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“Real Bali Real Paradise”
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Villa Selina
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Jindabyne, Australia
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32 reviews
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“Real Bali Real Paradise”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

After a 25 year span of no visits to Bali, I was overwhelmed by the changes in the Southern heavily touristed area of Bali. I was determined to get away and find out if the real Bali still existed. Travelling up through the mountains I found the Ubud area no different to the Southern beach areas, having been overrun with development.
Finally capping the mountains and descending towards the North coast was a descent into paradise lost. Villa Selina is a grouping of beautifully built, sumptuously decorated cottages, set amongst spectacular gardens absolutely waterfront only 28 kms from the old capital of Singaraja. The owners Matty and Putu are tremendous hosts, providing a wealth of information on sights and activities in the area. Singaraja provides shopping and eating that exceeds the Southern areas in authenticity and variety at a fraction of the cost, similarly the shopping is far more varied and much less pressured.
However you don't need to go beyond the confines of Villa Selina to enjoy a remarkable and relaxed holiday. Relaxing in the pool or amongst the beautiful gardens, snorkelling and swimming in the fish and coral rich waters straight off the beach and enjoying Putus' many culinary delights, sourced fresh from the local markets.
I cannot recommend a stay at Villa Selina high enough for anyone who wants to experience the culture and friendliness of the REAL BALI.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Was looking for a good destination on the northern side of the volcano coming from Ubud. Villa Selina was a sweet spot! Delicious homecooked grinds, gorgeous, clean and green villas, and warm hospitality from the owners.

Nice pool to boot!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

Our family of five stayed in September 2012, this being our second visit to Villa Selina (first stayed with Matt, Putu & family Sept 2010). If you want to experience the real Bali, this is it. Paradise, peaceful & the most amazing sunrises. Bungalows/villas are very clean, with beautiful outdoor bathrooms. Our beachfront villa was perfect. Wake up to the sound of gentle waves and then experience the sunrise, which over the water looks like a stairway to heaven! Snorkel on the reef out the front or just chill in the bales. Experience village life, local markets, warungs with some amazing food, or get Matt or Putu to arrange a massage or even visit a local spa. Food here is a standout, local Balinese is a must try. Putu and the staff serve up first class ticket. I highly recommend Villa Selina. A stay here is what Bali is all about. Relax in paradise!!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Victoria, Australia
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Our Bali experience was made even better by heading North to Bondalem during our second week. Matt, Putu and Selina made us feel very much at home and my daughter and Selina had lots of fun together. There is plenty to keep you busy but we found it great to chill out and unwind after a hectic week in Seminyak/Legian. The meals were beautifully prepared and the staff were always helpful. We will return one day we loved Bali and we loved Villa Selina.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

We spent an amazing time at Villa Selina.
Located on the north of the Island...it's peaceful, serene and magical aura make it a great escape and must visit destination.
Matt , Putu and the entire family are totally welcoming from the very moment you arrive.
The beach bungalows are new , clean and exceptionally furnished to add that little extra to enhance your experience in a little slice of heaven.
Food and cooking there was exceptional .... 5star...and mouth watering meals every time !
The girls there were more than happy to teach their amazing recipes and dishes.
Without doubt it's Matt's family who will make your stay a time to remember and cherish.
We'd recommend without hesitation Villa Selina as a must stay destination to all who want to sample the joy which is...... Bali !!!!

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

My wife and kids spent 5 days at this Villa and from the moment you arrive you are made to feel welcome by Matthew and his family. Mathews wife Putu cooks some great Indo dishes.
If you want to chill out and get the real Bali experience this is the place to go, there is plenty to do to keep the kids occupied, waterfalls, hot springs and some of the best temples on the Island. The journey over the mountains is well worth it.
I would recommend Villa Selina to my friends and hope to get back again.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

I stayed here in August 2012 and absolutely fell in love with the place as it is so quiet and relaxing. The service was without a doubt the friendliest in Bali. Matt and Putu certainly make you feel at home. The rooms are clean and the food is amazing, with the coldiest Bintang ever! I will definitely be returning to Villa Selina.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Property: Villa Selina
Address: Jalan Jero Kuta | Bondalem, Bondalem, Tejakula 81173, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Tejakula > Bondalem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Bondalem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Villa and three bungalows are located on the remote north-east coast of Bali in the small village town of Bondalem. Immerse yourself in the unique local Balinese culture whilst staying as guests of a Balinese/Western family who are well versed in looking after travelers wanting to experience a different adventure on the ‘Island of the Gods’. From lush waterfalls to beautiful beaches explore the many treasures of our northern playground. ... more   less 
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