Mike & Vickie, Guest Bloggers
We are thrilled to introduce two very special guest bloggers, Mike & Vickie, otherwise known as "Mom and Dad" and more recently, "Grammie & Papa"! They just got back from a two week trip to one of our favorite destinations - Bali! For those seeking luxurious getaways - don't miss this review of the Oberoi in Seminyak!!! ~ Eva & Chris
This was our first trip to Bali, and in fact, our first trip to Asia. We had talked about making the trip to Bali for years to visit our friends Paul and Nyoman, whom you may have read about on Chris and Eva's previous Bali posts, and we finally pulled the trigger this year! Before meeting up with said friends, we spent a few wonderful nights at the Oberoi Hotel in Seminyak to work off the jet lag and enjoy the beautiful Balinese beaches. Below is our review of the experience.
The Lap of Luxury
Amazingly, while enjoying the Oberoi, one would never imagine that immediately outside of its gates (and noticeable security), there is the hustle and bustle of a very busy and congested Seminyak.
We spent our days here alongside of the wonderfully appealing pool where we were promptly greeted by a staff member who efficiently made up our chaise lounges with clean towels and who, moments later returned with a tray containing two bottles of water, two warm towels, sunscreen and water misting spray. There was also a small flag that could be placed upright should we need or desire anything at any time. Truly, the "lap of luxury"! No need to be concerned about leaving the area for hours and returning; lounges were ours for as long as we wanted them.
Each afternoon complimentary sorbets are offered to poolside guests by staff who circulate among the lounges. In addition, at 4 PM, complimentary tea and pastries are offered at the amphitheater adjacent to the pool.
While relaxing on our lounges, we found that there were always staff around which, while never, in any way obtrusive, were there should we want to order a snack or lunch. With over 300 staff and only 74 guest rooms, the staff to guest ratio certainly lends itself to efficient attentiveness.
Here are a couple of shots from our daily breakfast table:
Preserving the Natural Beauty of Bali
Oberoi's Culinary Delights
The Oberoi offers two al fresco dining options; a fine dining restaurant requiring reservations and appropriate attire (no shorts or flip flops if you please) and a bar area offering an abundant assortment of appetizers and lighter dishes.
Food prices at the Oberoi, while certainly higher than what can be found outside of its gates in Seminyak, were, in our opinion, reasonable given the locale.