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“An idyll in the midst of chaos”
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Bonsai Villas
Ranked #101 of 143 Hotels in Seminyak
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“An idyll in the midst of chaos”
Reviewed 7 July 2013

What a delightful spot. Spent a few nights here and was pleasantly relaxed amidst the serenity. Beautifully designed and superbly outfitted. Could self cater or eat at the local eateries. Was relaxed and found this spot to my liking.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

We have just returned from an 8 day stay at Bonsai Villas, which I located through tripadvisor. We had a fantastic time staying in villa 3. The 24 hour staff couldn't do enough for us from cold drinks and towels on arrival to cappuccinos throughout the stay. The villas are located within walking distance to most things we required, including a gigantic supermarket and yet they are serene and very tastefully decorated. We were amazed at the attention to detail by the staff, including the folding of fresh towels into animal shapes every day. We would certainly recommend Bonsai Villas to others and plan to stay there on our next Bali visit.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally quiet and close to reception and the pool
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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bonsaiseminyakbali, Owner at Bonsai Villas, responded to this review, 7 July 2013
Dear Maxine
Well what can we say.You have really put a chip on our shoulders .A wonderful review from wonderful guests who were a real delight to attend to.I must say all our guests receive the same attention but unfortunately many are short stays,or on business which denies us the opportunity really get to know them.However our excellent staff give their best to all who stay at Bonsai.
we all look forward to your next visit.
Kind regards
Rudi
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Cessnock, Australia
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

We spent 3 weeks in Villa 3, at Bonsai Villas in May & loved it. It was our fourth stay there and we will continue to return each year as the villas are beautiful, the location is great & best of all are Rudi & his team. Nothing is ever too much trouble. Whenever we had friends over they would offer coffee & biscuits free of charge. One morning on our way out I requested a bedside light ( in addition to the existing builtin bed light ) and it was there by the time we got back. We loved the animal shapes they made from the towels each day. It was so nice being so warmly greeted each time we saw Rudi & the boys. They were always happy to chat. We can't wait to return next year, it has become our home away from home.
Mosquitoes can sometimes pose a problem in Bali. We never had that problem at Bonsai because every night the boys would ensure that the coils were placed in the rooms.
A big thank you to Rudi and his team.

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  • Stayed May 2013
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Main Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

We recently spent 11 nights at the Bonsai Villas (Villa No. 3). The villas are really conveniently located down an alley way off the main drag that runs between Kuta and Seminyak. The Bintang Supermarket is a 50 mtre walk away and restaurants and shopping
are all close by. You are close to the beach however allow a 10 min walk to get to either Legian or Seminyak beach. We really did like the Japanese inspired decor of the villas and they were very spacious. The kitchen was well set up and allowed us to make breakfast or small meals if we wished to stay in (a sink plug and tea towel would be a welcome addition).
The bed was one of the most comfortable we have had in a holiday accomodation. The staff were also absolutely lovely. However .... our villa was not very clean and despite the fact that the towels had be laundered they were in fact very grey and stained. A couple of times we had to ask for towels as we were not provided with enough and on one evening mosquito coils were not placed in our room and we got well bitten throughout the night (the villas are not totally enclosed and there are no mosquito nets). There was no shade around the pool and over a two day period we could not swim in the pool as the water had turned murky due to it not being tested and treated. Also there was another set of villas behind ours and in the evening it would be quite noisy with the sounds of other holiday makers in their pool. As we said - great location - spacious villas however a lot of room for improvement. We would stay there again - No.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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bonsaiseminyakbali, Owner at Bonsai Villas, responded to this review, 3 July 2013
Thank you for your review.Before commenting on specific complaints i wish to draw you attention to the fact that in all our villas we have a notice which reads;

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR STAY AT BONSAI . IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR COMPLAINTS PLEASE TELL THE STAFF OR RUDI BEFORE TELLING YOUR FRIENDS ETC.MOST THINGS CAN BE RECTIFIED SWIFTLY , SOME ARE OUT OF OUR CONTROL
WE APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION .

The only complaint you made was the day you arrived and found a little dust on the living room cabinet.
Our villas are cleaned daily, as is the laundry.
Mosquito nets are available on request.Coils are placed in the villas when guests go out for dinner.If missed JUST ASK we have 24 hour staff.
Tea towels are available if requested but not left in the villas to clean shoes etc.
The pool is professionally attended to daily, unfortunately because of the out of season rain its sometimes difficult to clear, oily surface is due to excessive suntan lotion which can take time to remove.
There are 4 pool loungers plus another 1 in each villa which can be taken outside to make 8 if a request is made to the staff.We do not cater for outside visitors to guests but do endeavor to make them welcome.
As for our price of $100.00 per night please note; trip adviser has placed us in the top 20 hotel / villas in Indonesia not just Bali.
Kind regards
Rudi
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Perth
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stayed in villa 4 recently and found the villa rather nice however, as some other reviews point out, the air conditioning is only in the bedroom and some people might find this a bother as it can be very hot in the lounge area even with the overhead fan. The staff are delightful and take care of you. They have a great sense of humour. They do amazing 'origami' things with the towels. Every time we returned after the room was cleaned we found cute little animals made out of towels on our bed. Unfortunately, when it came time to unravel the towels for a shower they were stained. They had been washed but still had stains on them. The pool was not particularly clean and there is nowhere to sit in the shade as it in in full sun for most of the day. We didn't use the pool for three days during our stay because it had an oily film over it and was cloudy. Even a couple of large umbrellas over the four pool lounges would have helped to give a little shade. There are 4 villas and only four pool lounges, nowhere else to sit by the pool. Take your own tea towels to dry your dishes as they are not supplied. Villa 4: the bathroom is open and mosquitos can get into the bedroom from the bathroom. Villa 3: the bathroom is enclosed and less vulnerable to mosquitos. Mosquito coils are placed in the villas at night by staff. We did not cook during our stay and so in terms of value for money, we would rather stay in cheaper cottages elsewhere. If you do want to cook your own meals, then the extra facilities might be worth paying for. If the towels were cleaner, the pool was cleaner and a little shade provided over the pool lounges then we would recommend this property. Thank you to the staff for taking care of us during our stay.

Room Tip: Villa 3 is nicer than villa 4! But close the front blind during the day to keep it cool.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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bonsaiseminyakbali, Owner at Bonsai Villas, responded to this review, 7 July 2013
DearJill
Thank you very much for your positive comments.Some of your suggestions have now been executed .Please see the above reply to your friend dee/d for our replies to further concerns.
The staff and i look forward to your return visit
Kind regards
Rudi
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Otaki, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 May 2013

My husband & I stayed at Bonsai Villas in March 2013 - this was our second stay - we enjoyed the villas so much on our last visit in 2011 that we automatically rebooked here. This villas - although only within a couple minutes from the shops - including the supermarket - are so quiet and relaxing. The kitchen/lounge area is open & very spacious and comfortable - I had a daily massage in our villa which was so convenient - which was immediately organised by Rudi upon request. Rudi was very helpful in organising many of our trips - and his knowledge of the local restaurants etc. was wonderful. This saved us alot of time & all the recommendations he made were great - which obviously will make us stay at the villas again. The fact that there are only 4 villas there is such a bonus - as the majority of the time we were the only ones in the pool - hence there was never any noise factor. The staff were wonderful - they were so helpful at all times. Thank you Rudi & your great staff - when we come back to Bali next year - we will indeed be rebooking at Bonsai Villas.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 5 May 2013

This well-priced villa is in an excellent location, perfectly quiet and relaxing and with wonderfully friendly, gentle staff who are always most obliging. Rudi, the owner, is a delightful man and most accommodating. Love the Japanese decore and the fact that delicious Bali coffee is supplied in your villa, so together with the purchase of some delicious bread and jam from the nearby Bali Deli, gives you the opportunity of have a simple breakfast in your villa if you want a change from all the wonderful breakfast places in Eat Street! The open area of your villa is very comfortable and we had very few mosquitoes due to the staff's diligence in burning the coils each night. Information regarding laundry, massages, nearby restaurants is all available and an excellent service is offered by Rudi in that your refrigerator is stocked with water available to purchase at nearby supermarket prices. You are also given two bottles of water each day. All in all, a delightful place. John & Lois

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bonsai Villas
Address: Jl. Raya seminyak gang keraton 188 | seminyak, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > 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
#73 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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