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Sekar Taman I Villas
Ranked #222 of 417 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
2 reviews
“Great location, great value”
Reviewed July 10, 2012

We stayed at villa Carissa for 6 nights in early July. We were late booking which made finding something well located and reasonably priced for a family a real challenge during high season and Aussie school holidays. When it looked like all else had failed we remembered the great experience we had 3 years ago booking a 'villas of excellence' property in Jimbaran (no longer in the group), so again we called on Neil and he got us a great rate in the $200's per night and this villa is right in the heart of the action in Seminyak, just off laksamana.

We found the villa an oasis of tranquility within a busy area. Dodi cooked our breakfast each day (included) and the menu is good for about 3-4 days before becoming a bit tiresome - but Dodi was terrific! Sri came and gave us a great 1-1.5 hr massage each day in our villa (about $15 AUD) with our first 2 complimentary from Neil. The normal villa driver Made was busy with other guests so we were driven by Wayan who is a contract driver for the villas (we also met both Wayan and Made 3 years ago in . Both are outstanding, so helpful and patient! Windi and Gede sorted out any issues we had during the week which all seemed to occur on our first day. The drain got blocked, a tree blew down in the wind etc, but each issue was dealt with quickly and efficiently and in typical Balinese style with many apologies.

We mention the staff more than the villa only because in a foreign country (even one as familiar as Bali) excellent staff make all the difference between a great experience and an ordinary one. The villa in our view, having stayed at Ayana, the Westin Nusa Dua and the Intercontinental in Bali over the years, paying significantly more, was excellent value for money! The pool is small but beautifully set, the bengong is just perfect for an evening of wine and chat, the beds were comfy and bathrooms were big areagan a nice ambience even if the toilets themselves are ready for replacement. We didn't notice the noise mentioned in some other reviews.

All in all, our thanks to some special people for making our latest Bali holiday yet another experience to remember. We would always recommend and go back to villas of excellence and are looking at villa kipas nearer to the beach for our next stay.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 24, 2011

Everything that was stated. Was perfect for the 3 of us although the cooked breakfast did get a bit tedious by the 4th day! Perfect location right in the heart of 'Eat Street' Seminyak surrounded by all the restaurants and boutiques. Bedroom, garden and pool was perfect! We stayed in Villa Jepun (it was the last one in the lane) and probably the closest one parallel to a bar on the main street. The live music seems to be louder in the upstairs bedrooms but that only goes til about 1am. Even the loud music didn't keep us awake! We were too exhausted..
Pool area comes with daybeds and bale.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 26, 2011

Expect to be disappointed if you pay $450 per night for Aman Putri. The place is quite run down and needs money spent on furniture and general maintenance. Beware the L/H bathroom which smells like the water is drawn directly from the waste water creek beside the villa. Shop around and you will find much better places for less money.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed July 7, 2011

Just returned from a week spent at Villa Carissa. There were 4 females all in our 30s. We booked directly with Neil, who is just fantastic! The villa was stunning. Gorgeous private pool with daybed in a cabana. Also 2 sunlounges outside the bottom bedroom. The bedrooms were generous in size and we 2 girls upstairs and 2 girls downstairs with one on a roll out bed (which was really comfortable!). The staff are amazing. Whenever we wanted anything - from money, to massages, to bike hiring or wifi cards we called and whatever we needed was provided straight away! The villa is well air conditioned in all bedrooms and living areas. The breakfast is great, although it probably could have more variety. We were all sick of eggs by the end of the trip! It is well situated and you can walk to nearby restaurants and Seminyak Square. The villa is clean and comfy and would also be perfect for families.

THE CONS

The water pressure in the showers is average, but this is quite normal for Bali. The upstairs shower was blocked so we all used the downstairs one. If you weren't quick enough the shower would stop and you would have to wait about 5 minutes for it to resume. The pebbles on the floor of the shower are not the most comfortable things to stand on either. There is a pump near the gate of the villa that is very noisy but you didn't hear it when you were in bed with the doors shut. The dogs in the neighbouring property bark all night but after a few nights you tune out to them. The upstairs bedroom was noisy, you could hear music and traffic noise all night long. We had a mouse that would come late at night when were sitting outside. One morning he had eaten thru the bottom of a fresh bag of chips! The mosies are bad but you are given insect repellant and plenty of mosie coils to combat this. Overall we had an absolute ball, we loved the villa and if we went back would stay there again. Highly recommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

We recently stayed in Villa Japun at Sekar Teman 1. 3 people for a cost of $250 a night which we thought was good value. However there were many things wrong with this villa that I wouldn't return again.
Pros - great location. Walking distance to everything. The pool was beautiful and the villa was reasonably private.
Cons - Staff were friendly, but didn't really do anything to go out of their way to assist you.
On arrival there was no iron or ironing board and they were very hesitant to give us an iron. Everything in this villa was set up for 2 people, therefore anymore than 2 people and it is not comfortable. ie - 2 chairs, 2 deck chairs etc
The Villa is a good size, however it is in major need of a renovation. Everything was old, the airconditioner in the bedrooms didn't work, the power continually failed due to circuits breaking, the lamps are falling apart, the bathrooms were questionably clean, the ceiling in one room leaked, when the local restaurants start music it goes until about 1am in the morning and it seems super loud in the balinese style bedrooms (due to the bale ceilings), breakfast was appalling (we only had it one morning and chose to eat out instead), when the power goes off you have NO water at all, the living area was unusable as their was 1 3 seater wooden bench and 2 chairs to 'laze' on which were completely uncomfortable, the linen was changed and cleaned daily, however it still seemed slightly grubby, we dropped our key to security each time we left however anyone could access the key as the security were often asleep on a sofa therefore anyone could grab the key from the front desk.
I am not normally a huge complainer for accommodation but after being to friends of ours that had a huge beautiful and well looked after 3 bedroom villa just minutes away @ $280 a night I really started to doubt the value for money. Do yourself a favour and go a little further out of Seminyak/Petingenet as a taxi back is about $1-$2. You will get a bigger, more beautiful villa for maybe cheaper. If you are going away to party with some friends then this villa is close to everything you need and not bad value. But I would recommend trying to get the price down to about $200 a night. Bali has such a huge variety of Villas available now and its just trial and error unfortunately. Good luck. :-)

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed June 15, 2011

Just returned from a 7 day holiday at Villa Carissa. My husband & I went with another couple & their 15mth old son + our 10mth old daughter. Organising this was SO EASY as Neil (the contact) lives in Sydney & is happy to email or chat to u on phone re properties. Criteria for us was Glass bifold doors blocking the pool from the lil ones & keep bugs out of kitchen TV room.
Pros's ~
LOCATION ~ right next to Ultimo. perefct loco for kids & an early dinner. In the heart of "posh seminyak"
ALL baby equipment provided (we got 2 sets of eveything)
Mobile phones x 2 provided
Private pool
Great comfortable beds & clean villa
Excellent staff, so friendly & yummy breakfast
Con's~
Small area out near pool not much play room for kids but ours played upstairs on the deck.
Dogs barked ALL NIGHT in near by properties
Upstairs shower lacks any pressure
AIR Con broke in Master room on 2nd last night ~ kept on shorting power & made room very hot for bubba :(
Overall. Very happy with value for money!! The staff were FANTASTIC & Neil was a wonderful assist pre leaving AUS. Def recommend for family on budget with kids :)
Next trip we hope to try their new villa's specifically Villa KIpas!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2011

Somehow i stuffed up our booking in the previous hotel and Villa Petra was available for one night before we moved into Villa Carissa for a further 4 nights. Staff are lovely, we chose to eat out for breakfast on all but one occasion. This was through no fault of the staff, the breakfast was yummy. We just chose to eat out given the proximity to most restaurants.
Both Villas were immaculate. It should be noted that on other reviews complaints have been made about noise levels - sleeping downstairs we heard no noise.
The pool was the perfect size for our 9 year old to have lots of fun. Baby equipment for our other child was also provided (baby cot and monitor); the Villa's are spacious and would easily suit two couples or a large family. The bedrooms are both separate to the main living area, so we were able to watch TV without disturbing the children as they slept. TV and DVD player provided allowed us to have a couple of early nights watching DVD's which was great.
The best thing about the villa's is location, location, location. It is only walking distance to Ultimo, Rumours, Bodyworks, Cafe Bali, Bali Bakery, Seminyak Square. It will definately be recommended to our family and friends.
Only suggestion i would have is that the paving stones in the showers need to be moved back in the downstairs shower as you have to stand on pebbles to get the shower head directed on you, but hey that's just me being picky.
Thanks to all the staff for making our stay lovely

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Sekar Taman I Villas
Address: side street off Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
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Ranked #222 of 417 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
Number of rooms: 5
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