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
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Villa Simha Bali Singaraja