We stayed in the villa Sarang Bambu and I cannot say enough great things about this property. The hotel for some strange reason does not advertise the villas on their own website. I saw a mention of the villas on TA and asked about them when there was no availability in a regular room. The villa was available and at a fairly reasonable cost in comparison to a regular room. There are some good pictures of the villa on the following website: http://www.bali-travel-life.com/tegal-sari-ubud.html. The villa was amazing. There was a small koi / goldfish pond as you entered the villa - it was on both sides of the steps into the villa. The bedroom was large with a desk, 2 huge closets, flatscreen TV with DVD player. It ios typical Balinese with a wooden peaked roof. Thr room is enclosed on 2 sides with glass doors which can be opened to the outdoors in good weather. The bathroom was completely outside which was a bit disconcerting at first until you realize that it is well shielded on all sides. The mornings were a bit nippy which made for an interesting (and short) shower experience each morning. There were 2 large solid surface sinks and a a huge bathtub for soaking (easily big enough for 2 people). The only drawback to the villa was that there was only one bedroom and no real sitting or lvingroom area. There were 3 of us and the room was large enough to accommodate an extra single bed. It wasn't ideal, but it worked for us.
The private pool was large, but not heated. We used it a couple of times, but found it pretty chilly in July. I'm sure it is wonderful during the hotter months.
The kitchen was small and sparsely equipped if you wanted to prepare anything (which we did not). There were a couple of glasses, a few dishes and 2 sets of silverware. There was a hot water pot, a supply of instant tea and a decent sized fridge (stocked with a few VERY reasonably priced minibar drinks - sodas and beer). The kitchen was kept immaculately clean by the housekeeping staff. I would wash glasses from the itchen after breakfast and leave them to dry. The staff would wash them again and put them away.
We had breakfast delivered each morning. We opted for the "egg sets" which consisted of 2 eggs prepared any way you wanted, bacon, chicken sausage, roasted tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms and either white or wheat toast. The cost of this breakfast - delivered to the room - was an AMAZING $2.50USD. We found that we did not care for the hotel's juice selection, so we went to a local market and purchased our choice of juice and kept it in the refrigerator. Note: they also had great homemade strawberry jam on request.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was immaculately clean with a comfortable bed, adequate towels plus extra towels for the pool. They also provided mosqiuto tablets and the plug in machine for them. The location of the villa is great. It is close to Monkey Forest Road and about a 2 minute walk from the entrance to the Monkey Forest Sanctuary. There are several restaurants within easy walking distance as well as numerous shops.
Another big benefit that the hotel offered was their free shuttle. Even though we had hired a car and driver, we still utilized it several times at night to get to restaurants or dance performances. This saved us from the necessity of keeping our driver over the allotted hours each day.
One note - if ypu do stay in the villa, be careful with any food that is left in the kitchen vicinity. On 2 occasions, we had a troop of monkeys come across the wall of the villa. The second time they came through, our breakfast had just arrived and my husband had to fend the monkeys off with a camera tripod to keep them from jumping on the table after the food.
I would return to this property in a heartbeat and can absolutely recommend it without hesitation.
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- Tegal Sari Hotel Ubud
- Tegal Sari Ubud, Bali