Our Travel Agent (Audrey Travel) recommended the Samaya as being a special place. The reviews on Trip Advisor we also very good so we was expecting it to be amazing but almost could not believe a hotel could be this good!
Everything was amazing.
Fast tracked through the airport which was a welcome after such a long flight. Cold drinks and towels offered before we got into the transit car.
On arrival at the hotel, we were taken to our Courtyard villa and was shown around our villa. Walking through double doors to our own 2 weeks of paradise was awesome. Yes, the pictures on the web site are true but you do not 'feel' how amazing they are until you are there! Welcome drinks served in the room which was a nice touch as it was much more relaxing and enjoyable. Wifi through the resort and in room was great as we were always online with no problems. Room pool and garden were cleared each morning by a team whilst we were at breakfast. Clean bed linen daily a second room tidy and refreshment in the evenings.
First time we have had daily laundry on holiday ( 4 pieces included in the tarrif). This was such a bonus and made a huge difference whilst we were there and washing on return. Toilettes in the room were excellent quality and plentiful and included aftersun and body lotion. The room was also supplied with ant killer and mossi sprays and burners which were another added bonus. Excellent quality flip fops too ! The pool size was amazing too !
Food - amazing. Breakfast choice was incredible and so nice to be NOT buffet style. We were encouraged to have as much as we wanted and limited in any way. French toast and eggs benedict were our favourites as well as banana lassie and nasi goreng. Afternoon tea was amazing, enjoyed within the villa and on the beach front enjoying the sun set. The selection changed daily , our favorites being a mini panacotta dessert with chocolate mouse and chicken and mango rolls. Occasionally we had lunch and the club sandwich was one of the best I have eaten ( funny thing as I always judge a hotel by the quality of the club sandwich!). Dinner in Breezes was amazing with stunning service, by far the best for quality and service in Seminyak. Initially we though the prices were expensive but actually there were similar to other good restaurants in the area. Mini bar ( which included chocolate and nuts) were refreshed daily and whether we were , we were offered chilled water and towels. At night we were left a treat - not just theboring chocolates you normally get but something different every night. From cup cakes to frencg maccoons to home made truffles and dried fruit - such a treat returning to your room at night!
The Spa was excellent with truly skilled therapists. Whilst the prices were on the higher side in Seminyak ( similar to UK prices), the quality was stunning both in terms of products and skill. The relaxing drinks of chilled lime juice and hot ginger and lemon grass were unique and complemented the treatments well. I have tried many spa's in hotels whilst on holiday and generally have been disappointed with the price and the poor quality. The Spa @ Samaya is truly worth visiting! The best resort spa I have tried.
The car service taking and collecting you from local restaurants was another added benefit. Used a few times but we actually quiet liked wondering around on foot. The reports suggested we were in the quieter part of Seminyak. We were actually within minutes from the best part of Seminyak ( quick route through Seminyak Square mall ). We were in the heart on the best resaurants and shops ! However did not get any noise at our villa from the local shops bars or othwer villas. Howevr secret in Bali is to take torch with you ! Paths are nightmare and lighting is not alway good!
We were initially going to stay at the Antara. Whilst this is a delux hotel , the sun area was very small and not private with lots of local sellers around. IT was also on the edge of the public beach. We visited the hotel a few times and there certainly was not the level of service there as seen in the Samaya. ( note food was excellent specially the tapas in the SOS bar) So pleased we selected the Samaya.
What made the Samaya special was the quality of the team lead by Roy Clarke. Hospitality in Bali is always attentive but what makes the Samaya special is how the balance being truly attentive whilst being very discrete as well as being genuinely concerned about your well-being and enjoyment. Everyone from security guards to room assisstants, personelly wanted to make sure you were happy. Nothing was forced or false. It felt as if the hotel team was a family rather than individuals working together. The hotel is also of a size which means you are important and not lost within the 100's of people staying. Immediately everyone know our names and this continued through the whole visit by everyone!
The building work was well hidden and did not compromise the holiday at all. We visited the show room and the new rooms look amazing however I think we prefer the courtyard villa's as the pools are larger and with more special gardens. However the new rooms have the most amazing outdoor showers and bathrooms.
This was an amazing trip. The privacy of the villa and quality of service and food made this holiday the best ever. It was expensive but what you got in comparison to other premium hotels was far in excess to the premiun we paid. It was certainly excellent value for money!
We intend to come back next year and also spend a few days at the hotel in Ubad too. You just get so much for your money !
Well done to Roy and his family !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samaya Seminyak has an outdoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 5-star Luxury Boutique Seminyak property features massage and treatment rooms, body treatments, and facial treatments. Business amenities at this 5-star Luxury Boutique property include complimentary wireless Internet access and business services. Samaya Seminyak has an award winning restaurant Breeze and a bar/lounge. 24-hour room service is available. Transportation services at this property include a complimentary airport shuttle (available on request) and a complimentary area shuttle within 2000metres. The staff can arrange wedding services, dry cleaning/laundry services, currency exchange, and computer rentals. Additional amenities include valet parking, a concierge desk, and a garden. ... more less
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