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“A slice of Heaven in North Bali”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dencarik, Lovina Beach, Bali

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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A slice of Heaven in North Bali”
Reviewed January 19, 2016 for a stay in January 2016
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Villa Rumah Buka is a private oasis which provided us with a wonderfully, relaxing place to unwind. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our 10 night stay from the first moment we were greeted by the driver at our transit hotel in Kuta to the day we sadly said goodbye - every minute was amazing.
The photos do not do justice to the absolute beauty of the Villa and stunning garden. The architecture is amazing and the finishes of the oversized floor tiles, soaring roofline, open air showers and stunning timber staircase are superb.
Upon arrival we were greeted by smiling staff and beautiful flowers decorating the bedrooms and living spaces. We felt extremely special and knew that we had made the right choice in choosing Villa Ruma Bukah for our holiday.
There are so many places to chill out and enjoy the serenity from the seaside bale complete with koi pond to the timber recliners under the shade of the gorgeous oversized thatched umbrella on the garden deck.
The staff were wonderful and looked after us extremely well. Wayan greeted us with her huge smile each morning and we very much enjoyed her wonderful breakfasts on the wide open verandah.
Driver Pablo (Ketut) was fabulous and always ready to whisk us away to where ever we wished to go. We did several day trips with him including snorkeling at Menjangan Island and a day tour taking in the sights of North Bali from feeding roadside monkeys - a hit with the kids - to visiting the temple on the lake and the local buddhist monastery.
Binter the gardener was a delight and a particular highlight of our stay was when he climbed the coconut tree and plucked 2 beautiful fresh coconuts for us to enjoy.
Komang who comes each night to do security was also friendly and we enjoyed him playing traditional music and allowing the children to have a play on his bamboo 'Rindik'.
There were plenty of DVDs to watch and lots of books to read - though most were not in English I did find a couple and spent many hours relaxing in the bale reading.
We made use of the gorgeous pool every day and also enjoyed the gardens and beach.
A sunrise trip on a local fishing boat to see the wild dolphins was an amazing experience and being picked up right in front of the Villa was fabulous. This is a 'must do' experience during a stay.
We chose to eat out and try the many local warungs and restos in Lovina and were impressed each night - we visited the Spice Beach Club, Warung Apple, Starlight, Kakatua, Bintang Bali and Seabreeze. We also visited the Buda Bakery for treats for the children.
Overall our stay at Rumah Buka was wonderful and we were very sad to leave our little piece of heaven. Terimah Kasi to all of the staff and to Ton and Maddy who from our very first enquiries were amazingly helpful and easy to deal with. Despite being halfway around the world, communication was excellent and the information provided was extensive and very much appreciated. Villa Rumah Buka deserves 5 stars.

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Liked best: The garden and pool and wonderful staff
Liked least: At times the remoteness though this is also a positive!
Traveling group: Young Children
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Management Response
Jan 19, 2016
Thank you very much Samantha for your extensive review. We will pass on your compliments to our staff and hope to see you again in the near future during your next visit to Bali.
Greetings from Holland,
Maddy and Ton
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William P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Outstanding holiday venue!!”
Reviewed March 15, 2015 for a stay in November 2014
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My wife and I have stayed at Villa Rumah Buka several times and indeed plan to do so again in the future. The villa is spacious and tastefully decorated. All bedrooms are airconditioned and the bathrooms are wonderfully connected to the open air. The staff are helpful and Wayan, the housekeeper, is an outstanding cook -- Indonesian and Western food. The villa is located directly on the beach with a pool and a multitude of places to sunbath and relax.

Once we have unwounded in the lovely tropical garden, we were ready for diving at Bali Barat National Park. We have used a guide named Nono who is incredibly knowledgeably about the underwater life. Nono also guides birding trips in the National Park. We also have enjoyed fishing with the local fishermen, playing hide and seek with the dolphin and lounging in the nearby hot springs.

North Bali isn't like the south. If the noisey nightclub scene is for you, then give the North a pass. Lovina and Villa Rumah Buka are ideal for folks and families that want an old fashioned seaside holiday without the noise and chaos of Kuta.

Actually Villa Rumah Buka isn't just a wonderful holiday venue, it is a state of mind.

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Liked best: The villa, garden abd staff
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Danette67
Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Paradise in Bali”
Reviewed March 8, 2015 for a stay in February 2015
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Rumah Buka is absolute paradise! The villa is spacious and beautifully decorated and the staff on the premises make the stay even more special. We were served mouth-watering, homemade Balinese meals each night, accompanied by gamelan music played by the night security. The garden is immaculately manicured by a friendly and helpful gardener. We had our own pool and beach, with multiple unique sitting areas for sunbathing, relaxing in the shade, or napping near the beach. We enjoyed feeding the koi in the pond.

A highlight was dolphin watching! We were picked up at our beach early in the morning and once out at sea, made our first sighting. We spent time playing hide and seek with a small pod of dolphins. We headed back to the villa and on our way we saw dozens of dolphins. They swam alongside us, did flips in front of the boat, swam under us, and fed on the schools of fish. The sun was shining on the ocean and we could see the shine on the dolphins' backs as they surfaced. When the boat motor was shut off, we heard them breathe as they came up for air. Absolutely magical!!

We highly recommend Rumah Buka and plan on visiting again.

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Liked best: Staff, meals, pool, villa seating areas, peacefulness
Traveling group: Friends
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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 19, 2017 for a stay in July 2017
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Management Response
Aug 21, 2017
Beste familie Meeuwissen
Hartelijk dank voor deze mooie beoordeling.
Altijd welkom voor een volgend verblijf in Rumah Buka.
Maddy en Ton
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LFO1971
Suresnes, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Liked best: la piscine, la villa splendide, l'emplacement bord de plage
Liked least: la plage un peu sale
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Aug 31, 2016
Merci bien pour la belle revue sur le site TripAdvisor Laurent.
Toujours accueillir pour une visite de retour a Bali!
Maddy et Ton
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