We recently stayed at Villa des Indes, Bali. We come to Bali for 2 weeks every February and always opt to rent a private villa over a hotel. Over the years we have rented some very large villas in various places such as Seminyak, Ubud and also a Canggu beachfront villa. All of these villas have had an abundance of staff and in general were gorgeous property's. We do travel frequently throughout the year and always travel first/business class, so we do get very spoilt and become very picky with our accommodation as we have stayed in some amazing places. We also have our own villa in Phuket that we also rent out to guests when we are not using it so it is always of great interest to see how others operate their own villas!
When in Bali we normally rent a villa for one week in the Oberoi/Seminyak area which we love and then a villa further out somewhere near Canggu, Echo beach or Tanah lot. This year we first rented Villa Devantas (see review) and then moved for our final 8 nights to Villa des Indes. We had originally booked the 2 bedroom villa, Villa des Indes II for our entire 8 nights but then we learnt that the larger villa was available for 6 nights so we upgraded to Villa des Indes I for the first 6 nights and then moved to the smaller villa for the last 2 nights.
I had found the villa whilst exploring on-line and I had also heard very good things about it. The reviews on trip advisor are excellent with it having a nearly perfect score from all reviewers. On arrival we were met by several of the staff, known as your butlers who presented us with cold towels and a welcome drink and a selection of canapés cooked by the in-house chef.
As you open the oversized antique doors and enter Villa des Indes I compound it simply takes your breath away. Before your eyes is the magnificent antique joglo, which is immense in size and a beautiful display of craftsmanship surrounded by multi tiered water features. Instantly you know your in for something special.
The villa is spotless and immaculate. The attention to detail is incredible and the staff and service are just perfection. The furnishings and décor are quite fabulous and the various antiques throughout the villa and bedroom suites are quite simply impressive!
There is a large lagoon style free form swimming pool that surrounds the main living pavilion as well as 3 master bedroom suites that are very large and incredibly comfortable.
The two master bedroom suites known as the East and West Master bedrooms are single level with a large living room with cable TV and a great selection of international channels. Comfortable sofas, books and a desk. The bedrooms have comfortable beds, excellent linens that are monogramed, oversized walk through wardrobes and large bathrooms with double sinks, huge soaking tubs and both indoor and outdoor showers. Lovely thoughtful amenities are provided such as drinking water throughout, band aids, cotton buds etc in the bathrooms and full sized body shop bathroom products in the showers.
The guest villa in Villa Indes I is a 2 storey pavilion complete with an upper open air relaxation area with day bed, kitchenette and various chairs and seating.
The most outstanding feature of the villa is the all male staff. That are trained to such a high standard. Our first butler was Komang (might have the spelling wrong) who was an incredible asset to the villa. His attention to the guests requirements is outstanding. We went for a dip in the pool and before we were out he would appear with pool towels. My partner lit a cigarette in the garden and he suddenly appeared with an ashtray. Our champagne glass would finish and somehow he would just appear to refill it.
We had lunch on arrival and he set up a lovely round table by the side of the pool complete with linen and silverware. We had friends over for lunch and dinners several times and canapés were served from silver platters with tongs for our guests and one night we had a BBQ that was probably the best meal we ate in all of Bali. The steak was definitely the best we had in Bali. The fish was so enjoyed by one guest that normally is not a fish eater and he had three pieces.
Your butler is there till very late around midnight or basically when you go to bed and is just a ring away. You have little bells all over the property that you just ring and they instantly appear from an unobtrusive staff area.
On our first night Komang was there till midnight and back at around 6.30am, quietly polishing furniture in the living pavilion before you wake up, rolling pool towels, preparing sun beds and changing flowers etc.
The villa is filled with a wonderful selection of books and fabulous magazines on interiors etc that we loved flicking through pool side.
We then moved to the 2 bedroom villa for the last 2 nights and has a wonderful huge garden that they have obviously maintained to be able to hold large events here such as weddings and dinners etc. I think it would also be great for young children to run around in. I believe it is about 900 sq.m but for us it remained unused.
The 2 bedroom villa again is very comfortable and well thought out. My only problem was the staff kitchen and office is very close and often we could hear them chatting in the evening and doing the washing up etc. This seems trivial but after the sheer perfection of the 3 bedroom it was very noticeable.
All in all we had an incredible stay and we are looking at returning next year to stay again. The villa's are in a very exclusive complex of maybe 12 villas but all individual in style. We actually had a look a couple of the other villas but they did not even come close to Villa des Indes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VILLA DES INDES I is an ancient Javanese 'Joglo' Villas in Seminyak, Bali, steeped in luxury with personal chefs and butlers. Directly across from the beach, VILLA DES INDES is made up of two colonial villas which can be rented out seperately as a 2, 3 or 5 bedroom residence. The Joglo of VILLA DES INDES I (4 bedroom) is surrounded by a 21m pool. VILLA DES INDES II (5 bedroom) is a two-story pavilion with pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Des Indes Bali/Seminyak