Bali Hotels › The Oberoi
Updated: March 20, 2023
My Favorite Bali Hotels
The Oberoi – Prime position, vast gardens, fantastic facilities.
The Oberoi has dedicated 70% of its 15 acres in downtown Seminyak to bright green lawns, lush tropical gardens, and lily ponds filled with fish. There are fewer rooms than expected – only about 70 – all on one level, and most are nicely secluded. The villas resemble a traditional Balinese village with stone walls and thatched roofs. They are all luxurious and beautifully furnished; some even offer a private pool – and one large enough for a family. The Lanai Rooms are just as stunning, with rattan chairs, a four-poster bed, and a carved headboard. The beachside area has a beautiful terraced restaurant and an attractive pool framed by frangipanis. The gym and spa are world-class, and The Oberoi also offers rare extras, such as a tennis court and amphitheater for traditional performances.
The Oberoi – The Location
- Area: Wonderful location facing the beach in a popular part of southern Bali. Surrounded by places to eat, drink, and shop, including trendy beach clubs.
- Address: Jalan Kayu Aya Street, Seminyak. This is the main street along the beach in the central part of Seminyak.
- How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or a chartered car with a driver. Takes about 25 minutes, depending on traffic. Some room rates include an airport transfer, so check when booking.
- Handy to: All the stylish boutiques, restaurants, and beach clubs around Seminyak.
The Oberoi – The Basics
- Guests: The Oberoi is sophisticated and expensive and caters particularly well to couples.
- Kids Club: No kids club, but a few activities are offered to children, such as lessons in swimming and tennis, as well as painting. But this resort is generally more suitable for families with teenagers.
- Beach: Direct access to the beach from the resort. The sand around most of Seminyak is grayish, but the surf, sea, and sunsets are magic.
- Views: Almost all promised ‘ocean views’ are distant and may disappoint. The idea is to allow all guests to enjoy the beachside area at the restaurant, pool, lawns, and gardens.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Some villas provide a private pool large enough for a family.
- Parking: A few free parking spots are available, but think long and hard about driving anywhere in Bali.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +62 (0)361 730 361
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: oberoihotels.com
The Oberoi – Amenities
- Pool: One pool along the superb beach setting.
- Spa: The Oberoi Spa is luxurious, with open-air therapy rooms overlooking the garden; it even has a private beachfront pool for spa guests.
- Fitness Center: Very well-equipped, with garden views.
- For Families: Plenty of activities available (see below), but not as well set up for families with young children as other resorts in Legian to the south.
- Activities: Bicycle adventures, rafting, surf lessons, hiking, and watching turtles lay eggs can be arranged through the hotel.
- Other Facilities: Tennis court.
The Oberoi – Food and Drink
- Restaurants & Bars: Frangipani Café – relaxed terraced setting meters from the beach. Open for breakfast and lunch. • Kura Kura Restaurant – traditional thatched roof and rattan chairs for fine dining. Dinner only. • Dining at the Amphitheater – tables set up for dinner while enjoying traditional dance/music. Typically, twice a week. • Kayu Bar – Perfect for cocktails at sunset. Light meals available all day and late into the evening. Often live music.
- Breakfast: An a la carte breakfast is included in some rates. Check when booking.
- Room Service: Available daily from about 7am to 9pm.
The Oberoi – Rooms
- Room Types: Luxury Lanai Room Garden View • Luxury Lanai Room Ocean View • Luxury Lanai Room Partial Ocean View • Luxury Villa Garden View • Luxury Garden View Villa with Private Pool • Luxury Villa Ocean View • Luxury Ocean View Villa with Private Pool • Royal Ocean View Villa with Private Pool • List of all Rooms
- Smoking: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but tolerated elsewhere.
- Best Room: The name says it all: ‘Royal Ocean View Villa with Private Pool.’ Directly on the beachfront, it’s so beautifully appointed and truly massive.
- For Families: All villas have space for two small fold-up beds, and many rooms have connecting doors to accommodate a family of four.
The Oberoi – Local Transport
- Walking & Cycling: Walkable to everything that Seminyak has to offer. The beachside path that stretches south through Legian and to Kuta is perfect for cycling, but not the streets. Ask reception about bike rental.
- Cars & Taxis: Metered taxis are cheap, abundant, and excellent for getting to attractions within southern Bali. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare through the hotel. Avoid drivers hanging around the streets. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but a few agencies offer rentals.
- Motorbikes: These can be rented at local agencies and are helpful for getting around Legian/Seminyak – less elsewhere in southern Bali. A popular way to get around this part of Bali is by motorbike taxi called an ojek. Find one on the street for a negotiable fare or book one at a fixed rate using the downloadable apps Grab and Gojek.
- Shuttle Bus: To reach other tourist areas outside of southern Bali, e.g., Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some pick up guests from their hotel, but services for the main island-wide operator, Perama, only leave from its office in Kuta (7km away).
The Oberoi – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants & Bars
- Sea Circus Restaurant & Bar – quirky eatery with colorful tables and friendly staff. For healthy meals with a Mexican influence. Closes at 5pm. Only 500m north up the road from the resort entrance.
- Café Kim Soo – popular spot for coffee and light meals in a colonial-style setting. Also, sells housewares. About 500m north up the road, near the Sea Circus.
- Ku De Ta – been around for about 20 years but is still a top beach club. Virtually next to The Oberoi via the road or sand. Ideal for cocktails at sunset.
The Kayu Aya Square shopping area is only a three-minute walk around the corner, northeast of the resort entrance. It has several inexpensive options, including:
- Warung Nia – family-run and hearty servings. Plus, cooking classes.
- Da’Masta – pleasant staff, a wide range of meals, and air-conditioning. Inexpensive.
- Kayu Aya Square (see above) – a street market selling all sorts of cheap souvenirs and clothes, among other things.
- Seminyak Square – A shopping center with a range of classy places to eat, drink, and shop. Less than a 10-minute walk north up Jalan Kayu Aya street (away from the beach and past Kayu Ayu Square).
- Seminyak Village – indoor air-conditioned mall with a food court. Across the street from Seminyak Square shopping Center.