We’re so pleased we decided to book the larger space in this shared villa, as we had a huge living area and kitchen space, as well as the bedroom and bathroom.
The bed is firm but comfortable. The pillow isn’t the best but is adequate. There’s a good size cupboard and a good number of hangers. The bathroom is small - a shower, toilet, sink and mirror, but perfectly adequate. The shower is great - good temperature, good pressure, and consistent. The rooms are made up every second day and new towels are provided then.
There is a separate air conditioner in the lounge and the bedroom. The air con in our bedroom stopped working after the first night. We found the women who look after the villas and they got the maintenance man to fix it straight away, which was great. Unfortunately a couple of hours later it broke again but we didn’t bother to get it fixed as the air con from the lounge was strong enough to cool the bedroom too. But it’s probably another thing they could look at, as it will hopefully be an easy fix.
The views out the lounge room are great - palm trees and lush greenery. The couch isn’t in front of the TV but that was fine for us as we didn’t watch the TV (but we did check and it worked). There’s a good little narrow table with 4 chairs which is perfect for eating at or as a little desk. The wifi is good too.
We did discover that one of the windows in the lounge leaked quite a bit, but it was only a problem for a couple of hours on one of the days when the torrential rain was pounding on the window. In normal rainy weather it was OK. Having said that, it’s probably worth them trying to fix it because a lot of water came in (and we were just lucky that they had provided extra towels).
The kitchen is fairly sparse, but does have a good size mini-fridge which works really well (you just have to turn the dial around when you arrive). There is a big 20L spring water dispenser which they replace when it’s nearly empty. There is one small frypan and a good set of crockery and cutlery along with a small chopping board and knife. There’s a stove top kettle and a drip coffee thing that we didn’t use.
There are also 4 wine glasses, cups and mugs (but you’ll need your own bottle opener). If you really wanted to cook you might need more pots and pans and utensils, but it was perfectly fine for us to make simple sandwiches in (although there are so many great, cheap places to eat that you really don’t need to cook unless you’re there on Nyepi like we were).
As with most places in Bali, a few little ants manage to get inside, but there weren’t many and they stayed out of the bedroom!
The only downside to staying on the ground floor of the shared villa is that the pool and grassed area is right out the front of your room. This is both a pro and a con and it really depends on your neighbours. We had neighbours who used the pool quite a lot which is fine but they also sat on the chairs immediately in front of our room, which are obviously meant for the room occupants only. But for the most part it was fine and we all shared the space well. The pool is a good length and was clean (albeit highly chlorinated) and a good temperature. It was very nice to sit on the sun loungers and have a dip on hot days.
The shared rooftop is fantastic - lots of spaces to sit and a beautiful breeze in the afternoon.
Breakfast is included and is provided at Casa Restaurant a few metres away. We had the scrambled eggs and omelette and both were delicious. My partner had the cafe latte which, if you’re not a complete coffee snob and just want a decent coffee fix, is fine. They were lovely at Casa, and gave us fantastic supplies to make our own breakfast on Nyepi when no-one is working.
There’s no reception or office on site - check-in happens in your room when you arrive. At this point, you also get the breakfast menu which you take down to Casa before 3pm (and then each day before you leave, you give them your order for the next day). The women make note of when you’re having breakfast and service your rooms while you’re away, which works perfectly. There’s not heaps of English spoken, but their English is definitely better than my Indonesian! And they’re all really helpful and lovely. Check out is as simple as telling the Casa staff when you’re leaving and pulling the door closed behind you.
Overall this is a great place to stay in Balian - clean, tidy, centrally located and with all the amenities you need. We really enjoyed our time here.
We stayed in a two bedroom villa mid June 2017 for 5 nights which was the perfect amount of time to enjoy Balian. Our villa (1) was nicely decorated (perhaps a little minimal), private and clean. It had separate air conditioners in the living area and in each of the bedrooms which we feel is essential for our comfort and sleep. The pool was divine, the water was clean and not full of chemicals (unlike a nearby place which had so much chlorine you couldn’t put your head under without your eyes hurting). We paid a pool fence company to erect a temporary Australian standard pool fence around our pool. They liaised with the villa without any issues. We didn’t really use the rooftop deck as we had our 2 year old son and there were large cut outs in the walls and it was a safety risk. Breakfast was included in our rate. It was served at CASA which was directly across from our villa.
I looked at the guest house which had a shared pool, lawn and rooftop lounge and the double/twin rooms were lovely. They are excellent value and if I visited the area again I’d stay in one of them.
We had trouble finding the villa, as it is not signposted. The villa is down the dirt road on the left, off the main road by the beach/shops at the end of the road. Driveway next to Casa.
The room was basic but clean and spacious. Good aircon, a safe in the room. 2 bottles of water were supplied but there was filtered water on the 2nd floor that we could help ourselves to.
The rooftop area was a great place to chill/read/do yoga. The breakfast at Casa was good (coffee worst I’ve had, ever! Any where ... and no, it wasn’t Bali coffee). Location is great, quick walk to beach, quality food at the end of the driveway.
I’d stay here again.
This is our second time staying at Balian Villa and we definitely love this place.
The Villa is minutes away from the beach and it has amazing beach and ocean view and breeze from the bedroom.
There is a spacious rooftop oudoor lounge with a set of cosy sofa where you can relax and enjoy the airy ocean breeze and view.
Next to the Villa there is a small cafe called Casa that is open for breakfast and lunch and all the menus there are a mjst try ( and yes they sell best coffee around)
We are leaving soon tomorrow but cannot wait to return to Balian Beach and stay at Balian Villa soon.
We loooooved this place. Not just Balian Beach but the Balian Villas as well. We had a double room with a pool view (they all do). The room is quite large, the bed is so comfortable, the bathroom is great (mostly thanks to an amazing "rain shower" shower head, which is mostly what I judge a bathroom based upon). The room was nice and quiet even though we had a couple with a 1.5 year old right next door. We never heard a peep unless he was on the balcony or in the hall! It was so peaceful. We actually rarely left our hotel room. This was kind of our relaxation period out of our 3.5 weeks in Bali/Gilis. It was quite hot and humid, so we left to watch the surfers and to go eat and take an occasion stroll along the black sand beaches or through the village but that was about it. We did a ton of lounging around the pool too. The pool was the perfect temperature and it was so nice having it nearly to ourselves as opposed to some of the other hotel pools in more touristy areas. Even Pondok Pitaya's pool was usually more full (though it is right on the beach and by full I mean there were always between 5-15 people there). But ours was 99% just us. The housekeepers were so quick! They cleaned our room every morning as we went down to breakfast at Casa, which is so good by the way, and by the time we came back in 30 or so minutes it was always ready. I normally don't write this much on reviews, let alone ever write reviews, but we were just so happy with our experience here.