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Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Ranked #50 of 143 Hotels in Seminyak
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

...I still can't explain why I can't give it 5-stars other than it really isn't. 4.5 stars perhaps. I generally consider a hotel 5-star if it was truly amazing or some factor stands out that makes you still think about your stay after you've returned home. Don't get me wrong though, this is still a very, very good property and I have no major gripes. Let me explain.

My wife and I, along with a number of family members and friends, visited this hotel recently for a wedding. We had a great experience. Overall thoughts were:

Location:

* Right on the beach, excellent location at the end of a street and you can walk right on to the beach from the pool deck / open patio restaurant. The beach was excellent, very clean (for a public beach), not that crowded at all, good soft sand, and has a very long beach area before you hit the water (both low and high tides). Water was great, waves were solid 5 - 7 footers, very clean (although not crystal blue), no complaints at all. This was one of my favorite aspects of this hotel. It was about 30 - 45 mins by taxi from the airport. Traffic was insane but it is what it is.

Room:

We were upgraded to an Ocean View (GHA benefit) and it was great. Very large, clean, well appointed. Excellent condition, well maintained, and faces the ocean (west) so we had a beautiful sunset on the balcony (with large tub) every evening. Some may complain about the noise of waves crashing in the evening but we loved it. Sound proofing between rooms and between floors was also great. This is one of my pet peeves when hotels have thin walls but no issues here. Overall, fantastic, no complaints. We paid about $420 +/- per night which is not outrageous but not cheap either. But we certainly got what we expected at this price point, relative to other hotels in area and region.

Service:

Another excellent area. The staff at the restaurant, Wild Orchid, as well as the staff on the pool desk, front desk, all around, were all excellent. Listened to our requests and actually got them all right! (Including custom breakfast orders, which is a la carte but included in room price). Christiane Wasfy, the new GM, has done a great job so far managing this property I think. Overall, very happy with the service as well (to put this in context, my wife and I, for better or worse, are quite annoying picky about good service)

Food:

First potential area for improvement - although not sure if this is unique to Bali or to this hotel. We tried a couple of other restaurants on the street and they were exponentially worse. The taste was mediocre and prices were not cheap either; however, still better than what we got at other restaurants outside of the hotel. So just manage your expectations. Selection for room service and in the restaurants was also not a lot either, although it wasn't poor. Again, not a huge complain but certainly not great; thus, the "meh" review for food. The morning breakfast was great, consistent with other Anantara properties and we very much enjoyed it.

Other facilities:

SOS Supper Club - beautiful view restaurant / lounge / outdoor rooftop venue - excellent. We were surprised to find this and it was great. Fantastic view, great place to have a couple of evening drinks, they play music some nights, show sports others, and good for large parties, etc. Food, however, was mediocre - consistent with review above

Pool - great infinity pool outside of the restaurant which most people used. Large enough to do laps (not wide) and it wasn't that crowded at all. There are 2 other pools which I didn't see anybody use - one in between the buildings, always covered so no sun; the other by the swim-up rooms which is quite small. Appropriate for a quick dip vs. pool to lounge

Gym - small, but good enough. Not very new but has some basic equipment, dumbells up to 40lbs, 1 treadmill, 1 bike, 1 elliptical, cable crossover, pulldown, etc. Certainly decent, but not "wow"

Also, we noticed that this resort has mostly couples (probably 80%+) or groups of friends but no children; perhaps it was the time of the year we went or maybe this is the general clientele. This was perfect for us so no complaints.

Our one annoying complaint is that the staff shares the same elevator as guests and it is very, very slow. Not to say that they shouldn't because we're guests vs. staff, but because they occupy it all the time so we often waited for quite a long time (90% of the time we took an elevator). Also, most of the time we took the elevator we were in there with staff transporting bins of laundry, supplies, etc. Not very pleasant. But overall, it was the wait that was the most annoying, and to find out that it was tied up floor-to-floor by hotel staff was even more irritating.

Overall, we thought this was a great property and very deserving of a solid 4 or 4.5 stars. Not quite a 5-star though (i.e., Anantara Kihavah in the Maldives).

Room Tip: Ocean Room definitely, top floor right underneath Penthouse. Not the end ones by the parking lot...
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 September 2012

We are just back from our 2 week stay at this hotel and could not have been more delighted with our time at the Anantara. We have never come across such friendly staff. The hotel it self is one of the best for being right on the beach from Seminyak right down to Kuta. The room is enormous, very very clean. The bed is massive and the must comfortable bed in the world. My wife hates that a fidget which keeps here awake but she never felt me fidget at all in this bed. Theres a well stocked mini bar, pricy spirits but so is the rest of Bali. Well stocked bathroom complimentaries, everything you could think of. The food is to die for, we had the Asian and BBQ night. Bit pricey but very nice if you want pampered. Being Honeymooners we had complmentary Anantara signature massages and a Jacuzzi experience which were great. The SOS bar on the roof is very chic, a hidden gem as some nights it is quite quiet but if this was in Legian or Kuta it would be mobbed out the door. If was great chilling with a cocktail watch the sunset. The sunsets here are amazing. Some other reviewers complain about the noise from the roof bar. The bar closes at 1 and we were out most nights after this but there is only a couple of nights were the music is quite loud and you can here it from the 3rd floor rooms were where we were but there are ear plugs supplied so we found it no problem at all. I would difinitely recommend the 3rd floor if you want privacy for the balcony jacuzzi as no one can see into them but you can see into the lower floors. Wy wife also wanted me to mentioned that she thought it was great while lying sun bathing they would come round with free taster drinks or tapas type food to try. All in all this hotel met all our expectations and would definitely go again, rather pricy but its a honeymoon and if you can't treat yourself then when can you. They offer taxis outside the hotel, walk up a bit and get the street taxis. The street taxis are awful for not switching the meter on and demanding fixed fair. A fair price to Seminyak square where there are quite a few nice restaurants, lots of shops and a few bars is 30000rp about 3 dollars. I recommend Nirvanas to eat, very friendly and some sort of entertainment on every night also try the Champange bar. A must try here is Ku De Ta, very nice a bit expensive but another great place for the sunset. Also if you fancy a party night try Potatoe head and you can alos nip next door to this for the W hotel. We actually walked into Seminyak square a few times, takes about 15 minutes. We paid 50000rp (5 dollars) into Kuta. We loved to party at Legian street near Kuta. It was was jumping. Sky Garden night club was amazing. Be prepared to be offered drugs by every 10th person on this strip of the street. They take a kind but firm no well. Plenty bars and clubs here. Also recommend Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in Kuta. Great novelty restaurant. But if you just want a entertaining night out close to the hotel walk up the street for 10 minutes and you will come to some bars which get very lively late on. Theres a bar called Bali Joes and its a drag show bar. Brilliant night, great laugh. And for a more chilled night come out the hotel and walk along the beach front towards Kuta 2 minute walk, some great chill out bars with bean bags on the beach with different music and entertainment and each one. Keep walking along the beach front and theres quite a few bars and restaurants and keep walking for about 40 minutes and you will come to Kuta which you will know your in when you come across Hard Rock cafe with some great bands on. Drink is expensive in Bali and everything has government tax and service charge and every place seems to charge different percentages but the local beer Bingtang is cheap and very nice and try the local spirit Arak which is made from rice. Very strong but does the trick. Tastes a bit like rum.
If your palnning trips, walk up from Anantara and the first excursion place on the left you come to. Only 2 minutes walk they will sort you a driver for the day for 50 dollars and you choose the destinations. Don't take the hotel holiday agents as there twice the price and you will end up going to all the places that try to sell you stuff i.e jewelry, paintings and such like. With the driver its your itinerary. We had a driver called Made and he was very pleasant. A must try is white water rafting we went with a company called Amos which seemed to start further up the river and finish later than the other companies therfore a longer experience. We thought this was an amazing experience. If your into diving theres a diver centre only 10 minutes walk from the hotel. Walk up the street take the second left and follow the road round the corner and theres the Nautlus dive centre. Very nice staff and resonably priced. All the dive sites are north and east of the island and are a fair trek. We went to the wreck USS Liberty on the east of the island and it took nearly 3 hours to get there.
Tanah Lot temple is well worth seeing, a visit to Ubud is nice and visit to Kintinami to see the volcano is a nice day out but there is plenty more with a little research to see. Also try Kopi Luwak, a coffee that is eaten by an animal and then its picked out of there poo and then processed for drinking. Very strong but I am told its a must do thing, who am I to argue. Also try the Babi Guling which is suckling pig stuffed with herbs. Woow its lovely but I am told the place to try this is in Ubud at Naughty Nuris but never got a chance to try it there.
All in all this was an amazing holiday and well worth the 17 hours of flying from Scotland to get there. I hope these little tips help as these are the questions that I am always pestering fellow trip advisers. Enjoy.

Room Tip: Third floor is great for privacy on the balcony but if you want peace from music late at night choos...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 September 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Anantara from begin to end. The location is superb with spacious rooms offering spectacular sea views, and a short step from the beautiful pool area and garden to the beach. The food was fantastic, and the chef incredibly accommodating of my children's fussy eating habits, adapting the menu without a qualm. The finishing touch to this great hotel was the great staff who gave such great personal service and who were all so friendly and helpful. Star find. Our only gripe was that it was all so perfect our holiday sped by too quickly!

Room Tip: Sea view rooms a must - I would not have chosen a pool room without the stunning sea views we enjoye...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Byron Bay
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Reviewed 11 September 2012

This hotel like many in Bali suffers with age, rooms detiorate very quickly and poor workmanship to start off with only gets worse as the hotel gets older. What marred our four day trip was our toilet blocking every day and having to go down to use the one in the lobby. While engineers were sent up everyday, the problem persisted. While the rooms are huge and at first glance luxurious to compete in the 5 star market they need a freshen up and improvement.

The new manager met with us to apologise and was very gracious however our late check out didn't makeup for the inconvenience of a faulty toilet (a basic expectation) when you are paying $500 a night.

That said the service in the hotel was the best I have encountered in Bali and that comes from over 100 visits so it is high praise. The degustation meal we had at the rooftop bar was sensational and the view is amazing.

Nice touches like handmade soaps, bath salts and chocolates every night add to the luxurious surroundings. Breakfast was included and was buffet and a la carte, great coffee, ordinary pastries and the worse cutlery I have eaten off in years.

The Anantara needs a freshen up to be charging the prices it is and to hold onto the luxury market. If everything could match the excellence of their service they would be unbeatable.

Please get your plumbing fixed it is inexcusable and marred our four day stay.

Room Tip: Some rooms are larger than others, with a handful having a private pool. Don't put up with the u...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bandung, Indonesia
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

In Bali there is no other resort I have been that is as good as Anantara. The beach is calm and very nice. Not like other beaches which are quite packed with people. The wave is not too huge. I sit by the restaurant and enjoy the sunset. The food is nice as well. I tried pork belly and its succulent. The spa is very relaxing and I am quickly into relaxed mode. The suite room is also so nice. I have a complete rest after a long tiring day from work. There is no better holiday.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

We spent a few nights here as part of our honeymoon. It was a true resort experience with huge rooms and delicious food. The buffet breakfast was amazing and we loved every meal we had. The rooftop bar was great too. Anantara was definitely the highlight of Bali for us.

Room Tip: Ocean view room was worth paying the extra.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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East Fremantle, Australia
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Reviewed 5 September 2012

Where do I start.... Every couple dreams of the perfect destination wedding in a magnificent tropical location, but very few know where to find it. Look no further, the ANANTARA resort in Seminyak fulfills and surpasses any possible dreams!!
From the very first contact with the ANANTARA resorts amazing wedding co-ordinator, Angel, through to the happy couples stay after the wedding for their honeymoon, we felt completely at ease knowing every possible detail would be taken care of.
Every service you could require is available to you and your guests, including photograpy, videography,wedding cakes, unforgettable menu options, EVERY POSSIBLE flower arrangement decoration and bouquets you could imagine also official celebrants and spectacular entertainment.
Most importantly the information and communication used at the ANANTARA puts you completely at ease and makes planning the special day a relaxing experience.
Our guests have kept saying they were completely blown away and in awe of the entire ambiance of the ceremony, cocktail party and dinner reception, they said they felt they were living the dream.
We cannot express enough our gratitude to the ANANTARA for this amazing experience.
We highly recommend you try it yourself and let your dreams come true, you will not be disappointed .

Room Tip: Honeymooners MUST treat themselves to the spectacular Penthouse
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
Address: Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#6 Business Hotel in Seminyak
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Seminyak
#13 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#20 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#24 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#42 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#44 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Anantara's all-suite Bali resort at Seminyak offers a distinctly contemporary design approach blended with Balinese and Indonesian culture, ocean views, expansive balconies and Anantara's inimitable Jacuzzi terrazzo bath tubs big enough for two. Our all-suite resort amenities range from the glorious rooftop lounge SOS Supper Club and rooftop Anantara Spa to one infinity edge swimming pool staring out upon the Indian Ocean. Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort matches its elegant approach to travel with one of the most upmarket locations in Indonesia, containing chic restaurants and cafes, trendy nightlife and internationally renowned shopping opportunities. With nearby historical charms and our Bali hotel's fastidious approach to both design and facilities, Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort provides an unforgettable accommodation experience. ... more   less 
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