The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery Collection
What We Love
- Beautifully tended grounds, 11 acres in total, make this a real oasis
- Chef Gede Sujana, who conjures up a dynamic brand of Balinese fusion
- Balinese architecture that makes the hotel feel like a living museum
What To Know
- Skip dangerous motorbike taxis in favor of safer car services, which can be arranged through the hotel
- Some high-end shops and restaurants have unpredictable hours so have the hotel call ahead
- Staying in Bali's most stylish area can also mean fighting the island's traffic jams
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The essential appeal of the Royal Beach is in the details: thatched poolside “bales” (the Balinese answer to gazebos), soft lights encased in stone carvings, soaring roofs that look as if they belong on a temple, intricately carved doors and windows. The 128 rooms and 17 private villas are set around two pools, one right by the beach and a second in the lush garden area.
Bed and Bath
Guests staying in one of the resort’s 17 villas can look forward to a private pool and plenty of marble and soft linens. However, most people staying here will be in one of the rooms housed in a winding block which curves like a sail across the grounds. Mosquito nets draped above the beds add a romantic touch, as do highly polished floors and lush views over the gardens.
The Royal Beach excels when it comes to dining: open-air Capris is a homage to Mediterranean food with beachfront views. Husk leans more towards fusion, while Japanese chefs show off their slicing, dicing and grilling skills right in front of the customers at Teppanyaki. The detox rituals at Namaya Spa are an enticing antidote to over indulgence.
In the Area
Seminyak was once separated from Kuta by rice fields. They’ve long been built over, but “The Yak” retains a distinctive and superior mien, business class to Kuta’s economy. Baba’s is not untypical of the sort of gourmet Asian lounge/bar/restaurants that dot the area, while Mint’s 25-meter-long bar simply enhances its popularity. This is upmarket partyville: as the saying goes in Seminyak: “Eat, Play, Love.” For a taste of the shopping on offer, hit Seminyak Square to stroll among the stylish boutiques.
How to Get There
This was the second time that we stayed at this hotel and we were really looking forward to our stay. However, we were slightly disappointed as the air conditioner in our room couldn’t be turned lower than 20 degrees. This kept our room quite warm and we found it difficult to sleep.
The gardens and grounds are still beautiful. The buffet breakfast in the Husk Restaurant was delicious.
The location of the hotel is great. It close to the beach, restaurants and bar area.
We stayed for 5 nights during April and were really impressed by the hotel. We had the cheapest room however it was really spacious and had a balcony that looked over the gardens. The hotel is clean and well maintained. The best feature of the hotel is the pool which is absolutely lovely! The only minor issue we noticed was a sewerage like smell at times around the pool area. Not sure what that was but it wasn’t all the time. The buffet breakfast has a huge selection and the seafood restaurant was delicious. The massages at the hotel we found were cheaper than in town. Just a heads up for same sex couples. We did experience a lot of homophobia from fellow guests. We thought we would avoid that booking a more expensive hotel, in the hope that maybe the cliental would be a bit more sophisticated but unfortunately not. This was no fault of the hotel though and they treated us like queens! We would definitely stay again.
Large hotel on beautiful grounds beachfront Bali. Hotel is a bit tired, but spotlessly clean, if you want shiny and new this is not hotel for you. Staff are friendly great service. Reminds us of the old school Bali hotels which used to be everywhere big grand hotels on lush grounds. Think Intercontenial but not on same scale or level. We are returning again this year as love the location and breach front location.
For a relaxing stay this is the place. Still close to all the shops and restaurants but once you arrive at the hotel you instantly chill. Awesome place to watch the magical Bali sunsets with a cocktail or three. The staff are first rate and the breakfast is everything you could want. A special mention to Putu on the egg station. He cooks the best eggs just how you want them. The grounds are lovely and so well maintained. Looking forward to our next visit.
Following a few nights in Sidemen, Seminyak was a shock to the system. It's more like California than the rest of our adventures in Bali, and certainly if you didn't know you were in Bali, you could have been on any beach anywhere with american music and TONS of people. This area is more for the younger crowd than mature (50) couples. The hotel is lovely, people are friendly and by and large the food is very good - with abundant selection. While we won't return to Seminyak, the Royal Beach is a fabulous play to stay for those who choose to visit this area of Bali!