We stayed at Dewani Villa for our first four nights of a three week trip to Bali and Lombok. We try and make it a rule that the first few days of a long haul trip are chill-out recovery and adjust days.
Dewani fulfilled the promise. A hotel staff driver picked us up from the airport all smiles despite the two hour delay on our flight from Singapore. It's a good 30 minute drive through the traffic chaos of Denpasar to the rapidly disappearing rice fields of Kerobokan. This is Dewani Villa's only drawback - if you don't have your own transport it's a bit of a hike into the main tourist areas of Seminyak and Denpasar. But taxis are cheap and worth every rupiah in the heat of the day. Plus you get the benefit of no traffic noise and the hint of a more pastoral Bali.
We were greeted in the tiny reception area with ginger tea and oodles of fuss while our bags were taken up to our room. Iced beers quickly followed. Our room was the upper floor of a round villa with thatched roof, large balcony overlooking the pool, teak floors, mahogany furniture and a huge four poster bed. Packed with local character and charm but still practical and comfortable.
The whole hotel site is pretty compact with only seven (I think) villas in all. The garden is packed with plants, trees and flowers of ever tropical persuasion. Avocados hang temptingly out of arms reach. We have the pool practically to ourselves for the entire stay, which suits our rest and recovery plan perfectly. Breakfast is the usual travellers fayre of eggs any way you like, pancakes, fresh fruit, the best Balinese coffee. All made to order for you by the two smiling staff in the open-sided communal dining area. Breakfast is the only real food you will get at Dewani Villa. For lunch and dinner you'll have to go out, but that's no problem in Indonesia. There's a very nice Italian restaurant (Lestari Grill) just 200m up the road.
The hotel has its own (associated) vehicles and drivers so arranging trips into town, full day excursions or transport on to your next destination is easy and very affordable.
The staff throughout our four night stay could not have been more helpful. Always smiling.
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- Also Known As:
- Dewani Villa Hotel Kerobokan
- Dewani Villa Bali/Kerobokan