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3 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dencarik, Lovina Beach, Bali

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Xingxingm...
Beijing
1 review
“Excellent experiences, friendly staff”
Reviewed 10 March 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We nine people including two kids stayed for three nights in the villa in February and regretted that we hadn't planned for a longer stay. After that we stayed in another two property, none of them could beat Shanti. The villa is gorgeously decorated, reflecting the owner's good taste. The house is very spacious, with enough space for all of us. The swimming pool is big. The garden is beautiful and well attended. We all loved the layout of the house, especially the second floor, where we relaxed on the balconies. In all four directions you can walk out and enjoy the outside views. Staff are very nice. Ketut did grocery shopping and cooking for us. The price is reasonable. Unfortunately we were not very used to Indonesian cuisines and several of us got sick. Next time we'll cook ourselves. It would be a pity not using the nice kitchen. It was the raining season and almost rained every afternoon. But it didn't bother us. You don't see the beach from the house but it's in fact only steps away. It's bad that the beach is lined with trash so it's not appealing for swimming. I hope local authority can do something about it in the future. We arranged a dolphin-watching event on the last day. It was great! With so many people going every day I wish the poor creatures are not disturbed. The only problem is that transportation is expensive. We were charged for Rp. 400,000 for half-day trip to Lovina, which is only a few kilos away. In short we had a great time in Shanti and will definitely come back!

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Liked best: Space, layout and service
Liked least: transportation
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
10 Mar 2015
Thanks so much for your kind review. It is nice to hear that you liked the house and staff. It is a pity that the beach and sea was not clean. We try to clean up the river and beach every day, but in the raining season unfortunately there is some dirt coming from the mountain. Also we hope that the goverment and local authortity will take this serious. In the meantime we only can learn our people to clean up the place and be careful with plastics.
It is also a pity to hear of the expensive transfer. In the north of Bali there are no or just a few taxi's. Transfer goes by AC VANs and for 9 persons renting a car will be possible the biggest problem. Anyway it is good to hear about this problem. We are going to look if there is a better solution for bigger groups. Hope to welcome you back again.

Kind regards,
Marja
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Sue D
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“WOW - MAGIC”
Reviewed 10 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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What a place. From the moment you are greeted at the gate from your trip from airport to the moment you wave goodbye to new family. Once you walk through the gates you are blown away with the size, beauty and peaceful space of this villa. Our experience in Villa Shanti was magic. The beautiful gardens, the villa, the huge pool all to yourself and most importantly the Staff, what a beautiful bunch of people. Nothing was a problem, always with a friendly smile. The meals cooked by Ayu and Deyu were magic. The cleaning, the whole Villa and garden was spotless on a daily basis. Nymand was always there to help with whatever. Spent many afternoons talking about the traditions of the Balinese. Everyone of the staff made our holiday perfect. Ayu, Deyu, Nymand, Putu, Made, Kadek, Thankyou. I am so glad I stayed at Villa Shanti and met these beautiful souls.
Marja was fantastic to book with, any question I asked she would have a response back that day also with added information on places in Lovina, especially where to buy Vegemite. Visit Lovina Bakery. Lots of nice goodies there.
My father turned 73 yrs while we were away and Marja organised to have a banner made for him. Wow, what a wonderful touch. Nymand gave him a basket full of Balinese goodies. Yum.
If I need to add any negative points it would be the lighting. My dad commented on the lighting in the bedroom though it didn't bother me at all.
Lastly, this villa is well worth the 3 hrs travel from airport, to walk into paradise.
Thanks again to all. What a wonderful holiday.

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“Absolutely brilliant place to stay for a holiday”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

We have no words to describe how much we loved our stay at Villa Shanti. The villa itself and the garden are absolutely STUNNING! We came to the villa with our 18 months old son and this was perfect for us. The villa offers plenty of space, the garden as well and it has an amazing swimming pool which is kept clean at all times. We also enjoyed the beach which is adjacent to the garden. The staff of the villa are very lovely people especially to children. They were caring during our whole stay and whenever we needed something they were always there to help. Ketut is the name of the lady who cooks and she prepared for us absolutely amazing meals. I have some allergies to MSG and she was able to cook without using this ingredient during our stay which made a big difference for me. I cannot recommend enough this place. The owners are very helpful during the booking process and answered any question we had. And the villa and the garden are a little paradise which helped us recharge our batteries before starting work again.

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Travelling group: En famille avec jeune(s) enfant(s)
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Warminster UK
Reviewed 19 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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Boortmeerbeek
Reviewed 9 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Perth
Reviewed 6 July 2013 for a stay in June 2013

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ThefourMa...
Hudson, Wisconsin
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“The ultimate beach vacation!”
Reviewed 21 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012

Our best beach vacation yet! Having spent wonderful holidays at many locations around the world, the Villa Shanti is the best beach location by far.

From the friendly greeting on arrival by the staff, to the beautifully designed and constructed villa, and the perfect location on a quiet beach in Northern Bali, all of it exceeded our expectations (and we had set them high). The quiet location, set back in the rice fields, with its very well cared for grounds including the very short walkway to the beach and the huge pool are just a few of the advantages of Villa Shanti.

The staff is great, going about their duties in quiet precision, allowing us to have our family time and privacy. During our stay, Ketut prepared our breakfast and dinner every day, except one, the food supplies cost a meager $250 for the entire 2 weeks! We like our mornings unhurried, so asked Ketut to prepare a late breakfast, and provide fruits and snacks for lunch. Then every evening we looked forward to our fantastic Balinese meals, including prawns and lobster several times. I have several food related allergies and Ketut prepared separate servings, in many cases just for me, and then added all the goodies for the family’s servings. Be sure to have the prawns and mie goreng for dinner and the pancakes with palm sugar syrup for breakfast. The gardens and lawn are well kept including several mango trees, and to our delight we had fresh mango every morning with breakfast. There are also pineapple and star fruit as well. In addition, it was grape season and so the villa’s next door neighbor offered us bags full of grapes several mornings, keeping us in grapes for our entire stay. The friendliness of the neighbor is a tribute to the Balinese people....we found everyone on Bali to be very friendly, trustworthy and accommodating.

The villa’s design complements its surroundings and all of the amenities are great. The pool is VERY large; we were in and out of it several times per day. All of the furnishings in the villa are very nice; the rooms are comfortable and provide everything you could ever want. We spent most of every day outside, in the outdoor furniture, on the beach, and in the pool….what a great way to spend a day.

Don't miss a chance to go snorkeling or diving at Menjangan Island with Arrows Dive Centre in Lovina. We were very happy with this company and Buda, our dive master, was great! Buda was very professional and very safety oriented and great with our teenage son during his introductory dives and us during our snorkeling. We were so happy with Buda and his staff that we went to the island twice! Don't miss it! We also went on a dolphin trip that Nyomang had arranged. The boats came right to the beach in front of the villa. In addition to the dolphins, the Balinese sunrise is not to be missed, take your cameras.

All of the staff is very kind, courteous and professional.Ketut with her continual smile and great attitude kept us fed with her great cooking, Ita kept our rooms and the entire villa spotless and assisted Ketut with food preparation, Nyomang was always available to take care of any issue and provided us transport to several places during our stay. The gardeners worked tirelessly to keep every plant and tree in perfect order, and Kadek our security guard with his calm presence kept everything in order, but was never intrusive.

In addition to all of this, the owners are very friendly and helpful.

This is a place that we intend on returning to. If you want a quiet, relaxing, worry free and beautiful place to vacation, this IS it!

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Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
21 Jan 2013
Dear Bill and family,

Thank you very much for your kind extensive review. We are glad you've had a wonderful time at villa Shanti and we will pass on the compliments to our staff.
We hope we can welcome you again some time in villa Shanti.
Much obliged and with kind regards,
Theo and Marja
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