Sorry for the very very long hiatus since the last quarter of 2014. I’ve been caught up with a new website (which I will blog about soon too!) and busy with all the spring cleaning for the upcoming new year! I locked down the site a couple of days ago to do a theme-revamp, so to those who had requested access to read this blog, sorry for the inconvenience!
Nevertheless, Kai and I had a great start to 2015. Some of you may know that we were recently in Indonesia, specifically, Bali, for the new year. I shan’t dwell too much into the details of our trip but well, let’s just say that Bali probably did not live up to my expectations. But hey, our accommodation did!
On the recommendation of one of Kai’s friends, we stayed at The Kayana Bali, located in the touristy town of Seminyak. Seminyak is one of the bigger and popular towns in Bali, just north of the Kuta district.
Hotels in Seminyak mostly don’t have a grand facade or driveway for you to pull up to. Instead, they’re camouflaged within the rows of shophouses lining the streets. And because of that, you really shouldn’t blame yourself if you missed the hotel like us!
The Kayana’s entrance was a small turn-in with a drop-off point, and up front were three parking lots just by the road side for you to park your car (if you have rented one). While it was quite scary maneuvering in the hectic and messy Bali traffic, we were quite thankful that there were security guards everywhere to help marshal traffic and ensure that no hay-wired bikes crashed into us!
The reception of The Kayana was simple, yet complete with a touch of luxury and tranquility. I thought it was amazing that we were not really bothered by the bustle of the traffic just 20 metres away from us once we settled down at the reception counter. Don’t expect welcome drinks or hot towels to perk you up here, but I must say the hospitality and receptiveness of the staff makes up for such shortfall.
The Kayana comprises of 24 private villas, each complete with their own garden and pool. We got our keys, hopped onto the courtesy buggy, and sped down towards our Deluxe Villa! You can see from the picture above that each villa’s entrance has a sheltered wooden door – the entire concept designed with a touch of Balinese styling.
For around S$500 per night, The Kayana proved to us that it was indeed worth every single cent of our money. Stepping into our villa, we were greeted by a small(er) plunge pool (the larger Pool Villas have a longer pool), as well as an outdoor dining area.
Inside, the villa looked no different from what we saw on the Internet. The configuration of the villa allows you to look out into the pool from the bed, with the wash area and bath tub separated from the bed area by a partition door.
We settled down, then headed off to check out the surroundings. Each of their villas have their own plunge/private pool, but there’s also a main pool at the dining/restaurant area. We also found out that as part of their encouragement for guests to dine in their own villas, they do not offer buffet breakfast at the restaurant area. Rather, you can select your breakfast choices and pass the selection slip to the reception every night before you turn in.
We also checked out The Kayana’s in-house spa – Ayur Spa. Every guest at The Kayana will be offered a complimentary 15-minute neck and head massage. So, we trotted over to get our free massage, as well as to check out their menu.
Spa lovers would know what I mean when I say it’s really very difficult to walk away from a spa once you settle down in it. We added on a 55-minute foot reflexology (US$45 each) after our 15-minute complimentary massage to ease our aching legs after a whole morning of walking (and driving).
We were in fact impressed by the head and shoulder massage as those we’ve experienced before were just quick kneadings on the shoulder blades and a few touches on your forehead and scalp. Ayur Spa’s therapists gave us a thorough head massage, as well as an intense shoulder (I actually would term it as back) massage all the way down to our waists!
In fact, we decided to pamper ourselves and settled for their Romantic Retreat package (US$195) the next day, comprising of a floral footbath, a citrus body wash, a signature Balinese massage, a body scrub, and a soak in their jacuzzi! While their Balinese massage was really relaxing, their body scrub left me half shivering as they left us lying there for 5 minutes each time they applied the scrub to one side of your body. This is apparently for the scrub and herbs to infuse into your body for maximum relaxation. Didn’t help with the aircon blowing directly at me hahaha!
In a nutshell, The Kayana ranks one of the top 10 of luxury and romantic hotels on Agoda and TripAdvisor to stay in when you’re visiting Bali. It may be a little on the pricey side, but trust me – you’ll understand why I say it’s worth every cent once you step foot into the resort. Do remember to also check out Ayur Spa when you’re there for a pampering session!
The Kayana Villa, Seminyak – Bali
Jl. Raya Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod
Kuta Utara, Bali, Indonesia