Villa The Sanctuary Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
03-Sep-2013

If you imagine Bali purely as a sun, surf and sand-between-the-toes holiday destination, then The Sanctuary will give you a whole new perspective on this Island of the Gods. The Sanctuary is jungle, river, tall trees with buttressed roots: what marketing and advertising people describe as charming, heartfelt, grand, traditional, rural, and the very essence of old Bali. It really is a stunner of a villa, a real stunner. It’s so stunning we have to say it more than once.  

The size of the place is beyond belief. Three hectares of river and jungle land with eight queen- and king-size beds and a bunkhouse for 20 youngsters, The Sanctuary is something that would suit very large extended families with hordes of kids. It only follows that weddings here would be stupendous with all that immaculate lawn space and the abundance of natural surroundings.

Our group of four could hardly take it all in, so after a quick look round we pretty swiftly decamped to the swimming pool terrace and billiard room where we spent the afternoon eating, drinking, pooling (wet and dry), and marvelling at the wildlife. We had one of the standard bedrooms (and by standard I mean pretty big and posh) and our friends lucked into the self-contained villa, which had its own pool and a massive bedroom with views right down onto the river gorge – a very wise choice, and one we were too slow to make. Still, with the distance between us, we were able to sing in the shower at the tops of our voices without the worry of judgement.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:10 Location:10 Outside Area:10
Living Area:9 Bedrooms:8 Bathrooms:8
Kitchen:7 Facilities:8 Staff:7
Value:9
Highlights

Miles from anywhere, we were in our element as we splashed in the pool and buzzed out on the sights and sounds of the river, the wind in the trees, the butterflies and birds and the four large monitor lizards sunning themselves on the far side of the river. However, with its eight large bedrooms and a bunk room for 20, The Sanctuary is definitely a villa for a larger group than our foursome, and it really needs to be filled to do it justice. A wedding that provides accommodation for some (or all) of the guests would be perfect.

Surprises

While there’s a great dining table upstairs, we were surprised that there isn’t really anywhere permanent to dine alfresco at The Sanctuary - that said, the staff can easily arrange to set up a table outside in the huge garden. We thought there could be a bit of a queue for the bathroom in the bunk rooms if 20 kids checked in, but we're sure the kids won't mind! 

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8.6 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. If you imagine Bali purely as a sun, surf and sand-between-the-toes holiday destination, then The Sanctuary will give you a whole new perspective on this Island of the Gods. The Sanctuary is jungle, river, tall trees with buttressed roots: what marketing and advertising people describe as charming, heartfelt, grand, traditional, rural, and the very essence of old Bali. It really is a stunner of a villa, a real stunner. It’s so stunning we have to say it more than once.  

The size of the place is beyond belief. Three hectares of river and jungle land with eight queen- and king-size beds and a bunkhouse for 20 youngsters, The Sanctuary is something that would suit very large extended families with hordes of kids. It only follows that weddings here would be stupendous with all that immaculate lawn space and the abundance of natural surroundings.

Our group of four could hardly take it all in, so after a quick look round we pretty swiftly decamped to the swimming pool terrace and billiard room where we spent the afternoon eating, drinking, pooling (wet and dry), and marvelling at the wildlife. We had one of the standard bedrooms (and by standard I mean pretty big and posh) and our friends lucked into the self-contained villa, which had its own pool and a massive bedroom with views right down onto the river gorge – a very wise choice, and one we were too slow to make. Still, with the distance between us, we were able to sing in the shower at the tops of our voices without the worry of judgement.

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