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Bali Eco Stay Rice Water Bungalows
Kemetug, Kanciana | Desa Gunung Salak, Tabanan, Bali 82113, Indonesia   |  
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“Awesome experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Bali Eco Stay turned out to be more than we expected. The scenery, the food, the people, the place, all contribute to make the visit there an experience to remember. Upon arriving, it was clear that this was the place to finally really relax. The bungalow we rented had a fantastic view, one that made waking up in the morning somewhat of a magical experience. The sound of the stream further allowed us to relax.

The restaurant offers incredible views of rice paddies. In the far distance, the ocean can be seen as well. In the evening, with ambient lighting present, the mood of the restaurant is transformed into a very cozy place to hang out for a couple of hours. The food was superb.

We did not take any of the tours or courses offered, preferring to spend our time reading.

Overall, we strongly recommend this little oasis of tranquility in a truly genuine Balinese setting.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

You can get closer to the nature and enjoy your super relaxed time time in the place.

If you are tired from the city its good place to be.

However, the river (swiming area) is not really for swimming it just covers your belly ;)

The food is good and you really feel very welcome in the restaurant.

I would like to mention that during the stay everything is counted into your account. At the end of the day your stay becomes really expensive. Even if you are willing to pay more than avarege.

Good luck !

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sunstone55, Owner at Bali Eco Stay Rice Water Bungalows, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Thank you for your review.

All reviews are important to us as they serve to help determine how to improve our customers’ experience. We take all feedback seriously and try to make changes when it is ecologically, culturally and logistically feasible to do so.

We are happy to read that you enjoyed our relaxing surroundings as well as the food served in our restaurant Kupe Kupe.

Though, we are concerned that you felt unsatisfied by other parts of your stay with us. For your and other readers’ benefit, we would like to address some of the concerns mentioned in your review.

Let us address your first concern: ‘However, the river (swimming area) is not really for swimming, it just covers your belly’

In line with keeping our impact on the environment to a minimum, we designed our swimming area using the existing stream (river). Consequently, water levels are dictated by the time of year: the rainy season sees higher volumes of water rushing through, providing a deeper pool area and the dry season, as was the case when you visited Bali Eco Stay, sees lower water levels. This is not something we are able to control. Furthermore, we never intended for our swimming area to be a replication of deep expansive pools found in coastal resorts. Our swimming area is meant to provide an opportunity to commune with nature in a natural watery setting. Beyond this swimming area, both up and down stream, and beyond the 12 meter waterfall lie many shallow rock pools with a constant flow of mountain fresh spring water - perfect for easing into after a long walk through the local food forests

Your second concern: “I would like to mention that during the stay, everything is counted into your stay. At the end of the day, your stay becomes very expensive.”

Upon making a booking with Bali Eco Stay, guests are sent a very detailed invoice. This invoice clearly breaks down the total cost of one’s stay. It can then be assumed that you were fully aware of accommodation costs before you arrived at Bali Eco Stay. We therefore need to consider that your grievances are either with the food, transfer and/or activity costs enjoyed during your time with us.

To make our guests’ stay more comfortable, we have adopted a system where guests are not required to pay as they consume. For example, meals, massages and/or workshops enjoyed are paid upon departure when checkout procedures are completed. This is a common practice in many hospitality establishments.

Bali Eco Stay is completely transparent with regards to costs. Thus, your comment took us by surprise. With regards to food, our website includes a copy of our menu (with prices - http://www.baliecostay.com/baliecomenu.htm ), each bungalow has a copy of the menu (with prices) and upon sitting in the restaurant, guests are given a menu (with prices) to choose from. Our guests are always fully informed of the cost of the items they order. There should be no surprises when reviewing the itemized list of consumed food upon departure. During your stay, your group consisted of three adults staying in a bungalow. You personally were not always present when your friends consumed food in our restaurant during the afternoon. Upon receiving the itemized list of the food your group consumed, you refused to pay for the food that was consumed in your absence. Did you expect that such items would not be added to the bungalow invoice because you were absent at the time? Surely this cannot be the basis for your complaint. Bali Eco Stay offers a generous complimentary breakfast. Beyond this, all other food and beverages ordered by guests will be invoiced accordingly.

Most activities, workshops and transfers are outsourced to members of our local community. We invite you to read our Community and Staffing policy (http://www.baliecostay.com/ecopolicies.htm) to understand why we feel it is important to provide employment to local villagers. As such, we have created a list of activities and workshops that provide guests the opportunity to interact with local artisans. This outsourcing of activities has a tremendously beneficial effect on the local community by providing much needed employment. Every bungalow has a list of possible workshops (with prices) that guests can enjoy. In your case, a member of your group chose to attend a coconut oil making workshop. This workshop involves the participation of a local oil maker and a translator, two individuals that spend a total of two and a half to three hours with a guest. The cost for your friend was Rps 200,000 (approximately US$20). Is this one of the items you consider in your statement ‘everything is counted into your stay’. Once again, if it is, we fail to understand why this could be the case as prices for workshops are clearly published in all bungalows.

Your group booked a transfer from Pemuteran to Bali Eco Stay. Transfer costs are based on distance and time. For example, the time required to complete the above route is three hours. At your request, desiring to visit areas along the way, your transfer time went from three hours to approximately six hours. Should the driver be expected to cover the costs incurred from your desire to visit temples along the way? As mentioned above transfers are outsourced to members of the local community. We are baffled as to why you objected to having to pay for the extra three hours it took for your journey, which in the end, you did not pay anyway.

When qualifying Bali Eco Stay as a ‘very expensive’ place to enjoy, one needs to try to be more objective. If one’s comparison is based on backpacker’s/homestay accommodation, then yes indeed, Bali Eco Stay can be seen as being expensive. But when compared to five-star accommodation along the beach in Nusa Dua, then Bali Eco Stay does not appear expensive. ‘Expensive’ is a very relative term. Bali Eco Stay prices are based on accommodation prices of establishments in the Ubud area that offer similar levels of comfort and service.

In the end, it is the overall rating that prevails. It is clear that the vast majority of guests who have come to Bali Eco Stay have enjoyed their time with us. Although we welcome all feedback, we also reserve the right to comment when we feel that we have been portrayed in an unfair way.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This is a good place: an amazing achievement really. The road up is really not that bumpy: I was expecting a four wheel drive track but it's a badly decaying village road. The food was great (pepes ikan, bakso ayam, bebek betutu), and the experience of the beautiful restaurant more generally too (excellent library); the views from Rice Water bungalow brilliant. Just nearby in Arbit Ye there is a beautiful rice paddy which it's worth peddling to (or asking to detour via on the way back to the South). If you're not a confident bicycle rider, I would take a motorcycle tour: the roads are very rough and very steep, with much gravel. Check the bikes thoroughly too before you depart: give them a good ride and check the brakes and gears before you go. Though Jatiluwih is close, it's a two hour drive away. But the sawah near the hotel is just like Jatiluwih lite, and well worth exploring. If you're a lover of rice paddy, this is a good place. The grounds of the resort include beautifully sculptured rice paddies. That the cooking classes were not offered in the high season was a disappointment, and there was said to be no rice planting or harvesting to be done either though planting was obviously happening very close by. If you want to participate in local ceremonies, it would pay to express that. Finally, take the warnings about food in the rooms seriously: my kids' biscuit crumbs attracted the ants and they are bitey little critters.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

As soon as we arrived at Bali Eco Stay our 7 year old son (a city boy) was running wild around the streams and rice fields and just could not get enough of it. My wife was freaked out and was not saying much. Her attention was drawn to the lack of windows and the proximity to wildlife - mainly concerns about mosquitos at night (one bite in 3 nights between 3 of us!).
We ordered some lunch and went up to the restaurant. It has some of the most stunning views that I have ever seen and my wife suddenly started to relax when she was that everything was clean and well looked after.
The food was incredible for every meal - home grown organic food, cooked fresh and very skillfully by Mini and her team.
All of the staff were very friendly and helpful at all times - really cannot fault them.
Our son did kite making and enjoyed running across the rice fields flying it.
We did some walks, swims in the pool and some massages. Lots of playing cards, reading, drinking and eating.
After 3 nights here we all felt completely relaxed and the stresses of work and every day life seemed very distant. I was concerned that we would be bored after 3 nights but could have easily stayed for a few more nights and just explored more.
John and his family have cut out a very unique lifestyle for themselves here and one that I envy them for. It must continue to be hard work but from the perspective of a visitor it is incredibly idylic.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I spent 2 nights (next time will be longer!!) in the RiceWater bungalow, with my mum, sister and nephew (11) in July. I had arranged the pick up (it's a must, as the road is bumpy for the latter part, though v.scenic). Upon arrival we were met by Minnie (resident chef) and the pleasant welcome set the tone for a relaxed, respectful and carefree stay in the Rice paddies.
This place really needs to be seen to be believed. The tranquility is rejuvenating and it is the ideal place to take things back to basics and relax.
My mum and sister took part in the traditional offerings activity, my nephew made a flute and I did the wood carving activity, we all really enjoyed observing the skills in practice and spending time with some of the locals.
On our last day we all had a massage before leaving and used the eco stay taxi to head off (reluctantly).
Minnie's food was fantastic throughout our stay and the service from the staff was faultless. All very capable of communicating (English) and we enjoyed chatting with them.
This is the first time any of us had stayed in any such place, but it's definitely been an eye opener and a unique way to relax and unwind. If you are looking for a rejuvenating time away from the hustle and bustle, Bali Eco stay is the place to do it.

Room Tip: We had the Rice water bungalow, which catered for 4of us. One double and twin beds. Open views acros...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tugun, Queensland, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I spent a week at Baliecostay in June this year by myself. I stayed in the Buddha Bungalow beside the stream which lulled me to sleep at night. Each bungalow is different and unique so whatever you are looking for, you will find here. The staff were very friendly and happy to help, food fresh, organic and very tasty! If you want to practise your yoga, the Yoga Bale set among the trees is amazing. There's plenty to do each day, and the afternoons can be spent lying on your daybed reading, snoozing, or just relaxing. Take my advice and spend more than a few days there, it will be a wonderful experience you will never forget and never stop telling your friends about.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Singapore, Singapore
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Thank you dear Blundstone-Family and staff for four wonderfull days on a magic and blessed spot in Bali. We were so impressed by this perfect harmonic place. We would never expect such a high standard in accomodation and eating on such an "end of the world-place". We were very thankfull that Cath and John gave us so much attention and time to explain the Ecostay, the complex System and the love to so many details.
Our two boys (6 and 8) were mearely soaking off the freedom, space and serenity of BES, it was heartwarming to see how they enjoied this natural place.
We wish you all the best and keep up with this every-Rupia- worth-Lodge. Give grandfather and all the members of your friendly staff a big hug. Thank you very much for your efforts to provide families like us with such a wonderfull experience.

Sincerly Martina & Family from Singapore

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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: Kemetug, Kanciana | Desa Gunung Salak, Tabanan, Bali 82113, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 27 Specialty Lodging in Tabanan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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Bali Eco Stay, for those who would like to escape to a rich local culture, with stunning organic rice fields & spectacular views, mountain fed streams and cascading waterfall. Three uniquely crafted private bungalows set in paradise. Nourishing and sumptuous organic meals.This is a place for you to… Unwind… Get Inspired… Be Rejuvenated! ... more   less 
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