- 3 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- Sleeps 6
Description from the owner
On an island renowned for great hotels, luxury accommodation, cutting edge service and uncompromising attention to detail, it is a joy to find a retreat that combines all of the above and makes you feel completely at home at the same time. SUNGAI is for people looking for a more personal, bespoke hotel experience, with staff who know your name, your favourite drink and can arrange a restaurant reservation, spa treatment, or simply point you in the right direction within minutes of you deciding to do something. Three king-bedrooms with deeply comfortable oversize canopied beds that you will never wish to leave, imported linen, plush feather an...d down duvets, unlimited giant pillows/bath sheets, Acqua di Parma bathroom amenities; all looking out to your private 18m pool, the river, lush tropical canopies interspersed with frangipanis, and the leisure pavilions with Bose sound, and yet you are just 20mins from Legian in round-the-clock chauffeured comfort. A truly sophisticated and indulgent place to escape for couples/families/friends that will change your perceptions of what to expect on holiday.
The overwhelming memories of a SUNGAI experience are the magical location, exquisite food, flawless service and immaculately appointed guest rooms (Acqua di Parma goodies, Bose sound, loaded iPods, etc) but the professional whilst personal care extended to children and adults alike, the cultural benefits of being in an unspoiled traditional village, the round-the-clock car and driver, and the fact that you have a manager/concierge to co-ordinate your entire holiday are also defining features. UPDATE: Bedrooms 1 and 2 are now interconnecting for young families!Read more
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VILLA SUNGAI five star luxury private villa Bali
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
There are times when you simply don't wish to be found, when you need to escape and unwind. At SUNGAI the breathtaking vistas and natural ambience make them a compelling choice.
SUNGAI’s private little world of tranquillity and indulgence lies in the midst of the traditional village of Cepaka, midway between Seminyak, Tanah Lot and Tabanan (as you head towards Ubud). The region remains largely unspoilt and exudes a charming non-commercial character. Village and villa are set, jewel-like, in a dramatic setting of the timeless elegance of centuries-old raintrees, emerald terraces of rice, a sleepy river, and ancient temples all around.
Cepaka lies safely beyond the urban sprawl which has overrun Kuta Beach and Seminyak. Although visitors will no doubt find it hard to resist the excitement of the shopping and sightseeing, at the end of the day, there is nothing more enticing than returning to the sanctity ofSUNGAI and its wonderful hospitality.
When guests step beyond the villa's doors, Bali continues to excite with its eclectic mix of traditional and modern distractions, there is always something new to discover. Share in the heritage from the cultural to the artistic, from the literary to the dramatic. Worth a trip is the nearby (15 mins) Tanah Lot markets and the best golf course on the island that overlooks the Indian Ocean. This is also the seat of Bali's mystical culture where the enchanting Tanah Lot sea temple is perched on a rocky outcrop. The artist's colony of Ubud is 35mins drive and the many dining and bar options at Seminyak just 20 chauffeured mins away.
As a base for exploring the island of Bali Villa Devatas is sizzling, providing a haven of comfort and service at day's end. But our exclusivity is not just a matter of location, it's our attention to detail combined with understated style and our genuine desire to create a memorable and special experience, whether it's a romantic getaway, catch up for friends, or family reunion.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Waterfront
Water sports nearby, Horse riding nearby, Golf course within 30 minute drive
Nearest beach: Echo Beach Canggu
Nearest ferry port: Benoa
Nearest airport: Denpasar
Car is not necessary
Last updated on August 29, 2014
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Additional notes from the owner
Discounts for young families and couples
Breakfast and first night canapes incl
Other meals at cost of ingredients only..no charge for staff or shopping (brought in fresh daily)
Bar at wholesale prices
- Bachelor or bachelorette parties allowed
- Housekeeping Optional
- Hair dryer
- Towels Provided
- High chair
- Soap/Shampoo Provided
- Washing Machine
- A/C or climate control
- Ceiling Fans
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
- Corporate bookings allowed
- Clothes Dryer
- Long term rentals allowed (over 1 month)
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
Pool / Spa
- Private outdoor pool (unheated)
- Mountain Views
- Ocean or water views
- Satellite or cable TV
- DVD Player
- Stereo or CD player
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- 12 Dining chairs
- 12 Lounge chairs
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - ask
- Wheelchair accessible - no
What Past Guests Are Saying
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72 guest reviews
100% of guests would stay again
Just relax , become part of the Villa Sungai family and be looke
This is a unique and wonderful experience. I think the best way to sum it up is that you will leave with very fond memories of Cepaka and the people, the Villa staff, the sounds of the Pigs and Roosters in the morning across the river, the wonderful service and food. I am not going to single out any staff member as they are one team and behave and operate like that. They are just a cohesive customer service and friendly proposition.We stayed about 12 nights(I think)-I actually have no idea whether it was 10 or 14 so I have say 12 nights(in between);that is what it is like - you just arrive and then it all happens around you and then it is time to leave. I like the "bill each day concept "- sign it off each day - no issues at the end of the stay .
Good internet access
I was surprised how close the wonderful pool was to the river- I just floated over to the edge and looked down to the river
The bar outside - just sit there and contemplate life
I sat at the table in the morning overlooking the pool and the river and the jungle doing a few emails wondering whether I could work out a way to run the office here every few months for a week or so .
Thanks for the recipes you sent us when we returned.I am also missing my Balinese massage
I think you undersell the food at the villa - we went to some of the best restaurants in Bali - all very good but next time we will only head out for lunches and a couple of nights.
I think you undersell the outdoor bathrooms - unique
We loved the flexibility of a car and driver - late afternoon in Seminyak and then dinner. A morning trip to the beach for a surf for the younger brigade. A trip to Ubud (watch those monkeys...)- great lunch spot organised by Putu overlooking the rice fields and mountains (Volcano) or a trip to a lake, temple - great day trip with Made
I think the wine you provide is first rate and excellent value compared with what we experienced at restaurants
a great experience
Judy and Ted Steeves
Muskoka, Ontario Canada
The most beautiful week of my life! My daughter's wedding at Vil
Our thank you letter to Villa Sungai
Dear Pamela, Made and staff,
Samantha and Owen's wedding week at Villa Sungai was the most beautiful week of my life.
The beautiful setting of the Villa, the serene and gracious staff, the attention to detail, the food and service were above and beyond all expectations.
Please thank everyone again for us for their excellent service and attention. We all hated leaving and became very attached to them all.
The wedding was totally magical in every way, as was the ladies' luncheon. The food was the bet I have ever had anywhere.
It was our first visit to Bali - living in Canada makes it a two day trip but it is soo worth it.
What a beautiful and heavenly island. We fell in love with Bali and can't wait to return.
We look forward to returning to Villa Sungai. Thank you all for your kind and gracious hospitality.
Judy and Ted Steeves
What can I say but what a fabulous time we all had I can't tell you how wonderful Made and all of the staff are and how very warming and welcoming they are, the food was just amazing and to the point where we tried to smuggle Wyan into our suitcase and bring him home. The Villa was just perfect in every way and far exceeded my expectations so we will absolutely be back and hopefully it will be sooner rather than later.
Pamela and team, thank you so much for making this such a memorable stay in Bali and thanks for all your efforts, we all had such an amazing time
Lovely Villa with Excellent Service
My family and I have just returned from a wonderful week at Villa Sungai where we had a truly relaxing break. The highlights for us were the wonderful location - we loved the village of Cepaka where the villa is located. Rural and tranquil but close enough to the action of Seminyak (about 35 minutes) to make shopping and dining trips easy. But the biggest plus that Villa Sungai has going for it are the amazing staff whose heartfelt and sincere service can compete and outshine that of any major hotel. In fact we stayed a few nights at amanusa after Sungai Villa and felt that the service at the villa far surpassed that of amanusa and if you're familiar with the aman resorts you'll know that is praise indeed. Made, Trisna, Uluh, Bumi, Wayan and all the other staff were a delight to be around and we had tears in our eyes saying goodbye. But it's not just the villa staff who provide exceptional service. Pamela, the owner of the villa, was extremely prompt and responsive to all my many questions and requests so from my initial dealings I knew we would be staying somewhere where service is paramount. The other thing I feel compelled to mention are the beds and pillows. None of us are good sleepers when we're away but my goodness, those beds and pillows were so comfortable that we all slept like babies. Our days would consist of leisurely breakfasts, lots of swimming and reading before lunch, which we normally ate at the villa. In the afternoons we'd indulge in some spa treatments - the dedicated spa room at the villa is lovely and the therapists wonderful. In the evenings we would congregate at around 6.00 for drinks and canapés and then either head out to Seminyak for dinner or dine at the villa. We did a couple of daytime excursions but the villa was so relaxing and the weather too nice to venture out much during the days. This was the first time that any of us had done a villa vacation in Bali but we are now hooked-I know we'll be back!
The last word in luxury & attention to every need
One of the most amazing ways you can possibly imagine to spend your holidays.From the intial greeting of all the staff lined up at the top of the steps to greet you, to the final farewell drink on your last night.To say you are treated as revered family doesn't really do Sungai or it's staff justice -it's way more luxuriuos than a typical family holiday, but still maintains that warm, caring feel. The food is fine dining, & Made (manager) is a treasure, as are all the staff. You'd be crazy not to visit!
Burra, South Australia
The Wow Factor
This was actually our third stay at Sungai Gold, however Pamela was generous enough to let the two of us move in to the main villa for a week. The space, the serenity, and the setting are simply divine, it really is picture perfect and to have it all to yourself is tantamount to living like royalty. You want for nothing during the entire stay, everything is taken care of so graciously, and the staff more than generous with their time and attention to detail. It is the perfect place to relax, refresh, recharge and return - you just know that everything is taken care of, all you need to do is saviour every minute and feel blessed to be there!
A totally amazing experience!
We had the most amazing time at Villa Sungai. The attention to detail was second to none. The staff, lead by the extremely accommodating manager, Made were just beautiful - nothing was too much trouble. We were all very sad when saying goodbye to the wonderful team at Villa Sungai. The Villa is in a lovely area, no traffic noises just noises from the wildlife. If you want to relax and be pampered this is the place to visit.
Madrid - Spain
Una experiencia sublime
Villa Sungai no es solo una villa, es una experiencia que sublime que te hace cambiar el concepto que uno tiene de lo que son unas vacaciones alquilando una casa. Estuvimos este veranos pasando unos dias, como parte de nuestra luna de miel al rededor de Indonesia, y nuestra estancia supero todas las expectativas con creces. El lugar y la decoración es de un gusto exquisito dificilmente superable, cuidando hasta el más minimo detalle y haciendote sentir desde el primer momento que estas en el lugar más maravilloso del planeta. El servicio fue exquisito en todos los sentidos, con un equipo brillante y profesional aunque a la vez sabiendo mantener un trato entrañable para hacerte sentir como si estuvieras en tu propia casa. Pero y que decir de la comida...esa fue la gran sorpresa! Sublime, espectacular, un chef fantastico haciendo que se cumplan todos tus deseos, con una calidad y sofisticación propias de un restaurante de muy alta categoría sin nada que envidiar a grandes restaurantes europeos. Solo tenemos palabras de agradecimiento para cada una de las personas que nos acompañaron durante unos días maravillosos. No podemos dejar de hablar de esta experiencia a nuestros amigos, y esperamos volver muy pronto y compartirlo con ellos. Un saludo afectuoso a todos.
Louise & Ian
Beyond all expectations
Thank you for email. We had a wonderful stay at Villa Sungai made better by the exceptional hospitality from Made and the rest of the team. A truly gastronomic and relaxing experience - the few times we left the villa we looked forward to returning. We hope to return again in the coming months and will certainly share our experience with our friends in Singapore so that they may try it for themselves.
A very big thank you for the lovely, relaxing, healing holiday we have had at Sungai and Sungai Gold this past 12 days. We got home yesterday, feeling stronger, rested, reconnected, and a little bit healed - and that is all we could have asked for.
As with all your other guests' comments, we add our very sincere thanks and appreciation to all the staff team at Sungai for taking care of us so ably, and with such kindness. Their seamless presence ensured everything ran smoothly at the villa all the time, their flexibility and capacity to assist us with day trips, bookings, and treatments was legendary, and the food - just wow (too much for us, in the end, we had to skip a few lunches and reduce the size of our dinners, we have never eaten so well, or so often!)
We were taken care of in a way we have not been before on any other holiday, and the sense of having no responsibilities, no decisions to make other than what to order for lunch and dinner and what day trips to take, was a novelty for us
Thanks too for the opportunity to stay in the big villa for part of the holiday - we know it assisted Sungai too, in that more work could be done on the nearly completed second room at Sungai Gold while we moved to the other villa, but we loved the space and ambience of the big villa, and very, very much enjoyed our time there. The statue given to my partner for her birthday was a lovely and thoughtful touch, and much appreciated (we hope the staff enjoyed the birthday cake we ordered and shared with them, too!).
So - thank you so very much, for everything. We will certainly be recommending Sungai to all our friends and family, and hope to come back ourselves, perhaps with some friends, some day.
The minute you arrive at the exquisite Villa Sungai you are transformed and transfixed by the beautiful landscape of Bali riverside, the tropical air relaxes you instantly and you are greeted by the genuine smiles of the obliging staff.
The villa itself is like the home you dream of having with several air conditioned rooms with the most comfortable beds I've ever slept on ( complete with mosquito canopy) with private outdoor baths and showers- just amazing!
There is a communal living space with a beautiful large dining table and a day bed that overlooks the infinity pool and the pool overlooks a beautiful riverside.
The food!! If you choose to stay at villa sungai I would highly recommend eating all your meals there! The food was so fresh and beautifully made that it would be a crime not to try it! My group of friends ate at the villa for nearly every meal and tried something different every day!
There is a wide range of beauty treatments you can try at the Villa, and although they are not as cheap what you can get in the towns the convenience of having them at the villa is worth it.
Another recommendation I would give would be to go on a day trip with Little Made. I found that he was so accommodating and a great conversationalist. Also the VIP service into Bali especially if you haven't been to Bali before would be well worth the money. It's a minimal cost for the convenience.
I should probably balance it out with some "areas for improvement"
But in all honesty there isn't much I could say that wouldn't sound petty. If you have an intense fear of insects or frogs you may not enjoy it ?!
So if you want a relaxing private holiday that is luxurious yet humble a destination wedding or a fabulous milestone birthday with several close friends go to Villa Sungai. I know I'll be back for my 40th birthday or wedding which ever comes first!
Elegant, tasteful, decadent luxury...
I'm not the sort of person who usually bunkers down inside a villa for days on end... but when it came to Villa Sungai, I genuinely couldn't bring myself to leave! The Villa's location is simply stunning - set amongst trees and totally secluded - its been tastefully designed to make the most of its beautiful surrounds. Exotic birds call throughout the day; Kites fly in the distant sky - Occasionally, you hear the sounds of everyday life from the village nearby... The villa has managed to perfect that very fine balance between making guests feel like they are a part of the local area, whilst not compromising on the luxury you'd expect from a 5-star villa... For me, the best example of this was the outdoor bathrooms... nothing can rival relaxing in a warm bath whilst looking at the stars!
The service was exceptional. There was no request or service that Made and his team couldn't arrange with a smile. We had massages most days and enjoyed personal yoga instruction each morning beside the pool. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were a treat... The food was truly first class - with fresh and creative menus, each mealtime became an "event" that we all looked forward to.
The perfect place to relax, (truly) revive and "get-back-in-touch" with friends and loved ones... I can't recommend Villa Sungai enough and can't wait to get back there with dear friends again soon.
I couldn't speak more highly of the villa
Amazing place to stay!
I can't recommend Villa Sungai enough...the accommodation was fantastic, the food was delicious, the location was great and above all the friendly staff and amazing service made our stay one we won't forget.
Cracking venue and wonderful caring staff
It was fantastic. Its Saturday afternoon and I am a little tired after little sleep on the flight home but we are not jaded about your great villa and team.
Everything was perfect from Villa Sungai. The rooms, the common areas, the food and the service. It was perfect and never any issues.
From a business perspective it gave us a very creative yet peaceful environment. We achieved all we planned and felt relaxed as we did it!
From a personal perspective we all felt like we had been on holiday after one single day and we marvelled at how relaxing the environment was every time we stopped.
Congratulations on what you have built.
My stay at Sungai in Bali was truly a 'holiday'. The villa was amazingly beautiful and the staff felt as close as family in the short time we were there. A few of us shed a tear upon leaving. The care even goes beyond your stay there. I will have fond memories and know it will be hard to out-do this next time.
Heaven on Earth
I booked this property for 6 adults for a week to celebrate my 40th birthday as I wanted something spectacular and totally luxurious. Sungai was everything I wanted and more; it honestly feels like a piece of heaven has been created here on earth.
The setting is breathtaking and so peaceful. If you want to be in the hustle and bustle of 'tourist' Bali you will be disappointed but if you want paradise all to yourself in a true Balinese village with nothing but the beauty of nature to surround you then that is exactly what Sungai will deliver.
Oh my...Those beds!!! I seriously want those mattresses and pillows shipped back to Sydney. I'm trying to convince my husband that we can't possibly sleep on anything else now that we have experienced the beds at Sungai.
The food was fantastic and the Balinese degustation menu for my birthday was supremely decadent. Before we even arrived the staff knew all our likes and dislikes so everything was prepared precisely to my fickle tastes. We rarely ate outside the villa because the food there is so excellent and the service is second to none.
There is so much to praise at Sungai; the setting, the decor, the amenities, the food; but the real treasure there are the wonderful staff that we came to think of as friends. As we hugged everyone goodbye a few of us shed a tear and we all promised to come back because none of us want to imagine we would only experience such beauty just once in our lives.
Thank you Pamela, Made, Iluh, Putu, Trisna and all the rest of the team for the memories that we will treasure forever.
Truely calming... the perfect place to unwind.
One of the best holidays to date. Everything was beyond expectation, from the location - on the edge of a river bank to the wonderful and attentive staff! I was truely able to relax and reboot..
The Villa felt like a home, beautifully furnished, I especially loved the outside shower! The Villas Chef prepared wondeful fresh and tasty meals, I highly recommend the Villas Signature Cocktail, delish!
My day included a morning Yoga class under the trees, afternoon massages pool side and a lot of reading and relaxing, exactly what I needed! Thank you very much for a fabulous holiday Villa Sungai!!
Susie and Donovan
Congratulations on creating a rural paradise that we really felt
We had a wonderful time at the villa. I must say, it surpassed my expectations. I knew it would be a beautiful haven away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. However Donovan and I found it so re-energising. I can now understand why you won your award.
You have gone out of your way to tick the boxes on all the little things. The attention to detail. The ambience. The restful colours. Design of the rooms. The perfect furnishings. World class food. Welcoming staff. Beautiful rural location.
Yet it all adds up to feeling as though you are in the true Bali.
What makes the villa so special of course are the staff who deliver everything so effortlessly, with the smiles and demeanours the Balinese people are loved for. They make you feel so welcome and show it.
We found the ambience so very peaceful and restful. We can honestly say that we didn't really feel a need to leave to do any activities because it is so inviting. Harrison loved our stay there too, and for a 15 year old to be totally content I think says it all.
We loved our express service through customs - a total surprise and something we just didn't expect or think about. It just stamped the Villa Sungai experience - we'll make it easy for you - nothing is too hard for us to help make your holiday a unique experience. We are still giggling about how quick and easy it was!
A special mention regarding the staff. We didn't have much contact with your manager Made, but we were thoroughly spoilt and pampered by Iluh, Trishna, Wayan, Bumi and the spa treatment angels.
So Pamela, congratulations on creating a rural paradise that we really felt was our home for our four days we were there.
My lasting memory are the sounds of the village wildlife ringing in my ears and I have a photo of the villa on my desktop at work reminding me to book a return holiday!
Mt Martha Victoria
Amazing village location, luxurious Villa, impeccable service.
We went to villa Sungai with our 4 young children. It was perfect!!!
After being to Bali a few times but not having been for about 13 years we really wanted to experience the real bali again with our children. We got it right. The most wonderful thing about Villa Sungai is that you are surrounded by the most beautiful village where you feel as if you are the only foreigner, yet tucked away done an unassuming lane way is the ultimate unpretentious luxurious Villa. It really is the best of both worlds.
The staff service was unpretentious, warm, friendly, professional, polite and sincere. Always warm and never intrusive, quietly waiting in the background for whatever me may need.
Our favourite part of staying at your villa was definitely the location. We loved going for a walk and seeing how the locals lived, worked and worshipped. We were always greeted with a smile, a warm hello and were always made to feel welcome. I did think maybe we wouldn't feel safe with the children or that we would get lost, so the first day we asked Bumi to come with us. He was fantastic and even carried Camilla who wasn't copping with the heat. From then on we felt confident and safe to walk ourselves and the people we met and things we saw we will always remember.
I could go on and on about why Villa Sungai is exceptional. Yes the villa was amazing, the location in a village special, the on call driver a god send for impromptu tours , shopping or dinning out. The laundry being done saved me days of the dreaded ironing and washing that every other holiday brings, your own beauty therapist that charges guilt free rates, the smell of tuberoses, the local animal and village noises to remind you where you are. However best of all the genuine service from the staff wanting to do their best for you has been a very humbling experience. We loved Villa Sungai, wish we was still there.
We enjoyed our stay at the villa enormously
The villa is fantastic but the team of people, led by the delightful Made, really made our holiday
We had a lot of comings and goings, and everything was accommodated so graciously
The food was really out of this world, and even my daughter who is a very picky eater, really enjoyed every meal. She was particularly addicted to the chocolate milkshakes
and we all got far too used to nightly cocktails and canapés!
The standard of service and food quality far exceeds many many establishments in Sydney
The service was and incredibly luxurious but at the same time laid back, making for a perfect relaxing holiday
I must also mention the beautiful village in which the villa is located, we felt very privileged to stay in such
a charming local village away from the touristy areas
I hope we can come back come time
the most relaxing place on earth!
for anyone that is looking for the ultimate in Bali Villa holidays then you cant go by Villa Sungai. We just had a week there and the team led by Made was exceptional. Everything is catered for, your own chef, driver and over 10 other staff to wait on your every beck and call.
Set in a authentic balanese village overlooking a river the only sounds you hear is the local chickens, dogs and the occasional cow having a conversation. The villa is large, immaculate and all rooms have there own ourdoor bathrooms. the setting is absolutley private and is framed by a 20mtr wet edge pool.We were recommended by a friend who could only explain it as 'heaven on earth', i now get what she meant.
Seminayk is about 30 minutes away so if you crave a shopping day then this is an eady thing to do, as well as Tanah Lot just 15 minutes up the road. We also enjoyed massages and a beach horse riding outing that was arranmged by Made with no fuss. As he continually said to me that this was 'our home' for the week and his and his teams job was to spoil us rotten, and they did.
Our time at Sungai was absolutely incredible! What a wonderful experience for our first visit to Bali (I don't think anything could have been done to make it better, unless we could spend another week there :))
Made and his team did a wonderful job of looking after our every need and we certainly made the most of the massage services and the pool.
A great setting for a romantic wedding.
Another few days in a private Balinese paradise
Our fourth visit to Villa Sungai and it just gets better and better. I don't think you will get better service and food than from Made and the team at Villa Sungai. The villa itself is beautiful and simple, secluded and peaceful. Service is attentive and unobtrusive and Wayan conjures up amazing meals including some of the best canapés and cocktails anywhere in the world. Just you with that stunning pool and the sounds of the river and local farm animals. This is not a "could be anywhere in the world" type place. With Made and the team, the Balinese architecture and furnishings, you could only be in a Balinese paradise. Read more
Response from Bali Luxury Villa Collection - 09/27/2011
Hello Catherina...again, what a joy to have you back at the villa and thank you so much for introducing yet more friends to the experience. Of course it is such a wonderful bonus for the team to have repeat guests, who they consider to be friends..especially by the 4th visit! I am envious, as in spite of our annual pre-arrival contact we have never met. Rest assured your loyalty will never be taken for granted. The challenge for us is to keep surprising you with little improvements that make you want to return. What good news today to learn that you will be sending me dates shortly!
Kindest regards Pamela (owner).
Bob and Jane Vinecombe
Villa Sungai - the ultimate indulgence.
You certainly have created the most idyllic spot - so relaxing, absolute indulgence. The two villas were just perfect for our family. You have certainly thought of everything. The girls and I loved your decor. We even had Made take annie and me to your furniture maker and I know they are very keen to order some beautiful teak.
Your staff/family that you have gathered together were outstanding. Made was able to make every outing and request seem quite reasonable when at times he must have been shaking his head, perplexed by our disorganization. Everyone went the extra mile to make our stay perfect. It was though they always anticipated our every whim and desire. Please would you thank them for the wonderful incense lamp they presented to me before I left. Please tell them I have it burning all the time and the smell of the perfume makes me think of them. We both love Bob's little statue and it also reminds us of the happy time we spent at Villa Sungai.
The birthday party was a major triumph. The villas looked stunning with the extra flowers, ( I'll never forget the huge bunches of tuber roses that we enjoyed every day) curtains, fairy lights, lamps around the pools and lanterns. Made kindly drove to Seminyak to collect our friends and to return them home, The Balinese banquet was stunning - Bob has always dreamed of a suckling pig! The gamelan duo was a lovely surprise, too.
An extra thank you to Bumi for getting Caroline, James, Noah and me to the airport on the last night! We think he has the makings of a rally driver! We really would have been happy to stay for an extra night and were quite disappointed when we arrived in time. Already, I'm dreaming of my next stay - and planning -the sooner the better!
I could rave on and on for ever - but once again thank you to you and all the staff at Villa Sungai for everything.
With kindest regards Jane Vinecombe
Sylvia & Michael
Michael's 50th Birthday Celebrations
Please forgive me for the time it has taken to reply. From Bali I went onto Fiji and just got back to Brisbane on Sunday 31st July.
Thank you so much for making Michael's 50th birthday and our first Bali trip a memorable one. We cannot stop talking and raving about Villa Sungai and the Staff to our family and friends. Villa Sungai is just magical with a spiritual touch.
Michael was so impressed and loved every minute of his birthday celebrations from the surprise guests to the magnificent decor, gamelan players and the traditional Balinese Degustation menu enjoyed by everyone. The walk through the rice fields and nearby villages was our highlight every morning.
Made with his great leadership, Trisna, Iluh, Wayan, Bumi, Putu and all your team helped our stay to me one of the best holidays we as a family ever had. Made ever so patient on the roads, made us realised how silly one looked in australia and Fiji with all the road rage and anger we witness.
We wanted to experience Balinese cooking most evenings and thanks to Made with his Heinz von Holzen Balinese cookbook, which made out our dinner selections and I must commend the food was just wonderful. We only ate dinner out twice just to experience the Bebek Bengil at Ubud and seafood at Echo Beach. Wayan was always obliging as Darren & Maxine requested Nasi Goreng with chillies for breakfast most mornings and the yummy Black Rice Pudding (Bubuh Injin) enjoyed by all of us. They have tried Nasi Goreng here in australia but still says the best is from Villa Sungai.
We hope to return one day and once again our sincere thanks to you Pamela and everyone at Villa Sungai.
'An unforgettable experience'.
Sylvia & Michael
Chris Elliott, Lindfield NSW
A Memorable Holiday
Hi Pamela,thank you, Made and, of course, everyone at the villa, for such a lovely and memorable holiday.
We had a wonderful experience all round, with town and country excursions , but I think we all loved the country trips the best. Every one was so friendly it made it all so much more of a pleasure.
I loved spending time with my family especially those from England, meeting my grand daughters again after three years was wonderful.
Thank Little Made from us all for all his organisation and patience.
Will definitely be back one day
We absolutely adored Sungai and found it blissfully relaxing. The massage therapists were so good, the food fabulous, and all the team were so helpful and charming. Made of course had everything operating so smoothly and nothing was a problem.
The villa is just beautiful in a peaceful setting. Heavenly.
It was delightful to be in such a lovely part of Bali and we had a lovely time pedaling around and having a look at the local villages.
Trisna helped us buy some mortar and pestles after we were all fired up from our Mosaic cooking course. Our luggage was pretty funny with them packed so carefully in amongst our clothes.
Pamela, thank you so much for helping with all our arrangements. The notes you sent to me about activities were invaluable as well.
I am definitely looking forward to my next visit.
a fabulous week
We are slowly drifting back down to earth after our fabulous week at the villa... wow.
It was a truly wonderful holiday for us all, and surpassed our expectations which were high given we were recommended the villa by my cousin who had stayed twice before.
Everything was faultless. The ambience, the food,the service, the temperature, the design, all immaculate!
We feel so refreshed,and spoilt to have experienced such a sublime place. My husband who travels the globe with his work, and has wined and dined at many of the worlds best restaurants was so impressed with the food, ( as we all were!) every mouthful was perfect. Our three boys were treated like kings, and loved every minute- from the long chill days by the pool, to the more adventurous ones out exploring Bali and all those sights sounds and smells!
For me the ultimate luxury was to sit around a table with my family, and talk, three times a day, whilst eating a fantastic meal that I had no part in creating- for a mum a total thrill ! We have holidayed in many wonderful spots over the years- Mexico,Ibiza,Barcelona, New Zealand,Paris, New York, but never with this amount of indulgence and care. Hard to beat!
The village is fascinating, beautiful and peaceful, but coming back to the serenity of the villa was perfect.
You have a wonderful spot, with an amazing team there, and we hope to enjoy a holiday there again in the future.
Dear Pamela, Made, Wayan, Trisna, Iluh, Bumi, Putu and all the team at Sungai,
We have just returned from another incredible stay at your beautiful villa. I honestly shed a tear or two when leaving, it was very difficult to drag ourselves away. As usual the accommodation, food, service and friendliness was beyond comparison and we have come home feeling deeply rested and refreshed for our 'normal' lives. The kids love it at Sungai too and it really feels like our second home. I am dreaming of one day returning and hope this will become a reality in the not too distant future. The cliches have all been said before but this really is my idea of what heaven or paradise is. We are particularly missing the gentle and attentive service of the lovely Trisna and Iluh and exploring a new and interesting part of Bali each day with Made or Wayan. Keep up the good work, it's simply outstanding. And yes, this was a great way to celebrate turning 40.
Melanie. Read more
Response from Bali Luxury Villa Collection - 05/04/2011
Hello Melanie, how sad that given I live in Australia only my team actually get to meet you! However, I feel I do know you quite well after corresponding for your first booking late 2010 and then again with Will for the (hopeful) surprise birthday visit for you..the surprise sadly failed way out but I am thrilled that you had a lovely time together in spite of it. We so look forward to your next visit...our repeat guests are so valued.
Blissful Bali break
From its lush riverside location to its luxe guest rooms, Villa Sungai is a delight. It's not easy to get to (the drive from the airport takes around an hour), but that's part of the charm. When we arrived we were welcomed by swallows zipping over a long plunge pool overlooking papaya and palm trees cascading down to the river.
The rooms are stylish, yet simple, with spacious semi-open bathrooms (the amenities are divine!) Niceities include iPod shuffles in each room, super-soft four-poster beds, and romantic mosquito nets. I didn't get bitten, but I was lulled to sleep by the sound of baby frogs and geckos.
The communal dining/lounge area comes sans TV (the only unit is in the largest bedroom), but we were quite comfortable enjoying cocktails and complimentary snacks in the semi-open area.
We had a driver on call around the clock and made the most of him to dine out in Seminyak one night, but were quite happy eating thee rest of our meals in the villa. Made and his team prepare thoughtful Indonesian and western dishes (the scallop and prawn canapes are a highlight) and also mix a mean cocktail.
Still, the reason you check in here is for the extremely personalised service. Made and his team ate at once attentive yet unobtrusive, and went a long way to making our stay in Bali one of the most memorable ever.
Paddington, Sydney, Australia
A little piece of heaven
words cannot describe villa sungai and its staff.
Truly amazing. From the first instance when i emailed pamela after stumbling across the website on a search for a luxury villa in bali, did she respond back instantly and then with every question i asked and instant answer, which was impressive.
From the moment we arrived it was perfect until the moment made dropped us off at the airport. We travelled with another family and 5 children, i have 3 of my own, (6 months, 6 and 11). We all had an absolute ball, the food is the best i have ever had, the service and hospitality of the staff are truly incredible.
Having the driver was brilliant, Made suggested outings for the day and either Bumi or Wayan drove us to desitinations and waited for us everywhere. We visited Tanah Lot and it started to rain whilst at the temple. Bumi came running all the way in to find us and handed us umbrellas, nice touches like this were throughout our stay here.
I was very impressed with the final bill for food, massages, petrol etc.I cannot tell you how good the food is.
All in all was it was a brilliant time in Bali to spend my 40th birthday, but ultimately it was Villa Sungai and its staff that made it truly spectacular and unforgettable.
The rooms and beds are fabulous and comfortable, the towels are big and juicy, and the outdoor showers watching the stars at night are brilliant.
Thankyou to Pamela for creating such a wonderful place and Made and staff for being such wonderful hosts. One day i hope to return. Read more
Response from Bali Luxury Villa Collection - 03/23/2011
Heavens above..I am speechless!! Thank you Natalie, I am so thrilled that a major birthday that you entrusted with us succeeded for you all.
We have just had a week at Villa Sungai with another family and a total of 5 children aged from 6 months to 11 years. The holiday was totally amazing. The villa is lovely, staff very friendly and kind and the food was fantastic. It was a high end holiday but it was worth it.
Each family spent around $140 aUS a day on extras while staying there. This included our 3 course lunches and dinners (had dinner every day and lunch half the time), cocktails, beers, wine with dinner each night, massages (I alone had 4 during my stay), the kids' many hot chocolates and juices, petrol for our driver, etc etc... Basically we indulged to the full and lived like kings.
The staff looked after us so well and were very kind to us all. And oh my gosh having our laundry done for us each day was such a treat!
I particularly liked the little touches such as the pool toys for the kids which included Wiggles and Barbie themed flotation toys and a boat for the older kids. They have a big toy cupboard outside which is full of toys such as plastic blocks, kids' books and dolls - much to my daughter's delight. We moved the Little Tikes basketball hoop and ball from around the hidden kids' corner to the centre of the villa so the kids were entertained all the time. It was perfect!
Pamela the owner answered our questions in literally minutes via email. Every time! We had suggested during our stay that the tiles around the pool were very slippery. We arrived back to australia this morning and already the tiles are being acid etched to avoid this problem for future guests. That to me really does say all about the service we received.
We also spent some time at Sungai Gold which is directly next door which is very similar and perfect for a couple or for one family.
You could not be disappointed!
Response from Bali Luxury Villa Collection - 03/22/2011
How lovely it is to view this report...the SUNGAI team and I get such a thrill to hear that the product has appealed to our guests. You would have deduced how much effort the staff put into their roles and it is so nice for them to receive such feedback..... It is also useful for potential guests to hear first hand how the property works for children. We aim to make it possible for our clients with young children to be able to totally relax whilst still holidaying with their children. [We also appreciated your suggestions.]
Villa Sungai - The Perfect Choice in so many ways!
We are a family of 6 - kids 8,6,3, 1. Villa Sungai was without a doubt the perfect choice for us.
This villa is stunning yet understated. The location is magic - within the traditional village of Cepaka. We did lots of little walks thru the village and it was great to experience the "real" Bali.
Where Villa Sungai really stands out from the rest is in the incredible service which starts from the moment you make your first enquiry. The owner, Pamela, is nothing short of incredible leaving no stone unturned and making sure everything is tailored according to your families individual needs.
The staff at the Villa are fantastic. The service was so friendly and efficient and the staff seem to have this incredible knack of knowing just when you need them and also how to time things perfectly for parents, especially at dinner time!
The food at Villa Sungai was absolutely divine. We only ate elsewhere twice because it was so fantastic. Not only is the standard of food incredible but we were feeding our whole family of 6 for around $50 a day (lunch and dinner!!!) as everything is bought at local prices and no markup added. I don't know anywhere else that you could eat like kings at such a price!
Made the Villa Manager is in my experience one of the best property/hotel managers I have ever come across (and I have met many as I'm in the industry). He and his staff are truly the icing on the cake - we loved them all as did our kids. In every respect we were so well looked after - we were able to spend all of our time with the children and that was really special to us.
So thank-you from the heart Pamela, Made, Trishna, Iluh, Wayan, Putu, Bumi, Putu, and all of the other staff who helped to look after us so that we could have such a great holiday and family time.
Villa Sungai - an oasis far away from the crowded beaches
Villa Sungai has been getting lots of positive PR lately and it's well deserved.
The unforgettable Made and his team made us feel very welcome and took great care of us. The villa is beautiful, the staff are so kind (especially Trisna and Putu), and we had fun exploring the village of Cepaka.
Wayan is a fantastic cook. We are all foodies and we were planning to eat out regularly while we were in Bali, but we found the best food at home! My birthday lunch was a highlight. Wayan cooked all of my favourite foods.
The thank you gifts at the end of our stay were also a lovely gesture.
This was mine and my husband's first time in Bali and it was a very memorable trip.
Villa Sungai - Bali
Hello Pamela and Made,
After 31 hours travelling back to Belgium, normal working life has begon back this morning...
We enjoyed our stay in the villa very much !
It was perfect, thanks to the Villa Sungai Team.
Amazing staff, venue and food.
We spent a week at Sungai Bali and had a fantastic time.
It is a first class villa with a first class staff.
Every small detail was covered in the booking form.
It was a most relaxing and fun time and the staff were friendly but very professional.
If you want a memorable holiday with friends this is the place.
More than Expected at Villa Sungai!
I was going to write to you to thank you even before I got your e-mail. We had a wonderful week at your villa. It was even better than we expected! It was an oasis - a real place of rest and relaxation a million miles away from the cares and stresses of our world. I think we had a very different experience of Bali than the 'normal' tourist would experience. I feel extremely privileged to have been given a very close and personal experience of the real Bali by the amazing team you have taking care of the villa and your guests. The villa was presented beautifully at all times and the only things we had to ask for were coffees at odd times!!! The food was exceptional. We were told that we would not need to go out for dinner by someone who had stayed there and they were 100% right! The menu, the presentation and quality was outstanding!
Please forgive the time it has taken me to get in touch after our wonderful stay at Villa Sungai.
Our holiday was all that we hoped for. Made, Trishna, Iluh, Wayan , Putu & Bumi were truly delightful.
To return to the warmth & sanctuary of the villa after our jaunts around beautiful Bali, was the highlight of
our day. The food & hospitality we enjoyed was beyond reproach, and such terrific value!! ( & how fantastic is the VIP
Perhaps the greatest compliment we can pay, is that after a trip to Bali in 2003, my husband was reluctant to return.
Now he is a convert, & has not stopped telling all our friends & family about how much he enjoyed it!
We are already planning to return next year!!
Please send a big hello to all @ sungai... we miss them & can't wait to return in 2011.
Andrea, Jack, Jordan, Kaysey, Ethan & Amba
A gentle and authentic Bali experience
Nestled between the river and the village of Cepaka, I really loved the feel of a more gentle, authentic Bali experience, and had my faith in the 'tourism-on-steroids' island restored. I hope Cepaka remains unspoiled in the future.
Having spent most of the last ten years constantly travelling internationally for business (think George Clooney in 'Up in the air'!), I probably have stayed in more hotels than most. I can honestly say I have never met a more wonderful crew of people than the one working at Villa Sungai. They were first class. I appreciated being addressed by my first name rather than surname, or the more generic 'Sir', and it gave the experience a friendly, informal atmosphere without crossing the line into overly familiar. The whole team was warm hearted, discrete when they needed to be and yet attentive at the right times. It really felt like we owned the villa, and it was our very own holiday house!
Villa Sungai is a luxury holiday to be sure, but it was the staff who worked hard to create the best possible experience that differentiates it from others. That, and the authenticity of the location.
a wonderful week of being pampered and spoilt in a beautiful an
The service was excellent. Made and his team made us feel very special..nothing was too much trouble.
The villa was so comfortable and so tastefully decorated and we all felt relaxed as we arrived. The vases of tuberoses were absolutely stunning and added a beautiful fragerance. The food was by far the most delicious we ate in Bali, it really was outstanding.
Congratulations to all concerned I'll be returning
More than we could have asked for
I spent 6 days at Villa Sungai with my husband and our parents. We really had a wonderful, relaxing time. Made, Wayan and the rest of the team are world class hosts and we could not have asked for more from our stay. The food was excellent (best food we had in Bali) and we have been impeccably looked after. Nothing was too much to ask for and we will definitely return.
Amazing Bali Villa & staff will have you coming back for more!
My family had a wonderful time at Villa Sungai and have fallen in love with Bali as a holiday destination.
Made (Villa Manager) and his team were superb and made our stay so easy and relaxing.
Everything was so expertly taken care of and Made is so thoughtful and accommodating that I found I didn’t have to think about anything and that made it one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever had.
Day trips were a breeze with Villa staff happy to drive you anywhere you want to go and point out all the amazing little things only a local would know along the way.
The Villa is beautifully furnished, we all spent lazy hours on the day bed by the pool reading or sleeping (even our 10 year old who is normally always on the go).
And, not to mention the delicious food, its hard to say no to the tasty canapes and drinks before dinner each day.
I fell in love with the local ceramics and Made kindly took me to the local factory and my husband really liked the local coffee and again Made kindly purchased a kilo of coffee for us to bring home.
We will definitely be back again, we have fallen in love with Bali largely due to the memorable experience staying at Villa Sungai.
Moree, NSW, Australia
Villa Sungai is one of my favourite destinations in the world.The service is amazing and the food outstanding and the staff make you feel so comfortable and relaxed. I like the fact that it is out in the country surrounded by rice paddies and local villagers leading their normal lives. You really experience the true Bali and get to know real people.
Only spent four nights at Villa Sungai but could have easily spent a month.
The villa itself is absolutely beautifully presented and a feast to the eye. Even
for Balinese standards it is an amazing design and decorated with great
attention to detail and with great style.
But the icing on the cake is the staff that will do anything to make you feel at
home from the moment you are picked up at the airport until you leave their
care. As one of the staff members said: we treat everyone that comes to Villa
Sungai like a celebrity. The service is effortless and flawless but at the same
time completely unobtrusive. 100% perfect.
I would particularly recommend this villa to families/couples looking for
ultimate luxury and privacy and who just want to be spoilt rotten during their
time in Bali.
Pure luxury and treated like royality
From the moment we arrived at the Villa we were totally relaxed in the beautiful surroundings.
The staff were beautiful and gave us 100% attention but were never over baring and always silently on hand.
We had plenty to do if we wanted to or we could relax all day.
The food was out of this world.
Our room and the surrounding home were five star.Beautifully decorated.
Treated like royality
I have never been to a hotel where the attention to detail is like it was at Sungai. The staff was amazing from addressing everyone by their names and remembering their likes and dislikes.
"Made" is amazing, he is so friendly and is so attentive to everyone’s needs and continually exceeds your expectations daily. With all demands placed on him, he is always calm and unflappable.
The food is better than any restaurant we ate at in Bali, we tried to work our way through the menu, and every dish was both presented beautifully and the taste was beyond 5 star quality.
Trishna and Ilue were both the friendliest ladies and had the greatest sense of humour and made our stay enjoyable. We felt like royalty every day we were there.
It was difficult to leave and nothing can compare to Sungai and being in a remote village gave us a true bali experience.
If there is a cook book printed... I'd love to have it.
Will exceed your expectations
We just spent 9 nights here on our honeymoon and experinced both Villa
Sungai and Sungai gold.
This was our second stay in Villa Sungai and our first in Sungai Gold. Both
Villas have the most beautiful, relaxing atmosphere. From the moment you
arrive with the Decor and the Staff, you are completely welcomed and
The Service is impeccable. The Staff are so welcoming and loving and attend
to your every need without hesitation. It was easy to build a relationship
with each of them being as lovely as the next. all the Staff at Villa Sungai are
what makes the stay even better.
the Location, and Environment of the Villas are beautifully decorated,
always clean and extremely comfortable.
If all you want is to relax, there is no need to leave your villa, as everything
you could possible want is around you. Private swimming pool, Day beds, In
Villa Massage and the most delicious food in Bali.
I cant pin point one thing we liked best. the whole experience was stunning
Perth PR professional
Perth Western australia
Exceeded all expectations
I am a travel junkie always exploring new areas searching for the very best
accommodation and food (to fit my budget) everywhere I go.
I can across Villa Sungai in a magazine - It looked ideal and was totally sold
after the exceptional one on one service i received from pamela the owner.
I took my book club there for a 3 day break.
We loved it.
The villa was 5 star and had all the additional extras to make a huge
difference. Service was second to none with ever need met along with the
biggest smile Wade even took us on daily walks eventually choosing to ride
his bike in order to keep up with some of the fitter girls.
A standout feature was the food - Being a foodie and so a wee bit
discerning, I was blown away with the calibre and the presentation of every
meal. It was like dining in a gourmet restaurant every day of the week.
Having the massage available on site was perfect and the treatments
An exceptional place heads above any other villa i have ever stayed at.
Sylvania Waters NSW Australia
The Shelley's Private Five Star Retreat
The staff, the villa, the weather, the locals, the food and the experience was
We are looking forward to getting back to what felt like our very own private
retreat one day soon...
Pure luxury in a traditional country village
Villa Sungai is just superb.
The staff, and there are plenty of them, take care of your every need plus some!
Definitely 5 stars, set in jungle like trees overlooking a fast flowing river so pretty it's hard to believe it's real.
Made, your coordinator, driver speaks great English and is really terrific with great local knowledge. I believe he helps make your holiday.
Early morning walks in the local village greeted by loads of school children on bikes yelling "hello." Walk past rice fields, the river,look out to the mountains and experience true Balinese countryside
not another tourist in sight, fantastic.
With a car and driver available for 8 hours a day anything is possible but why leave? "Home" is too good!
Oh and let's not forget the "beauty!" FAntastic massage therapists/beauticians come to you and your own air onditioned therapy room for facials, massages, scrubs and wraps for just US$25 per hour, wonderful.
A morning walk, swim in our 17 metre pool, breaky, a book, lunch,another swim, "Beauty," canapes and cocktais then dinner, there was no time to leave and why would you bother this place is heaven!
Villa Sungai allows you to rest and relax, catch up on some reading and reconnect and enjoy whoever you are holidaying with in 5 star luxury with everything taken care of. If you want to go shopping, clubbing and seeing all the sights then perhaps this is not the spot for you.
In 6 days we did leave though, driven by Made, we shopped in Seminyak and had lunch overlooking the beach at Ku De Ta. Another day we visited Ubud and had lunch in a local restaurant featurung suckling pig. We had 2 dinners out, Metis, which was sensational and the local Ombak Cafe overlooking the surf and sunset, barbequed fresh local seafood was delicious.
We can't wait to return.
Can't wait to come back.......
After spending a magnificent 9 days at Sungai Gold for our honeymoon in
2008 we were very excited to return for our first anniversary in November
and to spend 5 days at Villa Sungai. Having now had the pleasure of
enjoying both areas of the villa words cannot really describe how much our
time there has meant to us. Enchanting, beautiful, refreshing, relaxing are
some words that come to mind but we believe that the only way you'll ever
know just how good it is, is to go there yourself.
We cannot praise Made and all the staff enough for how they have looked
after us during both visits and returning this year really felt like a home
away from home. It was especially pleasing to see how much it meant to
them for us to have come back again. I know they take a lot of pride in how
they treat their guests and so they should as their service, attention to detail
and even just the little things they do makes the overall experience second
To put things simply we simply cannot wait to return and will be bringing
some friends to enjoy the experience as well.
Dominic and Kristine. ( Melbourne, Australia )
geoff & suzy boal
west wyalong nsw australia
most laid back relaxing holiday possible
we spent a wonderful week at villa sungai with the best most obliging staff on the planet!
the setting is glorious on a beautiful river with quaint balinese villages everywhere among the rice paddies.
away from the madding crowd down in the city life is slow paced & relaxing with some lovely walks.
the rooms are cool & the outdoor setting with pool & bar a delight.
got to be the best holiday destination in asia.
Owner of Many Voices
Staying at Villa Sungai is not about being pampered. Though, you will be.
It's not about being treated to incredible meals. Though, you will eat with
delight. It's not about living with every comfort, with an indescribable
privacy in your own piece of paradise. Though, you will. It’s not even about
being able to experience the local community and culture and feel
welcomed not as a tourist but more as a visiting relative. Though, you can.
And, it’s not about feeling the peace and contentment of people who you
wish you could know forever. Though, it can be.
Staying at Villa Sungai is an experience you will want to share with everyone
and then, in the same breath, with no one. It is just too personal to share.
The people of Bali, the community of Cepaka and ultimately the staff of the
Villa Sungai will touch your spirit, your heart, and your soul and you will
want to stay. Going home will simply not be an option. But, when you must
face your own reality again, you will leave pampered and sated, comforted
and welcomed, and utterly content and at peace.
Lewisburg, Pennsylvannia, USA
Exceptional personal care dished up in a little piece of heaven
Villa Sungai is a unique experience that is hard to replicate. The staff are sweet, courteous and ever-attentive.
The accommodations are luxurious with a wonderful blend of indoor/outdoor living.
Nestled in a small local village, amidst rice paddies, gives opportunity to truly experience the local life. Constant sounds of roosters crowing, dogs barking and people living their everyday lives, is both comforting and fascinating.
I loved my morning walks through local villages and being greeted by the people, especially the school children, all practicing their broken english with large smiles and much welcoming. Prayers and blessings abound. A most spiritual place to heal.
The perfect escape
My sister in law and niece visited this gorgeous property to get away from the grind of a busy year. The care and attention to detail of the staff, their lovely natures, and the wonderful way they took care of us was amazing. To have staff so committed to maing every aspect of our stay perfect incredible - and their care of my one year old niece was as if she was family and no request was any issue. The food was of top restaurant quality, the rooms were stunning with sumptuous pillows and crisp high count sheets, and the ambience of this piece of heaven made it a truly memorable stay for all of us.
5 star jungle experience
This villa is understated luxury. Very comfortable, clean and well appointed. The service is over the top, in everyway. There is always someone there to tend to your every need and want, but never intrusive. And they are so genuine that they feel like family by the time your stay is over. I felt safe and at home and was sad to leave after 6 days. The food is delicous, fresh and cooked to your liking. The location is out of the crazy traffic and congestion yet close enough to go sight seeing and shopping within 20 minutes drive. Which the staff is always avail to drive you anywhere, with a smile! It's relaxing and quiet except for the wonderful, exotic jungle noises. Very comfortable beds, Bulgari bath products, beautiful pools, stocked bar and wonderful food, it's a winner!
Stephanie from Lota, Queensland
Luxery, privacy and gracious service wrapped around nature.
Villa Sungai is set in a spectacular setting amongst nature, a flowing river and allows you to feel the peacefulness of Bali. The villa is set in small village, 20 mins our of Seminyak and to me, this is what makes this private villa experience unique. The staff at Villa Sungai are like family. They are polite, gentle and are willing to please in a way that makes you feel at ease and very comfortable. Made, our driver who is from the local village, as are most of the other staff, was able to explain village lore, village culture and customs and introduce the very essence of the Bali experience, which is to know the people and discover a little of what the Balinese often say "Different is interesting". This is not a big hotel glossy, generic experience. This is an experience that allows you to softly unwind, explore the real Bali, which starts at your doorstep and retreat at the end of the day to the luxery and privacy of a beautiful villa and sleep with the sounds of the river.
Villa Sungai is a touch of paradise. I cannot praise the staff, accommodation and the food enough
as Pamela is a perfectionist and no stone is left unturned when it comes to providing service to the guests. I have been to stay three times and will continue to visit the Villa whenever the opportunity arises. You can do absolutely nothing and completely relax or the staff are on hand to take you wherever you want to go. Its all about the personal touch.
Adelaide, South Australia
Villa Sungai - an unforgettable experience
After a lot of searching, we recently selected Villa Sungai for our much anticipated stay in Bali. Nestled in the small village of Cepaka, this glorious villa sits above the river which runs through the village. Upon arrival, we were greeted by the House Manager, Made and his wonderful staff, all beautifully dressed and with beaming smiles. We were immediately struck by the warmth of the welcome and the friendliness of all staff.
We were shown to our rooms and to our delight found that we each had outdoor showers (within our own courtyard) attached to our bathrooms. Our king size bed and the muted tones of music flowing from the ipods on our side tables were beyond our expectations.
Thus began our wonderful experience. We dined magnificently and paid only the cost of our food. We walked each day, past the local school where the children came out to greet us and through the rice fields where the smiling faces of the locals were a delight to see. We travelled from the mountains of Ubud down to the shopping experiences in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. We marvelled at Made?s ability to suggest just the right place to go. On our shopping tours we so looked forward to returning home and lazing around the pool with the cocktails provided by our beautiful staff.
Unfortunately, too soon it was time to return home. Villa Sungai had exceeded all our expectations. The wonderful attention to detail within the Villa had us marvelling. The warmth, grace, and charm of the staff enabled us to have a truly unforgettable experience. As we left the Villa we uttered the words ?we will return?.
southern highlands nsw
Made and his fellow staff ensure unobtrusive indulgence
I thought I'd died and gone to heaven!!
Villa Sungai is a little piece of paradise tucked away in one of the most beautiful and tranquill parts of Bali.The Villa is beautifully appointed and nothing short of luxurious.
I came back totally relaxed, after a week of superb food and indulgent pampering.
It was truly a six star experience and the staff were fantastic, nothing was too much trouble.
This was the ultimate holiday experience.
Something for everyone
We stayed at Villa Sungai with some friends for a few days followed by my
brother and his family and the villa delivered a wonderful holiday for
everyone in our group. We had a keen surfer, yoga enthusiasts, 2 kids
under 10, 2 kids in their early teens and one adult with a sore tooth! Made
and his staff looked after us so well including arranging for dental
appointments and visits to the pharmacist - caring, attentive and warm.
Nothing was too difficult or an imposition, not even the early morning
drives to catch the surf. Wayan and his staff in the kitchen cook just about
anything you ask for and do it so well. It is rare in Bali to find a chef as
proud and competent with Balinese / Indonesian food as with Western
meals. Separate meals for the kids were par for the course and of course
they all thought they had died and gone to heaven. The set up in the villa
with the TV and DVD in one bedroom was also great and so thoughtful.
This allows the lounging and dining areas not to be dominated by the TV so
we could talk, read, have a snooze or just sit in peace and tranquility. The
car and driver makes day excursions a breeze but you could just as easily
not leave the compound - the yoga teacher and day spa comes to you and
why would you want to eat anywhere else?
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Staying at Villa Sungai was an amazing experience. Pamela has thought of absolutely everything to cater for everybody's needs. The staff were always there to be of service but never intrusive, the food was incredible & very well priced & the villa was very comfortable (we wanted to bring the beds home)! The children were very happy playing with the toys provided & loved the attention from all the staff. I still talk about our holiday & have found it difficult to stay anywhere else. It was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had & can only describe Villa Sungai as...Pure Luxury!
"I haven’t stopped talking about our holiday since we got back.
My apologies for not writing sooner, but we had an absolutely fantastic
holiday! The Villa was spectacular, and the service from Made and his team
impeccable! Not a single item went unnoticed, and not a single request too
difficult. What an amazing trip!
Thank you to you and the team, for creating such a special holiday experience.
I will most certainly be back in the near future, and will definitely be giving
many more recommendations"
Ian, a pedantic Australian
Elegance, tranquility with six star hospitality
While it has been five months since our second visit, our memories are as fresh as yesterday. As before the team could not have been more attentive, polite and helpful. Nothing was ever a bother and they were always there to help but never intrusive. Made leads a great team providing an extraordinary experience unsurpassed in the luxury hotels I have known. It was wonderful to see them again. We look forward to the next stay when we will bring a different group of friends to experience true excellence in service, quality of venue and cuisine.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Villa Sungai - HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We were a group of 6 adults who stayed 10 nights at Villa Sungai in August.
After a great deal of research on the web where we looked at huge numbers of villas we selected this villa which also has excellent write ups in many travel publications.
Therefore our expectations were very very high and am I pleased to advise they were exceeded.
The villa is situated about 30 mins from Seminyak in the village of Cepaka in Tabanan not far from Tanah Lot and Ubud, both of which are must places to visit.
We were picked up from the airport in an 8 seater van with another van for the luggage and then the experience started which finished up as a great holiday.
Will not describe the villa which is exactly as shown on their web site, 5 star very good.
One feature of this property is that you can dine in and they will cook off a very extensive menu for the cost of ingredients.
Our party was hard to please with one not able to eat garlic or chilli and another who only eats salads. Nothing was too difficult for their chefs and we did not have one complaint. The cooking was really fantastic.
Another feature was the use of the 8 seater van and driver to sight see around the island and we made excellent use of this almost every day.
All the staff are wonderful at the villa and are a well knit team ably led by "Little Made".
We had a lot of fun and I am sure the staff had a little fun also.
This is an extremely well run beautiful villa for a relaxing holiday.
Beautiful, relaxing & service with a smile
This was our first holiday overseas with our 2 year old, and we decided to try the 'villa' experience rather than a resort hotel. It was a great decision! There is so much flexibility in having your own villa, especially one as well run as Villa Sungai.
Pamela, the owner, and Made, the on-site manager & concierge, make everything very easy, especially if you have children. They provided a beautiful cot, high chair, pram, children's books & some toys, and car seats. The kitchen provided super food for our child and whenever we wanted it for him, which was so convenient. It was so much easier than going to a resort restaurant & being faced with a limited, uninspiring children's menu, at set times of the day. The staff were happy to make our little boy snacks whenever he needed it (cheese sandwich, chicken satay, banana smoothie etc).
The villa itself is lovely. Lots of lounging around areas, daybeds, sun loungers etc. The pool is great - 17 m long, & our little boy had a ball, as there's a small shallow area at one end. There was lots of room for him to play too. It is thoughtfully kitted out - ipod shuffles provided in the bedrooms, air con, ceiling fans, beautiful quality bedlinen, delicious smelling Bulgari products in the bathroom. This is a quality place.
The food deserves a review all on its own! I'm a big foodie, and we were v. impressed with the standard and variety of food. Fabulous crab & pomelo salad with Asian dressing, good steaks, delicious beef rendang and the best chocolate fondant I've ever had! There's a wide menu, but I think if you asked for anything in particular they would, with advance notice, make it for you. We stayed there a week, and didn't have a single thing twice. We didn't go out to dinner, as the setting of the villa is v. pretty at night, & the food was so good!
The service is great, and Made will arrange anything (eg. drive you to Ubud). Note that it is 25 mins from Seminyak, but we liked the peace.
wonderful villa experience
I would define our first villa experience as unique, magical and of course, luxurious but I now realise that it is not just 5 star luxury that makes a holiday memorable. Rather, it is the special blend of luxury with local cultural experience, delivered by a team of people who are determined to maintain high standards.
We just loved the design and detail of the villa, with its unparallelled sense of style. Every aspect was perfect from the scented towels and the beautiful white bed linen, to the natural jungle setting with forest and farm animal noises. But what turned this holiday into a magical experience was your wonderfully well trained staff.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to Made, Trishna, Iluh, Wayan and Putu (also those behind the scenes ). We so appreciated Made's determination to achieve perfection, not just to please you but because of his own standards. He is such a lovely person who we miss already. Similarly, Trishna and Iluh had their own sense of style and served us in a delightful and regal manner. Trishna was always so patient and gracious and would materialise just when we needed her. We loved Putu's sense of humour, along with his incredible patience on our shopping trips. Finally, we would like to thank Wayan for his amazing cooking skills. I had planned to introduce Liz and Ian to lots of great restaurants that we had frequented on previous visits but ended up only having one meal out at La Lucciola, such was the standard of the meals prepared by Wayan.
I am very rarely sad to finish a holiday but instead look forward to planning the next. In fact, in all the places we have stayed in Bali we have made a point of trying a new hotel each time. However, Sungai Gold will now be an exception! I am as determined as ever to return next year with our huge family.
Once again, many thanks for convincing me that a villa experience was the way to go?.We're hooked!!
Sue and Andrew Tilsley
Our stay for my husband's 40th was beyond my wildest dreams and I had been dreaming about it for sometime before our stay. Prior to our stay, we used to open a bottle of wine and just read through all the great letters and feedback on your web site. I must say, I started to get a bit concerned that I had built up our expectations so high that reality would not be able to match them. I was so wrong?.I do not know how your beautiful villa and amazing team could exceed my wildest dreams. Like so many of your guests we had to keep pinching ourselves at how lucky we were to be in this amazing place.
Our friends could also not believe that anywhere as beautiful existed and that we had it exclusively for 7 days.
If anyone is reading comments on the web site and believes it is too good to be true please believe that Villa Sungai is even better.
Magic villa in Bali
A magic experience, from the moment we arrived at villa Sungai. The serenity and beauty of the place is felt as soon as you walk from the car through the threshold and stand at the top of the steps which lead to the villa, here one first experiences the mystic feel of this piece of paradise. Looking at the thatched roofs of each pavilion, the anticipation we felt as we descended and then finally walked in to see what we had only seen on photos become a reality and surpassing all expectations was a delightful moment for all of us.
Our eleven days there went by far too quickly, Cepaka is a million miles away from our daily lives in Sydney and London, and my choice to stay at Sungai was applauded by my husband and our children every day we were there, needless to say that our family and friends who came over were delighted.
This family holiday will live in our memories for the rest of our lives as a very special time indeed, an unforgettable time. Yes, UNFORGETTABLE is the word that best describes the Sungai experience.
Of course our stay would not have been the same without our friend, the incredible, gentle, amazing Made, he and his team truly delivered what was promised and more. Their genuine lovely nature generated with every greeting and every smile. They worked tirelessly and quietly in the background, tasks performed by them seemed as if they were done by a fairy godmother, totally unintrusive and were always intuitive of our needs.
Although I would like Sungai to be my little secret holiday place, I am more than happy to share and highly recommend it as the perfect destination for a special holiday.
Gentle Tranquility in Paradise
My husband and I were with a group of good friends who rented both Villas for a week to celebrate birthdays. We will never forgot our amazing time at Villa Sungai. What a beautiful, tranquil place - we just loved it and have told all our friends who are insanely jealous. It’s the most relaxing holiday we have ever had and apart from such a beautiful environment, all the staff made it extra special. They really were wonderful and looked after us with such warmth and care. (We are still hooked on drinking ginger tea.) The decor is beautiful and no expense has been spared, with soft muted earth tones that exude a sense of peace and relaxation. I was very impressed with the stunning food on every occasion - excellent presentation and great fresh variety. We all indulged in numerous pampering treatments and loved them all (especially my husband!) - it was so lovely to have our signature massages by the pool at Sungai Gold, listening to the birds and soothing river sounds. We can't wait to return again and again.
Heavenly time at Villa Sungai
We had the most fabulous time at Villa Sungai. Two Two days was not enough but we did enjoy every minute and felt no need to go anywhere else. All the staff - from the manager to the gardener - were magnificent. They were courteous and attentive with a finely tuned sense of when to appear with trays of drinks and scrumptious food. We have not one complaint. It was a truly memorable experience and we hope to return one day in the not too distant future.
Thank you and all the staff at Villa Sungai for arranging everything so beautifully.