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The first day we walked everywhere. But Gwynn's foot was not up for the wear and tear. The next day we rode bicycles, but my ass was hurting by the end of the day. So today we decided to try the mode of transportation every one in Bali uses. We asked our man at the front desk to set us up with a nice motorbike. …
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We then adjourned to our various rooms to start the packing task. I had already done a fair bit of mine so it didn't take too much effort to finish it off, then cart all my stuff downstairs and once Sharon ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Elysian Seminyak
Perfect for total relaxation
We were after a short, totally relaxing break and our travel agent suggested the Elysian. It lived up to all our expectations with typical Balinese warmth and friendliness from every member of staff. The accommodation was classy and everything had been thought of - from iPods on Bose speakers preloaded with music for every taste and also with maps of the area, to adaptor plugs. A hearty breakfast set us up for the day, with excellent restaurants for other meals a shortish walk or cheap taxi ride away. One memorable meal was in the Living Room restaurant's garden under the full moon. The service and food were of international standard - far better than many Australian restaurants. With our own swimming pool and villa service we needn't have stepped outside our own piece of paradise if we didn't want to, but Seminyak offers good food and shopping and is only a short distance from Kuta and Legian. Bali badly needs its tourism industry to pick up, and the Elysian epitomises the excellence that is available. We will definitely be back.
Secluded and modern
We arrived at the Elysian and from the moment we were greeted we were made to feel welcome and had a fantastic stay.
The rooms were clean and very modern with comfortable beds.
We looked forward to Breakfast everyday and the room service menu was diverse and reasonable.
The resorts are close to all of the great eating places in Seminyak.
We hired a scooter to get us around but taxis were easy to get.
We loved it all
Wonderful, relaxing experience
On the excellent recommendation from my travel agent BFirst Travel in Sydney, my partner and I booked a short stay over Christmas at the Elysian. From the moment we arrived at Denpasar airport, we were made feel welcome. The plane arrived late at night and someone from the hotel was waiting to drive us to the resort. The villas are well equipped in a modern version of the legendary Balinese sense of serenity. Each villa has its own 6 m pool which we used a fair bit. We were also able to listen to our own music and podcast collection by simply connecting our iPods to the Bose sound dock in our living room.
I swam each morning in the 25 m lap pool - before enjoying the delightful service at breakfast. While we didn't take advantage of the individual tours available, we took advantage of the dinner recommendations at many of the nearby restaurants. Each one was a great success.
I highly recommend both Bali and the Elysian to those travelers like us who are looking to relax in a smaller property (there are 26 villas in total), yet want to be close enough to the shops and villas or Semyniak.
Know it was going to take 2 days to get to our honeymoon hotel from New York, we wanted a special experience. This is exactly what we got.
Upon arrival, we found a greeting message wishing us a "happy honeymoon" written with flower pedals in our bath. This was jsut the begining. The service was great, as was the rest of the Bali. And security was obviously on everyone's mind; so no worries there either.
The privacy and contemporary design of the villias was a great retreat away from the stresses of the world. During the day we coudl open up the villa walls and windows walls (yes, virtually walls of windows) to allow free flowing from the inside to out. Then in the evening close the villia back up, and the staff turn down the villia, and make sure the A/C is set to a cool temperature for sleeping at night. The beds were firm enough to be comfortable, and not too hard for a nice amount of lounging around reading magazines in the morning waiting for breakfast.
We did breakfast on the campus most mornings, as it was included. It was a wonderful selection of pastries, eggs, homemade jams, and fruits to the point that only on the last day did we want to deviate.
When it came to arranging day activities, like shopping for bespoke fit suits or custom drapes for the apartment, the front desk was able to help us with arranging travel. They were also great at arranging for meals out of the hotel. Near by the hotel are top experiences like Ku De Ta and The Living Room.
If it wasn't a two day flight, we would be back in April.
The Elysian is something special. My husband and I took a week out from the kids and spent a week in luxury. We have been to Bali many times always trying something new, The Elysian was our choice for this trip and we weren't disappointed. Our villa was very private, gorgeously appointed with contemporary furniture (including an ipod nano downloaded with 'chill out music') and was spotlessly clean. Our very own 8 x 3 metre pool was too die for with the living room and bedroom windows folding right back onto the pool. The bathroom was open, clean and very modern. Towels, including pool towels were sometimes changed twice a day. When returning from dinner at night you would be welcomed with the lights on, bed turned down, a note with the next days' temperature and the highlights of the next nights' local entertainment and best of all a chocolate truffle at the side of the bed. Although down a laneway (5 mins from the best resturants) we never felt unsafe. There is also a shuttle service that you can book with reception and is usually free. Another important point is that the two day beds in the villa can be made up as beds for the kids free of charge! Service, spa and dining are all very high in standard. If you want something which delivers just that little bit extra The Elysian is it!
Great hotel, fabulous service
This is a gem of a hotel at a pretty reasonable price situated in Seminyak, which is a quieter and more upscale alternative to staying in the boisterous Kuta area.
This is an all-villa hotel, and each vila is of a decent size (though not as big as what u'd find in the more expensive hotels) which afford good privacy which the hotel staff are very careful to respect. Each unit has a bedroom, a living-cum-dining room with sofas capable of sleeping a couple of kids if needed, with a reasonably big plunge pool outside with 2 lounge chairs. There is a separate wc, with an open shower and dressing area (this could be a small issue if u are travelling with family and want more privacy when u have a bath!) However, this is pretty great for a couple and you can stay in your villa all day without feeling the need to step outside.
All in all, i think it's great value at USD 195 nett including breakfast and other amenities. This area is full of villa hotels, some of which are cheaper but for the quality of the room and service, i think this is a great bet!
The service is just great, with everyone smiling and so eager to please you. It's a small place so everyone remembers your name and seem to take a genuine interest in your well-being. They have a free shuttle to Kuta and Seminyak. The spa is small (no couple suites) but quite good and reasonably priced.
I had taken the hotel car to be dropped at Ubud for the next part of our holiday, and some 10 minutes after being dropped there i realized that I had left my mobile phone in the car. I called the hotel to see if something could be done and within 5 minutes they called back to apologize and tell me that the car was on its way back with my phone and I don't have to worry! I was feeling like a chump for having forgotten my phone and these peope were feeling sorry about it! Talk about service.
However, some small cons :
1) It's a small property, so there's very little in the hotel premises other than your villa, the restaurant, lobby and a small main pool - no gardens, walkways, etc. Don't expect much by way of a view, but the villa and hotel gardens are beautiful and well-maintained.
2) The location is on a narrow road, and it's about a 5-7 minute walk from the beach or from the action at JL Oberoi. We did walk to and fro often, but there are some stray dogs there and an occasional tout hanging around trying to sell you something, so it can be a little scary at night. We had no problems though.
3) The food is reasonably priced and of OK quality if you don't want to go out, but it doesn't match the quality of the various great restaurants in the area.
If you want a pool villa and are not very particular on a beachfront location/view (for which you need to pay twice the price if you want to stay at a pool villa at the Sofitel/Oberoi/Samaya), I'd strongly suggest you go ahead and book this great hotel. You won't regret it!
We stayed at The Elysian over last weekend and we booked a SPA package through the hotel website. Surprisingly, it was cheaper than what other websites are offering. So do shop around and compare the package.
The moment we stepped out of the airport, we were greeted with a warm smile from the hotel driver. The ride was smooth. The Service team at the front desk were also friendly and do what they could to please the guests. House keeping team also did a great job in keeping the villa clean.
We asked for a quiet one and we were allocated to villa 20. The moment we stepped into the villa, cleanliness and peacefulness greeted us. We have total privacy in our own world. Villa was comfortable and windy. The only minor problem we had in the villa was the shower hot water, it was inconsistent.
Rush Bamboo (the only restaurant) at the hotel also served delicious food at a reasonable price. Presentation of food was also very pleasant to the eyes. The Spa at the hotel also gave good massage and foot reflexology and my wife enjoyed every moment of it.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the The Elysian very very much.
Just a word of caution even when taking Blue Bird taxi. Many hotels will recommend you taking the Blue Bird Taxi because it was metered. We took one back from Seminak but had a bad experience. We met a dishonest Blue Bird Taxi driver. Though the meter was on, the driver decided to take a longer route back to our hotel. He went through small winding village path trying to make few more bucks.
An indulgent retreat in Bali
We spent a few days at the Elysian Villas after roughing it elsewhere in Indonesia, and it was a wonderful treat. The villa is simply lovely- modern, luxurious, well thought-out details throughout. It's a place you could easily stay for a long time (but that would get expensive!)
Each villa is truly private- the grounds around each villa are walled, and I found myself wondering if any celebrities were taking refuge nearby- not that there would be any way to know, unless they chose to show up at breakfast by the big pool. The staff were attentive and eager to please and did try very hard to satisfy, but a few of them seemed a bit new, and I imagine the service will continue to improve as the staff becomes more seasoned.
The only drawback is the villas are a bit isolated, hidden behind the enormous Bali Oberoi next door; if you want to take a stroll to the beach or to a restaurant outside of the villa, you don't have many options nearby. The hotel does have a shuttle service, however, so it's not a huge problem. It's not a place for small children; the private pools don't have anything around them to keep little kids out, so they would require constant surveillance. It would make a great honeymoon spot, though.
We just spent 7 days at the Elysian in Seminyak and enjoyed every minute of it. The villa was great, and of course, the service was excellent. For our holiday we were looking for a week of relaxation and not doing much but lounging by the pool.
VILLA & HOTEL
We stayed in their 1 bedroom villa (I think that they only have 1 bedroom villas). These villas have a bedroom, a living/dining room area, a deck and private 8x3m pool. In the living area there are sitting areas (day beds that I think can also be converted into sleeping space at night if needed for people with children) that are incredibly comfortable. What was particularly nice was that the living area could either be enclosed or opened. The windows that surrounded the living area, which were about 2m talls, could all be slid open. The bedroom was similar, one wall was 2 large sliding glass doors that opened up onto the deck.
The Elysian also has a large main pool, that is surrounded by the restaurant and these fantastic huge day beds (size wise similar to a king-size bed). The pool was about 20-25m in length, a great spot it you want to swim laps. The other nice thing was that there is wireless internet in the main area, and there are free laptops available for use.
FOOD & RESTUARANT
The restaurant and the food was a pleasant surprise. First off, it was a very good value. Although a hotel restaurant they were not charging hotel prices. i.e. Lunch for 2 ($10-15$) and Dinner could be as low as ($20). Our breakfast was included in our room rate, and it was a typical 2 eggs and bacon type meal. Also included are croissants, danishes, toast, banana bread, fresh juice and fruit platter. I would recommend the banana bread!
One evening we also had a private meal in our villa. That was a wonderful surprise, the entire outside of our villa was lit up with candles and our pool was filled with flowers. It was a four-course meal which included a bottle of wine for $65.
The hotel is next to the Oberoi Hotel and only a 5 minute walk to the beach. The one thing you should note is that the hotel is down a very quiet street, so it doesn't look like much from the outside until you drive into the property. Kudeta, a popular restuarant and bar is only a 5 minute walk away. A great place to grab a drink and watch the sunset . It was perfect for us to walk over there and have drink, then head back to the hotel and rest and head out for dinner again. Within a 15 minute walking distance, you can also get to BodyWorks (spa), the Living Room (resto) and La Lucciola (resto).
If you are interested in scuba diving, it does take a while to get there depending on which dive site you want to visit. We went to Tulamben for a day (where the USS Liberty wreck is) and that was a good 2.5hour drive away. Closer by is Nusa Penida 1.5 hour awa,, and during July/August the best place to go see mola-molas.
In any case, if you don't want to walk the hotel has complimentary transport for the Seminyak area. You just have the inform the front desk, and one of their drivers will take you in the hotel car. Also related on the transport front, the hotel services were great. For our holiday we did not have very much planned and decided at the very last minute that we wanted to go to Ubud for the day. Basically one morning at 10:30 we decided we wanted to go for the day, and the hotel was able to arrange for one of their drivers to go. I am sure that we paid more ($55) than what the "normal" rate is for a driver in Bali, but given the short notice, the convenience of being able to go on a whim and access to a very confortable car it was worth it. In addition there was a good attention to detail, the driver brought a cooler with drinks and towels for us.
Elysian - Best in Seminyak
I just wanted to tell everyone what a terrific stay we had last week at The Elysian in Seminyak, Bali.
The beautiful, well designed 1 bedroom villa was perfect for myself, my wife and our two small kids. The main bedroom was comfy, neat and clean, while in the parlor 2 couches were easily converted to kids beds at night. The configuration of the villas was really quite smart. Two walls of windows in the living area opened completely to the adjacent pool, creating an indoor/outdoor space ideal for relaxing while keeping an eye on the little ones.
The staff was extremely courteous and helpful. Babysitting was easy to get and exceeded western standards. The common area was a lovely space with large pool, business center and restaurant.
The restaurant, named Rush Bamboo, was a happy suprise. The Elysian is located in a neighborhood that is famous for containing some of the best restaurants in Bali, and most of these are within walking distance of the hotel. Even so, we opted to stay and eat at the villa most nights - that's how good the food was!
All in all, I can tell that the management had done their jobs well and this was reflected in the level of attention to detail and the attitude of the staff.
I travel often to Bali and have experienced many other hotels and villas at this price point. For my money, the level of service, the clean, efficient accommodations and fantastic location make The Elysian an obvious choice for me. I look forward to staying there again soon!
GK, San Francisco, USA