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Aleesha Villas & Deluxe Suites
Jalan Kesari II, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

This was our first visit to Bali and Aleesha. It was a lengthy process choosing where to stay in a new country, but thanks to tripadvisor we made a good choice. Aleesha Villas & Deluxe Suites is an oasis in bustling Sanur. The property is beautifully landscaped and well-kept considering the challenges that must come with the climate. There are five villas and nine suites, a relatively small property that felt just right. Our villa was clean, spacious, and comfortable. It was amazing to have our own pool, which was the perfect size and temperature. Waking up the first day and opening the sliding doors to the pool was awesome. The staff were all very sweet and helpful. I didn't understand why they were described as discreet until we were there, and then I truly appreciated it.

We chose the Indonesian breakfast each day, which was delicious. Some days it was brought to us prepared, and some days cooked for us in our villa. We also took breakfast at the cafe one morning. The breakfast options include eggs, omelette, pancakes, nasi goreng (fried rice with egg), and mie goreng (fried noodles with egg). All come with toast, fruit, and coffee or tea. We also had lunch at Cafe Aleesha one day and found the food to be quite good.

Aleesha's driver was waiting for us at the airport (arranged in advance and highly recommended). If you are new to Bali or Sanur, I would recommend arriving in daylight hours. Our flight was delayed, and we didn't get to Aleesha until 9pm. The cafe was closed and, since it was dark and we were unfamiliar with the surroundings, we didn't get into town and therefore missed dinner. The next morning, the driver took us into Sanur so we could see the way. It's an easy walk to the main street and the beach; just make sure to pay attention to traffic as it is a one-lane road. There are some lovely properties along the walk. If you are looking for a beachfront property you will have to look elsewhere, but if you are looking to relax in a beautiful setting and don't need to be on the beach, Aleesha is perfect.

The town and beach at Sanur were fun, but we spent most of our leisure time at our private pool and at the main pool. The grounds at Aleesha are so nice we didn't feel the need to leave. On two days, the staff booked us a car and driver. It was nice to have this taken care of and to ensure we had a licensed driver, but I might recommend doing research and hiring your own driver, for two reasons. First, we paid a little more this way (although we were told that this was due to recent price hikes on petrol; you may be able to negotiate if you book directly). Second, the driver seemed to have an agenda. We knew where we wanted to go, but he suggested other stops along the way. On the first day, we agreed to one of these before we saw that he was just looking to take us to somewhere we would spend money and he would receive commission (batik, gold and silver smiths, woodworking, etc). We fell for this and were disappointed. We declined his next several suggestions, which seemed to irritate him. But given the awful traffic in Bali and our limited time there (only five nights), we felt we did not have time to waste. We had heard so many good things about the drivers and were therefore disappointed by this experience. However, we don't hold this against Aleesha. If you hire a driver, you should know where you want to go and where you don't want to go.

This brings me to something about Bali that I also didn't expect. On several occasions, people tried to take advantage of us (taxi drivers and vendors mostly). I had heard that the people are what make Bali so special. This was true of the staff at Aleesha, but not necessarily of the people in general. We are fortunate that we were able to take such an amazing vacation, and we worked hard for it and saved up for it. We realize how truly lucky we are. That does not mean that we should be over-charged for trinkets and taxi fare. I was expecting more of the quiet spirituality and less of the in-your-face hawking. Again, the staff at Aleesha were all amazing and I am only referring to some people outside of Aleesha.You should gauge how much something should cost and whether you're willing to pay what's being asked for it. You can also negotiate. As for taxis, if you take one make sure that you are going with the metered fare. Also, they have a minimum of 20,000 or 25,000 rupiah if you call ahead for the taxi, and fares within Sanur are usually less than this. ATMs are pretty readily available. I would recommend having cash as most places that take credit cards do so with a 2.5% charge (including Aleesha). Small bills are very important (10,000 or less) but also kind of hard to come by. We tried to break our 50,000 bills whenever possible so we would have change. Many restaurants include service charge. We tipped drivers and the women who did our massages, and we left a tip for the staff at the end (no idea if this is the best way to go about it, and not totally sure what the correct amount should be).

But back to Aleesha. We were so glad to have two days to just hang around Sanur and enjoy being at our villa. I would recommend having at least two, but more if possible, days to do this. We got massages twice by the pool. I can't speak for the suites, but the villa is a lovely and restful setting. When you walk in, there is an outdoor area with a kitchen, dining table, living area, pool with lounge chairs, outdoor toilet, and outdoor shower (which we used exclusively). There are two sets of sliding doors leading inside, one by the pool going into the bedroom, and one connecting the outside and inside living areas (love seat and chairs). The bathroom inside is huge, with two sinks, a giant tub, a standalone shower with rain head, and a toilet. Behind the bed are two closets and a vanity. One thing we would have liked is more light to be able to see in the mirror better. There is a TV we never turned on, and a cd player. The inside air conditioning is adequate. There are mosquito repellent supplies under the kitchen sink, but one of the most important things I can recommend is to be prepared yourself. We had a small supply of repellent with us, and we used it all. The mosquitoes were everywhere! After suffering the first night, we took advantage of the supplies and we started making sure lights were off inside and the sliding doors stayed shut. It was much better after that, but if you are prone to being bitten, you should bring yourself an arsenal of deet. :)

Some restaurants have air conditioned rooms, but most are largely open-air. We had a really good meal on the beach in Sanur at a place called Izakaya. We also ate at Three Monkeys Sanur, which was very good (prawn laksa!), and Kayu Manis, which was good but less authentic than I expected. One day for lunch we went to Warung Babi Guling Sanur to try the famous babi guling. Only go there if you have a strong stomach and are willing to eat something without knowing what it is. :) Also in Sanur we went to Rasa Senang, which was pretty good. In Ubud we ate at Mozaic, which was very good and very expensive. One night we went for sunset dinner at Jimbaran Bay, and this was lovely. Our driver took us to his preferred restaurant without asking us, which initially annoyed us but it turned out to be a good pick. It seems you can't go wrong with any of these restaurants as long as there are other people there. We also visited Tanah Lot, which was gorgeous (and crowded), the monkey forest, rice fields, and a temple complex above Ubud with many steps (beautiful). The attractions all have small entrance fees. Even getting to the restaurants in Jimbaran cost us! The traffic was really discouraging to sightseeing, although I could stare out the window all day since there are many beautiful and interesting things to look at in Bali. We had heard the traffic was bad, but we were blown away but just how bad it is.

Anything we needed, we asked the staff and they arranged for us with a smile (including a birthday cake). Evie also left flowers for my partner's birthday. It was a very sweet touch. All in all, Aleesha exceeded our expectations. If we return to Bali, we may want to stay in Ubud for some of the time, but we would definitely return to Aleesha and our lovely Villa Diana. Thanks to Evie and the whole staff for taking good care of us and welcoming us so warmly. I would highly recommend this property.

Room Tip: We had Villa D, which had some mid-day sun, two lounge chairs by the pool, and a nice, private locat...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We have stayed at Aleesha several times now, just myself and my wife and also with our five kids. The staff are absoulutly sensational and would do anything for us. In our most recent visit to Bali, just myself and my wife we thought we might of needed a bit of Kuta action so we stayed in Kuta for 4 nights before going to Sanur. Never again. The holiday seemed to only start when we where back at Aleesha, it was like going home. We stayed in the Studio rooms for the first time and they are sensational, you cant compare them to any hotel room i have ever stayed in. With four steps into the pool and surrounded by the lush gardens was very peaceful. We will never stay anywhere else in Bali except Aleesha and look forward to many more holidays there.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Our third visit to Aleesha Villas. Although averse to staying anywhere multiple times we have made an exception with Aleesha. So half at another location and half at Aleesha. The value here compared to similar at Seminyak is considerable and the best we have encountered. Evie and all her staff are also the best we have experienced. Efficient and thoughtful and always with kindness and humour. Although located in a residential area we never use the complimentary shuttle. A five minute walk to the Main Street and another three to the beach front. Aleesha has certainly spoiled our old habit of larger hotel accommodaton. We see the location in the back street as a positive unlike Legian and Seminyak we located in a more traditional Balinese Environment.
We also like the Sanur area as the nationality of the tourists are much more diverse and therefore more interesting.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 June 18, 2013

aleesha villas was our first stop during our visit to Bali. all the arrangements were spot on. Evie was really helpful in assisting us with the booking. At the villa, Toya was always ready to help us - be it car, massage or anything you can ask for.One day he even helped me rent a stroller for my baby.

The massage ladies who come at the resort with prior appointment are very professional - we used the service on almost all the days. the villas are away from the beach but the hotel has a free shuttle. my only complaint would be the water pressure in the shower was poor.

overall the villas were very well maintained, well serviced and well priced. we would love to stay here again !

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

What a fantastic, relaxing place, with great service and outstanding accommodation. We had a private villa with a pool, and really, we could have happily not moved for our week there. From the moment we arrived, we were made very welcome by Evie and the staff, with cool towels, a drink and welcoming flower arrangement in the rooms. The staff are very discrete, but always there when you need them. The walled private villa has its own large pool, a dining area, outdoor sitting area with an overhead fan. Inside is fully airconditioned, with a large comfy bed looking out over the pool, internal sitting area, large TV and CD player (you can borrow some from reception) dressing room/wardrobe area, and a huge bathroom, with stand alone bath, shower and separate toilet. There's also another outdoor shower as well. The villa is immaculately clean, and spacious, and very quiet. We spent plenty of time in the pool, and it was magic with the overhanging frangipani trees and gardens. There's a great selection of food and alcoholic and other beverages, delivered to your door at the same cost as you'd pay at most of the local restaurants. While most of the offerings are for the western palate, there are some basic indonesian options, and the staff are more than happy to whip up whatever you'd like. The included breakfast had about 15 options, from full western breakfast, to indonesian options, and all come with large fruit plates an fresh juice. The serves were so generous we often skipped lunch. With a large dining table, kitchenette with full sized fridge, plenty of free water, tea, coffee, and a toaster, microwave and gas stove, you could also easily stock up from local warungs or Hardys and be self sufficient. Massages, facials and other services are available in the villas, and there are bikes to hire, as well as complementary shuttle services down to the beach. It's about a five minute walk along the gangs to Hardy's and another five to the beach. We had no issues with the walk even at night, with plenty of light around and fairly well maintained roads. In fact, we really enjoyed walking along the gangs away from the main drag, exploring the local warungs and stick-beaking into some of the nearby residences and villas along the way. We looked at a few of the other villas we'd considered, and were glad we'd decided on Aleesha - apart from the peacefully quiet location and villa facilities, the friendly but discreet service made it hard to beat.

Room Tip: We also checked out the other rooms, which are spacious, clean, and next to the main pool, which is...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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 June 15, 2013

Me and my girlfriend lately stayed a few days in this resort during our Bali trip. It is a small hideaway just a few minutes from the main street and around 10 minutes from the beach.
The grounds are really neat and clean and the staff is very nice and friendly. We stayed in one of the Deluxe Suites at the main pool. The suites are really big with a sitting area, a small kitchen and a big and wonderful bathroom, with a rainshower and stone bathtub.
Breakfast is good but rather small. You get to choose between different menus ranging from indonesian to western style.
All in all we had a really nice stay at Aleesha and would recommend it to everybody looking for a small resort away from the city trouble.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

I kept going to aleesha villas website, there i notice a contact number in Australia. Here steps in the lovely Iris. After a few phone calls and very prompt emails, from herself and her great staff in Sanur.All fears & anxiety were put to rest( solo traveller). Booking was just made so very easy!
Upon, late arrival met by a lovely young man called Arys, promptly whisked off to accom. Welcomed by Made and his night team, immediately made feel safe and secure.
Taken to my absolutely beautifully kept King suite.(had to keep pinching myself is this all mine?) Very clean, spacious, modern suite, massive king size bed, small kitchenette and sumptuous bathroom.
(Even had a sneaky dip in the pool at 1am, naughty me).
Even though the suites are all by the pool, they don't look directly into each other. Which gives you plenty of privacy. The pool, grounds and rooms are kept immaculately clean. By the ever smiling,friendly staff. My cooked breakfast was brought to my suite each morning,and beautifully presented.
1st morning was still quite frazzled, but the ever so lovely Toya & Evie, set about slowing me down. In a instant a massage by the pool was arranged, a bike organised so i could get around. This i find is the easiest way getting around, for around $3 per day. The main road is just a couple of mins, Hardys is about 5mins, as is a ride to the beach.
Also, any fellow fitness goers, the wonderful Evie (powerful little pocket rocket) is an avid gym goer!! Airfitness is out on the bypass. @ $10 per casual visit or $50 p.m which i found more cost effective, even though my stay was only 15days.
Exceptional boutique motel/villa. Would highly recommend!!!!
The staff are true professionals at making you feel relaxed,
so you can enjoy your time. Nothing is a bother, everything perfectly done!

Room Tip: Best liked: The very welcoming staff. Small relaxed atmosphere Least liked: Nothing, everything pe...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Address: Jalan Kesari II, Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 93 B&Bs / Inns in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aleesha Villas in Sanur is the perfect oasis within the holiday paradise of Bali. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, Aleesha Villas compliments the holiday needs of all travellers, offering a range of holiday experiences and packages designed to indulge your every need. Boasting accommodation ranging from tastefully designed and skillfully finished ever so chic one-bedroom suites overlooking the stunning infinity pool with views over the rice fields. Or to the sublime and exclusive one and two bedroom walled private pool villas offering total privacy and seclusion. ... more   less 
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