“Cubist oasis in fashionable Seminyak, with private pools, a sensory spa and a sharp eye for style”
Hidden behind high walls, each of the 27 private villas at The Elysian is essentially identical, with a large wooden sundeck, a private 8x3m pool and a flat-roofed, chalet-style bungalow in its own little garden. The doors are the first thing you'll notice: they're built for giants and need a good heave. Tall, thin windows concertina back to give you the option of making your day space indoors or outdoors.
The villas all feature a comfy chill-out corner with window seats and a pair of coffee tables made out of wooden cubes. This can convert to a second sleeping area for the kids if you've brought them. There’s a dining area and a kitchenette with tea and coffee-making facilities and, as well as the generously equipped minibar, there's a pantry of selected teas and coffees (and prophylactics too, just in case). Walk through the big dressing area, with cupboards deep enough to hang long frocks (hurrah!), and you'll find the bathroom, which is partly open to the sky. The power shower doubles as a square sunken bath, and clever use is made of smoked glass walls and mirrors to make you feel just a bit like a shrunken Alice in Wonderland.
Décor is cool, contemporary and bright (predominantly white and green, with splashes of orange). Subtle touches of Bali include the culturally significant black and white check cloth used for accessories, and the Kerobokan stone used for building. Good lighting ensures you won't strain your eyes over your bedtime reading, and natural light filters in exotically through netted, louvered windows. The beds themselves are a real highlight - they’re big and spotless and feel brand spanking new with their cosseting King Koil mattresses. The bedlinen is as soft as silk and will help you get over your jetlag (or your all-night partying).
There is also one 2 bedroom villa available - perfect for a family or couples travelling together. Each of its bedrooms has a kingsize bed, 2 daybeds and a Jacuzzi, with a living and dining area and a kitchen shared between them. Outside is a 14x4m lap pool, a sundeck with loungers, and a private cabana for shaded snoozing.
All mod cons - cable TV, DVD/CD players, Bose Sound docks for your iPod, WiFi, air conditioning and even iPads - come as standard in all villas.
The hotel restaurant and bar are open-plan, with poolside tables and an open kitchen which gives you a chance to see that the chefs are smiling while they prepare your food (a good sign).
Breakfasts are yummy: the usual suspects, all cooked to order, are supplemented by eggs Benedict, smoked salmon omelettes and mango lassis, as well as exotic dishes such as nasi lemak and Japanese fried rice with acar. Expect a cosmopolitan selection of coffees, extending beyond the ubiquitous Bali Kopi found in most hotel across the island.
Cooking later in the day, however, can lack flair: you get the feeling that each dish (from the standard spring rolls to the more adventurous chocolate samosas) is put together from a template. Never fear though, there are plenty of options for eating out and you're just two minutes from famous Jl. Laksmana (“Eat Street”), so you're not going to lose an ounce in weight while you're staying here unless you're trying very hard to do so. The staff can recommend the best eateries, but sunset cocktails at nearby Ku de Ta are a must. If you don't want to move from your villa, simply opt for the 24-hour room service.
Children are welcome but due to safety considerations in the villas, reservations for children under 12 years of age are not recommended. Under 6s stay for free when sharing their parents' villa; those aged 6-12 incur a small charge for breakfast. Cots, babysitting and extra beds are all available on request.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Youngsters need to be well supervised as the private pools are just too tempting... and deep.