“Excellent little family getaway!” We were so happy we stumbled (online) across 'Angel Villa'. Annie and Rod (Aussies too!) were the most accommodating gracious hosts, who could not do enough for us! My husband and I were pleasantly surprised to arrive to a gorgeously clean spacious family room with ensuite and a beautiful pool with wide steps (great for kids) right out front surrounded by a stunning garden. We were traveling with our four year old son and 9 month young baby daughter. We brought along our travel cot, which I was able to easily put beside our bed and our son slept comfortably on the fold out mattress. We could have stayed in a resort room, but we preferred to enjoy the real Bali and annie and Rod helped us to do just that. Plus, there are plenty of delicious restaurants not too far and the drive into Ubud centre is not far at all. Our driver 'Made' (who was introduced to us and who we hired through annie and Rod) was so helpful he took us on some amazing scenic routes we wanted to go see.
In my opinion, Annie and Rod could be asking more for their beautiful accommodation, which made it super affordable so we could enjoy having breakfasts at Bali Buddha (excellent extensive menu especially for the kiddies) and elsewhere. Aprox. 4-5 minutes drive, or 15 or so mins walk from angel Villa, is an exceptional Balinese restaurant called Kayun that is all organic and that grows it's own plant-based foods around the restaurant and serves it up on the menu! As a chef, I was very excited to see this. There is also a little (not fancy and no MSG) 'Warung' right beside angel Villa.
We felt safe and well taken care of. Our little ones were happy and loved the pool - such a welcome treat after a busy day out checking out the spectacular sights.
It was like a little home away from home and I know we have now made some very special friends for when we return... very soon! Thank you annie and Rod for being the best hosts ever! xox The S. Family.
“Dream come true!” We can't even being to describe how incredible our stay was at the Shamballa Residence! It was by far our favorite of the 4 different hotels we stayed at in and around Bali and Lombok. We definitely recommend it to all ages of people- families, couples, friends. My boyfriend and I came to Indonoesia from the us for 2 weeks and the whole trip was truly a dream come true. Ubud was so magical and definitely our favorite stop in Bali. We highly recommend Sari Organik for a delicious lunch and beautiful walk through the rice villages. We also loved the Monkey Forest, the rice terrace/Campuhan Ridge walk and the Tegalalang Rice Village. Our meals at the Shamballa were absolutely wonderful and some of the best food we had the whole trip. We've been craving the delicious poolside jungle breakfasts and dinners since we got back home (especially the pumpkin soup and banana pancake). Nothing would be complete without the kindness and hospitality that Kadek and Kurnia showed us. They were outstanding and truly made us feel like home! The grounds and the decor in the residence are unbelievable. The open air concept made us feel like we were in the jungles of Bali (oh wait we were :)) and no accommodations will ever compare to Shamballa. We definitely hope to come back and stay here whenever we can fit in another 2 week getaway. All in all we fell in love with this secluded hideaway and know you will too!
“rooms with views!” Our stay at the very beautiful Vila Shamballa was precicely the sort of experience that we had hoped for! For our first visit to the beautiful island of Bali we wanted to head straight to the Ubud region and just be immersed for the next nine days. The vila did the job so well for us!
It is beautifully appointed and in a stunning location in the village of Payogan less than ten minutes drive from the centre of Ubud. 'Relaxability' was the key feature with ample seating and lounging around spots, lovely coffee table Bali books and all with the beautiful view to the east across the Wos river valley...sunrise was always a feast!
We were spoilt by the relaxed, helpful and very lovely staff who were there whenever we needed anything and provided excellent food!! - Ilu's Curry ayam is the best!!
Thanks for a great experience that was more than just a place to stay!