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“Perfect Family Break”
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The Zen Villas
Ranked #5 of 135 Sanur B&B and Inns
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Tasmania, Australia
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“Perfect Family Break”
Reviewed 23 January 2012

We stayed here for 6 nights after travelling around Bali with some friends. It was an absolute oasis of tranquility and class (yes we stayed in the Tranquility Villa). The pool and spa were a hit with the kids as was the day bed to lounge around in. The villas were huge and beautifully decorated and spotlessly clean and the outdoor bathroon was a real treat. It is a bit of a walk through the back streets, but they are so interesting and what Bali is all about. The old man at the corner shop with his chickens would wave frantically to the kids every day! Hope to get back here sometime in the future.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

I stayed at the Zen Villas in Sanur for 7 nights in October 2011. Right from making my booking the staff were helpful, friendly and willing to go the extra distance to make sure all needs were met. I stayed in a one bedroom villa which was exceptionally clean and well maintained (Beauifull big pillows) and the pool was a welcome retreat after a day out. The only drawback was the very hard mattress, however on pointing this out to staff I was assured that this would be addressed for the next guest.
A short walk down a lovely lane brought you out in the main area where there was a great variety of restaurants and shopping available.
Breakfasts were great, the airport transfer driver was helpful and able to provide great tips for excursions, shopping etc and a big thankyou to the receptionist who made the trip to the post office after packing all of my excess shopping and then posting it back to home for me
To Fiona and her staff, thankyou for a wonderfully relaxing stay at the villas.
I would recommend the villas to anyone wanting a relaxing break in a private villa but that also has great access to all that Bali has to offer.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 January 2012

Wonderful villa, wonderful staff.............so helpful and attentive.
They seemed to be constantly cleaning and tidying around the complex.

Breakfast prepared in the villa every morning. Could do with more coffee and 'unsweetened' juice though!

Only a short walk into Sanur.

The only issue was that it rained quite a lot and the grass pathways became flooded.

I would fully recommend this place to all!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

We rented a 3-bedroom, 2 bath Serenity Villa with 4 beds. Villa was very clean and spacious. Living room, outside dining table, kitchen, private pool. There was air conditioning in each room. It even had two outside showers (and 2 inside showers as well as a bathtub). There are a number of private villas in this complex but we didn't see many of the other guests.
The staff were amazing! Very friendly and helpful. They prepare breakfast for you daily (Indonesian breakfast inlcuded fried rice + egg, coffee/tea, fruit while Continental breakfast included eggs which are prepared in your kitchen with toast, pastry, fruit and coffee/tea) - just tell them which one you'd like (you can mix and match between the guests). Cookies/treats were left on our pillows daily.
It's located in Sanur (less crowded and hectic than Seminyak or Kuta but still only a 20 min cab from Seminyak for the nightlife). The beach is better in Sanur - light sand, no waves, less people and prettier than Kuta/Seminyak beaches. The villa is in a neighborhood - about a 10 min walk to the main road in Sanur with it's many restaurants and shops and the beach.
The villa arranged our pickup to/from the airport (there was a driver waiting for us with my name on a sign).
Breakfast, beach towels, airport transit, tips were all included in the price.
The only slight negative was that a couple of the twin beds were a bit firm.
The owner (Fiona) was really helfpul and friendly - just emailed her our request and had to send credit card info/passport info via email but was smooth.
We were a bit worried about the weather (weather.com said thunderstorms everyday) but we were there for a week in early December and saw only a few rainstorms, lots of clouds, and plenty of hot Bali sun!
I would definitely stay here again and recommend the Zen Villas to friends!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 December 2011

Wow what an enjoyable stay we had at the Zen Villas. This was our first trip to Bali for our family (wife, myself and 2 teenage girls). To be honest when we landed, got through customs, got ripped off by the porters (keep hold of your baggage), faced 50-100 drivers waiting to take people to there accomadation and the drive past thousands of scooters zip-zagging through the traffic, I was a little concearned about where I had brought my family. Then we reached our destination through these little alley ways and wow, we were completly blown away by how nice the villa was. We stayed at the very end villa (Lovina) it had a massive pool which felt so smooth on your skin and the water temperature was perfect. The reception staff of Suri and Aldi was fantastic. They were such a pleasure to deal with. Nothing was an effort for them, and would always greet you with a smile and asked how the day was (which they organise for you).
I have to say that it wasn't just the reception but all the staff were amazing, exspecially cooking breakfast every morning for you in the villa (I loved the rice dish). It was a little disappointing having to leave them at the end of our holiday. The villa had 2 huge rooms, one with an ensuite inside and the other room had it outside, which was nice showering and looking at the stars (completely private). The kitchen was very large and lounge room had doors that opened the whole wall up to walk straight into the pool.
Things we did in Bali that I would strongly recommend;
1) Stay at the Zen Villas
2) A bike ride (3hrs downhill) which was amazing (make sure you have a camera)
3) Shopping in Kuta (you get the hang of bartering pretty quick)
4) Elephant ride
5) Eat at the Italian restaraunt (Zen reception have disscount) was amazing
6) Visit Ulawatu Temple (watch out for the monkeys) on sunset
7) Get a massage in your villa (around $15Aus for an hour)
8) Most importantly drinking Bitang in the pool (many evenings spent here)

Hope you enjoy yourself and enjoy the Bali way of life, where time seems to stop.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Property: The Zen Villas
Address: Jln. Kesari # 3B, Sanur, Denpasar 80228, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Denpasar > Sanur
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Sanur
Price range (per night): $147 - $282
Hotel Class:4 star — The Zen Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Zen Villa is a complex of beautiful private pool villas set in a quiet and lush tropical garden setting. Available as one, two, or in some cases, three bedrooms, each villa is unique, and features air-conditioned, king-size, en-suite bedrooms. The villa kitchens are well equipped, and adjoin an air-conditioned lounge area with LCD TV (cable) and DVD/CD player. A beautiful alfresco terrace is the perfect place to be served breakfast. This is an ideal resort for a couple, a family, or a group of friends - quiet and tranquil whilst being within easy reach of shops, restaurants and the beach. Guest service is our specialty. The friendly and knowledgeable team are available to assist from your first enquiry, right through to your departure. ... more   less 
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