Bidadari Cliffside Estate Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.0
Reviewed:
01-Jun-2011

Remote but perfectly formed, this villa is a great recipe for a pure getaway; just for you and the people you have chosen to spend your holiday with – as it should be. Depending on how far you have travelled to get here, Bali may feel like the end of the Earth so, having come this far, why not drive the extra few kilometres to be right on the edge of it all at Bidadari. We welcomed the isolation and lack of modern distractions like boutiques and bars. Staying ‘at home’ all day and all night was a delight as we chilled out, looked after by a tremendous staff, who were always on hand to top up an empty glass or empty tummy. The home theatre has a lovely large telly and a decent DVD collection, but as good as it was it couldn’t compete with the heavenly views. We highly recommend waking early for sunrise; not only a spectacular show of nature but also an inspiring way to start another beautiful Bali day.

The chef prepared a lunch for us of fish cooked with turmeric and coconut, prawns grilled on the BBQ with garlic and lime, and some traditional Balinese salads, which was all superb. And at dinner time, he massaged a leg of New Zealand lamb to perfection over the barbecue’s naked flames. Sitting down to eat, we felt like characters out of a Goldilocks story because the oversized chairs were large enough to seat the largest of bears. Everything in this villa was brand spanking new and of the highest quality, and all the soft furnishings were super-comfy – we slept like angels.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:8 Location:9 Outside Area:8
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:9 Facilities:8 Staff:8
Value:7
Highlights

Cliff tops are great places to be at the best of times. Throw in a swimming pool and oodles of comfort and you have what we like to call ‘it all’. We could hardly tear ourselves away from the pool and balé. We did manage to make it down to the beach for a brief paddle but it wasn’t long before we were back in the fresh water enjoying gin and tonics delivered straight to our outstretched hands.

Surprises

The Bukit’s tall cliffs generate a lot of thermal currents and it’s thus a popular spot for paragliders (some with motors on their backs), particularly on the weekends. It can be fun to watch them go past but a bit intrusive if you are planning on an all-over tan. We did think about keeping a pile of stones handy to give them the Pesky Seagull Treatment … Facing south south-west means that the villa gets the most beautiful sunrises but at the height of the northern summer (July–August) the pool deck is in shade by early afternoon. Not a problem at Christmas time!

Bidadari Cliffside Estate /villa/bidadari-cliffside-estate.aspx Price starts at $1,250 - $1,870 per night
8 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. Remote but perfectly formed, this villa is a great recipe for a pure getaway; just for you and the people you have chosen to spend your holiday with – as it should be. Depending on how far you have travelled to get here, Bali may feel like the end of the Earth so, having come this far, why not drive the extra few kilometres to be right on the edge of it all at Bidadari. We welcomed the isolation and lack of modern distractions like boutiques and bars. Staying ‘at home’ all day and all night was a delight as we chilled out, looked after by a tremendous staff, who were always on hand to top up an empty glass or empty tummy. The home theatre has a lovely large telly and a decent DVD collection, but as good as it was it couldn’t compete with the heavenly views. We highly recommend waking early for sunrise; not only a spectacular show of nature but also an inspiring way to start another beautiful Bali day.

The chef prepared a lunch for us of fish cooked with turmeric and coconut, prawns grilled on the BBQ with garlic and lime, and some traditional Balinese salads, which was all superb. And at dinner time, he massaged a leg of New Zealand lamb to perfection over the barbecue’s naked flames. Sitting down to eat, we felt like characters out of a Goldilocks story because the oversized chairs were large enough to seat the largest of bears. Everything in this villa was brand spanking new and of the highest quality, and all the soft furnishings were super-comfy – we slept like angels.

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