We stayed at the Oberoi for four nights in early June in a garden pool villa - room 204. Both the stunning villa pool and surrounding garden were huge (looking at the resort map, villa pool sizes vary, so I suspect we were lucky). Our villa room was smaller, comprising a stylish bathroom (one sink, tub and shower combined) and bedroom (no separate luggage/wardrobe area). The outdoor area was glorious, and we spent heaps of time by our pool reading, listening to music, going for dips and lazing on our daybed. A separate dining pavilion looked over the pool and garden. We often ducked out to dine at one of many terrific local restaurants or shop in the interesting Seminyak area, but always ended back by our fabulous pool.
On check-in we mentioned we were suffering Bali belly, and the hotel arranged for a doctor to visit our villa within the hour, to provide necessary medicines (expensive but worth it). We later received flowers, a get well card and extra bottles of water. Extraordinary housekeeping – I was out, but my husband described it as a parade of different specialist staff, such as pool attendants, gardeners, fruit providores, etc working together seamlessly to produce an immaculate result. We asked for two sun lounges (in addition to daybed) and these were delivered promptly without drama. The Oberoi also had a great newspaper service where they will deliver your local newspaper each day, a full print-out from internet.
The spa atmosphere is pleasant - the massages were simply outstanding, the best I had in Bali. I also had a good manicure. One reason we chose this hotel was its tennis court, but disappointingly it was shut for refurbishment.
The beach is pleasant for a walk - you will get wet feet crossing shallow channels either side. We didn’t go swimming in the sea, it looked a little dangerous, but the pounding waves were quite beautiful.
We liked breakfast and lunch at the Oberoi’s casual beachside restaurant Frangipane, the atmosphere was relaxed, the view was pleasant and the service excellent. Had dinner at the fine dining restaurant once, didn’t enjoy it, the experience felt contrived and awkward, especially in contrast to other local restaurants. Nice open-air bar (music bland). Best of all were meals or cocktails in our villa by the pool – while the menu was somewhat limited, the service was charming.
Loved the expansive, serene grounds. We would return to this resort for the fine location, the consistent lovely service, the massages and our villa pool/garden (especially if the tennis court is available).
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- Also Known As:
- The Oberoi Bali Hotel Seminyak
- Oberoi Hotel Bali
- Oberoi Hotel Seminyak
- Oberoi Bali
- Oberoi Seminyak
- Seminyak Oberoi
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