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Petanu River Villa Bali Reviews
Nature surrounding the villa; a wonderful retreat May 19, 2012
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Petanu River Villa is a 10-minute drive, South East, from the bustling centre of Ubud.
Roads leading to the villa lined are with villages. Perched on a hill, Petanu River Villa is situated at the sleepy end of a wood carvers’ village that overlooks the scenic Petanu River.
We arrived in front of a bulky wooden gate that does not reveal any sneak peeks of what is behind the gate; with no signboard bearing huge fonts of the name “Petanu River Villa” except for a tiny sign at the side that leads to “Petanu River Studio”.
That promising figment of my imagination faded off to a slight disappointment –until the gates opened.
It was a short stroll along the stone path from the entrance before we spotted a house that stood out amongst the massive greenery.
Shrines are a common sight in Balinese homes. In the villa, a shrine is set in the midst of well-manicured grounds.
The villa is built in a modern purist style combining elements of Bauhaus, Indonesian and Japanese design, providing a contemporary space in a traditional Balinese environment.
Spot Balinese ornaments in every corner of the villa; coexisting with art pieces that adorn white walls.
Friendly villagers – who keep the villa clean and proper – welcomed us with genuine and broad smiles.
Eight villagers are hired to take care of guests’ needs, mainly housekeeping and cooking. They are available in the day from 8am to 5pm.
Santi, the manager, helps to arrange all requests. She is fluent in English as well as two native languages, Balinese and Indonesian.
In the evenings, security remains outside the villa but are available in case of emergency. They will personally open the gates for you when you return from a late night out.
Wayan, the villa’s driver who picked us up from the airport, charges Rp.75,000 (about SGD$11) for each trip around Ubud. Airport transfer is complimentary.
For day trips, generally a car and driver including petrol, costs Rp.450,000 (about SGD$64) for 8 hours. A group of 4 will only pay SGD$16 each for a day tour.
Extra hours are charged at Rp.50,000 per hour.
The villa is equipped with a modern kitchen, complete with gas stove and a conventional oven. Their cook will whip up delicious Balinese, Indonesia, Asian or Continental dishes should you prefer to dine in.
Breakfast is provided daily.
Sweet and friendly staffs make you feel at home, and are always glad to pose for the camera.
Breakfast includes a choice of fresh fruit juice, accompanying an item of your choice: eggs (done in your desired preferences), sausages, pancakes or vegetable omelette.
Lunch and dinner options are available upon request. You just have to pay for the cost of food and an additional 20% service charge.
There is a communal-style dining table, indoor and outdoor.
On balmy days, dine at the outdoor breakfast terrace for a step closer to nature, and enjoy a panoramic view of the vast forest.
Complimentary high-speed WI-FI is available throughout the entire villa.
Enjoy the enchanting view of nature in the comforts of air-conditioning through full-length windows, in the study room equipped with a PC and satellite TV.
Guests can utilise the computer at no additional charge, or browse through the huge collection of DVDs and laze the day away.
Other facilities include phone calls or fax upon request.
With the villa perched on the edge of the forest on the green hills, the open plan lounge offers a spectacular view – in absence of wall obstruction – of distant mountain over the river, undulating valley, swaying palms, and virgin forests as far as they eye can see.
The villa has 3 double bedrooms, each with its own hot/cold bathroom and a private balcony that offers a spectacular view: one bedroom downstairs and two upstairs.
The bedroom on the first floor is connected to an outdoor bathroom with a large terrazzo bathtub.
The first bedroom upstairs comes with a private balcony with a mesmerising view.
Mosquito-net canopy adds charm to the room and protects you from insects and flying bugs.
A private bathroom with rainshower is adjacent to the room.
For the masterbed room, the en-suite bathroom comes with a bathtub and shower hose. The sliding door opens up to nature, allowing natural light to cascade in.
Imagine waking up to an enchanting view of the vast forest and the sounds of birds singing.
The tower observation room on the 3rd floor gives a good view of Mount Agong, the volcano in the north, on good days when clouds don’t conceal it.
A few steps away from the living room, you reach a bale (pavilion) overlooking the river and pool –the perfect peaceful spot for meditation or yoga.
Wander around aimlessly and you’ll find yourself at the secluded infinity pool with a magnificent view amongst lush greenery.
Beat the warm and humid weather with a dip in the pool. It is clean and well maintained.
Soak up the sun on poolside chaise lounges.
Across the house positions a studio within the compound, where more guests can stay at.
This studio also doubles up as a massage room, where spa treatments are available for booking.
A bed and wardrobe sit on the second storey of the studio.
The villa has many private areas for exploration and retreat.
If you’re feeling adventurous, a steep flight of stairs leads to the river from the villa.
There is a plunge pool by the river, filled with natural spring water. You can skinny dip here, albeit a little cold.
Despite its secluded location, there are local warungs (family-owned cafés or convenience stores selling snacks, drinks and household items) a short walk from the villa, a supermarket 10 minutes away by foot or few minutes away by motorbike, and restaurants 8 minutes away by car.
Ubud is tranquil, serene, and green, more than the other parts of Bali; it is characterised by an artistic ambience, where galleries and wood carvers’ are ubiquitous.
Petanu River Villa makes a wonderful retreat, tucked away from boisterous bars and rowdy backpackers that are omnipresent in Kuta, a more touristy part of Bali.
The entire villa costs about USD$330 per night including breakfast and airport transfers, sleeping up to 6 people.
Check out their website for more information.
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