We recently had my sisters wedding at the Villa Bukit Naga. Very small gathering as we wanted an intimate affair. Cannot put into words the experience we all had. The Villa was absolutely amazing, the staff were amazing, the food prepared by the villa chef was amazing. Nothing was too much trouble. It was so beautiful, secluded & peacefull you could have been in a different world.
We had 12 guests in total and not a single one could beleive that such a place could exist.
Many thanks to Rachel, John, Parta, Melly and all the staff at Villa Bukit Naga for making this an experience that we will never forget.
We booked this villa over the internet and right from the first easy exchange of emails with Rachel (owner) we new we were in for something special. We had 3 families (6 adults and 6 kids aged 7 - 10) travelling together, and wanted a few nights to wind down after the hustle and bustle of Legian, before heading home.
We were picked up at our hotel and had some trouble fitting 12 of us and our luggage into the 2 vans sent to pick us up (plus the aircon wasn't working properly in one of them so it was a sweaty 1.5 hr ride). That was the only hitch, because once we arrived Villa Bukit Naga and found the whole team of smiling staff waiting to greet us it was like stepping into a dream. Parta (the Manager) lead us on a tour of the villa that left us speechless (which is not easy for our group!). Each of the 3 gorgeous villas offers it's own special features and the gardens and pool are magnificent. I'm not going to spoil it by giving too much detail, but let's just say that this place is truely special.
The beds were heavenly (ask for a top sheet if you don't want to sleep under the doona). and it is so peaceful so we slept like babies. Even though each of the 3 villas surround the main pool - they still feel private and allow you to escape if you want to. There are gazebos and daybeds scattered all over the property and around each corner is another beautiful view of nature at it's best.
The staff are wonderful. Most of the time we weren't even aware that they were there, ... but somehow the bed was beautifully made each day, food magically appeared on the table, and leaves were swept up before they hit the ground. Parta would appear at just the right moment to answer questions and share some Balinese history. Every request was expertly handled and nothing was too much trouble. On our first night Putu (chef) made us such a delicious snapper dish that we asked her to teach us how to make it. She and Meli (our lovely waitress) did a fantastic job of feeding us, ... after the difficulty of choosing what to order from the extensive menu. Meli also spent time teaching our girls how to make some of the local craft out of reeds which they loved.
We did the Eco cycling tour which starts with breakfast overlooking a volcano (the food was ordinary - so eat breakfast at the villa before you go). Then we cycled 25kms through villages and rice paddies - virtually down hill all the way. It was a fantastic way to experience the Balinese way of life and we all rated it a highlight of our holiday. One of our group was too young to ride a 2 wheeler so she tavelled in the Van that followed the group. We finished with a delicious lunch at an open air "cafe" overlooking a rice paddy and then the van dropped us back at the villa.
Apart from a brief trip into Ubud (25 min drive) none of us wanted to leave the villa, and with the pool, gardens and the movie lounge there was plenty to keep the kids happy. On the last day a couple of us treated ourselves to a massage on the balcony with Desak and her friend - and we agreed it was probably the best massage we've ever had!
Thank you to Rachel, Parta, Meli, Putu our drivers and the rest of the amazing team for providing us with a wonderful experience that we will never forget.
What a wonderfully beautiful, relaxing, friendly place to unwind and relax! We thoroughly loved every minute of our stay at this very welcoming villa.
Firstly, we must thank the staff for their warmth and excellent service. Nothing was too much trouble for them, from cooking us delicious meals made to order, serving up cocktails, looking after the little ones, driving us around, ensuring every room was spotless, taking care of our daily laundry, looking after the absolutely beautiful gardens..... they are just fantastic in every way! Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Bukit Naga is situated outside of Ubud village and from the front you look out over a typical Balinese rice field setting. From the back of the villa you look out over the valley to the mountains in the distance - the sunsets are spectacular. It is a very quiet area so you can either lap up the silence or party to your hearts content. There is one large swimming pool as well as a plunge pool, spa, gym, DVD room (with hundreds of DVDs), free WiFi, plus lots of quiet sitting areas so you can escape to be on your own if you want some quiet time. The villa features 7 bedrooms in 3 buildings. The bedrooms themselves are all very large with lovely bathrooms, some also having outdoor showers.
You can also order in massages and other spa treatments. We all loved our massages and they were an almost daily occurrence.
Honestly, I cannot say enough nice things about this place. We definitely felt very sad when our time came to leave.
Me and brother treated our parents to a trip to Bali, as they had not been before.
In total - there were 8 of us, so booking a villa would make sense, especially when you get 5 star service for much better value than 5 star hotels.
Part of our stay was in Ubud, and based on a recommendation of a friend, I booked Bukit Naga.
We were not disappointed at all.
Truly fantastic premises - able to sleep up to 12, across 3 separate villas.
Awesome infinity pool overlooking a plateau of lush green scenery (sunsets were truly a sight to behold)
Top-notch staff to attend your every need.
In all seriousness - you can just arrive, and no need to leave the villa at all - everything is catered for. Even has a gym, and a fully comprehensive library of DVDs in a separate TV room.
Rooms and beds were probably the best i've stayed in in a while - had some really good sleep during my stay, and woke up refreshed to some tasty Balinese coffee and breakfast, followed by a nice dip in that lovely infinity pool of theirs.
My parents absolutely loved it (hopefully they won't get too used to it .... LOL)
Highly recommended for a family or reasonably sized group to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and looking to be tended to by top-notch staff
I could say more - but you get the gist ...
Seeing it online or reading reviews like this is one thing, actually arriving there and being there is a whole other experience...
What a place! Gorgeous surroundings, extreme tranquility and staff who could not have been more wonderful and accommodating, Bukit Naga had it all. We had such a perfect stay here we can't wait to book again. Don't hesitate in booking here, it is perfection!
Within moments of arriving, it felt like we had left the city we came from truly behind. Bukit Naga is amazingly tranquil. It is also large and can accomodate a few families in separate living areas...meaning that you can have as much as peace and quiet as you wish or you can socialise around the living area around the pool. The staff are excellent and you will receive personalised service at a level beyond a 5 star resort. Bukit Naga has excellent kitchen staff and we enjoyed a variety of western and local meals. The staff's attention to detail was excellent....when we arrived, the pool toys were ready to go putting a very large smile on the face of our 4 year old. We also opted for a cultural event and we were treated to a traditional dance over dinner. The staff are also able to arrange massages which you can enjoy by the pool or on the balcony, where you can drift off to sleep with the sounds of the jungle around you. All in all, an excellent place to escape to and we will be back next year.
My wife and I spent 10 days at Bukit Naga in Sep 09. It is a beautiful villa with excellent staff and service. It would be equally suitable as a romantic hideaway or a venue to host a larger party.. Everyhing was absolutely 5 star,and lazing beside the infinity pool gazing over the lush gorge was a delightful way to spend the day. It is 15 minutes from Ubud and all the attractions so shopping, restaurants and nightlife are not far away. The villa manager arranged for daily massages as well as yoga classes for my wife so we had a very indulgent time.The attention to detail and service quality surpassed our expectations and the food was a particular highlight. We will be going back soon.