July 26, 2015 20:00
Dear travel diary,
Firth place on our list is The Garden Villas in Melia Bali, located in a gated community in Nusa Dua. Before you get to the hotel you have to drive through a security check to just enter the big restort complex holding like 20-25 five star hotels. It actually almost had a Palm springs feeling to it while driving in through the gates. We didn’t know much about the place before we arrived, but this is what it was like :)
Almost every hotel we’ve stayed at, except The Grove Villas has been huge. And yes, this was even bigger, might be the biggest one if you take away the golf court from Pan Pacific. It was more of a traditional hotel when it comes to rooms, restaurants and interior. We lived in a villa with our own garden, pool, two pavillions (one for eating and one for relaxing – as if you needed two :)) It felt like our own mini mansion.
As every big hotel they also had a big pool area with different bars, games and water sports and stuff. Something I really liked though was the juice bar where they made fresh juice right on the spot.
The hotel was beach front and as a villa owner you had access to a private pavilion, which we of course got to know the last day of our stay. The beach was pretty quiet and along side it you have a lot of hotels with their own restaurants so there was a lot to choose from. On this beach, I guess since it’s on the other side of Bali than Kuta for example, the waves wasn’t as good for surfing. Instead, water sports like Jetski, Windsurfing and Paddle board was big there. It felt very “resorty”, where you wanna go and just relax and stay in the sun beds. That’s the feeling I got.
We ate at the hotels beach front restaurant and during night time these restaurants were super romantic with lit candles hanging from the trees and stuff.
Right before we left on the last day we squeezed in a double massage. They used some kind of Lemon Grass oil that I thought smelled so good that I bought a bottle for my self :D
This is a hotel for the one who just want to relax a few days. We stayed there way too short to be able to try and see everything but I’ll still try to make a short summery. It’s a bit off from the action which makes it very calm and family friendly. It’s “resorty” and has alof of activities and tours for both adults and kids. For the villas I would recommend it to those who like more of the traditional and not the minimalistic type of feeling when it comes to interior and exterior. It’s also very very majestic, which makes it more of a honey moon villa than a “just going on some vacation” – villa. We didn’t try the “ordinary rooms” but by the looks of it from the outside I think the onces with the lagoon access are the ones you would want ;) Next chapter we’re going back to Seminyak! Xx