FAMILY RADZINSKY- VILLA SANTAI
December 16, 2013
“Perfect Bali villa – would highly recommend”
We spent a week at Villa Santai and really enjoyed our experience. Everything was superb – the villa itself (extremely roomy and well layed out), location (right on the beach), garden and pool. Best of all were the staff – it was great to have a maid and cook around – they would buy food for us in the supermarket and cook what we asked for.
Everything was perfect – there is nothing we’d change. This was our first visit to Bali – and it’s our favorite island now. We will definitely return and highly recommend Santai to families with children.
FAMILY RUBERY- VILLA PANTAI
October 11, 2013
“Definately one of the best holidays we have ever had!”
Staff at the villa are exceptional and make the holiday that bit special. Marvellous Made, will suprise you with wonderful Indonesian food 6 days a week if you wish. We left it to her discretion to organise our lovely meals including shopping for the supplies at the local market. Although you could have requested your own meals we did not feel it necessary. She also catered very well for our daughter who is vegetarian. She kept the Villa spotless, changed bedding and towels, organised a massage at the Villa, a boat trip with the local fisherman for snorkeling and phoned our driver. Nothing was too much trouble.
Putu our driver had a good sense of humour and was very informative of local culture. He would drive us around all day and made sure we saw the best of Bali. I would recommend the airport transfer. Upon arrival the garden was striking and is maintained by Kadek twice a day including the pool area. All sun beds are cleaned daily including sweeping and washing down the patio when needed. At night you always felt safe, the night security guard was always there to open the gate when you returned from a night out.
The beach was very clean in the vicinity of the Villa as it was cleaned by Kadek every day. The sea was calm, clear and wonderful to swim in.
The Villa is about 10mins from Lovina by car so you need transport to visit. Since the town is spread out over a distance of 8km you need a good idea where you are going before hand. We did venture out to some nice restaurants, visited the Bakery and used the supermarket in Singaraja. Overall villa Pantai is a very special place to go on holiday if you want peace and quiet. If you want a lively noisy clubbing holiday this is not the place for you. We loved it and were very sad to leave. You cannot underestimate the importance of Made and her wonderful cooking, we were going to eat out a lot more but it was not worthwhile. If you want to self cater then be aware that there is no oven. 10 out of 10!
Family Rubery from Shropshire, UK
FAMILY PASMA – VILLA BUNDAR
October 7, 2013
This was the most beautiful holiday we have ever had! Okay, it was our Honeymoon, but really, this is a place you must have seen and done! It’s like a fairytale. There is a lot to do, a lot to get us quiet. But this place, only the villa and its comfort and beautiful area was enough to get us quiet. This is really an amazing and beautiful villa! Ketut the cook is great. Not only the cooking is fantastic, she will arrange a lot if you ask her. Hire a scooter (must do), mountain bike trips, it doesn’t matter what you ask, she always answers with a big smile and gets it done. The place is really really really great. Your own pool, terrace etc. And the food…we love it! We definitively come back here! Thanks for everything Ketut, you are really great!
Angelique, thanks for sharing the information on a enthusiastic way. It was worth waiting for all these months!
If you have any doubts…?! Don’t!
Just make the reservation, you will have a fabulous time here! What’s more beautiful then waking up and hear and see the waves and the sea.
Oh and don’t forget to enjoy the massages on the boat next to the villa! Never have such nice and relax massages ever!
Thank you so much again for everything!
Walter & Gabrièlle Pasma (Leiden, The Netherlands)
FAMILY DIETZ- VILLA BUKA KECIL
October 1, 2013
Wonderful place, wonderful surrounding, wonderful beach!
The service is nice, people is friendly and helpful. A light “make-up” for the house would be desirable. We will be back!
Annalina and Christian from Staefa/Switzerland
MRS. ROSE- VILLA PANTAI
September 27, 2013
After spending a long time searching for the perfect villa we hit the jackpot. We arrived late on Sunday evening and were welcomed by a freshly prepared Indonesian meal. The Villa itself took our breath away even at night the pure beauty if the place was overwhelming. The rooms were nicely sized and all had air con, we woke the next morning to fresh fruit juice made by the chef Made, whom made the holiday what it was. She organised day trips for us, she cooked all our food and even cleaned the villa, she was incredible.
Contrary to so many of the comments on here, the beach is not as bad as you are lead to believe, with small amounts of drift wood shells and rocks it is hardly littered with rubbish. The sea was crystal clear and the weather was wonderful.
Pick up from the airport was there waiting and all of the staff were incredible, honestly the villa was unbelievably beautiful, with plenty of day trips and activities to keep anyone occupied, as well as being comfortable and clean enough to recharge your batteries in the most relaxing holiday ever. I cannot wait to return.
Rose, Newport, United Kingdom
FAMILY LUYENDIJK- VILLA THE MANGO TREES
September 22, 2013
“Super stay near Lovina”
We stayed with our 1 year old son in this lovely house. The staff is super, preparing amazing nasi goreng or whatever you want. The house is well developed to guarantee you maximum privacy. All facilities in the house like wifi, pool etc is super. Please ask the crew in the house to organize a massage in the garden, it is super relaxing.
FAMILY MORENO- VILLA BUNGA
September 21, 2013
“Romantic & Peaceful Retreat”
Our stay at Villa Bunga was perfect, we are so glad we stayed at this Villa on the north side of Bali. We were looking for a relaxing vacation away from the crowds to celebrate our 5 years wedding anniversary and Villa Bunga was the perfect place.
The Villa is perfect since it is located directly on the beach and it is close to many great places to see. There are many temples, waterfalls, restaurants, and markets to shop at near the Villa. The driver for the Villa, Putu was wonderful. He was our tour-guide/photographer and took us around to see all the great places in Bali. We were glad to have him as our tour-guide, he made our experience in Bali unforgettable. The staff at the Villa, Katren, Gero, and Ariang all made us feel like royalty while we were staying here. Katren and Gero were such great cooks, the food was so delicious. We were very thankful for the staff for surprising us when got to the villa to find that they had decorated the place and prepared a special meal for us to celebrate our anniversary.
We loved staying here at Villa Bunga, the people are so kind and welcoming and the Villa was so well maintained and clean throughout. We would highly recommend this place to anyone looking to stay at a quiet, relaxing retreat away from the crowds. We will definitely come back, we already miss this perfect place in paradise.
Thank you for a great vacation, David and Angeli USA, Colorado
FAMILY KODISH- VILLA SANTAI
September 2, 2013
“Amazing, the grounds, pool and the staff!!!”
The villa was amazing and the rooms were excellent, the beds were very comfortable and clean and tastefully decorated. The outside bathrooms were beautiful in their traditional Balinese architecture. The pool was excellent, our kids thoroughly enjoyed jumping off of the rocks and splashing about in the rock pool, even though they couldn’t swim they really enjoyed this pool. The staff were lovely, very helpful, couldn’t do enough for you. The meals were delicious, we just asked them to make us lots of different Balinese dishes for dinner and it was amazing, they were willing to cater to any of our needs. Our next villa we didn’t have this service and we went out to restaurants continually, however no food compared to the standard and taste of the chefs cuisines at Villa Santai. The location was excellent, even though it was quite a few k’s from the main centre it was only a fun bemo ride or taxi away!
The ship on the waterfront which served food and drinks was an excellent position, only a stones throw away from the villa it was perfect, lovely service their too – Katherine was excellent and we had some amazing prawns there! Totally recommend this villa, we had a party of 7 adults and 4 kids, who came from 3 different continents, it was the perfect place to catch up and whittle the days away relaxing and having an excellent holiday, I highly recommend.
FAMILY BOHRE- VILLA PANTAI
September 1, 2013
We stayed in villa Pantai in july/aug 2013. We had a great time, the villa was beautiful, clean and everything we needed was available. Service was great, Made is a very good cook. Gardener keeps the garden beautiful and the beach for the house clean. Personnel is very helpful with arranging all sorts of trips and things. We loved being here.
Marjon from The Hague, The Netherlands
FAMILY HADERER- VILLA BUNDAR
August 30, 2013
“Unforgettable stay in villa Bunder!”
We had lovely 4 days in villa Bundar with our family (2 boys & 2 adults). Top location (visits, dolphin trip…), top comfort, top staff (thanks Ketut for the excellent cooking & the drivers). We can’t think about negative points we could have brought to anyone’s knowledge. A must rent for anybody travelling around lovina.
Vincent Haderer and family, Paris.
FAMILY SCHROEDER- VILLA BUNGA
August 15, 2013
Wir hatten eine wundervolle Woche in der Villa Bunga. Das Haus ist in einem sehr guten Zustand und bietet ausreichend Platz für 6 Personen. Die Beschreibungen sind absolut korrekt. In Wirklichkeit sieht alles noch schöner aus, als man es auf den Fotos schon erahnen kann. Der Kontakt vorab war hervorragend, Mails würden prompt und zufriedenstellend beantwortet, der Zahlungsverkehr lief absolut reibungslos. Vor Ort wurden wir sehr gut versorgt von den Einkäufen bis zum Köchen. Ein Fahrer stand nach Anmeldung immer zur Verfügung. Die Villa Bunga können wir uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen.
FAMILY MOULTON- VILLA BUKA KECIL
July 17, 2013
“An absolute escape from life (with fast wifi)”
Whilst it is a 3 hour drive from the usual tourist area, this villa is a truly great place to relax and unwind. From the moment we were picked up from the previous accommodation, we were made to feel welcome, and the people working there could not be more friendly or available (or unobtrusive).
The pool and gardens are awesome, we spent a great deal of time either in the pool, or chasing our 4 yr old daughter around.
There really weren’t any negatives to take from our stay here, even the mozzies stayed away, and what few there were, were kept at bay by the netted beds and the resident geckos.
Ketut and Putu kept the house in order, and cooked some really nice Balinese meals, there was always too much food on the table!
The bale hut overlooking the ocean and adjacent beach was an awesome spot to chill out and reflect, and came with the bonus of working wifi for those times when reflection is less important than your team’s game broadcast.
The only issue with this location is the beach. To be honest I would not stay away if I’d known about it before, but it is a little confronting at first. There is a lot of rubbish (allegedly washed down by river from the mountain villages), but from what we are told, the community are trying to address this.
This villa is part of a small complex, which has a beached boat in the middle overlooking the sea. The staff there were nice, and beer cheap. On a sunny day, would be a great spot to take in the sunset. It bucketed down quite a bit whilst we were there, so maybe you can try this!
99% recommend this place for a chillout escape, the beach was the only drawback, but was minor for us and we may return.
FAMILY LUSTIG- VILLA BUKA KECIL
June 27, 2013
This was a delightful place to stay! It was away from the madness in the south of Bali, yet close enough to Lovina and Singaraja if one needed touristy facilities, services and interesting places to visit. It was extremely comfortable, the in-house cooking was great, and the staff was most obliging.
Some days, we did nothing at all-besides swimming and reading-a nice change from the hectic lives we normally live. Looking out to sea, with fishing boats lying calmly in the water was magical.
If you want a holiday away from the madness in the south of Bali, this is one place to consider!!
Terry Lustig and family
Family Karouri – Villa Buka Kecil and Villa Santai
May 31, 2013
Ma femme et moi avons séjourné 2 nuits à la villa Buka Kecil puis 4 nuits dans la villa Santai au cours du mois de Mai 2013.
Que dire si ce n’est que notre séjour été fort agréable. Les deux villas étaient toutes deux spacieuses et de styles différents, mais chacune avait son charme.
Nous avons apprécié les grands jardins bien entretenus, de là où nous observions les couchers du soleil sur la mer en bordure de jardin.
Nous avons adorez les équipes présentent dans les villas qui nous dorloter et préparer de bons plats locaux, qui étaient au petits soins avec nous tout en étant discret pour ne pas nous déranger. Notamment Putu et Katkut à qui nous passons notre amitié.
Enfin, quel grand plaisir de profiter d’une grande piscine pour nous tout seul, avec vue sur la mer … quel régal !!
Sans oublier les chauffeurs des villas qui ont été très à l’écoute et professionnels pour répondre à nos demandes.
Donc rien à redire si ce n’est à quand notre prochain séjour dans l’une de vos villas de rêve
Merci pour tout et j’éspère à très bientôt !!!
FAMILY SERAH SOON- VILLA THE MANGO TREES
May 20, 2013
“Amazing slice of paradise!”
This was one amazing place and we all loved it and enjoyed our stay completely. Our only regret is that we didn’t get to spend more time there!
The place is true to the beautiful photos, spacious and nicely decorated and furnished, and we were pleasantly surprised that there was even a nice stock of books for the guests. We got the staff to cook quite a few of our meals and the food was great and very reasonably priced too. The staff were very helpful with everything as well, arranging for massages for us and even coming in early on our last day to provide us with a final breakfast. The driver took us wherever we wanted to go and was helpful in helping us plan our routes better too, as they know better the traffic conditions and how long each journey would take.
The staff also arranged for a dolphin watching trip for us, and they got us a very good guide- our boat ‘met up’ with many others at one particular spot but there were no dolphins there. our boatman was one of only 2 or 3 other boatmen who then proceeded to take us further elsewhere in search of the dolphins and we got a lovely show! he even stayed while the other few had already left so that we were the last boat still taking our time to enjoy and try to capture good photos!
The drive up from the airport is long (it took us over 3 hours and i confess, we were getting rather cranky towards the end of the journey especially since we arrived late in the evening) but the place is completely worth the long drive in. It was beautiful even at night and our moods completely changed when we finally got out of the car and saw what was waiting for us! Definitely well-maintained and clean, and so accurate to all the gorgeous pictures. Prices (villa rental, food (if you request their staff to cook for you), driver etc) are very reasonable too for what you get.
It was wonderful waking up to blue skies and a pool and sea view every morning as well as to the sound of waves crashing on the sand.
We all agreed that we would definitely revisit if we had the chance and this time spend more of our time relaxing in the villa itself, or perhaps try other villas (which all looked good too) offered by the same owner/establishment.
I communicated with Angelique for all our arrangements prior to our visit and she was lovely too- prompt replies and she answered all our questions and was most helpful in arranging all that needed to be done.
Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, i’d say this gets a 14.7!
FAMILY ANKERSMIT- VILLA THE MANGO TREES
April 29, 2013
“Super relaxing villa with great staff….”
We went for 11 days to the villa the Mango Trees, with 2 children. They didn’t want to leave the overflowing pool only for the food which was made by the fabulous staff.
They could make you anything you want.
Nice villa, with splendid view, great staff.
Tip: make a dolphin trip with de security guard. (Captain Dolphin)
Alex and Sheila Ankersmit
FAMILY GOODMAN-SMITH – VILLA BUNGA
April 2, 2013
“Total Relaxation in Paradise!”
What is there to say about our wonderful holiday at Villa Bunga that hasn’t been said already?
From the moment that we were picked up at the airport and on arrival at the villa late at night, we were welcomed warmly with a fresh meal and welcome pack. We stayed for 13 nights and enjoyed every minute. Ketut, our housekeeper/cook and her young assistant, was at our service the whole day and prepared delicious food on request, as well as doing our laundry without us even asking! We also had our wonderful driver, Putu, at our disposal who will take you anywhere you wish to go around the island or even just out to dinner for a fair price.
The villa itself is beautiful (just like the photographs) and the pool, garden and beach very inviting. The pool was spotlessly cleaned every day by the gardener who also painstakingly attended to the garden each day.
We would most definitely recommend this villa and especially the staff to everyone who likes luxury, privacy, comfort and breath taking views! We couldn’t stop taking pictures!
We therefore would like to say a big ‘thank you’ for the kind hospitality afforded to us by all the staff and also to Angelique for her most valuable assistance and handy guide/tips for a most wonderful holiday in Bali. We only wish we could have stayed longer but at least it gives us an excuse to come back again!
Thank you again so much!
Dina, Karen and Family
FAMILY MASHMAN – VILLA BUKA KECIL
March 17, 2013
Very relaxing. Much better then expected and all the staff were wonderful.
FAMILY KAEGI – VILLA BUKA KECIL
March 11, 2013
“the villa is just Paradise on earth”
we have hade the best service. Renting a villa is bether than staying at the 5* hotel. The 2 girls are cooking and cleaning and make sure we feel good. The villa is so close too the Beach so we went for a swim or the swimingpool to cool down.The Garden is nice and big well looked after by the gardener. The villa Buka Kecil is about 20 minutes drive from Lovina.Its no problem to get a Driver .
Karin and Theo Kaegi, Zurich, Switzerland
FAMILY PAVELKOVA – VILLA BUNGA
February 18, 2013
“Paradise in Lovina”
We stayed for one week in villa Bunga. Had a great time in lovely place. The staff was nice and helpfull, the food was fantastic. Ketut take care of us, she is great cook and helpful. We made some trip around and had a wonderful time. We all enjoy our stay in this wonderful place!
FAMILY KOKKELMANS/VOS – VILLA THE MANGO TREES
January 31, 2013
A beautiful Villa. Provided with all the luxury you can imagine. All the rooms were well maintained and as shown on the photo’s. The beds were comfortable and all the bathrooms luxurious. The staff was very friendly and they made our stay very relaxing. Cooking, cleaning, tidying and even helping with our kids or any other questions we had. The gardener even provided us with fresh coconuts from the trees in the garden. The pool was lovely. Beach beautiful to look at, but not so clean. Lots of rubbish that was washed ashore probably by the little creeks that flow into the ocean on both sides of the property. The taxi driver was very friendly was also our tour guide. Such a lovely person that he became our friend.
FAMILY GRGAS – VILLA PANTAI
January 31, 2013
“Wonderful family holiday”
This was great vacation that our entire family enjoyed (kids, parents, grandparents). All staff members were very professional, friendly and helpful… Super relaxing, great weather, great food, fantastic day trips…
Jasminka Grgas, Houston, Texas.
FAMILY SJOHOLM – VILLA BUNGA
December 6, 2012
“Relaxation and Indulgence in a Beautiful Balinese Setting!”
We really enjoyed our stay in Villa Bunga. It was just the relaxation we had longed for. We appreciated the Balinese/Colonial style of the house, the furniture and the decorations. The garden was beautiful and perfectly kept with lots of flowers. Most of the time we spent in or by the pool, which was in perfect condition. But we also swam in the ocean, just outside, a couple of times, when the water was clear. Dewi and Kadek were very friendly, graceful and helpful. Kadek spoiled us with her nice way to set the table and make the beds etc. The food was delicious, and we only ate Dewi’s food during our stay in the north of Bali. She even made food to bring on our trips. Dewi also helped us with all the grocery shopping and the booking of a dolphin tour. The fisher men picked us up at the villa and we went on traditional boats. To watch the dolphins in the early morning was one of our strongest moments on Bali. Putu picked us up from the air port, took us on a day tour to temples etc and snorkeling. He also drove us to Ubud after our stay and we stopped at some interesting places on the way. Putu is kind, helpful and easygoing. We especially liked the snorkeling that he arranged. The best we have done (compared to Boracay and Koh Chang). The information sent to us by mail from Angelique was very useful, not at least concerning prices and tips. We also valued the first meal, breakfast, massage and all the other things which were included, and made our short stay easy.
FAMILY ZENSEA – VILLA SALI
December 2, 2012
We had a lovely time at Villa Sali. The staff were wonderful, the kids formed a strong bond with Sayu and Ilou was always helpful organising things for us and cooking nice meals. The pool was amazing for us and the kids and the garden immaculate. The view especially at sunrise and sunset is gorgeous and we enjoyed the peaceful surroundings of the rice paddies. We enjoyed a massage almost daily and used the pool all day long, it was very relaxing. We met the neighbours whose house I understand you manage as well and they were very nice. The children and we miss Villa Sali, Ilou and Sayu!
Abby and David
FAMILY LUNDGAARD BORGSTROM – VILLA SANTAI
October 25, 2012
What a wonderfull place to spend a holiday. Very nice villa, nicely laid out pool and garden, great staff! Great for all generations. Nice local area with extremely friendly atmosphere and beautiful landscape. This is one of the few places we have have been, where the reality actually is better than the pictures on the website! My best recommendations for a real holiday in Villa Santai.
FAMILY VAN GERVEN- VILLA THE MANGO TREES
October 19, 2012
“Nice relaxing stay”
We stayed for two weeks in Villa The Mango Trees. The villa is a nice place to relax. The pool is lovely and we were well taken care of by the staff, who prepared a Balinese dinner for us almost every night. We also went dolphin spotting one morning. We were picked up in front of the villa by our security guard, who owned a boat. We really enjoyed the trip, it is worth getting up early for. If you are looking for a place to unwind, The Mango Trees is the place to be! Anne-
Peter and Annemarie van Gerven, The Netherlands
FAMILY VELLEMA – VILLA PANTAI
September 26, 2012
“Amazing villa and amazing staff!”
We fully enjoyed our two weeks stay in Villa Pantai. The quality and the space of the villa was amazing and the staff made us feel like home!
The daytrips were also very good and very good arranged.
If we have the possibility we would defenitely come back!
Renze & Lieke
FAMILY HENDRIX- VILLA PANTAI
August 30, 2012
“the house and staff stole our hearts”
directly on the beach with a beautiful maintained garden.
the house has 4 spacious bedrooms to accomodate 8 people .
the staff were helpful in fulfilling all our needs and helped in organizing my daughters 8 birthday with a cake , dancers and a beautiful dress for the birthday girl .our help also cooked for us , just ask for balinese food and let her surprise you .
the dedicated driver from the villa can pick you up at the airport and help you with tours in Bali .
we got home last sunday and monday at lunch our youngest asked when are we going back to Bali ??
do I need to say more ??
FAMILY VAN DRIE – VILLA SANTAI
August 28, 2012
“Heaven on earth”
The place to be for an unforgettable holiday! Spacious villa with a big swimmingpool, great staff and a 5-stars ranking cook. Close to Lovina and other great attractions. For a relaxed holiday SANTAI..!!
FAMILY DUFOUR – VILLA BUKA KECIL
August 27, 2012
“Un vrai pur bonheur!”
Les mots laissés sur les livres d’or d’une maison à bali contiennent tous la phrase “petit coin de paradis”, elle en devient galvodée … Mais force est de constater que c’est le meilleur moyen pour résumer les 7 jours passés à la buka kecil.
Le cadre est magique (la maison, le jardin et la vue) et le service est parfait. Les jeunes filles s’occupent de tout (des courses à la fabrication des déjeuners et des diners) avec le vrai soucis que l’on se mettent en mode “lâcher prise” (idéal quand on a deux enafants). A titre d’exemple, nous avons loué trois autres maisons à bali, la buka kecil est la seule à nous avoir offert un diner et un cocktail d’arrivée (c’est rien mais bien représentatif de l’accueil et du service)
Mon regret est de ne pas avoir réservé plus longtemps (nous étions restés 10 jours à ubud).
En tout sincérité, cela m’enquiquine de relever cette adresse mais cela n’aurait pas été honnête.
Bref, un pur moment de bonheur pour notre famille (dont deux petites filles : l’une de 2 ans et l’autre de 4)
Mathieu Dufour, Paris, France.
FAM. ABID – VILLA BUNGA
August 25, 2012
“Merveilleuse vacances à la Villa Bunga”
Nous avons passé de merveilleuses vacances à la Villa Bunga et nous en sommes enchantés. Le staff est très gentil et disponible, surtout les deux dames de maison qui nous ont préparé des petits plats savoureux et qui ont tenu la villa ultra propre. Nous avons profité tous les jours du levé et du couché de soleil sur la plage juste en face de la piscine. Le jardin est très beau et très bien entretenu. Tout un ensemble pour des vacances parfaites et reposantes. Nous conseillons vivement cette villa car c’est un endroit vraiment formidable avec tout le confort !
Huor et sa famille.
FAM. BOOT/WILLEMSEN – VILLA THE MANGO TREES
August 13, 2012
“All you need to unwind!”
We recently stayed at Villa Mango Trees with two families for a few days and we loved it! The villa is a combination of a traditional Balinese house and modern materials and interior design. The living room with adjacent kitchen is modern, with some nice artistic elements. Most of the time we sat outside though, on the couch, at the dinner table or in the Bale benong. The villa has two spacious bedrooms on each side of the house, perfect for two families. The bedrooms on the pool side offer a great view of the sea when you open your curtains in the morning. All bedrooms have modern semi-open bathrooms and two of them even have an outdoor bath. There are two Bale Benongs, one besides the swimming pool and one on top of one of the new wings. Both offer great views of the Bali see, with fishermen passing by in their boats. The beach is right next to the swimming pool. It has black vulcanic sand, but it’s nice and sandy (not rocky). The water is shallow for about 50 meters and the surf is small, so it’s quite safe to play in for children. The house has nice and friendly personnel. The cooks are at your service and can cook a great variety of tasty dinners. Breakfast is basic but good, unless you ask the cooks to make you something special. Lovina, about 5 kms away is a charming small town that is not as busy as the touristic places like Ubud and Kutah. The area has plenty of nice places to visit, like waterfalls, rice terraces, a Buddhist temple, dolfing watching and great snorkeling at Menjangan island. We especially liked a hike through the rice terraces and forest near Lovina with a guide. We found the north coast in general and Villa Mango Trees in particular a perfect place to stay with our families with small children. Enjoy! Sander, Singapore
FAMILY BOOT/WILLEMSEN- VILLA SANTAI
August 13, 2012
“Little piece of paradise!”
We recently stayed at Villa Santai with two families for two weeks and we loved it! The villa is a combination of a traditional Balinese house and modern new wings. We slept in the bedroom on the first floor of the traditional house (the ‘honeymoonsuite’) and it still has some nice traditional details, like doors through which rice bags were lifted to store them in the loft. We could see the sea from our roof terrace. The back side had an open bathroom. You could see the rice fields behind the house while shaving in the morning. The Bale Benong on top of the new wing offered the same view. The new wing has two beds, separated by a stone wall. They each have lovely semi-outdoor bathrooms. There is a separate room with a television and an extra (smaller) bedroom downstairs, without a muscito net (and a separate bathroom next to it). The living room with kitchen is open except for some curtains to shelter you from the wind. The pool has a lovely waterfall in which the children can play. The garden is large and has lovely flowers, and even has a small lawn on which you can play ballgames. The compound has several villa’s, but you have plenty of privacy. The pool is all yours, since every villa has it’s own pool. Some facilities are common, like the boat that was converted to a bar and that protrudes onto the beach. The bar-boat has a massage facility, a nice lounging couch, a nice bar (with nice personnel), lovely snacks, like springrolls and Dutch ‘bitterballen’ and ‘kroketten’ and a great view on the Bali sea. The common garden also has a trampoline and a hammock. The beach is 40 meters from the villa. It has black vulcanic sand, but it’s among the best stretches of beach we’ve seen in that part of Lovina. The local boys come there frequently to play soccer on the beach. The water is shallow for about 50 meters and the surf is small, so it’s quite safe to play in for children. The house has a great cook (Putuh) who will cook anything you like (both western and Indonesian), including pancakes and eggs in the morning. Lovina, about 5 kms away is a charming small town that is not as busy as the touristic places like Ubud and Kutah. The area has plenty of nice places to visit, like waterfalls, rice terraces, a Buddhist temple, dolfing watching and great snorkeling at Menjangan island. We found the north coast in general and Villa Santai in particular a perfect place to stay for our families with small children. Enjoy! Sander, Singapore
FAMILY HAYES- VILLA BUKA KECIL
July 19, 2012
“Wow luxury, service, beauty and comfort”
Located on a gorgeous beach ,down a rice field lane Buka Kecil is a villa of unparalleled loveliness
The staff very friendly, professional hard working and honest
The furniture simple and comfortable
We mixed sight seeing , shopping with lots of relaxing and rest. The villa cook is one of the best in the area and we ate like kings.
This house was great value for money for a group and we will be looking to holiday here agin in the future
Hayes Family, Melbourne
FAMILY MANTEAU- VILLA BUKA KECIL
July 1, 2012
“Du confort et de la qualité à prix doux”
Nous avons logé 9 nuits à la villa Buka Kecil, proche de Lovina. Cette villa composée de 3 chambres, pouvant abriter 3 couples vu que les entrées sont indépendantes, est d’excellente qualité à tous niveaux. Le très beau jardin de 30 ares, parfaitement entretenu par Kadek est un plaisir à regarder et permet d’atteindre la plage où l’on peut photographier les couchés de soleil directement du jardin.
La piscine à débordement de 8M sur 5M est toujours très propre et agréable (29-30°c en juin).
Les chambres sont climatisées, le salon est très lumineux avec toutes les baies vitrées, la TV est récente et permet de raccorder des HDD multimédia en Hdmi.
Les vrais plus par rapport à d’autres villas où nous avons logé à Bali : la climatisation silencieuse, la qualité des transats (4) et des coussins bien épais, les nombreux ventilateurs de plafond à la cuisine au salon et sur la terrasse, ce dernier permettant tant de rafraîchir que de repousser les insectes le soir, le “gazebo” près de la plage muni de gros coussins permettant une totale détente à l’ombre en ayant le vent de la mer, eau fraîche et chaude en permanence via une bouteille de 19L sur fontaine.
Enfin, un excellent personnel (Ketut-Surit qui s’assure que vous passez de bonnes vacances, Ketut à la cuisine et ménage avec Surti, et Kadek au jardin) qui se montre très discret tout en s’assurant que vous ne deviez rien faire en s’occupant de tous les repas, les jus de fruits frais, le lavage des vêtements, etc…
Superbe villa avec certainement un des meilleurs rapports qualité/prix de la zone.
Olivier and Sylvinne Manteau, Brussels, Belgium
LUCAS AND D. KOLLER- VILLA BUKA KECIL
May 30, 2012
“What you see, is what you get.”
No wide angle camera lenses used in the adverising photos.
A refreshing change from the usual high gloss imagery.
The staff members are typically Balinese in their approach. Polite well mannered and will do anythings for you if possibly capable.
But keep in mind that this is not the “Four Seasons”. If you want 6 star amenities and service, then go elsewhere.
Ketut and Ketut are the two lovely women who made our stay here that much more enjoyable. Both very attentive and yet unobtrusive and both very willing to help.
Thanks also to Kadek who best would be described as the “Secret Gardener” and to Made who drove us whenever he was required.
A totally relaxing week. Had no compulsion to go anywhere much and spent most days in and around the Villa.
Miss it already.
FAMILY KIRSCHSTEIN- VILLA PANTAI
May 23, 2012
“Excellent choice for a relaxing holiday”
Villa Pantai is an excellent choice if you want to have a holiday without any worries. The villa itself is very nice, but the staff made it really worth staying. Their cooking skills are amazing and they really took care of everything. Also the maintenance of the pool and garden was well taken care of.
Staying home for a lazy day at the pool, going to see the dolphins early in the morning and maybe do some snorkling afterwards, visit some interesting places like the hot springs, the buddhist temple or tracking with a professional guide along the ricefields are just some of the things you can do while staying in this villa.
FAMILY VAN DER GOOT- VILLA BUNGA
May 28, 2012
“Paradise in lovina beach, after arrival you don’t want to go home!!!!”
Villa was: clean,well-maintained, and a good customer service (not that we needed it). and most off all beautiful large garden, directly on the beach. The Food was Delicious, most beautiful sunset’s.
FAMILY VAN WAGENINGEN- VILLA PANTAI
May 4, 2012
We stayed in villa Pantai for two weeks with four adults and three young children (6m, 1.5y, and 3y).
The villa is spacious, neat and clean. The crew is taken care of everything you want, and the cooking is superb.
From the villa you can visit the mountains, the forest and the dolphins. A driver can pick you up at the villa. Seats for our children were provided. But a day of relaxation at the pool is no punishment either!
Bas van Wageningen
FAMILY HOYER- VILLA BUKA KECIL
May 3, 2012
“A bit of paradise-we never wanted to leave”
What a lovely house! Nicely designed with everything that you need. beautiful gardens and right on the sea with a great view. We took a nap every afternoon in the bale benong. Loved the pool, only wished it was a little bigger but not really a problem.The area is quiet and peaceful, not really touristy and the locals always have a smile for you. The best part was the staff. They took great care of us and cooked very tasty food. We talked with them each afternoon about what to cook the next day and they bought everything needed and brought it in the morning. Ketut was especially good, always watching for what we needed and keeping an eye on our young son. He loved her and the friendly gardener, Kadek, even played chess with him. The owner, Angelique was also quite helpful and monitored our stay there from her home in Holland. We felt well taken care of for sure. The only downside is the beach is not that wonderful but with the pool and the lovely views, it did not really matter. We originally booked only 3 nights but liked it so much that we stayed 3 more. We will be back and will recommend this villa to all of our friends.
Daniel from Hanoi (US citizen)
FAMILY WISDOM – VILLA SALI
April 5, 2012
“Our experience at the Villa Sali was perfect! The villa deserves 5 stars.
The villa is spacious and comfortable, accommodating up to 8 adults. We stayed as a family, with 3 small kids. We were able to spread out and use all of the rooms so the kids slept better than usual. The interior decorating is beautiful, and the beds are very comfortable. The bathrooms are will appointed and the towels are extremely fluffy.
The pool, including the fountain, is such a beautiful sight as it overlooks the ocean and the black sand beach. At times, I had a hard time even getting up from the luxurious sofa on the patio– staring at the beautiful pool and enjoying the quiet setting.
The helpers were honest, helpful and kind. They cooked all of our meals, and the food was great. They often played with my kids and chased after our toddler so I could relax by the pool for an hour. The television has satellite cable with many different channels and the kids loved all the choices of kid’s shows. There were also DVDs and games in the villa. It was so lovely that, during our 5 day stay, we only ate out once!
We never wanted to leave the villa. When we did drive into Lovina, it was a simple process of calling a driver and he will wait for you while you shop, eat or go to the spa, then drive you home– this price was also reasonable considering there aren’t taxis locally. The three hour drive to the villa from Denpasar is reasonably priced, and one of the most scenic car tours I’ve ever experienced. We even stopped for lunch at a restaurant overlooking a beautiful mountain and rice paddies.
I can’t imagine a better, more peaceful family vacation. We are already planning our next vacation at Villa Sali!”
FAMILY BAKKER – VILLA PANTAI
February 28, 2012
“5 Star Service & Hospitality in your private poolvilla!”
We stayed already 2 times in this wonderful property on Bali’s unspoilt Northern Coast, close to Lovina.
The villa itself is beautiful & spacious, located on a quiet lane & right at the beach, having complete privacy. The grounds are well kept, with a gardener working hard every day to keep the grounds & pool in best condition. In reality it even looks more stunning than the pictures! It really takes your breath away. While being private and secluded, you do not need to worry about your safety, as a safety guard is on duty each night from dusk till dawn. And the villa is, although private, situated in a lane with other villa’s.
The biggest asset however is the most friendly staff taking care of the house. Always available but never intrusive and with the warmest smiles every day. If you wish, they can even do your grocery shopping every day and -most recommended- cook you delicious local (or international) meals. Have yourself surprised by the wonderful tastes of the Balinese kitchen, you won’t be dissapointed! We did not care to go a restaurant for diner… the best chef in Northern Bali is in Villa Pantai!
For those who opt to go to Lovina for diner, there is always a driver at hand to bring you to the small town for reasonable prices. Also a lot of restaurants provide free transport for there guests. So you can enjoy both the total seclusion of the villa and the lively atmosphere of Lovina. (reached in approx. 10 minutes by car).
Both times we visited the villa we had a great time and really felt so welcome. Would not hesitate to come back and already recommended to a lot of friends & family. Some of them also had the privilege of staying in the villa and all came to the same conclusion: 5star Service & Hospitality in a private villa! After staying here, you never want to stay in a ‘normal’ hotel again!
FAMILY ZNETYNIAK – VILLA SALI
February 18, 2012
We had a great holiday thank you. We could not have picked a more perfect place to be with our 6 month old boy. The villa had all the amenities that we could have needed and the staff were great in making our food and our little one’s food but they were also very discreet at the same time which was what we wanted.
We would definitely recommend your villa to others and hope to visit again ourselves one day.
Thank you for making our holiday very special.
FAMILY HUTTON – VILLA BUKA KECIL
December 24, 2011
“Amazing fantastic speechless – highly recommend”
Villa buka kecil is amazing. It exceeded our expectation by far.
Angelique assisted with all my enquiries, questions and requests. The booking process was easy and honest. We are family with two teenage children.
We were well looked after from the time Made picked us up from sanur. A lovely lunch and a stop a very interesting fruit market on the way.
When we arrived at the villa, we all were gob smacked! A big beautiful villa and great staff where here to great us on arrival. Later that day, we all enjoyed a welcome massage from kirty. Our son played soccer on the beach with local kids – great experience!
We hired a couple of motorbikes, as the villa is a little way our of Lovina. We went out for one lunch and one dinner only. There didn’t seem much point in going out for dinner, as ketut cooked amazing meals. It was really cheap to give ketut money to buy groceries at local prices and cook for us in the comfort of our own villa.
Thank you to all the staff at villa buka kecil.
We hope to return again one day and would highly recommend this place to anyone.
Family Hutton, Australia
FAMILY TROOST – VILLA BUKA KECIL
August 5, 2011
We ‘ve had a lovely stay in Buka Kecil. a Beautiful house in a garden, which good be discribed as a botanic garden. House and garden must be designed by architects. The staff is unvisible present and are very talented in cooking.
You can say; Buka Kecil is a piece of paradise on Bali!
FAMILY POIRIER – VILLA BUKA KECIL
July 4, 2011
“Villa Buka Kecil : “pour un séjour de rêve””
Buka Kecil est à tous points de vue, une villa de rêve à recommander: très à l’aise dans cette belle villa spacieuse, située dans un parc donnant directement sur la plage, notre séjour a été aussi reposant qu’enchanteur. Chaque chambre est dotée d’une salle de bain design très fonctionnelle permettant intimité et aisance. Le grand et lumineux salon donnant sur le parc, regarde la mer, et invite au repos; toutefois nous nous sommes le plus souvent retrouvés sur la terrasse pour le farniente, les bains dans la piscine et les excellents dîners et breakfast préparés par “Minnie”. Les salons de jardin -dont un couvert- permettent de s’isoler pour la lecture, le repos ou se retrouver sous les palmiers pour l’apéritif!
L’accueil a été impeccable – tout comme notre départ – et gentillesse et efficacité ont été présents tout au long de notre séjour. Minnie et son équipe ,à l’écoute de nos souhaits y répondait avec succès ( menus spéciaux, reservation de restaurant, de taxi et entretien du linge et de la villa) . Nous avons poursuivi notre séjour à Bali dans le centre et le sud dans 2 hôtels 4 et 5 *,mais avons regretté de quitter Buka Kecil où nous avons passé nos meilleurs moments et nous sommes pris un temps “pour des rois”. Villa à recommander sans réserve.
Marie et Philippe, Elisabeth et Philippe, Bernadette et Jacques
FAMILY SUESSE – VILLA BUKA KECIL
June 24, 2011
“Just like in paradise!”
Villa Buka Kecil (and also the neighboring houses available for rent) left us speechless from day one on.
Beautiful open architecture with Balinese touch, generous rooms to easily accommodate 6 persons. Nice and well equipped living room and kitchen – although we spent all of the time outside in the beautifully landscaped garden containing fish ponds, several seating arrangements including a “double-floor” Bale where reading a book while enjoying a cocktail and the magnificent view over the ocean and the peaceful beach life belonged to our favorite pastimes. Not to forget the wonderful pool, where the family congregated to cool down several times a day.
“Stressed” by such activity, the small spa next door was often frequented by us to enjoy some of an excellent selection of local massages.
In short: we liked to stay at the house so much, that we did much lesser touring around the island than we had originally planned!
What delighted us the most, though, was the friendliness and the wonderful service provided by the staff; Mini and Vivi. The two ladies deserve at least one Michelin star for the local food they prepared for us – be it for the fruit platters or pancakes for breakfast, or the delicious sates, soto ayam, beef rendang, egg curry and all the other local favorites we enjoyed for diner. By far the best “restaurant” on Bali – thank you so much, Mini and Vivi!
The Suesse family, Hamburg, Germany
FAMILY MUSCH – VILLA BUKA KECIL
June 14, 2011
“The real Bali close to you”
The expectations about villa Buka Kecil were high, but even those were surpassed immediately upon arrival. The villa is beautiful and the service and hospitality of the staff is fully in line with what the villa exudes. A great place to find peace and to enjoy the surroundings. Bali here is still as it was long.
From the front yard rush you stand among agricultural workers in rice fields to edit a way that we no longer imagine. In the backyard you’ll find an oasis of peace and natural beauty, and you’re just a few steps away from the sea. A sea in which the Balinese stay if there were no tourists around, and when you have to say you can count on a broad smile that welcomes you. They all want a bit with the Westerners talk and like to pose for you if you want to create an attractive picture of the sunrise or sunset.
Remember the dolphins. You can do with a traditional fishing boat but it can be more comfortable from Lovina with a more luxurious boat than perhaps somewhat more expensive but gives you every opportunity to visit the Dolphins on your boat before filming or taking photographs. Super, less than a meter away from your boat hundreds of dolphins doing their best to be faster than the boat and crosses along each time.
However, life as tourist beach in Kuta (the South) you will not find here. But beautiful landscapes with rice fields and plantations. On bike you can make great trekking and waterfalls. You can (if you like) yourself here all alone in the world away, all alone with nature, river, waterfall and the rest of the flora and fauna. Although the villa is great, I advise you to do is to go out, you miss too much if you would let failure.
Villa Kecil Buca has given us out as we expect the chance to meet the real Bali, luxury, service and hospitality, tranquility and close to nature. As stated in the brochure, a piece of paradise on earth!
Arie and Zwany