I saw the villa on Groupon at a really affordable price so I booked it, albeit with some anxiety about whether it would turn out to be one of those "too good to be true" deals. I read the great reviews after booking it, but was still slightly nervous. Turns out we needn't have worried!
The moment we stepped into the villa, it took our breath away. It's incredibly spacious and extremely comfortable for four people. There are two bedrooms (with very comfortable and luxurious beds), two bathrooms (one of which has a bathtub and a shower, and it's the biggest bathroom I've ever been in), a living room with a television, an equipped kitchen, and a dining room area. There is a sweet little lounge area on the second floor, where the bedrooms are, and there's a small pavilion with cushions that you can sit on at the rooftop, which was by far my favourite part of the villa. Every part of the villa felt very comfortable and lovely.
The pool area is as it looks in the pictures, but it was rather dirty so we didn't swim in it. There are also a couple of lizards here and there but it wasn't bad enough to bother us. Each bedroom had a plug-in mosquito repellant, which was very effective in keeping the mosquitoes out of the room. There is also a safe in each bedroom for you to store your valuable items. My friend had some trouble with hers at first, but the villa staff came to her assistance very promptly.
The daily breakfast provided was okay, but make sure to eat it quickly as there are a lot of flies and ants around the first level of the villa, especially if you open the doors. Quite a usual occurrence in Bali. I would recommend the Asian selection over the Western one.
As beautiful as the villa itself was, the staff was definitely what made it such a wonderful stay. They are very hospitable and welcoming, and the check-in/check-out processes are as hassle-free as you can get. We arrived late at night on our first day, after our flight had been delayed by more than an hour, and felt quite guilty about the driver having to wait for us. But he was very patient and friendly! And everyone from the reception staff to the friendly night security guard (who was such a sweetheart the whole time) was really eager to help us settle in. They are very helpful with directions, calling taxis, booking restaurants, and ordering in food. Some of them were especially cheerful, and always happy to help. It was an incredibly pleasant experience.
We didn't really have a problem with getting around, although the villa is situated away from the main shopping/dining areas. As mentioned earlier, the villa reception is always ready to help you call a taxi, and they're so cheap that you'll feel like taking cabs everywhere. There is a convenience store right opposite the villa where you can buy food, and another 24/7 convenience store (Circle K) located about 5 minutes away by taxi. The villa can be unfamiliar to many taxi drivers, so ensure that you take down the villa's address or get their brochure to show to your driver.
Overall, this was a really wonderful stay, and I fully recommend this villa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Greeted by the zig-zaggy garden path dotted with burst of heliconia and tropical flora, Papillon Garden Villas Bali is created to offers the utmost in privacy and serenity on your vacation. The villas combine traditional and contemporary decorating styles giving a spacious feel you desire for enjoyment and relaxation. Papillon Garden Villas is about 30-minutes away by car to & from the Ngurah Rai Airport. Situated in Bumbak, Umalas, Papillon Garden Villas is only 15 minutes drive to the hustle and bustle of Seminyak. Papillon Garden Villas is built within two-storey structures, features 7 two bedroom private pool villas with generous living room connected to fully equipped kitchen and a large dining area furnished with wooden table and simply wonderful leather chairs. The wooden sliding glass doors opens to the swimming pool features wooden deck and long chairs by the pool to chill out or you may choose the roof top gazebo for a daylight relaxation. Each bedroom offers one double bed with air conditioning, en-suite bathroom and amenities for your comfortable stay. The warmth and attentive service from our dedicated staff will ensure you a pleasant holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Papillon Garden Villas By HIM Hotels Bali/Kerobokan