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“Your home in Bali - if home were a luxurious Balinese village by the sea” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Gils
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“Your home in Bali - if home were a luxurious Balinese village by the sea”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2009

I spent 2 heavenly weeks in Dua Gils, (part of East Bali Villa), where Wayan and her staff looked after me superbly. My room was simple but luxurious, with air-conditioned bedroom and bathroom downstairs and a comfortable open living area upstairs where I could watch the sunrise on one side and the sea on the other.

The restaurant specialises in traditional Indonesian dishes, but with a bit of notice the chef can cook anything. She’s fantastic. Guests can choose to mingle in the restaurant or keep their privacy.

Candi Dasa is smaller, quieter and cheaper than elsewhere in Bali, but I still found a wide variety of bars and restaurants. The shopping is great (cheap!). You can walk or get public transport into the main part of Candi Dasa from East Bali Villa, but it's also simple for Wayan to arrange transport. Some of the local restaurants will send a car to collect you and drop you home.

I was able to organise reservations, tours, snorkelling, cooking classes, etc from East Bali Villa. They also have their own spa with Balinese massage, healing massage and beauty treatments using a range of locally produced organic products. I tried everything and my favourite was the carrot treatment!

If you come to Bali to get your hair braided and buy Bintang T-shirts, East Bali Villa is not for you. For the rest of us, it’s paradise. We’ve already organised to go back next year for a family celebration and I’m counting the days.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2009

My partner and I have just stayed 6 nights at Villa Rumah Kecil - one of the Villas at East Bali Villas. They are located in the small village of Mendirah about 2klms from Candidasa. It was our first trip to Bali and we had a list of 'must haves' for our holiday which both the Villa and the team led by wonderful Wayan more than fulfilled.

We wanted a holiday somewhere that was quiet and relaxing; where we could chill out, swim and snorkel, eat good food and read a good book - basically be lazy as we wanted!! And we wanted to be on the water so we could sleep listening to the sound of the ocean outside. And we didnt have a million dollars to pay for all this!! In every way we got more than we hoped for.

The Villa is very private and is kept spotlessly clean. The furnishings are simple but very comfortable - big cushions to lean into and wake up an hour later!! - it felt instantly like home for us. The staff are very helpful and polite and Wayan will visit each morning to help plan your day (if you want to make plans) and she will offer advice and make any arrangements for you. The bed is massive - on our first night I thought it was a bit hard but not sooner had this occured to me when I fell asleep and every night to follow was the same. The Villa is fully airconditioned with ceiling fans and the bed can be completely covered with a mosquito net. There is a comfortable lounge area where you can sit and look at the ocean - it has a TV (but we never switched it on) and there is a book and DVD library available for your use. All around you wherever you are is the sight and sounds of the ocean.

There is a bale with 2 daybeds on the edge of the waterwall that overlooks the ocean - we spent a lot of time there reading, enjoying the breeze, watching the ocean and observng local villagers at dusk catching their evening meal. In the afternoons we would snorkel and swim there watching the various tropical fish. If you want more options for diving and snorkelling there are many options in this area and Wayan can assist with this.

The plunge pool has lounges and we spent most of our time travelling between the oceanside bale and the plunge pool. I also enjoyed balinese massages in the villa with JL - very relaxing. My partner enjoyed (not sure if thats the right word) a more rigorous deep tissue massage with the local healer.

We also ate out several nights in Candi Dasa - several of the local restuarants will pick you and drop you off free of charge. Or you can eat in at the Villa from a small menu selection - the food was very good.

You cant talk about Rumah Kecil without talking about Dirty Dog and Stupid Dog (yes that is their names). If you are not a dog person - no problem you will never see them - the staff will keep them away but they are naturally shy anyway. If you like dogs they will come to visit and show you how to relax and laze around and if you are feeling energetic will walk with you or play on the beach.

Finally, the team at East Bali Villas were absolutely fantastic to us - treated us like family and wanted to be able to give us everything we wanted. Super polite and helpful in every way they made our stay such a relaxing experince - its the best service I have received. Wayan, who manages the villas and the teams, was thoroughly professional but one of the warmest people you will meet. She speaks excellent English and has a knack of anticipating your needs!!

We will definately be back and found it very very hard to leave!!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa Gils
Address: Mendira Beach, Sengkidu, Candidasa, Karangasem, Indonesia (Formerly East Bali Villas)
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Karangasem > Candidasa
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Ranked #14 of 29 Specialty Lodging in Candidasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 4
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