Stayed recently with a couple of friends in what is definitely the closest to deserving of the term "palatial" of any other hotel or villa in my experience - the photos online are accurate but don't do it justice
Booking was easy - the villa was ready when I checked in right on 2pm - finding it is a little tricky for some drivers - if you're not confident of the directions it may be worth getting a hotel transfer the first time - i knew where i was going and my taxi still got lost - always nice to visit kerobokan though....
Facilities are beyond description - the best of any villa of this nature I've seen to date - you can actually swim little breaststroke laps in the pool - the main bedroom has the classic outdoor balinese bathroom with the biggest jacuzzi imaginable (we had trouble filling ours and then gave up) - the pool surrounds are gorgeous (fountains, water features, gardens etc
Rooms are large and comfortably appointed - dvd players and tv's abound - furnishings are lovely as well as comfortable - the tiled floors are always tricky when wet but that's just a matter of practice
We got a reduced price and were then - very pleasantly - upgraded -- even so - I still think this would be good value for groups of at least 4 people (ie two - three bedrooms) - other properties in the area with anything like this level of comfort and size are probably double the price
Service is excellent - to the point of making you feel over-indulgent (this takes a lot for me when on holidays btw) - our breakfasts were cooked in our own kitchen to order and were better than average for hotel breakfasts in Asia - which - let's face it - are always a bit dodgy anyway - other room service options are available but the best restaurants in bali are just outside so why bother
I have been coming to Bali for more than 20 years and have stayed in all styles of accommodation - including other private villa properties - this one is the best -- I read the reveiw of every other poster on this page and had a good giggle at many (most actually except for tom and biantara) of the comments and have addressed some of those below as well - from the sounds of them the posters have no idea about bali at all -- please forgive any sarcasm - it's masquerading as humour -- the typos however are all my own ...
The location is great - the only thing that would make it better would be closer proximity to the beach - but then I probably (definitely) wouldn't be able to afford it - plus - who doesn't check the location of their hotel on a map??? most private villas are much further away from the beach btw - I can only think of a couple that are closer
Seminyak is not noisy - it's the nicer, quieter end of town - where all the upmarket boutiques and restaurants are - if you want noisy go to Kuta - the comment about Seminyak being strange was also (have to say it) strange - most of the expats live in Ubud actually - all my friends do except one and he would cack to hear himself described in this way
Footpaths - all of bali and most of indonesia (actually most of SE Asia) have the same style of road/footpath - I've read complaint comments like this before from people who obviously don't research their holidays very well - walking around is neither uncomfortable nor unsafe - unless you somehow thought that it wasn't going to be extremely hot in Bali and have never walked around in SE Asia before
$50 per day for a driver and car and petrol is phenomenal value - the poster didn't get a professional tour guide bcause they didn't pay for one - this poster has seriously unreasonable expectations - driver means exactly that - driver - they know how to get you where you want to go and they are pleasant - that's about it
Room /hotel style service - no it's not a "real" hotel - it's a private villa - duh! that's possibly the dumbest comment of the lot - private villa's have self-contained facilities with some central services (usually bookings, breakfast, cleaning etc) - the service at this establishment is exceptional - one visit to cook breakfast (yes cook - on the spot) and clean the kitchen, another visit to clean the whole premises and a final visit just before dusk to spray for mozzies and change the outdoor lighting around for evening (i loved that bit) - i found the comment about the toothbrush not being replaced very amusing as well
Child friendly ??? - can you imagine a private villa with a nice metal pool fence around the artisitcally placed infinity pool - seriously people - you should have gone to Nusa Dua with all the other family groups who don't actually want to be in Bali at all
As a final comment - the towels are a kind of oatmeal/taupe/tan shade which matched the room decor admirably - other than the toothbrush comment - this is my fave
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