Travel Blogs from Seminyak
... mosquito coils the next day.
Simply saying hello in Indonesian can be tricky. This largely depends on the time of day that you are saying hello and whether you or your counterpart are staying or going. If it is morning until about 11am, the greeting is "selamat pagi" which literally means "safe morning". Similarly, if it is between 11am and 2pm, the greeting is "selamat soree", and at night, it is "selamat malam"
... walk on the beach and found a man hang gliding and doing tricks. He was swaying between cliffs and missing the rocks by a few feet. We were impressed! On our walk back three Chinese tourists asked Jordon if they could take a picture with him. On the way back to Seminyak Benny dropped us off at Jimbaran Bay for beachside dinner. We appreciated the idea especially because dinner was served at sunset. We ordered a seafood platter. Restaurants lined the beach and we were shocked they ...
... parking and it was really raining. He drove through slowly so that we could look and take some photos. Then we were off to Ubud, we saw the village by car on the way through to the centre of the town. We went into the Monkey Forest and paid 20,000 rupiah for entry. There were monkeys everywhere and some people were letting them jump all over them for food. The monkeys were snatching the food and being quite vicious so we tried to keep clear. I had visions of monkeys attacking me as ...
... it some waves to an otherwise tranquil beach. As soon as we got out into the open sea we were being thrown about everywhere in huge swells with massive waves crashing over the top of us. We were literally hanging on to bits of rope and a railing to stop ourselves falling off. It was fun for about five minutes, but after 25 minutes it was just pretty scary. One of the crew eventually came up and said he could take us down one by one into the main part of the boat, so ...
... by the festivities. We moved on to the Monkey Forest. We paid our entrance fee and were accompanied by our guide Maria, whose job was to shoo away the monkeys. Don't look them in the eye, she said, they get aggressive. And don't panic when they touch you. Before checking out the monkeys, we were asked if we wanted our picture taken with a friendly fruit bat that doesn't bite. No thank you. And no thank you to a picrture with a snake.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Elysian Seminyak
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.