The property is fantastic during the day, but we felt incredibly unsafe at night. The doors to the rooms don't extend all the way down to the floor, and the window screens have large holes, meaning there is absolutely no separation between you and the jungle outside.
On our first evening at the villa, we returned to the walk in closet to unpack our open bags and found a huntsman spider (apparently not poisonous, but they are about 4 inches in diameter and absolutely terrifying) sitting on the wall under the hangers.
That night, we were woken up by a tokay gecko (10-12 inch long lizard with a mating call that would wake even the deepest sleeper) a small gecko and another huntsman spider walking on the walls. With only mosquito netting around the bed to deter the animals we were unable to sleep at all. As soon as the sun comes up the animals retreat and the noise outside quiets down.
When the property owners invest in sealed rooms, this will be a great place to stay. Until then, be warned that Ubud is a real jungle and you can't expect to be insulated from it in your room at Villa Santai.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Santai is a very private and secluded luxury villa only 5k from Ubud center. Our house staff of eight will provide you with a level of service that is unparalleled. The villa's four romantic suites offer you spectacular sweeping views on the Petanu River, ancient rice terraces, and pristine jungle. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Santai Ubud, Bali