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.
- 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