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The Ulin Villas & Spa
Ranked #3 of 146 Hotels in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Berlin, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
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“You can't go wrong with this one”
Reviewed 23 November 2010

There are plenty of private villas in Bali to choose from and anyone who visits Bali (or plans to) is aware of that. Deciding where to put your money is quite a task, as it was for us. The excel file we put together (a little cost and benefits analysis for all our options!) showed many winners but we went ahead with the Ulin Villas for the Tripadvisor reviews and ranking, and Ulin Villas' response to our email enquiry. The preliminary correspondence itself was a wonderful indication of Mr. Wayan (the Manager) and his team.
Ulin did not disappoint. At all.
The airport pickup was just right, with a very friendly driver. I think he is called Yudi.
The check-in was efficient and the villa, a dream. We stayed in Villa 11 (I think), a one bedroom villa that was beautifully done up. Since this was our post-wedding holiday, we weren't surprised to find a lovely arrangement of firangipani flowers and rose petals. A lovely touch, among many others. Bali is all about the details.
We've had the opportunity to stay in a few private villas and suites off-late and I can safely say that we haven't come across a better sized private pool or bath tub. The water's also constantly recycled, so it stays clean and clear the entire time.
Our package included a couple's spa treatment (a deep tissue massage that actually put me in a meditative/spiritual sort of state) that we opted to have done in our villa, on private massage tables next to the pool. Both the therapists were wonderful and this is easily the best spa experience I've ever had. I chose to go back to their spa on our last day at Ulin VIllas before we proceeded to another property in Bali (a bigger resort in Nusa Dua- a far fry from this private villa, but equally charming). The spa experience was a well priced treatment and worked wonders for me.
I must also talk about the bath and shower products available to the guests- which were par excellence. I loved a volcanic ash soap that was left in our shower on one of the days (it's not the same product everyday- another fine touch) and found it the best bath product I've ever used. I even went looking for it on many of the island's stores but wasn't lucky.
Finally, I must recognise the food at Ulin Villas- be it the daily butler-served breakfast or the private barbeque at our villa. It was commendable!
The room-service menu (Ulin doesn't have a restaurant but you won't really miss it) was quite extensive and very interesting, with options from the local Balinese and Indonesian cuisine to almost designer-dishes influenced by Japanese, Indian and European cuisine. Every breakfast was a surprise that we looked forward to on waking up. As for the private barbeque, we could pick two kinds since it was two of us. I picked the Balinese barbeque while the husband preferred the Mixed barbeque. With lots of grilled meats, satays and sauces prepared on the grill right next to us, we were pampered with options and flavours by the two butlers. They were both wonderful.

The Ulin Villas wasn't just an accommodation, it was an experience.

A final note. If you have travelled in SE Asia, you must be aware how no other region can beat it's hospitality. However, elsewhere in SE Asia, I have found this hospitality to be quite cosmetic where people are often smiling because it's their business. Bali is complete with genuine hospitality people smile in earnest. Ulin Villas was a fine example of such hospitality. My husband and I would love to be back there sometime in the future.

To Ulin Villas: The only recommendation I could conjure up is- please install hand-held shower-heads in your next renovation round. There were a couple of times when I could have used a more mobile shower-head as opposed to the wall-mounted shower (washing our diving suits etc.) That is ALL I could come up with. Please continue your wonderful work with Ulin.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 3 December 2010
Dear “mcblr”

Thank you very much for your review and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay so much at The Ulin Villas and Spa, Seminyak. Our commitment is delivering truly memorable experience with genuine care. We highly value your suggestion to have hand-held shower head in the bathroom. We look forward to welcoming you back again.


Warm regards,

Wayan Winawan
General Manager
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 22 November 2010

Just returned from a great stay at Ulin Villas. Friends had previously stayed at this property based on the great reviews on Trip Advisor so we decided to try this property also.

We were greeted with a big smile from Wira and shown around our beautiful One Bedroom Pool Villa. The Villa is spacious and has everything you need for a lengthy stay (10 nights in our case). Best feature is the pool - larger than a plunge pool, beautiful landscaping & great to laze about for a whole day. The Villa itself was well maintained, spotless & very private. My only issue was the lighting in the bathroom (a bit dark) and the bed was way too firm. But after a few Bintangs the firm bed didn't bother us!

The service at Ulin, from the maintenance staff right through to the front desk was brilliant. We were always greeted with a smile and a hello, nothing was too much trouble. It felt like we were coming back to our own little home each time we'd been out for the day.

We opted to have the breakfast made in the Villa a couple of mornings - nice to wake up to! The food was good, not 5 star standard but no complaints. We ended up going to Grocer & Grind just down the road for good proper coffee most days though. Sometimes it's nice to get out & about instead.

Our Villa was cleaned each morning without fail and each evening they light candles around the pool which just looked magical. The location is also just off the main restaurant street so most nights we just walked to dinner or rode our motorbike. The staff will also organise their car to take you if you plan on having a few drinks. Highly recommend Sarong for a special dinner if you get the chance - gorgeous surroundings, great cocktails & food.

Overall Ulin was a great experience & good value for money. I recommend checking their website direct for good package specials.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 3 December 2010
Dear “nicolelovesjack”

Thank you very much for your review and it was a pleasure to have you staying with us on your recent Bali trip. We are happy to find that you have very much enjoyed the villa, the service and we are delighted to hear that you highly talk about our team. We sincerely appreciate your comments and suggestions on some issues so that we may persistently improve our standard. We look forward to welcoming you again on your future Bali holiday.


Kind regards,

Wayan Winawan
General Manager
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 22 November 2010

From the moment we walked out of the airport and were greated by a staff member from Ulin I knew that it was going to be great experience. The cold drink and cold face washer was much appreciated. We were able to check in early into our villa which was terrific as we anticipated that we would have to do a just a drop off with our luggage as we had an very early flight from Australia. The villa was exactly as I viewed it on the internet. The staff were extremely curtious and were helpful with directions and advice especially as to where to go for the best money changers. We did get caught out once by just changing money on the main street - that was our fault we were advised not to but we needed cash at the time and thought - they can't be as bad as people say - we were wrong - use an ATM or ask to be driven to the official money changers. Ulin arranged for an English speaking driver for the day to take us to Ubud and surrounds -he was terrific - every cab you catch asks you if you want to do a day trip with them but I would suggest that for a small amount extra take advantage of Ulin arranging it for you. The food at Ulian was first rate in both the cooked breakfast and room service and the cost for room service was not expensive. The Spa at Ulin was a dream - we had a one hour massage included in our package and my husband has never had a massage before so this was taking him out of his comfort zone - he throughly enjoyed it so much that we booked in for a 2 hour herbal massage before we left to come home and it was bliss. Best to have the massage in spa if you prefer airconditioning rather than outside in the heat. We had a late flight out of Bali and Ulin was able to accomadate us with late check out which was perfect to be able to shower and freshen up before leaving for the airport. I could go on and on about the staff and facilities and would highly recommend anyone staying at the villas. If there is a crititism it would be the lighting is not great for reading especially in the bedroom. Would recommend "Grocer & Grind for good coffee and their food is great. It was terrific to find that Ultimo was just at the end of the street - I could have eaten there every night - but we didn't - Chandi, La Luc, Ku De Ta and for a special night Metis - wine was expensive but the cocktails cheaper than other places we went to - truely a dining experience. Do yourself a favour and stay at Ulin.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 3 December 2010
Dear “MausandDen”

We are delighted to read your review and we are thrilled to know that you had a great time and amazing stay with us. We look forward to see you again on your upcoming Bali visit.


With warm regards from all,

Wayan Winawan
General Manager
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Perth, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed 20 November 2010

We stayed here in June 2010 for a short break (taken some time to get round to writing reviews!) and it was just wonderful.

We were amazed at the size of the villa and the pool. Fantastic service from all the staff, nothing was too much trouble. Also extremely peaceful and quiet around the villa but then no distance at all from Eat Street and some great restaurants. Great having breakfast made for us in the villa every morning (although not everything is made from scratch, eg panckages). Also had the private BBQ which was delicious - so much food!

Only minor complaint would be that the wi-fi didn't really work for us in the villa, we had to use the laptop in the lobby (where no air conditioning!) or take our laptop up ourselves. Didn't really detract from a wonderful stay though.

Would definitely return.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 3 December 2010
Dear “TempinPerth”

Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and we highly value your review. We are delighted to hear that you loved the private pool villa and the service rendered. We sincerely appreciate your comments on our wi-fi connection where it is now been upgraded. We have added more access points in order to provide internet connection that meets our guest expectation. Thank you once again for your review and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

Kind regards,

Wayan Winawan
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Reviewed 14 November 2010

I I agreed with all the positive comments posted. This hotel is amongst my top 3. The service, staff, the style of the villa, spa & everything else was impeccable. The villa is so private & tranquil. My husband & I really had a fantastic time & have not stopped raving about it to friends & family since we got back. So well done to everyone who made our stay so memorble.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 3 December 2010
Dear “highgate32”

We sincerely thank you for the review and we are delighted to find that you have very much enjoyed your stay with us on your recent Bali holiday. We truly look forward to welcoming you again on your next Bali vacation.

Warmest regards,

Wayan Winawan
General Manager
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 13 November 2010

Excellent service. Nothing to complain. We were simply blown away with the attention given. All my feedbacks during the stay were acted upon without delay.

Room was decent but we love the huge bathtub. Bed was comfortable as we slept well. Love the huge private pool which I swam every morning, afternoon and night.

The kids love it especially the Seminyak beach and the staff gladly drive us there. Walking back was ok and convenient as we can drop by Seminyak Square along the way for some grocery shopping. The main road, Jalan Laksmana, was dotted with many restaurants so eating out is not a concern as these eateries are within walking distance.

We love the privacy and attention given to us during our stay. The kids had fun learning how to make penjor from a friendly gentleman (I believe from housekeeping dept).

Each morning the chefs will greet us smilingly and serve up a good delicious breakfast in our villa. After preparing us the breakfast, they will ask us if there is anything else we need before leaving, each morning without fail. This simple gesture itself made our day a good start.

Perhaps the only minor issue I have is the laptop software which need to be updated/upgrade as some of the websites I accessed for financial market news is on newer version of Internet Explorer. But this is minor issue.

We will definitely go back for our next stay.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 22 November 2010
Dear “bernardpang”

Thank you very much for taking your valued time to post your review. We are happy to know that you and your family had an amazing time with us. We also delighted to find that your kid love our unique children program. I truly appreciate your comments about our laptop (available at the lobby) which its software request to be updated to meet the most recent business requirement. Thank you very much once again and we look forward to welcoming you and your family again in the future.

Kind regards,

Wayan Winawan
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Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed 9 November 2010

we stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and it was like a dream came true! wat u see is exactly wat u get!!!! the service, location was wonderful!!! shame that our stay was soooo short but ulin's villa is amazing!!! im a convert and will definitely go back there when i fly to bali again!!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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winawan, General Manager at The Ulin Villas & Spa, responded to this review, 22 November 2010
Dear “Hanin_Anjelika”

We are delighted to read your review. Thank you very much for choosing to stay at The Ulin Villas and Spa on your recent Bali Holiday. We are pleased to hear that you loved your stay and had a great time with us. We are excited and look forward to welcoming you again on your future Bali trip.

With warm regards,

Wayan Winawan
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Property: The Ulin Villas & Spa
Address: Jl. Merta Sari, Seminyak Kuta 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#3 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
#5 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#5 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#17 Business Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Ulin Villas & Spa 4.5*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For the ultimate Bali holiday experience in the heart of the evolving Seminyak lifestyle district, The Ulin Villas & Spa is the place to be. This multi award-winning villa retreat puts you in the vicinity of world-class restaurants, vibrant boutiques and after-dark hotspots on the beach. It is located just off Bali's famous "Eat Street" where everyone comes to enjoy food, fashion and fun. Following its recent aesthetic refurbishment, The Ulin Villas & Spa reinterprets contemporary Balinese design through customized interiors and luxurious touches. Each villa is a tropical sanctuary cocooned within a native garden featuring its own private swimming pool and essential modern home comforts. At The Ulin Villas & Spa, we understand the importance of relaxation and spending quality time with loved ones. Trained in the art of Balinese hospitality, our team is on hand to ensure that all of your needs are taken care of with a warm smile and a few friendly words to enrich your stay. The Ulin Villas & Spa is another exclusive property managed by Karaniya Experience. ... more   less 
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