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“Out in the rice paddies but heaps to do”
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Balam Bali Villa
Ranked #1 of 7 Mengwi B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 1 January 2012

We had a night booking in the Pirate House and could easily have stayed longer. Everything about Balam Bali was wonderful. It was sparkling clean, tastefully decorated and our view from the veranda was stunning. I woke up early and sat watching life unfold in the rice paddies. It was planting time and the farmers were working long days. When they caught sight of me the women waved. In the evening the local boys had a soccer match in a fallow (but flooded) paddy with racous laughter as goals ere scored and they splashed in the water. After the game the kids (and community) had bathime in the river and they seemed to be having a wonderful time - ours are never that much fun). They also called out "hello" and waved not minding our presence.

Mayon took us for a lovely walk through paddies, over a bamboo bridge above a ravine and through the local village. It was all interesting, pretty albeit muddy. He was knowledgable and nicely spoken. It was a nice surprise to find that this is free.

There are 3 partners in the venture - we met David a charming French young man, and Adi his local partner. The eloquent and friendly Adi spent two hours discussing local religious beliefs with my husband. It made my husband's day and after that the temple visits and just observing the local rituals were much more meaningful. David helped us work out a day trip plan and organized the driver. We went to Treetops which is 45 mins north - it's a ropes/flying fox adventure park using the tree tops and my teenagers and 5 year old absolutely loved it - a 60 yr old was also doing it and loving it so it's suitable for the fit and adventurous of all ages. The 6 odd courses are graded and black is for the super adventurous (wear running shoes if you can not thongs) Then to a temple (in pouring rain) and Jatiliweh (world heritage terrecad rice fields).

Breakfast was on a roof veranda. It was simple, healthy and delicious - and nice to be away from the excesses of big hotel buffets. It was perfect and the coffee was wonderful. We had all our meals at balam Bali as it was convenient and tasty. The kitchen is all stainless steel and spotless. We brought fruit and they were happy to keep it in the fridge.

It is just a nice place to hang out and slow down. I enjoyed reading the books on Bali architecture one rainy hour and the kids found games to play.

What I really like about Balam Bali is that its smallness means that guests and staff talk to one another. This is due to the atmosphere created by the hosts and staff and the design where everything happens around the pool area. Well done guys on having created a very special place. I dream of returning for much longer next time. The location is ideal for exploring the north and west or ubud - although we enjoyed staying in ubud for a few days too.

Room Tip: Pirate room was great for parents with kids in next door room (same building). Or as a romantic coup...
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 December 2011

An excellent B&B to relax and re-charge. The Jaipur & Toraja rooms were very comfortable with the pool just a few steps away. Adi & his staff were very attentive and helpful and made us feel at home. Breakfast was a highlight because you get to eat fresh fruits, bread and pancakes with the view of the rice fields. As Balam Bali is sitting in the rice fields, you get to hear the sound of nature at night which was very soothing. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Choose rooms facing the pool.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 December 2011

This is probably one of the best B&Bs I've ever stayed in. What I learned from the staff, the owner of this Villa lives in Paris. You'd probably understand this once you enter the reception, a big iMac in the middle of a country side village ... pretty amazing :) We had booked 2 rooms (Toraja and Jaipur - Names of the room) for 3 nights and I must say, the rooms are very tastefully done, posh hotel like feel, Huge BnB bathrooms, faux marble n all (not at all BnB like). I think the only reason this Villa figures in a BnB category is because of fact that it doesn't have some facilities like Intercom, Satellite Tv. I felt when everytime I needed something, water etc, I either had to go towards the reception or pantry area to get hold of someone.
Having said that this was never a problem. The super friendly and highily courteous staff were always waiting with a smile. Felt really good. Complimentary breakfast is very good, and the best thing is you can order it anytime :) Awesome banana pancakes.
Set dinner/lunch is good too, very interesting dishes and light on the oil & spice. I would've liked a bit more spicier though. The staff was really helpful in plannig out our day trips and also provide hotel Taxi (remember you have to have a taxi to get around, unless you're the adventurer who likes to go motorbiking ... which they have too.) Oka is the main driver there, works as hotel staff also. Again ... great guy! These guys are really nice people and make you feel like you're in a family. I only have one "Minus" for Balam Bali. They donot accept Credit card payments. So be ready to carry ample cash or pay through Paypal (which can be a bit tricky at times). Thats is the only reason why I gave this Villa a 4 and not 5.
Special thanks to Adi (Heart of the villa) for going out the distance and making our stay pleasurable. Defintely coming back next time!

Room Tip: The bathroom in Toraja is 3 steps down, so need to be a bit careful in the nights.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 November 2011

Balam Bali is only 50 minutes from downtown Legian. We were greeted as I drove in. Just one room of the 5 surrounding the pool was available. Enjoyed the ambiance so much we extended our stay to 3 nights. The affable French hands on owner supervises an excellent kitchen providing a 3 couse set dinner for a very resonable US$17.50. All wines are $35 and if not entirely consumed can be reserved for later. We really enjoyed the morning ricefield walks
and vistas of mountains Batukaru and Agung. I would encourage anyone to have a side trip out of the main resort areas to discover peaceful Bali. Balam Bali is an absolutedelight.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank katch55
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

It was hard to leave. I enoyed Balam and especially the wonderful staff that felt like family. The food was excellent. The view is wonderful. The silence was refreshing. The area is great for walking around and interacting with the locals.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

We got so much more here than the beautiful views we were hoping for! The food and activities suggested were stupendous. The chocolate dessert we had was pure heaven. Hubert encouraged us to attend a fascinating gamelan music and dance performance. He gave us a map and great suggestions about sites to see in Ubud. We really appreciated the attention to detail and care to help us have an excellent experience.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 October 2011

My boyfriend and I stayed 3 nights at Balam Bali and truly enjoyed ourselves.

Our room, the Baturka, was the nicest room we had in our entire 3-week stay in Bali. The bed was extremely comfortable and the pillows were great. The room was always clean and spacious. We loved all of the natural light and views of the rice fields.

The property itself is fantastic. We enjoyed a mix of sitting by the pool, sitting on the deck overlooking the rice fields, and also upstairs in the breakfast/lunch area.

The breakfast was good, although it would help if there was a menu to order off of. We were very confused the first day because we didn’t know what our options were and only found out that you could order pancakes after seeing someone else eat them. We loved all of the juices and we found the lunch/dinner menu very good and reasonably priced.

The staff was excellent. We got the impression that the hotel takes very good care of its staff, which shows in their performance. We enjoyed talking with them and they were always eager to help us with anything we needed.

Overall, this place is excellent. This hotel was such a nice relief after coming from the madness of Ubud. We highly recommend this property – you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Balam Bali Villa

Address: Jalan Teleng 100, Banjar Cengkok | Baha Village, Mengwi, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Mengwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Mengwi
Price Range: £24 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balam Bali Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guest house is nestled amid the rice paddies, near the temple of Taman Ayun, at 25 minutes drive from Ubud. You will discover here a 17th century pirate lair perched atop a hill with two family rooms. It was restored with connoisseur passion. The more contemporary marble villa alongside has also been enhanced with an exceptional collection of objets d'art.Balam Bali Villa embraces seven rooms and includes a convivial bar, a pool, authentic cooking, and a panoramic terrace view. It is a perfect place for a family or a couple. Our guest house organises several excursions to discover the inland (volcanoes, amazing rice fields, temples, lakes, and local villages). WIFI internet available and free of charge. ... more   less 
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