“A fabulous place to stay.This villa is superb!” Arriving in the early evening after our drive from Sanur, we arrived in Paradise! All 6 villa staff were there to greet us, with frangipani garlands.
The setting is glorious, as the villa itself is set a little way back from the beach, so is surrounded by padi fields. It is unique among the villas on this stretch of beach, and is very special and secluded. The gardens are literally bursting with verdant plants and flowers - the lily ponds leading down the path to the beach are gorgeous.
The photos on the website, although stunning, don't do the villa justice. The villa itself is beautifully designed, unusual in its style (with the lovely thatched roof and open plan living area upstairs to provide beautiful vistas), is spacious, modernly furnished, and very well maintained.
The staff are wonderful - I know all reviews say that about Balinese staff at most villas, but here it was true (and we stayed at another where this wasn't the case!). House "manager", Ketut was a delight as was her assistant, Ita. Ketut's cooking was outstanding; so much so that we didn't eat out once in our 5 nights/6days there. Ketut asked us what we liked, we told her, and she bought the ingredients, cooked and served them to us each evening, and charged us just what she'd spent (something she recorded in meticulous detail in her notebook for us). She coped perfectly with the nut allergy of one of our party.
Of particular note is the 18 metre long "lap" style swimming pool directly in front of the villa, which allows "proper" exercise swimming (one of our party did 120 lengths one day!).
All in all Villa Shanti and the food we were served were incredibly good value, the more so by comparison with other places we stayed in Bali. Put simply, we can't recommend the villa highly enough - it's a delight and staying here was the highlight of our 12 night holiday.
Ps. Ketut organised dolphin watching for us with Made, and our party (ranging in age from 18 to 57) thought this was "brilliant".
“Beyond Expectations - Best Holiday Ever” We've been going on an annual group holiday in November for the past 5 years - Mexico, Hawaii, Cuba, Florida and more. This year was Bali and Villa Insulinde. Best holiday ever! As nice as the others were, this was everyone's favourite by far. The house and property are so beautiful and the staff is amazing. This is was our first trip to Bali and unlike the other places, we plan to return. It really is an island paradise -beautiful scenery, great beaches, amazing temples and incredibly friendly and hospitable people. The staff at the villa were incredibly accommodating and the meals we had at the villa were better than anything we had a restaurant. Ketut arranged for us to have massages at the house. Another bonus was Putu. He was not only our driver for the whole time we were there, but an amazing guide too. We truly miss everyone and hope to cross paths again.
“Delightful!” This was a delightful place to stay! It was away from the madness in the south of Bali, yet close enough to Lovina and Singarajah 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.
“Wonderful and relaxing holiday!!” My family and I stayed at Villa Mente for 8 fabulous nights in June 2013. We were met by the wonderful team who took amazing care of us! The villa is beautiful, clean, views are spectacular - especially for the sunsets. Our kids (and us) would have spent all day everyday in the pool but we did spend some great days exploring the area with the very helpful drivers.
One thing that stands out for us is just how helpful everyone was - nothing was an inconvenience. We have never experienced service like this - whilst being totally present they were in no way obtrusive.
We would absolutely recommend Villa Mente!
“Serene piece and quiet in a hospitable environment” It was quit a journey from Denpassar, but definitely worth the effort. We were warmly welcomed, the food was very good, we enjoyed lots of evenings stargazing close to the sea in a quiet environment. The mosque is a good distance away, so it is not annoying. The place is beautiful and well kept and the staff is very helpful with everything. Really enjoyed our relaxed stay here.
“Total relaxation” The villa is situated on the beach next to a small spa and bar. Difficult to imagine a more relaxed and idyllic setting. The villa is wonderful; spacious, well maintained, clean and with all creature comforts. Wi-Fi is free and response times are pretty good. The staff are wonderful; friendly, courteous, well organised and in our case a sensational cook. Very few negatives other than a fairly long drive from the airport (3+ hours) and the villa is a little way from the Lovina the nearest town meaning you need a driver. Having said this, it's so non-tourist and a great opportunity to meet the locals who invariably friendly and relaxed. All-in-all a wonderful villa in a great location.
“Wonderful Summer” 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.
“fantastic house with breathtaking view” This house is really fantastic! A big swimmingpool, 5 bedrooms with 5 bathrooms! The view is amazing, the house is lying on a little hill so you can see the sea. That means every night a beautiful sunset! The staff is very helpful and friendly. Every morning a wonderful breakfast and the diners were also very good. When we woke up every morning, there were already clean towels on the sunbeds. I've been in several private villa's at Bali but this one was the best (for a very good price)!! When you go to the north of Bali, you have to sleep here!
“Fantastic service, hospitality and a dream to live in with top facilities” Special and beautiful property with top facilities and a tremendous view. Great hospitality from service minded staff. Warm welcome and very, very pleasant place to be. Unforgettable holiday due to Villa Bayu and its staff!
“Villa Bossi at Banjar” Perfect place to relax. House, garden and especially the large pool are great. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Extremely friendly and helpful driver(s), security guard (at night) and housekeeping staff.
Will certainly come back!
“An absolute dream!” The Villa Bossi driver collected us from the airport and drove us across the island to the villa - a 3 hour journey through beautiful countryside.
We then spent a wonderful Christmas 2012 in Villa Bossi Banjar. The friendly staff cooked, cleaned and looked after us in a comfortable & very stylish home.
Every detail in the house is of top quality and wonderfully designed. A superbly appointed and special place that cannot fail to make you feel away from it all and actually makes you feel so special!
We stayed there as a family of four but having four double bedrooms, the house could easily accommodate two families or four couples.
It is remote enough to be quiet and secluded but only 10 minutes away (by car) from the local village where all the products we needed were available.
The villa is directly on the beach making a boat pick up for dolphin watching very easy.
Best thing: lazing around the pool and outdoor showers for each bedroom!
We will definitely go back and have already recommended the villa to our friends!