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The Rishi Candidasa Beach Hotel

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

If you are someone who needs a hotel which is modern, shiny, renovated, all doors oiled and all upholstery new – in other words, positively wrung of all personality and charm – just stop reading. You won’t be happy here. Its beauty will escape you, and that would be a crime because this place is definitely special. Built in the 1980’s, this enormous hotel used to be the hot spot in Candi Dasa, with a discotheque downstairs, endless suites and rooms, and a huge staff. Please don’t be put off by the abandoned look of 2/3's of the exterior (these days, only about a third of the hotel is in use), because inside lies the relic of a grand and magical hotel. After running in horror from the place we had booked months in advance, we took a taxi and went hunting on our own. Visiting homestay after hotel, there were either no vacancies or no A/C. Then we happened on the Rishi. We stood in the reception area and took in the view of the ocean (which, believe me, is exceptional), relishing the amazing cool breeze coming off the water and straight onto our tired and sweaty faces. The stately furniture with worn upholstery spoke of bygone days of glory. They welcomed us and gave us fruit juice is cold glasses ( I know this is standard, but somehow they did it with an extra flair). Then they took us upstairs, and we just fell in love. It was so retro cool – from the aqua colored fridge (that worked just great), the funky kitchen non-kitchen (no stove, but a sink), to the side table light controls by the bed. YES, it needs renovation, but it is still glorious! There is rust on the beautiful fringed lampshades from too many years of sea air, and some of the wood is worn or cracking. You don’t dare open the ancient TV doors for fear of them falling off. There are stained tiles, and only one of the huge pools is filled – the other a giant empty cavity. BUT WHO CARES? It is CLEAN, it is AFFORDABLE, and it is MAGICAL. With A/C and free wifi (which usually worked best in the reception area), it was modern enough for us! The people who work there are completely attentive, helpful, and pleasant. Eating breakfast (great choices and everything yummy) in the large and beautiful dining room, I imagined I heard whispers from long ago, back when it was filled to overcrowding with happy guests; the clink of coffee cups on saucers, the scrape of forks on plates, the murmur of voices discussing the new day’s activities. We got a corner suite on the second floor, and they brought in a bed for our son. They helped to hang our mosquito netting (which most people don’t need, but we are deathly allergic to mosquitoes). And then they eagerly assisted us with everything and anything we needed. We walked the lovely beach when the tide was out. At night, we swam in their wonderful, large and clean pool, which is right up against the ocean. No bothersome bright lights in our eyes – just the cool water and the sound of the sea. During the day, we sat outside on our 2-sided balcony and watched the waves, or lounged down by the pool in the ample shade of their lovely garden and read books. We walked throughout the town and ate at warungs and restaurants, shopped, and enjoyed the affordable offerings of it’s many spas. We didn’t need a car – we could easily walk everywhere, however there is ample parking in the large parking lot for many vehicles, which made taxi pick up and luggage handling extremely easy. We met one lady who has been coming there for 30 years, and now that she is retired, stays for months at a time. We met another group that had been coming for 20 years; best friends for over 50 years, one of them comes 3 times a year, staying at least 10 days at a time. We realized we had found a Bali version of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – minus the senior citizens. It is cash only, but there are plenty of ATMS in town. It is a true piece of Bali, and we hope that many more will visit and explore the charm of this enchanting place.

We spent here over a week in october 2016. Hotel looked very old so was the room and furniture. Bathroom was extremely unclean, was even afraid to take a shower without flip flops. However, the staff as in most indonesian places is really polite and helpful. We've been told hotel's owner do not invest to renovations so unfortunately they have to count with bad reviews regarding cleanliness. Apart of this, they dispose with nice swimming pool opened 24/7 and their own beach acces. We really appreciated the location by the ocean in a calm part on the north Bali. Also the main northern highlits were accessible on motorbike within half an hour.

We had a nice stay here for 2 nights. As many of the other reviews state the hotel is old and a bit run down. However, our room was clean, the beds were very comfortable and the air conditioning worked well. The pool area is the best aspect of this hotel, really amazing view of the sea and comfortable sun loungers. The pool was clean and a lovely temperature. It has a good location with many bars and restaurants around. Breakfast was included and was very good. The staff here are extremely friendly. Overall we had a nice stay here and would recommend it to anyone who isn't too fussy.

The staff was nice. It was fairly clean and has a nice pool looking out over the ocean, but the hotel is very dated. Breakfast was included and okay but very basic. Similarly priced to other accommodations in the area (of which there are lots), so probably not your best bet.

The front area of this hotel looked unpromising: run-down rooms on upper floor, empty lobby, worn-out furniture etc. The room I stayed in was nice though. The superior room - nearby the pool - was spacious with twin beds, nice terrace and large bathroom. Lighting in the room and bathroom was dim making them feel damp. Breakfast was generous in size although in limited options. Pool was the highlight of the hotel with great view of Lombok Strait and direct access to the beach. For a short stay, this hotel is a good option. There are other nicer hotels around, though. So if you want to stay longer, look around.

This poor old hotel is now in a state of disrepair. I stayed for two nights more out of pity for this once grand hotel. ( I did stay here once before around 20 years ago). I cannot recommend you to stay here, i will not rubbish the hotel, i will let my pictures tell the story. The staff are very nice and helpfull, breakfast was also nice. Ok thats all.

We had a quick overnight stay here before taking a fastboat to the Gilies. The hotel was busy doing repairs and renovations getting ready for high season I guess. All the staff's energy and attentions was devoted to this function and guests and their needs suffered or were ignored, yet the hotel was full even in off season. The food service was also perfunctory and quality of food average to poor. For the money this is a hotel that we did not enjoy. The cabana we stayed in was lovely though the service did not match. Perhaps it is better when the staff are not pressed with other duties and considerations. Interm-staff communications seem to be hostile and argumentative creating an unpleasant atmosphere for Guests.

The worst place I have ever been. It is falling apart... Old, abandoned, melancholic, smelling mold, cockroaches, disgusting bathroom! I stayed for one night and didn't have courage to take a shower. Old furniture, terrible! Dirty swim pool, very dirty. There is no beach there. I didn't read reviews before my friend booking it, if I have read, I would never stay! Friendly staff, was the only good thing. One place to be avoided!

I stayed here for 2 nights with my boyfriend. We took the 'suite room' right out front by the pool and ocean. The view is lovely & it's a nice place to stay if you want to lay by the pool sunbathing. The room itself was very run down; peeling paint, cockroach, old furniture. It did have reliable hot water, a tv (which didn't work well), kettle (with tea & coffee) and a fridge. We even had our own little living room. The price was reasonable. The worst part of our stay was definitely the breakfast. They had two choices - eggs or nasi goreng - both were poor. We were woken up at 6.30 in the morning by a jack hammer out front which, for both days, didn't stop until noon. The deck in front of the pool had fallen off into the sea. We were the only ones staying in the entire hotel and the staff didn't clean, didn't bring us water... I'd say for the price we got, 450.000 per night, it was good. Although we did find a place next door for a similar price that was much more modern, clean & comfortable.

The photo of the pool and "Beach" is DECEIVING. THERE IS NO BEACH!! THE PLACE IS FALLING APART. The back of the pool area fell onto what should be a beach. Place reminded me of hotel in The Shining, large empty and in need of repairs. It could be so much nicer, but desperately needs paint, furniture, tiles in the bathroom, washing, etc., etc. Perhaps my fault since honestly I didn't read the reviews first and saw the photo and thought that is what I wanted. I paid for 4 nights and swallowed 2 nights by leaving early! My fault but worth leaving early. It's in the center of Candidasa, which is nice, but there are other hotels. It's a shame too, because this place has real potential.

Jl. Candidasa Karangasem Bali

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Pool bar
  • Private beach
  • Nightclub

Located in Candi Dasa within a 15-minute walk of Pura Candidasa, The Rishi Candidasa Beach Hotel is within a few miles (5 km) of Balina Beach. This 68-room, 3-star resort has 2 outdoor pools along with private in-room spa tubs and a private beach. It's in a regional park and also close to Pasir Putih Beach.


The 68 individually decorated accommodations feature lanais and afford space to spread out with living rooms and dining areas. Guests can expect to find satellite TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, free toiletries, and bathrobes, and pillowtop beds with premium bedding and pillow menus ensure a restful night. Other standard amenities include private spa tubs, washers/dryers, and sofa beds.

Property features

Guests of The Rishi Candidasa Beach Hotel have access to a private beach, 2 outdoor pools, and a nightclub. RV, bus, and truck parking is available. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach resort include a children's pool, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas.

Room options

Superior Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4


Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4


Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

30% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 51 reviews