We've just stayed at Poppies for the 7th time and it remains a peaceful and beautiful oasis in the midst of Kuta. We stayed for four nights in room 26 which is at the back and very private. As always the staff are so helpful and polite and I would highly recommend Poppies if you're considering staying in Kuta.
This was a place we had admired for a long time but never stayed before. We have now and absolutely loved the place – it is just so beautiful! Take one step from the chaos that is Poppies 1 through the door into the hotel grounds and the transformation is immediate and incredible.
Peace and tranquillity everywhere and it is impossible not to relax.
Getting there - the hotel offer free of charge collection (or drop-off) from the airport which is a really nice touch.
Other than that, it is such a well established place every driver will know where it is. We discovered the Grab app while we were here and used that. It is cheap, reliable and efficient.
Location – excellent.
As I’ve mentioned, you are right on poppies lane one with all the entertainment that brings! Great bars and restaurants, convenience stores and about a 10 minute walk down to the beach.
The location really couldn’t be better.
Cottages – the first thing that hits you is the privacy.
Each one is like a little house with its own garden and beautiful veranda. We used the last named lots and spent many happy hours out on the morning and evening just relaxing. It has comfortable furniture, fan and thoughtfully coils for mosquitoes. By the way, to say this is such a garden based accommodation we got very little trouble with insects.
Inside the bungalow is very well designed and comfortable indeed. A TV along with a fridge, dressing gown‘s and a very comfortable bed which we slept very well indeed. There is a ceiling fan and fairly decent air-conditioning.
The outdoor bathroom is beautiful and has a net so no wildlife can't join you! The shower doubles as a bath and it is all done out in a beautiful Balinese style.
Wi-Fi – free for unlimited devices and runs at about 20 GB.
As someone mentioned, to have your individual hotspot you need to put the television on but we managed to pick up all the routers around the property easily as well. No need for constant logging in and it reaches all areas including the pool.
Pool – must be one of the most beautiful areas of its type we’ve ever been to.
Again, done in the local style it is absolutely beautiful and full of character. At times we were the only people using it so none of the selfish sunbed hogging here.
Staff – they simply could not do enough for you.
From the moment you walk into the property to when you leave they are unobtrusive but more than happy to help you when needed. Nothing is too much trouble and whatever you need will be provided with a big smile.
Food – we were in a room only so can’t comment on the breakfast. As I mentioned, there are shops everywhere so you can easily buy your own. As an indication of what a wonderful place it is we used to wake up two flasks of fresh water and complimentary bananas provided.
A small indicator of just what a superb place it is.
Poppies cottages are hidden behind a stone wall in Poppies Lane, but go through the wooden gate and you find yourself in a beautiful Balinese garden with winding paths leading to the thatched cottages dotted around. You might even be lucky enough to meet the owner (a garden enthusiast) doing some gardening! The cottages all have their own verandah and nothing is nicer than sitting in the morning sun and eating your room service breakfast (included in the room charge)and listening to the bird song (a plus of the garden setting). The cottages are roomy and spotless, with garden bathrooms and sunken marble bath; the smiling staff cannot do enough to make your stay a good one; and Poppies restaurant is a short walk away. What more could you need?!
As all previous reviews have stated it’s a great place, great staff and great breakfast. Room service was great as well and just as cheap as if we were dining at a local restaurant outside. The place is so quiet considering how hectic it is outside.
We had the Xmas dinner there which was really yummy.
We booked our onward travel to Gili T from there and the staff were helpful in aiding our booking, but what I would say is that for such a nice place, the company you are affiliated with for this is below standard. We were met at the hotel and shown to a crowded mini bus with no air conditioning and no indication which port we were going to. We were on there for almost 3 hours, passing several ports making the same journeys that would have been much closer to the hotel, and then the boat we were on was the worst in the port by far. I would go as far to say that it was unsafe. The emergency exit windows were only small enough to fit a small child through, others would have had little or no chance of reaching the small doors at the front and back because of how crowded it was If something had happened and the boat had capsized or began sinking the consequences would be extremely bad, I could hear others on the boat expressing the same concerns. When we arrived at Gili T there were other much better boats pulling up so I would try to use those ones instead. The company we used began with a K but I can’t remember the name.
Obviously this is of no fault of the hotel but I wanted to make some awareness as they may consider using a different company to recommend to guests in the future!
If you are going to visit Kuta however also want to experience a traditional Balinese hotel then Poppies is your No1 and only choice!!
What can I say about this amazing place other than it’s an oasis in the middle of a busy busy tourist town!
There’s no fancy entrance, blink and you will walk past the 3 foot wooden door in the wall of Poppies Lane 1. Don’t worry about a fancy entrance as this is the start of what makes Poppies Cottages so special!
Poppies 1 is a busy busy narrow lane with scooters and people walking up and down between Kuta Beach Walk and Legian Street, the lane has loads of bars and restaurants, shops and market stalls however when you step through that tiny door in the wall it’s like you have stepped from 1 World to another!!! You find yourself in the most beautiful and quiet Balinese garden, gone is the hustle and bustle, the noise and the modern life!
The reception is a small area that’s well equipped to leave your bags if your cottage is not ready and they even have safety deposit boxes to leave your valuables. The amazing staff welcome you with a drink and a smile and you instantly feel your in the Real Bali!
The walk to your cottage is one you want to take your time, taking in the amazing surroundings and appreciating the quiet. As you walk to your cottage it’s along a narrow brick path that weaves it’s way through lush gardens with small streams and ponds of Koi fish. It’s even more beautiful at night with it’s discreet lighting leading the way along the paths! The path weaves it’s way round and into one of only 20 Private Cottages which makes your cottage feel even more private than it already is!!
The beautiful cottage has its own outside seating area where a MUST is breakfast delivered to your cottage! You enter the cottage through the wooden door and into the most amazing open ceiling room with a beautiful large bed, seating area, fridge, TV, WiFi, safety deposit box, cupboard space and music player!!! Now I read people said there was a Smell in the rooms and I agree however it’s a pleasant smell of the natural thatch roof however you only seem to notice it the first time you walk in and after that it just become part of the room! The aircon in the room works fine, just make sure you always close the bathroom door as here is the amazing part.... the bathroom is outside!!!! Don’t worry though as all the utility’s are under the thatch roof part however walk beyond that onto the white gravel and look up and it’s just a mesh screen between you and the sky!! Very private and very secure so don’t worry!! The bathroom is lovely marble with a sunken bath shower area, the one tiny and only criticism (which I have read the hotel addressing and explaining other reviews) is the water temp and pressure. They have lovely drench shower heads however sadly the water pressure is very poor and at best the water is only Luke warm. We 100% accepted this as the hotel has been there for years and before anything else was built in the area so upgrading this must and will be a difficult job.
The pool area at poppies is just beautiful and swimming in that pool every day was amazing! The lagoon pool just made you want to swim and admire such beautiful surroundings! It’s a small area for lounging however most of the day we had it to ourselves with not another soul about!
Breakfast is amazing with the choice to eat a poppies restaurant across the lane from 8am or have a pre ordered breakfast delivered to your room any time you choose from 7:30, just remember to put your card on your door before you go to bed.
If you want my advice have it delivered!
Don’t hesitate to book poppies, you won’t be dissapointed! Free pick up and drop off at the airport is also a very nice addition to your stay.
Thank you for an amazing stay in cottage 25!
Mat, Scotland UK