This was just perfect! Travelling with a group of friends, you want enough privacy / security along with relaxed communal living - Villa Gardenia gets that balance just right. Very comfy in a large, air-conditioned king size room with ensuite, room safe and Flat Screen TV with lots of channels. They have queens and twins as well, and WiFi - so no phone plan required.
Just outside, the open shared lounge, kitchen/dining, media room and different poolside areas mean there’s enough spaces to relax, eat, swim or celebrate together or seperately - but with total privacy from the bustling Bali outside the Villa walls.
It’s surprisingly quiet, considering how close it is to all the action of restaurants, clubs, shops and the beach - its just as easy to walk as to take taxis or ubers.
The english-speaking staff make it all too easy, offering to arrange in-villa services as needed - Chef / Masseuse / Babysitting The villa’s Driver Gedde is great for Tours, transfers and exploring. The owners communicate well, too - which is an extra help. Parents can request the pool fence for extra security for the kids. Definitely going back - ridiculously good value!
We stayed at Villa Gardinia with a group at 6 girls to celebrate a 30th birthday. Right from the time of booking through to the end of our stay, Les (manager) was easy to contact and was extremely helpful with every possible query we had. The villa itself is huge, and is perfect for a group holiday as the pool and open lounge provide a great place to unwind together. The villa staff Ariani and Artana were just amazing - going above and beyond our expectations. Gede (transport) was quite frankly the best driver I have experienced in all of my overseas travel - I would recommend using him wholeheartedly. I will be booking this villa the next time I am in Bali - best holiday to date!
We arrived to smiling staff and cool drinks and were very well looked after during our stay. The accommodation is a short walk to shops, cafes and all the action of Seminyak, yet tucked away in a quiet cul-de-sac. The covered entertaining area is fantastic eating, relaxing and entertaining by the pool. The rooms are kept very clean and all have air conditioning. The staff were extremely helpful, providing us with tips, cooking when we required it and were available to babysit as well. We stayed with another family and there was ample room for kids and adults alike.
We had originally booked the Villa Ashmik however a double booking me at that we were moved to the Villa Gardenia. After the initial frustration (we had two family's to keep happy) it turned out great. We had 7 kids ranging from 3 to 16 and the villa perfectly accomodating them. Pool fence was a great relief for smaller kids, cinema room was perfect to have quite time with the kids after hectic days and being air conditioned me at it was a great place to cool down.
All bedrooms were perfect with plenty of space and each having their own bathroom was a bonus.
The service staff were brilliant, cooked exactly what we wanted each day and so much food! Everything was so tasty and they were on time each day too. The cleanliness was right on point and the staff we full of smiles and could not do enough for us.
We only had a small issue with the pool, which was out of the control of the staff with rain, it threw the chemicals out slightly, as soon as we notified them they came to fix it straight away anyway.
Great location for those that are able to walk, only about 200m from the main road in Seminyak and so close to the Bintang supermarkets etc for all your needs. Just need to be careful at night with the exposed drains on the side of the road as my mother in law did have a fall one night. The oncoming headlights can make it hard to see. Obviously this has nothing to do with the villa owners responsibility just a tip.
I would stay with this group again.
We just returned from an amazing two week stay at Villa Gardenia and wish we could turn around and go back. Although there were just the four of us (myself, my wife and our two boys), the villa could easily hand two or three times that number. With six bedrooms it could easily fit two families without feeling crowded.
On the first night our flight was delayed and we managed to get in around midnight, but all the staff stayed up to welcome us which was a fantastic touch.
The villa is located within the main area of Seminyak, and an easy walk to Bintang and Double Six beach. A couple of dollars in a taxi will get you to Seminyak Square, Ku De Ta and Potato Head.
The villa itself has recently been renovated, and is extremely comfortable with large beds, sofas and televisions galore. It was easy for everyone to find their own space and it was glorious returning to the sanctuary of the villa after a busy day exploring everything Bali has to offer. A well equipped kitchen and huge fridge meant we could make our own meals (on occasion....the food in the restaurants close by was sensational...especially The Grain, Dusty, and Bo and Bun) and have plenty of snacks on hand. Whenever we ran out 'Buds' shop on the corner (literally 20 metres out the front door), had plenty of drinks, chocolates and ice creams to keep us happy.
The staff were wonderful. Ariani in particular is lovely and went out of her way to make sure everyone was happy. She organised transport for us whenever required, and even travelled to the pharmacy to collect some antibiotics when one of our sons got an ear infection. She also babysitted our two boys on a couple of nights when we went out She played games, watched DVDs and entertained the boys marvellously. We wanted to bring her home with us...
Overall we had a brilliant time at Villa Gardenia and can't really fault it.
We will definitely be back!
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We stayed as a group of 8 at Gardenia.
The staff, including the owner Paul, couldn't of been more helpful!
The staff that came each day to tidy up were lovely and spoke English. When we had an issue with the air conditioning I emailed Paul and it was sorted the next day.
We were fully satisfied with our stay. The pool was a god send and everyone having their own comfortable room was great.
The location isn't in the main strip of Seminyak but it was only a 10-15min walk away. Everything we needed wasn't too far away. It was less than 60m to the closest mini mart with AU$1.60 Bintang!
We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay at on our first trip to Bali.
Thanks so much to Paul and his staff
We stayed for 8 nights with out extended family(15 of us in total).
I have to stay the whole process from initially dealing with Paul, an Australian owner, to getting picked up at the airport to dealing with the staff at the villa, was AMAZING.
The villa has almost everything a family could need for a comfortable stay.
6 bedrooms, TV in each room? Plus one in the open lounge & a bigger TV in in the cinema room.
They have all cooking utensils needed, a good sized fridge, plenty of fun CD's and lots of DVD's especially for the kids.
They have babycots, highchairs, stroller, kids books & pool fence on request.
The villa itself is not brand new, however it has comfortable beds in each room & awesome aircon.
There are also two very large,modern, very comfortable couches in the lounge and cinema room.
There are 4 double rooms with large king sized beds & two smaller rooms with twin single beds in them, both with ensuite bathrooms as well.
There was a 19litre bottle of filtered water for us to enjoy everyday, so just bring your bottle water so you can enjoy at your leisure.
The pool was perfect temperature and well maintained.
The Staff, Ariani & Putu were absolutely amazing, friendly & helpful.
They cleaned the villa spotlessly everyday and were always happy yo cook breakfast if we asked them to.
They were so amazing with our kids, to a point that i think our 10month old fell in love with Ariani & she nearly cried when we left.
Close to heaps of restaurants, bars, money exchange, mini marts(there is one at the start of the driveway) & BINTANG SUPERMARKET.
Anything further, you can hop on The Bluebird taxi(remember to ask them turn the meter on), should cost around 20,000 rupiah( $2 Australian dollars) to most place in seminyak & legian.
WIFI at the villa was extremely reliable and quick.
THINGS THIS VILLA CAN IMPROVE ON.
The most frustrating thing about this villa is
NO LOCAL PHONE.
It was extremely difficult to order a taxi or home delivery if you did not have global roaming on.
I addressed this with Paul and he advised that the area had tun out of telephone exchanges & one of the guest had lost or stole the villa mobile phone.
The Australian Channels on the TV did not work. We did get someone in to try and fix it but he never came back to complete the job, so we missed the entire 1st round of AFL Football:-(
The pool, is one depth around 1.4meters so if you have kids who cant swim well, pls bring some floating devices with you.
There is no oven, but you can use the microwave on grill function, but takes really long to cook.
The toaster also takes incredibly long to toast the bread.
The concrete squares on the grass and the wooden stairs can get incredibly slippery when whet, so maybe a coat of some antislip is needed to prevent accidents.
Apart from these minor improvements, if i travel with a big group again, i would definitely stay at this villa & it is extremely value for money especially being so close to everything.
Thanks Paul & staff, you guys get a score of 8.5 out of 10 from us:-)