Review: THE SANTAI BALI

Hello! I just got back from my big family vacation in Bali. Bali is one of my favorite cities in Indonesia. I’ve been there for a good amount of times and usually check in at a hotel around Kuta and Legian. This time we decided to try something different and a little bit more chilled, so we checked in at The Santai Bali, which is located at Umalas area in Bali.

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We arrived at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali around 4 PM and a driver from The Santai is already there to take us to the villas. Once we seated at the car, the driver gave everybody a nice cold towel and cold water bottle, which were really relaxing in that hot sunny day. The journey took about an hour because the traffic was really bad due to national holiday Eid Mubarak in Indonesia.

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The theme of the villa is definitely “woody” with a lot of open space and high ceiling. The lobby is big and beautiful. It is well designed but quite simple with enough of comfortable sofas and a coffee corner where guest can have a cup of coffee and some cookies while waiting for the check in process which was not that long. There is also an iMac at the corner of the lobby that can be used by guest.

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We booked 2 villas with 3 bedrooms in each villa. After checking in, we were all taken to one villa because the other one wasn’t ready yet. Not long after that, somebody delivered two big plates of welcome snacks for all of us including fresh fruits, sponge cake, and chicken satay. There is one sweet plate and one savory plate. Those two plates were gone in a minute! It was delicious!

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Each villa has a private pool, open dining and living area, 3 bedrooms with a bathroom in each room. The capacity for 3 bedrooms villa is 6 persons. Since there are 14 of us (plus a baby), we need to paid additional cost for 2 persons, which were IDR 425.000/person. There’s a sofa bed in each room that can be turned to be an extra bed.

The rooms are clean, AC is working really well, the glass windows facing the pool make the room bright enough at the day but the lighting itself is very dim, so the room felt so dark at night, but I think that’s the way they designed the villa to be super relaxing.The master bathroom has two showers, two sinks, one toilet, one bathtub, and a small open closet to store clothes and other belongings. The others have one shower, one sink, one toilet, and a closet.

Source: The Santai website (www.thesantai.com)

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The villa is quite big and spacious, the pool is also big enough to swim or to have a floaty or two. I think the pool is my favourite area in the villa. It is so clear and clean, we can see the bottom of it. The villa offered a dolphin floaty but that thing didn’t work and kept deflated, so we rented two floaties on our own. We had so much fun playing with the unicorn and flamingo for a day, taking hundreds pictures with it.

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I kinda like the idea of open dining and living area because it feels so cozy and cool, you can feel the summer breeze and that was so relaxing. In the dining area, there is a refrigerator, microwave, stoves, coffee maker, tools and utensils for cooking, big wooden dining table and chairs, and a sink. There are some comfy sofas at living area, a television with international channels, and a big fan to make the living and dining area cooler. It’s a nice place to just hanging out in the evening with family, watching TV, nibbling some crisps, and sipping a bottle of cold beer. Love it!

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Breakfast is included in the cost of the villa. We can choose to have breakfast at the restaurant or in our villas. There’s a menu for breakfast so everybody can choose their own breakfast, which is included a starter, a main course, and a drink. We need to inform the breakfast we choose and the time we want it to be served, to the front desk/reception the night before so they can get our breakfast ready at our villa the next morning. The taste of the breakfast was fine but not that special. We also had a dinner at the restaurant which is called Gong Restaurant. The food was fine but it’s really overpriced. I don’t recommend having any meal at the restaurant unless the free breakfast.

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Keep in mind that the villas have quite a lot of open space, gardens, and vertical gardens with a lot of plants, trees, grasses, and flowers, so expect to find some insect. We found some centipedes in our room and bathroom, ants, mosquitos, and my sister even saw a mouse/rat at the open bathroom. The villa management is definitely aware about this issue, so they get an insect repellent ready in every room. One day, we were informed to close our doors and windows because there’s a fogging that day. I can see the effort to keep the villas clean and free from disease while still having big open spaces.

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Overall, we had a pleasant stay at The Santai, Bali. We enjoy our time there. The ambience is really good. The only weakness at The Santai, that we consider as our problem, is the location. We found it difficult and was a waste of time to get around Bali from The Santai, even just to got lunch and dinner, especially around this time of the year when Bali gets really busy and the traffic is really bad. But if you are looking for a peaceful place, far from the noisy busy street and main tourist attractions, then this place is perfect for you!

OVERALL RATING
(scale 1-5)

Value For Money    : ★★★★      (4.0)
Security                       : ★★★★★ (5.0)
Location                      : ★★½         (2.5)
Staff                              : ★★★★★ (5.0)
Atmosphere             : ★★★★½ (4.5)
Cleanliness               : ★★★★     (4.0)
Facilities                     : ★★★½     (3.5)

 


The Santai

Address: Jalan Bumbak No.88A, Banjar Kelod Anyar, Kerobokan – Umalas, Bali – Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 900 26 99  / +62 828 971 900 99
Fax: +62 361 900 25 77
E-mail: bliss@thesantai.com
Website: www.thesantai.com

 

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