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“Average at best” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taman Ahimsa

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Taman Ahimsa
Ranked #47 of 251 Specialty Lodging in Canggu
Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Average at best”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

This was our third Bali villa stay in three years, and unfortunately the least enjoyable one.

Firstly, the booking experience was not very assuring to start with. We booked and paid a deposit for the villa 6 months ahead. Prior to us paying the deposit, the villa (or its marketing agent) agreed on a number of things (such as the extra person charges, villa benefits, transport agreement and charges). They subsequently tried to change these agreements just before our arrival. It was only after numerous emails with reminders of earlier agreement that they agreed to revert back to earlier promises. In fact, there were still some email exchanges on the issue of extra person charge even when we were there. The fact that they tried to unilaterally change the agreement made us very wary. The feeling of "what's next ?" kept popping up.

Secondly, there were so unbearably many mosquitoes in the villa that everyone got at least a few mosquito bites each day. Children suffered the most bites with some of them getting close to 30 bites from the stay. And this was despite the mosquito repellent, mosquito coils and mosquito net (for sleeping). During our stay we took a few excursions out of the villa and that's when we were happy that we didn't have to deal with the mosquitoes in the villa.

For a villa that cost us about usd2200 a night, it's only reasonable that we hoped we could spend some peaceful times in the villa and its compound. But instead many of us felt we were better off out of villa.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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1,233 reviews
189 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 594 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

Our positive experience from a 4 night stay here should give you confidence when trolling through the website and thinking "Will it be OK for us?". The villa arranges transport to meet you at Denpasar Airport and take you to them. Depending how your arrival time coincides with the ebbs and flows of Bali traffic, travel time will range between 75 and 120 minutes! For those that know Bali, the trip from Seminyak to Cemagi could vary between 30-60 minutes. However the travel time is quickly forgotten once arriving at what is a beautiful garden setting by the sea. There are 4 individual villas and one building housing a villa on ground floor with 2 units above. All are very spacious and among our group of 9, every person and couple were extremely happy with their accommodation. The staff provide outstanding service and are a huge part of making this place a great holiday experience. During our stay we enjoyed sumptuous breakfasts each day, relaxing casual lunches and two lovely group dinners. On the days and nights we chose to tour around or eat out, the villa made arrangements for their vehicle or taxis to get us to and from sights or restaurants. Nothing was a problem. An example of this was morning one when our alcohol supplies were running low from a raucous first night. We fully expected a few of us to need to get in a car and spend a few hours travelling for replenishments. The staff were happy to get our order filled, and quickly, while we stayed by the swimming pool finishing off leftovers! While it is not recommended you swim at the beach outside Taman Ahimsa, at low tide, we had plenty of confidence in swimming safely but would not attempt it at other times. However, the beach was not where we wanted to be, preferring to be in or around their charming pool. Working rice farms cover most of the surrounding area, making it very picturesque for walking or riding resort bicycles, they have 2 kayaks for water fun and it is an approximate 45-60 minute walk along the beach at other than high tide to Echo Beach bars and eating. Being away from the craziness of Seminyak, Legian and Kuta means you have a top resort experience with your family, friends or work colleagues, allowing some quality time together but spare periods for touring as well. Time out to local restaurants is easily arranged by resort staff so we suffered no inconveniences or missing some of Bali's best dining. In summary, the staff make sure your every need is met and if you want a luxury holiday away with a small group of special people in your life, but still want to take time out to explore, you can't go wrong here.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Emanpee
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Taman Ahimsa may be off the beaten track, but it more than makes up for it in privacy & luxury. The rooms were very large (the master villa has a bed that could literally sleep 4 or 5). The open-air bathrooms just divine. But the best thing about Taman Ahimsa are the attentive staff. Nothing was a problem, they did their best to accommodate last minute changes & I swear the house-keeping staff were ninjas (I barely saw them, only their excellent work). The best holiday I ever had.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stayed here in March-April 2013 and had the best time. The rooms, the pool, the entire villa and the view are better than the photos could ever capture. The staff were polite, helpful and accommodating but not intrusive. It is a bit hard to find and far from everything else, however the rate includes a driver for the day should you want to go into Seminyak or somewhere else. You get a chance to pick you menu during your stay and the staff would do the grocery shopping and the cooking for you, they charge the cost of the shopping + around 15 % service fee.
We had an event here and it was the perfect setting, couldn't ask for more.
Definitely would recommend it if you're looking for a quiet getaway.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank popscenester
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Singapore
Level Contributor
31 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

Just had our wedding at Taman Ahimsa and it was an idyllic venue to host our friends and family. The stay was just as exceptional, really top notch.

The rooms are unique, lot's of space and nicely decorated. Bed was massive, it felt larger than a california king!

You are on the beach in a sleepy part of Canguu, perfect views of the sea. The pool hosted probably the most epic pool party I've ever seen.

Staff were attentive and mindful. Food was great, no complaints there.

I'd say that the only downside was the music stereo. The only reason why I don't give it 5 bubbles... If they were to invest in a nice receiver and speaker system around the pool with connection at the pool's bar hut, it would have been that much better.

Other than that, it's a 5!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank zattinho
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vancouver, canada
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49 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

Stayed for 5 nights here in January 2013....

1.) First, the management/marketing company behind the villa changed very shortly after I booked and paid for it. They literarily dropped the price from $2500/night to $1250/night... meaning I had overpaid by $7500. They issued only a partial refund which was very frustrating.

2.) It's as good, if not better, than the photos. You never know with these things, but the villa definitely lived up to expectations. Note, there is a huge empty lot next door that at some point will be built out. If/when construction starts, that could definitely affect stay quality.

3.) Service was good but and unobtrusive. If you asked for something, you get it... but don't expect to have someone hovering over you while you're by the pool, checking whether you need a new drink every 15 min.

4.) We went during the rainy season, and it only rained at night (and once late in the evening)

5.) Food prices are high.... I thought SE Indonesia is supposed to be cheap... budget an additional $200-$400 per day for grocery shopping if you have 7 or 8 people staying there, not including alcohol.

6.) It's far from everything, and anything, that you might want to do in Bali. Whether elephant trekking, white water rafting or ATV trips, you're looking at a good 1+ hour in the car, each way, if not more.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Taman Ahimsa
Address: Jl. Pantai Mengening, Desa Cemagi | Tanah Lot, Canggu 80361, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Canggu
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 251 Specialty Lodging in Canggu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taman Ahimsa means 'Garden of Peace' which, apart from the rhythmic waves breaking just beyond the boundary of this magical seven-bedroomed villa on Bali's south-west coast, describes the setting perfectly. Traditional materials of thatch, coconut husks, bamboo, rattan and recycled wood enhance a stunning natural environment, while Indonesian artefacts and ornate handmade fabrics lend unique character to interiors. After a day of relaxation or an invigorating massage by the pool, let your taste buds be dazzled by the villa's skilled chef and his team before heading back to your dreamy bedroom pavilion with its starlit ocean views. ... more   less 
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