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“The lap of luxury in Bali”
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Akara Villas
Ranked #90 of 434 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
Reviewed October 14, 2011

My wife and I went on our honeymoon in Bali in September 2011 and stayed at the Akara Villas after finding the place online and reading great reviews and oohing and ahhing over beautiful pictures.

The Akara was fantastic. The staff was not just professional, but warm and friendly. They took excellent care of us during our five days there. The accommodations were absolutely first-rate, stunning. From the seclusion of the private pool to the semi-outdoor bath to the breathtakingly open living room area, this place was heavenly. Moreover, it's located near all the current hot spots in Bali. If you're into fine dining, (a little too much) shopping, and beach leisure, this is the place to be. A short walk from the beach, and with access to trendy beach clubs everyone loves, like Potatohead and KuDeTa.

Perfect for getting away, disappearing, and sinking blissfully into the lap of Balinese luxury.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

My partner, myself and two other friends just came back from a stay at the akara villas. we had a fantastic time and were extremely happy with the akara. We booked through exotiq who were great. The recommended akara to us as the original villa we wanted to book was full, it turned out to be an excellent suggestion. Exotiq organised VIP express customs clearance at Denpasar for us. Which for the 30usd I can't recommend enough. This meant we were at the villa within an hour of getting off the plane. We were greeted at the reception by the fabulous staff, and we were told "welcome home" when we stepped into the villa we felt at home. We stayed in the 2 bedroom ayana villa which was on 2 levels. One bedroom upstairs (ours) which had a huge bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. The bed was really comfy and loads of wardrobe Space. We also had a balcony off our room. The bedroom downstairs was equally as good with gardens around the bathroom. The pool area was small but big enough. The pool itself was clean if a little cold as the garden did not get lots of sun. However this didn't matter as there is also a sun deck in the ayana villa on the 2nd floor. The living area was large, very comfortable and had a large flat screen tv. My partner was very excited (maybe a little too much) to find that the tv had an HDMI outlet so she could hook up her iPad if we wanted to watch a movie.
The breakfast was great and very tasty. Certainly a bonus that we did not have to go out for breakfast of go shopping for food.
The location was really good, 10mins walk to la lucciola and the very cool potato head is just in the next street. At night you can hear the music a potato head but it's not loud and did not interupt our sleep.
To top it all off the staff were absolutely brilliant. So friendly, happy and polite.
I look forward to coming back and visiting the akara villas again, we really enjoyed our stay, I can't recommend them enough.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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DivineVillas, General Manager at Akara Villas, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

Thanking you for the very encouraging comments.

I am sharing all comments that we received from our guest with our villa team to let them know that our guests certainly well look after by them.

The Akara Ayanna is certainly the luxury 2 bedroom in our Akara Villa complex, no expenses are spared to ensure the facilities extend match the demand of discerning traveller.

On behalf of the Akara villa team, I thank you for staying with us and we look forward to be in service on your next return to Bali.

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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Stayed at Akara Villa about 12-months ago and only mow get around to reviewing it. We stayed a week in both the 3-bedroom and 1bedroom villas as extended family was only in Bali with us for part of the time.

Both villas we stayed in were spacious and very well decorated. The kids loved having a private pool and it was tempting to just hang out at the villa the whole day. After a full day of sightseeing, the villa was a very welcomed place.

There are a few restaurants within walk distance although the villas are tucked away slightly from the main road and further away from the main restaurant and shopping strips. Nothing a quick cab ride can't fix. Taxis are readily available just outside anyway.

The beach is walkable in 15-min though Seminyak Beach is perhaps not the main attraction of the area.

Service was good with a right balance of attention and privacy.

Overall a very nice experience given the amount of space, privacy and amenities/service. One certainly pays a premium for the villa but it is a special treat that justifies itself fornthe most part.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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DivineVillas, General Manager at Akara Villas, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2011

Thank you for writing this great comment after your last visit.

Allow me to explain the changes our 3 bedroom villa have gone through, we have added a 2nd floor terrace and a Bale that act as a lounge place as well a proper barbeque station which both have been the guests favorite place whether just to lounge and enjoy the sunset or throw a private barbeque party.

Seminyak have developed to be a very trendy place and Akara villas are just 2 minutes away from Potato Head Bali which so so far Seminyak's best beach front restaurant.

12 months is surely a while away, perhaps its time for you to return to Bali?

We all look forward to be in service hopefully in not too distant future.

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Reviewed July 4, 2011

My Dad had originally booked to stay at Villa Kei which was also in the Divine Villa portfolio when he booked a few months prior, but it turned out from Feb 1, 2011, Divine were no longer going to be managing that property. He was told of the change from Dewi Saryani from Reservations at Divine Villa Management in a very detailed email along with the news that we were being upgraded and transferred to Villa Akara at no extra cost . All the correspondence was polite, helpful and clear in terms of where the villa was located, the amenities, the inclusions of the booking and a link to the website. He was more than happy with the change and the service showed to us to communicate it.

My Mum, Dad, sister and I stayed here for 8 days in early June, My sister and I shared one room with the twin beds and Mum and Dad had the room with the king bed. The villa was fantastic! So clean, tastefully decorated, well equipped, comfortable and quiet. The ipod and Bose docking station had a good selection of music, and the TV was large and had lots of channels. The only complaint was the Wifi was a bit unreliable and we were without internet for 48 hours (not usually an issue at all, but on a few occasions we really needed it we just had to go down to reception to send emails). However, the staff acknowledged the issue and it was sorted out and it was fine for the rest of the stay , albeit a little slow.

The staff are amazing! So attentive without being obtrusive – you didn't even know they were there half the time. Just silently going about their work but always so willing to help with any small request like arranging a driver for a day trip or getting more towels for the bathroom. They were friendly and polite and with beautiful smiles. It was nice to be greeted by name when you return from shopping or dinner out and to be asked genuinely how your night was and if you enjoyed yourself.

The rooms are spacious, have lovely big bathrooms, lots of space for hanging clothes inc clothes hangers, a safe in each room, mosquito nets around the bed (never used these so we just tied them back), ample bathroom supplies like tissues, shampoo, body wash, conditioner. A/C worked perfectly and the lighting is good too. Big comfy beds with nice pillows. Look out for gecko's and other bugs when you get in the outdoor shower as it does have a garden around it where the critters live. Turning down the beds of a night was a nice touch too.

Breakfast was included each day by ordering on a form the night before and if we forgot, they gently reminded us which was good as sometimes we were either too tired or a bit tipsy to remember! The omelettes were very tasty, warm fresh baked Danishes and croissants were delicious and the juices were freshly squeezed. Lots of coffee or tea too. You can nominate the time you want it served too so if you want to sleep in and have a late brekkie, its up to you. The fridge always had chilled safe drinking water and ice made from the same water so its all safe for consumption.

Location is excellent. Located just off Jln Petitenget down a side road, you go right to the end of the side road and reception is clearly visible. There is a security guard on service 24 hrs/7 days. There is a free Wifi café on your right as you turn onto to side road as well a 7/11 convenience store across the road as well as a big sign with Akara Villa above the side street. Just as you turn into the side street off Jln Pettitenget, there seems to be an unofficial taxi rank where drivers wait for fares so it's very easy to just walk up from reception and get a cab. It's within walking distance to the new Potato Head Beach Club, Sarong Restaurant, Hu'uu Bar and many other cool places to go out.

I will definitely stay here again. We had family and friends staying down at the Sentosa Villa's at the same time, which were a lot more expensive but had a similar layout and amenities as Akara so after looking at our villa, they ended up cancelling the booking at Sentosa and staying at Akara instead!

Thanks to all the staff for a wonderful stay - we'll all be back.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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ZeebatBali, General Manager at Akara Villas, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2011

It was such unfortunate case with Kei Villa and such a limited time for us to arrange our guest who already booked Kei Villas and we tried our best to ensure a smooth transition for our guest.

I am glad that you and the rest of the family enjoyed your stay with us and will be sure to look forward to welcoming you back to Akara Villa.

In a truly delighted to be at your service.

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Reviewed June 16, 2011

Four of us stayed at Akara villas in May for three nights and found it struck the perfect balance between a completely private apartment while benefitting from the services of a hotel. Close to the beach and Seminyak's fabulous shops, bars and restaurants, yet in a quiet spot away from the road.

Villa was clean, with smart decor and mod-cons including flat screen TV and iPod dock. Bedrooms were spacious and comfortable with large en suites.

We also stayed at Ayanna villas in Canggu, which belongs to the same group - Divine Villas (divinevillasbali.com). This offered an equally high standard of accommodation in an area where tourism hasn't taken over a traditional way of life. A million wonderful miles from the westernisation of Kuta...

  • Stayed: May 2011
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Reviewed June 13, 2011

We stayed in a 2 bedroom villa and it was absolutely beautiful! The staff were so friendly and were always willing to help..special mention to Yogi and Artha! A lovely breakfast awaited us every morning. The villla was immaculate and cleaned twice a day. Great location. All in all just a pleasure to stay at.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 8, 2011

The staff is the friendliest and most accomodating staff I have ever met in my life. They went out of their way to make us feel comfortable. They accepted to keep our bags for an extra night when some of us went to the Gili islands after our stay and they allowed us to use another free villa after we had checked-out for a massage and shower before heading to the airport. They were also of great help with the organisation of our day and booking of different things we needed. This was by far the best service I've ever had and I travel a lot (at least 5-6 trips per year for the last 10 years). Thanks to the staff for everything and for making our trip so enjoyable ! Location is also great: walking distance to potato head, kudeta, living room, hu'u bar... You will really enjoy your stay there...

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with friends
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DivineVillas, General Manager at Akara Villas, responded to this reviewResponded June 17, 2011

WOW, thank you for a very well received comments, hope your trip to Gili was as good as your stay with us.

We look forward to you return to Akara villas on your next holiday in Bali .

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Address: Gg. Cempaka Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Kuta District > Seminyak
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #90 of 434 Specialty Lodging in Seminyak
Price Range: $225 - $607 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Akara Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a stone’s throw away from Petitenget Beach, the exclusive one, two and three bedroom Akara Villas are designed to anticipate every need of the taste-conscious traveller to Bali. Consistently booked out, Akara Villas showcase chic villa living in the midst of Bali’s hippest resort area, a perfect alternative to a weekend city-break or a sneaky week away with the family. A private entrance to each villa leads via walkway through to tastefully appointed and spacious living quarters, replete with adjoining pool and sun deck lounging areas. Luxurious bedding and furnishings give the villas a cosy yet modern feel as days are spent reclining and unwinding poolside whilst enjoying the flat screen TV with DVD player, WiFi Internet, Bose iPod dock sound system with butler on call to cater to every whim. ... more   less 
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