From the reviews we had read on Trip Advisor we knew that the villa was going to be good. It did, however, surpass our expectations in a number of areas. Firstly the homely nature of the villa ensured our family of four felt very relaxed. The wifi was good and the TV channels also plentiful, essential with two teenagers in the party. Visiting Asia often, we head for bed sometimes in trepidation about hard beds and harder pillows, not so at Mandalay and we found ourselves sleeping soundly each night. A mention then for the staff who were extremely attentive and ensured the villa was always spotless. The garden area and the outlook across the rice fields which can be enjoyed from a number of comfortable spots was also something we never tired off. The traffic in Bali is pretty bad and does mean, like previous reviewers have mentioned, that your journey can take time but this would be the same wherever your villa was situated. We visited Echo Beach often for dinner as well as enjoying Joshua District close to the Villa as well as enjoying the luxury of the in house chef. All in all an excellent stay and an excellent experience from start to finish.
My husband and I spent 5 days at the Mandalay Hideaway Villa in Tanah Lot. We had chosen this villa because of the beautiful photos. To our surprise, it was far better than expected!!!
For us, this villa is in a great location because it is far enough away from the tourist areas to provide space and serenity for a peaceful vacation, but is very easily accessible to Seminyak and Ubud. While the drive was a bit long to the tourist locations (about 45mins 1 hour), we barely noticed because of the amount of culture that you are able to absorb along the way. I noticed that as soon as we had arrived at the beach and other busy spots, while it was enjoyable, I couldn't wait to return to our peaceful villa. There was plenty to learn about the small village in which we stayed.
I noticed a review that had complained about the "noise" from the villagers. I very much enjoyed it! Because the villa is located in a Hindu community, there were chanting rituals that were performed daily. For us, it was neither obtrusive nor distracting. It was interesting to hear, and I had become accustomed to this sound every morning. I very much enjoyed laying on the daybed on the balcony, watching the sun rise and listening to their morning chants. On our last day, I was already thinking about how I was going to miss waking up that way.
The food was prepared daily and was delicious! Our chef was very consistent and his meals were very satisfying. The portions are also quite filling. We also enjoyed fresh juice daily.
The grounds were consistently well kept and the property was always clean.
My only suggestion or critique would be that the staff could work on their English. They understood the basics and there was no issue with requests, however, the English barrier was a bit of a draw back. However, it did not take away from our stay and it would not stop us from returning or recommending friends and family! What a lovely Villa :-)
My three kids and me have just got back from our truly terrific time with Rida and her team at the beautiful Mandalay Hideaway in Canggu. We had an adventurous week tripping around Bali with our knowledgeable, reliable and friendly driver Budi. Meals at the villa were delicious and Rida was always available to arrange our special requests (a family yoga class, massages etc) at the villa or wherever. A truly delightful holiday and highly recommended from us! Thanks team Mandalay Hideaway.
Truly a hidden gem! This place was simply amazing. The staff were very attentive and ready to help at a push of a button..literally..there are call buttons in every room. The villa itself was so beautifu andl very clean all of the amenities you could possibly need from free wifi to apple tv and netflix. It was my birthday and I requested a rose petal bath and they did it for me no problems! Rida is the host she is so kind and welcoming really makes you feel right at home! I can't wait to come back for a longer stay a week wasn't enough!
We chose the villa from the pictures on the website which do it absolute justice. We were lucky enough to choose Mandalay Hideaway for our wedding. The view is breath taking, the villa is gorgeous. Rida and staff did an absolutely fantastic job at making our special day even more special. Thoroughly recommend this villa for wedding, party or just vacation.
Big thanks to Andy, Rida and the rest of the staff!
Wonderful staff in the house, very kind and friendly atmosphere. All what we have seen in the net, photos and descriptions of the house is like you will it find in the stay. We have been there in the rain season, but the weather was fine. Rida cares of all problems you could have, she is a very friendly and tough person, who knows the expectations of foreign customers from all of the world. The cook is serving very good menues for dinner, breakfast all the time was excellent. A special mention we will give to Budi, our driver. He has shown us so many places in Bali and was so helpful for all our wishes. We did not meet Andy in this time, because he was travelling himself. But You can be sure that he has a good staff in his house, so we had found an excellent holiday-place for us. We will come back, thanks to all !
We are three friends (women) who travel to Bali each year for a five night break. Our criteria is to have separate ensuite bedrooms, a pool, and privacy to enjoy the odd drink while we chat and read books. We also enjoy a massage or two. Mandalay Hideaway was absolutely perfect for us, one of the best places we have stayed in Bali.
The location of the beautiful villa gave us the peace and quiet we wanted. Mandalay sits between two other villas, but we weren't overlooked and there was no noise from them. With rice paddies below and mountain views in the distance the villa was very tranquil. We have been to Seminyak several times, so we weren't interested in being close to restaurants or night life. Having said that, there are a couple of excellent restaurants only a short drive away. The villa comes with a driver (very friendly), who will take you wherever you need to go for the cost of the petrol only.
All of the staff were outstanding. A special mention to the personal concierge, Rida, who made sure we had everything we needed. The chef was excellent, so we only had one evening meal out as we all agreed that the food was so good in the villa that it wasn't worth venturing elsewhere. Just a note that the food was brought in each day freshly. We even ordered fish one evening and Rida told us that she hadn't bought it at the market but had bought it fresh off the fisherman selling their catch on the beach.
We felt our stay was far too short and we were extremely sad to leave. As the villa staff waived us goodbye, it was almost like saying farewell to family. I would have no hesitation in returning to this beautiful spot again.
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