The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali
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Bali Bali Bali, oh where to begin...Well we arrived at the airport to utter madness and noise from taxi drivers trying to get custom! After many taxi drivers had offered us their services, we finally got a driver who said it would cost us 200,000RP (£10) to get to our hotel..We thought we was getting a good deal until we arrived at the hotel …
all of us, except Tys, home and safe before Christmas. Tys will be safe and happy in the
Caribbean and hopefully "living the dream".
Today will be a quiet day for me. I’m off to get
some herbal concoction for the muscle I’ve torn in my calf and maybe get a
massage if I can’t find anything else to do. Ohhh so tough !!!!
... amazing and slightly creepy as they drifted silently towards us opening and closing their big beak like snouts. Other animals were also at the sanctuary and you could get in the cage with every single one! The tour guide just stepped boldly in and asked if we wanted to hold or touch whatever was in there. He also kept leaving the cages open and we had to shut them quickly so that the animals didn’t get out. There were giant lizards, snakes, eagles and ...
... this time going a bit further afield.
We then began to drive back south, to an area of old Balinese rice paddies, now under UNESCO protection. As with the herons, we had to pay a ticket to enter the village. (The money, according to Anwar, goes to the local government, which provides some additional services to the village.) The rice paddies are beautiful, despite the overcast, but I was most fascinated by the water temples. We did see ...
... br> I can tell I am getting tired because nothing is exciting me. Right now, there is nothing on the island of Bali that I really care to see. I'd rather just hole up in my flat-screened TV harboring hotel room and then ooze down to the pool if I am feeling un-ameobic. Many travelers I have spoken to have professed that when the trip is over, you just know. I might be knowing right now.
Lastly, for giggles, I ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Royal Beach Seminyak Bali
This beach was quieter than the beach in Kuta but it still had everything going on! Surfing, body boarding, massages on the beach and people trying to sell you sunglasses, tattoos and even swords! Ha ha.
We stayed there all day working on our tans, saying no thank you to all the sellers and did some body boarding as preparation for surfing!
The water was seaweed free, and when the waves crashed it left the water feeling like a foamy bubble bath.
Aaron started off being un easy of the sea but by the end of the day I think it grew on him!
We got the hang of the body boarding and listened out for surfing tips so hopefully next beach trip it will be surfing time!
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali
We stayed 8 nights in December. I've travelled around different countries before and this is one of the best resorts I've been to. The staff were very friendly and courteous. Rooms were modern and impeccable. Grounds were manicured beautifully. Breakfast was the best and the general atmosphere of the place was peaceful and exactly what i was looking for in getting away from the busy regular grind. Would definitely come back! Well Done Sofitel Seminyak!
Certainly no 5 stars !
the infrastructure is quite OK and the rooms are nicely decorated. It is very clear that the hotel is poorly managed and service is not at all at 5 star level.
Breakfast is perfect and worth the 5 stars. Everything is 90% OK, but the last 10% is missing and is irrating.
The staff is doing their best, but it is very clear that they are not managed and that leadership and clear procedures are missing.
We stayed in the Sofitel for 4 nights. The hotel and the service was wonderful. We loved the tranquil setting and beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel. Away from the hustle & bustle of Kuta. They have two fabulous pools. If not the pools, you could walk right to the beach. Rooms and bathrooms were spacious and very clean. Most rooms have a balcony facing the garden. Hotel has a great ambience and its a perfect place to relax. Last but not the least, the breakfast/brunch buffet was scrumptious. Definitely recommend this hotel.
This is an excellent hotel (we stayed there for 9 nights in late September). The rooms are a good size and fitted out to a high standard. The hotel has 2 pools (one sunny, one more shaded) and excellent access to the beach The pool bar is a little overpriced but it is a nice 10 min stroll along the beach to Legian for lunch so it is not a problem at all. We would definitely stay here again. We also recommend Lucky Day for evening meals and Gado Gado for a special occasion.
We stayed our last night at the Sofital as a splurge, and found the hotel somewhat disappointing. First off, our check-in was a disaster: we sat waiting for 10 minutes to check in at the recption desk while watching the sole service person answer three phone calls while we sat there looking at her. (A pet peeve: I hate when people answer the phone when there is a live human right there). The hotel was booked solid, which meant finding a lounge chair by the pool was a challenge, to say the least. Many people took pads and laid on the grassy section between the pool and the beach. Rooms are good-sized, clean, and homogenous. You could be in a big hotel almost anywhere. The hotel is right on the beach, in a pretty quiet section with minimum numbers of vendors, but often the waves are too rought to go in. This part of the coast is best for surfers, not swimmers. Much nicer are the nearby Oberoi, Legian, and Resor Seminyak, but you will pay more than twice as much. Be sure to cross the street and dine at the Gado-Gado -- it's a wonderful restauarnt with equally wonderful service.
Have no fear - the Sofitel Seminyak is a good place to stay. I have stayed there when it was called The Imperial about 3 years back, then again as the Royal Seminyak last year and now as the rebranded Sofitel Seminyak in May 2005 (some taxi drivers still only remember it as The Imperial although that was several years ago now - worth knowing when you are trying to get back there).
We stayed at the Sofitel with much apprehension after reading earlier reviews. However to our surprise we had a great time!
One part of the hotel has been refurbished and the other is still old and sometimes quite dirty. A complete refurbishment is urgently needed. The room, the garden and the swimming pools are OK, but the restaurant isn't pleasant and the beach as well.
The service is sometimes a little poor (for example, very difficult to order a taxi), but always friendly. The Sofitel Seminyak is a 5 stars hotel but there are a lot of better hotels in Bali for an equivalent price, or even cheaper (for example, Le Meridien Nirwana or Bali Hilton which I know too).