If you book this place and expect three stars rather than the advertised four stars, then you won't be disappointed. It is a reasonable place to take children: there is a decent pool with shallow areas, a kids' play room, a games room and a beach close by. The rooms are clean and adequate. Connecting rooms are available for families and extra beds are no problem.
We chose bed and breakfast only, but I could see that the all-inclusive package (see their website) is a good deal for families. All food and drink, obviously, but a daily programme of activities, water sports and evening shows are also included. Food is average, but perfectly fine for children who aren't interested in eating fancy food.
I would say that the pool was on the small side and the adjoining beach rather dirty. At first I was a bit disappointed, as I expected more of a four star establishment. Other reviews have suggested that this did not really matter as there are plenty of trips out and plenty of watersports. But for families with young children such as us, long trips were not really possible and water sports out of the question.
However, we discovered that Club Bali Mirage's sister hotel, the five star Grand Mirage Resort is only a few minutes walk along the beach and their facilities are better for children. After enquiring at reception, we found out that we were allowed to use their much nicer beach and pool, use their beach towels, use their kids' play ground and better play room, browse the hotel shops, drink at their bars and eat at their nicer cafes and restaurants. All this was free of charge except for the food and drink, which we paid up front as we weren't allowed to charge that to our room (since we weren't staying at that hotel, which was fair enough.)
We had trouble finding suitable trips for our children that did not involve watersports and long car journeys. The safari and marine park were two hours' drive away, which would have meant four hours in the car. In the end, we found a half day trip to Ubud visiting elephants, swimming with dolphins in a pool (in the ocean), and a boat ride to a turtle farm.
Overall, we had a pleasant stay and the staff were quite sweet. The staff at the ChopSticks restaurant were lovely and provided a special icecream dessert for my daughter's birthday. Earlier in the day, the hotel staff provided a cake that I requested, complete with orchid necklace, crown and bowl of fruit. Our driver to and from the airport (supplied by the hotel) was very helpful and attentive.
Tip to parents: if you wish to visit the zoo, safari or marine park, this is probably not the best location to stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Club Bali Mirage Hotel Tanjung Benoa
- Hotel Bali Mirage
- Bali Mirage Hotel
- Club Bali Mirage Tanjung Benoa