This is a tough review to write. I think Villa Flow is a marvelous place, although it didn't work out for my family. We are generally very picky, non-healthy eaters. The food served at Villa Flow is very healthy. For me personally it was some of the best food I have eaten in my entire life and I would go back just for the food. However, my kids wouldn't eat anything they were served, and so we had to leave after 1 day.
We watched staff climb a coconut tree and cut down coconuts. They cut one open and gave to the children and me to try. They also cut open the top of a 2nd coconut, cut a hole in it and gave it to us with 2 straws so that we could drink the milk. How wonderful was that? Amazing. Sadly, my kids didn't like it at all. It was too far out of their comfort zone. My apologies to Serge and Inga as well as their staff.
We stayed in The Coconut house. It's view to the ocean is beautiful. However, we were freaked out by the gigantic spider who wanted to spend the night with us. If I went back I would opt for one of the other rooms. I never saw inside of them, but they looked like they may be a little less welcoming to insects and lizards.
The pool is amazing. Beautifully laid out and, again, fabulous view toward the ocean.
One big negative which I don't think is reflective of my picky family was the noise level. I expected peace and solitude. However, Villa Flow is in the middle of real life Bali and, as such, it is surrounded by a lot of chickens. Very loud chickens. If they just crowed in the morning they would not have bothered me but, at least for the short time we were there, they crowed non stop all day long. The noise was too much for me and destroyed the peace I had expected to experience.
My opinion is varied. If you have kids I don't think this is the best place to stay. If you are a couple (or a single) who wants to enjoy some amazing Balinese food I would highly recommend staying here. If you will be out adventuring every day and returning for fabulous food and beautiful views in the evening, this will be a wonderful place. If you plan to spend quiet days reading by the pool I don't think this is your place.
The owners are lovely. I do not mean for this review to sound negative. It really is a lovely place and I cannot say enough times that the food was out-of-this-world great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the quiet and peaceful coastal town of Seraya in East-Bali, Villa Flow offers a unique experience to those looking for something special. An intimate boutique hotel of high quality standards and service. Villa Flow offers an excellent healthy cuisine,5-star spa treatments, daily yoga classes, private access to secluded beachfront and tranquility. Villa Flow is the perfect low key exclusive luxury base from which to explore East-Bali, the Gili islands just off Lombok and Bali’s best diving locations. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Flow Bali/Karangasem