Not a hotel in the normal sense of the description but then why would anyone think it is when the name itself suggests otherwise. A collection of three separate buildings. One a small bungalow room, the other two are private pool small villas. These consist of a bedroom, which is a good size with a large shower room. Equipped with very effective a/c, WiFi, TV we didn't try. Outside is a kitchenette area but equipped just with a fridge not for self catering a meal. In this kitchenette is also a small seating area facing the garden. In the garden is the pool, 5x3 metres, a good size plunge pool about 1 metre deep for a part and 1.60 for the rest. A really useable pool for a dip after a day at the beach and completely private with 2 metre high garden walls and gated entrance.
And so, not a hotel with reception and services and room cleaned and towels changed, but these things are on request only not conducted daily, primarily so that guests have complete privacy if they want. Breakfast is provided, just tea or coffee, eggs to choice and toast. Sufficient to start the day. And while there might be no formal reception services, one of Amin's team is usually there to answer questions or Amin is available on whatsapp via the WiFi, but you do need to be prepared to live in a reasonably local environment. It is a 30 minute walk to the town and restaurants, the best direction being out left from the property which is by far the easier on motorbike being just 100 metres to tarmac road. The other direction is about 800 metres unpaved to the other main road into the town where you'll start to find restaurants. But a motorbike is highly recommended, not just for getting into town for restaurants but to visit the stunning nearby beaches like Tanjung An, Mawun etc.
At this price for a private plunge pool room it cant be beaten, but care and maintenance of the highest standard will be needed to maintain the attraction of the pool.
It turns out that if you book the less expensive villa, you don't really get very much at all, certainly not the list of features they promise in the description of the place. No kettle in the room, no hot water in the outdoor shower, no pool access.
If your mother knew that you even considered touching the 'welcome drink' of homemade rice wine in a dirty old reused plastic bottle, she'd never let you leave the house again.
An outdoor shower is a nice idea, until you realise that you have to stand outside naked, surrounded by mosquitoes. When showering, expect to share shower space with a banana plant. The toilet was filthy and the built-in bum gun didn't work.
If you wanted your room cleaned, you had to ask for it, but reception was not staffed during the day so our room wasn't cleaned for the three day stay. In order to make contact with anyone, you've got to send a WhatsApp.
We asked for a driver to take us to the beach, the owner sent round his friend, who tried to charge us 500,000 for a return journey. We found a much friendlier driver in town who took us for 250,000 return.
I have no clue where all these glowing reviews came from, but I would be deeply suspicious of them.
Pros: Owner is very friendly and helpfull
Cons: Needs to be more clean, location, breakfast could be better, price to high
We booked this place after a bad experience at an other place, and it was just amazing place! Brand new, so some things was stille under construction, but that didn't matter, we had a privat pool, big bedroom with a comfortable bed, a big nice bathroom with hot water. And then the owner, simply an amazing host, very helpful and he just want the best for you. We could have breakfast when ever we wanted too, he came to pick us up by himself down in Kuta. He was very helpful to recommend different places around the area, which we went to by a rented scooter we rented through him. He told us about a cave called Mystical Neverland, which is a cave filled with fruit bates and Python snakes. An amazing experience but also a bit scary(;
I can only recommend Sunbeam villa you will only have a good time!
These Villas are beautiful, new, clean and private. The staff really respect your privatcy. The owner is very helpfull and has a lot of ideas on what to do, and where to go. He learned us to ride a scooter, and we rented a scooter there as well. We had a Great stay. And its only 10 minutes Walk away from City center. :-) thank you for a great experience:)
Includes a nice garden setting with a small pool, own kitchen, very spacious and nice. Owner is very helpful, genuine and speaks good English.
We walked in on this place by accident as we didn't book anything in front. Amin is very hospital and likes to help you (e.g. he got us some anti mosquito spray when we asked were we could find, =) !). He invited us to drink some local palm wine as well.
The place has a nice bathroom, but water pressure is pretty low (we didn't mind though), the room is spacious and you will have your own private mini pool. There is just one other villa next to you, also with an own private pool. And you can rent a motorbike for a fair price (I think he also mentioned that he takes people on day trips). Altogether, for sure recommended!