- Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The privacy of the bungalows and the fantastic service from the staff made this a wonderful holiday.
Located in Manggis, The Watergarden is near the beach. Taman Ujung Water Palace and Water Palace of Tirtagangga are local landmarks, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Blue Lagoon Beach and Candidasa Beach.
Pros: The Watergarden is a gem of a boutique hotel. Each accomodation unit is isolated by beautiful ponds stocked with fish and water lilies. Sitting on the spacious veranda and watching butterflies, waterbirds and iridescent dragonflies is a continuous and relaxing entertainment. The occasional giant lizard puts in an appearance and the fish love to be fed with a supply of food which can be requested at reception. Room service is first class and breakfast on the veranda is a real treat, especially in the cooler morning air. The combination of air conditioning and an overhead fan make the rooms very comfortable. The pathways leading to accomodation are attractive and brick paved. The swimming pool is excellent with adequate, comfortable lounges and umbrellas. It's also possible to have lunch and other meals poolside. The new restaurant at the hotel has to be rated as one of the best in Candidasa. The menu is innovative and well priced. A wide range of cocktails are on offer. The tables are large and seating comfortable. The staff are extremely helpful and all speak good English (and maybe other languages). The gift shop has high quality crafts for sale at very reasonable prices.
Cons: It would take a very picky person to find fault with this hotel. The only complaint was that the bar fridge (with very reasonably priced drinks) needed defrosting. A major disadvantage to Candidasa is that the main road which runs through the town is a drag strip for noisy, heavy, trucks, cars and noisy motorbikes. As it is a straight stretch of road traffic speeds through and little consideration is given to pedestrians. In the seven days we stayed there was one fatality (a schoolchild was killed) and a two car, one truck, accident. This traffic problem will deter people from visiting and local businesses should collaborate to ensure a speed limit and other traffic calming measures are introduced and enforced.
Location: Candidasa is situated on what used to be a decent beach. There's a nice selection of shops, small supermarkets, cafes and restaurants nearby.