My daughter and I stayed here last week - our first stop on a Balinese odyssey. What a way to begin! Villa Balquisse is all about low key chic, evident from the moment you walk through the beautiful Balinese wooden doorway. The grounds are peppered with comfy sitting areas, statues hidden in artful places, antique pieces like an old cash register, as a quirky addition to an outdoor Balinese sitting area. There are two pools, and an expansive green lawn, great lighting, an excellent, quirky restaurant that seats people in and outside, and a great spa with treatment rooms that make you feel as though you are out in a jungle.
We stayed in a family loft-style room for 2 nights, which was so well done. The touches of detail - antique phones that actually work, beautiful fabrics and rugs, chunky furniture and the integration of Balinese pieces throughout, is superb. We were able to see a couple of rooms, and each is unique and different in design, and all were so well done! I can see wanting to mix it up and stay in a couple different rooms. Villa Balquisse is a calm and cool place where you want to stay for weeks, not just nights.
Made, the manager, is not only charming and totally welcoming, he's also absolutely divine to look at (had to say that). He made us feel so welcomed. My 20-year old daughter checked in a day before I arrived, and he made sure she felt comfortable. When I arrived the next day, he was right there to greet me and I felt like I was in his home. Never did we bother with any formal check-in process, which I happen to hate, just another of the personal touches at the Villa Balquisse that go a long way. In fact, the entire staff treated us so warmly and wouldn't hesitate to do anything to make our stay more comfortable. Two examples: 1. I drink a protein shake every morning. The kitchen staff would take my bag of powder and whip it up into something magical each morning. A total work of art. 2. My daughter was experiencing some stomach problems. We had mentioned this when we were having massages, and Dewi, a gifted masseuse (I know whereof I speak on this one), took it upon herself to pop out to a local store and get my daughter some medicine. She brought it to us, and would not take a penny for it. It touched us so much. Do take advantage of the spa treatments - the rooms with the sunken tubs are just magnificent. Our best massages over the entire 14 days in Bali, were here.
On our second day at Villa Balquisse, we were poking around and discovered the villa on the property, The Shaba. This is a three-bedroom, colonial chic villa that is soooo fabulous we had to enquire about it to Made, the manager. Indeed, it was available if we wanted to transfer for the rest of our stay. We jumped at the opportunity and in fact, had the villa all to ourselves. This is truly heaven! (Please see my review on The Shaba).
Jimbaran is a mellow area - it is not busy like Seminyak, yet its low-key vibe is more authentic Bali than other tourist areas. I have been to Bali several times now, and due largely to Villa Balquisse, I discovered how much I like Jimbaran. With the trees on the beach like you see in your mind when you think of Bali, and the small, manageable little bay, we really came to love it here - especially after having stayed in Ubud and then Seminyak.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A boutique hotel set in the heart of Jimbaran and nestled in a coconut groove. BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel is a mansion dating back in the 60s. Entirely renovated over the years by its owner and interior decorator, Zohra Boukhari, BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel has this shabby-chic vibe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Balquisse Hotel Jimbaran
- Balquisse Hotel Jimbaran
- BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel Bali/Jimbaran