Rice-field views and authentic Bali life in rural Seseh
Villa Terang Bulan offers a slice of authentic Bali-style holidaying. It may be a little out of the way for people who prefer to be in the heart of the action, however for those who want to relax and soak up the tranquillity of rural Bali it is ideal. What it lacks in facilities it strives to make up for in charm. The rice-field view and lush foliage of the small garden create a lovely ambience, merging the open living area into the outside world. Of course this also works the other way around, and geckos and mosquitoes are free to join you inside. However if you enjoy being amongst nature and relaxing with a good book this is a great hideaway. This villa will work well for a family with children above toddler age (there are some steep drops into the garden off the edge of the living area). Bringing the grandparents would also be fine as the villa is sensibly designed for seniors (all on one level). It would also be a good base for surfers wishing to explore the many surf spots along Bali’s west coast, or for golfers as the renowned Nirwana Bali Golf Course is only seven kilometres up the coast. Villa Terang Bulan is comfortable and homely. It’s not a luxury residence but it is great value for money. The maid will do your washing, clean up and prepare breakfast and snacks whilst a chef can be called in to cook delicious Indonesian cuisine for lunch or dinner (provisions at market price plus a small service charge per meal). Alternatively you may wish to make use of the well-equipped kitchen and self-cater.
A definite highlight at Villa Terang Bulan is being able to enjoy the tranquillity of rural Bali and the views across the rice fields from a comfortable living area furnished to create an authentic Balinese experience.
The lack of facilities was a surprise; there is only one television (a rather small one in the master bedroom) and, at the time of our inspection (November 09), there were no satellite or local channels working so we were limited to watching DVD’s – but then who really wants to watch TV when you have a room with a view like this? Neither was the hot water working well in the bathrooms, which rendered the large terrazzo bathtubs redundant; however the lukewarm water was fine for showers. It was lucky that the fan inside the mosquito nets provided back up in the master bedroom as the air conditioning wasn’t functioning in that room at the time our Inspection. The pool area is slightly overlooked by the neighbouring villa (although bamboo blinds can be drawn for privacy and to help prevent the rain coming in). We also missed having an area to sunbathe, as the terraced areas around the plunge pool are shaded by the roof.
- ME, Philippines checked out on 19-Oct-2012