Cicada is a setup of approx 10 townhouses which surround a large shared pool. In addition each townhouse has it's own pool, sometimes small enough to just be a plunge pool. We had walked past this venue on various other trips to Seminyak and decided it worth a try.
Cicada is very handy to a lot of the best restaurants and beach clubs Seminyak has to offer. KuDeTa, La Lucciola, Hu'u Bar, The Dining Room, W Hotel, Potato Head and many others are all within easy walking distance, so this is a very well located accommodation venue.
We were picked up at the airport by their courtesy van which is always a preferred option, however on this occasion we were collected in a unmarked fairly below-average minibus. This was not the welcoming "first experience" we were expecting having had seen their more suitable house transport vans on previous occasions. What made it even more curious was that two of the nicer buses were parked at the venue when we arrived.
Anyway, welcoming staff were very friendly, and throughout the stay all staff were exceptionally nice and helpful to deal with. They had kindly booked tables at our fav restaurants for us when I emailed them in advance, which is always so handy.
We were in townhouse #3, which was very spacious (probably 100m2) consisting of an entrance area after our gate in which the plunge pool was (approx 3 m x 3m) which led into a large living room with sofas', TV, stereo, dining table and kitchen. The high ceilings made this room quite impressive and pleasant to be in. That room led through to a very large bedroom suite, with outdoor shower and bath and toilet leading off that. The bathroom area was two separate wet areas with a sliding door opening out to a small garden where the bath was located. All amenities worked well, staff came and did the usual Bali evening turn down and mossie spray. Air con worked effectively but was noisy.
The bed was a super king and fairly comfortable,and nicely dressed. Artwork on the walls in both bedroom and living room was authentic Indonesian and well chosen. Overall the rooms were in good condition, although maybe showing just a little wear and tear in places.
At US$300 a night (incl taxes) it was a little overpriced. Have stayed in other villas (see my Aria review) for almost half that rate and had bigger private pools and just as nice finish. I guess were were paying more for the advantage of having a full kitchen and dining/lounge setting which we didn't really use. Cooked breakfast was included, and was a good one especially delivered to you room.
We used the inhouse massage/spa treatment service - won't do again as it was very expensive and no where near as good at BodyWorks around the corner. Noise from the main pool and other townhouses and the roadway was hard to ignore - don't expect a quiet relaxing experience here unless you happen to end up with like-minded guests next door. This place would be better for families rather than couples.
Would we stay again? No. Would we recommend it? Yes, if you were a family or planning on hosting a dinner and needed the full facilities these places offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A new concept in beachside contemporary accommodation, Cicada Luxury Townhouses is where Bali holiday dreams come true. Just a short drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport and you'll be at our location in trendy Seminyak, right in the heart of where it's all happening on this magical tropical island. With the glorious golden sands of Bali's world-famous beaches only a short walk away, and surrounded by some of the island's best bars, restaurants and clubs, you'll enjoy a paradise getaway like no other. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cicada Luxury Townhouses Hotel Seminyak
- Cicada Luxury Townhouses Bali/Seminyak