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Kanishka Villas
Ranked #48 of 421 Speciality Lodging in Seminyak
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amateur and Outdated”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Let me start in a positive attitude by saying that the reception staff are all extremely kind and charming to the extreme (I recall specifically the villa manager Kariana was incredibly helpful. We stayed in a 2bedroom Kanishka Villa in Bali during mid-July, unfortunately tainting our experience of our first time visit to the beautiful island.

While the setup of the villa is spacious and (for lack of a more appropriate word) tropical - meaning the entire sitting area is open-air with a jungle growing on top of you - the 'acting' general manager of the hotel was appallingly rude. This seems to be a common opinion among those who have crossed her path.

The carpeting, bedding, upholstery, tables chairs, towels are a few years old, and the years have taken their toll on them. The in-villa pool has a charming waterfall (which you can turn off if you don't like sleeping to the sound of Niagra Falls), however due to the jungle growing adjacent and directly on top of the pool, a multitude of stray leaves make their way into the water. Which means that the in-villa pool ends up resembling more of a dirty pond if you don't request its cleaning several times a day.

The bathrooms are spectacular although the water pressure could be a little stronger, and breakfast does get delivered to your villa dining table if you request it, which guests will enjoy if they get to it before the island insects discover there is a free feast laid out for the taking.

Despite all the above the stay was comfortable and we were content, however watch out for the mosquitos as they are on a mission to make you look like you have a case of the hives after about an hour of chilling outdoors.

Most disconcerting was the attitude of the 'acting' general manager, who handled our request for early checkout in the most unpleasant of manners, both insulting us by telephone and unabashedly trashing her training in any school of customer service that could possibly exist. But that story is for a different site.

Next on the list was the unfortunate construction noise coming from 3 feet away from our door, where new villas were being either constructed or renovated and the construction workers were particularly rowdy with both their voices and their machines. So we were witness to a dramatic rendition of an Indonesian radio drama series from 7am in the morning onwards.

Ultimately, the villa is spacious, located on a nice street that goes on and on and on and is host to great cafe/restaurants while being a few minutes away from one of the nicest streets in Seminyak called Oberoi street. And yes the Oberoi hotel is on that street, hence the name.

I'd recommend a stay here if you are on budget and have a big family since the dining room seats 6 and the living room up to 8.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Helsinki, Finland
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2014

My friends and I stayed at Kanishka for three nights in June. We were originally staying at Jimbaran Bay but felt that we should also experience the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. Our villa was amazing and it was an oasis of calm and luxury. We really appreciated that the breakfast was delivered to our room daily by the ever so friendly and competent staff. Our villa had its own pool and was wonderful and spacious. I am already looking forward to our next visit at Kanishka Villas.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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South Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

We booked the private pool villa and were amazed at the quality of accommodation. Central location, modern and clean facilities, amazing breakfast and wonderful afternoon treats. The staff were very helpful and were more than happy to do research and phone calls for you.

The location is so central that on the same road you can eat, shop, do yoga and have a massage (cheap and deluxe) within minutes.

Only negative is replacement of towels and coffee/tea after clean up but a quick phone call to reception and staff were happy to accommodate. And, we also had some neighbours having 3am domestics but this is no fault of the staff.

Well worth your investment!

  • Stayed July 2014
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2 Thank SuzieQj
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Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed in the 1 bedroom pool villa. The room was beautiful, a great mix of indoor-outdoor space. Breakfast coming to the room everyday was also wonderful, and the staff were very friendly and willing to help out and suggest things to see and do.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We stayed in one of the Jacuzzi rooms and it was lovely. Every morning breakfast was brought to the room and set up on the outdoor eating area. You needed to remember to order the night before, but even the night we arrived at 2am this all happened without a hitch.

The room was as advertised on the website. It was convenient to most things (Bali Deli just up the road) and the staff were lovely. The room was very clean and the bed very comfortable. The room was serviced daily and my only complaint about the stay was that they seemed to be concerned about clearing away old dishes etc. For example, I made a cup of tea the first morning of our stay (and drank half) which was still there the morning we left (three days later).

Overall it was a very nice place to stay... but it lacked 'personality'.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank aussiegirl77
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Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Pros:
- Friendliest staff
- Hotel is well located in Seminyak
- Nice spacious room with Jacuzzi
- Excellent breakfast

Cons:
- Lighting in the room was a little bit dim
- Overall, stay was very comfortable and enjoyable

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Shimal S
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2014

This was my second time at Kanishka, and I loved it as much as the first time. We stayed there for 3 nights. The villa was beautiful and we had our own private pool. Breakfast was brought to our villa and it was delicious. Our living room had a huge flat screen tv, a dvd player and good sound system. The staff was lovely and always available. Kanishka is definitely the best place to stay at Seminyak. I truly recommend it!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Morag P
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Property: Kanishka Villas
Address: Jalan Kunti 8Y, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #48 of 421 Speciality Lodging in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kanishka Villas 4.5*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kanishka Villas comprises 27 private luxury villas located in the heart of Seminyak, Bali's most popular tourism enclave. With 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom villas with their own private swimming pools, and 1-bedroom Jacuzzi Suites, honeymooners, couples and families are all welcome at Kanishka. Located down a quiet lane off Jalan Kunti, the villas and suites have immediate access to a wide range of restaurants, bars, boutique shops, spas, and the beach is within easy reach. ... more   less 
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Kanishka Villas Bali/Seminyak

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