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Bhavana Private Villas
Ranked #109 of 147 Hotels in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 May 2009

My husband & I just got back from Bali 2 days ago, and we already miss Bali and the lovely people. We stayed at Aston Bhavana Villa and really had the time of our lives there. It is clean, and simply beautiful. You really get what you see on their website. What's really remarkable is the service staff. They are friendly, extremely helpful and ever-ready with a smile. It's like returning to a 2nd home each day.
Thank you Aston Bhavana for making our 1st trip to Bali such a memorable one!
Mr & Mrs Marcus

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 May 2009

Have only returned from Bali this morning after spending 10 nights at the villas and just had to share our experience with you. We absolutely loved our villa (17) very quiet and as stated by a previous reviewer a place you wouldn't want to leave and we didn't at least for the most part. . We were greeted on arrival by Bam Bang in a very new vehicle and nothing was too much trouble. Because of a very busy airport it took forever to get out but were met by a smile even though it was 2am in the morning. Check in was easy and we were shown to our villa which was beautifully lit. Instantly loved it. At 2am we took our first dip in the wonderful pool and that is where we stayed for the next 10 days. I had requested a quiet villa and on the sunny side of the street to avoid a shaded pool and this request was met. Mind you we were there for 10 days and hardly saw another guest. When we were leaving for airport met another couple who had also been there the same 10 days and we had never seen them. The villas are so quiet and have everything you need. The in villa breakfast was wonderful and varied and cooked and served by delightful staff ever eager to please. Once again nothing was too much trouble. We took afternoon tea most days in our villa and this too was great. Maybe a few western options could be made available as rice cakes may not be to everyone's taste. Still a treat though. Room service meals were very reasonably priced and like the breakfast was set up on your dining table, all the glamour of a restaurant without leaving the villa. Privacy was assured by the do not disturb plaque which you could place on the hook by the entrance to your villa. This was never abused. All you really have to do is make sure to remove it for room cleaning, turn down etc. As per a previous review the linen and towels really need to be upgraded as they probably prevent me from giving it 5 stars. I think there is something about crisp white linen and fluffy towels that give you that 5 star experience. Having said that you are not paying 5 star price so please do not expect it but what you will get is a wonderful holiday, extremely friendly and efficient staff, lovely villa, brilliant pool and somewhere you can call home whilst in Bali. Having travelled extensively I would have to say this was probably the best relaxing holiday we have ever had. The road leading to the villa is without a doubt awful and in urgent need of some sort of repair work but never prevented my husband or I walking it by day or night. Yes you have to dodge puddles, holes, motobikes, taxis, people but it is all part of the bali experience and this same road was home to many other "5" star villas so please do not let this put you off staying at the Bhavana . Thank you Aston Bhavana for a fantastic holiday experience and we will be back.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2009

Fantastic for the discerning traveller.
Don't pay rack rate, we got it pretty damn cheap through online.
Great in-villa spa treatment
Tiny bit out the way but nice to walk off the dinners in Seminyak.
Why put up with fat bogans when you don't have to? :)

  • Stayed: March 2008
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2  Thank JDnBANSHEE
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Reviewed 21 March 2009

13/3/09 - 20/3/09

We have just come back from staying at the Aston Bhavana Villas in Seminyak and we had the most wonderfull holiday staying at the Villas.

The Staff were very friendly and courteous at all times and were only to pleased to help you in anyway.
The Villa itself was fantastic, very private and presented beautifully.

I had read some of the reviews from other people who had stayed at the Villas, some were good and some not, so was a little apprehensive as to what we would find, BUT, we were not disappointed in any way.

Yes the road outside to Eat St, which is only a matter of 5 minutes away, or anywhere else for that matter, is a very rocky uneven road, by day, its fine, by nite, we chose to get a Taxi to bring us home so that was not a problem for us. Ants, yes, a few from time to time, but lets face it, everyone has ants, dont they, to complain about them is a little petty i think.

Our Villa was gorgeous, and to anyone thinking of staying at these Villas i thoroughly reccomend them. I am a little on the *fussy* side, or so my family tells me, but everything done whilst our stay at these Villas was perfect for us.

Doesnt matter where u stay, there are always a few little hiccups or dislikes, none of us are the same, so i guess what people have said in previous previews, they are allowed to have there opinions. For us, this holiday was very special, our Villa was cleaned everyday, our breakfast was very tasty and the little things like the bed being turned back at nite with 2 little chocolates with a small card which read *sweet dreams* made it all the nicer.

Our furniture didnt have any water damage at all, thats not to say that perhaps there are 1 or 2 Villas with this problem, BUT, can see why this could happen, as one day it just poured down with rain, and of course, being a traditional Balinese type open Villa, the rain tends to come inside on the tiles a little, other than that, everything was fine. Within and hour after rain stopping, floor was fine.

Once again, we had the most wonderfull relaxing holiday at these Villas, cant speak highly enough of the Villas or the Staff, they were just as wonderfull as the holiday.

to Aston Bhavana Villas, Seminyak. *THANKYOU SO MUCH*

Alison Bannon and Peter McRae.

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Reviewed 20 March 2009

My wife and I stayed there for the final week of our honeymoon after visiting Borneo and Kuala Lumpur. This was by far the most romantic part of our trip. The cooked breakfast each morning by our pool and romantic dinner as part of the 'honeymoon package' was something to behold (especially with the petals sprinkled in the pool).

The only slight nuisance was the non-existant pavement to and from the hotel. Other than this I would thoroughly recommend this hotel for a fantastic honeymoon.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 February 2009

Me and my hubby just got back from Bali recenty & stayed at this villa - it was highly rec ommended by one of my hubby's friends so we decided to try it out instead of going to a hotel -- Here' s what we both loved and disliked abt the villa :)


1) The staff were polite and accomodating. They were also very prompt with their service
2) Pricing for food was reasonble and not exhorbitant! However, yes, breakfast was a bit boring cos there wasnt much to choose from!
3) Loved the idea of themserving free tea from 3-5pm: It even came along with some tasty teatime snacks!
4) It was great hving the pool in the villa but hubby and me didnt even use it once! Firstly, it was pouring and virtually impossible to get in there with that much of rain....plus when it was sunny, the pool was filled with aot of leaves and flowers which had fallen frm the nearby trees! :( Perhaps, the mgmt can think abt installing a retractable shade ovr the pool so that guests can still swim despite the weather conditions.
5) Our utensils in the villa were plagued with ants!! Yes,huge ants and we had to get housekeeping to immediately spray some insecticide! We were a lil worried abt the hygiene cos they used the same utensils to cook our breakfast the next day!
6) Bathroom facilities were great too - u have the choice of showering the tub, outdoor or indoor.. :)
7) Yes, roads leading to villa is dingy and terrible. Uneven and even a lil scary! But all the great restaurants and even a mini-mart is just 5-8 mins away
8) Hotel staff also seemed reluctant to provide the free shuttle - saying that they only hv 2 drivers but we managed to get them to bring us to KUTA but had to take the taxi on the way back :S

Overall, I would rate my stay 3.5/5

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 January 2009

What you see on the website for Aston Bhavana Villas is a very accurate portrayal of the villas. It was fabulous having our own pool, chef for breakfast and, for the price (around AUD300 per night, peak season) one of the villa bargains of Bali.

However, you do get what you pay for and I would say that anyone wanting a 5 star villa experience would be disappointed - it was good value for 3 ½ stars. Small things like sheets and towels that were threadbare and that I would have thrown away at home; only one sun lounge by the pool (for a 2 person villa with another requested but not available); no doorbell on the villa front entrance so that staff had to bang on the gate and YELL to let us know that they were there which was almost impossible to hear if you were inside; poorly designed drainage and protection from the weather in the open areas so that minor flooding reached furniture and consequently there was severe rotting near floor level of benches, occasional tables etc.; dingy and dark kitchen area; very ordinary bathroom toiletries (I’m a bit picky about the quality of toiletries when you’re paying this sort of money) ; rusty soap container in the shower etc etc.

These were minor things for us and didn’t detract from the experience, but I’m sure that, for many people wanting a luxurious ‘villa’ holiday (regardless of the cost) these issues would have potentially wrecked their stay. I still maintain though that, for the price, this property is really good value.

The villas themselves are located about a 5-10 minute walk from Jl. Laksama (Oberoi) but unfortunately the street they are located on is a virtually unmade road, unlit, with potholes and rough edges. This was a nightmare after the one severe rainstorm we had and, if you have kids or are elderly, you simply would not be able to make that walk to the main street and would be forced to get a taxi. As it was it took us twice as long as we manouvered the, now full, potholes along with all the other traffic. Having said that, this is typical of other streets in Seminyak and other areas in Bali.

Overall, I would say that the villa website gives an accurate image of the villas but it will be important for many people to understand some of the things that detract from this property. Consequently, the attached photos are posted to consider in conjunction with the website photos.

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bhavana Private Villas

Address: Jalan Pangkung Sari, Banjar Taman, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia (Formerly Aston Bhavana Villas)
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Seminyak
#75 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#78 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range: £98 - £278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bhavana Private Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The delightful Bhavana Bali offers sixteen delightful private villas set in immaculate walled gardens each with a private pool, a semi outdoor lounge area with a functional kitchenette, dining area and air-conditioned bedrooms.Modeled after traditional houses found in Bali and Java, the villas are built, furnished and decorated using local timber, tiles, fabrics and artifacts - blended with a modern-minimalist edge.Each has its own private pool, semi outdoor lounge with a kitchen and dining area. In the midst of fashionable Seminyak, the Bhavana - Private Villas are only minutes away from Seminyak beach offering daily spectacular sunsets which can be viewed from delightful beachside cafes and bars.Seminyak is also a world class shopping, dine out and nightlife destination with several of Asia’s best restaurants, bars and discotheques offering something for everyone. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bhavana Private Villas Hotel Seminyak
Aston Bhavana Hotel
Aston Bhavana Resort
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Bhavana Private Villas Bali/Seminyak

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