We had a wonderful memorable stay at Balam Bali Villa and highly recommend a stay at this unique and special villa located in the rice fields of Bali.
Upon arrival via a domestic flight at the Bali airport we looked high and low for our prearranged driver before attempting to place a number of calls to the villa for which there was no answer. We were then in the process of finding another mode of transport to the Villa when the Balam driver showed up. We were quite relieved to see him…… he really did not offer up an explanation for his late arrival.
Balam villa offers airport pick up service and the full use of a vehicle and driver for the day. We believe we paid approximately $35 for airport pick up and $55 for the 8 hr. day use of the car and driver which is very reasonable.
We had booked the Sian room and it is everything it is described to be. A large room located next to the bar with an oversize washroom. The room was air-conditioned and the king bed comfortable. When we checked in we were told that we would be the only guests at the villa for our four night stay. In a way this was unique and nice, having the run of the villa to ourselves. Apparently it is very rare to have the villa with so few guests.
Wireless internet is available throughout the property at no cost which is nice to have and not be gouged for with a daily fee like the big hotels tend to do.
We did have an issue with the hot water during our stay. We would have hot water to start a shower and then it would turn to cold within a minute. We could not get the staff to understand as they kept checking it and telling us it was ok. After a couple of days of cold showers we emailed David and it was then arranged for us to use the shower in the room next door which used an on demand electrically heated water supply. Whereas all the other rooms including the Sian had been changed to on demand gas heated water.
Apparently with the gas heaters if the water pressure drops slightly it stops heating the water. The manager would later explain that due to power surges that had blown out all the electric heaters they had switched to gas, but now had this new problem with water pressure and may have to switch back to electric to solve it.
Being the only guests in the Villa we would have a quick peak at the rest of the rooms which were vacant. All of the rooms are unique and nice on their own. One could not go wrong booking any of the rooms. Although due to the positioning of all the rooms around the pool, when the villa is fully booked it must get a little crazy and privacy would be at a minimum.
The staffs at the resort were always helpful and pleasant to have around. One day after returning from shopping and the purchase of a painting and frame, the staff would provide the tools and then help us dismantle the frame so we could get it in our luggage and then provided us with a cylinder to wrap the painting in for safe transfer. All over and above their duties and all very much appreciated. Thanks guys!
Breakfast and the occasional dinner were on the 2nd floor terrace overlooking the rice fields and is a wonderful and unique experience. The sunsets from there are amazing!
The pool gets sun during the day and it is a wonderful quiet spot to sit and relax and fine tune ones tan or catch up on some reading.
The villa looks out over fields of rice. It is interesting to watch the local farmers work the fields. There is also a canal the runs through the back of the field behind the villa which has been a local swimming and bathing hole for the local men for many years. They would show up throughout the day and evening. One afternoon they signalled us to come down and join them for a swim and skinny dip and it was a wonderful local experience.
Each afternoon we would wander out front of the villa for a walk along the road. Here we would find the most wonderful friendly locals who would love to stop and talk and practice their English. Immediately they would make us feel like we were part of the village with their friendly approachable manner, and we enjoyed another unique local Indonesian Bali experience.
With the help of the staff we arranged day tours and shopping. The staffs was always flexible to our needs allowing us to start a day tour by leaving at 5:30 AM for Tanah Lot in order to miss the crowds and then returning to the villa for breakfast, before going on the rest of the tour. We had not requested, but staff was up at 5:30 AM and had coffee ready for us before we left. Again thanks guys!
Do not miss going to Jatiluwih rice terraces. They are the most beautiful terraces in all of Bali and not to be missed. Again an early morning start had us arriving before the busloads of tourists that show up daily.
Experiencing a stay at Balam Bali Villa while in Bali is not to be missed. Our only regret is that we did not plan to stay longer.
Our thanks to each and every staff member who made our stay special and memorable, some day we hope to be able to return and enjoy the experience all over again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our guest house is nestled amid the rice paddies, near the temple of Taman Ayun, at 25 minutes drive from Ubud. You will discover here a 17th century pirate lair perched atop a hill with two family rooms. It was restored with connoisseur passion. The more contemporary marble villa alongside has also been enhanced with an exceptional collection of objets d'art.Balam Bali Villa embraces seven rooms and includes a convivial bar, a pool, authentic cooking, and a panoramic terrace view. It is a perfect place for a family or a couple. Our guest house organises several excursions to discover the inland (volcanoes, amazing rice fields, temples, lakes, and local villages). WIFI internet available and free of charge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Balam Bali Villa Hotel Mengwi
- Balam Bali Villa Mengwi