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Bonsai Villas
Ranked #107 of 149 Hotels in Seminyak
Reviewed 27 February 2013

We booked 2 villas on basis of positive reviews. Villas are nice enough in general. Staff are very friendly and helpful, there are no complaints whatsoever about them. The lounge area is an open plan and open on 2 1/2 sides to outside. When the weather is hot and humid, this area is useless as it is far too uncomfortable to sit in there in the heat with only an overhead fan blowing hot air. It is then necessary to spend most of your time in the airconditioned bedroom. The TV is located in the bedroom, which in this case was a positive. The towels didn't appear that clean. We did note that it was necessary to take quick showers but didn't expect the hot water to run out within 2 minutes (this was the case in the 2 villas we had - not an isolated case). In certain weather conditions, and because there is absolutely no shade surrounding the pool, the temperature of the pool water was unbearably warm, warmer than any spa I have been in. I wish I could say better about the villas but I need to be honest. The staff are very good. I have stayed in Bali 11 times and have experienced better accommodation for the money they are now asking.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Travelling-Leolion
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bonsaiseminyakbali, Owner at Bonsai Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2013

In reply to your review let me point out we have no control over the weather , perhaps in Australia you do.A ceiling fan delivers cool air more in an open room than closed.Our individual hot water units have sufficient hot water for 3 normal showers there`s only a slight problem if one guest uses in excess then the rest must wait a few minutes -i know as i have the same unit in my own home of 3.5 adults.However in the hot season most guests use only warm or cold water. In our villas we have a notice ; if you have any suggestions or complaints please advise the staff or myself so the problem can be rectified if possible.
Our rates according to a Trip Adviser survey places us in the top 20 hotel/villas for value in INDONESIA not just Bali.
Kind regards
Rudi ( owner manager)

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Reviewed 22 February 2013

We tried this on the recommendation of a friend who had been to Bali before. We were on a tighter budget than the usual Bali prices and this place was very reasonable with very clean rooms and tastefully decorated. I liked that it was quiet and a little out of the way. If you get what you pay for here, then this place is a great deal!

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Bonnie D
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Reviewed 17 February 2013

We have just returned from a 2 week stay in Bali at Bonsai Villas.
It is a Japanese inspired paradise tucked in behind Bintang supermarket, well hidden from the hustle and bustle of the main road. In fact it is so quite during the day you get to hear the many birds that are local to the area and at night if your lucky you get to hear the Geckos talk to each other. It is so nice to wake up in the morning (10.00am) and not have to rush down for breakfast and just relax. The staff at Bonsai are so good they have this uncanny knack to know that you have left the premises and attend to your room, even if it is 4.00 in the afternoon. Impeccable rooms, impeccable service, it has all been said by the other fellow travelers who have stayed here. Also Many thanks to Rudi, Muss and the other guys at Bonsai for allowing us to stay with you. Nearly forgot, thanks for all those yummy cappuccinos and biscuits that were delivered to us morning, noon and night.
The beauty of Bonsai Villas is that the location is all you will ever want. Close to everything, shops, restaurants, money changers what ever you need it is all here. It is only a short taxi ride to downtown Kuta and it’s shopping areas.
Thanks guys so much. (^_^). Two very, very relaxed and happy travelers, we would give you 6 stars but TripAdvisor only has room for 5 SORRY.

Room Tip: Peak Season you need to book early. You won't be disappointed.
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 February 2013 via mobile

Very nice. Beautiful decore. Private villas. Shared pool was very nice. Only 4 villa units, so nice and peaceful.

Understand these are partial-outside villas. Only the bedroom is fully enclosed. Expect a few geckos, minor ants etc. Mosquitos during the day after rainfall.. The house keeping staff is very good. At night they slip in and light mosquito coils, which takes care of the mosquitos all night. Very comfortable sleeps!

Cons:
Far from the beach. Rp20-50,000 taxi to get there.
Little hot water. Conserve & use sparingly.
Bathroom sink completely clogged up with dirty water when used.
Poor WiFi signal in the rooms.
Bathroom & kitchen could use a deep cleaning.

All in all, a great place to stay! Peaceful relaxing atmosphere. Recommend!

  • Stayed: February 2013
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bonsaiseminyakbali, Owner at Bonsai Villas, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2013

thank you for the positive remarks in your review.there is a notice in the villas requesting guests to advise the staff or myself if they have a suggestion or complaint about their villa .as for a blocked handbasin goodness knows what a previous gust must have put down it but i note it was attended to minutes after your complaint..for 99% of guests the hot water supply is quite adequate for 2 persons, one after the other.our villas are cleaned every day ,if not to your satisfaction you only had complain and discuss it .we do our best at all times for our guests which is verified by so many reviewers.the beach is appox. 10 mins walk ,if you chose to take a taxi the short distance charge is rp 25.000 = au$2.50 Much less the you would pay in an other country

rudi (owner manager)

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Reviewed 9 February 2013

Visited in Jan. 2013. The layout of each villa is generous and superb. Open air lounge and kitchen with great attention to detail. Rather glam in a oriental style. Close off the door and you have a generous bedroom with aircon and privacy. The bathrooms are gorgeous and tasteful. Did not see another guest during my 4 night stay. A little weird but a good experience. The staff are most helpful. You are close to all yet peaceful. Rather unique in Seminyak!

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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 February 2013

The villas are modern, large and beautiful with all amenities needed, built in a fascinating Japanese style. The kitchen area is excellent, the tv has got lots of international channels, the DVD is working well etc. The pool feels clean and nice, the location is good and the whole staff is brilliant.
What some visitors might find extra interesting is the fact that only the bedroom is "indoors", the kitchen/living room area and the bathroom is "outdoors", meaning that if you shower while it's raining you definitely get wet and you tend to have geckos staring at you when you're taking a dump.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank StoffeH
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

I found Bonsai Villas on Tripadvisor. We usually stay further up in Seminyak but thought that this time it would be nice to be somewhere different. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised and were greeted by the owner, Rudi, and his staff.
Our villa was beautifully presented and we couldnt believe how close it was to eveything......its down the lane from Binang Supermarket...very handy.
A few things about Bonsai. When we arrived we went straight into the pool but found it so warm it was like having a bath. Next day we did the same, this time very early in the morning thinking that the previous day it was warm because of the weather. However, we heard from another guest that the pump had not been working for 3 days and hence the warmth of the pool and the slight discolouration of the water. I would have thought that, as guests, we would have been informed of this.
Also the electricity and water both went off several times during our 4 night stay. This is not anyone's fault bar the infrastructure of Bali, however, once again it would have been nice for a staff member just to call around and inform us that this happens quite a bit there and things will return as normal whenever????
All in all a great little place to stay in a very convenient location.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bonsai Villas

Address: Jl. Raya seminyak gang keraton 188 | seminyak, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta District > Seminyak
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#40 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#78 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range: £26 - £43 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bonsai Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bonsai Villas offers spacious uniquely designed Asian and Japanese style fusion accommodation.Built with natural teak timber and tasteful antique furniture gives a serene relaxing atmosphere.In this quiet haven you will feel a sense of special friendliness free from everyday pressures.Situated in the centre of Seminyak,within walking distance to shops,restaurants, night life and all the excitement of this area.You will arrive as guests and leave as friends. ... more   less 
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