My wife and I stayed at the Oberoi in Seminyak for 7 nights in August 2009. It was our first time in Bali, but in the past we had a number of holidays in the Indian Ocean (Maldives, Seychelles and Zanzibar), Thailand, Mexico... and, if you want or not, you still compare all those places... I am using TripAdvisor as my 'travel bible' and, after many hours spent reading reviews, I try to get realistic expectations about the hotel and resort.
To summarise, Oberoi in Bali exceeded my expectations and I would recommend it to anybody as good value (if you are prepared to eat/drink outside the hotel as well).
The hotel is in a quiet area of Seminyak about 30 minutes drive from the airport. It is in an older style hotel, but villas are very modern. We had a Lanai Graden Villa near the spa which was great - large room, very nice bathroom, lots of storage space and very, very clean. Couldn't be better for what we paid (there are hotels in Bali that are much more expensive). The hotel gardens are superb and well maintained. Swimming pool is old style, but clean with lots of beach chairs and umbrellas. And service is great - you get towels, free water, suncream and a waterspray to cool down.
The beach in front of the hotel is a public beach - meaning anybody can walk there (and that includes some beach sellers - they are not a problem - and some stray dogs - again no problem at all). The sunset is spectacular.
We stayed all the time by the large pool, but went into the sea when the waves weren't very high. It is usualy windy and there are waves - sea is not great for swimming, but it is nice to go into the ocean for a laugh. It is paradise for surfers.
The bar and restaurants are nice, but very expensive as mentioned in other reviews. If you eat/drink all the time in the hotel, it will be an expensive holiday. But if you are prepared to walk 5-10 minutes into Seminyak, there are a high number of restaurants and bars that are much cheaper and food is reasonable (my stomach is quite sensitive and I didn't have a problem, I think the average restaurant in Bali is cleaner than the average restaurant in the UK).
If you want to do trips, there is a lot to chose - you can hire a car with driver for a day for 85 US dollars and visit temples and see spectacular terraced rice fields. The best trip we did was a cycling tour down Mount Batur - really recommended, most of the cycling is downhill and relatively easy and you see the locals, villages, temples, nature...
All staff at Oberoi is excellent and they have a policy asking tourists not to give tips to staff directly (a 10% service charge is added to all the bills) - I think it is a great policy (unlike other resorts where they add 10% to everyhting as well, but all staff members expect tips and even ask for them).
Overall, we were very happy with our Bali holiday and with Oberoi Seminyak!
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- Seminyak Oberoi
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