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.
- Also Known As:
- Sekar Taman I Villas Bali/Seminyak