What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Free shuttle service anywhere in Seminyak
- On-call butler available 24/7
- In the heart of Seminyak but completely private
What To Know
- Getting to the beach requires a 30-minute walk or a short shuttle ride
- There’s no restaurant, spa or gym, because all services are provided in-villa
- WiFi is free
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Crammed full of galleries, boutiques and restaurants, Seminyak, on Bali’s west coast, has a couture beach scene that attracts glamorous globetrotters who come to eat, party and lounge. In the middle of it all, Kanishka’s 25-villa Zen retreat offers a secluded sanctuary where cool private plunge pools quench sun-kissed skin behind walls tall enough to keep the neighbors out of sight. White stone carvings inspired by Angkor Wat lead to fortress-like dark wood doors behind which traditional Balinese decor melds with modern accents conceived by designer Yani Hadisuwarno. It may seem strange that there are no common areas, but once cocooned in a spacious villa on a sun-drenched private deck, you won’t want to encounter any other guests.
Bed and Bath
The villas have private plunge pools (or Jacuzzis) with wooden decks and oversize wicker loungers. Expansive indoor-outdoor marble-floored living rooms and kitchens give way to air-conditioned bedrooms where billowing canopy beds outfitted in soft white and earth-toned linens form the centerpiece. There are almost too many mood lighting options: Buddha lamps mount dark wood surfaces, and track lights highlight Persian rugs and Balinese drawings. The bathrooms are tiled floor to ceiling with steel-gray Balinese river stone and feature deep Jacuzzi tubs. There’s also a light-filled bamboo garden.
Kanishka is the type of place where everything comes to you. The magic words for getting what you want, whether it be a private yoga session or the nearly five-hour royal spa indulgence package, are “just press zero.” Standard American and Indonesian fare (pizza, fried rice) make up the room service menu. The crown jewel is the poolside barbecue, where an impressive selection of grilled meats is served with a slew of side dishes and finished off with chocolate mousse cake.
In the Area
If you’ve exhausted the hotel’s on-site treatments, the Maharaja-size Prana Spa is just up the road, offering ayurvedic therapy and other indulgences at one of the largest spas in Bali. In the immediate area there’s a plethora of boutiques and galleries in addition to a pick of dining options including the international eatery Made’s Warung, as well as Taco Beach Grill, which serves hand-pressed tortillas. Meanwhile, the free shuttle will carry your appetite to legendary Italian establishment La Lucciola, at one of Seminyak’s finest stretches of sand: Petitenget Beach. Kanishka is only a 15-minute drive from the international airport, making for an easy departure — should you ever decide to leave.
How to Get There
My husband and I had an amazing stay at Kanishka. The pool villa is tucked away and you barely hear anything from the outside.
The location to the Main Street of shopping was just around the corner.
A water filter supply of water was enjoyed in the room as well as complimentary bottled water daily.
Our villa was cleaned daily with mosquito coils lit in the evening to deter the obvious.
The bed was a little firm for my liking (I’m precious, I sleep on latex pillows and mattress) and the pillows were large and voluminous however too big for my small shoulders.
Highly recommended staying here if you are a couple wanting privacy. We don’t have children and that’s how we like it so the private pool was bliss. Wish I had more photos to post.
Superb location in Seminyak, near good restaurants, Taco Beach; Made’s Warung, Queen’s Tandoor Indian food.
2 minutes from BALI DELI western food outlet.
Many good spas nearby.
Comfortable accommodation with air-con or open plan living.
Located in a quiet lane off Jalan Kunti.
Fantastic friendly service.
Travelled as a couple.
Stayed at the private pool villa and really enjoyed the comfort and cleanliness of the villas. The staff are very friendly and sincere. The breakfast had lots of choices and was freshly delivered to our room which was included.
I really recommend Kanishka Villas to anyone that is going to be staying in Saminyak.
We were very disappointed with our stay, we had asked for 5 star accommodation, but when we entered our Villa we felt very let down, the bedroom was clean and comfortable but we had a very small closed in terrace with a jacuzzi and only enough room for 2 chairs and a table so no where to relax and no sun loungers. There was no bar or pool to sit around which meant we had a 25 minute walk to the beach if we wanted to sit and relax outside. The staff were very friendly and the breakfast that was brought to our villa each day was very good.
After we attended the wedding on the Bukit Peninsula, the girls wanted even more boutique shopping and the boys were looking for a few sports bars to some watch live sport so it was off to Seminyak where we stayed at Gending Kedis’s sister property; the Kanishka private villa estate. It was conveniently located right in the heart of Seminyak just off Jalan Raya Seminyak near Bali Deli Supermarket. The girls were ecstatic that there were so many nearby shopping expeditions to be enjoyed and the boys went from Mrs Sippy to Potato Head and Nirwana Sports Bar. We were able to walk to Ku De Ta and Seminyak Beach and there were plenty of great casual dining opportunities in our street along with ATM’s and convenience stores. The Villas were fabulous with private plunge pools right next to the lounge areas and the bedrooms were exceptionally spacious. Kanishka has wonderful staff, an excellent standard of modern accommodation and the perfect Seminyak location. We will have no qualms in re booking at both properties or referring all of our friends and family.