We booked the villa Margarita through flipkey and it was the first time that we booked a villa and travel to Bali. We have wanted to book another villa but it was not available and Susan was kind enough to recommend us to stay at villa Margarita in Jimbaran as we were attending a wedding at Uluwatu. We stayed at the villa from 21 Jul to 26 Jul. We had to stay at another Susan’s Villas the Villa Sarang at Seminyak on 26 Jul because there was another group coming in.
We had 4 adults and 2 children and we have the most unforgettable holiday experience in Villa Margarita in Bali. Included in the villa rate, we were able to use driver service for a maximum of 8 hour continuously per day and if we need him for additional hours, we just need to pay him overtime which is at an affordable IDR30,000. If we use his service over his lunch and dinner break, we also need to compensate him the meal allowances which is at ID30,000. There was also housekeeper service included in the package which was really useful and she works from 9am to 5pm. The villa also provides a mobile phone which we can bring it along while we are out on shopping trips to communication with the driver.
Upon arrival, Budi the driver picked us and welcomed us with garland of flowers . The kids loved them so much. Upon arrival we were served welcome drinks and Sindu came and helped us to do the check in. Budi also brought us to the nearby Pepito Supermarkets to stock up our food ration upon arrival. We really like Budi’s recommendation for dining outlets which are not too expensive. E.g. iiga warung, Kat’s Kitchen (Thai restaurant) near the villa.
As there are 6 of us with 2 young children, having this driver service is extremely useful because the villa is hidden in the quiet part of Jimbaran area and it is in a “hiding place”. It is like a little country side experience for the kids because we could see roosters and also cow in our neighbourhood. Ok on the flip side is that the Roosters
We requested for Budi to bring us to Ubud where we tasted the famous Warung Bai Guling and also the famous Crispy Duck which has a beautiful ambience. Budi is also very hardworking and patience and he was also willing to work overtime. to drive us to the wedding event and also brought us to Seminyak for dinner and shopping which he waited for us patiently. Budi went extra miles to bring his chicks from his home and let the children kept them as pets for 2 days and they had a wonderful time of their lives chasing the “chicks”
The villa has four bedrooms, with two double bedrooms facing the pool and the third bedroom has two full size single beds which has an interconnecting room for the kids. The fourth bedroom is located on the 2nd floor . Each room has their own ensuite bathroom and we love the rainshowers and the kids just love the huge bathtub in the master bedroom and they really enjoyed their bath time during our entire trip. Toiletries were provided but we brought our own.
The villa was really spacious and we had so much room for the 6 of us. There is a huge dining table for 8 person and also a huge sofa / TV area which the kids spent a lot of their time watching the DVDs, which there is a wide selection of movies offered by the villa. We also spent a lot of time surfing because there was unlimited free wifi.
We had a complimentary chef service for dinner and he cooked us a delicious and cheap seafood BBQ dinner (BBQ prawns, BBQ squid, whole snapper) with rice and spicy Kang Kong vegetables and it was the best dinner we have had during our entire trip,
Our housekeeper Ayu was a gem I woke up every morning to prepare breakfast with her and we exchange cooking recipes. She taught me to cook Bee Hoon Goreng and I taught her to cook Chinese Bee Hoon, Oats Pancakes, Oats Porridge, Banana Milk Shake too. She cuts really nice watermelon and fruits for our breakfast and lunch. She was very good in housekeeping and I wish I can pack and clean as good as her. She also helped us to wash, fold and iron our clothes. On the last day as we were checking out, there was another young housekeeper who came along to help to clean the villa. She played with the kids in the garden with the chicks and they had so much fun.
The kids swam at the infinity swimming pool, played in the garden or watch DVDs. The in house massage was really very good and we requested for 2 hours massage everyday at the sundeck area. We also had our pedi cure and mani cure done at the villa and all the beauty / massage services is at an affordable rate at IDR160,000 per hour.
The only complaint we have is the mosquitos, especially in the evening but having the huge ceiling to floor glass folding doors helps to keep the mosquitoes away and it also allow for us to open it in the day to have fresh air and close it for full air-conditioning when night falls and the villa do provide insect repellent and mosquitoes coil came handy.
We spent a lot of the time in the villa and usually will leave after lunch or in the evening for dinner because the villa was so comfortable that you just want to spend the whole day by the pool to chill out relaxing, sitting at the sun deck or sun bathing. Even spending time indoor sitting on the huge sofa watching DVD or surfing was so relaxing.
This property is excellent and I would highly recommend this huge and comfortable villa as it is so relaxing and every one can have “his or her” spot inside the villa or outside at the pool and sun deck be it if you are an adult or a child. If anyone is looking for a villa to stay in Bali do not miss this incredible Villa Margarita which has excellent staff and service. It is one of the most unforgettable holiday experience and the kids still remembers the big huge villa and Budi, Ayu and the chicks.
We definitely would like to come back to Villa Margarita again for our next vacation in Bali to experience the wonderful hospitality again.
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Overall a wonderful holiday experience at Villa Margarita and would definitely return in the future. Special mention goes to our driver, Putu, who was exceptional in showing us a good time around Bali.
- very clean and spacious villa with the lovely pool being its centrepiece
- great staff attending to our every need, special mention goes to our driver/guide Putu (speaks perfect English) who was essential during our stay in Bali and was excellent in his suggestions on eateries/restaurants
- villa fully equipped with the necessary kitchen facilities, groceries/snacks/drinks can be purchased by villa staff
- private chef on request
- comfortable beds with clean crisp sheets
- clean and spacious toilets (indoor and outdoor)
- 1 complimentary massage per guest which was excellent, additional sessions were not too expensive (approx IDR160k for an hour)
- TV was not working during our visit, but was not an issue to the group
- Immediate location is not the best, but there is no need to venture outside the villa
We chose to stay at villa Margarita in Jimbaran as we were attending a wedding at Uluwatu and wanted as much as possible to avoid the sometimes bad traffic. My experience was largely positive. The owner Susan was responsive through email, and the staff was courteous and helpful and prompt with their service, from the chef cooking a delicious and cheap seafood BBQ to Oka the housekeeper helping us serving us beautifully cut fruits in the morning and to Darna our driver getting us from place to place efficiently. The villa itself was clean, large enough for 6 adults and well appointed with a decent sized lap pool. The cons were 1) the remote location that required us to use the appointed driver to get us places; 2) the prevalence of mosquitos, especially in the evening (while there were insect repellent in the bathrooms, some mosquito coil or mosquito nets for the beds would begood); noisy neighbors aka roosters; the absence of a backup power generator that would've been appreciated when we were beset with a blackout on the first night at the villa. Still, despite the little kinks, I would still recommend the villa to people looking for a quiet and relatively affordable stay in Jimbaran.
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