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“Hidden Jewel” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Des Indes
5.0 of 5 Villa   |   3 Astinapura St, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #113 of 328 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
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“Hidden Jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This villa is unique in that it is a bit like the owners house where he just adds some more antiques every time he collects them! There are 4 villas actually in one enclosure and all extremely private. I walked into the very spacious bathroom and there was an old cabinet which took my attention. As I opened the lid I discovered it was an old gramophone player, amazing!

Ideal for families who want to get away from it all and the feel is a mix between classic mature and modern with lots of wooden walls and floors.

Staff are excellent and call you by name as soon as you arrive. They could not be more helpful and spent a lot of time making sure my daughter was being spoiled. The only thing was the noisy floorboards in the villa but all part of the traditional feel. A great place to stay and a great location with the beach accessible just across the street.

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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

we go frequently to seminyak, l decided to las out and stay at villa des indes 2 with my husband and 2 teenage children, WOW!!!! is all we can say it was the most amazing place we have ever stayed.the layout of the villa is fantastic and all the beautiful antiques around the villa everywhere are facinating. everything about this villa is first class, the rooms , the huge pool, the best staff in the world and the food was amazing, it was all so relaxing in a great spot in seminyak.holiday of a lifetime. thanks to koman the manager and all the staff for giving us such a wonderfultime, even milo the labrador came for a visit, heaps of fun.

Room Tip: you will never regret spending time here you never need leave the villa if you dont want to
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  • Stayed June 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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Malta, Europe
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Worth the extra if you can afford it and go for Villa des Indes I
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  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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27 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2010

Ahh, beautiful villa DES indes this is our second time we have stayed. We have stayed the villa 1 last year and came back and stayed with our friends in villa 2. So beautiful the service from staff the lovely way that the whole villa has an awesome ambiance. Having Milo the Labrador there felt just like home. As we have a Milo too.The chef is fantastic all our meals were superb . I think villa 1 has a special feeling of luxury being in a very special place it just sits with you very well.
We went out to Sarong amazing restaurant and just ate entrees I think if you wanting somewhere special for dinner make an effort and go.
At sunset on the couch at Samaya with a cocktail in hand is a very special moment. Then wander back to the villa and dinner ready all set out beautifully .ahh the life of Reilly

  • Stayed September 2010, 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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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
6 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

Amazing!
I stayed at Villa Des Indes II with my husband and another couple for 5 nights. We all loved it.
The staff of young men were friendly, warm, obliging and always happy. They couldn't do enough for us. Meli, the driver, took us on some wonderful day excursions. Thank you Meli. Koman, the manager, was very helpful, and always available to assist us in any activities we wanted to do. We all fell in love with Milo, the golden retriever, which is the villa dog.
The villa itself was fantastic. It was definitely built as a labour of love. It had two suites - one upstairs and one downstairs. Both were luxuriously appointed and very spacious. Everywhere throughout the bedrooms and Joglo were Indonesian artefacts which were beautiful and original.
Words can't describe the villa and the website doesn't do it justice.
Thank you to all the staff - we will be back!

  • Stayed June 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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sydney
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2010

We loved Villa Des Indes so much the first time that only three months later we were back! We stayed at the smaller villa the first time and the larger one with a group of friends the second time. Both stays were flawless. The houses are both incredibly comfortable with every imaginable luxury. The staff are warm, friendly, discreet and efficient - the perfect combination of there when you want them and not in your face when you want privacy. No request flusters them, no matter how big or small. The beds are superbly comfortable, the pools gorgeous, the food incredibly well priced as well as delicious. No complaints at all except that the villa dog, Milo, was sometimes not allowed to stay with us and we missed him when he wasn't around! What a phenomenal property!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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western australia
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
76 hotel reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2010

Gorgeous.
Group of 6 girlfriends on a 5 night stay.
Communication- excellent pre trip email communication, Jo popped in to see us a couple of times during the stay but stressed that she was "on call" if we needed her for anything. She is a great asset to the villas in her manner and personality, the owners should be pleased!
Villa Complex- we had rented both Villa Des Indes I and II because our group was initially 8. We could have squeezed in to VDI I but having both properties was fabulous- loads of space. The whole complex is truly high end, very polished, antiques galore without compromising the Balinese feel. I had the guest bungalow to myself, it was spacious and so comfortable. Bathroom - inside and outside were lovely. I have been converted to Body Shop Olive Oil products, full size shampoo, conditioner and wash supplied in both bathrooms as well as soaps and other ammenities. Linen was great, towels were white and fluffy and the bed and pillows the most comfortable of all of my Bali stays.
My room had Cable tv/dvd. Lots of lamps, mosquito netting 4 poster bed. A/C was super effective. Upstairs was a lounge and little kitchen, good spot for a cocktail.
Two friends shared one of the king sized rooms with a 4 poster bed and extra single set up in the lounge area, another friend had the other king size. across in VDI II 2 friends each had a room to themselves and for 2 nights another friend arrived so shared with one of the girls. Ther are a couple of extra bedrooms in VDI II but they would be for maybe older kids.
Garden areas were very well tended. Lots of pool loungers available.
Staff- what a great bunch of young men work here, they were delightful. Very obliging, always smiling. The chef and his offsider were also fabulous. Big credit to the establishment.
Food and drinks- We had included breakfasts- all great and all served on the "good silver"!!! Coffee and tea was supplied FOC throughout the stay as was water. Afternoon tea was served between 3 and 5- really nice touch. Oh, and we arrived to a welcome drink and some appetisers.
We had a couple of pool side lunches- all good. Our last night was celebrated with a Ristaffel- very authentic Indo and Balinese cuisine. We had taken our own wine and spirits so didn't sample the drinks menu, I dont know what was on offer there.
Activities- we had a team from a nearby slaon come to do massages, facials and reflexology, as well as a team from Heavenly Feet (?) come for foot and leg massages. Whilst more expensive than surrounding places the sheer pleasure of having them come to us in "our" villa was totally, totally fantastic.
I am sure I have left things out but to sum it up, it was a magical experience and a great team of people. Thanks so much. I would love to go back some day.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 3 Astinapura St, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #113 of 328 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Villa Des Indes 5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILLA DES INDES are two 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 (3 bedroom) is surrounded by a 21m pool. VILLA DES INDES II (2 bedroom) is a two-story pavilion with pool. ... more   less 
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