I had wanted to visit Bali for so long so when Mr ESLT finally booked our flights and decided that we wanted to be based in Sanur the next step was finding the perfect accommodation. After hours of scouring the internet and debating the pros and cons of hotels v villas we (finally!) agreed and decided on Bahagia Villas, a complex of four two bedroomed villas which only opened in 2014. We booked via booking.com which allowed us to pay for the villa whilst there. What really drew us to Bahagia Villas was the fact that each villa has a private swimming pool. Granted it’s not Olympic size but then again it doesn’t need to be. It is however, a great size for a couple/family and perfect in the hot Bali sun and as we visited in October, the 98% humidity too.
We prearranged collection from the airport with Rhudi, the manager of the Villas. We were therefore warmly greeted by Penni the villas driver who I’m sure can navigate the crazy roads of Bali with her eyes closed, although I can assure you she never did 🙂 It was so good to jump into the air conditioned minivan after travelling over 30 hours. It was especially nice not to have to deal with the hundreds of taxi drivers all vying for our custom. Upon arrival at Bahagia Villas we were instantly given a refreshing towel and thirst quenching welcome drink. Rhudi was actually on holiday when we arrived we were therefore welcomed personally by the owner Pete, who showed us round our villa, pointed out the villa’s book of golden tips and advice including take away menus which I admit came in very handy that evening (I recommend a pizza from La Bruchetta) and handed us a local mobile phone preloaded with credit. This was a great touch especially for calling the aforementioned take away and also local taxis.
I must admit after being stuck on a flying tin can for the best part of a day I was ready for a dip in the pool and an ice cold Bintang (local beer). Pete explained that the fridge is refreshed on a daily basis (at a cost of course) although we noticed there was only four Bintang’s which might have been enough for the average Joe but for Mr ESLT and I we knew that they wouldn’t last us the night. Not a problem – 10 minutes later a crate of beer was delivered to our door (24 = 400,000 approx £18). The fridge is also stocked with soft drinks which you do have to pay for at the end of your stay but are not big money like most hotel minibars. We stayed in Villa 1 which has a lovely open plan full kitchen (which I’ll be honest we never used) dining/living area which has fabric sides which we kept rolled up all the time due to the heat. The bedroom on the other hand is air-conditioned which was always a welcome relief after a day sun bathing next to the pool or after a long day sight seeing. Mr ESLT and I obviously used the double room (with en suite complete with massive walk in shower) however the villa also had a twin room with en suite ideal for another couple, kids or if you and your other half has an argument.
We did lose the sun from the pool area by about 1pm in the afternoon but for me that was not a problem as the temperature was still in the mid 30s and the pool was always a lovely temperature to swim in. If you are a sun worshiper the beach is only a 10 minute walk away albeit across the main road that runs through Sanur. Pavements are uneven and there are a million and one motorbikes whizzing around. But saying that it is a pleasant walk and the reward of an ice-cold Bintang at one of the beach front bars makes it worthwhile. If walking is not your thing grab a taxi, it’s around 75p (30,000 rupiah) each way. 12 hours of sleep later and jet lag out of the way Pete took us for a drive round Sanur to help us get familiarised with the place. This was great and very much appreciated. He pointed out ATM’s, shopping centres and most importantly good restaurants (of which we tried three or four during our stay). We even stopped at one of his favourite beach bars for a beer or two which I thought was a great touch.
Other services on offer include (some at a surcharge): Tours and personal driver, laundry service, bicycle rental, car or motorbike rental can be arranged, reliable babysitting, restaurant delivery service from multiple outlets, special functions can be arranged, in-house masseur available for reflexology and deep tissue massage, pool fences can be fitted prior to arrival. Bahagia means ‘happy’ in Balinese and our villa certainly was a happy villa we had a great time here. We received a more personal service then we ever would have done at a resort with all staff being polite and friendly at all times. Nothing was too much trouble and if a question was asked that couldn’t be answered there and then they would get back to you as soon as possible. I highly recommend Bahagia Villas and would certainly stay here if we ever return to the beautiful Bali.