Villa Frangipani Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.0
Reviewed:
12-Nov-2012
The Balinese equivalent of an English ‘Rose Cottage', this simple villa is enveloped by trees and traditional Balinese plants and flowers making it a paradise for birds as well as for guests. The stream at the garden end adds a wonderful background accompaniment. This villa is all about relaxing and letting the world go by. The strong teak furniture, terrazzo floors (slippery when wet) and alang alang roofs give the whole place a wonderful warm sepia feel, albeit an ever so slightly musty one. We loved the place and could happily overlook the many imperfections of age (a holed floorboard or a loose plug) for the overall soothing effect Villa Frangipani had on us: it was clear a week would pass all too quickly here.      

Perhaps the rooms were a little too sparsely furnished – some more bright art would go a long way to offsetting the very natural tones – and the lack of mod cons might bother some guests (the TVs and stereos in the villa are pretty ancient!). As with most villas in Bali, the mosquito nets were welcomed, although not as necessary as you might anticipate given all the wildlife in the gardens (expect frogs and even the odd monkey). A quick read of the guest book gives you a clear indication that guests (both kids and adults) have loved their stay at Villa Frangipani – the general themes: a warm friendly staff and a relaxing ambience: a great place for a family or two to recharge.  Upon our return it was nice to find that the Wi-Fi was now complimentary. Apart from that it is still the country idyll that it always was with the only alien sounds being from the occasional plane flying high overhead. What a pleasure to be back.

Individual Scores:

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

Villa Frangipani works on many fronts. It is close enough (15 to 20 minutes by car) to most of the important holiday requirements – restaurants, shops, beaches, golf courses – but far enough away for total peace and quiet. The pool is a superb oasis and the balé (gazebo) at the end of the garden entertained the kids for hours. If we had to pick one highlight though it would be that feeling of total relaxation – helped by an in-house massage of course (costs extra).

Surprises

Whilst we enjoyed Villa Frangipani very much, we would give it an even stronger recommendation if it was modernised a bit. The stereos and TVs are dated; the kitchen, although you are unlikely ever to go in there, is very simple; the bathrooms, albeit clean, are showing their age. Some of the staff, although keen to please, could also do with some English lessons. Whilst Balinese furniture looks stunning, it is not always the most comfortable – exclude from this the planter’s chairs; where you could happily sit for hours. Still, a most enjoyable villa and competitively priced.

Guest Reviews (1)

SS, Australia checked out on 07-Oct-2011
Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
17-Oct-2011
It is a lovely place, excellent staff. The only drawback is that it's so hard to find.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:3 Outside Area:9
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:9
Villa Frangipani /villa/villa-frangipani.aspx Price starts at $350 - $400 per night
7.15 out of 10
based on 2 user reviews. The Balinese equivalent of an English ‘Rose Cottage', this simple villa is enveloped by trees and traditional Balinese plants and flowers making it a paradise for birds as well as for guests. The stream at the garden end adds a wonderful background accompaniment. This villa is all about relaxing and letting the world go by. The strong teak furniture, terrazzo floors (slippery when wet) and alang alang roofs give the whole place a wonderful warm sepia feel, albeit an ever so slightly musty one. We loved the place and could happily overlook the many imperfections of age (a holed floorboard or a loose plug) for the overall soothing effect Villa Frangipani had on us: it was clear a week would pass all too quickly here.      

Perhaps the rooms were a little too sparsely furnished – some more bright art would go a long way to offsetting the very natural tones – and the lack of mod cons might bother some guests (the TVs and stereos in the villa are pretty ancient!). As with most villas in Bali, the mosquito nets were welcomed, although not as necessary as you might anticipate given all the wildlife in the gardens (expect frogs and even the odd monkey). A quick read of the guest book gives you a clear indication that guests (both kids and adults) have loved their stay at Villa Frangipani – the general themes: a warm friendly staff and a relaxing ambience: a great place for a family or two to recharge.  Upon our return it was nice to find that the Wi-Fi was now complimentary. Apart from that it is still the country idyll that it always was with the only alien sounds being from the occasional plane flying high overhead. What a pleasure to be back.
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