Bali Update


One of our Senior Consultants recently returned from a trip to Bali and shared some updates with us.  Pending her own travel blog, (which I think she should write as she travels to some gorgeous places and does extensive research on her destinations), we thought we’d share her travel updates with you.


Thought I would share some of the places I visited and stayed at over the last couple of weeks.

Firstly, The Samaya in Seminyak; I would highly recommend.  This is the 2nd time I have stayed and both times have been blown away by the amazing service offered and the quality of every aspect of our stay – from the villas themselves to the food.  They offer luxurious villas with private pool.  The pools are not your run of the mill plunge pool, but a really good size.  It is currently No. 1 on TripAdvisor and I know why.  Located on the beach in Seminyak.  Amazing!

I would also highly recommend Umah Di Desa in Batu Belig.  There are 3 private owned villas.  2 x 2 bedroom and 1 x 3 bedroom.  They are absolutely gorgeous and owned/managed by Lorraine and her husband Pun, who were both extremely welcoming and friendly.

Lots of information and handy hints on the area, where to eat, shop, etc., is provided within the villa, which was invaluable and we used many of the recommendations. The ladies who cleaned the villa really respected our privacy but were still on hand if we needed anything – it all worked out fantastic. The staff are a real credit.

It felt like we were in our own little oasis and we wish we had booked to stay longer.

The space Lorraine and her team have created is absolutely beautiful. With special little touches and gorgeous antique pieces located all over which adds to the charm.

I will certainly recommend Umah Di Desa.  We loved the location just off Batu Belig. This area is really coming into its own, with lots of great places to eat and shop only moments away.  Like WaterCress, Mozaic, Habitual Quench and Feed and Nook – just to name a few.

The Vasanti offers good value for money at the moment. Current rates start at around US$100 per night. Breakfast is average but for that price there are plenty of great restaurants that you can eat at. It is located in the Petitenget area, a few minutes north of Seminyak.

There are many amazing new restaurants in the Seminyak area. One of the highlights was Merah Putih which serves Indonesian food with a twist. Check out the pictures of the restaurant – the structure is amazing and unlike anything I have seen before!

I did an inspection of The Legian, located on the beach in Seminyak.  It is a beautiful property with large rooms and amazing bathrooms.  They also have 1 & 2 bedroom villas located across the road in their “Club”.  These are very secluded.  The style is quite is sophisticated British Indian style, (I guess you could say British Indonesian in this case), with lots of wood used in the furnishings.

I also visited the W Retreat & Spa Seminyak, again located right on the beach.  This is a great hotel, very modern with a number of room types and also 71 private villas with pool, 1 or 2 bedroom; mainly 1 bedroom though).  They are ultra modern with Bose sound systems, etc.

W Retreat & Spa Seminyak – WOW Two Bedroom Pool Villa (Photo courtesy of W Retreat & Spa)


W Retreat & Spa Seminyak – Marvelous One Bedroom Pool Villa (Photo courtesy of W Retreat & Spa)










These hotels, both in the upper scale of rates, are complete opposites in terms of style but I would recommend both depending on what style you were after.


Motive Travel is able to book all of the above properties for you.  Interested?  Contact us on email [email protected] or phone +618 9322 2666.

NB – This is an independent review of a consultant’s recent travel experiences and is provided as a point of reference and interest.  Places change, currencies fluctuate and personal preferences vary.  Please ensure you conduct your own destination and accommodation research before booking your travel based on the above.



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