The Village House: "Fine Dining experience in a village life… Interesting"
"My 2nd visit to this resort since my last year stayed. This time was a bit different experience compared my previous because it's happened to be the yearly Rainforest World Music Festival 2016. It's full house and my 1st experience to stay in a dormitory style. Very clean and just nice with 6 beds in a room. I would categorize this as luxury dormitory style. For those who are planning to come for this yearly event, I would suggest you to stay around Santubong area where it easy for you to access to RWMF2016. The Village has taken over everything for their guests, hassle free during my stays here. To my surprised, our breakfast, dinner and supper are included during this period of time in one price. The most impressed was the 4 courses fine dining dinner set. Awesome!... The only downside of my stays here are the foods quality has dropped especially during breakfast time. Our ordered has taken wrongly and we were rushing to check out. Overall the foods are bit too salty. I can understand because of this festive has keeping the staffs so busy and tired but really need to maintain it quality. I will still come back again but not during any festive period."
"Super customer service from the very moment I stepped upon Sea Dance. Greeted by very friendly staff everywhere I went, including all the staff at the restaurant and bar area. Stayed at a villa that was well thought out, with an outdoor toilet and shower room that provided full privacy. Exceptionally clean."
The hotel is low level and sits beautifully in the lovely landscaped grounds. We had a mountain view view room which was absolutely lovely and very peaceful. The bathrooms are stunning and the shower had amazing water pressure. The beds are huge with lovely crisp linens. The location is perfect, by the river and slightly out of town. There is a free shuttle which is excellent for when you wish to go into town. The staff were truly focused on the customer, always smiling and nothing was too much trouble. The eggs hollandaise for breakfast were stupendous. As veggies the staff were always happy to amend the menu and we had no problems there but a little more veggie choice would have been great. The cocktails, restaurant area, swimming pools and riverside pavilion were all fabulous. We stayed 5 nights and by the end we felt like regulars...totally at home. As a luxury treat on our two week motorbiking holiday this place was a real tonic and we would absolutely come back/stay here if ever in this area again.
MesaStila: "Simply Paradise"
Surrounded by nature you reside in beautiful and authentic houses that just invite you to dream. The service is great, everybody is very friendly, the food is incredible and we felt truly spoiled. Start your day with a tasty breakfast and a healthy juice from the medicine lady (we just loved her), then visit the coffee plantation with a very charming guide and enjoy some hot bananas and end the day by chosing a tasty meal at the restaurant. Make sure you leave room for dessert. Furthermore, the guide from the hotel that accompanied us to Semarang guaranteed for a perfect day outside the hotel. We had a wonderful time and could really relax. It is also worthwile to book a spa session. The Hamam is incredible and the place is so lovely decorated. All I can say is that this place is truly Paradise.
Maduzi Hotel: "Classy without the hefty price tag"
"I hate to admit but I’m pretty hard to please. When the hotel facilities are a 10/10, most often than not the price is too steep. If the price is cheap, likely there’s something somewhere that does not live up to my expectation. After my four-day stay at Ma Du Zi, I am most happy to find the perfect accommodation (in my humble opinion) and recommend it to fellow travellers who are visiting Bangkok. TLDR: price is mid-range, service is fantastic and totally bang for your buck! If you haven’t seen the pictures already, Ma Du Zi is huge – with one bedroom (full length window, goodbye claustrophobia!), king-sized bed with tons of fluffy pillows, cozy wardrobe corner, dressing table (with a portable vanity mirror!) adorned with Panpuri toiletries, and of course the much-raved about jacuzzi bath tub (with complimentary bath salt which was replenished every single day). The room also came with an espresso machine and Bose sound system so you can make your morning coffee while listening to your favourite Spotify playlist. The thing I love most about Ma Du Zi is that they go all out to please without any “unpleasant surprise”. Hungry and want to reach for that pack of chips in the mini fridge? Go for it, it’s free. Want to check out slightly later (up to 8pm I was told)? Sure, just tell them in advance. All these with a strict no-tipping policy?! I AM SOLD. Ma Du Zi is less than five minutes by foot from Asok BTS/Sukhumvit MRT and there is a 24-hour convenience store just across the street. Class, comfort and convenience - Ma Du Zi is now at the top of my list next time I visit Bangkok."
Rakkojae Seoul: "Hanok Stay with modern conveniences"
We visited Seoul as a family reunion. Rakkojae was within walking distance to The Blue House, the Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Buckchon Village, Jogyesa Temple, Insadong, and lots of Michelin rated restaurants. The staff and Mr. Kim, our host/concierge was very helpful with recommendations of what to do, where to eat, arrange taxi rides, etc. He even was kind enough to allow us to leave our luggage before and after our stay to allow us a little more time in Seoul. Rakkojae Seoul is located in a very quiet, off-the-beaten-track neighborhood that make us feel like we are back in the Joseon Dynasty. Oh, and the staff provided us with a delicious traditional Korean breakfast, and Continental Breakfast. If you want a Hanok experience with modern conveniences, we highly recommend Rakkojae Seoul.
Kenanga Hotel: "Peaceful, relaxing stay"
"The Kenanga is good value for money. Awesome setting overlooking paddy fields, with a resident duck community, beautiful gardens and a great pool area. I ended up staying for an extra night because the place has such a nice, calm, relaxed feel to it. Breakfast is exceptionally good, and the staff are very eager to help/please. Wifi is good (by Bali standards at least). You can borrow bicycles, and there are some pretty cool places nearby to cycle to. There's a shuttle bus to and from town, the centre of which is 3.5km away. It's actually pretty pleasant to walk into town, as it's mostly downhill, but probably a tad too far for most. The last shuttle back to the hotel is rather early at 5.15pm. I planned to eat in the restaurant maybe once and to eat in town the rest of the time, but the food was of such high quality that I ended up eating there each night."
MesaStila: "Heaven on Earth"
This place is really something special. Spotlessly clean throughout, delicious free breakfast and afternoon tea every day, an extensive dinner menu full of tasty local Javanese dishes, enormous villa with a daybed on the veranda to while away the hours being immersed in the spectacular mountain scenery, a heavenly on-site hammam and spa. I could go on and on! But by far the best aspect of our stay was the staff who went above and beyond the usual service of any resort staff we've ever met, even going so far as to provide a complimentary Tiramisu after one dinner because I'd mentioned it was my favourite the day before! Being so close to the natural and cultural environment of Java complete with omnipresent birdcall and intermittent calls to prayer from the surrounding mosques was nothing short of magical. As was our private trip to Borobudur at dusk (the one time we could drag ourselves out of the resort) which was organised promptly with no fuss. Whilst there are many free activities provided such as a tour of the coffee plantation, yoga etc., relaxation took hold so thoroughly that we didn't join any of them...maybe next time. And since the 7 nights we spent at Mesa Stila was a pleasure from start to finish, there will definitely be a next time.