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Balam Bali Villa
Ranked #1 of 5 Mengwi B&B and Inns
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dubai
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“Real getaway retreat!”
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

We picked the Siam reap room and chose to stay here for 4 nights last december. And what an excellent choice it turned out to be. The room was really luxurious with all the amenities On hand including free wifi. The food was really great as well with excellent banana pancakes in the morning and great dinners offered in the evenings. The location is a bit away from the centre, but we didn't have a problem with it, as it was just great to get away from it all.
They also offer a 2 hour walk around the village in the morning which is a nice activity to do and it's Free!
Great experience for myself and my wife and I'm sure you won't be disappointed either.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Hubert and staff are "superbe". We stayed for 5 nights in the beautiful Pirate House, with 2 adults and 3 children. Dinner was excellent, with a slight French touch to it. It is somewhat remote, but the staff (Oka!) takes you anywhere you like, whether it is close by or takes an entire day (for very reasonable prices). In the direct surroundings you will also find the nicest trips. Take one of the free bicycles and go to Mengwi on your own. See the market and temples and enjoy the rice paddies. You'll love the sun set on your private terrace in the Pirate House. Good value for money. You'll always have to go for an improvement, so here is one: Pity they do not have credit card payment, which leaves you taking zillions of Rouppias from the ATM. (or take dollars/euro's from home).

Room Tip: Family with children >5-6 yrs of age: Pirate house.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

We stayed at Balam Bali Villa for 6 nights and we had a wonderful time. Everything was perfect, the room, the view, the staff, excursions and the food. Excellent and highly recommendable. Very quiet place.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed May 11, 2012

We found Balam Villa Bali when we were searching for a hotel near Mengwi with one of the nicest temples in Central Bali. The place was highly recommended on Tripadvisor, and we were not disappointed! The villa is an old, original pirates' house and therefore not designed as a modern hotel, but this gives the charm to the building which views the ricepaddies in all directions. Breakfast on the roof terrace with a view to the mountains and the sound from busy farmers harvesting the ripe rice while singing and talking in the near distance, was for us a unique and breathtaking experience.
The rooms and bathrooms were spacy and in well designed, minimalistic and yet traditional, Indonesian style with the touch of luxury everywhere that makes the place excellent for people who go for tranquility and time to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, made by the owners and their extremely helpful employees. The food was good and beautifully served, without being sophisticated or extraordinary.
If we ever come back to Bali, we won't hesitate to stay at 'our' new favorite place, only 20 km from Ubud and closer to Mengwi, both of which can even be reached by bike if one wants the slow transportation and sightseeing in the rice fields, the villages, and the various sceneries around.

Jens and Kirsten, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We stayed in Balam Bali for 5 nights in March 2012. No problems with booking the room/deposit and arranging the airport pick up.
The place itself is lovely, located in the middle of the rice fields, close to the village if you want to explore local life... Perfect for peaceful holiday without shops, bars and all that. The food was absolutely delicious, fusion Balinese cuisine with an occasional French twist. Pool nice and clean.The staff very friendly and genuine. We did a day tour to Mount Batur and a few temples on the way and Ubud of course, (not regrets about not staying in town),and a short trek along the Ayung river. There is plenty to do around and all can be arranged with the staff.
We would go back to the same place again!
M&T

Room Tip: most of the rooms are around the pool, if you want to have more privacy choose the Pirate House room...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We had a wonderful memorable stay at Balam Bali Villa and highly recommend a stay at this unique and special villa located in the rice fields of Bali.

Upon arrival via a domestic flight at the Bali airport we looked high and low for our prearranged driver before attempting to place a number of calls to the villa for which there was no answer. We were then in the process of finding another mode of transport to the Villa when the Balam driver showed up. We were quite relieved to see him…… he really did not offer up an explanation for his late arrival.

Balam villa offers airport pick up service and the full use of a vehicle and driver for the day. We believe we paid approximately $35 for airport pick up and $55 for the 8 hr. day use of the car and driver which is very reasonable.

We had booked the Sian room and it is everything it is described to be. A large room located next to the bar with an oversize washroom. The room was air-conditioned and the king bed comfortable. When we checked in we were told that we would be the only guests at the villa for our four night stay. In a way this was unique and nice, having the run of the villa to ourselves. Apparently it is very rare to have the villa with so few guests.

Wireless internet is available throughout the property at no cost which is nice to have and not be gouged for with a daily fee like the big hotels tend to do.

We did have an issue with the hot water during our stay. We would have hot water to start a shower and then it would turn to cold within a minute. We could not get the staff to understand as they kept checking it and telling us it was ok. After a couple of days of cold showers we emailed David and it was then arranged for us to use the shower in the room next door which used an on demand electrically heated water supply. Whereas all the other rooms including the Sian had been changed to on demand gas heated water.

Apparently with the gas heaters if the water pressure drops slightly it stops heating the water. The manager would later explain that due to power surges that had blown out all the electric heaters they had switched to gas, but now had this new problem with water pressure and may have to switch back to electric to solve it.

Being the only guests in the Villa we would have a quick peak at the rest of the rooms which were vacant. All of the rooms are unique and nice on their own. One could not go wrong booking any of the rooms. Although due to the positioning of all the rooms around the pool, when the villa is fully booked it must get a little crazy and privacy would be at a minimum.

The staffs at the resort were always helpful and pleasant to have around. One day after returning from shopping and the purchase of a painting and frame, the staff would provide the tools and then help us dismantle the frame so we could get it in our luggage and then provided us with a cylinder to wrap the painting in for safe transfer. All over and above their duties and all very much appreciated. Thanks guys!

Breakfast and the occasional dinner were on the 2nd floor terrace overlooking the rice fields and is a wonderful and unique experience. The sunsets from there are amazing!

The pool gets sun during the day and it is a wonderful quiet spot to sit and relax and fine tune ones tan or catch up on some reading.

The villa looks out over fields of rice. It is interesting to watch the local farmers work the fields. There is also a canal the runs through the back of the field behind the villa which has been a local swimming and bathing hole for the local men for many years. They would show up throughout the day and evening. One afternoon they signalled us to come down and join them for a swim and skinny dip and it was a wonderful local experience.

Each afternoon we would wander out front of the villa for a walk along the road. Here we would find the most wonderful friendly locals who would love to stop and talk and practice their English. Immediately they would make us feel like we were part of the village with their friendly approachable manner, and we enjoyed another unique local Indonesian Bali experience.

With the help of the staff we arranged day tours and shopping. The staffs was always flexible to our needs allowing us to start a day tour by leaving at 5:30 AM for Tanah Lot in order to miss the crowds and then returning to the villa for breakfast, before going on the rest of the tour. We had not requested, but staff was up at 5:30 AM and had coffee ready for us before we left. Again thanks guys!

Do not miss going to Jatiluwih rice terraces. They are the most beautiful terraces in all of Bali and not to be missed. Again an early morning start had us arriving before the busloads of tourists that show up daily.

Experiencing a stay at Balam Bali Villa while in Bali is not to be missed. Our only regret is that we did not plan to stay longer.

Our thanks to each and every staff member who made our stay special and memorable, some day we hope to be able to return and enjoy the experience all over again!

Room Tip: Take some time to mingle with the local villagers
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2012

We loved Balam Bali Villa from start to finish. The hotel and grounds are beautiful and set among rice paddies stretching in every direction. The staff was most welcoming and friendly and throughout our stay they really ensured that we enjoyed the villa and our time there. We were in the Batur room in the wooden house (pirate house) on the second floor. It had great views and fresh breezes throughout the day. Although each room is special, we thought ours was the best. Finally, the food was amazing. Fresh bread and delicious coffee in the mornings. Different choices of Indonesian and continental dishes for lunch. And a set dinner menu with homemade desserts! We have stayed at a lot of hotels in Java and Bali and rate this one among the best for price, cleanliness, style, food quality, and friendliness of staff.

Room Tip: Each one is unique and they all looked great
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Balam Bali Villa
Address: Jalan Teleng 100, Banjar Cengkok | Baha Village, Mengwi, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Mengwi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Mengwi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Balam Bali Villa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guest house is nestled amid the rice paddies, near the temple of Taman Ayun, at 25 minutes drive from Ubud. You will discover here a 17th century pirate lair perched atop a hill with two family rooms. It was restored with connoisseur passion. The more contemporary marble villa alongside has also been enhanced with an exceptional collection of objets d'art.Balam Bali Villa embraces seven rooms and includes a convivial bar, a pool, authentic cooking, and a panoramic terrace view. It is a perfect place for a family or a couple. Our guest house organises several excursions to discover the inland (volcanoes, amazing rice fields, temples, lakes, and local villages). WIFI internet available and free of charge. ... more   less 
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