What are the advantages of renting a private villa?
There are many reasons:–
A private villa offers you, your family and friends a truly Balinese atmosphere, more space, more comfort, more informality, more privacy, and more personal service than the best hotel. The whole villa, the garden and swimming pool, and the house staff are there for your own use only, and you don’t have to share anything with other tourists.
Even more important, a villa vacation is like relaxing in your own private home in Bali. With lots of space and well-trained, friendly house staff caring for your every wish, you simply can’t compare it to staying at a hotel. Having enjoyed a villa vacation once, you’re unlikely to want to stay in a resort hotel ever again.
How comfortable are these villas?
Our villas are designed for life in the tropics. The villas are spacious, comfortably furnished open-air living and dining areas with ceiling fans and a stereo system surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
Bedrooms are air-conditioned and have bathrooms with tropical plants and flowers.
Our kitchens are fully equipped with imported appliances: the stove and refrigerator/freezer. The kitchens also include cooking utensils such as glasses, knives/forks, plates, cups, and so on.
Each villa is supplied with bed sheets and towels for the maximum number of guests.
You’ll find state-of-the art 3D LED LCD TV sets with satellite receivers offering many international movies, news and sports channels. A DVD player, an electronic safe, information on Bali, magazines and games. The bathrooms contain: shampoo, bath gel and house coats. Large umbrellas are also supplied to use during the rainy season.
All our villas have a private swimming pool with an ice well for cold drinks, LED lights and spa jets and several deck chairs and an outdoor shower.
What about the domestic (villa) staff?
Our villas are serviced by reliable full-time housekeeping staff including butlers, gardeners, security guards and a cook if required (trained by the owner a Melbourne Restaurateur).
Housekeeping staff in Bali speak and understand basic English. However they easily make up for this with their friendliness and genuine desire to be of service. All are well-trained and are used to looking after foreign guests. They will do their regular jobs without requiring specific instructions from you. Don’t worry about having too many staff around: they are not intrusive and are often visible.
During the night, discrete security guards will be outside – to make you feel safe in an unfamiliar surrounding but without intruding on your privacy. All staff members in your villa wear uniforms.
If you require a baby sitter or nanny this service can be provided (Indonesians adore children). You may also want to hire an interpreter or trained guide. Please let us know in advance. Other services such as a haircut, facial, massage, manicure can also be arranged in your villa at any time.
What kind of food can we expect?
Your trained villa cook can prepare delicious local meals and a limited range of Western dishes. You can ask staff to make the dish of your choice. Most special requirements can be catered for. Many guests feel that the food served in their villa is better than in any outside restaurant!
Shopping for meals and costs.
Normally your cook does the shopping after you ordered the dishes for your next meal. Depending on what ingredients he/she needs to prepare your orders, shopping will be done at local markets, local supermarkets, the Jimbaran fish market, or at shops such as Gourmet Garage, Bali Deli, Dijon, etc.
You will be presented with the bills showing the original cost of the ingredients bought for your meals, and that is all you have to pay. Expect an average meal to cost not more than US$5 to US$6 per person. However, if you order specialties such as imported oysters, lobster etc. it can be much more expensive.
Before you leave home
We can tell you what you should bring with you. Supermarkets and delicatessen in Bali nowadays carry a wide range of imported food, beverages, toiletries, etc. so you don’t need to bring anything special.
When you arrive:
You will be greeted at the airport by your personal driver who will then escort you to your villa.
The refrigerator will be stocked with an initial supply of coffee and tea, eggs and bread etc. for your first breakfast. All bathrooms will be supplied with soap, shampoo, bath gel, cotton buds, paper tissues, toilet paper, etc.
During your stay:
Housekeeping will take care of all routine chores such as washing dishes, cleaning the premises, maintaining the garden and pool, changing linen and towels, handling your laundry, shopping for groceries and preparing your meals.
Don’t be affraid to ask. We can arrange guided excursions by car, boat, helicopter, sea plane or on horseback, book a tennis coach, a game of golf, fishing, sailing, or diving trips. Interested in meditation, Balinese cooking, painting, dance or music classes? No problem.
What about travelling with children?
No problem whatsoever! Bali is a paradise for children, and there is plenty for them to do and see. Balinese people adore kids. In your villa, in restaurants and wherever you go, there will always be someone to take care of them. Your biggest problem might be to get them back when you want to leave!
In supermarkets you can get anything you need for children including imported baby food. There are also some international-standard medical clinics such as the BIMC (Bali International Medical Center) are opened around the clock, seven days a week.
What about tipping the house staff?
We recommend about US$3 to US$5 per day per staff member if you were satisfied with the service. This is VERY little compared to your rental fee but much more than this would be too much. Tips should be given on your last day directly to the staff or to the manager in the presence of other staff members.