Monday, March 18, 2019

Where to Stay in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭) - Blue Sky Bay BnB (藍天水灣民宿)

I was pondering over a few considerations when I was booking for our room in Sun Moon Lake.

- Proximity to Ferry terminal
- Sun Rise / Sun Set View
- Easy access to Bicycle rentals
- Accessibility to eateries/minimart
- Price & Comfort

Blue Sky Bay BnB (藍天水灣民宿)
Date of Stay : 3 - 4 December 2018

Where to stay in Sun Moon Lake?
There are 3 ferry terminals in Sun Moon Lake - Shuishe, Ita Thao and Xuan Guang. Most of the accommodation options are located near Shuishe and Ita Thao with hotels and guesthouses that are in the mid-high range pricing.

Some preferred to stay in Ita Thao (伊達邵) as it is located near Ita Thao night market offering more food options and the atmosphere in the evening is more vibrant. This area is also probably the best place to dine in Sun Moon Lake. It is also near to the waterfront where you can take a stroll and enjoy the view of the boats at the docks.

Shuishe (水社‭) though not as lively than Ita Thao, allows travelers to have greater accessibility to buses and bicycle rentals. Many buses (to Taipei/Alishan etc) arrive and depart near Shuishe Visitor's Centre including the round the lake shuttle bus around Sun Moon Lake. This allows travelers more convenience to get to their next destination. In addition, I checked with the hotels from Ita Thao, and Shuishe and it seems there is a better chance to catch the sunrise from Shuishe instead of Ita Thao.

After researching and weighing our options, I decided to settle in for an accommodation at Shuishe, mainly because of the easy transport accessibility as well as to check out the sun rise view.

There are many lodging options in Shuishe and ideally, I was looking for one that is near to Shuishe Visiting Center, offering clean and neat room with a window view of Sun Moon Lake. Unfortunately, hotels that fit those criteria comes with a hefty price.

Blue Sky Bay B&B

I chanced upon Blue Sky Bay B&B (藍天水灣民宿) which has received many wonderful reviews and decided to book our stay with them via Agoda. Paid near to SGD380 for 2 nights stay for a Quadruple room (~SGD190 per night). Our second most expensive accommodation throughout our trip. However, the great hospitality, delicious breakfast, and comfortable room made up for it. Located near to Shuishe Pier, it is only minutes walk to Shuishe Visitor Center.

We had a full day tour in the day and arrived late at Blue Sky Bay (~5.40pm). Nevertheless, the lady owner of the B&B (游女士) received us warmly and helped us settle in quickly. We stayed on the 5th floor and am delighted to be welcomed into a bright, clean and spacious room! This is by far our favourite accommodation throughout our Taiwan trip!

Check out the Video Tour of our room.

Clean and comfortable double beds

Separate toilet and bathroom

I like the idea of the bathtub being on the floor level. Ample space to put our soap and dry ourselves after bath. The children enjoy taking their bath too and does not need any reminders for us to wash up. After a long walk, it is so relaxing to soak your body and rest your feet.

Oliva del Mediterraneo shower products and toiletries provided.

Nice decor and gives a homey feeling

Blue Sky Bay has adopted a Nautical theme in their interior design. You can tell from the decor and accessories around the B&B. 
Lift lobby (outside rooms) and stairways

Entrance & Breakfast area

A welcoming space as you enter the B&B. Long breakfast table where all the guests sit together to start their day.

Reception area (shape of the front boat) where lady boss sits and shares her cycling discount vouchers with stay-in guests.

Sumptuous spread of home-made breakfast for guests! Lady boss wakes up early to prepare all these just in time for the breakfast hours (8am - 10am). However, she is also very accommodating to help get the breakfast ready (~730am) should we need to leave or check-out early.

Assorted dishes (eggs, hotdogs, nuggets, hashbrowns etc)

Porridge and side dishes

Toast and spread

Soy milk / orange juice

We are always looking forward to our breakfast at Blue Sky Bay

View from our balcony at Blue Sky Bay B&B

Thank you Lady Boss for your hospitality! We really appreciate your help and advice provided and most importantly ensuring the breakfast is ready for our early check-out! We had a memorable stay at Blue Sky Bay B&B.

Summary Notes:
- Free Wifi
- Air-condition
- Window view
- Flooring - Wooden
- Water Flask - available
- Safety Box - not available
- Hair Dryer - available
- Phone - available
- Mini Fridge - available

- Bath towels are provided
- Separated Toilet and Bath/Shower room
- Hot shower available.
- Bathtub available
- Disposable toothbrush/toothpaste/comb provided

Blue Sky Bay B&B (藍天水灣民宿)
Address: No. 21, Zhongxing Road, Township, Nantou County pond
Tel: 0910-355503, 049-2856815

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