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“I admire them for letting us - other people - so intensely share their dream and paradise!”
Review of Villa Simha Bali

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Villa Simha Bali
Ranked #17 of 43 Singaraja B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 13, 2009

It was by pure chance and luck we got to know about Villa Santhi. A real good luck!

Planning our second visit to Bali after a quick first stop in january 2007 we already new we wanted to see most of Bali experiencing different parts and areas. Lovina and the dolphins was among those. Also the desire of experience real Balinese-luxury living in a private villa during our trip. Quite early in this process of planning our trip I happened to see the web-site of Villa Santhi instantly making me very curious. Just to mention my profession is as a consultant in creating events, meetings and incentives so I normally know quite well what I am looking for.

What first struck me was the personal - yet professional - very friendly and helpful direct contact with the owners Komang and Andrew Blane. Our communication turned out to be quite long and detailed since our trip was quite complex and detailed with 10 different hotels and places visited in 24 days. Lovina/Singaraja and Villa Santhi was supposed to be the relaxing grand final of our trip. It certainly turned out to be more than what we expected!

Booking trips on the internet might not always be a pleasant experience. Especially in Bali many places has lost edge due to the crisis in travelindustry. We made a quick stop in Lovina just in the beginning of our trip swimming with dolphins together with friends that we travelled with for the first week. Luckily we ended up finding the only dolphin just outside Villa Santhi! Encouraged by this very quick aquintance with Komang and her fantastic Villa Santhi we knew that we would be back in paradise to complete or Bali-trip no matter what other experiences we would have during our next coming weeks taking us around Bali. This also proved the absolute honesty of Komang and Andrew in the way the present and sell their fantastic Villa Santhi - what was actually built by them for their personal and private use! I admire them for letting us - other people - so intensely share their dream and paradise! Villa Santhi is 100% what it is presented as on the web and yet even more. It is a dream come true! No excess luxury - but pure and honest service performed by people who really are concerned about your wellbeing, comfort and pleasure.

What makes all the difference - from my point of view - is the people. The crew of Villa Santhi. You feel from dawn to sunset that these people care about you as their guests. Not as clients and customers because you pay. Just because they care! That's real service to me! You can learn many things - but you need to give service from your heart.

This concern and care about your well-being goes like a red string through the entire Villa Santhi experience; the welcome, the setting, the arcitecture, the food&kitchen - always ready to fulfil your desires from french croissants in the morning to fresh lobster for dinner. Also a vast menu of things to do and see - everything carried out by the villa staff and veichles of great standard and condition. You feel in safe and good hands.

Small details as the personal story of Komang and Andrew and the Villa Santhi written in the guestbook, decoration of the house with thousands of Frangipanis upon arrival, flower garlands, fresh fruit juices, Balinese folklore-music performed by the night guard, Komang taking personal care of all the family- and house temples every day. Upon departure we received the most caring and concerning gesture - an album of our fantastic Villa Santhi! What an unforgettable memory always on our coffee-table at home.

Travelling around Bali Lovina might not be the most beatiful spot on the island. However the setting of Villa Santhi right on the black lavasand beach is marvellous. The sea is warm and the absence of big waves makes it wonderful for swimming. Right in front of the villa there is a great reef to explore snorkeling. Lots of fishes to see.
Also walking on the beach either towards Lovina or Singaraja allows you to explore ordinary Balinese life, genuine people and fishermen "villages" on the beach. People are very friendly, open and curious.

I went with our chef to the local market for shopping which was a great adventure. Quite impressed the way the do the shopping - but evenmore the quality of food processed in the kitchen. Especially the local dishes and fresh fish from the sea.

Since we had been moving around alot before arriving at Villa Santhi we mostly enjoyed just hanging around our fantastic home for almost a week. Wonderful days in total harmony - by the sea and the mountains. Spectacular views from sunrise behind the villa, volcanoes and ricefields to sunset in the shadows of Java. If paradise was a place - this could be it. Since paradise is more likely an emotion - this must be it! You have to try it!

All our warmest recommendations - Family Renmarker, Stockholm, Sweden with teenagers Rutger 15, Lea 13 and Estelle 11

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2009

I cannot recommend Villa Santhi highly enough. I'm not sure what to add to the other reviews except to say that this truly was the best holiday we've had and you should check availability and not go to Bali unless you can stay here. Andrew and Komang have created a unique piece of paradise where you will feel completely relaxed and spoilt. The Villa exceeded all expectations (already high from the excellant website pictures and videos) and the staff were friendly, attentive and welcoming. Service is personal but not intrusive, the Villa is a tribute to Andrew's vision and taste and we hope to return as soon as we can. Whether you want to stay by the pool and be spoilt in the luxurious surroundings watching the sunset over Java or visit the waterfalls, volcanos, temples and hot springs or take a boat trip to Lovina for dinner or see wild dolphins there is something here for everyone.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Thank GuySeymour
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Reviewed September 12, 2009

This is our second trip to Villa Santhi. We went in July 2008 to celebrate our friend Jackies 60th birthday. We liked it so much we went back this yeat and Bill and myself renewed our wedding vows in the Villa gardens and at night moved it all onto the beach. This is an absolutely fabulous Villa with a setting to die for and if any one wants to get married abroad or renew their vows as we did they could not find a better place. We shall be making a return visit in the near future.
Daphne Kennerley, Newton-le-Willows England

Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2009

After all the very positive feedbacks our expectations were pretty high - but they weren't disappointed. Villa Santhi is without any doubt one of the most beautiful places we've ever been to in our entire life.

In Denpassar we were greeted by Komang, the driver. From there to Lovina it's a three hours drive and the roads on Bali could certainly need some improvement. Not so Komangs driving skills. He's calm, relaxed, careful, friendly and with a great sense of humor. On our third day we had booked a day trip and Komang safely took us to the must see spots in Eastern Bali. Fortunately he avoided the tourist traps like Pura Besakih, Bali's largest temple, which is in the hand of the temple mafia and therefore not worth the hassle.

Back to Villa Santhi. What should I praise most? The food? The staff? The location?
Probably everything, but the wonderful people working there most definitely deserve being highlighted. You simply cannot think of anybody being more welcoming and caring than these folks. We were treated like royalties and pempered like babies.
The Villa itself doesn't need explanation, just visit their well-designed website, it tells the truth.

Was there anything we didn't like that much? Hmmmm, maybe two things.
The Villa is open to the public beach, so the people walking by can easily look inside. Given you're a privacy freak, that might be slightly disturbing at times. Actually we got used to it soon and didn't bother after a while.

The second aspect is actually not an issue but a good example of how much the guests are in the focus of everybody's interest and concern: there were no mosquito nets around the beds and we were actually bitten quite often and ended up in the small bunk bed room after hours of hunting.
We mentioned this to the friendly owner, and in the very second I'm writing this review he's installing the mosquito nets (I received an email this morning).

Well, there is probably no heaven on earth - but Villa Santhi comes pretty close.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 21, 2009

We stayed at Villa Santhi during part of our month-long trip to Bali. The grounds and house were terrific (the photos on their website and the ones posted here are quite accurate) but the real gem here is the staff.

During our stay we ate most of our meals at the Villa, went to the market and visited many of the local landmarks, so we spent a fair amount of time with various members of the staff. Everyone went out of their way to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable and everyone was unfailingly attentive, responsive, kind and friendly. Moreover, they seemed to enjoy doing what they did and sharing Bali with us. If we return to the north shore on our next trip, we will certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank khorwalung
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

This tops it all. Currently living in India as expats, we use our holidays to go abroad and relax with our three small kids. We have been to Sri Lanka, the Maldives etc., but Bali - and especially Villa Santhi - has been the best experience so far.

We enjoyed the huge luxurious villa, the garden and the pool - directly beside the beach -, we ate too much of the yummie food and the kids just loved the pool and the treehouse and, of course, Novi, Komang, Ketut and all the other lovely souls of the staff. Every second or third day, we did a trip to the countryside, seeing waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, temples and quiet lakes. We went to release baby turtles into the sea, we watched the dolphins off the Lovina coast - we and our kids will always remember this holiday as something completely extraordinary.

Thanks to Andrew and Santhi and all the staff for making this an experience we will always treasure.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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1  Thank Widehupf
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

We spent two weeks in December 2007 at Villa Santhi. The architecture of the house is amazing. From electronic devices (TV, DVD etc.) to the furniture, it is equipped with all the amenities we can imagine. We even had a Christmas tree!

Of course most of our time was spent outside. It was wonderful to sit at the pool just meters away from the beach enjoying the great sea view. Often we sat there until late at night. Many of these evenings one of the friendly security men played Balinese music for us, which made the atmosphere lovely.

All the staff is perfect! We took our breakfast around 1 pm – it was not a problem! The cook prepared every kind of meal we asked for. The manager and driver showed us many nice places in the area, including beautiful waterfalls, markets and a very good (Belgian!!!) restaurant.
An unforgettable highlight was our 2-day trip to the Komodo National Park to see the Komodo Dragons. We asked Novi, the manager, to assist us to get there and it was organized perfectly. For nature lovers this adventure is a must!

We had a great time in a perfect house with perfect and lovely staff. We will be back.

Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Claus B
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Additional Information about Villa Simha Bali

Address: Jl Pantai Segara Wangi 2, Singaraja 81152, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Singaraja
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Singaraja
Price Range: $231 - $336 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stunning luxury holiday home in private grounds with large infinity-effect swimming pool. The most spacious and comfortable accommodation in North Bali. Gorgeous beach-front setting with panoramic ocean, rice-field and mountain views. Ideal base for escaping the crowds and discovering the real Bali. Fully serviced by naturally friendly and hospitable Balinese staff. Experience the holiday of your dreams and enjoy unrivaled service and personal attention in our delightful haven of tranquility and pampered luxury. ... more   less 
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Villa Simha Bali Singaraja

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