Dear travel diary
July 31, 2015 08:08
Dear travel diary,
Sixth spot we stayed at was Hu’u Villa in Seminyak. We got a beautiful villa in a complex where I felt the average guest age was slight younger than we’ve encountered on this trip. They serve breakfast until 17:00 just so you can party late and still catch the breakfast… :) Are you kind of getting where I’m going?
It was more of a modern type of villa with huge windows as you see on the pictures below. It suited me really good since this felt a little like the place we’re renovating for ourselves home in Sweden, except we don’t have a pool :(
Pool area was cool. We had a family in the villa next door which was making a lot of noise but other than that I really liked the area.
Waking up to this wasn’t too bad ;)
Hu’u Villa had their own bistro with a really good selection and quality of food. It wasn’t too high priced, not too low, but it was really good. The breakfast they made was amazing too. If you stay here, I recommend their restaurant. They also allow you to order from a couple of chosen restaurants nearby and get it for your as room service. This was also pretty cool, only downside was the presentation since it was “take away” packed and brought to your villa. But I like the idea!
It was a good place to catch up with some work. Took some cool photos and edited some of the photos taken on the trip so far.
Over all, this Villa is for everybody. It does though suit a younger guest since it has a few benefits like the breakfast thing. It’s also seems to be branded a bit in that direction just because of that particular service. I don’t know, might be just me. The staff was really nice and were very helpful with us trying to find the best location to surf. 10-15 minutes away from our beach was a really good spot for surfers that we unfortunately didn’t have the time to check out. But good to know if you’re into that :) I did really like the place tho and I see myself going back! Hope you guys got a little feeling of how it looked :) Xx
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
July 23, 2015 15:29
Dear travel diary,
I’ve seen all of your comments on previous chapters of my travel diary and I will answer them when I come back to Sweden :) Our fourth stop is Kuta Beach and five star beach front hotel Sheraton. The surroundings is pretty busy since it’s beachfront and you got everything from restaurants, a full size mall and mini marts. The mall is actually connected to the hotel and has stores like Zara, Topshop, Victoria’s Secret and stuff like that. Before going here we’ve been told by many that this beach is a good place for beginners to surf. So we were particularly excited about this spot!
The first thing you’re hit by in the check-in is the massive view over the pool and the ocean. We were really hungry since the traffic was jammed on our way here but that didn’t get my mood down since I got to eat pizza while watching the sun go down right after we arrived. I hear myself repeating “sunset” and “sundown” a lot but it’s just really magical doing things, or doing ANYTHING while sun set!!
The hotel is quite big and has European standard when it comes to rooms and food. We stayed in a one bedroom and it was quite small but fresh and clean. We didn’t stay too much in the room since the hotel was beach front and had a lot of action going on around it.
Sheraton has some in-house restaurants that serve really high standard food. The pictures below is from their Italian restaurant “Bene” which we actually ate three times during our two nights. It’s also my favorite restaurant so far this trip. It’s three floored and on the first night we ate at the roof top (in the sun set of course ;)) which was magical. Since I was really excited to go surfing the next day it was extra magical seeing silhuettes of surfers in the color full ocean.
And yes, of course I visited the Spa. I had a balinese 60 minutes massage which might have been top three massage or spa experiences I’ve ever gotten (maybe except for my naprapath due to some difficulties in my back…). I might have just needed one real bad, I don’t know, but it was good, really good :)
As a lot of the hotels Sheraton also has some activities or special events that might happen during your stay. Every Sunday they have the “Market Brunch” which is a concept brunch which we couldn’t miss to check out. That exact day we had really late breakfast which made us just going for the sweets and desserts but they have everything you want in a brunch. Not only waffles, ice cream and chocholate fondue, but also Italian pastas, Babi Guling, asian stuff and fresh fruits etc etc. Everybody also got one vegetable or fresh fruit to bring home to symbolize the “going to the market” concept. I like concepts and this was a good one.
The same evening the hotel also had the “White Magic Sunset” pool party. We actually sat on the lobby balcony editing pictures and blogging. Better there with a DJ and all ;)
The next day we finally went surfing! Wohooo! The waves were at first pretty big and what I learned on my trip to Marocco has really helped. I felt that even though the waves were big, I caught most of the waves I went for, not bragging our anything ;) We got our boards at “Patamuanpata” (?) which was right outside of our hotel. I think the guys were help full and we got one board for 150,000 rupia for 4 hours, which is like 100 SEK. We didn’t negotiate much so just don’t pay more than that ;) Also, I didn’t actually surf with this board on the picture, it was just looked so much better with my shorts ;) Haha!
Over all Sheraton is one of the hotels I definitely would go back to if ever going back to Bali. I like Kuta and I like that it was beach front. I liked the spa and I loved their restaurants. The rooms were OK and the surroundings had a lot to offer. So if you’re in the mood of a little action. This is your place!!! Xx
July 21, 2015 17:26
Dear travel diary,
Our third stop was The Grove Villas, 10-15 minutes away from the beaches of Seminyak with taxi. First impression when they opened the doors to our villa was “wow!”. It was very private and very mordern and the beach house feeling of the villa was just my taste.
As I said, the first impression was just WOW! The villa consisted of one bed room, one bath room, one living room, a sun deck and a private pool with your own waterfall. The colors and the interior fit perfectly and the atmosphere was a mix between spa, beach house, modern and clean. This is the exact type of beach house I dream about buying for myself as a summer house!
Both the bed room and the living room had access to the pool through movable panorama windows. It was a really cool feeling to be able to wake up in the morning and go straight for a dip in the pool through the windows like that.
The bathroom had a glass roof over the tub… How cool is that? Over all, the bath room was just perfect. Lighting, freshness and colors. The bath room is such an important part for me and if I could have this bath room at home I would have died the happy death… Haha.
The closest beach is Seminyak which partly is known for it’s beautiful sunsets. It took about 10-15 minutes for us to get to the beach in perfect time to catch the sunset. During our stay here in Bali we’ve been fooled by a lot of taxi drivers. Even drivers from big companies like Blue Bird (which also is the best company we’ve been riding with so far) has made some shady moves on us. So if you’ve going to Bali, a tip is to just go by taxa meter and don’t listen to them if they ask for more when you reach your destination.
Over all my villa experience was very very good. I never felt like leaving the villa which led to us just hanging out on the sun deck, poolin, eating room service and listening to music. We did stuff like going to Mini Mart and bought some snack and watched a documentary. Really laid back stuff. I’d choose this villa again if I want to escape stress, wanna relax or even maybe focusing on work for a couple of days. The staff was also really cute and helped us with all of our requests :) So if this is your purpose of vacation, I personally recommend it!
Catch you guys next time, then we’re going to Kuta! Xx
July 18, 2015 18:50
Dear travel diary,
Our second stop on this tour was five star Pan Pacific in the Tanah Lot area. It took about 1 hour and 20 minutes with a taxi from our previous hotel. My first impression of Pan Pacific can be described with one word, Massive. The hotel is very “sport-centered” with a massive golf course (I don’t know how big they usually are but..), tennis courts, water sports such as basketball hoops in the pools, and a sand football pitch. Since I’m not a great golfer, nor a sport-girl of that kind, I spent most of my time in the pool area which was quite huge also. They had waterslides and stuff that actually was pretty fun, at least once or twice. Like many of the hotels here in Bali they also arrange activities like Yoga Classes, Bike tours around the area, ATV trips etc etc. If you’re a sports girl/guy, you’ll be having your hands full. However, the hotel is a bit “off” so you never really leave the area, at least we didn’t.
The hotel sits just by the ocean but it doesn’t have a beach, so the pool area is the place to be at if you wanna go for a swim.
As I said, it has a lot of different sport stations and the ping pong table became our spot since I’m actually quite good at it ;)
Even though the food was in the pricier price range compared to the previous hotel (more like swedish prices), the food was really really good. We ate at all of their restaurants and they all were impressive, not only for for it’s taste, but also for how it was presented. I don’t think I’m the only one who eats with my eyes too :) The breakfast was also very good. I love it when they have a chef who can do your omeletts exactly how you want them. As the icing on the cake, they had a chocolate fondue that I actually didn’t use that much. Or, the truth is I used it once just for a picture, but somehow lost the picture…. (?)
They had these beautiful private pavilions facing the water placed at least 50m away from each other. It was really calming just lying there for the 30-40 minutes it took for it to go from sundown to almost pitch black. The whole area was also very romantically lit during the night time. But yeah, this is by far the best way I’ve caught a sunset. Love em!
Our room were big with two bathrooms, a livingroom and a bedroom with two balconies. It was almost like a suite. It had the typical “american luxury not too mordern” type of feeling which I know many luxury hotels go for, but is not really my cup of tea. Next up is Seminyak, let’s see what it has to offer :) Xx