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“Anniversary Bliss” 5 of 5 stars
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The Samaya Bali
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Jl. Laksmana | Seminyak Beach, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia   |  
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“Anniversary Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

From the moment we stepped off the plane we were greeted by a private car to this most amazing villa establishment. We stayed for our wedding anniversary and felt as though we were treated like royalty!

Once we arrived at the Samaya Villa we were greeted by friendly staff that explained the runnings of the room and the facilities and what was pleasantly included in our stay (despite getting a cheaper rate from agoda!) we stayed in villa 220 on the beachside of the property. The room was fantastic with our own lap pool and stunning bathroom. Inclusions were free wifi, a la carte breakfast daily, afternoon tea daily, shuttle to from airport and surrounding areas of seminyak and legian. The whole time we were greeted by name and made to feel very special.

On our second day Ray Clark greeted us at breakfast and congratulated us on our anniversary and we commended him and his staff/"family" for their outstanding service. Nothing was too much trouble!

We were pleasantly surprised on our return to the room after breakfast to find frangipanis lining our entrance, anniversary cake and fruits, flowers in the room and also in the jacuzzi in the shape of hearts - it was magical!

We cannot fault the rooms, staff, ambience and setting of this fantastic place and given we usually prefer to spend our holidays in Thailand despite the longer distance, this is certainly a hotel we would happily return to and recommend again and again and again!!!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

What more could you ask for?
Perfect staff, food, ambience, rooms, location.
The nightly entertainment was indulgent and worth staying in the hotel for, the attention to detail in every aspect was worthy.

Put simply, the cost is worth it.

  • Stayed September 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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Bonn, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Stayed here on our honeymoon. The resort is fantastic. The rooms, the pool, the staff, the food etc. are all examples of good service. The decoration for our honeymoon was very sweet and put a smile on our face. The spa was amazing. The candle light dinner at the center of their pond brings back fond memories (damn the rain on that night else we could have had all our courses there that night). The only glitch was that we lost power in the room for a brief spell. But I guess I have the right to complain given that they are one of the best resorts in the world and for the kind of money I paid I expect perfection :). Thank you Samaya for making our honeymoon special.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

The Samaya Villa may be a perfect honeymoon choice of stay but as a seasoned female solo traveller who seeks an occasional pampering indulgence, I must say the Samaya Villa in Seminyak has exceeded my expectations in illustrating the natural sights the sun and sea Bali has to offer, alongside with its unpretentious service and creature comforts of its refurbished beachfront villa I had stayed in for 3 wonderful days.

Right from the pick up at the airport, the staff had ensured I had my needs met e.g topping up of my local pre-paid SIM card before a personal check in right in my villa. The expansive bathroom complete with an outdoor and indoor rain shower, and a sizable jacuzzi that comes with a TV screen was simply perfect to unwind from my busy city life. The pool size is decent to do some very short laps and great for dippings anytime of the day with an inviting lounge bed to laze...

Breakfast at the Breeze was tasty and you could pick your fancy a pretty wide selection. After having dinner the night before at the Breeze too, I took fancy to the wasabi butter provided with the bread and the restaurant staff were very obliging to let me have the same for breakfast even though it was not part of the breakfast menu.

Travelling to my favourite local shopping and eating joints within the Seminyak and Kuta area was truly a breeze and I must highlight that as a female solo tourist, the free shuttle service was very much appreciated especially during late hours where grabbing a cab with the meter turned on may not be the most convenient! You could arrange for any location you like to and for within the designated area which saved me the unnecessary hassle. If you would like to make a booking for a massage, facial or nail care services in which there is a popular one just round the corner, the butler could easily make a booking for you.

Situated right at the beach, sunsets are just footsteps away and you could be doing morning jogs and evening walks to the sound of the waves - this is truly one of highlights the beachfront villa has to offer. While I soaked in and indulge in my very own private therapeutic experience, the added warm touches of the staff and service where not just your butler but the family of staff made me feel at home in being able to greet you by your name, the entire experience had certainly left a lasting impression.

To Ray and the team, thank you for making my stay such a pleasant one, and I am sure I will be visiting you again when Bali calls, hopefully not too long after!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Samaya Seminyak from 28 Nov to 2 Dec. Ours was a 1-bedroom pool villa. The villa is spacious and the bathroom really wide and more than adequate for two people. The bed is huge and comfy; the furnishings simple yet practical. The pool depth spans from 1m - 1.4m and is surrounded by frangipani flowers. We stayed in villa 112 which is a short distance from the beach. The property is rather self sufficient, being equipped with swimming pool, restaurant (Breeze) and spa. Let me break down the experiences noted as each day passed.

Upon arrival, the immigration took almost an hour and was rather chaotic. My partner and I need not queue for the visa-on-arrival which would take 2 hrs. The driver from the resort waited for us for 1hr15mins with no complaints and no sign of lethargy. We were greeted with warm smiles, cold drinks and towels (which were absolutely essential for the hot weather and the long walk to the car park). I do believe our driver was called Cowan (Kovan)??? A really nice guy who deserves a raise (ahem ahem, Mr. Ray Clark, I do hope you read this).

Upon reaching the premises, we were greeted with frangipani flowers and a whole lot of staff members. Their presence made us feel so welcomed on the property. It's as if everyone stopped doing their work and came out all the way to meet us.

Our butler Adi, showed us to the room. We were presented with honeymoon set-up (flowers arranged in the shape of a heart at the front patio and in the bathtub; calalilies by the side of the bed and sparkling wine in the mini-bar). We took a dive in the pool right after and the water was warm, much to our surprise. That was when we both had some issues with the water. As frangipani sap is an irritant and the flowers fall right into the pool with the sap along, the water has remnants of the sap in it. Both of us started having allergies after that dip and my goggles were smeared with the oil from the sap which couldn't be washed off. We went for afternoon tea at Breeze after the dive (3-5pm and it's free everyday).

Breakfast the next morning was absolutely sinful. You can order so many varieties and they come served pipping hot and fresh in 20mins. The breakfast was so filling we usually last straight to tea. The food variety was ample and the quality really wonderful. After that, we made use of the deck chairs along the beach to enjoy unobstructed views of the sea. The Samaya is very near to Ku De Ta which is very much well-loved by us.

Everyone at the resort was kind, courteous and smiling. They make us feel very welcomed and joyous and are truly delighted to serve. Even the front desk was able to recognise us and address us by name even though we have never met him before.

I do have a few words to say about the resort which I feel could be improved upon. As a picky and fussy traveller, there are some aspects that I feel could be worked on.

1- Lack full-length mirror in bathroom; although there's a huge mirror behind the tub but it's far away

2- Lack of lighting at dressing table so it can make putting on makeup a little too difficult

3- Lack rubbish bins

4- Lack variety for lunch and dinner at Breeze

Other than these, I find the Samaya really living up to expectations. It's definitely a choice resort for my next trip to Bali.

Also, special thanks to Yuli and Emi from the Spa. Sastra from Breeze who served us our dinner on 1 Dec deserves special mention for the excellent services rendered.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We celebrated our 30th anniversary in the new beachfront villas. From the moment we arrived till we were returned to the airport 6 days later we felt like part of a very special "family".
That's right "family". Our every need was anticipated by our wonderful team of butlers. They thought of absolutely everything. Dinners were booked for us at various restaurants, transport always ready when we were, Ice delivered each day (with sliced lime) at the time we had agreed upon.Our villa was spotless every time we returned.A team tended to the villa,minibar, pool & garden simultaneously. We never felt intruded upon yet knew that there was someone at the end of the phone 24/7.Returning from breakfast on our anniversary we were greeted with flowers (on the floor, attached to the four poster bed and a lovely bouquet on the bed) a special cake & an ice bucket & chilled glasses for our champagne. Walking into the bathroom we were immediately aware of the beautiful scent of frangipanis. The double spa had been filled ready for our return and was full of fresh frangipanis & rose petals - truly beautiful. The chef had come to see us at breakfast to inquire as to the cuisine we enjoy. With that information he prepared a delicious degustation meal for our romantic dinner by the ocean.Everyone in the resort is always smiling and friendly - even when there is a sudden downpour & guests need to be shifted to the undercover restaurant.Many staff greeted us by name around the resort.
Attention to detail in the spa is wonderful. Not to mention the view as you walk into the treatment room.Our therapists were very skilled & caring,even to the point of noticing my quite badly burnt legs & applying a soothing aloe gel before I left.The villa itself was perfect as you would expect.It even had the latest electronic gear & an icy box that my husband appreciated.
Ray the General Manager is seen everyday around the resort speaking to guests & ensuring they are happy. He even came to say farewell as we left. The Samaya experience is very special on many levels. It has that "little something extra" seldom found in big resorts.
Thanks to Ray & his amazing team for our wonderful experience. We will be back - soon I hope.

Room Tip: The new beachfront villas are superb.
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  • Stayed November 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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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We are so glad we chose to stay at Samaya Bali. We were both in need of some together time and some serious R&R and our luxurious villa with a private pool did the trick. The butler was very helpful and we got fantastic service from the restaurant staff and also the ones that kept the water & cold flannels coming when we made use of the comfy sun beds by the public pool. We hired a bike for the week and went into Seminyak for dinner a couple of times. You must try Gado Gado restaurant on the beach while in Bali. We went there twice during our 10 day holiday. You also must book a romantic dinner at Samaya. You get your own table under a small white marquee on the island in the pool. Unfortunately it rained the night we had booked it and we had to have ours in the restaurant. But the 5 course degestation menu was divine and champagne & red roses as well. A great way to spend our last night. Even tho its the start of the rainy season we only had rain at night or late afternoon for about 4 of the 10 days. The weather was nice for sunbathing with the ocean breeze by the pool but be careful - hubby used the tanning oil instead of the sunscreen & fell asleep and got quite burnt. Make sure to use your sunscreen or it could put a damper on your holiday. We are keen to come back next year for my 50th and bring a few friends and family.

Room Tip: We didn't see the other rooms but we had room 112 which had a private pool, a small day bed and...
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  • Stayed November 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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Address: Jl. Laksmana | Seminyak Beach, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#1 Romantic Hotel in Seminyak
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Seminyak
#4 Spa Hotel in Seminyak
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Seminyak
#4 Luxury Hotel in Seminyak
#6 Family Hotel in Seminyak
#8 Business Hotel in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Samaya Bali 5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samaya Seminyak has an outdoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 5-star Luxury Boutique Seminyak property features massage and treatment rooms, body treatments, and facial treatments. Business amenities at this 5-star Luxury Boutique property include complimentary wireless Internet access and business services. Samaya Seminyak has an award winning restaurant Breeze and a bar/lounge. 24-hour room service is available. Transportation services at this property include a complimentary airport shuttle (available on request) and a complimentary area shuttle within 2000metres. The staff can arrange wedding services, dry cleaning/laundry services, currency exchange, and computer rentals. Additional amenities include valet parking, a concierge desk, and a garden. ... more   less 
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