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“Unbeatable scenery and excellent service.”
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Villa Santai
Ranked #175 of 622 Ubud B&B and Inns
Reviewed November 7, 2012

My partner and I stayed at Villa Santai for a total of five days in February of 2012, and found both the accommodation and staff to be exceptional.

The villa is located perfectly for a relaxing getaway, featuring a mostly open-air design overlooking a picturesque jungle ravine in the outskirts of Ubud's paddy fields. The scenery is amazing to wake to each morning over breakfast and viewable from just about any vantage point in the villa. It is possible to take a scenic walk through some more rural areas into central Ubud from the villa, however this would not be recommended on a frequent basis or on those hotter days. Luckily, however, the staff are more than happy to shuttle you in and out as you please so this does not become an issue.

Each of the four rooms in the villa are spacious, well maintained, and feature equally good vantage points of the surrounding area. All have a private bathroom, walk-in wardrobe/changing area, as well as tables and chairs. The beds are comfortable and, most importantly, are fitted with mosquito net drapes to keep out all manner of crawling things during the night (of which you will definitely encounter at one point or another in your room). Other amenities include an infinity edge pool, large dining area, open-air couch/tv space, and bar equip with an internet ready computer and villa-wide sound system - all of which are equally spacious and well maintained.

What truly makes the stay special, however, is the very personable, friendly staff members, all of whom are just super pleasant and willing to welcome and accommodate you. The in-house cook is a particular treasure, capable of whipping up mouth-watering Balinese cuisine morning and night alongside freshly squeezed tropical juices that are easily on par or better than eighty-percent of the restaurants we visited within Ubud during our stay. The villa is cleaned regularly throughout the day and groceries/bar items available to be picked up from the local market on request without hassle. As previously mentioned, a personal driver is also provided to take you wherever you might need who will also provide you with his phone number for pickup as necessary. In addition, staff are prepared to book many activities for you ahead of time on request.

Overall, I would highly recommend Villa Santai to anyone thinking about a stay in Bali and the Ubud region. Everything about our stay here was exceptional, allowing you to just switch off and relax amidst some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 11, 2012

We, a family or two adults and three kids, recently spent 3 days at the villa.

What a beautiful spot. The villa overlooks a valley, with the sounds of the river in the background. Swallows zip in and around the villa, although surprisingly little other birdlife. The photos on tripadviser tell the story. 4 large rooms are downstairs. Each come with en suites and very large walk in robes. The living area surrounds the pool and there are also two other undercover pavilions.

The one gripe I would have though is the lounge furniture. It is just not up to the standard required for such a villa. Please get rid of what is really just outdoor furniture dressed up as a lounge. Replace it with a large comfortable one ASAP. What a difference this would make.

Apart from that we had a very relaxing time. We did do the Bali on bike trip one day, and also made the quick trip into ubud town to walk the main road and visit the monkey forest. But the vibe in this villa is a lot different to that of seminyak (or leggian etc...). Peace and quiet.

With regards to the standard of food served at the villa - I would have to say we were a bit disappointed. Breakfasts were really good. We only had lunch on one day and the BLT's were fine. But the Indonesian or Asian inspired dishes for dinner were not the best. As a result we reverted to of all things burgers at night. They were really good though. Having said that we would have preferred local dishes. The lunch at the end of our Bali on Bike tour were amazing though!! Hint!

All up a beautiful and peaceful villa with staff that were very much in the background so you could enjoy the serenity. The villa was spotless and the daily cleaning was done without you even knowing.

Room Tip: Two front rooms, though you don't spend much time in the rooms
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Goldlox1969
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Absolutely amazing week in Villa Santai, we wish we could have stayed there longer. Everything was simply exceptional. The staff are awesome, so friendly and welcoming, making you feel like it’s your home for a brief moment in time. You are far enough away from the busy tourist areas that it’s like your own little oasis in the rice fields with an unobstructed view of the valley below. You can easily spend your days lazing around the villa without any need to venture into Ubud, but if you do it’s only a short 10min drive…by the villa driver of course. The highlight of the stay was the small cooking class we had with the staff, we felt so special to have our own local introduction to some super tasty local food. It’s rare that we find something worth going back to, but we’ll be back to Villa Santai…thanks to all the staff for the amazing week.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank Cameron M
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Amazing accommodation in the heart of the jungle. We cannot fault anything about this villa: everything was perfect! Breakfast included plenty of fresh fruit with the usual eggs and toast - superbly cooked. The menu for lunch and dinner was small but all beautifully cooked and well presented. The rooms all had excellent views and were very spacious. Bathrooms were enormous and each room also had walk-in wardrobes. We had a turndown service each night and the rooms were sprayed with mozzie repellant each night.

The staff were very helpful. Made, the manager, made sure we had everything we needed and Dedi the driver was really friendly and accommodating. All the staff were exceptionally friendly and easy-going.

The location is stunning. We had thought the villa overlooked rice fields (good), but in fact it overlooks wild jungle and a deep ravine with a fresh water river below (Amazing!). It's so completed secluded, you can just make out shining lights of a small jungle resort in the far distance.

Re: bugs from a previous post. We had no issue at all, but the mozzie nets over the beds were a nice touch.

We had the most amazing and relaxing stay and will definitely be back. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: There are 4 rooms - the front two have bigger floorspace, better views, but smaller bathrooms. The b...
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank AdamRoss
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

This is seriously the most enjoyable accommodation I have ever experienced. There were 7 of us that stayed for 8 nights and we were all very sad to leave at the end of our trip.

No matter where you are in the villa the views are spectacular. We spent many hours sitting by the pool, reading our books and just staring at the scenery (with beer in hand of course). We honestly felt like royalty perched up on the hill looking around the villa.

The staff were fantastic. Impeccable service and always smiling. They kept the villa spotless, prepared & cooked amazing meals and Dedi was great, driving us all around on our day trips answering all our touristy questions. A big thank you to all the staff for adding to the whole experience.

Our whole group would highly recommend this place and we are already talking about our next trip to villa santai.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Michael M
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

Excellent... outstanding... beautiful.

This was a terrific experience as the villa is stunningly beautiful and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. London Perry was excellent in helping us organize the trip. We were there as a group of 15 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The only mistake I made was not spending enough time in the villa with the attempt to explore all of Ubud. Stay here... and stay for long.

Room Tip: The rooms in the front are lovely and preferred.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with friends
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2  Thank rKaps
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

London, and his team at Villa Santai provided an experience of a lifetime. Often, when you see photos of places like Villa Santai - you do question how reflective they are of the actual location. Well, our group of 8 can truly say that every part of those photos is reflective of the actual Villa. But what tops it all, is the hospitality, kindness and warmth of the team at Villa Santai. Every detail was taken care of for us - from pick ups, to places to visit, to beautiful, fresh and local meals in the Villa. Have no issues whatsoever recommending Villa Santai as a place to go. My only caution is to be wary of the travelling times to the major tourist spots (e.g., Seminyak is over 1.5hrs). However, the travel is worth it in the end :)

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank AlickV
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Additional Information about Villa Santai

Address: Jln. Raya Tanggayuda, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #175 of 622 B&Bs / Inns in Ubud
Price Range: $472 - $652 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Villa Santai 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
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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