About This Listing
Shikumen Suite is the most romantic suite at Bali Ginger Suites. Featuring beautifully restored antique timber frame and ceramic bath with private courtyard which opens directly on pool suite is ideal honeymoon 500m from the beach in Seminyak.
Rates shown include 20% discount for Low Season and Special 35% discount for 20 - 30 April 2015.
Shikumen Suite is antique, unique, and very, very sexy, enjoy fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, vibrant night life and the popular Seminyak beach only 500 metres away.
Blending antique wooden Chinese houses with contemporary design, the 1 bedroom Shikumen Suite is romantic, elegant and beautiful. The Shikumen Suite is a unique and spacious suite featuring an antique Chinese hip bath set to the side of the stunning bedroom, as well as a private en suite and courtyard. Guests can use the 14 metre Ginger Swimming Pool are relax on the Daybed in the courtyard which is equipped with a kitchenette. It is a great option for a honeymoon or anniversary, or any other romantic interlude you have planned. Ask about our 50 Shades of Ginger romance Packages.
“We cancelled our other accommodation and decided to stay the whole time here.” Kevin, (website hidden)
Enjoy fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, vibrant night life and the popular Seminyak beach only 500 metres away. Antique, unique, and very, very sexy.
Shikumen houses originated in China in the mid 1800′s, and featured large stone gateways opening onto enclosed courtyards, and a mixture of Eastern and Western architecture. With the advancing pace of development, Shikumen are fast disappearing in mainland China, and are the inspiration behind the Shikumen Suite.
The antique houses used in the Shikumen Villa & Suite were originally from Java, which has a significant Chinese population, and the original structure, comprising a traditional Chinese square arch, is constructed from century old teak wood. The distinctive design for the Shikumen features the use of large gateways and shaded courtyards, and the interior design incorporates rich reds, crisp whites and natural wood, as well as artifacts from the Indonesian archipelago. The lighting has been built into colourful traditional bird cages hung from bamboo racks, creating a gentle ambience. All these elements are skilfully blended with modern conveniences and contemporary aesthetics to create a comfortable and elegant environment.
Complimentary welcome drinks on arrival
FREE unlimited mineral water.
FREE tea, instant coffee, milk and sugar
Silkfresh Fruit and Herb Shampoo and Lotus Green Tea Shower Gel
Vanity table with 2 hand basins, 2 mirrors and hairdryer, hot water
Quality Prestige Mattresses,
Lush bamboo linen and towels
Full house keeping and turn down service including free mosquito spray
Aircon plus FREE WiFi, Cable TV and DVD player sound system
IDD Phone System (International Direct Dial)
24 hour reception and very helpful staff at the front desk.
All guests have access to:
• Ginger Swimming Pool which is set in a stunning walled courtyard with tropical flowers. It has 4 large sun lounges available for villa guests to use and is partly shaded by mature palm trees. A feature of the courtyard is the hand-crafted glass triptych which is backlit at night to stunning effect.
• Sweet Ginger Cafe which serves drinks and breakfast between 7-11. Guests at the villa can either enjoy their breakfast at the cafe or in the privacy of the villa.
• Breakfast includes free espresso coffee with single origin coffee beans from Aceh - we think it’s the best coffee in town, but you be the judge. There are 4 breakfast options to choose from.
• 24 hour reception and concierge service.
• Our wonderful staff are here to help you around the clock with bookings, transfers, tours etc.
• Welcome drinks on arrival
• Free unlimited mineral water
• Free tea, instant coffee, milk and sugar
• King beds with quality Bamboo Linen and towels
• Silkfresh Fruit and Herb Shampoo and Lotus Green Tea Shower Gel
• Full housekeeping and turn down service including mosquito spray.
• Free WiFi, Cable TV, DVD player and hair dryer
• IDD telephone system (International Direct Dial)
Additional facilities available at extra charge include:
• Airport Transfers only $25 per car and driver (unless included with special offer)
• In room massage and spa treatments
Bali Ginger Suites and Shikumen Villa are located next door to each other, and share the same management, front office, driveway and parking area. This gives some flexibility when booking. For example, you may have a group of up 10 people you could book any combination of bedrooms as you require. Stylistically they are very different, with the Shikumen built utilising antique timber houses and includes a private pool whilst Bali Ginger Suites are modern and they each open onto a shared swimming pool.
Interaction with Guests
You might meet me as I come and go from the Sweet Ginger Cafe as it has the best coffee town. Otherwise my wonderful staff will take care of your ever need as best they can.
The Poolside Suite at Bali Ginger Suites is only 500 meters from Seminyak Beach, making it a perfect location for a relaxing and sensuous vacation with numerous options for you to explore, including the option to stay right where you are.
“Hidden away from the hustle and bustle that Bali can be, but is close enough to everything you could want or need. The best way to describe it is WOW “ Steven, Australia
Tucked away down a secluded lane in the heart of Seminyak, the location is ideal for guests looking to experience inner city living, dining and shopping Bali style and be close to the beach.
5-10 min walk
Seminyak Beach with its bean bag bars and cafes, surf and swim.
Many nice lunch spots; Kreol, Cosa Nostra, Baby Biku, Sushi Train, Kzu.
Great restaurants for dinner; Chez Gado Gado, Mama San, Lacalaca, Queens Tandoor
Restaurants with live music; Manekapis, JP’s Warung Club, Santa Fe and several nightclubs.
Spas; Spa Bali and many others (plus our very own in-house therapists), hairdressers
Fashionable boutiques, jewelry
Galaxy Sports Bar is just around the corner.
Laundry, Mini Market, ATM, Art Galleries, Pilates Studio, Yoga
10 min drive
Many of the best dining and entertainment venues in Bali are a short taxi ride away including;
Ku De Ta, Potato Head, Red Drum, Hu’u Bar, La Luciola, Sardine, Metis, Warasan, Ginger Moon, Mama San. There really is a great selection, including the whole of Eat Street and the blossoming Petitengit area.
Bintang Supermarket, Bali Deli, Seminyak Square for any daily needs.
Vin+ for great wines.
Sea Circus and Revolver for breakfast, Adrenalin Bar for Sports.
Legian Art Market for all the Bintang T-shirts, original DVD copies, genuine $5 Rolex watches and wooden things that make Australian Customs go cross-eyed.
30 min drive
Kuta and Legian are easily accessed via taxi (or a good walk along the beach).
Beach Walk with its boutiques, movie theatre and restaurants, Hard Rock Cafe.
Echo Beach (surf, seafood BBQ)
Deus Ex Machina (funky refitted motor bikes, original surf gear, Thai bar/restaurant)
Ngurah Rai International Airport (stay a little longer)
The Temple at Tanah Lot (the ultimate Bali sunset photo, traditional dance)
Ubud (rafting, boutiques, arts and crafts, lunch, Balinese cooking classes)
Jimbaran (beautiful beach, seafood dining)
Sanur (relaxed and laid back shopping)
The Bukit (surf hotspots)
Kintamani volcano (bike ride, volcano museum, crater lake, rice terraces)
Bedugul (treetop adventure course, lakeside temple, beautiful scenary)
Bali Elephant Safari Park
Indulge yourself in the pleasures of Seminyak’s fabulous restaurants, boutique shops, vibrant nightlife and the popular beach only a short walk away.
Taxis are readily available and affordable and you will pay about $3-$5 to get anywhere in Seminyak / Legian or Kuta. You can walk to the beach, it takes about 10 minutes. Great for sunset drinks.
Other Things to Note
Highly recommend booking our car and driver to pick you up from the airport so that you find us quickly and easily. The rate is only $25 per car (up to 4 guests) which is about what you would pay anyhow.
• No smoking in bedrooms
• Any damages must be fully paid for before leaving.
• No loud or noise behaviour after 11pm
Bali Ginger Suites and Shikumen Villa share the same entrance and reception with staff available 24 hours a day. For your added security we have CCTV cameras monitoring the main entrance and public areas. All bedrooms have safe deposit boxes. Outside visitors must register at the Front Office before being permitted to enter.
We stayed in the Shikumen suit which was a beautiful big room with a really comfortable bed. The room looks and feels amazing upon entering, but functionality isn't great. The t.v. needed fixing (first the cable then remote), the lights were flashing and needed fixing. It rained quite a lot during our stay so the smell coming up through the drain in the shower was unpleasant (although maybe this is quite common in most places in Bali). The taps spray water everywhere too. It was very noisy at nighttime until 2-3am with local nightclubs.
The pool was really beautiful and the staff were really lovely. The massage that was included was fantastic.
We wanted to love the Shikumen Suite because on the surface it was beautiful, but it turned out to be more about design than function. The shower lacked pressure and ran cold, the faucets sprayed water everywhere or ran at a trickle with no in-between, and in the evening the room was very dark and lacked sufficient light. The staff were generally pleasant and attempted to accommodate us: they could not repair the shower during our stay so offered to let us use the adjacent room's bathroom, but they forgot to bring an extra light for the room.
I would advise against using their laundry service, as the outside facility where they sent my clothes left stains on two shirts. The staff reluctantly agreed to cover the nominal cost of the laundry service, but only after I insisted that the stains were new. This should never have been a conversation. The fact that it had to be and that the gesture was not automatic struck me as unprofessional.
Lou has been a great host to communicate wit - very responsive - so I felt that we were in good hands from teh outset.
Arriving at Ginger Villas (where the Sukumen Suite is one of the rooms/facilities offered) was easy too - as the airport transfer was arranged by them. We were greeted by a lovely receptionist who handed us the keys, and were shown to the room by door boy.
The suite is huge - it's an amazing 'space within a space' - pictures give you a good idea, but when you are in the middle of teh room for the first time you feel the space and airiness of it. Two airconditioning units mean the room never gets too hot. There is a lovely (perfect for me as I am quite small) ceramic bath in the room, as well as a huge bathroom/loo/shower. The bed, again, is massive and extremely comfortable. THere are towels and bathrobes that you can use during the stay...As well as a minibar (priced pretty much the same as the stores) and unlimited drinking water.. as well as tea and coffee...
The pool is right outside your door - you can pick up your morning muffins from the reception and have them by the pool with your coffee... THere is also a very helpful guide book on all the good places to eat and see in the area...
Ginger villas are in an excellent location, just 'on the other side' of a street full of bars and restaurants. You are safe from all teh noise, yet right next to the action.
The beach is about ten minutes walk - which is ideal as well. I couldn't have wished for a better place to stay in Seminyak!
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About the Host, Lou
We moved to Bali from Australia in 2007 with our youngest son. In Australia, my husband Grahame was a highly acclaimed Theatre Director and Writer whilst I was a successful Theatre Set and Costume Designer, Tour Manager and Producer. Having reached the peak in our respective careers and with our eldest son married and living in Sydney, it was time for a new adventure, a new life and a new challenge. We had finished renovating our dream home in Fremantle and I had my dream job as Cultural Development Officer for the City of Fremantle. But I've learnt that the problem with making your dreams come true, you are sure to have another dream. We were ready for a new adventure. When I was offered a job to teach at a school in Bali we leaped at the opportunity and within 6 weeks we had packed and moved to Bali to the surprise of friends and family. We were ready to immerse ourselves into a new culture whilst at the same time we hoped to indulge in some of the delights this tropical island has to offer. We built our Bali tropical dream home and that was meant to be that. Our plan wasn't to work in the hospitality industry running a small boutique hotel but that is what we have ended up doing. It started with Grahame finding a couple of antique Chinese houses which we immediately fell in love with and thought we could do something interesting with. As a professional set designer I feel like I have set the stage again, but this time it is for a tropical holiday for our guests to indulge all of their senses in the sights, sounds, tastes and tropical delights this beautiful island has to offer. Grahame on the other hand is still directing and writing, but now he is directing numerous workers, housekeepers, cooks, gardeners, tradesmen and maintenance people in the task of providing a relaxing tropical holiday so that this time your dream can come true.
We feel very fortunate to be able to call Bali home and join our Bali friends and family in welcoming you to this special island and trust you have a wonderful holiday in the good care of our wonderful staff.