Villa Sapi Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
9.3
Reviewed:
21-Sep-2011

How relaxed is it possible for a human being to get? Our stay at Villa Sapi gave us some idea. It was so peaceful and quiet; the only constants being the sun, the breeze and the gentle splashing of the waves on the sand. Otherwise, it was a new experience at every turn, from the extraordinary architectural design to the random acts of artwork around the villa and gardens. The TV room – curvilinear, boxed-in with glass and filled with assorted beanbags – looks and feels like an annex of George Jetson’s cartoon space house.

The ebbing tide occupies a big part of your day because it takes up such a big part of your view. We sat on the beach one evening watching a brilliant sunset over a low, low tide with the dusk light reflecting off the rock pools and silhouetting the fishermen stalking the shallow waters. Yet, while nature’s sea views are pretty special, be sure to take the time to turn the sun loungers around so you can stare back at the equally impressive artistic achievements of man.

Come mid-afternoon, it’s fun to amble down to the Hotel Tugu for a glass of something cold and a journey into Indonesia’s diverse indigenous past before returning to Sapi for a sunset drink and the anticipation of what chef has in store for dinner. At the time of our visit, the daily charge for food per person was a mere US$40 (US$20 for children). Every meal was a three-course gourmet indulgence, and in our opinion this was some of the best food we have ever had in a villa; the chef is five-star-trained after all. If you’re worried about gaining a few kilos (and you probably will) you can opt for the chef’s low calorie fare. If you’re looking for in-house activities, the manager can arrange tennis with a professional coach, table tennis, volleyball, cooking classes and more.

All in all, this is a villa where you will want to bring your friends so they can see it for themselves. Photos and tall tales just won’t suffice.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:10 Facilities:8 Staff:9
Value:10
Highlights

Celebrity architecture right on the beach with art and design surprises at every twist and turn. Also fabulous is every single little thing that comes out of the kitchen and we are loving that De Longhi Nespresso machine too. And the funky artwork and designer accessories such as the Campari Soda bottle pendant lamps by Raffaele Celentano. Oh, and there’s a diving board.

Surprises

Hard to fault but at a squeeze we would have to say that the outdoor showers adjoining the master bedroom and one of the guestrooms are a bit too outdoors for most people’s tastes. There are no walls and if you have a full house anyone walking past will be getting an eyeful. Exhibitionists can ignore our comments.

Guest Reviews (36)

Paul D, Singapore checked out on 17-Jul-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
09-Sep-2019
A very memorable twelve days of being well looked after. Every small detail immaculately presented - fantastic team. Food was amazing, it was like living with our own private kitchen everyday.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Grave T, Singapore checked out on 12-Jun-2019
Overall Rating:
0.0
Reviewed:
20-Jun-2019
Thank you so much to all staff - friendly and helpful. Excellent food. We will be back.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Kevin L, Singapore checked out on 25-Jun-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
09-Jul-2018
Thank you so much the whole team, we really had a fabulous weekend and can't wait until next time we can come to Villa Sapi.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Justyna O, Poland checked out on 16-May-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
07-Jun-2018
Thank you for our stay in Villa Sapi, it was a great pleasure for us to spend a few days in this wonderful place. It was too short for us, we hope we will come back next year. Your kitchen was great, I'll miss those flavors!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Adrian G, Switzerland checked out on 07-May-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
05-Jun-2018
Thank you and the entire Villa Sapi team again for absolutely the most amazing holiday we have had. As we briefly discussed, we will be back to Villa Sapi next year. We have just booked Villa Sapi for two weeks starting April, thank you.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
Marcus L, United Kingdom checked out on 20-Apr-2018
Overall Rating:
1.0
Reviewed:
21-Apr-2018
Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable. Your team at Villa Sapi are the best in the world. We have made incredible memories here and it's all thanks to your hard work and dedication. Everything has been perfect, we can't wait to come back someday.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:1 Location:1 Outside Area:1
Living Area:1 Bedrooms:1 Bathrooms:1
Kitchen:1 Facilities:1 Staff:1
Value:1
julie W, Australia checked out on 31-Oct-2015
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
24-Nov-2015
Villa Sapi is like going to heaven the staff the food the location is just amazing we cannot fault one thing. Can I also mention the linen is just devine. Kantun the Villa Manager is the most professional, accommodating person nothing is too much trouble. We have been going to Villa Sapi every year for 4 years now and will continue for many more. Thank you to Kantun and all the staff for once again making our family holiday so enjoyable.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Farish K, Singapore checked out on 18-Jun-2015
Overall Rating:
8.9
Reviewed:
23-Jun-2015
Excellent villa for a large group of up to 13 comfortably. Excellent facilities and views. The staff who attended to us are beyond belief and are very friendly. The Chef is the best there is! Cooks everything fresh and ever willing to teach.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:7 Outside Area:9
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:9
Miki M, Singapore checked out on 13-May-2014
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
07-May-2015
Wonderful villa with amazing staff - highly recommended

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Sophie M, Australia checked out on 12-Jan-2015
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
02-Apr-2015
From the second we arrived till the minute we left, the team at Villa Sapi were amazing. We had the most memorable time with our children and friends, staying in the gorgeous architecturally designed Villa and relaxing around the expansive grounds. The food by Chef and his team was incredible. I would recommend Villa Sapi to anyone who wants to feel like a rock star!!!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Tien-Hsiang Wen, Taiwan checked out on 19-Jan-2015
Overall Rating:
9.9
Reviewed:
03-Feb-2015
Great view and excellent design. The staff are nice and helpful. The Chef is amazing, every lunch and dinner always surprise us. Great Value!!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Frank R, China checked out on 04-Jan-2015
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
20-Jan-2015
A hidden gem. Great staff. The food is outstanding. We stayed 11 days and only left the property for a visit to Gili Islands.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Helen T, Singapore checked out on 19-Aug-2014
Overall Rating:
9.2
Reviewed:
28-Aug-2014
We had an amazing holiday at Villa Sapi, can't rate it highly enough. We will definitely go back.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:6 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
XIAOLU C, checked out on 13-Jul-2014
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
01-Aug-2014

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Catherine H, Australia checked out on 10-Jun-2014
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
17-Jun-2014
The villa was a perfect location for our family gathering that included 3 small children. Cots and high chairs were provided as well as car seats for transfers. The weather was beautiful and the beach much cleaner than Bali. The fact that you can take a fast ferry from Lombok means that you can avoid long drives through congested traffic from Denpasar. The architecture and grounds are really special and the staff wonderful.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Helen Bramley ., Hong Kong checked out on 04-Feb-2014
Overall Rating:
8.8
Reviewed:
24-Feb-2014
Beautiful villa in a lovely beachfront setting. The staff were amazing and the food was fantastic. Our kids had a great time. Not much to do in the surrounding area. But if your happy with beach, pool, sea and being well looked after - perfect.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:8 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:8 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:9 Facilities:7 Staff:10
Value:8
Mark T, Singapore checked out on 13-Dec-2013
Overall Rating:
7.9
Reviewed:
07-Jan-2014
We were highly impressed by the overall quality of service during our stay. The members of staff were good humoured and friendly from the welcome to the farewell. They were obliging and did their best to accommodate every request without being obsequious. Housekeeping activities were unobtrusive and went virtually unnoticed, something which never failed to amaze. We managed to enjoy a peaceful and relaxing getaway without a single hiccup or annoyance as a result. On top of that, the food was consistently excellent across all meals, and dietary requirements were effortlessly met and delivered. The staff, especially the chef, should be highly commended as they exceeded all expectations and made our stay at Villa Sapi a truly memorable one.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:6 Outside Area:8
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:7 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:7 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:8
Julie W, Australia checked out on 02-Nov-2013
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
15-Nov-2013
This Villa is true Paradise I have been to many beautiful places in the world but Villa Sapi is on the top of my list. The staff are just wonderful and so accommodating the food is to die for and the atmosphere just so peaceful. The many staff keep the Villa in perfect order and nothing you ask is too much trouble. Thank you Villa Sapi for making our family holiday an amazing one that we will remember for a long time. See you next year.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Angela R, Singapore checked out on 05-Sep-2013
Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
10-Sep-2013
Villa Sapi was Amazing - absolutely lovely location and a huge property. It was rather too big for just the 4 of us! I was a little nervous at first as the place seems so open and bathrooms have no doors - it is very unique, but we soon got used to the openness and the fabulous space and the location is beautiful! The staff are friendly, discreet and I have to say the food was absolutely amazing!!! We had a dinner out at the Oberoi that did not come close and was so much more expensive!!! I would say the food was the highlight. A fabulous place to relax and recharge. Snorkelling was amazing! This is the ideal place for a large family gathering and would not hesitate to recommend this to friends and family.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:8
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:7
Rebecca D, Australia checked out on 06-Jul-2013
Overall Rating:
9.7
Reviewed:
26-Aug-2013
We had the absolute BEST time at Villa Sapi. The staff were incredible and we are missing them and everything else about Villa Sapi now that we are home. Can't wait to go back.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:8
Matt Jones ., Australia checked out on 16-Jun-2013
Overall Rating:
9.5
Reviewed:
24-Jun-2013
Villa Sapi is perfection. The architecture, the spaces, the art, the pools, the staff, and the food. It's all beyond fabulous. There's not much more to say than that...!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:9 Outside Area:10
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:10
Tricia H, Singapore checked out on 06-Jun-2013
Overall Rating:
9.6
Reviewed:
21-Jun-2013
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Sapi ! The food and service was so good that except for a bike ride outside the premises and a half-day snorkelling trip to the Gili islands, we did not leave the Villa during our 5-day stay. The beach BBQ dinner which the villa staff organised was fantastic, and we especially enjoyed the live band which the staff invited to entertain us. We also brought our own alcohol from Singapore, as advised by the villa staff to avoid the high prices in Indonesia. All in, a wonderfully relaxing holiday and great value for money! We can't wait to go back ! Special thanks to the chef, Wayan and all the staff!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:8 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
MS, Australia checked out on 05-Apr-2013
Overall Rating:
9.2
Reviewed:
09-Apr-2013
absolutely brilliant. didn't want to leave. the staff were so generous and accommodating. the food was the best we have ever had anywhere in the world. thank you for a very special time.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:8 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:7 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
LK, Malaysia checked out on 27-Mar-2013
Overall Rating:
8.2
Reviewed:
09-Apr-2013
Hard to find fault with this villa - the staff, the ambience, the surroudings...the whole package really. There are many beautiful villas but not many comes with as amazing a chef as Chef Kantun; even the kids enjoyed his salads.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:8 Outside Area:5
Living Area:7 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:8 Facilities:9 Staff:9
Value:9
PA, Australia checked out on 27-Dec-2012
Overall Rating:
9.2
Reviewed:
11-Jan-2013

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:10
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:7
AL, Malaysia checked out on 30-Nov-2012
Overall Rating:
9.0
Reviewed:
08-Jan-2013
Villa Sapi is such a charming and gorgeous estate. The staff and management obviously take wonderful care and maintenance of the place. We went to Villa Sapi with 9 adults, 2 kids and 1 infant. We felt right at home from the minute we entered the driveway. The villa manager and staff were friendly and extremely helpful and tending to our every need. We also very much agree on the set pricing for food and drinks (USD40 for adults and USD25 for kids per day). I have stayed in other villas before where we pay for groceries - but half the time I think the prices of the groceries are waaay overpriced and that we might have been "conned". Villa Sapi's approach is far better and appreciated. All the rooms at the villa are spacious, the food was amazing, the staff pampers you ... and in the end, we really felt that our stay was too short. We will definitely plan to come back.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:7
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:10 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:9
Kevin Leach-Smith, Singapore checked out on 13-Dec-2012
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
21-Dec-2012
Stunning villa, beautiful location and fabulous staff. We loved every minute of our stay.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
SN, Singapore checked out on 26-Nov-2012
Overall Rating:
9.0
Reviewed:
29-Nov-2012
The architecture and facilities of the villa exceeded our expectations. It was a more than pleasant stay with the friendly staff, who even helped our in our annual dinner and dance decoration with handmade decor and helped set up our dining table by the beach. All in all, we really did enjoy our stay and would recommend to anyone who is keen on a getaway with everything taken care of.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:9
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:9 Facilities:8 Staff:10
Value:9
Dean Collins, Singapore checked out on 27-Oct-2012
Overall Rating:
8.9
Reviewed:
27-Nov-2012

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:9
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:9
Value:9
RC, Australia checked out on 11-Nov-2012
Overall Rating:
9.9
Reviewed:
15-Nov-2012
Amazing location incredible service and totally relaxing, the best holiday my family and friends have had. Hats off to all the staff who really made our stay most enjoyable. We will be back!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:10
DR checked out on 21-Jul-2012
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
27-Jul-2012
We stayed in this villa 9 days and everything was great. The location overlooked a beautiful white sand beach right in front of Gili island and snorkelling was very convenient. The staff was great and very profitable deals available at our request, everything was spotlessly clean, the Villa is that the outdoor spaces as the pool and the beach. The chef was superb cooks for us every day wonderful menu. So for 9 days made ??us feel out of this world without any worries. I highly recommend Villa Sapi for a relaxing holiday. And I thank all the staff of the villa.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Irena Hutchings, Australia checked out on 01-Jun-2012
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
11-Jun-2012
We are in high end tourism industry ourselves and appreciate the extraordinary staff at Villa Sapi, for how they looked after our entire family, grandparents down to 5 children under 5 years. The food exceptional under Kantun, who is even prepared to share his recipes with us. Gede has certainly put together a great team, we loved EVERTHING, and regret having to share it with the rest of the world. We are all planning to come back, Lombok and the Gillies exceptional compared to Bali. Also loved the golf course, although a litle under utilised.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Alison Chester, Indonesia checked out on 14-Jan-2012
Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
22-May-2012
We had a fabulous holiday and would definitely go back there again.The food and staff are fabulous.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:8 Location:9 Outside Area:8
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:7
Kitchen:9 Facilities:9 Staff:10
Value:9
BL, Singapore checked out on 07-May-2012
Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
14-May-2012

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:8 Outside Area:10
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:8 Facilities:6 Staff:10
Value:9
MJ checked out on 14-Apr-2012
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
04-May-2012
We had a FABULOUS stay, pampered all the way, to the point we didn't want to leave!

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:10 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:10
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:10
Rachael Bewsey, Singapore checked out on 06-Jan-2012
Overall Rating:
9.1
Reviewed:
16-Jan-2012
Pak Gede and his staff could not have been any more helpful, attentive and wonderful. Chef had the greatest patience putting up with all our varied food allergies and demands and still the food was always delicious and without fault. We would go back there again based on the staff alone. The villa itself was great although you do not note on the site that it's barefoot luxury ie open air bathrooms which, although private, were not really appropriate for my parents in law who are in their late 70s.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:9 Outside Area:10
Living Area:6 Bedrooms:10 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:10 Facilities:10 Staff:10
Value:8
Villa Sapi /villa/villa-sapi.aspx Price starts at $1,095 - $1,670 per night
9.37 out of 10
based on 37 user reviews. How relaxed is it possible for a human being to get? Our stay at Villa Sapi gave us some idea. It was so peaceful and quiet; the only constants being the sun, the breeze and the gentle splashing of the waves on the sand. Otherwise, it was a new experience at every turn, from the extraordinary architectural design to the random acts of artwork around the villa and gardens. The TV room – curvilinear, boxed-in with glass and filled with assorted beanbags – looks and feels like an annex of George Jetson’s cartoon space house.

The ebbing tide occupies a big part of your day because it takes up such a big part of your view. We sat on the beach one evening watching a brilliant sunset over a low, low tide with the dusk light reflecting off the rock pools and silhouetting the fishermen stalking the shallow waters. Yet, while nature’s sea views are pretty special, be sure to take the time to turn the sun loungers around so you can stare back at the equally impressive artistic achievements of man.

Come mid-afternoon, it’s fun to amble down to the Hotel Tugu for a glass of something cold and a journey into Indonesia’s diverse indigenous past before returning to Sapi for a sunset drink and the anticipation of what chef has in store for dinner. At the time of our visit, the daily charge for food per person was a mere US$40 (US$20 for children). Every meal was a three-course gourmet indulgence, and in our opinion this was some of the best food we have ever had in a villa; the chef is five-star-trained after all. If you’re worried about gaining a few kilos (and you probably will) you can opt for the chef’s low calorie fare. If you’re looking for in-house activities, the manager can arrange tennis with a professional coach, table tennis, volleyball, cooking classes and more.

All in all, this is a villa where you will want to bring your friends so they can see it for themselves. Photos and tall tales just won’t suffice.

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