Villa Ria Sayan Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.2
Reviewed:
13-Sep-2013

Wow…the view from Villa Ria Sayan eclipses that from the Four Seasons and Amandari! How on earth did the owner of this delightfully cosy (but by no means small) villa manage to snap up such a fantastic ravine-edge spot in Bali’s most coveted location? We were told that ‘ria’ means ‘happy’ in Indonesian…and that’s quite an understatement for our response to this hidden gem; even the unseasonal rain that accompanied our stay couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm. This is a lovely, comfortable home full of fascinating furniture and artefacts that each have a story to tell of the owner’s travels and love of Bali… such a delightful contrast to those holiday rental villas that mask an owner’s personality with an interior designer’s heavy-handed influence. Our favourite place was the upstairs ‘study’ where the best vista in Bali was welcome distraction from my computer. And even the tropical downpour couldn’t keep us from the poolside balé perched at the edge of the ridge, from where we could hear the rush of the Ayung river a hundred metres below.

We found the staff warm and friendly – Nengah’s home cooking garners enthusiastic compliments in the guest book – but also appreciated having the place to ourselves a lot of the time.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:7 Location:10 Outside Area:7
Living Area:7 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:6 Facilities:7 Staff:7
Value:8
Highlights

We felt privileged to have such an amazing view to ourselves. There’s plenty of living space and we loved the cliff-edge balé and pool. Though Nengah and staff were on hand to help if required, we liked that the house staff went home after supper, according us home-style privacy.

Surprises

Though no surprise given Ria Sayan’s location, we should mention the steep drop-off. Many families with small children have happily stayed at the villa, but we’d counsel extreme vigilance due to the lack of a barrier beyond the pool. Our main ‘beef’ was the bed, which although romantically dressed with crisp cotton sheets and swathes of mosquito netting, was an odd combination of hard and bouncy, amplifying my husband’s every movement. The technology is dated, the bar fridge was faulty, and it’s a shame that the room by the entrance – described to us as a gym – appeared to double as a general storage area. The bathrooms suffered in the torrential rain.

Guest Reviews (1)

SM, United States checked out on 11-Jul-2011
Overall Rating:
7.7
Reviewed:
07-Sep-2011
Outstanding views, tranquility and hospitality.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:8
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:5 Facilities:7 Staff:9
Value:8
Villa Ria Sayan /villa/ria-sayan.aspx Price starts at $375 - $450 per night
7.25 out of 10
based on 2 user reviews. Wow…the view from Villa Ria Sayan eclipses that from the Four Seasons and Amandari! How on earth did the owner of this delightfully cosy (but by no means small) villa manage to snap up such a fantastic ravine-edge spot in Bali’s most coveted location? We were told that ‘ria’ means ‘happy’ in Indonesian…and that’s quite an understatement for our response to this hidden gem; even the unseasonal rain that accompanied our stay couldn’t dampen our enthusiasm. This is a lovely, comfortable home full of fascinating furniture and artefacts that each have a story to tell of the owner’s travels and love of Bali… such a delightful contrast to those holiday rental villas that mask an owner’s personality with an interior designer’s heavy-handed influence. Our favourite place was the upstairs ‘study’ where the best vista in Bali was welcome distraction from my computer. And even the tropical downpour couldn’t keep us from the poolside balé perched at the edge of the ridge, from where we could hear the rush of the Ayung river a hundred metres below.

We found the staff warm and friendly – Nengah’s home cooking garners enthusiastic compliments in the guest book – but also appreciated having the place to ourselves a lot of the time.

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