Villa Sebali Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.8
Reviewed:
10-Jan-2012

We felt at home at Villa Sebali the moment we entered this big, airy, comfortable house, open on all sides to gardens and blessed with a beautiful view over the pool to the rainforest in the distance. The rural village of Sebali gives you a feel of the real Bali, away from the tourist centres, and it’s only ten minutes’ drive into Ubud with the villa’s car and driver when you change your mind.

We very much enjoyed a walking trip arranged by Dewa, the villa manager. It was about 2.5 hours through the village rice fields and surroundings, and included a visit to a temple and to a Balinese family compound where we were served coffee and cakes. Some of the terrain was a bit tricky, with steep slopes and streams to cross, but it was wonderful to be so close to the land. There is a fee for these walking trips, which are organised to raise money for needy people in the village. We also tried the cross-country walk into Ubud, which was lovely; but walking around Ubud itself was hectic because of the heavy traffic and dreadful sidewalks.

Villa Sebali is full of charm and feels very much like the private home it is. We found the owners’ Information for Guests booklet very helpful. The living and dining spaces are comfortable and relaxed with tropical gardens framing the view to rice fields or the rainforest. A clipped grass courtyard leads to the swimming pool which is especially delightful in the morning light. We appreciated the pool pavilion, or balé, in the afternoon where we curled up with books and sipped cool fruit juice prepared by the quiet, competent staff.

Individual Scores:

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

We loved the location, the pool, the gardens, the spaciousness of the rooms (especially Sky and Sunrise), and the shelves of good books everywhere. We found the villa manager and staff very helpful and easy company. And we admired the efforts to be ecologically responsible.

Surprises

We were surprised that the queen beds were formed by putting two twin mattresses together; but we might not have noticed had the Villa Manager not told us. Perhaps this is a solution for couples of very unequal weight. We enjoyed watching DVDs on the big flat-screen TV, but the room itself cries out for some comfy sofas. With the thoughtfully provided desk space in the bedrooms, it was a pity that there was no internet there, but we had excellent WiFi in the living and dining rooms.

Guest Reviews (2)

Nicolas C, France checked out on 10-Aug-2013
Overall Rating:
8.9
Reviewed:
09-Sep-2013

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
michael R, Australia checked out on 10-Jul-2013
Overall Rating:
8.6
Reviewed:
17-Jul-2013

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:9
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:9 Bathrooms:9
Kitchen:7 Facilities:8 Staff:9
Value:9
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based on 3 user reviews. We felt at home at Villa Sebali the moment we entered this big, airy, comfortable house, open on all sides to gardens and blessed with a beautiful view over the pool to the rainforest in the distance. The rural village of Sebali gives you a feel of the real Bali, away from the tourist centres, and it’s only ten minutes’ drive into Ubud with the villa’s car and driver when you change your mind.

We very much enjoyed a walking trip arranged by Dewa, the villa manager. It was about 2.5 hours through the village rice fields and surroundings, and included a visit to a temple and to a Balinese family compound where we were served coffee and cakes. Some of the terrain was a bit tricky, with steep slopes and streams to cross, but it was wonderful to be so close to the land. There is a fee for these walking trips, which are organised to raise money for needy people in the village. We also tried the cross-country walk into Ubud, which was lovely; but walking around Ubud itself was hectic because of the heavy traffic and dreadful sidewalks.

Villa Sebali is full of charm and feels very much like the private home it is. We found the owners’ Information for Guests booklet very helpful. The living and dining spaces are comfortable and relaxed with tropical gardens framing the view to rice fields or the rainforest. A clipped grass courtyard leads to the swimming pool which is especially delightful in the morning light. We appreciated the pool pavilion, or balé, in the afternoon where we curled up with books and sipped cool fruit juice prepared by the quiet, competent staff.

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