The things that stand out the most at the Royal Beach were the amazing staff and the beautiful grounds. Add a good room and a beach-front location and you've got a winning combination.
Every day it was a delight to walk through the gardens to the restaurants, pools and (our favorite) the beach-front sun loungers. The ocean breeze and the sound of the waves were very relaxing. Loved the swimming pools too; the 'garden pool' was a quiet, secluded, almost exclusive retreat; the larger pool near the beach offered great views of the beach.
The food was very good and not much more expensive than near-by restaurants. We especially enjoyed the outdoor restaurant between - and with a view of - the pool and the beach.
For transportation, don't even bother negotiating a fare with the taxi drivers outside the hotel. The price of the hotel's own fleet is 25,000 (€ 2) within Seminyak. Try getting this from a local taxi (admittedly we tipped the hotel's driver 5,000).
As has been pointed out, the wifi signal varies; sometimes it was gone, at other times it was good enough to video Skype. Even in the beach-front sun loungers I had fairly good wifi signal. And what's more, it was free of charge.
In conclusion, highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique hotel directly on the Seminyak Beach, surrounded by uniquely designed 4.5 hectares tropical garden. Featuring 128 rooms and 17 private villas, it is within walking distance to Seminyak fine dining restaurants, trendiest bars and luxury shopping. With outstanding modern Balinese architecture, the hotel offers a distinctive and memorable stay wrapped with the warmth of Balinese culture on every stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali Hotel Seminyak
- Sofitel Hotel Seminyak Bali
- Sofitel Hotel Denpasar
- Sofitel Seminyak Bali
- Sofitel Bali
- Denpasar Sofitel
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