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spent a week at Ambalama with friends in September 2018 and had the most wonderful time. The villa was stunning and the staff looked after us wonderfully. We each had our own detached room with outdoor bathrooms which were a treat and the communal areas were perfect for us to meet in the evening. The menu is extensive and food delicious- we ate a variety of local dishes and had some favourites from the healthy menu too. The location is great as you can walk along the beach to Tanah Lot or towards Canggu and another highlight was a cycling tour that was organised to Tegallalang-stunning! Thanks so much for a wonderful stay Chris and the team- could not recommend it more!
Our family of twelve included elderly grandparents (over 80) and an active 4 year old. We fell in love with Ambalama Villa the moment we stepped off our minibuses and onto the villa's generous porch. The compound was inviting, modern yet rustic, and well maintained. Ambalama Villa is located about 70 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai Airport, along the southwestern coast of Bali and away from tourist bustle of Kuta and Seminyak. From the villa, a pleasant minute's walk down a driveway, is the coastline where a temple sits at the end of a pier. From the temple pier, each morning and dusk, we were able to enjoy the wind, the sea view, the breakers crashing onto the black beach of volcanic minerals, and the sunset. The design of the villa is pleasingly linear and uncomplicated with the complexes adequately spaced one to another. Acres of padi field stretch out from one side of the villa. The common areas, which include the pool, dining area, bar and lounges, are thoughtfully located and easily accessible. The rooms are spacious and private, centred with large comfortable four-poster beds draped with extremely light mosquito nets. The service staff, headed by Ayu, remained almost unseen during our waking hours, yet always seeing to our comfort and ever ready to attend to our most mundane requirements. This is helped that the kitchen, administrative office and smaller service rooms are tucked away together, along one perimeter of the villa, linked by a concealed back corridor. Ayu and her staff were impeccable hosts, always ready with practical suggestions to food, scheduling, sightseeing, transport and other logistics when asked. The chef's skill was beyond our expectation - I would dare say better than many of the famous local 'must-dine' restaurants. He was able to whip up anything we requested - local, other Asian or western cooking, including spicy, nonspicy or less spicy. It, therefore, made sense that we forewent most of our dine-out plans and, instead, chose to dine in, thereby avoiding the traffic congestion and transportation logistics of dining out. Our entire stay at Ambalama Villa was tranquil, wonderfully pleasant and stress-free. We were absolutely pampered from arrival to departure. Our only regret was that we did not plan for a longer vacation. I highly recommend a vacation at Ambalama Villa, Bali.
The arranged transfer from the airport to the villa was seamless. The driver Tri who spoke descent English whisked us off to the villa in about 90 mins.
We were cordially greeted with cold towels, welcome drinks and a small snack when we arrived at the villa. Serenity descended even in the darkness of the night where our home away from home was in villa no. 2.
Villa no. 2 was spacious and offered all the comfort and zen that we sought. Taking a shower or bath in the open amongst nature was liberating!
Nothing is short of in this villa - from spaciousness to landscape, architecture, service etc - it's truly a piece of idyllic paradise found in Ambalama Villa.
There is literally nothing bad someone could say about this place. The staff are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet and they go above and beyond to meet your needs. The pools, gardens and rooms are always immaculate with a beautiful view of the rice fields and mountains. This place makes you feel like you’re living a different life and I recommend anyone to go stay there even just to see the beautiful craftsman shop of the building
Situated north west of Seminyak along the coast towards Tanah Lot temple, the Ambalama villas more than provide in peace and tranquility what their location lacks in conveniences such as restaurants and bars -- if those are what you're after then you should stay in one of the towns but if you need a relaxing, peaceful, thoughtfully arranged and managed experience then you'd be hard pressed to find better accommodation than Ambalama.
Once you step over the threshold from the driveway and cross the bridge over the ponds and fountains to the entrance pavilion you will be welcomed with refreshing cold towels, drinks and canapes -- a charming and much welcome touch after the ardour of your travels.
You'll notice the beautifully landscaped gardens, planted with local trees and flowers that seem to grow effortlessly in the tropical climate and volcanic soils. You'll notice the extraordinary driftwood-style bench on which you will be sitting -- one of many pieces especially commissioned by the owners, Chris and Nick, for the resort. And you'll notice the architecture: bold and classically proportioned yet warmly and finely detailed, showcasing the exquisite craftsmanship and the unique local materials that Bali has. If you're observant you'll have noticed the small shrine by the front gate that the owners had erected -- a sensitive nod to the beautiful local cultural traditions of Bali.
You will be surprised by the generous proportions of the bedrooms, the warm materials used to furnish them, the lovely day bed overlooking your tranquil private pond and the gorgeous outdoor bathroom planted with verdant tropical foliage.
When you explore the common areas you'll be wowed by the 25 metre pool and relaxing poolside pavilion, the comfortable and quiet lounge area upstairs and the spectacular dining area with its fountains, view of the pool and extraordinary furniture.
And throughout, you will be taken care of by Ayu and her team of well-trained, kind and thoughtful staff for whom no request is too onerous, whether it be arranging a driver to tour the island or a special delivery of kweh cakes for an indulgent feast. The chef is good too -- try the fried duck (a local speciality). Ambalama is a gem of a place.
This property is truly peaceful, with views across the gardens and neighbouring rice paddy fields. The villa is architecturally designed with many different spaces for lounging, reading, dining and relaxing in the sun or shade.
The staff are very friendly & attentive, they can organise almost any requirements such as in-room massage and beauty therapy. The in-house chef has a broad menu of local and western dishes and they can also cater for healthy wellness options.
The rooms are very private and allow to escape away from the main living and dining area.
It has been an unforgettable experience and I would recommend Ambalama Villa to anyone looking for a relaxing retreat destination.
I visited Ambalama earlier this year for a friends birthday celebration. I've wanted to return to stay since then. I am here now, and about to depart for the airport at the end of a memorable weekend. Among Bali options, it stands out for its striking architecture and large scale - it feels more like a building that you would expect to would find on the italian riviera - large social areas with great lighting and proportions, designed to entertain groups of people in style. Everywhere that you look in Ambalama is architecturally beautiful. I also love the gardens (I'm a plant nut) - some areas of the villa feel like they are on par with botanical gardens. It is such a pleasure to walk around.
But the main reason to visit is to relax : one day poolside in Ambalama is enough to relieve all the stress of living in (in my case) Singapore. The team are attentive without being intrusive, keeping drinks recharged and making sure everyone is happy.
My girlfriend and I visited Ambalama Villa last week. The service and staff were incredible. Knock out views with amazing architecture. The rooms, building, and grounds are beautiful. I recommend this place 100%, it is worth it. The stay offered peace and tranquility. It is a relaxing place to enjoy.
I can not even put into words how amazing the staff is at this place. They are so nice and so helpful. We stayed two nights and felt like the only ones there. The pool is so amazing and over looks rice fields. If you're looking to relax away from all of the busy streets this is the place for you.
Paradise is a much overused word but Ambalama is indeed a paradise. The invitation extended by the beautifully designed website manages somehow to fall short as it attempts to say: Welcome to Heaven on Earth.
With Balinese style, the well thought out neo-modernist architecture respectfully divides the earthly from the divine and the public from the private. Giant wooden louvred screens, columns of stone and wood, pavements and platforms, courtyards and terraces all conspire to echo the surrounding landscapes and to reveal fresh perspectives that suggest the mood of paradise.
As the name Ambalama suggests: space continues to unfold. Its architectural framing devices are only a beginning that points respectfully towards heaven.
The elegant seclusion of the bedroom suites, each with their own private courtyards, provide an optional withdrawal from the social sphere in which luxurious whicker sofas, seats carved from pumice, groups of comfortable club chairs and loungers invite and introduce conversation and opportunities for reflection. These social spaces remain linked by a matrix of delightful garden rooms in which perfumed plants signpost the way past a happy parade of bubbling fountains, pools, ponds and rills; where butterflies and dragonflies dance with their beautiful floral partners above the lazy plop of fish and frogs who, when dusk falls, join a larger chorus that sings of teeming life to the stars above.
And yet this learned confection of architecture, of skilful planting and of calm welcome are not entire. There is kindness and sensitivity in those who grace the household with their tactful hospitality and careful maintenance of house, garden and guest. There is delicious, freshly prepared food and refreshing drinks all cooked and mixed to order. There is fresh white linen, tasteful artworks and the abiding soundtrack of Bali as birds in their endless variety sing the sun to rise and to bed and to the moon as she sails overhead. Their melodies, chants, rhythms and lyrical invention are accompanied by the gentle roar of the crashing surf on the Indian Ocean that waits a stones throw away at the bottom of the short lane that leads back down to the outside world. It blends with the running waters of Ambalama to remind of the liquid basis of all life.
The volcanic tiles beneath the mirror of the infinity pool reach out from the villa like a magic carpet of glass laid below the dappled shade of coconut palms that wave to the gentle slope of lawns that in turn fall away from the buildings and point towards the neighbouring paddy fields that are typical of the agriculture that surrounds Ambalama. Occasionally, the work that takes place in the fields is noticeable but all that suggests work now seems far, far away - as far as the giant volcano off in the distance that presides over this world and rises up into the sky above.
Ambalama is a world unto itself, an oasis of elegance and calm order that bids the world to depart and turns to sooth and gently reintroduce Bali, your kind and spellbinding host. Its architecture, its gardens and its hospitality are only a beginning.
The ripples of the frangipani flowers that fall gently into the pool quietly whisper that time continues to pass but also that time does occasionally pause and that our experience of time as it slows down is the true inhabitant of this paradise, this heaven on earth, this Ambalama.
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