Travelers' Choice® 2012 Winner Best Service | Luxury

Understated Elegance

Reviewed March 20, 2012 NEW We spent ten nights at the Oberoi during March 2012 and selected the hotel based on Trip Advisor Reviews.

If you are looking for a modern, glitzy hotel this is not for you. However, if you prefer refined, understated elegance in tranquil surrounds this will hit the mark. The gardens are very restful and provide a calm oasis in the midst of busy Seminyak.

We stayed in a partial ocan view room which we would recommend. Being by the water provides access to the ocean breezes and the partial view provides more privacy than the full ocean view. The rooms are adequate in size and are in the Balinese style. I agree with the comments by other reviewers that the beds can be difficult to get into, but once you get the hang of it there are no problems. There are also standard tea and coffee making facilities in the room and a fresh fuit plate provided daily.

The hotel has a cafe, a restaurant and a bar, all of which provide access to sea views and breezes. A basic afternoon tea is provided to guests on a daily basis. Although there are many restaurants in Seminyak, we ate most of our meals at the hotel as we found Seminyak too busy and dirty and do not understand the attraction of eating in 'outdoor' restaurants just metres from a busy road. We did however eat at Breezes a couple of nights as this is right on the beachfront and is only a ten minute walk from the Oberoi. It is a good alternative for beachfront dining.

The hotel has a small, basic gym with standard equipment such as a treadmill, bicycle and rower. We also used the spa facilities. Again this is small and simple, but we found the treatments very relaxing. The pool is basic but adequate, and although the beach in front of the hotel is kept clean, overall the Seminyak beach was covered in litter and is quite dirty. It is long enough for a daily walk if you don't mind the litter.

The best thing about the hotel is the staff. They took the time to understand our preferences and accommodated all our requests without ever being pushy. Best of all, the prices for all services are included in the quoted price so you don't get hit by the ++ which can add 21% to your bills. The hotel also has a policy of not tipping staff, given that the prices include the service tax, so what you see is what you pay.

Overall, we loved this hotel and will definitely return next time we need some rest and relaxation.

Room Tip: Partial Ocean View A very luxurious accommodation at the central tourism area in Bali with a qualified features. Well recommended.