Found a cheap deal on latestays.com and immediately booked the resort. US$300 for two-nights stay with breakfast, wifi, transfer to the airport and taxes included. The resort is about a 10 minute stroll to Seminyak centre, five-minute stroll to Mamasan. Not too bad for the price I reckon.
We got to the resort early, at about 11am, way way too early to checkin which is at 2pm. Surprisingly, the check in was fuss free, and we got keys to our villa. They upgraded us to a two-bedroom villa! They did lock up one of the bedrooms, but we got a bigger pool and living area space! AWESOME!
When i booked the villa, I had asked for one of the newly renovated villas and one that is closer to the back entrance of the resort. When we were given our keys at the resort, I re-confirmed this. Sadly, they said, yes I got one of the newly renovated villas but it was just next to the lobby (at the front of the resort). Oh well….can’t be picky…they are upgrading us to a two-bedder and we were early.
Like excited kids, we immediately perused the villa once we got in. Loved the pool…loved the private setting…the garden looked immaculate…then we walked over to the living space, and that is where we started to feel a little let down. IF this is really one of the newly renovated villas…man…it has gone downhill real fast. The counter top was stained….the floor was also stained, bathroom shower faucet was so calcified that the water pressure was lacking. The room was quite dusty, especially the mosquito net, I couldn’t stop sneezing! Kinda difficult to believe that the villa was recently renovated.
The big tub (we didn’t use this at all…lets just say it didn’t look that clean!)
The shower area (again it needed a good clean. Pity the various jets don’t work. Actually…the whole bathroom needs a overhaul)
Ok back to the good first…like I previously mentioned, location was pretty good. not too far from the seminyak town. Just head to the back entrance, turn left and keep walking straight. Across the road from the resort (at the back), is a small mart where you can grab beers, soft drinks and snacks. there’s a few money changers too! From the front entrance, across the road, you have the famous Gusto Gelato…try it! It is good.
The villa came with a good size fridge that can easily accomodate your supplies. The kitchen also comes with a cooker hob if you feel inclined to cook…though why would you bother when there’s cheap and good food all around!
There was a nice variety of western and asian to choose from for breakie, service was good (everyone had a smile on their face). The air conditioning was great here, kept us nice and cool….
One big warning…buy your own water. Don’t use the water dispenser in the villa. The water is full of sediments! We thought maybe it is just the first few glasses….after five tries..we gave up. Good thing we brought along some bottled water. Don’t risk it.
So my main gripe with the resort is the wear and tear. Even blinds were broken at certain bits! And it could be cleaner.
Overall, for the price we paid, the resort was fine. Would we stay there again? Maybe….lets see if we manage to score a better deal next time.
(Address: Jalan Mertanadi No 29 | Br. Mertanadi, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia (Formerly Villa Kendil))