My wife and I have recently returned from our wedding in Bali - for the week we stayed in Bali, we stayed at Villa Des Indes II.
Villa Des Indes is the finest accommodation we have ever had the pleasure of experiencing - my wife spent over 10 years in the travel industry, travelling the world and staying in top quality hotels (50+ 4 & 5 star hotels, often with the hotels doing their best to impress in order to secure new business) - she believes it would be a disservice to Villa Des Indes to even compare it to any of the hotels she has stayed in, as it is so far superior in every way.
Located in Seminyak, the Villa is situated down a private road, manned by uniformed security guards and surrounded by other luxury villas in a large and very well maintained complex.
Upon first entering the villa through the impressive wooden doors, the view through to the Joglo and the pool is both welcoming and breathtaking - within moments the butlers have arrived with the best cold towels we got on our whole trip (so good my wife asked for the brand of washing powder and fabric softener so we can replicate the amazing refreshing smell when we got home!)
As we settled in to our villa, initially there was a feeling that, such was the quality and style of the furnishings and decorations, that it might be hard to relax (like living in an art gallery), but the very welcoming letter from the owner, David, and the friendly introduction by Komang, the villa manager, quickly put us at ease and allowed us to relax and enjoy the surroundings.
It truly is hard to describe the quality and style of every aspect of the villa - whilst the website has a huge amount of photos that provide a very accurate representation of the property, they cannot do justice to the feeling that you are indeed somewhere very special. The common area next to the pool is covered by an antique Joglo that often had me just staring up at the inside, marvelling at the craftsmanship (I believe the whole structure is put together without a single nail or fastener, but feels like it's solid as a rock)
Whilst the Joglo itself is an amazing centrepiece, it is complemented by the subtle and stylish antiques and collectibles that surround you - wherever you look, there is another piece that adds to the overall experience, without seeming overdone. The only modern feature in the Joglo area is the discreet but high quality Bose sound system.
Climbing the timber staircase to our room (actually a pleasure, due to the craftsmanship and solid feel of the staircase), you arrive at the lovely balcony overlooking the Joglo and the enter the bedroom via a study/library (don't bother bringing any books when you come to Des Indes - I wanted to read everything in the library and was disappointed that our schedule with the wedding planning didn't really give me chance to dig into them) - the bedroom has a stunning bed that the photos really don't do justice, and the room has a real feeling of old world romance...with a flat screen TV and cable of course! The bathroom is accessed via a dressing room which is very helpful. The bathrooms are incredible - a fusion of high quality modern stonework and antique bath, basins and fixtures. The shower is second to none - huge shower head as well as a second nozzle, but the shampoo, conditioner and body wash that are supplied are so good that they rate a mention too! We're going to get some at home to remind us of Des Indes!
All of the wonderful physical aspects of Villa Des Indes would make easily make it the most attractive and interesting place we're ever stayed, but it's really only half the story - what takes Villa Des Indes from easily being worthy of a 5 star rating, to something well in excess of any star rating, is the amazing villa staff.
Villa Des Indes has a total staff of 13, as well as a very special extra member of staff that you you won't get anywhere else in the world.
For a 2 bedroom villa, the number of staff is amazing, but even more amazing is the fact that you never really notice all of the work that is going on behind the scenes to ensure you are having an amazing experience - the majority of the time the only people you interact with are the butlers who are always there to help you with drinks, food, cold or swimming towels, or pretty much anything you need - we couldn't bring ourselves to ring the bell, but the butlers always seemed to be there whenever we needed anything anyway!
Due to us having to put together the final arrangements for the wedding once we arrived, my then fiancee was still very busy, as well as a little stressed trying to ensure it all came together - without the staff at villa Des Indes going the extra mile to assist us, our entire wedding experience would have been completely different. Their assistance with things like having the wedding clothes, including the dress, professionally steamed, and organising cars to the ceremony etc were a life saver.
The Marketing Manager for the Villa, Jo, also helped my wife arrange a Ladies Pamper Day for all the ladies who had travelled to Bali to be at our wedding - Jo arranged for masseuses to come to the villa, as well as cocktails and canapes - it was a great success and I understand all of the ladies had a great time.
All of the food served at the villa is cooked on site by the Chefs (Ketut & Gede) - breakfasts are fantastic - continental + full english/american is no problem, as well as the super tasty fruit platter with mangostein fruit that i wouldn't have tasted due to the look of it, but it's very tasty indeed. The snacks we sometimes ordered in the afternoon were also great (Satay, Calamari etc) - very reasonably priced for top quality 'home cooked' restaurant food. We didn't eat dinner at the villa as there are many nice restaurants in Seminyak, but I'm sure the evening meals would have been equally good.
One of the 'staff' that contributed so much to our feeling our relaxation was Milo, the Villa's resident Golden Retriever - he lives at the villa and if you're a dog or animal lover, it's an amazing added bonus - if you don't like dogs, he seemed perfectly hanging out in the staff quarters also, so he wouldn't be in the way. He's such a beautifully good natured and mellow dog, I can't see how anyone wouldn't love to have him around.
There were really so many little touches that it's impossible to remember them all - we hired some scooters to get around, which was probably a mistake in hindsight, especially for getting around at night...the traffic can be a bit hectic, but whenever we came back to the villa we tended to just park them haphazard in a little area next to the front door, but when we came back to them, they we all perfectly lined up, helmets and keys ready to go.
Overall, I really can't say enough about our experience at Villa Des Indes - we were very sad to leave, and can't wait until the next time we can go back. Special mention must go to the butlers, Esta, Komang, Russian & Han - the service was impeccable, and it felt like you were there with friends, rather than 'staff', which makes it a priceless experience.
If you can find some like minded friends to take the other room, don't even think about it - just book your flights to Bali ASAP and stay at Villa Des Indes - i promise you won't regret it.. Even if you book out the whole place yourself, It's still head and shoulders above the other 5 star hotels that surround it and you get something special, rather than just a nice room.
Dan & Taryn
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VILLA DES INDES I is an ancient Javanese 'Joglo' Villas in Seminyak, Bali, steeped in luxury with personal chefs and butlers. Directly across from the beach, VILLA DES INDES is made up of two colonial villas which can be rented out seperately as a 2, 3 or 5 bedroom residence. The Joglo of VILLA DES INDES I (4 bedroom) is surrounded by a 21m pool. VILLA DES INDES II (5 bedroom) is a two-story pavilion with pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Des Indes Seminyak, Bali