Stayed at Paya Paya 1-12th Oct, 2011. We were a group of 6 friends. After reading a recent review of the Villa regarding construction work across the road (and other issues) I wrote to our booking agent expressing our concerns. I actually received a return email from the owner stating that construction was due to finish in September. NOT. Every morning we were awoken at 8am by their 'start' siren; occasionally they would finish at the stated time of 10.30pm but on a couple of evenings when we we arrived back at the Villa late, building work could still be heard at 1 - 1.30am!!!! We also felt slightly intimidated each time we stepped out of the Villa with what seemed like every worker on site downing tools & just staring at us!
As stated in a previous review, yes, a lot of the workers live next door to the Villa (high side). We had an unpleasant experience with holes in the side wall which gave perfect visual access to the open air bathroom & pool area for the workers. However, once we alerted the staff to this, they very promptly put some plaster boards over the damaged wall!
The Villa itself is lovely, plenty of room to spread out, comfy beds, awesome pool & garden. However it is looking very tired and could do with a good dose of TLC & maintenance. Such a shame to see it not looked after properly as I can just imagine how stunning it would've been brand new. A few of the ponds surrounding the building were green (pumps not working?) and a few of the planks on the deck were split &/or broken which caused a couple of 'trip ups'.
The staff cooked us breakfast daily, (the nasi goreng was delicious) and even though the kitchen area wasn't as clean as we would've personally liked we figured since our brekkies were always cooked it would be ok, and it was. No Bali belly etc! The boys were wonderful though, always happy & smiling and prompt with any requests we had. They live onsite but we found them discreet and never encroaching on our privacy.
Location wise it wasn't bad, although taxi drivers OFTEN had a problem finding the street. In the end we would ask to be dropped at Villa Lumbung, a huge Villa complex at the end of the street which they all seemed to know! It's a leisurely 10 minute walk to "Eat" Street and another 10 minutes in the opposite direction to some great restaurants & clubs such as Potato Head & W.
So, would I stay there again? Probably not, and not because of the issues I've stated. Had thought, according to a map sent by the agent & Google, the Villa was located closer to the beach, shopping etc. However, this is purely a personal choice for accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Created to accommodate up to six adult guests, Paya-Paya Villa is an exotic haven of infinite comfort that does not compromise personal space or privacy. Alternatively, it is the perfect base for a family with teenage children seeking to explore the island of Bali at a relaxed pace. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paya Paya Villa Bali/Seminyak