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“The house is lovely, quiet, relaxing.”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Dencarik, Lovina Beach, Bali

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Wilma S
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The house is lovely, quiet, relaxing.”
Reviewed January 18, 2018 for a stay in January 2018
1
person found this review helpful

As per other reviews the house, location is stunning. It’s the get away, relax place to go. Having stayed at other rentals throughout bali I was disappointed with a few items that I’m sure the owner could easily rectify. Set rates for the driver would be great as they were quoted then changed once we got to destination. Providing simple toiletry items would have been appreciated, as would nice matching towels. Simple things. Walking into the kitchen with our supplies only to find it a mess of dishes etc...and the laundry was just a mess throughout our stay. Be advised there is a lovely house cat who will have you believe she’s starving....she’s not...she’s a hungry fat cat we enjoyed long days relaxing around pool and watching some locals swim and fish. The security guard from 6pm to 6am was vigilant and the gardener unobtrusive and efficient. There are restaurants that will come and pick you up, ask staff.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jan 22, 2018
Only a few remarks; The rates for the driver are quoted and set, when asked for, being 600.000 rupia for 4 persons per full day.
Laundry / ironing service are just € 4 and normally being very well done.
The remark about a mess of dishes is incidentally we assume.
Regards, Maddy and Ton
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Traveling...
Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
437 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Simply paradise!”
Reviewed December 5, 2017 for a stay in November 2017
2
people found this review helpful

The villa is situated on the north shore of Bali, away from the crowds. It was peaceful and so beautiful. Wayan, the housekeeper/cook, will provide meals during your stay for a nominal fee and they were simply delicious. It's a great place to unwind, lounge by the pool, lounge by the beach, swim, and hang out. We would not hesitate to return.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 7, 2017
Thank you Suzanne. It was a pleasure having you as a guest.
We hope to see you back one day.

Maddy and Ton
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A TripAdvisor Member
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect holiday house, great place to relax.”
Reviewed May 8, 2017 for a stay in April 2017
2
people found this review helpful

A wonderful villa at the northern part of Bali. Very friendly staff, specially Wayang. She is the greatest cook and makes wonderful Balinees food. Great swimming pool with a nice relax/lounge area. I would recommend this villa for your holiday.

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Management Response
Aug 21, 2017
Thank you very much for the nice review on Tripadvisor.
Always welcome for a next visit to North Bali.
Maddy and Ton
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onderweg6...
Haarlem, The Netherlands
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Paradise!”
Reviewed March 2, 2017 for a stay in November 2016
2
people found this review helpful

Perfect villa, right next to the beach, with infinity pool and professional, very friendly staff. This is the place to relax!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Mar 4, 2017
Thank you Bart for your nice review.
We hope to see you on your next trip to Bali
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
JenniferS...
Hong Kong, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A perfect place to get away from it all...”
Reviewed April 27, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
3
people found this review helpful

My husband and I had the pleasure of spending a week at Villa Rumah Buka in March 2016 and we very much look forward to doing so again. The villa itself is lovely. A thatched roof shades a large veranda that serves as the living space with a broad panoramic view of the Bali Sea. Even when an afternoon thunderstorm comes through, it is possible to sit outside with no interruption to the relaxed ambience that surrounds you. On clear mornings you can actually see Mount Merapi, one of the largest volcanoes on Java. The bedrooms are tastefully decorated and air-conditioned. One of the high points is the beautiful tropical garden, replete with coconut palms, white and pink oleander, tropicana hibiscus, and a wide variety of orchids. The garden is beautifully maintained and provides an incredible setting that leads to the swimming pool; beyond that is the black volcanic sand beach and the gentle surf of the Bali Sea.

Another high point was our early morning dolphin safari! The boat actually collects you at the beachfront of the house just before sunrise, allowing you to enjoy the ride out to the dolphin watching spot before you watch the flips and jumps of the lively pods of dolphins that live in that area.

The team of household help could not have been better. The housekeeper, Wayan, is attentive to every need and is a great cook of Indonesian and Western food. Binter is the cheerful gardener whose handiwork is such a pleasure to behold. Komang, the security guard, plays gamelan music in the early evening to accompany our sundowners, adding a lovely local flare to the end of each day.

Villa Rumak Buka has been awarded the best holiday villa in the whole of Indonesia by Zoover – the European equivalent of Trip Advisor, and it is easy to see why. Villa Rumah Buka is probably the best value for money of any villa we have rented and we are already planning when we might be able to return to this small slice of paradise.

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Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
Apr 30, 2016
Dear Jennifer,
Thank you very much for this great review. It covers all the aspects of Rumah Buka.
Always welcome for a next visit to the villa.
With kind regards,
Maddy and Ton
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wberg2
Seattle, Washington
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Relax in Bali Paradise”
Reviewed April 25, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
3
people found this review helpful

Beautiful spacious open house, but you will spend little time indoors. The covered outdoor living areas and seaside cabana invite you to relax and enjoy the sandy beach and ocean views. Large infinitee pool feels as though it is an extension of the ocean.
Included friendly housekeeper Wayan is wonderful and happy to cook breakfast and Indonesian specialty dinners. Just pay for ingredients, and a nice tip at the end is well deserved.
The location and villa can't be beat if you are looking to relax and enjoy the quieter side of Bali. Great for couples, kids, mature. May lack the complete privacy a young honeymooning couple may be searching for.
Suggest US bookers arrange payment transfer through local branch of owners bank to avoid $50 wire transfer fee on deposit & final payment.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Apr 30, 2016
Dear Wayne,

Thank you very much for this great review. You are always welcome for your next trip to Bali.
Kind regards,
Maddy and Ton
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sambambin...
Melbourne
Level 4 Contributor
8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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
2
people found this review helpful

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
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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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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