For the last leg of our month in Bali, we stayed four nights at Ranadi Villas in Seminyak. After a very bumpy boat ride across the sea, returning to Bali from Gili Trawagnan, we were quite happy to set down our bags in this beautiful place. I’d found us a good price through the discounter, Agoda Online, so I was especially surprised to learn that we had been upgraded to a two-room villa.
But then they told us they’d only like us to use one of the rooms. (A bit odd.) Still, both rooms were unlocked so we set up Hudson’s crib in the other one and did our best to leave no extra work for housekeeping.
The hotel was off the main stretch of Seminyak—which extends north from the Kuta and Legion areas in sort of a seamless string of beaches—but the hotel offered shuttle service (when the car was free) to the beach or to restaurants. We didn’t mind and, save for the heat, still found it easy to get around—often on foot.
Seminyak was often described to us as being a bit like “Kuta without the crowds” and that seemed like something we’d like. For sure, Seminyak is no longer a sleepy suburb of Kuta, and we found it’s ample supply of restaurants and shops to be just right.
I believe Renadi Villas is primarily aiming to be a time-share destination, so I didn’t find them to be quite as helpful as a true hotel may be, with directions and such, but everything was lovely and everyone very friendly.
After ooh-ing and ash-ing a while at everything around the hotel grounds, we set off to explore and have dinner at enormous Made’s Warung.
We were excited to be back in Bali, in no small part because of the way religious and cultural ceremony would permeate each day. And sure enough, the minute we stepped onto the road we found ourselves surrounded by offerings, music, and hundreds of people in temple attire.