There are not enough superlatives about this villa. The experience was simply amazing. The reservation process and questions about the stay/area (including coordinating driver who was meeting me from Singapore with delayed flight and a friend who flew in from Los Angeles) was a breeze and so professional thanks to David Lam. The villa itself is in a beautiful and peaceful location amidst rice fields and local village -- close enough to Ubud (probably even closer when damaged bridge is repaired) yet blissfully away from most tourists to have a meaningful and "real" experience. We stayed in the pirate house, which was unique and huge and comfortable, and my room (Agung) had large balcony which we used often for hanging out and relaxing (see later in review). Pool was perfect. Food was excellent. Breakfast every morning with Western and Balinese options. Preset dinner, done with style and perfect proportions and taste. Kudos to the chef! The staff was remarkable!! Friendly and helpful, with excursions to many of the cultural sites in central Bali (Jatiluwih, Lake Batur, Badung, trek along local river, etc...). One of the days was my birthday (my 17th annual 29th) and I was brought a birthday cake -- which was so delicious and such a surprise. Can't beat that personal touch! Some of the best times were hanging out with the people working at the villa at local eateries for fried tofu and Babi guling, or drinking arak at the local wayun -- and also one night on my aforementioned balcony having arak and wine and talking until the wee hours. Need (well, need is relative, but want...) a massage? Kadeck is your man! Thanks to everyone at Balam Bali Villa -- David, Mayun, Oka, Kadeck, Made, Kamong, Didier and whoever else I may be forgetting. It was a truly special experience that I won't ever forget. When back in Bali I will stay again in a nanosecond. (One thing: if you are a light sleeper bring earplugs, as some of the folks who tend the rice fields bang stuff early in the morning to keep birds away).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Balam Bali Villa Hotel Mengwi
- Balam Bali Villa Mengwi