After reading the below review I feel compelled to write my own. I feel that if I had read the below when checking trip advisor before travelling I would have cancelled my booking immediately! Please read my review before you make your decision.
We negotiated a price of around $230/night during Peak Season (Christmas Day to New Years Day). For a one bedroom villa in Seminyak, this is at the bottom end of the scale for a modern, CLOSED IN (not completely but almost) villa like this. When doing my research I found most other villas in this price bracket were wide open plan villas (ie no walls outside of the bedroom), which I wasn't willing to settle for in Bali's rainy season. This was the right choice as it rained at least in part on every day of our trip.
I'll touch on all of the aspects:
Booking Process: Dealt with 'Yenni' who was great. She kindly endured all of my questions and requests of which there was many! She also negotiated a hire car for us at a local rate, and organised a driver for us. (Hire car was 180 000/per day, driver was 150 000/for an eight hour day)
Check-in: Fantastic. We arrived at 5am Christmas Day and although we had not paid for the night before were checked straight in. Also were provided with breakfast in our villa when we woke up a few hours later which I was not expecting having not paid for the previous night. The complex must have increased staff since some of the other below reviews as we had two staff collect us from the airport, someone else check us in and house-keeping to take our bags to the room and also give us a tour of the villa.
Villa: I have attached photos of our villa which was beautiful. We were in Villa C which is one of the front villas. The lounge room, bedroom and bathroom were all massive and air con was ice cold. The outdoor setting had faded in the sun (bright red canvas probably not the best choice of covering for an outdoor setting in the tropics), but we didn't use them so it didn't really bother me. The pool was a great size and the layout of the villa was beautiful. Half of the pool is actually semi-indoors and ends at french doors at the foot of the gigantic bed. (The impression I got from the website was that there was no door between the bed and the pool which I was a little worried about!)
The kitchen is really just a bar, with a sink, a kettle and a mini-bar. Didn't bother us as we had no plans to cook during our trip.
In no way did the cleanliness of our villa resemble the photos below and we would of been walking straight back out if it did! The only thing I can think of for the massive variation when it seems as though our trips actually overlapped, was perhaps if their booking was lost the villa they were placed in was not meant to have guests and therefore had not been cleaned for a while? (This is still not acceptable).
Location: The villa is, as detailed by others, at the end of an unsealed road which is apparently because other villas are currently being constructed along side it. When we first arrived from the airport our hearts sunk as were bounced down this track expecting to be dropped off at a shante! However, the villas are just off sunset road, two minutes from the main strips in Seminyak. As I mentioned we had organised a driver for the entire trip and I would recommend this to others. It was no problem getting a taxi home however getting taxis to come to the villa to collect us was a problem. Not sure if this would be a problem outside of peak season, but for $15 aussie a day having a driver was a great convenience.
Room Service/Staff: Around half the staff spoke very good English, the other half did not. I think these were mainly the house keeping staff rather than front of house however late at night and sometimes early in the morning the staff we encountered a communication problem with the staff on duty. Having said this, all staff were very friendly and polite. They have obviously been told they are not to enter villas under any circumstance without permission, this became quite annoying however as we actually had to physically leave our villa in the rain to open the door for them for the first few days as they didn't understand "Come in" or "OK" and so stood outside in the rain until we opened the door.
Once again, I just want to reiterate our villa was clean and couldn't be further from the unfortunate experience of the reviewer below. When we checked in it was pristine and was cleaned to a high standard every day. One day we were in our pool when house-keeping came in the morning and a team of two staff spent over an hour cleaning and replenishing the room. The room was also turned down every night.
Overall, I think the reviewers below have got it right. The villa itself was beautiful however there were details here and there which were missing. I have stayed in other villas in Seminyak which were levels above and beyond this place, however they also had a higher price tag to accompany them. If you want a great looking villa in a location close to all the restaurants and bars in Seminyak and are willing to spend a bit of extra time communication your needs and directing staff, this is a really affordable way of getting it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amor Bali Villas & Spa ideally located in secluded area of Seminyak, which is known with the luxury lifestyle and up market, product target, such as luxury villas, famous restaurants, boutiques, and night life spots.Entering the villa complex, the cozy atmosphere and warmth of the ambience can be feeling from the designs of the villa and features ponds which located in the front of the lobby area.By the hospitality 7 days of 24 hours from our services will be welcoming you and provide all the information about Bali and beyond. The modern concept is also brought to the each of 14 villas with modern element of interiors and design in every detail, and it’s available in super king size bed. featuring a private swimming pool, living room, Tea and Coffee making facilities, and spacious bathroom with separate rain shower and bathtub, bio air conditioning, wardrobe, Home theater with 42” LCD TV, and simple luxury of bed’s design will make the guest who comes for leisure or honeymoon can feels like in their own home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amor Bali Villa Hotel Seminyak
- Amor Bali Villa Seminyak