The Royal Beach – MGallery by Sofitel in Seminyak, Bali

by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 16, 2019

Review of The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali in Seminyak, Bali.

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – Traditional, charming, and so unlike the stark mega-resorts nearby.

Mostly facing a stretch of greyish beach at the finish of a dead-end street lined with chic cafés and boutiques, this resort is not as isolated as others in Seminyak. Rooms are in three-level buildings but don’t feel huddled together, and there are ample lawns and shady gardens to admire. With views of the gardens and/or pools from the broad balconies/verandas, all rooms are impressively spacious and feature an appealing dark wooden décor and even traditional art in the sparkling bathrooms. Villas (with up to two bedrooms) are separate, accessible along a cobblestone path, and hidden behind ornate doors and high stone walls. Each is luxurious and traditionally-designed, with flourishing gardens and sizeable private pools (or jacuzzis).

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – The Location

  • Address: Almost at the end of Jalan Camplung Tanduk street in the southern section of Seminyak, a more sophisticated tourist region of southern Bali.
  • Area: Partially facing Seminyak Beach along a dead-end street. Plenty of facilities all around, and more cafés and bars along the beach in both directions. Not as isolated as other resorts in the northern parts of Seminyak. The beach and facilities at Legian are accessible along a lovely beachside path to the south.
  • How to Get There: The only way to/from the airport is by metered taxi or chartered car with a driver. This takes about 25 minutes (11km), depending on traffic.
  • Handy to: All the facilities in Seminyak and Legian.

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – The Basics

  • Guests: Seems less suited to families, with many older guests returning year after year.
  • Beach: The sand at Seminyak is greyer than at Kuta and waves just as rough, so swim between the flags. Plenty of shady umbrellas and drink stalls along the beach.
  • Views: It is behind the beachfront Anantara resort, so no rooms offer direct sea views. All face the gardens, ponds, and/or swimming pools, while villas are secluded behind stone walls.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas feature jacuzzis or pools large enough for swimming (rather than just plunging).
  • Parking: More free and secure parking than neighboring resorts, but think long and hard before driving anywhere in Bali.
  • Wi-Fi: Free throughout the resort for all guests.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: (0)361 730 730
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: accorhotels.com

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – Amenities

  • Pool: 2 decent-sized pools, but not quite as impressive as other resorts.
  • Spa: Offers the usual sort of massages and features a sauna.
  • Fitness Center: Well-equipped.
  • For Families: Baby-sitting.
  • Activities: Modest activities for the family include aqua aerobics and fish-feeding.
  • Other Facilities: Beauty/hairdressing salon. Gift shop. Business Center.

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Capris Beachfront Restaurant – Mediterranean-style setting and cuisine along the beach. Themed buffets, romantic tables near the sand, and bar attached. • Teppanyaki Restaurant – Tasteful setting and authentic Japanese cuisine. Dinner only. • Husk Restaurant & Bar – Indoors, with contemporary cuisine, silver service, and evening buffets. Breakfast is served here.
  • Breakfast: Included in some rates, but depends on the booking.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours a day.

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Superior Rooms • Deluxe Rooms • Grand Deluxe Rooms • 1-Bedroom Villas • 2-Bedroom Villas
  • Smoking Rooms: No smoking in the rooms or public areas, but OK anywhere else.
  • Best Room: The 1-Bedroom Villas are 5 times larger than the rooms (which are also spacious). The pick of the bunch are those with private pools and facing the sea. The separate living areas and butler service add to the appeal.
  • For Families: Some rooms can fit in an extra single bed, while a few villas feature 2 bedrooms.

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – Local Transport

  • Walking & Cycling: Walkable to everything that Seminyak and Legian have to offer. Cycling around the main roads of Seminyak is increasingly problematic given the traffic, but pleasant along the backstreets and further south on the beachside path. Ask the reception about bike rentals.
  • Public Transport: In lieu of any public transport, the Kura-Kura Bus company links Seminyak with Ubud and the rest of southern Bali, but schedules are convoluted and routes, confusing.
  • Cars, Motorbikes, & Taxis: To reach attractions within southern Bali, metered taxis are abundant, cheap, and comfortable. For longer distances, charter a car with a driver for a negotiable fare. Drivers hang about the streets, but it’s better to organize this through the resort. Driving a car is not recommended anywhere in Bali, but a few agencies offer rentals. Motorbikes are easy to arrange at local agencies and useful for getting around Seminyak/Legian – less so for elsewhere in southern Bali.
  • Shuttle Bus: To reach another town outside of southern Bali, e.g. Ubud, buy a ticket at a travel agency for a shuttle bus. Some may pick up guests from their hotel, but services for the main island-wide operator, Perama, only leave from its office in Kuta.

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – What’s Nearby?

Restaurants & Bars

  • Chez Gado Gado – One of Seminyak’s finest, with an elegant setting, live music, sophisticated menu, and inviting decor. Where the access road meets the beach. 2-minute walk (150m).
  • Cendana Restaurant – Charming street-side café with old-style charm. For daily specials, snooker table, and happy hours. About 150m along the street away from the beach. 2-minute walk.
  • La Plancha – Very colorful, with tables on the sand and cozy seats upstairs. About 350m south down the beachside path. 4-minute walk.
  • The Champlung Bar & Restaurant (0)851 0096 3447 – Opposite Bola. Beanbags spread across the beach for sunsets, cocktails, and live music. 6-minute walk (450m).
  • Café Kami (0)361 731 516 – ‘Our Cafe’ provides an enchanting décor, friendly staff, and wide range of yummy meals. 500m up the street from the resort. 6-minute walk.
  • The Bush Telegraph Pub – Character-filled saloon-style bar/café with a ‘crocodile’ at the entrance. Another 250m past Café Kami. 9-minute walk (750m).

Shops

  • There are plenty of minimarts and classy boutiques along the main street. For a more varied selection of places to eat, drink, and shop, grab a taxi (2km, longer by car) to the quaint Seminyak Square (13-minute drive) for bistros, bakeries, and bookshops, or to the world-class Beachwalk shopping center in Kuta about 3km away via the beachside path (27-minute drive).

The Royal Beach Seminyak Bali – MGallery by Sofitel – The Hotel

The resort is located in a dead-end street in southern Seminyak.

The resort is along a dead-end street in the southern section of Seminyak, a quieter and more sophisticated tourist region in Bali.

The entrance is at the end of the street leading to the beach.

The entrance is almost at the end of the street to Seminyak Beach.

The sand at Seminyak Beach is greyer than at Kuta.

Seminyak Beach has greyer sand than at Kuta further south.

The resort offers plenty of seating for enjoying the sea breeze and sunsets.

Much of the resort doesn’t overlook the beach, but it does offer plenty of places for guests to enjoy sea breezes and sunsets.

The spacious resort has excellent lawns and gardens.

The Royal Beach is spacious, with plenty of immaculate lawns and shady gardens.

The 2 pools are large and with lots of shade.

The 2 pools are sizeable and offer enough space for all guests and plenty of shade.

Husk Restaurant offers traditional buffets several nights a week.

The Husk Restaurant at the resort offers buffets of Indonesian food several nights a week.

Capris Beachfront Restaurant offers outdoor seating.

Tables at the Capris Beachfront Restaurant spread out under the trees.

Rooms offers garden, pond, or pool views.

Rooms are in large 3-level buildings facing the gardens, ponds, and/or pools.

The spacious rooms have a colorful Balinese decor.

All rooms are spacious and feature a colorful Balinese décor.

Some rooms have more modern furniture than others.

The furniture in some rooms is more modern than in others.

Stone paths lead to the secluded villas.

Villas are in a separate area, accessible along a stone path.

The secluded villas have ornate doors and high stone walls.

The villas are very secluded behind ornate doors and lofty stone walls.

Villas come with large pools or jacuzzis.

All villas feature substantial swimming pools or jacuzzis.

A lovely beachside path leads to Legian Beach.

The southern part of Seminyak is linked to Legian Beach by a lovely path alongside the sea.

La Plancha is an adorable beachside cafe close by.

About 350m south down the beachside path are several adorable cafés/bars on the sand, including La Plancha.

Champlung is the classiest cafe/bar on the beachside path.

Just past La Plancha, the Champlung is the classiest café/bar along the beachside path.

Chez Gado Gado is a classy restaurant just steps from the resort.

At the end of the street and facing the beach, the classy Chez Gado Gado restaurant is a 1-minute walk from the resort.

Cendana Restaurant is up the main street.

About 200m up the main street is the inviting Cendana Restaurant.

Café Kami is a delightful cafe within walking distance of the resort along the main street.

Certainly worth a 3-minute stroll up the main street is the delightful Café Kami.

Bush Telegraph Pub is an inviting saloon-style pub.

Despite the ‘crocodile’, the saloon-style Bush Telegraph Pub is welcoming.

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