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Review of The Gangsa Private Villa by Kayumanis

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The Gangsa Private Villa by Kayumanis
Ranked #1 of 76 Hotels in Sanur
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Burke, Virginia
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46 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very Pleasant Stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

We initially booked at the Gangsa for 3 nights but at the last night they upgraded us to the Jimbaran establishment due to overbooking.

Service is top-notch. Everyone was always so polite and speaks fluent, good English. We have the freedom to have our breakfast or tea wherever and whenever we want. Whatever we want, we just call our bulter and everything is arranged for us. We had them book my husband and I a whitewater rafting trip. It was so pleasant and easy and no nasty surprises at all. We lived like kings and queens throughout our stay in Bali.

The location is not easily accessible or busy which is perfect for people who are looking for some peace and quiet. Security is pretty tight. We don't feel unsafe or uneasy at all. Shuttle service is complimentary to anywhere in Sanur. If you want to go to other areas, the front desk can arrange it for you too. We were sad to leave after 2 nights as we had such a great time here at The Gangsa Private Villa. I definitely want to come back again soon!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2014

Sanur was the first of 3 stops during our trip to Bali and Gangsa made it our most memorable.

Made picked us up from the airport and gave us a brief introduction to Sanur. First impression of the hotel was that it was tucked away from the main hub which immediately raised concerns as to whether we would be "locked in" at the hotel with difficult access to the centre. We were quickly reassured by Made that there is a free shuttle to and from the centre of Sanur whenever we required and that if we wanted to go further, there would be a small charge. As we arrived relatively late at night and with our 4-year-old fast asleep, check-in was processed smoothly and swiftly. By the time we got to our villa, our requested welcome drinks were waiting for us.

Our villa was simply stunning but it wasn't until the next morning when we could really admire the true beauty of where we would be spending the next 4 days. We were actually upgraded to a 2-bedroom villa which was a pleasant surprise but unfortunately we could not benefit from it as our daughter would not stay in the separate bedroom upstairs by herself.

Prior to our arrival, we had the choice of partaking in various activities (payable) carefully thought out by the hotel. We chose some spa treatments as well a visit to the rice fields.

Frankly, I did not expect the spa to be anything special given the small size of the establishment. I could not be more wrong. From the moment we stepped into the spa area, my daughter and I were treated as royalty and we left feeling relaxed, refreshed and recharged.

Ngurah accompanied us on the visit to the rice fields and filled us in with more information on Bali and its people. The visit was more than just seeing some rice fields, it gave us an insight to a different way of life. Everything was tastefully carried out and we didn't feel like we were dragged around like another bunch of ignorant tourists.

We really could not fault this property, from the divine oatmeal at breakfast to the carefully chosen decor to the discreet, attentive service from each member of staff. We particularly liked the way they referred to us as Bapak and Ibu - Father and Mother.

Gangsa was our little paradise for a couple of days.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2014

My wife and I had an amazing stay here. We received a free upgrade and chocolate honeymoon cake. The villa was quiet and spacious, the food was delicious, and the staff was friendly and professional. Our main concern coming in was that the villas are a bit far from Sanur- but they have a shuttle that will bring you into town (and pick you up) whenever you want. They bring afternoon tea (which includes tea/coffee and snacks) directly to your villa. We recommend staying away from the villa when mosquito spraying occurs (they spray a gas that gets everywhere), but aside from that no complaints. I would happily stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Guest913
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SG
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2014

We (2 adults and a 14mth toddler) were in The Gangsa for 5 days.

To our pleasant surprise, we were upgraded to a 3-bedroom villa which was HUGE. The living room, dining area, and kitchen are separated from the master bedroom. there are 2 deck chairs and a sun bed next to the pool. Master bedroom is spacious and there are pockets of space to relax. I only wished it was brighter so i could read. The resort offers free refills of mini bar certainly helped to brighten our day!

We expected a playpen when we requested for a cot and again, to our surprise, it was a huge wooden cot which came with a mosquito net and latches so it's really safe and comfortable. He slept better than he did at home!

The living area is really cosy with sofa, sunbeds. And there is also a radio with several CDs if you want some relaxing music. BUT there are tons of mosquitoes, despite having at least 4 mosquito coils around. Note to Gangsa management, the pond between living and dining area of Villa Kantil is a breeding ground, i saw a lot of larvae squirming around. You may want to look into cleaning that. I left with 20+ bites on my legs. Mosquito coils were refilled and relit twice a day, and they supply a huge bottle of repellent which thankfully worked for my son.

Tropical fruit basket was refilled on a daily basis. Breakfast selection was good, and they are able to accommodate switching of items, i miss bubur kacang ijo! Not to mention daily complimentary tiered hi tea which was great too!

There is a free transport service limited to Sanur area at your convenience and a daily shuttle service for Kuta. The transportation which is an MPV is very comfortable and there are fresh servings of cookies and bottled water every trip. We also found out from the driver that if you took the shuttle to Kuta and is unsure what time you want to head back, as long as it is during the times when the shuttle service runs, the resort would cover the taxi fare!

If you are travelling with kids and wondering if it's suitable resort, look no further! And if you need groceries, there is Hardy's, in Sanur town The supermarket has a good selection of baby products, fruits, fresh produce.

We checked out a few restaurants in town, Grocer & Grind, nothing fantastic, but if you want a burger and free wifi, this is where to go. Pregina's serves a mean crispy duck and our favourite, Mila's Warung. Mila's Warung is small, sits maximum 8 tables but packs so much punch! Central Javanese cuisine that is really good and cheap and it's 3mins drive from Gangsa! We love it so much we ordered in for lunch and dinner for a few occasions. It is quite popular, so just ask the reception and they will know where to send you.

To summarise, Sanur won us over with the warmth of its people and The Gangsa impressed with sincere service that comes with thoughtfulness and immense pride in what they do.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Perth, Australia
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2014 via mobile

We spent 9 days at The Gangsa after time in Seminyak and Ubud. This was the best hotel of our holiday because of the overall experience. The service is outstanding and everything is done with beautiful attention to detail. The driver service to and from Sanur, in beautifully maintained vehicles, is excellent and the food is some of the best we had in Bali (you must try the traditional Balinese breakfast). The villas are clean, very private and quiet with a large swimming pool at the perfect tempature, 2 TVs, a living area, 3 toilets etc... Although the villas are disconnected by the bypass from the main part of Sanur, it really didn't matter because of the driver service. If you are traveling with young children it is good to know that the bedrooms are not connected internally, so we arranged for a bed to be put in our room for our 5 year old who wouldn't have been happy out of our earshot. The high tea each afternoon is decadent (the chef makes great biscuits!). We loved our stay at The Gangsa and all the staff were lovely people and always welcoming and helpful- we hope to be back!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Hong Kong, China
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31 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

A very warm welcome at the Gangsa, everyone is smiling and always willing to help you, a quick and welcoming check in to the villa. The villas are very big and enough bathrooms for each one of the family, rooms are cleaned and tidied up very efficiently. With a low density of villas it is never ever crammed with people during breakfast (optional to have in villa too), lunch or dinner.

You must try their spa too - lovely experience. Though it was part of the package, they never skimped on the treatment. Even 2 hours I think is too short :-)

Location fine - very close to the beach, Sanur centre, supermarket etc, the shuttle car is free and provided always with a smile and very punctual! I mean they are always there waiting for you.

Great place for honeymooners - the privacy is top, behind those tall walls no one can see you.
The pool is great - cleaned daily and we enjoyed that, the kids will love it..out the bed room and jump into the pool before breakfast.

But, there is a room for improvement - the internet, as mentioned by other people, this really needs to be improved. Wifi should be available with a strong signal - not just villas near the spa and lobby. It was not a deal breaker for me listen to my tip:

Immediately out of the airport get yourself a 6Gigabyte sim card for 150K, in a week I used 2G - that's including numerous youtube,s whatsapps, maps and browsing. Then from your phone, tether it your computer or ipad, the speed is far faster than any internet I used in Bali.

Mosquito spray is a must - for anywhere in Bali because it is a very green place and with green comes bugs that might bite. Natural repellent is not always the best, we used more potent stuff which repels for good for 8hrs+

Villa should have more brighter lights - at least install some LED garden lights - motion detection to save some power but provide sufficient lighting when entering the villas in the late evening.

Generally a very safe and enjoyable experience!

Oh some bloke said a big hole outside - well, it's not a hole, it's a stream...drivers can see that miles away and won't drive into it. Don't worry.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bricheun
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agtd, General Manager at The Gangsa Private Villa by Kayumanis, responded to this review, January 2, 2014
Dear Bapak Bricheun,

Om Swastyastu...

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on your resent stay at the gangsa private villa. It is truly appreciated. My sincerely apologies for some areas, that we need to be improved especially our internet connection. We will take an immediate action to fix it.

Pertaining to the some bloke said a big hole outside of the gangsa, you are right that it is not a hole, but it is stream of rice field water irrigation system along Tirta Akasa Street. We trust, drivers can see the road there.

Again, thank you and we look forward to welcoming you back to the gangsa private villa


Best regards,
Putu Agustini
General Manager
the gangsa private villa
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Hong Kong, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2013

It was the first time to Bali and we picked Gangsa based on the reviews we read on trip advisor. The reviews did not let us down but in fact the stay was better when we personally experienced the 3 nights ourselves in December. The villa was nicely furnished with touch of Balinese decor, and the pool was very big for a real swim. The service made us really loved the place, all the staff were very helpful and sincere, and the arrangement was very flexible, every thing could be arranged simply with a call! We enjoyed the breakfast and afternoon tea served in our room, the car taking us to and fro within Sanur and to Kuta, and we loved the free mini bar and homemade cornflakes cookies. Would highly recommend this villa if you want a getaway with excellent service!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Gangsa Private Villa by Kayumanis
Address: Jalan Tirta Akasa 28, Sanur, Denpasar 80227, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Sanur
#1 Spa Hotel in Sanur
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sanur
#3 Family Hotel in Sanur
#3 Romantic Hotel in Sanur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Gangsa Private Villa by Kayumanis 4.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The term 'gangsa', refers to the keyed instrument that plays resonant melodies in a traditional Balinese orchestra. The choice of name is a conscious effort to preserve the island's unique culture trough tourism. As one of Bali's original all-villa properties, the gangsa is hidden away down a quiet back lane in the revered priestly village of Sanur and is only a 2km journey from a white sandy beachfront. It is resplendent of a traditional community composed of 11 private villa units featuring 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms. Each spaciously appointed villa is secluded within a charming landscaped compound highlighted by a personal swimming pool and Balinese lounging pavilion that exposes the delights of tropical outdoor living. The interior decor concept is inspired by the artistic heritage of the Balinese people. ... more   less 
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