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BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel
Ranked #17 of 55 Hotels in Jimbaran
Certificate of Excellence
Mackay, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

Elegance, style, ambiance, a real oasis at Jimbaran. We initially chose it because it is not far from the airport and we were all arriving on late flights over several days, but it was just exquisite and we are so glad we were there for the first part of our stay in Bali. The massages were also just gorgeous in the spa located on the property. It was all perfect for helping us to unwind and get into the gentle rhythm of a holiday in Bali.

Room Tip: We had three deluxe suites, stunning, quirky, each one unique
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Loughton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

In addition to my new wife, Miss Merlot's previous review below...

Should you happen to be taken off to a Balinese hospital on the last night of your honeymoon with a red snapper fish bone lodged somewhere deep inside your tonsils, then at the very least with the staff at Villa Balquisse you will find yourself in good hands!

A very kind member of staff, Wayan, accompanied us to hospital (at 9pm when she was due home!), helped translate between the medical staff and ourselves, and assisted with the insurance paperwork - all of which was very much appreciated!!

In short, I can only reiterate my other half's recommendation!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2012

My husband and I have just spent two weeks on honeymoon at the Villa Balquisse, and cannot recommend it highly enough!

Our choice of Villa Balquisse was not down to mere chance, but was rather a result of copious hours of internet research (on the bride's part, naturally...!) beforehand - in short, we chose the Balquisse (as opposed to the countless huge, souless resorts that otherwise ring the island) due to its small-scale nature, "boutique" design, and rustic charm. I am historically a "backpacker" and my other half a "luxury lover" - for us, the intimate character of the Villa Balquisse was the ideal meet-in-the-middle for us both, and, thankfully for us, did exactly what it said on the tin!

As it was our honeymoon, we booked a Jepun Deluxe room, which definitely lived up to the photos on the website. The room came with a rain shower and separate bath, and was spotlessly cleaned every day - we also arrived to find it specially decorated due to our honeymooner status, which we also thought was a nice personal touch :)

Some Tripadvisor reviewers have commented that the photos on the website are somewhat misleading - if anything, we didn't think the site images truly did the place justice! We did also take the chance to snoop around some of the empty villas, and found them all to be equally as beautifully designed / well-equipped. That said, we would echo the comments of other reviewers that it would be nice to pre-select your room online, given that all are so uniquely created. In terms of room design, the only flaws we honestly could name in our case were a destinct lack of lighting in the bedroom, and the use of a silk curtain as barrier between bedroom and bathroom - asthetically pleasing maybe, but not exactly practical in terms of "muffling" for those who, like us, collectively elect not to break the lavatorial "sound barrier"...

Staff were consistently friendly, attentive, and happy to assist in booking trips and tours any time (the hotel manager, Made, deserves particular commendation here...). When not out and about, we were served mint tea and coconut sponge cake every day at about 4pm, though admittedly we never saw the advertised fruit sticks materialise earlier in the day - that said, after ample and delicious fruit plates as a main breakfast component, I couldn't really see the need anyhow, particularly when most people were off out at the beach as well... The only minor criticism in this respect we would have is that the reception was not always manned, and we occasionally had to wait a few minutes for someone to turn up when we needed...

Clientele was by and large discerning, being made up of mainly French visitors with a few fellow Brits and the odd German / Dutch couple thrown into the mix too (not a loud-mouthed Russian in sight, unlike in many of the other places we visited over the course of the trip) - the overall atmosphere was definitely one of peace, tranquility and mutual consideration. There was always plentiful space around the pool, in the restaurant, and in the outdoor seating area, though the hotel was at at least three quarters capacity at the time.

For all the fellow techies out there, there was also (relatively!) stable, free wifi for all Balquisse guests, as well as ample plug sockets in the outdoor seating area so you could surf away to your heart's content by the pool, if you so wished.

Each guest also receives a complimentary bag with beach towels, sun hats and sarongs, which was also a pretty nice touch.

We deliberately chose the Jimbaran beach area due to its relaxed nature, which was perfect for us - if you are a party person, Kuta or Seminyak may well be a better bet. In terms of nearby restaurants, resorts aside there wasn't all that much about - we went to the amazing Jimbaran seafood BBQ restaurants on our first and last evenings, as well as the Balquisse's neighbouring sister restaurant, the Balique, which was also pretty nice, if somewhat overpriced. In general though, we tended to eat at cheap but invariably delicious local warung restaurants, which you can find lining any and every street in Bali - a particularly nice one was the Warung Bunana just around the corner on the Ngurah Rai road, where you can get some lovely Malaysian curries, stuffed rotis, and a variety of delicious teh tarik.

Many reviewers have commented on the perceived distance between the Balquisse and Jimbaran beach - in our case, we had rented a scooter for sightseeing for the entire fortnight (highly recommended), so could zip round from A to B in just a couple of minutes; however, on our very first day we were happily run round on request by the hotel staff, and then cut quickly and easily back by foot via the neighbouring Intercontinental Hotel. If attempting to nip through the opposite way, claiming to be having lunch or meeting friends at the Intercontinental bar or restaurant seems to be a pretty good tactic, based on our previous experience of gatecrashing coastal hotels posher than our own... :))

A further discussion point in the previous hundred odd reviews seems to have been the Balquisse vs the Shaba villas. In all honesty, the Shaba is right next to the Balquisse and shares the same set of staff, spa, restaurant and reception with the main Balquisse complex, so unless you're majorly into asthetics (and a slightly larger pool), we wouldn't necessarily think it was worth the extra expense.

Unbeknownst to us, as part of our honeymoon package, we found we were entitled to an hour-long Balinese massage (followed by a very pleasant surprise, which we won't give away!) in the hotel spa. I (the bride) am exceedingly fussy about the standard of my massages, but this was true "hair standing up on the back of the neck" stuff - would definitely recommend heading here rather than the, by comparison decidedly amateur, cheapy massage salons which line the Jimbaran strip. It might be more expensive, but our subsquent reflexology and shitsu visits were more than worth the money!!!

The hotel restaurant, the Asam Garam, had a lovely setting and an eclectic menu, but was somewhat overpriced and a bit "blah" in terms of food quality (service was, of course, as excellent as ever) - especially by comparison with some of the aforementioned local warungs. That said, we were surprised with a complimentary three-course dinner as part of our honeymoon visit, which was extremely welcome! Breakfast was included each morning, and featured fresh fruit juices, tropical fruit plates, crepes, toast, croissants (plain and croissants), various hot cooked dishes, or Indonesian nasi / mie goreng - we were never able to get past two courses of the above on any one morning!

Anyway, that's summary enough from us - in short, highly recommended!!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2012 via mobile

Writing this in bed before flying off tomorrow morning. I think this hotel is beautifully designed the photos don't really do the place justice. It is indeed very relaxed and quiet set back from the busy main road. The breakfast is beautiful although hard to finish all the courses! Our room had a great ambience and I think it is very well priced for the quality.
They also have a stunning restaurant a couple of doors down which is worth checking out.

My only comments would be that as each room is so unique it would be good if you could request them specifically ie there are a few deluxe rooms and I wasn't sure which style of room I was going to receive.

The other small thing is that the bathroom although had a lovely bath would of been better with a standalone shower as I'm sure most people shower more than bath.

Definitely recommend this to anyone staying in jimbaran, the beach had a nice feel to it not much hassle etc and a great sunset. Some people might find more going on in seminyak if staying for more than a couple of days.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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bangkok
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

I have stayed one night at Villa Balquisse and i found the place extremely peaceful. The service was great. All staffs were very friendly. The design is lovely and it looks like you are in Marocan palace.

Room Tip: One of the best Boutique Hotel
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled on business
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nottingham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2012

We stayed here for 1 night before moving to a nearby private villa with friends & it was beautiful. Our room was huge with a semi private space at the front & back. The pools were lovely and the gardens were quiet. Unbelievable when you walk out of the gate onto the street which is manic!
We ate at the hotel & the food was great & very reasonable & the staff were lovely, particularly our waitress who seemed to run everywhere! The beach is easily accessable by walking through the Inter-continental gardens opposite, this is also a lovely place for a drink. Alternatively, to see the real Bali, turn left out of thehotel & turn down the road just before the shopping mall. It's a good 15 minute walk which brings you to some beach bars and cafe's. The other end of the beach is more up market & it's a lovely walk along the beach past the big resorts.
We would highly reccomend Villa Balquisse.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 7- the baroque room
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

At first,we found many good reviews here and then realized that those reviews are NOT overrated at all!! We stayed at Villa Balquisse on the last day of our trip before we left Bali. It took only 15 minutes to the airport so it’s must be a good choice for early flight in the morning. Villa Balquisse is a hidden gem in Jimbaran. We’re quite disappointed with the beach so the villa was a great escape when you had nothing to do in such a small town.

This charming villa was decorated in style, classy yet cozy. We booked 2 rooms: one for deluxe and another one for family room. The Deluxe room was Moroccan style. It was shady with open bathroom awaiting for any romantic couple. The family room was double volume. Both of them were well decorated which stunned us by many details in furnishing,

There are 2 pools separation. The guests can feel comfortable and privacy even the space is not that big. The outdoor ambience is well designed. We enjoyed mint tea by the pool as an afternoon delight.

Highly recommended for boutique hotel with reasonable price compare to beach villa in Phuket or Samui which we’ve been. Staffs are nice and lovely. Food at the restaurant is just average in taste.

Take a look at villa Shaba which located next to the villa Balquisse. It was luxury. Embracing nostalgic moments as if flashback to the colonial era.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel
Address: Jl. Uluwatu 18x, Jimbaran 80361, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Jimbaran
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Jimbaran
#7 Family Hotel in Jimbaran
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Jimbaran
#14 Spa Hotel in Jimbaran
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A boutique hotel set in the heart of Jimbaran and nestled in a coconut groove. BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel is a mansion dating back in the 60s. Entirely renovated over the years by its owner and interior decorator, Zohra Boukhari, BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel has this shabby-chic vibe. ... more   less 
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