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robyn11602021
Lake Macquarie, Australia

A truly Lovely Stay - Villa Lanai

5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 Aug 2023

My husband & I are both aged in our 60’s and had a total of a 7 day stay at “The Residence”, which is located in Seminyak, Bali. Our stay was in 2 parts as the reason we were in Bali was for our daughters wedding. We stayed 4 nights before the wedding & 3 nights after the wedding, with 2 nights at the wedding venue in between.

Our Villa was the 2 bedroom Villa Lanai.

So, first of all, after months of meticulously researching many accommodation options, something about “The Residence” & the 2 bdr Villa Lanai kept drawing me back. It ticked “almost” every box we needed it to, (central location in Seminyak & only minutes walk to “Eat St, & restaurants & shopping, yet it’s entrance is in a laneway off the main road, private, spacious, 24 hr security, gated complex, private pool, 2 large king bedrooms both with ensuite, air con throughout, & a butler who comes and cooks breakfasts in the Villa every morning). There’s also a free one-way airport pickup.

Being “high season”, & at over $A400 a night, (which includes 15.5% tax), the Villa certainly wasn’t cheap & was at the top end of our budget, but we decided it was “do-able”. Understandably, I do expect quite a lot for that price and did meet expectations.

I booked the stay with Bali Villa Escapes who handle many Villa properties around Bali. They insist on 50% upfront deposit within 3 days of booking, something I was extremely wary of & which did concern me somewhat. The balance is due 60 days before arrival. If arrival is under 60 days, then the entire amount is due within 3 days of booking. They were however (thank goodness) brilliant & kept me fully informed throughout the whole process. A special thanks to Ade at BVE for all his assistance with handling the booking.

“The Residence” and Villa Lanai didn’t disappoint. It was really lovely. Reception staff, especially Nural was truly wonderful. So warm, welcoming & genuine. Check in was a breeze which included a welcome drink, & a large fruit bowl filled with tropical fruits & she repeated all of that on arrival at our 2nd stay. in fact, as soon as the car pulled up in the driveway for the second stay, she greeted me with a huge hug & was genuinely happy to see us back & really interested in how our daughters wedding went. There’s definitely a “personal aspect” and a real authenticity with this property and the staff that you wouldn’t necessarily get with a regular hotel & I love that.

The property is exactly as pictured. “Romi” our chef who would come to the Villa every morning & cook gorgeous breakfasts was the loveliest young man. Always smiling, happy & wanting to please. Then he would discreetly clean up, as well clean both bedrooms & bathrooms. Really excellent !

There’s a lot to like about the Villa itself. As I said, it ticks many boxes. The pool is a good size & cleaned daily & the gardens also hosed & looked after daily. The bedrooms are large as are the ensuites. There’s a large kitchen as well as a lounge & dining room, & the beds are firm but comfy. There’s an also a large wooden deck poolside that also has a dining setting for 4 as well as a large lounge style day bed with lots of cushions to just lounge by the pool. Bottled water is provided free of charge each day. It’s truly a “home-away-from-home” & the space you have is fantastic. If I had to fault anything at all, it would be that there are a few elements in different parts of the Villa that are a little “tired” and dated, but these are really very minor issues and they don’t detract at all from the overall feel of the place.

Also, … & this is just a personal thing with us, rather than a issue with the Villa, but both king beds in the bedrooms are designed with an external frame that goes around the whole outside of the bed which is something neither of us are particular fans of. I like & prefer a bed that I can just flop straight into and although I was aware of the external framing around the bed when I booked (as the pics were advertised), we found that being aged in our 60’s, it wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to clamour over in order to actually get both in & out of bed. I found that this was actually a little more of a “pain” than I thought it would be, but I also realise I knew about the framing around the bed when I booked so I can’t really hold that against them whatsoever. I just think that perhaps a minor change to the design of the beds would be really beneficial for all guests regardless of age, mobility, or disability to get in & out of bed more easily.

The other slight negative is that the front of The Residence property faces quite a busy toad, & corner, & since Villa Lanai is the first Villa you get to towards the front of the property, you do slightly hear the noise of the traffic, which isn’t always ideal at night if you’re trying to sleep. It’s minor though, really minor.

Overall, it wasn’t WOW, although it could easily be just with a bit of a freshen up in a few areas, but it is honestly a truly exceptional property with lots going for it. I’d probably rate the Villa itself at 4.5 stars, but in terms of our experience there, it was truly lovely, and for that reason, I’ve rated it 5 star. Would I recommend it? …. yes I would 100%. Would I stay here again? … Absolutely.
Date of stay: June 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2023

The team at The Residence is outstanding. Sergio who worked in our Villa lanai is fantastic. Warm, friendly, great service and breakfasts. I would come back again for the team. Sergio and manager Widdle are great. The Villa itself is a little tired.

Date of stay: April 2023
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Reviewed 6 July 2022 via mobile

The Residence Seminyak Villas are able to booked via Bali Villa Escapes among other agency names they go by.

At first I was a bit cautious as I normally like to book direct and stay at hotels. But once everything was booked an confirmed we were well informed by our travel coordinator.

Pick up from airport and check-in was seamless, service of staff very friendly and professional and breakfast always great.

Even though villas around the one we booked (Villa Jepun) were in use, we hardly ever saw or heard other guests which was great.

There is 24 hours security.

Date of stay: July 2022
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Nathan Ryan, Owner at The Residence Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2023

Many thanks for staying with us. We are glad that you had an enjoyable stay.

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Reviewed 9 May 2022 via mobile

The Residence Villa Siam.
We booked this Villa for 2 couples first holiday in Bali since the pandemic and it exceeded our expectations.
We usually stay at motels but to have the spaciousness of this Villa with a private pool and an absolute gem of a butler ( Made) come and make us Breakfast every morning we will definitely stay here again.
Made’s breakfast was restaurant quality and something we looked forward to every day.
After we left for the day Made would be back with a team to clean and maintain the Villa,pool and gardens and even fill our fridge on request of what we wanted.
Cannot recommend highly enough how great this complex is.

Room tip: Late checkout also seemed quite pricey The couple that stayed 1 extra night had their flight delayed and was quoted $164 for 4 extra hours
Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Nathan Ryan, Owner at The Residence Seminyak, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2023

Many thanks for your kind review, we are delighted you had an enjoyable stay, and Made will be super happy to hear your comments.

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Reviewed 22 March 2020

The villa was amazing and perfect for what we wanted. 5 adults and 2 children travelled there for my 60th birthday and it was perfect. Gede our butler was amazing and we enjoyed our time with him. Kutut our house keeper was lovely always with a beautiful smile. A 10 minute taxi ride to Legion. Perfect location for us. Busy if we wanted or quiet in our own villa with the pool. Thanks Gede and Kutut for making this family holiday special. xx Villa even supplied me a beautiful birthday cake.

Date of stay: March 2020
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Reviewed 28 February 2020

Our family of 10 stayed in Villa Amman & Shanti. Excellent location and extremely comfortable for us all. Terrific staff with Komang, Bom-Bom, Dwin and Harry. Highly recommend having an in-house dinner arranged by the staff with a personal chef. Thank you also to the reception staff, security, pool and garden attendants. You all made our stay extremely enjoyable.

Date of stay: February 2020
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