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Istana Balian
Br Pengasahan, Desa Lalang Linggah | Surabrata Tabanan West Bali, Bali, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #434 of 1,600 Specialty lodging in Bali
Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“best kept secret”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Highly recommend these villas. Beautifully laid out rooms and very well appointed. the beds are oh so comfy and food is freshly made and so tasty. huge menu with so much varieties its hard to choose what to have with every meal. the beach is only a few minutes walk but scooters can be organised at a very reasonable price. the local warungs overlooking the surf have great cheap foods and feel like part of the family. I highly recommend staying at these villas for singles, couples or families. all rooms have a/c.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here as a group of 8.
We stayed in the top room which easily accommodated all of us.
The room designs are lovely and everything you need is there.
The pool area is just lovely and fresh towels are always supplied.
The chef is very good and the food is fantastic value.
The hosts are very friendly and are easy to deal with.
It is a short walk down quite a steep hill to the beach.
There is a resort down the bottom that has wifi and fabulous food.
This is my favourite area so far if Bali and I highly recommend this resort!

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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northern rivers
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

These villas are well set out and have fabulous views. The manager here, Lina, is really lovely and very helpful. Extremely comfy beds. Breakfasts and other meals here were hearty and fresh - but in Bali time. Only a few easy minutes walk down to the beach and warungs overlooking the fabulous surf break. There are cheaper rooms here in the village though with better views and similar services, especially if you're out of high season (would recommend booking accommodation when you arrive to get the best price). We stayed in Villa 1 which was their top villa - the upstairs rooms were very hot later in the day which was when the aircon came in handy. Loved, loved, loved Balian - the perfect spot to escape from the chaos of Kuta & surrounds.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Had a wonderful weekend getaway from Ubud. Walking on a quiet beach, watching the surfers enjoying the waves. Cooling off in the room side pool, ahhhh, nice.thanks for a great stay. The gentle breeze blowing through the room kept it cool in the hottest parts of the day.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mandurah, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Stayed 4 nights at istana Balian Nov-2013. This small complex captures a high class accomadation at a affordable price. 3 minuates walk to beach & excellant surf that breaks on all tides, but located away from the noise. Staff excellant, rooms 5 star. Will be back with friends.

Room Tip: Villas 1 & 2 have views you have to see to believe
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denpasar, Indonesia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Me and my boyfriend found this lodge from tripadvisor, as we had no clue of where to stay in this part of Bali. We had a great time there. The room is very comfortable, and quiet. I love the porch in front of our room where we can have a clear view of fantastic Balian's hills and beach. At night we sleep with the sound of the ocean and its quieteness brought us a complete peace! The staffs in this lodge were also helpful and friendly. Food? they're great! I had one of the best Istana Balian's signature salads, very heatlhy and yummy! Best part of our staying was to experienced dinner in our spacious balcony, candle light, lekker food and the sound of the sea, champ!

Room Tip: second and third floor room are recommended, quieter, best view and more spacious :)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

What an amazing experience. The staff were great, they looked after our every need. Even though the villa is located just a small walk from the beach it was nice to be away from the main drag. The restaurant was good, the burgers are to die for especially in the country of endless nasi gorengs. The bar was surprisingly well stocked for such a remote location. We can recommend istana Balian to anyone travelling here. It does not disappoint, we have stayed here now three years in a row and have been impressed in all aspects every time. The fact that one of Bali's best left handlers is a mere 2 minute walk away is a plus. Istana Balian is the premier choice in Balian.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Br Pengasahan, Desa Lalang Linggah | Surabrata Tabanan West Bali, Bali, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #434 of 1,600 Specialty lodging in Bali
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