If you decided to stay in a villa in Bali, West Coast, seek no further. Villa Air Bali is the best choice - incredible customer service, beautiful grounds, new rooms, comfortable and very private villas. Privacy was a big concern for me for a stay in a villa, but although the hotel was fully booked at the time, i never heard any neighbours. Your privacy will be greatly respected by the staff - all "intrusions" were only with a prior phone call and only as initiated by our request.
The staff is incredibly friendly, going extra mile even for the nice and warm Balinese culture.
The hotel arranges cultural performances several times a week, which are quite a stunning encounter with local traditional culture.
The grounds are absolutely beautiful, in fact this was one of the reasons i chose this hotel, another reason being the fact that this property does not have a single bad review on Tripadvisor, as you have probably noticed. Not a single one - all "Excellent" and "Very Good" and the staff works very hard for this indeed.
The spa was wonderful, especially considering that we somehow accrued benefits on an 8 day stay: 60 min of spa treatment for both, and they weer very flexible in transferring or upgrading the included spa benefits. As the result, i got my last one hour treatment for 15 dollars and my husband ended up with 3 hours of free Balinese massage (about 50 dollars an hour). I had a great "Chocolate Lover" treatment and "Papaya Jelly+Tropical Flower Bath". I'm sure it is possible to arrange for spa treatments in-villa as well.
The restaurant offers delicious food and very cheap too - a dinner for two for some 30 dollars (no spirits as we don't drink). This compares well to the practice of large hotels that often charge European prices for their services, while the cost of living is very - VERY - low in Bali. An early diner in a Balinese restaurant in Ubud only cost us maybe 20 dollars for two salads, two tropical drinks, one desert, two Bali coffees and one meat dish (Balinese duck), while in Grand Hayatt at Nusa Dua we paid 50 bucks for a horrible lunch. By the way, Grand Hayatt has a great white sand-blue water beach, so if you are after that, go for Hayatt. The taxis in Bali are very cheap too - about 4-5 dollars (40000-50000 rupees) for a 30 min ride, about 10 USD for 1 hour trip, for instance from Villa Air Bali to the great beach of Nusa Dua on the East Coast of Bali.
Speaking of Villa Air Bali's restaurant, your breakfast will come included in the rate, which is quite convenient, and it can be served in the restaurant or in your villa. There are 5choices of breakfast menu with a good variety within the Healthy/American menu (cold drink, hot drink, cereal, egg dish, fruit platter/salad, vegetables). The choices are Indonesian, Healthy, American, Korean, Japanese. This again compares favorably to reviews of other villas that note poor selection for breakfast.
Speaking of food in the hotel: your afternoon tea will also come included in the rate. This is a small but nice feature: choice of tea/coffee/juice plus about 3 pastries per guest, different pastries each day, and the afternoon tea can be served as late as at 11 pm. Included also is a complimentary mini bar (pepsi, ice tea, beer, snacks) and daily fresh fruit, including the most delicious fruit of all - manggis, check it out on google, yummy!
The villa itself: is just like on the pictures! In fact, everything is just like on the photos here and official Villa Air Bali pics (check them on Facebook - very nice). The only difference with reality is the main garden - it's actually a lot smaller, official pictures of it are panoramic. Which does not make it less beautiful! As I said, the grounds of the hotel are indeed the most beautiful of all villas in Bali i reviewed before committing to Air Bali (and there were a lot of those, believe me!). We stayed in a one-bedroom villa, which again was exact match to the picture. You will have your own little garden in the villa with a great variety of exotic plants. Also, the walls are covered with plants too which creates impression of extra space. In fact, i was a bit worried that the villa would feel a bit like a box (this is my first time staying in a villa) - nothing of the kind! Feels like your own beautiful tropical garden.
The pool is great, about 4 m across, 3 m width, 1.4 m depth. It's been very clean (and cleaned up of leaves every morning) and got quite warm by the evening, i found it a bit too cool to swim in in the morning, but the evening swim after a long day out on trips/adverntures was wonderful. Having own pool was one of the reasons to go for a villa for us.
The bathroom is a girl's dream - modern, spacious, new and shiny, open air but with great privacy and again with tropical plants along the wall. Complimentary items (shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel, after sun gel, body lotion, spa salt, repellent, skin freshener) are of great quality. I think you can buy them in Villa Air's spa. The bath tub is a jacuzzi, which is extra nice, the water pressure is perfect, no issues there. All clean and new. Perfect.
Bugs: im a bugs freak and was very very concerned with the large and ubiquitous tropical insects i've heard so much about, or mosquitoes - lots of reviews for other villas mentioned the need to bring repellents. Well, the open air leaving room of our villa (two walls of the leaving room are villa perimeter walls with plants, one wall is a bathroom wall and the fourth is open view to your little garden and pool area), came fully armed for fighting the insects: every night staff would light a special spiral thing made of some material that does not burn but smolders and obviously contains some repellent stuff AND smells nice on top of all, plus there was an electric racket provided, repellent air spray and very nice repellent spray for body, made with citrus and oils, very nice stuff. We did get bitten by little mosquitoes but that's because we sometimes had the bedroom door open at night instead of keeping the air conditioner on.
The bedroom has a safety box and a computer desk. The computer also transmits TV with 56+ channels. The bed is comfi and pretty with a mosquito net (curtains) around it.
However, the best thing about Air Bali is the customer service: fantastic, best i've ever seen and a lot better than in 5 star hotels in Bali (we've had dinners/used beach in a couple of them). I was absolutely stunned, when on our first morning there when we were passing through the reception we were asked if everything was ok in the villa. We mentioned that the bedroom PC did not have sound on on TV channels, and when we were back in the evening the thing was fixed! The other time, we asked to replenish our stock of skin freshener and repellent skin spray but the cleaning guys forgot to put the new ones (that was the only and very minor hickcup), we mentioned this again to the receptionist and immediately got like a 3 times stock of it and always got twice the normal stock every day ever since. You'd like those small spray bottles too, believe me! :-)
The only small problem with this choice can be a location: Villa Air was quite difficult for taxi drivers to find, especially non-Seminyak ones, so we always had Villa's business cards with us so that the taxi drivers could call for directions. That always helped instantaneously, i guess the hotel knows some secret code! We could never learn the correct way as the streets are narrow and congested and filled with shops. Also, the surroundings of the hotel, as of many other nice villas in Seminyak, are, errr, quite poor and the road leading to Air Bali is horrendous, to no fault of the hotel, of course. You can look for pics on Aston Bhavana Villas that are quite next to Air Bali to see what's outside. So if you want a beautiful park around your hotel, then stay with one of Nusa Dua's world chain hotels. Also, when deciding in which location to stay on Bali we incorrectly assumed that Bali is small, and it will be no problem to go across the Kuta peninsula from the hotel to the beaches of the East Cost. Aha. Bali is overpopulated with 3 mln people riding motorbikes each, it seemed sometimes, so the traffic is horrendous most of the time and it took us one hour one way to go from Air Bali to the beach of Nusa Dua, that we liked the most due to white sand, blue lagoons and quite waters. We figured the water on the West Coast is quite rough - always high waves/currents, and not as pretty, in my view. In fact, our original plan was to stay in Villa Air and use the "famous" Seminyak and Petitenget beaches, but after we've seen both in storm in the first two days, we never ever returned. I remembered a review here on tripadvisor of one frustrated honeymoon couple whose travel agent placed them with a hotel on Seminyak beach and they were complaining about the sewage going into water. Well, it's true! Horrified, we turned to the East Cost and found our paradise there, apart from the daily commuting congestion. But that's ok though, we still had a wonderful holiday. By the way, speaking of beaches, there is a great article here on Tripadvisor on Bali white sand beaches - it recommends the East coast, and rightly so. If we had enough time, we would definitely have tried Padang Bai and Lombok. We checked out Dreamland beach - beautiful, no question, but again, like on all West Coast, the water is very rough, and the worst of all, the facilities are horrible ruins from the 70s, including a huge unfinished concrete building overwhelming the beach. Quite ugly. I heard the same story is with the Padang Bai beach.
Anyway, again if you decided to stay in a villa in Bali, seek no further. Villa Air Bali is a beautiful resort of high quality offering incredible customer service.
Any questions, let me know, otherwise enjoy your stay in Villa Air Bali, as did we!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by generous, lush, tropical gardens, Villa Air Bali is a peaceful and tranquil private boutique resort near buzzling Seminyak, combining Balinese and Asian design with Zen elements, ultimate privacy and personal service. 'Air', means 'water' in Bahasa Indonesia and symbolizes the flow of life, purity, serenity, healing and cleansing. The element has been woven into the resort's architectural design to let every guest experience the pleasures of the distinctive surroundings. Relax and unwind or actively discover Bali - the choice is yours. Villa Air Boutique Resort & Spa is just minutes away from white sandy beaches. Located close to the heart of Seminyak in Petitenget, within walking distance you are in the center of the lively and fashionable Seminyak, to discover chic fashion boutiques, unique art deco shops as well as some of Bali's best dining venues. We are just 30 minutes away from 'Ngurah Rai International Airport'. For a convenient and safe ride, the resort offers private airport transfers and shuttle services within Seminyak and Kuta with our own cars and drivers. ... more less
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