We just recently spent 9 nites with Bob, Lydia, Wayan & Minnie based on the strong TA reviews. Our experience exceeded all expectations. From the prompt email replies before arriving right thru to the days well after we had paid the bill.
Upon arrival we were greeted by Bob, Lydia, Jimmy (the driver), cold towels/water at the airport & 15min later arrived at their beautifully constructed villa. Despite our early flight, the room was ready for immediate occupancy and to our delight a full breakfast was offered...great introduction! To make us even more comfortable, local SIM cards were offered & topped up with a simple SMS to Lydia...too easy!
Room A was a very spacious and well laid out guest room. Big four poster bed, sitting area with TV, desk/vanity & large bathroom with shower, tub and outdoor drying area/shower. Unfortunately the outdoor shower head is low and being 6'+ was not good for me. Had I bothered to mention it, Bob would have most likely sorted something to accommodate. Aside from the nearby roosters, the guesthouse neighborhood is near silent making for an excellent sleeping arrangement.
Breakfast was served whenever we liked with no harassment to get done & get out. Being a very early riser myself, every morning I chatted with Lydia while she prepared fresh delicious baked pastries from scratch. The strong Bali coffee & fresh fruit plate were equally as impressive. The first breakfast order I placed was for an egg white omelette with no issue & made perfectly virtually every day I was there.
During our time, the US Masters golf tournament & NHL hockey playoffs had started. Thanks to the lightning fast WIFI connection I was able to stream these events live from N.America with no lapse in the connection. Their internet speed rivals anything you'll find around the globe.
The shared pool area was spotless thanks to Minnie & Wayan's daily cleaning program. This is a great place to chillout with a book & Bintang if you aren't out exploring the island. The water is very refreshing without being cold.
As for accessibility to the surrounding area, it's an easy walk to the main street which has some great restaurants & a Nirmala supermarket within 10min. Do yourself a favor & enjoy a cheap, tasty & proper Indo meal at the Uluwatu II restaurant just past the pizza place. If you're looking to go a bit further you can hire Minnie's motorbike at a ridiculously low 50k IDR/day including helmets. This is a great way to venture across S.Bali. One day I was looking to convert some USD and Lydia arranged for Wayan to take me on her motorbike to the nearest exchange house that offered the best rate. The nite we were heading out to the Uluwatu temple, Bob offered Jimmy to drive us in the van and in return we only paid for fuel & a tip...another example of what a class act these guys are. If you're in need of a metered taxi, Lydia will make the call and someone will show up within minutes.
When it came to daytrips in Central/Northern Bali, we were put in the hands of Dewa. Do not miss out on this experience. Dewa is a young born & raised Balinese who's knowledge of the island & Hindu culture is neverending. He will pick you up @ the guesthouse 10min before your arranged time & navigate your route in a very safe & responsible way, taking all shortcuts to maximize your time. We hired Dewa 5x and told him where we would like to go, he filled in the gaps with local knowledge of other sites along the way. Dewa walked us thru the temples & explained everything as his English is very good. Never once did he bring us to a commission based business so he could earn a few extra rupiah. In addition, his rates are the lowest we found (350k/10hrs & 30k/extra hour).
After discovering that Lydia was a former Grand Hyatt & cruise ship chef, we arranged for a home cooked seafood feast at the guesthouse. In the morning I joined them at the Jimbaran fish market to take pictures while they selected the best quality crab, prawn, squid & clams. That evening we sat down to what was probably the best & most memorable seafood dinner I have ever experienced. Cooked to perfection the Balinese way & complimented with candles not only on the table, but alongside the pool. Great way to end our 9 nite stay.
When we were set to leave, Lydia arranged our transfer across to Gili T. The rate she provided was the local rate with no commission added and was extended to our friends who were staying elsewhere. The same local rate was given to us for a daytrip to Nusa Lembongan. When we returned 6 days later, we were greeted with sandwiches & cold beers. Unfortunately, there was a mistake made with our last nite booking but Bob sorted this out by arranging (and paying!) for one nite at another Jimbaran hotel. This was a smooth move by an awesome couple who know how to take care of their guests. We look forward to returning to Bali and hopefully our friends will have their new property up & running.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- If you are looking for a true taste of Bali in a quiet secluded spot at a reasonable rate that is close to everything, this is where you want to stay. Our unique Balinese architecture gives you a real feel for the art and charm that is Bali. We offer 3 rooms rented separately,our larger ground floor suites offer tall Balinese style ceilings, comfortable draped queen beds, draped double bed,desk, couch, large flat screen TV/DVD player, android TV with 6000+ TV programs and movies, inside and outside showers and large soaking tubs, good sized refrigerators, and more. Our smaller suite is upstairs has all that except no extra bed, couch or tub, but a private porch overlooking the pool and waterfall. We also have a great internationally trained chef on staff for evening meals at competitive rates. Our quiet little place is sure to please and we want your experience in Bali to be one of your best vacations ever, so we try to enhance the experience with all the tips and help we can provide and eliminate as many pitfalls as possible for you. Hospitality is not just our business it is our commitment. In the rooms we provide all the toiletries you'll need, as well as wash cloths, face towels, bath towels and beach towels. Also a kettle and bottled water for your morning coffee or tea (provided). We will pick you up at the airport with an ice cold drink and wash cloth waiting for you in the car and drop you off at no charge with your direct booking and minimum 2 day stay.Our free pick up hours are Monday to Saturday, 7am to 5pm. Off hours will incur a small fee. Breakfast is also included in the direct booking rates with fresh baked pastries daily and a host of breakfast choices. We suggest you get a local sim card for you to stay in touch with each other and your drivers.Sim cards and airtime are super cheap here. We provide some of the best Wi-Fi for free here, as well as free bicycles for your use. Come stay with us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aahh Bali Bed & Breakfast Jimbaran