Having travelled from our home in London for our honeymoon, we'd stayed at the Mandarin Oriental (Singapore), Anantara (Seminyak) and Komaneka at Tanggayuda (Ubud). We'd love every single moment of our trip when we arrived at our last port of call - a week booked into the (we now know) atrocious Bali Hyatt in Sanur. After ten minutes in the Hyatt, we were in an internet cafe desperately trying to find somewhere to spend our last week which didn't look like a 1960's concrete tower block, when we chanced across a last-minute deal with the Samaya.
I completed the online booking form and, in the comments, explained our problem with the Hyatt and reason for moving. We returned to the Hyatt and went to bed, ready to move the next day. What we didn't expect was our hotel phone in the Hyatt to ring at 9.30am the following morning.
Ray: "Hi Mr Edwards, this is Ray Clark, the general manager of the Samaya. I'm so sorry to bother you at this early hour but I have your booking here and I just wanted to say I'm so very sorry of your experiences at the Hyatt. I am, however, delighted that you'll be joining us later today. How are you getting here?"
Me (half asleep): "Err, we'll be getting a taxi"
Ray: "Nonsense! I won't hear of it! We'll send a car - I'm not having you ripped off by any dodgy driver! He'll be with you for 11am, is that ok?"
Me: "Thank you!"
Ray "It's my pleasure! I promise you my staff and I will be fully at your disposal and promise to give your wife and yourself a honeymoon to remember"
... and so started out love affair with The Samaya. At 11am the luxury minivan and unformed driver picked us up and whisked us away from the hell on earth that is the Bali Hyett.
We arrived at The Samaya about 30 minutes later, and things simply got better and better. The villas are split across two locations, separated by a road. It takes 2-3 minutes to walk from one side (the beach side) to the other, which contains newer villas and this is where we wee staying. Having said that, you don't actually walk between the two sites - that's what the golf carts and personal butler are for.... I joke not!
On arrival, we were greeted by Ray and a number of staff. The welcome was wonderful, and we immediately new we'd done the right thing. During check in, Ray explained the facilities - the site we were staying on was newer with a gym, pool and brasserie, perhaps housing 20 or so private villas. The place has an almost Mediterranean style to it, narrow little paths and high white washed walls. As the paths are too narrow for cars to path, a fleet of golf buggies are on hand to whizz you back and forth the restaurant, pool, beach and so forth. You could walk any of it in 2 minutes, but this is absolute luxury.
Ray took great pains to explains that the original 'beach side' villas were in the process of being rebuilt (having been demolished earlier that year) as part of a regeneration process and, whilst it shouldn't have any impact on our enjoyment, he wanted to assure us that, should we have any problems, we were to let him know immediately. He needn't have worried - although the main pool, 'Breeze' restaurant (by far the best we tried in Bali), beach and spa were all on the same side as the regeneration works, we heard and saw nothing to suggest of building works, as all had been cleverly screened off (you can see the green fence in our photographs). We stayed back in May (I'm only just finding time to write the review) so, by the time you visit next, this work may be now complete!
We were then shown to our villa....
The villa left us speechless with delight. We've stayed in some nice places in our lives but this was simply extraordinary. A huge private pool,beautiful living accommodation, whirpool bath, twin monsoon showers with wet room access to the pool and garden, covered decking area, complimentary mini bar (including beer and a complimentary bottle of sparking wine!), honeymoon cake, complimentary dry cleaning, use of car to drop you and pick up from Seminyak... It was simply incredible. The icing of the cake was a 'butler' on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - there seemed to be two or thee chaps covering our villa and they were simply phenomenal.
Further to the above, we discovered our rate included a complimentary spa session for each (we had the most delightful massage) and breakfast.... a breakfast to die for. No buffet here - a full a la carte menu, serving the most delicious food, and no cut off time - on at least two occasions we took a full breakfast at gone mid-day. Fantastic, I've never know this in all of my time travelling, either for work or pleasure. Fresh fruit and in-room cakes or treats daily. Complimentary airport transfers and VIP airport treatment sealed the experience.
Our week in the Samaya was over far too quickly. We're simply not accustomed to staying in such luxury - and we've stayed in some nice places (see our reviews). Yes, it's expensive but my gosh, you do get what you pay for.
Although we had the most wonderful honeymoon, I wasn't itching to get back to Bali like I am when I think about, say, Singapore or Thailand - that was, until we stayed in The Samaya. We will definitely be going back at some point - it was truly heaven on earth, and we can't thank Ray and his staff enough for the most wonderful end to a wonderful honeymoon.
For the first time ever, I find myself wishing TripAdvisor could give 6/5 !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samaya Seminyak has an outdoor pool, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness facility. This 5-star Luxury Boutique Seminyak property features massage and treatment rooms, body treatments, and facial treatments. Business amenities at this 5-star Luxury Boutique property include complimentary wireless Internet access and business services. Samaya Seminyak has an award winning restaurant Breeze and a bar/lounge. 24-hour room service is available. Transportation services at this property include a complimentary airport shuttle (available on request) and a complimentary area shuttle within 2000metres. The staff can arrange wedding services, dry cleaning/laundry services, currency exchange, and computer rentals. Additional amenities include valet parking, a concierge desk, and a garden. ... more less
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