After reading a lot of good things about this place, my partner and I decided to try it out in early January. The property is located in Sanur, on the East Coast of Southern Bali. The property is accessed from the main road via a beautiful and serene bamboo-lined driveway (see picture).
The property has a total of 23 villas, and we were in villa 20, one of the three 2-story 'Honeymoon Suites'. We booked it at a discounted rate through a local travel agency's website, BaliDwipa, but payment through the agency was a complex and time-consuming experience to say the least (they picked us up at our hotel to go to their office and get an imprint of our credit card, after having us fax them photocopies of our passports and credit card from Canada before our trip!).
The villa was beautiful and perfect in every way, with a couple of exceptions: 1- the outdoor shower had poor water pressure and was poorly set up in my opinion, making it kind of useless and, last but not least: 2- there were no smoke detectors in the villas (unless I'm blind), and if you consider the fact that the spiral staircase that leads up to the sleeping quarters is nothing else than a chimney with stairs, my guess is that if a fire ever breaks out on the main floor during the night, you'll be history in no time!
That being said, the villas are gorgeous (plus there is a 2-piece bathroom next to the bedroom upstairs), the private pool is a real pool (sorry for being opinionated here, but 'plunge pools' should not be called 'pools') and each villa is totally enclosed and private, which allows you to walk around and swim totally in the nude if that's your kind of thing...We found the staff to be kind and gracious (just like everywhere else in Bali), but lacking in experience and self-assurance.
Food and drink prices are extremely reasonable for this kind of property: the small Bintang beers in your villa fridge are about a dollar (large ones are $1.50!), and restaurant prices are much lower than at properties in this price range (a half bottle of Veuve Cliquot sells for under $50!). The food is not especially good though, especially given the fact that this property is part of the very upscale Relais & Chateaux brand (we ordered croissants and pastries for breakfast on our second morning, and they were nothing short of dismal).
All in all, an excellent stay that reminded us very much of a previous stay at the Uma Ubud, although I'd say the Uma was slightly better overall.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hidden in a quiet corner of Sanur, The Pavilions Bali makes for your calming moment of bliss. Set between a reef lagoon and stretches of white sand, this secluded spot offers peace, yet is conveniently close to Sanur’s main shopping area. Enjoy The Pavilions Bali charming, spacious villas and leave your worries behind. Our personalised butlers are at your call with unobstructive attention ensuring complete privacy. Relax at The Pavilions Spa with our signature massages with handcrafted aromatic oils, enjoy breakfast in you private villa. See the real Bali with our private tailored made island tours with our butler, let our chefs create delicious Balinese candlelit dinners for you at Jahe Restaurant or at your villa. See why our guests cannot wait to come back to The Pavilions again, book today on our website for exclusive offers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bali Pavilions Hotel Sanur
- The Pavilions Bali Sanur