggestion below. She was not wrong. Absolutely incredible. 35 euros each (book down the harbour) you get a choice of wine, ouzo, raki, beer, fruit, nuts whilst on the boat, And you can go snorkelling (he supplies the flippers and snorkel.You don't have to though. We didn't. We just had another beer.
This holiday was very much a relaxing holiday for us. There's not too much to do site seeing wise unless you hire a car. We just hired one for a day and went exploring.
We will definitely return here again.
I hope this review helps and enjoy your holiday!!
Area: situated slightly on a hill close to small selection of restaurants and shops. Overlooks a small harbour. Bali is very quaint, and if you like going out at night exploring you will have it covered in 2 days. Near little train/road stop but you need a car to get around. The local bus stop is an incredible distance away unless you use the little train. €5 round trip. Quiet and clean. Very hilly. The adjoining beach is shale and shallow water. Quite rocky.
Hotel: staff are friendly enough, most tourists are Russian (we were the only English there in May). There are a lot of steps so if you have difficulty walking avoid this place. If you have a kid in a buggy be prepared to carry it up and down steps as there are no ramps. Approx 20 steps down to pool bar, and another 20 down to beach. Again about 25 steps from pool to restaurant/reception.
Food: basic and repetitive. We ate out a couple of times to experience different cooking. If you aren't picky it's OK. Can eat inside or on veranda.
Drinks: we were all inclusive and selection of drinks is very minimal. Wine, one type of beer, fizzy drinks, juices, ouzo, brandy, vodka and a couple of cocktails. All drinks are very diluted and the coke is awful. Everything else was payable.
Rooms: day 1 we were given a basic room when we paid for a sea view. We were overlooking the road/ car park. Complained and told it would be rectified tomorrow. We were given keys to 5 other rooms and told we could choose any we liked. One was overlooking trees therefore no view at all, other was again a basic room in the basement, another over the road in a different complex. Finally we got a pool view which was very nice. Contains comfy bed, TV but not in English, fridge, hairdryer, shampoo and gel, clean towels every 3 days and maid service daily. Shower left a bit to be desired. Otherwise adequate for our needs. Overall, had I paid for a basic room I would have been perfectly happy as they are all that you need but as we'd paid extra for sea view that was the only reason we asked for a move.
Pool: Gladly, no towels to be left on sunbeds for reservation before opening time. If they are, the pool man removes them. Pool opens 8am so you can pop your towel on, go for breakfast, then return to your sun lounger. Plenty to go round. Sunbeds are available on the connecting beach but you have to pay for them. 2 pools, adult and a kids pool, but the parents ignore this and let their little darlings jump in and splash everyone with no concerns at all. So we had to push our chairs away from the poolside to prevent our belongings getting a soaking.
On the whole: a nice little find, reasonable location, staff nice enough, clean and tidy and just what you need for a week in the sun. We are a middle aged couple, but I think if I had kids/teenagers this place (Bali on the whole) would be unsuitable as there are very limited things for them to do.