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I started out my stay in Bali in the beachy area of Seminyak. Along with Kuta, its neighbor to the south, the area is a popular first stop due to its proximity to the airport…which means there are a ton of hotels in Seminyak to choose from.
While it was certainly the easiest way to go, it also ended up being a good choice since I arrived in beautiful Bali with a lingering cold. Honestly, I didn’t even make it to the beach (I know!), but instead wandered around the packed streets close to where I was staying enjoying a comfortable bungalow at Hotel Vila Lumbung in the Petitenget area.
A wasted opportunity? Yeah, a bit, but I was more looking forward to spending my time on other parts of the island and wanted to rest up. Hotel Villa Lumbung (pronounced loom-boong) let me do just that.
The look and feel of the hotel, with obvious Balinese touches and tons of greenery, gave me my first taste of Balinese hospitality. Paths wound around the individual bungalows which were surrounded by plants giving them even more of a private, exclusive feel. Inside the rooms were simple but tasteful, but my favorite part was probably the outdoor shower. One of the things I love most about being in Southeast Asia is how the weather allows for just about everything to be done outdoors, and a bath in your own little garden felt pretty special.
The hotel also had a small spa and large pool, with plenty of lounging areas, that gave the place a really resort-y feel.
A breakfast buffet was included in the cost of the room, but I headed out for most meals. There were plenty of other dining options close by that, being in the trendy area, were still a little more than what I would usually spend, but offered much better quality and were cute to boot. The main road running through town had a ton of eclectic little eateries that could have fit in in Portland.
The hotel would be a good option for couples or families, however, who are looking for a resort feel with a more manageable price tag (compared to other resorts or hotels in Seminyak) while still staying in a popular, central area. The layout and room types provide ample space and privacy and there are several options for larger or combined rooms that would be fun, and reasonable priced, while traveling with a group.
That said, I definitely appreciated my stay and having a comfortable and welcoming place to catch up on work and rest before tackling the rest of my trip.
Hotel Vila Lumbung is located about a 15-minute walk away from Seminyak Beach on Jalan Raya Petitenget in the Petitenget area. On Agoda, rooms start at around $60 USD and go up for a 3-bedroom deluxe villa complete with kitchenette and living area.
For those needing internet connection throughout their trip, you should know that WiFi is spotty on Bali. Out of ten days and five hotels I only stayed in one place that received a consistently strong signal. At Hotel Vila Lumbung WiFi was available throughout the grounds, but even in the dining or lobby area was pretty slow and weak. This isn’t a gripe about the hotel, since that was the situation just about everywhere, but something to keep in mind while planning your stay on the island.
Note: I received a complimentary stay at Hotel Vila Lumbung thanks to AsiaRooms.com, but all opinions and recommendations are my own.