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“A hidden gem” 4 of 5 stars
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Bali Pavilions
4.0 of 5 Villa   |   Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 76, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Sanur
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“A hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for our main honeymoon in November 2011. We wanted somewhere long haul, hot and luxurious without being a cliched honeymoon destination.

Sanur itself is typical of Bali, with plenty of bars, restaurants and shops selling fake designer gear (Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren being particularly popular brands to rip-off) and there was feel, in certain bars, of it being akin to an 'Aussie Benidorm'. Having said that, this was owing to the heavily tattooed and pierced Australians wearing football club vests (who incidentally were actually quite friendly) as opposed to drunken, maurading 18-30s.

The Pavilions therefore, was a quiet oasis in the middle of all this. As described in previous
reviews, just walk a few yards down the bamboo-lined driveway and all is calm and peaceful.
It is quite a large complex and we stayed in a private pool villa at the far end, approx five
minutes walk from the entrance which meant we were nicely secluded. The villa itself was two-storey and very spacious with all facilities included. Large living areas and bathrooms gave a
luxurious feel and the private pool was very welcome for a cooling dip.

The staff are very polite and friendly and the butler-service breakfast was delivered to the villa
on time and as ordered on a daily basis. Fresh flowers (beautiful Birds of Paradise) were in the
main rooms which added to the very pleasant ambience.

The main pool area is very pleasant and well appointed and the attendant brings you insulated
glasses of iced water as soon as you arrive. Sandwiches from the bar menu were nice and
reasonably priced for this type of hotel but we chose to eat out at local restaurants for our
main meals. Eating out was very cheap indeed (a delicious two course meal for two with a
local beer and a soft drink costs around £12 Sterling at one of the nicer little restaurants).

We only saw a handful of other couples the entire time we stayed so assumed that The
Pavilions was rather quiet. The only criticism we have is that the 'private beach' is in fact part
of a general beach with an area reserved for Pavilions guests. This beach was approx a
fifteen minute walk from the villas, although there is a free shuttle service organised from
reception and was actually quite disappointing so don't come here if your idea of a great
holiday is lying on a secluded, idyllic beach. If, however, you want to experience a different
culture whilst having good restaurants and entertainment in various bars available and an
incredibly relaxing villa to retreat to, then The Pavilions @ Sanur is well worth considering.

Ps- there are numerous local spas offering amazing treatments for a ridiculously cheap price, i.e. £6 Sterling for a ninety minute Balinese massage!

Room Tip: Private pool villas are delightful.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012 via mobile

People fantastic. Arrival foot massage wonderful. Location centre for everything and set back from the town. Spa treatments wonderful slightly more expensive but relaxing surroundings. Breakfast delivered daily with a choice of food the night before , news paper divered and someone cleaning your place through the day. U do not need to lift a finger. Ask for a sun facing pool villa to get sun all day. Beach about 10 minute walk. Walk through hotels bear by and turn left to end of parade of hotels. Or use the free taxi from hotel and driver to get u there. Simple. We didn't eat at hotel restaurent as local places much cheaper but still it's nice to get room service every now and then with fresh cooked meals. Very nice.
Best restaurent near by turn right out of hotel accross road. Everyone has little flowers in their hair!! Very traditional food and good cocktails.
travel to the breeze restaurent about an hours drive away. Reception will book for u. Sun set dinner perfect. Not cheap but it was our honey moon. Wine about £60 a bottle standard red very nice but blow the budget on this night out we did and steak was amazing.
We would go back to pavilions tomorrow.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2011

We stayed here for 5 nights in November - in summary the place is beautiful, VERY peaceful but if anything, perhaps a little too private and tucked away.

So lets start with negatives - food was moderate but expensive, I definitely thought they could do better here; The location is set 5 -10 mins from the beach amidst various shops (although the long drive puts a real distance between you and the commercial side of Sanur); there is only the one restaurant and the hours are a little limited.

Also for me, staying here felt a little too much like hiding. Its just SO private. Even breakfast is brough tot he villa. This is personal taste. If you really want this level of privacy, consider my review a five star. For me, I like a little bit of a buzz.

Another thing which is more weird than negative. They have a butler service but its not like you get in other hotels. The only time we saw it was when the 'butler' took us on a (excellent and good value) tour of the island and NOT when we first arrived with offers to unpack bags or iron, etc. This may have been offered but if so it was definitely blink-and-you'd-miss-it.

And now the positives, of which there are many. The room was immaculate, and everything was a good spec. The pool was nice and we never used the larger shared pool in BP. The service is perhaps the best bit - everyone is so incredibly NICE, especially the people on reception. It feels like the whole place is really willing you to have a great time. This is a hotel where I think they genuinely hate saying no. The service is friendly too - you dont have the stufffy pretensions of some of the large fiuve stars here. You'll find yourself really liking some of the staff because they are nice and down to earth and they put being pleasant above formality so so well.

So to wrap up, if you want to really zone out / get away from it all / hide away for a few days (honeymooners I'm talking to you....) this is an excellent, excellent place. But if you want a bit of a buzz or proximity to a beach you might want to look elsewhere although you still wouldnt go too wrong here.

Room Tip: Gardens can be small - ask for good sun
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

It’s a gem in Sanur – a little piece of boutique pleasure for anyone looking for a tasteful and luxurious boutique resort in Bali. I stayed in a Pool Villa – pools are a really good size, the villas feature large living areas, a little kitchenette, bedroom facing a small tropical garden (not accessible), and a large indoor bathroom. They’re totally private.

Sanur in itself is a good deal quieter than Seminyak and still has more of a village feel about it. The restaurant at Bali Pavilions is a simple affair in a quiet garden location and the food is great – loved the Balinese and Indonesian options.

The hotel is very well run indeed and well there’s nowhere really like it in Sanur. Thanks to the staff for making me feel so welcome.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

Bali Pavilions is truly the best villa resort in Bali. The villa's are spacious, filled with luxury, very comfortable, and the staff is really friendly. The garden is fantastic and well kept, and the pool is relaxing and big enough for two people to swim in. Even when the resort is fully booked, you will have the feeling that you are practically the only one in the resort because of the privacy you will get and the great service the butlers provide. You can ask them anything and it won't be a problem at all. Breakfast is being served in the villa and can be ordered the evening before. Don't be afraid to order breakfast that is not on the breakfast form, you can write down anything you can think off and the restaurant will prepare it for you. The massages in the resort are the best and the staff there is also very friendly. I really can't think of a downside, this is the best resort I ever stayed in and it's well worth the money.

Room Tip: Book a villa with a pool, the garden villa's are less spacious and the pool is really awesome.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Arrived after changing hotel, Villa was lovely, own pool, breakfast in the room everyday. Spa treatment was good.Hotel staff very attentive and helpful. Lots of wildlift noise at night. Can sometimes hear the aircraft landing or taking off.
We were there during the earthquake, lack of knowledge on what to do from hotel staff. Slight disappointment with the butler, driving not to good and had to go where he wanted to take us. Breakfast was hit and miss if you got exactly what you wanted. Street/beach hawkers a pain. Lots of places to eat outside of the hotel. On the whole a lovely holiday.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2011

We're at the pavilions right now, half way through our stay of ten days, and cannot fault the place, the location and the staff. The villa (2 bedroom pool villa, although we only booked 1 bed) is spacious and beautiful, and the facilities are everything we could need (couple with a three year old) with service that is discreet but thoughtful. It is a quiet, private haven after the bustle of the street and the hot sunshine on the beach. Our daughter's bed is standard size, but lower for her to get into, and there is still plenty of room in the bedroom. The living area is vast, and the kitchenette iis really handy. Although we are in complete peaceful tanquility, it takes 5 minutes to push the buggy to the street and it's endless restaurants and shops, and then 5 minutes more the the seaside promenade, with more eateries and the beach. The spa is wonderful, and while dearer than a beach treatment, vastly cheaper than back home. The manager, Il Soon, is always around reception and couldn't be more helpful. The other night we had to call the doctor, and ended up going to hospital, and the staff were calm and helpful throughout, particularly Atil who was on reception, and they all continue to ask after our wellbeing. If you want value for your hard earned cash, a touch of quiet luxury, and a peaceful holiday without being constrained to a resort, then I cannot recommend the pavilions more!

Room Tip: Having your own pool is marvellous, but we've also used the shared pool which is big, heated and...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 76, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali 80228, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 87 Specialty Lodging in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Bali Pavilions 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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