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Review of Katana Villa

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Katana Villa
Ranked #18 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Amed
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23 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“AMAZING”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2011

Katana Villa in a single word? AMAZING. As a travel industry employee I have the privilege of traveling extensively. Nowhere have I ever stayed with as much character as Katana nor have I ever had such a unique vacation experience. From my initial contact with the owner Leslie to the moment we grudgingly departed the property all was perfect. The villa is comprised of 3 separate bungalows surrounding a beautifully landscaped pool and the open-air living/dining/kitchen area is at the pool's edge. I had watched the videos on youtube and had an impression as to the property's layout but it did not prepare me for the character that is Katana. All week I would notice another detail that I had previously missed. The villa is located up a steep drive from the road so the only noise you hear is the cascading water from the pool and the fountains dotting the property. The staff is unobtrusive yet all of your needs are met. They are wonderful! The villa comes replete with a resident dog, monkey and kitten who provided hours of entertainment. The staff takes complete care of the animals and you may spend as little or as much time as you'd like with them. We chose the latter and that is definitely what made the Katana experience such an extraordinary one for me. I miss them already! There are scooters available for your use and the local restaurants will also pick you up. After our mornings dives it was such a pleasure to return to the Katana oasis. We would watch the animals play, take a dip in the pool, have dinner, (sometimes catered in by Bali Waenis which is a great option after a long day of diving or exploring) and then have a massage which was also arranged for us on site. Absolute paradise. I cannot recommend Katana highly enough!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank xtacie
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LeslieCarleton, Owner at Katana Villa, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
Hi Xtacie, it has been such a delight to correspond with you and to hear your joy all throughout your stay...as well as your contact with me after you left. It always warms our hearts when our guests enjoy the spirit of Katana as much as you have. Thank you also for posting photos and also opening up a gallery on Picasa...isn't that a part of google? We also look forward to see your videos! We feel blessed that Katana Villa is attracting such lovely people like you as well as all the others that have stayed with us.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2011

We stayed for 4 days which was not long enough. The villa compound is very beautiful in a quirky way. Made, Wayan and the staff are very welcoming and helpful. There is plenty to see and do or you can just relax and enjoy the villa and the view.Amed is quiet and peaceful and we came way longing to return. Leslie was a pleasure to meet and the booking was simple. Thanks for a fantastic few days

  • Stayed April 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maxbott2011
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LeslieCarleton, Owner at Katana Villa, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
It was a delight for all of us to have you here... and I agree that 4 days was not nearly enough for all you wanted to fit in. As I remember you were all enjoying the scooters very much, especially your sons - even though one of your boys slid after slipping in some sand. Glad he didn't get too hurt! We definitely look forward to your next stay and hopefully with more time spent!
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2011

Hi Everyone, just wanted to give a quick review on my stay at the beautiful Katana Villa. Ladies, I can say this resort is super clean and modern. I am a bit fussy and was really worried about what to expect when going to Bali. Although Amed is located a little further than the usual Tourist haunts like Kuta, you really get the feel and culture of "true Bali" and the welcoming Balinese locals. Once you get to Katana Villa, you have all the creature comforts of home and you can relax in luxury. To be honest I felt like the villa should have been featured on the show "Cribs" as the decor and creative flair of the resort was amazing. If you speak to Leslie the Owner, she has put in a lot of work collecting her furnishings from all around the world. Katana felt more like a home than the standard impersonal hotel feel. I was staying for work, so I hosted a dinner at the Villa for my collegues and was able to arrange private caterers through Leslie. The food was amazing and we all had a wonderful time. If you are an animal lover like I am there is a monkey, dog, fish etc....I would usually miss my cat whilst I am travelling, but I had the company of Geisha (the dog) who was gentle friend during my stay. Don't be put off by her scary bark when you first drive up to the Villa. Ladies, just so you know, the electricity in Bali can sometime switch off, one of the realities of Bali I am afraid. So when this happens there is no electricity or running water i.e. shower, sink, WC etc...This did happem a during my stay at Katana, but Leslie was great in assisting us with temporary lights and showing us to our villas in the dark. She was a truly wonderful host throughout our stay. I would recommend this Villa to others and in fact am planning to return for my next holiday.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MissAustralia2011
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LeslieCarleton, Owner at Katana Villa, responded to this review, May 23, 2011
We all enjoyed your visit and getting to know you. I am rarely there when a guest arrives and I am always tickled when we do meet in person! It was also a thrill for the staff to meet your group of film makers! We hope to see you again one day! Cheers!
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Jimbaran, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2011

I've lived in Bali for the past 8 years and have spent many weekends at different villas around the island but none compare to Katana Villa. It is so unique and has everything you could dream of. Most villas have that cookie cutter feeling and somewhat boring contemporary design but Katana Villa is oozing with character and charm. My family and I really loved all of the eclectic designs and unique furniture. Each of the three rooms have their own destinctive character but all equally fantastic. The staff were all very friendly and there when you needed them but also knew how to give you space. Our kids loved the incredible pool with it's slide and hidden grotto which is the focal point of the villa that overlooks the sea below. A full kitchen to make your own meals or you can order out from the many restaurants nearby. Also a full gym and plenty of books to choose from. Katana Villa is a great place for a quick weekend getaway or a month long retreat with either family or three couples. It's one of those places you have to see and experience to really understand how special it is. I'm looking forward going back with friends soon. Two thumbs up!!!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mike297696
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LeslieCarleton, Owner at Katana Villa, responded to this review, March 8, 2011
Mike, it was a pleasure to have you and your family here. The staff spoke very highly of you. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Katana library! We look forward to your future visits.
Best wishes, from all of us at Katana Villa !
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2011

Katana Villa is a dream! I was blown away by the beautiful gardens and spectacular views. The owner Leslie ? (I'm bad with names) was very warm and inviting, as was all of the personnel. This place has everything you need. There is a fully equipped kitchen which was great because one of my friends caught a fish and the staff cleaned it for us and then we were able to grill it in the kitchen with some condiments already there. There is also a full gym, a washer and dryer, scooters, and complimentary wi-fi, which is a huge plus! My first time there was in May of 2010 with a few friends and we all loved it...especially the amazing pool! Now I plan to return this summer as part of my 'Honey Moon." I highly recommend Katana Villa for anyone traveling to East Bali!!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank HHKing
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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2011

One can tell that much planning went into the building and decor of this hotel - there is so much sophisticated beauty in all the furnishings in all the rooms - the artwork, the colors, the furniture, the layout - I was surrounded by warmth and elegance. It was great also having a gym to workout in. The only downside is that it is up on the hill, which gives you a good view, but you have to walk down to the beach. It's doable, but sometimes I get lazy on vacation.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ckriesa
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Seminyak
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2011

We have visited Amed quite often over the years and watched it grow. It is truly turning into the best hot spot of Bali. But when we walked through the gates of Katana Villa, our breath was taken away. What a paradise and what a surprise! It has everything one could want and just a joy to stay there. Even though we were steps from the beach we never left the compound. We had a blast in the pool... all of us adults were splashing and sliding down the slide during the day then at night some of us got romantic in the underwater cave by candle light. The staff said to make ourselves at home, and that is exactly what we did. We even ordered catering from a restaurant and the food arrived hot and delicious. They set it up for us and treated us like royalty. Breakfast was also very good... a nice set up and the staff is super charming. We will certainly go back regularly. This place is magical and I have to say the photos do not do it justice. It is a hidden gem and a villa for people that like nature, artistic flare., relaxation, and a touch of elegance. We highly recommend this place!

  • Stayed January 2011, 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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Thank Mikkiz
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LeslieCarleton, Owner at Katana Villa, responded to this review, February 17, 2011
It warms our hearts to hear how much you enjoyed yourselves. This is exactly what we want for our guests! We at Katana Villa look forward to your next visits... Wayan Dollie will be sure to wax the slide before you arrive so it will be super slippery for you again! ;-)
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Additional Information about Katana Villa

Property: Katana Villa
Address: Katana 69 | Bunutan, Amed, Abang 80852, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Bali > Abang > Amed
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 85 Specialty Lodging in Amed
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Treat yourself and make Katana Villa your home away from home! It is the perfect hot spot for couples, families, or groups. This dream Villa has spectacular ocean and mountain views. Our custom-designed two level swimming pool is the star of Katana Villa. It has a fun water slide, a white sand beach, and a romantic hidden grotto. This magical and one of a kind Villa is considered by many as the most beautiful in East Bali. It is hand crafted with solid teak beams, alang alang roofs, animal spout faucets, koi ponds throughout, and an artistic International design that is a dazzling delight. Katana Villa has 3 air-conditioned bungalow suites, a gym, massage gazebo, full kitchen, and a main living room. Our pricing changes with the seasons and always includes 24 hour security, 2-3 automatic scooters, free wifi, laundry service, and a friendly staff that will cater to your every need. This stunning Villa is centrally located in the village of Bunutan Amed, only steps from the beach and walking distance to restaurants and dive shops. Please try to reserve a spot as far in advance as possible! We at Katana Villa look forward to your stay! ... more   less 
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