This was our 9th holiday to Bali, but the first time we chose to stay in a villa that was not part of a larger hotel resort, and also the first time that we stayed in a resort that was not directly beachfront. Our entire experience with Chandra was excellent – in fact it started before we had even arrived, with Larry (who was extremely helpful, thank you!) arranging transportation, in-villa dining & spa treatments prior to arrival, all via email. As for our stay, our villa was lovely and the staff were excellent attending to all our needs to ensure we had the perfect holiday. If I have to be super-critical, then I must admit that like all non-hotel villas there are some minor shortcomings, however, I was so impressed by the many great things about Chandra that we have already arranged a return visit next year.
THE GREAT THINGS:- lovely spacious villa, nice pool (good size, clean & perfect temperature), luxurious outdoor oval baths & showers, nice aromatherapy amenities, great service from welcoming and attentive staff, complimentary shuttle to local shopping & restaurants (we would simply ring the front desk 10 mins before leaving), great location in Seminyak as only a 5 min walk to Seminyak Square, shops & Eat St, complex feels very safe & secure, fabulous in-villa spa therapists, great in-villa dining menu available all day from various local establishments delivered to your villa for a small $3 delivery fee, 24 hour front desk
THE MINOR SHORTCOMINGS:- not beachfront, villas are starting to show the signs of wear & tear, surrounding streetfront not particularly aesthetic compared to resorts on the main streets (however, this is also an advantage because being tucked away behind the main street also means that you have a lovely quiet oasis!), lack of hotel facilities (eg gym, kids club, main pool, 24hr room service – however they do offer in-villa personal trainer & yoga sessions for a fee if you feel so inclined, and babysitting services).
THE VILLA:- We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa (“non child-friendly” – they do have child friendly villas with pool fences available too), which was one of the smallest villas in the complex, however, we found it to be spacious and extremely comfortable. The open plan living, dining and kitchen overlooking the private pool was lovely, however, being an alfresco layout meant that it wasn’t air-conditioned & was prone to mosquitoes (as were the outdoor bathrooms). However, every evening the staff would set up mosquito coils in all the outdoor areas at the turndown service, and despite seeing multiple mozzies in these areas (particularly first thing in the morning after the coils had burnt out), we didn’t seem to have any major issues with insect bites. The bedrooms were very comfortable with excellent air conditioning, large flat screen TVs, large dressing/robe room, and lots of natural light and a lovely outlook over the outdoor bathroom & gardens/pool. The villa was starting to show some signs of wear & tear, however all was in good working order and well maintained. When we had issues with a light tripping the bathroom lighting circuit, this was efficiently sorted out by the maintenance staff despite us first discovering the problem late at night.
THE STAFF:- The staff work hard to ensure that they are serving you well without being intrusive. Every morning, our wonderful butler, Wayan, would enter the villa an hour before our requested breakfast time (you order breakfast during your turndown service the night prior) and quietly clean up any dishes left over from the previous evening, prepare our breakfast & set the table. On several occasions we were slow to rise and reach the breakfast table, and he would simply keep our food warm & serve it when we were ready. Before leaving, he would quietly clean up after breakfast, prepare some extra freshly squeezed juice for our fridge, and then enquire as to our plans for the day to ensure that our villa was cleaned at a convenient time to us.
IN-VILLA BBQ (A MUST!):- We hosted an-villa BBQ for family who were staying in another hotel in Bali. This can be arranged after arrival, but we pre-arranged it via email a few weeks prior. The menu was excellent and plentiful (we did the East meets West with grilled meats and fresh local seafood, lots of beautiful salads & vegetables) and they happily included my special request for black rice pudding in addition to the usual fresh fruits & Indonesian desserts. The villa staff came & prepared the tables with extra linen, cutlery & flowers, and then set up the BBQ ready for the chef an hour before our nominated start time. Everything was beautifully cooked & presented, with our waitress ensuring we all had chilled filtered water throughout the meal. And then within half an hour after our guests left, they had completely washed & packed up, leaving us once again to relax peacefully in our villa for the rest of the evening.
IN-VILLA SPA:- We completely embraced the villa experience and arranged couples spa treatments daily throughout our stay (portable massage tables are brought to your villa). These were very reasonably priced compared to many of the hotels we have stayed in, and the therapists were excellent.
So overall, an excellent stay in this lovely villa complex conveniently located to the shops & restaurants of Seminyak, with wonderful staff. We had a great experience all the way through from booking to departing and re-booking! Thank you Chandra – we so look forward to staying with you again next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Villas in Seminyak. Situated in the Oberoi area of Seminyak, north of Legian, our two and three-bedroom villas represent the very best in luxury holiday accommodation. You’ll enjoy the independence of your own exquisitely decorated home and the easy-living convenience of maid service, with chef on demand. Relax by your private pool or stroll to any of the local beaches – Seminyak, Petitenget, Gado-Gado or Kudeta.If you’ve been yearning for a Bali villa holiday, Chandra will bring your dream to life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chandra Luxury Villas Bali - By 8 Hotel Seminyak
- Chandra Luxury Villas Bali Seminyak