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Villa Blubambu
Ranked #1 of 105 Seminyak B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney
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36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

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!

Room Tip: Villa 1 has a little less privacy as it faces the entrance and main house but it's still really...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

This month we have spent 10 wonderful days in Villablubambu.
The balinese villas's are located in a beautiful garden with 2 pools.
From the first to the last day everything was perfect.
It is unbelievable that the area is so quite. You almost forget
that you are in the centre of Seminyak.
The beach - only a few minutes walking - is very nice, also in the
evening.
Mathieu and his staff did a good job and we are already looking
forward to spent another holiday with them in the future.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank mroodenburg
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17 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2014

Highlights
- Best breakfast during our trip with plenty of fruits and delicious omelette, served right after your arrived at the dinning table. We talked with other guests in the morning and just relaxed.
- You can always feel the breezes sitting/ relaxing in its lovely garden
- Very clean water in shared pool, where water continuous flows. No smell of disinfectant or any at all.
- Outdoor shower paved with stones. Love it! you can see the stars in night and blue sky in the day when taking showers.
- Rooms are clean, though you do have to understand it is close to nature. I thought insects would be unbearable, but to my surprise, feels those insects are less dirty and acceptable when I was in Bali.
- Private tour at reasonable price. Giant offered us a trip that includes Padang Padang Beach, Uluwatu Temple, Ketak dance at sunset, and seafood dinner (restaurant a bit touristic though)

Service
- super efficient email response during my booking process
- Always greeted with smiles and would accommodate any questions you have

Location
- Close to the beach, only 10 mins walk
- Close to good massage place, Bali Spa, with whom massage in the villa can be arranged
- You can walk to the main streets where there are plenty of shops. Eat street is only 10 mins away by taxi.
- Once back to the villa, you are free from the hectic streets or noises of vehicles.
- It may not be easy to find at the first time as it is in a small lane off the main road. Just tell the driver to go to the Breezes and you should be close.

If you enjoy meeting new friends, talking with other guests, this would be a plus. It is also great value for money considering it is in Seminyak.

The stay in Blubambu has been pleasant and full of happy memories.

Room Tip: Guest house 3 seems to have more privacy but the open areas is share by all. Not much difference.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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australia
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8 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Oh BluBambu how we miss you! Stayed in March 2013 for 13 blissful days. From the outset communication with Mathieu was excellent.We had high expectations from the reviews on tripadvisor and they were met above and beyond. From the warm welcome to our regretted departure every detail of our stay was bliss. As everyone on this forum agrees Mathieu and his family have created a beautiful paradise for those of us lucky enough to find it. We were fortunate enough to stay in both the front villa and the more private back villa and loved both. Stepping outside your door and into the perfect water temperature pool was a delight at any time of night or day. What we found especially delightful was meeting fellow travellers from around the world and sharing experiences with them at breakfast every morning. We met lovely couples of all ages from Belgium, Germany, Canada, USA and fellow Aussies. Nothing was ever too much trouble for Gede (manager) to help you with from booking restaurants, hiring bikes(even when you got cold feet and returned on same day) or giving short cut directions which we eventually found. The gorgeous young ladies who took care of the rooms and served breakfast were a joy to see each morning and not forgetting Nyoman who tended the garden with the biggest smile! We took some wine with us and enjoyed sharing a glass with Mathieu on a couple of occasions and don't forget motorbike mags for Gede. If you need a photograher Mathieus wife Brenda does beautiful work, check out her blog. Oh to be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank maxymoo58
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 June 2014

we stayed here last week for 3 days which was not long enough!
we were collected from the airport and all was made v easy. they replied to all my emails v promptly and efficiently before we arrived.
our greeting was lovely-cold towels and drinks and easy check in.
the grounds are so lovely v peaceful and serene.
we got a lovely villa on its on with big pool at front just beautiful. breakfast was fantastic-pancakes to die for !
the staff are all so friendly and chatty and helpful.
bali is so beautiful-we only went for a stop over from oz for 3 days which is not enough.
delighted with the whole set up and will be back!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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1 Thank maria c
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Tampa, Florida
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This was a great experience for us. The villa arranged for my airport pickup and even picked up food the first night I arrived. The location is perfect, in a quiet area and just a short walk to the beach. Breakfast served under the covered table in the courtyard was a nice touch. The outdoor shower was so awesome. Room was clean and staff very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Becky D
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Hong Kong, China
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 May 2014

My husband and I stayed in villa Blubambu with our 14 month old son, for 5 nights. We very much enjoyed our stay! We booked the 'family' room (not on the website), which is located on the first floor of the main building. There's a small second room, which we used as bedroom for our son.
A very decent breakfast is served daily on the private - large - balcony.
Mathieu, Gede and the rest of the staff are very professional, friendly and helpful. They also offered babysitting service, which we felt was very good and reliable.
The well maintained garden with 2 pools were perfect for some afternoon relaxation, whereas
the nice gado gado beach is only a 10 minutes stroll away.
Would totally recommend staying at Villa blubambu!

  • Stayed May 2014
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1 Thank Dmthk
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Property: Villa Blubambu
Address: Jl. Abimanyu, Gang Melon, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Seminyak
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 105 B&Bs / Inns in Seminyak
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
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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