The Istana The Istana
5 bedroom villa located in The Bukit, Bali. Ideal for Beach in ten, Bring the relatives, Executive escape, Kid friendly, Going for golf, Fair share for groups, Party pads, Spa sensation, Sensible for seniors, Room with a view, Perfect for weddings.
9 out of 10 based on 15 user reviews.
$2,470 $3,945 out of 1
The Istana Villa Bali Indonesia

The Istana

 
Bedrooms
5

Sleeps
10

Reviews
15

 

Our Rating
9.3
Guest Rating
9.2

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What You Get

Looking majestically out to sea from its cliff-top realm 60m above Uluwatu’s Suluban surfing beach, 5-bedroom, fully staffed Istana, complete with two dedicated kids’ rooms and a 32m pool, has been a stunning backdrop to many a Bali wedding. This is a truly iconic villa on the trendy Bukit Peninsula.
Staff
Chef/Cook (All meals), Driver, Driver (8 hours), Garden/Pool Staff, Housekeeping (Full time), Manager, Security, Service Staff
Key Amenities
  Car
  Internet (WiFi)
  Swimming Pool (Private)
  TV (Satellite/Cable)
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Our review

Overall Rating:
9.3
Reviewed:
14-Dec-2012

Stunning backdrop to many a wedding. One of Bali’s truly iconic villas.

What a view! It blew us away when we inspected the Istana. No surprise that this particular villa is so popular for weddings and functions. The setting is magical. The villa itself is also excellent. Rooms are very spacious and nicely designed. Everything works well, which is no mean feat given the hostile coastal environment. To a certain extent the villa is a victim of its own success as a ‘venue’, with much geared towards weddings and functions – kitchens not really set up for guest use (not that you need to go in them!), large-scale car parking and a huge entourage of staff. As a result the feel is a little commercial, like a mini private hotel. That's not to say this isn't a fabulous place to holiday – it is, and anybody staying here will have a tremendous time. If you do get as far as the kitchens, check out the chef’s little garden full of chillies, melons, tomatoes and just tons of basil. The villa operates restaurant style pricing but they are also happy to work a grocery +30% system if you want to go off menu. We loved the cliff top balé – a fabulous place for a barbecue, sundowners and watching the surfers in the truly turquoise waters below. Pricy but priceless.


Individual Scores:

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

No surprise here – very rarely in life does one get to experience a setting like this. The Istana has a truly uninterrupted panoramic view. The sunsets are absolutely sensational. You could be staying in a shack and this place would be superb – of course it helps that The Istana is an outstanding villa in its own right!

Surprises

Cliff top really means cliff top – there’s a 60m drop down to the sea. The edge does not have fencing to ruin that magical view but is protected by a wide bed of extremely sharp and very uninviting shrubs. If you have kids (and this is a great place for kids) then keep an eye on them. One of the many staff will help here as well if directed. Also as the villa is open to the Indian Ocean - when she blows she blows…



Guest reviews (14)

Jonathan M, checked out on 25-Sep-2013
Overall Rating:
9.3
Reviewed:
07-Jan-2014
We are being looked after by villa manager Wayan and his staff at their best. First class service and such a beautiful villa in beautiful location with amazing sunset view everyday, we are pleased to be spending on these qualities. We'd like to thank Wayan and his staff for their outstanding service and we will definitely go back for a visit in the future.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 9 Location: 9 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 10 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10
Kitchen: 7 Facilities: 10 Staff: 10
Value: 8
Heather Johnson, Australia checked out on 16-Oct-2013
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
14-Nov-2013
Amazing villa and excellent staff. We will be back.

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
Carl Ganem, United States checked out on 08-Aug-2013
Overall Rating:
7.8
Reviewed:
05-Sep-2013

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 9 Location: 7 Outside Area: 9
Living Area: 7 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 7
Kitchen: 7 Facilities: 8 Staff: 8
Value: 8
Tony Carey, Hong Kong checked out on 16-Jun-2013
Overall Rating:
7.3
Reviewed:
21-Jun-2013

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 8 Location: 9 Outside Area: 8
Living Area: 5 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 7
Kitchen: 9 Facilities: 7 Staff: 7
Value: 5
Nadya Trajanovich, checked out on 28-May-2013
Overall Rating:
8.5
Reviewed:
19-Jun-2013
Beautiful villa and location for wedding. Staff were wonderful, in particular organising / servicing pre-wedding arrangements (eg pressing of gowns, "rain-stopper").

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 9 Location: 9 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 9 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8
Kitchen: 8 Facilities: 8 Staff: 8
Value: 8
Carmen C, checked out on 20-May-2013
Overall Rating:
9.6
Reviewed:
28-May-2013

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 10 Location: 10 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 10 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10
Kitchen: 10 Facilities: 8 Staff: 10
Value: 8
Fadhil Alibrahim, Saudi Arabia checked out on 25-Jan-2013
Overall Rating:
9.2
Reviewed:
05-Feb-2013
Great villa. Great location. Super staff and management. Best family holiday.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 10 Location: 10 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 10 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8
Kitchen: 8 Facilities: 9 Staff: 10
Value: 9
Paul Edwards, Australia checked out on 12-Jul-2012
Overall Rating:
9.9
Reviewed:
19-Jul-2012
Stunning location and facilities. We got married at The Istana and all our guests were blown away with the place. A truly amazing villa. The staff and facilities could not have been better.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 10 Location: 10 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 10 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10
Kitchen: 10 Facilities: 10 Staff: 10
Value: 9
BM checked out on 07-Jul-2012
Overall Rating:
10.0
Reviewed:
17-Jul-2012
Seriously, this place is heaven on earth and the most magnificent location we have ever stayed at. Our wedding at The Istana was more than perfect and so beautiful. We highly recommend this villa, don't bother looking elsewhere!

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
JET, Hong Kong checked out on 18-May-2012
Overall Rating:
9.6
Reviewed:
21-May-2012
The Istana is amazing in every regard from the first moment you take in the view to the last moment when the staff wave you goodbye. The villa is absolutely stunning. The staff are exceptionally professional, wonderfully friendly and most importantly, unobtrusive. It is a very special place for those who seek discretion and the highest standard of luxury.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 10 Location: 8 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 10 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10
Kitchen: 9 Facilities: 9 Staff: 10
Value: 10
LS checked out on 23-Feb-2012
Overall Rating:
8.1
Reviewed:
01-Mar-2012
Really enjoyed our stay, staff friendly and helpful, there was a real feeling of calm and relaxation, my girls rated it as one of the best holidays ever which considering where they have travelled in the past was a great compliment.Looking forward to another stay sometime in the future.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 9 Location: 8 Outside Area: 8
Living Area: 8 Bedrooms: 8 Bathrooms: 8
Kitchen: 8 Facilities: 8 Staff: 8
Value: 8
Miranda Edwards, Australia checked out on 09-Nov-2011
Overall Rating:
9.9
Reviewed:
21-Nov-2011
Thank you for making our Wedding the most memorable event in our lives. The Istana gave us the perfect play ground to create our dream wedding and an experience our guests tell us they will never forget. We cannot praise the staff enough for looking after us and being so warm and friendly. The entire stay will live with us like a dream forever. Thank you.

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
LB, New Zealand checked out on 30-Jul-2011
Overall Rating:
9.5
Reviewed:
04-Aug-2011
Outstanding place to stay. Staff are great and the villa itself is amazing.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm: 10 Location: 10 Outside Area: 10
Living Area: 10 Bedrooms: 10 Bathrooms: 10
Kitchen: 9 Facilities: 10 Staff: 9
Value: 7
Kate Vale, Australia checked out on 22-Jun-2011
Overall Rating:
9.9
Reviewed:
08-Jul-2011
The Istana is a piece of paradise in Bali! We stayed for 8 nights and there was really no need for us to leave the villa. We had beautiful bedrooms and living areas but the views were amazing, the food was great, the pool area so relaxing and the service outstanding. Why leave? Having the children's wing for 2 families was just perfect. A great place for them to play and sleep. We will be back!!

Individual Scores:

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