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Accommodation Category: Bed & BreakfastAccommodation Tags: Bali, Indonesia, and Ubud

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  • 1 Review on “Ubud Bali Villa Shamballa”

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    • Kristin Lajeunesse Post author
      3 years ago

      I’m lost for words. Where to begin…

      While on the final roadway approaching the villa I’d wondered if my driver was in the right place. The road narrowed and then became a grass lane before reaching the hidden entrance. I wasn’t sure what I was walking into and then the beautiful rustic wooden doors opened and it was as if I was walking into heaven, right then and there.

      Villa Shamballa is the closest I’ve come to ultimate private, peaceful, romantic luxury in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. I didn’t realize until arriving that I’d have my own pair of caretakers (Kadek and Minnie).

      The moment I walked in Kadek gently greeted me with a bright yellow plumeria lei, a cool damp towel, a glass of freshly pressed juice, and a huge smile. There was soft tropical music playing and yellow plumeria flowers absolutely everywhere!

      After being shown around this two-story dream come true—which included a dining area, a cozy living room-style lounge (with bright white, comfy cushioned couches, shays, and entertainment unit), and my own lukewarm infinity pool, and large bathroom with an outdoor shower and marble bathtub on the first floor; and a sprawling bedroom with lounge, bathroom and shower and amazing half open air, thatch roofed second floor—I set my things down, took a million photos, and then immediately went into the infinity pool!

      For the next 3 nights and 2 days I felt like a well cared for lady of importance. Haha! 🙂 Seriously, I’ve never been so well taken care of. Minnie and Kadek were quiet and let me be but if I needed anything they appeared in a flash and were more than accommodating.

      I would rise with the sun and peaceful sound of the birds singing, and sometimes Honey (the cat) would greet me in the morning as well; I’d have a sunrise swim followed by breakfast at our pre-arranged time, maybe go for another swim and then do some work (I work remotely on my computer). It was THE most peaceful and luxurious experience I’ve ever had in my life. And even though it may be possible that I’m the only person who has stayed at Villa Shamballa by herself (solo backpack-style traveler here), it did not take away from how incredibly comfortable, relaxed, and ‘zen’ I felt the entire time.

      Being vegan wasn’t a problem. Kadek prepared fantastic plant-based meals, each one better than the last. And when I needed to make a run into Ubud city center, they had a scooter shuttle service available within minutes! Just be sure to notify them upon booking if you are veg, so they can prepare!

      If that’s all not enough they even provide a turndown service within the whole of the villa. Just as the sun sets they light dozens of candles throughout, put on dim lights, light bug repellent incense thingies, and put the mosquito net around the bed down, and prepare the bedsheets as well. They put out slippers next to the bed, evening tea, and ensure you’re all set for the night. The place might be just as if not more beautiful at night as it is during the day. Just incredible.

      It was exactly what I was looking for after a busy (and loud and hectic) few days staying with a Balinese family and more time in the city center. Ubud city center is great but notorious for being very loud (constant vehicle honing horns), and crowded. Also when walking around many people shout at the non-locals for taxi rides, massages, and donations. So having a place to completely escape the madness was absolutely heavenly.

      I can’t speak highly enough about the attentiveness and kindness expressed by Kadek and Minnie, and Wayan (who took me into the city center that one day). Each person was sweet, soft spoken, and had beautiful, gentle energy about them.

      Aside from wishing I could have shared the experience with someone (hello future honeymoon destination!) I wish I could have afforded more of their incredible spa services and offerings.

      This is an all-in-one stay; you don’t need to leave if you don’t want to! And for the most part that’s what I did. Swam, ate, worked, swam, napped, read books, watched a movie on the provided TV, swam some more, ate some more. It was the ultimate in luxurious relaxation and each morning since I’ve left I hope beyond hope that when I open my eyes I will be back at Villa Shamballa.

      Whatever you have to do to stay even a few nights, do it. You will not regret it!

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