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Sebatu Sanctuary Eco-Resort

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#5 of 35 Specialty lodging in Tegalalang
Certificate of Excellence
Reminiscent of resplendent African safaris in the early 20th century, our two tented villas provide an elegant and romantic ambience allowing you to experience nature in comfort. Additionally, we have two Javanese cottages dating from the 1930s that hark back to a bygone era. They're made entirely from teak wood and meticulously restored with 85 sq. meters includes kitchen and forest-view deck
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Free internet
Public wifi
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Shuttle bus service
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
DVD / CD player
Bath / shower
Room service
Seating area
Clothes rack
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Languages Spoken
English, Indonesian
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This is one place my family and I are finding really hard to leave. The grounds are gorgeous and really create a sense of sanctuary but the staff are what make it such a great place to be. Every one of them have been so welcoming and friendly, especially toward our children. Thank you for such a great stay- highly recommended!
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Response from Alexander S, Owner at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco-Resort
Responded yesterday
Thank you, Tim, for providing feedback, and am delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Yes, I agree about our staff, they're top-notch and I'm proud of them. To keep our staff motivated, I share and discuss all of our reviews with them. Additionally, we're leaders in how we recognize and compensate staff. Please consider staying with us again on your next visit to the Island of the Gods.
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We stayed in this beautiful eco sanctuary for 4 nights. We were attracted to the sanctuary because of Alex's ecological values. The resort offers private accommodation options in a lush natural setting. The service is attentive yet unobtrusive, the rooms are very comfortable and uniquely furnished, the food is very good and reasonably priced -we ate at the restaurant every night. The bio-pool was a particular delight, providing the opportunity to swim with fish in naturally cleaned freshwater, complete with waterfall. While the resort is about 30 minutes from Ubud, the free shuttle enabled us to access nearby activities during the day and the staff organised drivers for us when we wanted to visit specific attractions. It was fascinating being surrounded by rice paddies and being able to observe local farmers working their fields each day. Highly recommended - this is a very special place.
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Response from Alexander S, Owner at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco-Resort
Responded yesterday
We very much appreciate the time you took, Catherine, to provide input for us. I'm delighted to read how much you enjoyed staying at Sebatu Sanctuary. Designing, building, and operating our boutique eco-resort has been a labor of love and it's always reassuring to receive such positive feedback from our guests. I'm especially pleased that you mentioned our bio-pool since it's so unique being the only resort/hotel on Bali with a natural pool stocked with five species of fish.
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We managed to spend in this splendid place only 3 days but the place will stay long in our memory! And this will be realy good memories! "Tents" are extraordinary, especially bathrooms! Food is delicious, everyone is so kind and helpful. And the beautiful nature around you with its sounds! We love this quiet and private place😊
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Response from Alexander S, Owner at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco-Resort
Responded yesterday
Hi Adam, thanks for your great review and sharing the love :-). Since my family and I live on the grounds, we too are enamored with our special sanctuary. And being able to share our boutique eco-resort with our guests is a real pleasure, even more so when we read such positive reviews. I'm especially proud of our chefs, all from the local area, and with the help of two master chefs for training, continue to create cuisine frequently praised by our guests.
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As we came from munduk we were a bit overwhelmed and disappointed by the hectic Ubud, so we switched our hotel there for this paradise. We loved this place instantly and would come again without second thoughts. Menu is brilliant, fresh and quality ingredients made me slow down and taste what was on my plate. (with two toddlers that is quite rare). Staff made the experience even better. Altough in our opininion there is room for improvement here.
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Response from Alexander S, Owner at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco-Resort
Responded Jun 3, 2019
Dear Jaap, Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback for us. It's been a labor of love building and operating Sebatu Sanctuary and it's heartening to hear how much you enjoyed our cuisine. Our all staff are from the surrounding rural villages, including our chefs since we're committed to making a local positive economic impact. However, we did carefully choose our chefs that have comprehensive prior experiences and brought in two master chef consultants to work with them. Our ingredients, as you pointed out are fresh, purchased locally and organic where ever possible. Since we've only been open for 18 months, I'm quite sure that there is room for improvement and would like to have further feedback on how we might be able to improve, and will contact you via email.
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The ricefield path leading down to Sebatu Sanctuary reminded me of Ubud 30 years ago, when Monkey Forest Road was just that: a road flanked by ricefields. Since then, mass tourism has transformed the beautiful rustic road into a popular main street bustling with upper-end clothing shops and choking with traffic. I’m happy that Ubud was discovered by the rest of the world and that the Balinese are reaping the fruits of its fame. However, paradoxically, this popularity is harming what made it popular in the first place: its charming rural and artsy flair. Sebatu may experience a similar transformation in the next decade. Located on the outskirts of Tegalalang, the sanctuary is true to its name. It is peaceful thanks to its proximity to a lush bamboo and fern forest as well as the presence of waterfalls and brooks criss-crossing the property. This was our first time “glamping,” and I loved every minute of it. From the comfortable king-size bed tucked under a mosquito net, to the stunning outdoor bathroom with out-of-the world rainshower experience, our room was perfect. The pool, in the resort’s spirit to stay close nature, is populated with several fish. Personally, although I do snorkel and love fish in the ocean, I could not overcome the psychological barrier of swimming in a closed environment with other animals. However, I spoke to another person who just loved the idea. The chef at the restaurant (which offers a breath-taking view of the valley) offers creative dishes with a twist. We could not, for instance, get enough of the Fake Tuna Melt (jackfruit, actually); by the same token, the pesto pasta packs a nice Mediterranean punch. The lava cake oozes chocolate flavours, because it is not overly sweet. My friend fell head-over-heels in love with the banana bread, which is unexpectedly topped with a delightful fruit and yogurt blend. What makes Sebatu a thoroughly restful experience is its genuinely caring staff members, who take it upon themselves to solve patrons’ trivial problems (whether these be laundry, low batteries, whole day transportation, or massage requirements). A 30-minute long free shuttle connects this sanctuary to Ubud (and the outside world) - making transportation worry-free.
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Response from Alexander S, Owner at Sebatu Sanctuary Eco-Resort
Responded yesterday
Thank you for a really thoughtful and comprehensive review. It's important for me to personally respond to each review but at times with an array of other duties, it means I can't always promptly respond. Reading your review, I can see you have experienced the same positive and negative changes in Bali, as I have. Avoiding the same negative aspects are why we've committed to reducing our impacts where ever possible by -- installing solar panels, harvesting rainwater, minimizing single-use plastic, and creating a wastewater garden to name a few examples. Our mission is to be a model for other hotels and resorts and we're members of BookGreener (BGreener), a community of business owners with strong eco-commitments that encourage government and industry to follow suit. I'm especially pleased to read how much you enjoyed our cuisine. I'm proud of our local chefs from the surrounding villages. Early on we brought in two master chefs to work with them, and we meet with our chefs frequently to brainstorm new menu items.
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$130 - $169 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndonesiaBaliGianyar RegencyTegalalang
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