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Villa Flow
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Bordeaux, France
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“perfect for a romantic weekend”
Reviewed 4 October 2013

We booked two nights at Villa Flow for our anniversary and we haven't been disappointed.
Everything was perfect, the setting, the room, the food, we just loved it all.
The resort manager Kirstin has been really helpful with our special requests and organized everything with lots of care.
Their private beach is absolutely lovely and their staff are very kind.
We had a wonderful stay, I would recommend it to any one and would love to go again myself.
The only minor "downside" to us were the children of the owner who are very young and were a bit noisy when around.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

Thru Tripadvisor's positive reviews, we booked 2 nights stay at Villa Flow for our family trip to East Bali in Sep 2013. Indeed, we made the right choice. Villa Flow did not disappointed us and we really enjoyed our stay at this heart-warming villa.

The beautiful villa is built on hillside, amidst the lush greeneries and overlooks the ocean. Rooms are well furnished and decorated with nature theme. During our stay, we started our days early indulging in the healthy choices of delicious breakfast.

Thanks Kirstin, the Resident Manager and all the crews at Villa Flow whom made our stay enjoyable and memorable.

We will definitely recommend Villa Flow to friends if they travel to East-Bali.

Ling & family.

Room Tip: try out Coconut House
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Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

We wanted to love Villa Flow but...we ended up just liking it.
Perhaps our expectations were too high but it isn't quite the organic specialist retreat it is billed as. We stayed in the Coconut House for 6 nights. It is a lovely little cottage that offers privacy and more living areas than the other rooms. On the other hand it needs a bit of maintenance and feels a bit rickety. A word of warning - the steps are VERY steep and outside the building, you could not stay in the Coconut House if you have any mobility issues. I did look at the other rooms and they are very elegant and comfortable, and have wonderful views from the shared terrace.
The views are lovely but as it is so high the noise carries up the hill from neighboroughing properties (roosters crowing day and night) and the constant stream of traffic and is almost unbearable. After a while you get used to it.
The food: This was probably my biggest disappointment. Having advised them months in advance of an allergy to coconut (which can be a problem in Bali) almost every meal we were served contained at least one or two courses with coconut in it. That seems like a small gripe but the reality is that they were only cooking for us so how could they get it so wrong every day? When it was pointed out at every meal they took the dish away and then served something that tasted like it was salvaged from the back of the fridge. It was very aggravating particularly as we had such high hopes for detoxing and enjoying the organic produce from the garden. Perhaps it is seasonal but the reality is very little of what was in the garden was on the menu. The food is very expensive given the lack of care, the lack of choice and the food costs. Very disappointing indeed.
The pool is lovely and we enjoyed relaxing there a lot.
The spa treatments are some of the best I've had. I had a regular massage, a facial (unbelievably good) and the special massage given by the local priest - absolutely a must do. Incredible.
Overall, Villa Flow is good just not great. It is lovely to visit for a couple of days but don't expect a structured and holistic health or spa retreat. It doesn't offer that level of service, facilities or menu.

Room Tip: The coconut house is lovely, very private. Just be aware the stairs are very steep and not suitable...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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VillaFlowBali, Manager at Villa Flow, responded to this review, 4 October 2013
Dear Whatkatiepdid,

Thank you for having taken the time to post your feedback on Trip Advisor.

Villa Flow is a small luxury specialty lodging accommodating 5 guest rooms tucked away in a rural area of East Bali at affordable prices. Healthy food, sincere service and natural settings are the driving forces behind the concept we are offering.

Our healthy menu, extensively researched and fine-tuned over time, uses the freshest and most beneficial ingredients and inevitably comes at a slight premium to regular staple foods. And while we strive to source our foods as much as possible from our own gardens, scale and seasonality will always be a mitigating factor here-in. In addition, the boutique style of Villa Flow, where we have deliberately chosen for quality rather than quantity, is reflected in our focussed menu offering. While most of our guests are decisively positive on the food served at Villa Flow given previous testimonies, we do understand that for some this could be limiting in choice. In preparing the food, our kitchen aims to take into account all guests’ dietary requirements when preparing the food, and we do sincerely apologize that during the beginning of your stay this was not being properly looked after. We have discussed this internally with the team to ensure that this will not happen in the future.

Villa Flow does not market itself as a holistic health retreat. For those looking for such a retreat we would rather be honest than have to disappoint our guests. What we do offer is a specialty lodging in one of the most authentic parts of Bali offering accommodation with high quality standards, healthy food and where unique SPA treatments can be enjoyed (your compliments on the high quality of our SPA treatments you enjoyed is very much appreciated!).

Your compliments on the Coconut House and its views are well received. We have given deliberate attention to maintaining this particular building in its most natural state given its setting on the premises and its views over the ocean. That does indeed mean that it can feel rickety at times, however with coconut wood used throughout the building that is in fact the charm of it. You are indeed right to observe that for people experiencing difficulty with mobility this may not be the most suitable accommodation to choose from within Villa Flow.

I do hope that this experience has not permanently tarnished your opinion of us and that we will have a second chance in the future to win your confidence in Villa Flow.

Best regards,

Kirstin Kumpf
Resident Manager
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed at Villa Flow for a week to unwind and what a good choice! The staff were great and Kirstin's advice on places to go and things to see was faultless without being intrusive. We really enjoyed the food based on their organic garden. Exquisite flavours and we were delighted they were happy to share their recipes. We were impressed that Villa Flow supports the local village community that they are a part of.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We stayed at Villa Flow for a three day spa and yoga package as part of our Honeymoon in Bali and had the most wonderful experience at this fabulous villa. Kirstin and all of the staff are absolutely lovely - so welcoming, friendly and willing to go the extra mile for their guests. The villa has totally amazing views over lush green palm trees to the sea. The food in just delicious - so wholesome, healthy and fresh. We practiced fabulous yoga privately with Kawi each morning in the Bale; the perfect way to start the day at Villa Flow. Everything here was faultless - I can't rate this place highly enough and would love to return some day to celebrate our anniversary.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

In July 2013 we spent three nights in Villa Flow, Bali.
From the beginning until the end of our stay it was
a wonderful experience.
The rooms, the management , the very friendly staff and
the food, it was all superb.
An experience above expectation.
A must do!

Huub de Pagter & Jeroen Zewald from Amsterdam

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

We, a family of 6 (4 teenage children) stayed for a week in this lovely boutique hotel. We had a beautiful decorated spacious room in the main house with a very cool bathroom and a very spacious terrace, overlooking the organic garden onto the ocean. The children stayed in the very cool, but romantic coconut house, also with their own terraces with breathtaking views.
The friendly staff was very attentive and served us delicious meals with local and organic ingredients from the garden. They organised trips in the surroundings for us, we can highly recommend to track through the rice fields or to visit the market with a cook and cook your own meal afterwards.
In the afternoons we relaxed at the swimming pool with a freshly prepared snack and juice.
In the mornings we had yoga instruction and a massage is a must!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this hidden piece of paradise and we will definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Villa Flow
Address: Seraya-Barat, Karangasem 80851, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 82 Speciality Lodging in Karangasem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Flow 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the quiet and peaceful coastal town of Seraya in East-Bali, Villa Flow offers a unique experience to those looking for something special. An intimate boutique hotel of high quality standards and service. Villa Flow offers an excellent healthy cuisine,5-star spa treatments, daily yoga classes, private access to secluded beachfront and tranquility. Villa Flow is the perfect low key exclusive luxury base from which to explore East-Bali, the Gili islands just off Lombok and Bali’s best diving locations. ... more   less 
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