Ellie's Bali by Lemo
As recommended by Lonely Planet
Ellie's Hotel is situated in a quiet residential area a short driving distance from the tourist centre's of Kuta and Seminyak, and a five minute drive from the beautiful Geger Beach in Nusa Dua. For surfing enthusiasts Dreamlands Beach and Uluwatu are both within very easy reach of the hotel.
Ellie's really is a hidden gem, an oasis of calm and relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of daily Balinese life. Set in a beautiful courtyard garden with its own private swimming pool, there are three seaview rooms, two poolside rooms and one hill facing room.
Each room is spacious and beautifully decorated in a contemporary and chic style, and has modern facilities including televisions, DVD players and minibars along with essential air-conditioning. The hotel also has an impressive library of DVDs which guests can borrow and watch in their bedrooms.
The hotel has a small and comfortable covered outdoor restaurant and bar area where breakfast is served and drinks and light snacks can be had throughout the day. There are also two large bright reading and relaxation spaces on the first and second floors of the hotel. The fabulous rooftop terrace offers amazing views of Nusa Dua, the sea and surrounding areas. The roof terrace boasts a small bar where drinks can be served at any time, but undoubtedly the views and atmosphere are best savoured here with a drink at sunset.
We welcome guests from all over the world and feel that the hotel has something to offer people of all ages and cultures and is more than able to meet the needs of the most discerning traveller. Previous guests have included honeymoon couples, business travellers and families as well as individuals looking for a unique and relaxed holiday environment. At times Ellie's has a feel of being a family home with its guests becoming part of that.
Ellie's has gained a fantastic reputation based as much on its style and individuality as its excellent service and value for money. View comments from our guests. The breakfasts here are a highlight for many guests and are included in the daily rate. The staff are truly wonderful and work hard to maintain and improve the standard and service making staying here even more enjoyable.
There is also a hotel car and driver on hand on take guests to and from Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and to beaches in the areas at the same cost of taking a local taxi. The hotel can arrange car and motorbike hire at competitive rates, as well as excellent guided tours to suit guests specific requirements as well as other more strenuous activities such as diving or white-water rafting.
Special rates can be negotiated for travel agents, parties or longer staying guests. Flexibility has been one of the keys to our ongoing success.
Public transport is affordable and well worth knowing about if you want to make the most of this beautiful island. Public minibuses, buses and bemos (small pick-up trucks) form the local transport options, and all of them are very cheap - IDR15,000 (US$1.50) will easily get you across the entire island.
Self-drive is possible; a rental motorcycle costs around US$7 a day and a small Suzuki jeep is about US$15 a day. Driving is on the left-hand side, but local driving practices are idiosyncratic to say the least. Anyone easily fazed by busy traffic should explore the possibility of hiring a local car and driver service. You can expect to pay US$15-20. Ellie's will always help you get taxis and drivers straight from the hotel.
The water is best used just for washing but bottled water for drinking is available everywhere. Alternatively, the local beer is Bintang - and we highly recommended it!
The Balinese are quite relaxed about Western dress but you do need to cover up to visit the temples, bare shoulders and above the knee shorts or skirts are unlikely to be allowed in. Sarongs are available for hire at most popular sites. Topless sunbathing is generally OK as long as you are lying on the beach, but it is polite to cover up when walking around.
The climate averages at an all year round 28C. Dry season is May-October and wet season is November-April.
In general, carry cash on you because not many places accept credit cards and ATM's are usually only in the main towns.
If you are interested in surfing whilst you are at Ellie's or want to learn, we can either hire a board for you or arrange lessons.
Tuban and Kuta beach area caters to the expert or beginner. Kuta offers boat rides for about Rp 25,000 each way to the outer reef breaks of Tuban. Or if you choose to, you can surf the mellow beach breaks in front of the Hard Rock Café or anywhere along Kuta beach. Bukit Peninsula- located in Southwest Bali, is where the world-famous lefts on Bali are found. Uluwatu, Pedang Padang, Impossibles, Bingin, and Belangan to name a few, are waves that break on shallow reefs, creating long rides and great tubes that are sought after by most of the international travelling surfers. If your holiday is during the wet season, check out waves like Sanur reef- the perfect right hander, which at medium high tide can produce a long, hollow performance wave.
Close by is Turtle Island or Serangan, a fun left and right reef break that gets crowded if the swell is big. Drive over to Sri Lanka in front of Club Med in Nusa Dua and surf a short perfect right hander where there is an easy paddle out. If it's lefts you crave at this time of year than a scenic tour up to Medewi: Located only 72 km Northwest of Denpasar here you will find an easy left point which is a mirror image of the famed Malibu point in California. All these spots can produce world class surf and a lifetime of happy memories.
Ellie's is only 15 minutes from one of the best paragliding coastal soaring site in the world. Paragliding season is generally from April to October each year, with the best month usually being August and September.