BALI : Maca Villas … affordable luxury you deserve / REVIEW


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Location : 8/10

Idyllic setting in a peaceful lush gardens, only 3min walk from Petitenget street, full of restaurants, cafes, shops and fun stuff to do.

“Love food ? Get Inspired by my TOP 5 restaurants in Seminyak HERE”

Beach is 15min and Seminyak Square 35min walk ( 10min by taxi ).

As the villas are 200m off the main road, be ready for couple of minutes of not very safe road walk ( esp. in the night ).

Airport transfer takes around 40min.

Style : 9/10

Natural materials, lots of light and comfortable setting in almost a jungle thick tropical gardens.

The interiors are pleasant and practical, transforming the villas and surrounding spaces into home from home you will not want to leave.

Feels contemporary, but Balinese in the same time.

Rooms : 8/10

There are 3 types of villas. One bedroom, One bedroom deluxe ( with extra outdoor space and pool lounge ) and 2 Bedrooms villas.

Villas are very clean and well maintained ( except few cracked panels in the floor ).

Each villas has an outdoor pool and garden ( the water is too cold though) , lovely open space living / dinning room with small kitchenette ( fridge, plates, glasses etc.) with complimentary bottled water. You can also ask to install mosquito net over the bed ( needed ).

I loved the spacious bathroom with large walk-in shower and comfortable sofa.

Villa comes with free high speed Wi-Fi and movie library on the TV system.

Service & Facilities : 10/10

Balinese hospitality doesn’t get much better than this. Very friendly, smiley staff always ready to assist even just to cross the road ( they aren’t very safe in Bali 🙂 ).

Room service or breakfast in the bed arrived usually within 20min, no problem to install mosquito net or fix the AC.

One of the main benefits of staying here is  free access to Soham Wellness centre across the road. Fully equipped gym, spa, classes, yoga, cosmetic salon, rooftop pool and healthy food restaurant.

Facilities :

  • private pool
  • communal large pool
  • spa
  • restaurant + wine bar
  • wellness centre
  • free bikes
  • free shuttle transport within Seminyak area
  • free Wi-Fi ( rooms / public areas )
  • free movie library within the TV system
  • grocery store next door

Food & Drinks : 9/10

Masé Kitchen and Wine bar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just a cup of great Ippolito coffee to go.

A la carte breakfast is included in your villa rate, try hearty lunch or a romantic dinner with huge selection of wines from around the world.

Restaurant includes front terrace, indoor seating and relaxing pool garden loungers.

All dishes were very tasty, service quick and prices fair ( except the wine ).

Value for money : 7/10

One Bedroom Villa starts from $300 p/n ( price vary per season ).

After extensively comparing similar properties in Seminyak, taking in consideration the level of service, facilities and comfort…Maca villas are a very good option to stay in one of the best areas.

I would definitely choose to stay here again during my next Bali trip.


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BALI : The Oberoi, REVIEW *****

“ Time to treat yourself ”

Where : Seminyak /Bali / Indonesia

Overview : Oberoi is the first 5star hotel ever build in Seminyak.  Located in extensive, lush
and perfectly manicured “private jungle” garden, directly on quite stretch of the beach.

You won’t find here massive concrete building with hundreds of rooms like W, Legian or Seminyak Beach Resort.

Instead…cute little bungalows scattered all over the gardens.  You feel like the only person there, even if the hotel is fully booked…and that’s in my eyes what luxury is all about.

All buildings have authentic “Balinese” style with usage of local materials.

Location : quite area of Seminyak. Beach front, but only few minutes’ walk to shops, restaurants                  and the main street.

The popular beach club Ku-de-Ta it’s right next door. Click HERE to see Ku-de-Ta review

Rooms : they come as a bungalows ( 4 rooms ) or private villas with pool. The entire interior breaths Balinese traditional decor.

There are burning scented sticks the first time you enter and it smells amazing. Bed is comfortable, AC very quiet and you can make yourself lovely local tea and coffee.

There is also  enough sockets to re-charge your electronics.

Bathroom has a two sinks, complimentary water and toiletries, candles and private mini garden.

Different fresh fruit basket daily, weather forecast and next day “activity message” and flowers on you bed every evening adds a nice touch.

ServiceI must honestly say, one of the best, from all the numerous hotels I have ever stayed in.

It almost feels like they know what you need before you even ask for it. The staff is not intrusive or pushy but there, when you need them.

Dining  : amazing a ’la carte outdoor breakfast setting with fresh juices and made to order egg dishes. Luxury dinner restaurant (didn’t try) and a bar (good cocktails).

For lunch and dinner I have never stayed in the hotel as there is numerous options outside to try.

Especially loved the Beach Shacks for coconut water, beer and Nasi Goreng.

FacilitiesGym, Spa, Outdoor pool with controlled temperature (very pleasant), Tennis court

Who is it forcouples celebrating special occasion. But hey, I wasn’t any of those and had’d a     wonderful enjoyable time.

What makes it specialsprawling size of the entire complex and Balinese chic.

Every day a different presentation of traditional music or dance, performed by local school kids and with complimentary afternoon tea. Also live presentation of local artist

Not so good : Gym dated and small, food served by the pool is very generic and the huge wooden turtle     room key doesn’t fit anywhere.

The Best :  incredibly tasty welcome drink , quite location away from crowds and garden setting

PRACTICAL  INFO : Breakfast included, free and fast Wi-Fi, 40min transfer from Denpasar airport,  hotel library has a DVD’s you can borrow for a night in.

Tips for TripsPetitenget Temple 5min / Tanah Lot Temple 30min / Ubud – 60min