When booking this accommodation online we had the option to "fast track" through immigration upon arrival in Bali. We took this option at a cost of $35 US each. Straight off the plane and a lady was standing with our names on paper and whisked us (what seemed like instantly) straight through airport. Other passengers were looking on in shock as they waited in line. This was a great choice and start of our trip!
As we neared the exit she accompanied us to our driver sent from the Villa, who also had our names clearly stated. He had a trolley waiting, loaded our bags with a smile then led us to the Villa's transport van that was refreshingly air conditioned.
Once we arrived we were dropped off straight at the door of #7 Villa and the driver efficiently loaded our bags into the living area (I carried as much as I could be he was quite intent!). Every room was chilled to perfection and looked immaculate.
Within minutes we had an army of employees at our Villa welcoming us and informing us of the breakfast details etc etc.
The breakfast options are great, is prepared for you at your choice of time in your Villa and the juices are freshly squeezed / blended. I admit that the breakfast was luke warm by the time we ate it but it was still very enjoyable. I recommend the "Healthy Start", flavoursome fruit with great yoghurt that is a perfect start to the hot, humid Balinese summer.
The bedrooms and bathrooms are very nice, and I found it hard to get out of the very comfortable bed! Nice sitting area beside the private pool, 2 lounge chairs on the pool and an outdoor shower that was greatly refreshing. Lots of natural light flooded the bathroom witch consisted of a spacious shower (huge shower head) and nice bath tub with jets.
The entrance to the Villa's driveway is manned 24 / 7 by very friendly security and the scooters they had for rent were new, great condition Honda's. Just gave them my name and Villa # and I was cruising the streets of Bali in no time.
Every night around 6 pm, 2 employees would come to spray the Villa to keep the bug problem down. Not once did we feel forgotten about, quite the opposite actually.
One night during heavy rain the power went out. I called the front desk and within 1 1/2 minutes there was someone flipping the switch on the fuze box with a smile.
To be honest, I felt a bit like a celebrity from being looked after so well by so many different people.
I found myself having good discussions and laughs with the guys at the reception / security and they would answer any question I had and book anything, anywhere no problem.
No major problems during our 10 day stay. O.k, so the TV wasn't an amazing flat screen but who goes on holiday to sit in front of the box? Also, it would of been nice to have a sound system in the living area or outside. Not a big issue as again, you will be out checking out the beautiful scenery! More than likely have your laptop with tunes anyway.
At the end of our 10 days our flight was at 10:20 pm but check out was 12:00 pm. We arranged a late check out at 2 pm, with us to leave our luggage somewhere behind reception until the driver took us to the airport. Once hearing that our flight was not until 10:20 pm, we received a call from the manager telling us to keep all of our things in our Villa until the arranged pick up time at 6:30 pm (with no extra charge). This little gesture impressed us both veery much and helped us out greatly.
It was a little sad to say goodbye to the crew that looked after us so well for the time we spent, but we both were ready to get back home. Not because of the Villa, just that 10 days in Bali is plenty, believe me!
I'm very shocked to see the two negative reviews before this. Are they sure it was this place?!?!
As far as "GlobalTraveller1903's - A Con Job" review, if he was so concerned about the room wouldn't you have a quick bite to eat then get back to the Villa to sort it out ASAP? Not stay out until midnight partying?
I recommend The Residence Seminyak to anything contemplating on a place to stay. It's just off the main strip of Seinyak so therefore nice and quite but only 2 minute walk to the strip.
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- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our villa estate is only 20 minutes drive from the International Airport and is nestled in the most fashionable district of Bali, called Seminyak. We are located within a minutes’ walk to Bali’s famous Eat Street with lots of popular restaurants, fashionable boutiques, prestigious art shops and clubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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