Private Luxury Villa in Bali – YOU WON’T BELIEVE HOW MUCH IT COSTS
Kristin | On 22, Dec 2016
I had the pleasure of staying for three nights at one of Bali’s most exclusive private villa’s in Ubud: Villa Shamballa. This two story villa, which includes a private chef, private pool, private house keeper, lounge, two bathrooms, and the most breathtaking jungle views with a glorious sunrise view each morning, you can’t go wrong in booking a stay here. PLUS, it’s way more affordable than you might think! Here’s more about my stay at Villa Shamballa:
As we drove down the bumpy, narrow, final roadway approaching the villa I’d wondered if my driver was in the right place. The dirt and pebble roadway turned nearly into a grass lane before we finally reached the hidden entrance. I was literally on the edge of my seat feeling anxious now about what awaited me on the inside of the villa. Then the beautiful, tall, swinging rustic wooden doors opened and it was as if I walked into heaven, right then and there, on earth.
Villa Shamballa is the closest I’ve come to staying in a place that’s THIS ultimately private, peaceful, romantically luxurious, set in one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. PLUS I didn’t realize until arriving that I’d have my own pair of caretakers (Kadek and Minnie). What?!
The moment I walked in Kadek gently greeted me with a bright yellow plumeria lei, a cool damp towel, a glass of freshly pressed juice, AND a warm smile. There was soft tropical music playing throughout the villa and yellow plumeria flowers (my favorite!) absolutely everywhere!
After being shown around this two-story dream come true—which included a dining area, a cozy living room-style lounge (with bright white, comfy cushioned couches, shays, and entertainment unit), and my own lukewarm infinity pool, and large bathroom with an outdoor shower and marble bathtub on the first floor; and a sprawling bedroom with lounge, bathroom and shower and amazing half open air, thatch roofed second floor—I set my things down, took a million photos, and then immediately went for a swim in the infinity pool!
For the next three nights and two days I felt like a well cared for lady of importance. Haha! :) Seriously, I’ve never been so well taken care of. Minnie and Kadek were sweet and soft spoken, they let me be but if I needed anything they appeared in a flash and were more than accommodating.
I would rise with the sun and peaceful sound of the birds singing, and sometimes Honey (the cat) would greet me in the morning as well; I’d have a sunrise swim followed by breakfast at our pre-arranged time, maybe go for another swim and then do some work (I work remotely on my computer so that’s convenient). It was THE most peaceful and luxurious experience I’ve ever had in my life. And even though it may be possible that I’m the only person who has ever stayed at Villa Shamballa by herself (solo backpack-style traveler here), it did not take away from how incredibly comfortable, relaxed, and ‘zen’ I felt the entire time.
Being vegan wasn’t a problem! Kadek prepared fantastic plant-based meals, each one better than the last. And when I needed to make a run into Ubud city center, they had a scooter shuttle service available within minutes!
It was exactly what I was looking for after a busy (and loud and hectic) few days staying with a Balinese family and more time in the city center. Ubud city center is great but notorious for being very loud (constant vehicle honing horns), and crowded (and people asking you if you want a taxi ride or massage or to come into their restaurant). So having a place to completely escape the madness was absolutely heavenly.
I can’t speak highly enough about the attentiveness and kindness expressed by Kadek and Minnie, and Wayan (who took me into the city center that one day). Each person was sweet with a gentle and beautiful energy about them.
Aside from wishing I could have shared the experience with someone (hello future honeymoon destination!) I wish I could have afforded more of their incredible spa services and offerings.
Oh! And I haven’t even mentioned the turndown service yet. That’s included too of course, and I had no idea it was even a thing. Haha! I don’t do luxury often, as you may have guessed (or as I told you earlier in this post). ;) The first night I was nearly giggling aloud to myself when I walked upstairs to the bedroom, after dinner, to dozens of candles lit, low romantic lights on, and the mosquito net down around the bed. The bed sheets were arranged to make it easy to get in and cover up, and there were even cute little slippers next to the bed too. The details of the attention they give every little bit of one’s stay here, is truly remarkable.
This is an all-in-one stay; you don’t need to leave if you don’t want to! And for the most part that’s what I did. Swam, ate, worked, swam, napped, read books, watched a movie on the provided TV, swam some more, ate some more. It was the ultimate in luxurious relaxation and each morning since I’ve left I hope beyond hope that when I open my eyes I will be back at Villa Shamballa.
And that price tag I teased in the subject of this post? Right okay so something like this in the US or UK might cost, what? Thousands if not TENS of thousands of dollars for just a night or two, right? This place (at the time of writing this blog post: December 2016) is just $255 a night. Now for most of us (myself included) it may still seem like something we couldn’t normally afford BUT for others (and for those who are good at saving up for vacations) this is an absolute steal considering all the perks and luxuries included with this place.
Go. Go now. Trust me! You will LOVE it and you won’t want to leave. <3 <3