Note that we stayed in 2012 - I thought I'd posted this review but apparently I didn't. As the place doesn't seemed to have changed I've posted it now in the hopes it will have some info that's useful.
Now I’m always interested in these places that top the Trip Advisor ratings – maybe it’s just that everyone who’s stayed there are really polite or maybe easily pleased? Surely those places can’t be that perfect? Well VB isn’t but it’s pretty close – highly recommended.
We’d stayed at the Padma before and due to their hike in prices we thought we’d try somewhere different this time. We chose VB due to its good reviews and were a bit apprehensive at first - but we ended up feeling really at home and loved the opportunity to talk to the staff and the other travellers which doesn’t usually happen at a bigger place.
We booked and paid our deposit over the internet – all emails were answered promptly and they used Paypal for the payment. This was in February and they already had two rooms booked out for October. We got the transfer from the airport which was good as the driver knew exactly where to go.
The staff – Gede the manager is very friendly and efficient – he checked us in and chatted every now and then when we met coming or going. He also Gede organised a seawalker tour ($75 USD) which was good if you would like to ‘dip your toe’ into diving but are a bit apprehensive like me. The tour also took us to Uluwatu, and the cultural centre (aka the big Vishnu). Gede also arranged a transfer to Ubud for 250,000 which seems to be the going price – travel time, 1.5 hours.
The ladies who served breakfast and cleaned the room were polite and unobtrusive – in fact I dubbed them the ninja cleaners because they never gave us the hurry along so they could do it – just hey presto, we come home and it’s done!
Mathieu the owner wasn’t there when we visited but he contacted me by email after we left and asked for feedback which I thought was nice.
The grounds – lovely traditional style compound with a pretty fishpond at the entrance. The garden was nice and well tended, with a couple of beautiful travellers palms.
The room – we had the room nearest to the main house. This had a tiled patio then doors onto a large bedroom tiled bedroom with a very comfortable kingsized bed with bolsters and pillows and a mosquito net. There was a TV and a little bar fridge, with only two daily 375ml bottles of water in it (no tussles over whether you drank that beer or not!) and plenty of room for any goodies. There was also a window seat overlooking a little garden which was excellent for luggage. And a jug which we boiled and used the cooled water for teeth cleaning and emergency rations.
The bathroom stretched the length of the room and had a very private enclosed outdoor shower – I was concerned about mossies but I never had a problem (in the shower at least). It got full sun at midday but we didn’t use it then. Lots of room out there to hang swimming costumes or hand washing out in the sun too. No bath but that’s fine by me. The bathroom itself had a wide vanity and alcoves for toiletries. And they provided face washers too, a rarity. The bathroom mirror light was pretty poor and the bathroom got quite hot during the day if the airconditioning wasn’t on.
Storage was in the bathroom (shower’s outside so no foggy bathroom) and hotels would do well to emulate it - four big shelves and two big cupboards. The safe was also big enough for two small laptops, a Kindle and an iPad as well as passports and various bits and pieces.
The fan was really noisy and I doubt you could sleep with it going – the A/C was fine though. There were unusually enough power outlets but no full length mirror.
The pool - Having the pool outside the room was great. We never found we clashed with the neighbours and it was good for a few laps in the morning. The water was cool but not too cold.
There were lots of mossies despite fogging – there was a mosquito net on the bed plus room spray was provided and mossie coils for sitting out the front. We usually sprayed the room before we went out for dinner and the one night we forgot we got severely bitten during the night, but VB can’t cater for our forgetfulness!
Breakfast – this is served on a lovely if somewhat sunny patio (cops it at 8am, probably safe by 9am). You preorder – while the range on paper seems a little limited, they will do whatever you want if you ask – I did witness undocumented pancakes at least once. Not to say that we ever went hungry choosing from the list – huge fruit plate (including mangosteens – very nice), toasties, cereal, eggs. And while I love a buffet it’s easy to overeat so I was happy not to feel too much like the Michelin man (well, not too much anyway). We had to get an earlier breakfast one day and that was no problem.
Laundry – we got ours done a little way down Gang Melon for about 50000 we got a good load of washing done very nicely – no strong smell but clean and unmarked. VB will organise for a reasonable price but we just did it ourselves.
Location - It’s really tucked away. As others have said is on Gang Melon which is just negotiable by car – yes, tell the cab driver Puri Saron which is the hotel at the start of Gang Melon, they all know where that is. There is also a network of back lanes towards the east which take you up onto Camplung Tanduk or out next to the Bintang supermarket. Fine during the day, access at night is a bit uncomfortable if you are by yourself as both ways are quiet and not very well lit - but I must say that on the couple of nights I walked back without the husband, I didn’t have a problem at all.
There’s also a lane that runs past Puri Saron and the stables down to the beach. Again quiet and not well lit at night.
It is surrounded by other villas and if you had noisy neighbours it would be a pain (not that VB can do much about that). The kids in the villa across the lane from us were pretty loud but by bedtime had obviously worn themselves out so it was never a problem for sleeping. And the dog next door liked a 2am bark – another thing they can’t control.
All in all, we really enjoyed our week there and hope to go back soon – but will make sure we book early!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A private boutique resort with 4 guesthouses. Providing top service for guests who want to experience Bali and all the beauty it has to offer. 4 Luxury guesthouses with en-suite bathrooms, magnificent garden with relax bale, pergola for shaded breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails or late night drinks, sundecks with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas, 2 swimming pools (one for play and one for laps) and jacuzzi all in a green lush setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Blubambu Hotel Seminyak
- Villa Blubambu Bali/Seminyak