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
We visited this Resort two years ago and could not wait to return. We were given a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe room but found the view was appalling- a brick wall! However, the front desk staff were very good and returned us to our original room choice which had a wonderful view over the ponds and gardens. All the staff were very friendly and very professional. Mr. Dhoni ( not sure of his title) was a wonderful Manager whom we met nearly every day at either breakfast, lunch or dinner. He was a complete gentleman and very knowledgeable. Plus he was admired by his staff which is a great sign for:management style.
I would have given a higher rating if they could resolve the breakfast issue. I booked a superior king room which includes breakfast however upon arrival find that only my name is on the booking and hence only I am able to have included breakfast!
The assistant manager he offers my husband 6 free breakfasts. Thank you but what about the other 6 days we’re here for- he gets offered 6 at 50% discount.... which is $13AU, not a lot really but my husband only has a small bowl museli and coffee each morning so decides it’s not worth the cost. Hence now I am breakfasting alone.
So back after the 6 ‘free’ breakfasts I go for another chat at reception to ask if he could just join me and have complimentary coffee, same answer no, he will need to pay for breakfast.
I can’t believe that such a big hotel (Accor) would be so petty, we are staying 12 nights at a considerable cost but they quibble over such a minor issue. This is really spoiling breakfast, my favourite meal of the day and something I always look forward to.
Anyhoo, let me review the rest of the hotel:
Pool - great, wonderful though need to dearly to get sun lounges
Resort Gardens- amazing
Room - great aircon, spacious, good pillows, very firm mattress as usual for Bali
Staff- all wonderful and attentive
Location- great to be on the beach and see the sunsets but about 1km walk up to main street but plenty places along the beach - especially for the young ones as lots have loud music
We come to Bali every year- would I stay here again .... doubtful
It's a beautiful experience to get an upgrade to one of the private villas by the beach with your own pool, thank you! And to enjoy the warm, sincere & pristine services of the spa team. What the entry to the resort (by car) and spa room interiors lack in ambience, the beachside, pool area and most beautiful staff more than make up for it. Also the most incredible breakfast buffet... egg chef a particular highlight. Good wifi and the whole team, a dream. Thank you for a lovely last night stay in bali! xo