This was our 2nd stay at Chandra Villas in Seminyak (and our 11th family trip to Bali with our 2 young children in the last 5 years). After staying at Chandra in July 2013, we were so impressed that we had actually booked a return stay before check-out! Chandra used to be managed by Larry at 8Hotels (based in Sydney) who did an absolutely amazing job at ensuring our first stay was perfect, so I was very apprehensive to hear that he had left 8Hotels and that local management had taken over end of last year. Whilst I noted that some aspects of our stay perhaps were a little less "polished" compared to our last visit, the local staff are extremely good and Chandra remains a wonderful place to stay!
As a Bali destination, we love staying in Seminyak primarily because of the fantastic restaurants and the great shopping. Chandra villas are perfectly located - a short 5 min walk along a few laneways to "Eat Street", or take a prettier but longer walk past the Oberoi which takes you closer to the beach. The villa experience in Bali is a great alternative to staying in a hotel - more spacious, more private & more personalised. Shortcomings include lack of a larger resort pool, gym & onsite restaurants (although they do offer room service from local restaurants for a small $3 fee, in-villa private BBQ; and they can arrange in-villa personal training sessions). Seminyak is full of villas, and Chandra offers a great villa experience - something similar along the beach in trendy Seminyak will cost you twice as much, and other similar priced villas are nowhere near as conveniently positioned to the main restaurants & shops as Chandra is.
This year we chose to pay a bit more & stay in a 3 bedroom villa, partly to have more space and to have the option of inviting family to come & stay too. Whilst we really enjoyed our 2 bedroom villa last year, we loved the layout & spaciousness of the 3 bedroom - larger living area, larger pool, larger sun deck, larger master bedroom. Bedrooms 2 & 3 and their respective bathrooms were otherwise very similar to the bedrooms of the 2 BR villa.
THE GREAT THINGS:- lovely spacious villa, nice pool (large & cleaned every morning), luxurious outdoor oval baths & showers, nice aromatherapy amenities, great service, complimentary shuttle to local shopping & restaurants (we would simply ring the front desk 10 mins before leaving), great location in Seminyak as only a 5 min walk to Seminyak Square, shops & Eat St, complex feels very safe & secure, fabulous in-villa spa therapists (bring portable massage tables into the villa), delicious cooked breakfast in your villa at your preferred time every morning, great in-villa dining menu available all day from various local establishments delivered to your villa for a small $3 delivery fee
THE MINOR SHORTCOMINGS:- not beachfront, villas are starting to show the signs of wear & tear, surrounding streetfront not particularly aesthetic compared to resorts on the main streets (however, this is also an advantage because being tucked away behind the main street also means that you have a lovely quiet oasis!), lack of hotel facilities (eg gym, kids club, main pool, 24hr room service – however they do offer in-villa personal trainer sessions for a fee if you feel so inclined, and babysitting services), VIP meet-&-greet service utilised by the hotel was more expensive but not as professional as others we have used (arriving late for family on a different flight after they had already cleared immigration & customs but then not confessing to the hotel so we were still charged until I'd brought it to the hotel's attention), this year the service was not quite as "polished" as last year (in a very small way, but it was so wonderful last year, that the slightly-less-than-perfect minor issues of this year were noticed)
THE VILLA:- We stayed in villa 9 which had 3 large bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms (all with outdoor showers & oval baths), and a large open plan living, dining and kitchen overlooking the private pool with its large sun deck. The open plan living is an alfresco layout so it isn’t air-conditioned & was prone to mosquitoes (as were the outdoor bathrooms). However, every evening the staff would set up mosquito coils in all the outdoor areas at the turndown service - last year we didn’t seem to have any major issues with insect bites, but this year, a few of our travelling party did which I suspect may have been weather related (unusually mild for this time of year). The bedrooms were very comfortable with effective air conditioning, large flat screen TVs, large dressing/robe room, and lots of natural light and a lovely outlook over the outdoor bathroom & gardens/pool. The villa shows some minor signs of wear & tear, however overall it was extremely well maintained and everything appeared to be in good working order. We did have an issue with the air-conditioning in bedroom 2 turning itself off during the day, but the turndown staff were familiar with its idiosyncratic behaviour & would ensure it was on again in preparation for the evening ahead.
So an excellent stay once again in this lovely villa complex, well-priced and conveniently located to the shops & restaurants of Seminyak, with wonderful staff. We look forward to staying at Chandra again soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury Villas in Seminyak. Situated in the Oberoi area of Seminyak, north of Legian, our two and three-bedroom villas represent the very best in luxury holiday accommodation. You’ll enjoy the independence of your own exquisitely decorated home and the easy-living convenience of maid service, with chef on demand. Relax by your private pool or stroll to any of the local beaches – Seminyak, Petitenget, Gado-Gado or Kudeta.If you’ve been yearning for a Bali villa holiday, Chandra will bring your dream to life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chandra Luxury Villas Bali - By 8 Hotel Seminyak
- Chandra Luxury Villas Bali Seminyak