As Bali veterans our experiences of Bali have evolved with us, as we moved from a young carefree couple to a young family with two kids (4yrs & 18 mths). We're now scratching our heads as to why we didn't try Canggu earlier ... It has all the benefits of the southern part of the island (beaches, proximity to shops & restaurants etc) including that lovely island feel without being in the guts of the suffocating madness that is kuta / legian.
We were attracted to VEP as being typical paranoid parents we were looking for the refuge of a villa whilst being safe enough to make the stay relaxing. At Villa Echo Padi we got everything we were after and more. We've stayed at many Seminyak villas in the past but if you have kids this is a perfect choice. It is spacious, well appointed, well cared for and ideally located. Of course, if you've never been to Canggu before you need to understand that it's traditional farming land that is now quickly becoming the Seminyak of 10 years ago. If you want to walk out the door and be assaulted by hawkers and traders selling 'genuine' sunglasses and watches then this won't be for you. At night despite being 150 odd metres from the beach it is quiet enough to hear the waves crashing.
You do need to plan ahead with your activities and embrace the inclusion of the daily driver to get the most out of the area. Our driver was Ary and he was great. He's working on his English but was super patient with us and our kids despite a few mid traffic meltdowns. I can't really fault VEP as from booking (thanks Caroline) to arrival and throughout our stay (thanks to villa manager Ketut and the villa staff) nothing was too much trouble. They fitted baby gates, provided cot, high chair and car seat at no extra cost. Try getting that level of service somewhere else...
The in-villa meals were exceptional and massively cheaper than we've experienced anywhere else. Having a driver and vehicle included in the price also takes a lot of the angst out of a trip, as there is no need to find a driver, haggle on price and get diverted to random villages. We took the kids to Bali Zoo and the waterbom (both a must-do) and it was great to know that Ary (our driver) not only knew where to go but was always very happy to wait. Ary was exceptional with our kids and they still talk about him.
We only used the two upstairs bedrooms of villa 1 as friends dropped out late in the piece but it was still great value compared to legian/Seminyak hotels. I'd suggest taking a baby monitor or renting one from Bali baby hire to maximise your nighttime relaxation.
Anyone who stays here should also ensure they get to the Echo Beach House bar and grill, Cafe Dian and also Om a little closer to home. Echo beach house is quite frankly the best beer garden in the world set right on the beach.
Our advice to people thinking of heading to Bali is to ensure they have the right expectations. Book this place if you want peace of mind, a refuge from the chaos and a great Bali experience. We'll definitely be heading back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Echo Padi is 150m from Nelayan Beach in Canggu, and only an 11km drive from Seminyak. The 3 brand new, luxurious villas are all fitted with Australian Standard glass pool fencing. Each villa contains 3 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, 2 living rooms, a dining area and full western kitchen, private pool and garden area, upper sun deck and private balconies. Each villa can sleep up to 6 adults, plus 2 children. Opened in December 2011, these villas offer a luxurious Balinese escape at the most competitive market rates. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Villa Echo Padi Bali/Canggu