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  • 1 Review on “BeingSattvaa”

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    • Kristin Lajeunesse Post author
      3 years ago

      Without a doubt there is no place like BeingSattvaa. I’m not even sure where to begin as everything from top to bottom of my 3 nights here was beyond measure.

      The Short Version:

      On my last day I was sad to leave. I felt connected to everyone I’d met here as they were beyond accommodating and helpful. It almost felt like I was staying on a friend’s very (VERY) nice property. Everything from the complimentary shuttle service, 3x weekly yoga classes, and rice paddy trekking to the detail-oriented butler services, delicious and fresh vegan food options, and the impeccable cleanliness of my room (which included a welcoming bowl of fruit, two types of bug spray, all the toiletries you’d need, and the most beautiful bathroom I’ve ever seen), to their luxurious lukewarm infinity pool, helping me buy a country SIM card, printing out important documents for my entry into my next country, and making any request seem like it was no problem whatsoever, it’s hard to find anything I didn’t like about BeingSattvaa.

      If you’re looking for peace and seclusion from Ubud’s busy, noisy streets, book your stay here. Their shuttle services in and out of Ubud city center are totally free and it’s only a 15 minute drive! Well worth it to escape the noisy of the city, and indulge in a luxuriously cozy environment.

      The Long Version:

      A few weeks before my arrival, I had been in touch with Ranuka about being picked up at the airport. I didn’t know this was a service they offered until she mentioned it, but being that this would be my first time in Indonesia I felt more comfortable knowing someone would be there to take me to BeingSattvaa. I’m so glad I did as there were hundreds of people shouting “TAXI! TAXI MISS? TAXI! WHERE ARE YOU GOING? TAXI?!” at me and the other arrivals. I was relieved to see smiling David standing patiently holding a sign with my name on it (I’ve never had anyone hold a sign with my name on it so I also felt pretty cool). Haha! The shouting from other drivers faded and my joy of being in a new country for the first time had begun to set it again.

      Before beginning our 1.5 hour drive from Denpasar airport to the villa David handed me a chilled bottle of water and a cool damp face towel to refresh from my flight. NICE. We had casual conversation on our way to the villa but he also seemed to know when I was enraptured with the surroundings and let me gaze out the window for some time, which was nice.

      Upon arriving I was greeted by two hosts, one who opened the car door (fancy!) and another who took my bags and checked me in. I was then guided into the dining area, past the infinity pool, up some beautiful greenery-lined stone walkways and steps, to the porch front of my private villa. It almost seemed like I was on a movie set!

      With a fish-filled flowing fountain to the left and a large veranda with comfortable seating on the porch I suspected that the inside of the villa would be just as beautiful. As the glass doors slid open my jaw literally dropped at the simplistic beauty of my room (made possible by incredible smaller detailed things, like the dark teak wood carved bed canopy with matching desk and armoire, crisp white bed sheets with a cute elephant made out of a towel).

      There was a remote control air conditioning unit, free wifi, and a jug of water. There was also a water boiler for tea, and two bottles of wine (one red, one white – for purchase).

      Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better I stepped into the bathroom and was stunned by how gorgeous a bathroom could be! Haha!! Nearly half of it complimented by wild greenery and tropical budding flowers, a large bathtub, his and hers sinks, and an outdoor shower (with not one but two shower heads); this was like nothing I’ve seen before!

      After I settled in and took some photos I rolled into the bed, pulled the blanket up around me, and squished the big billowy pillows along both of my sides (four big pillows? Yes please!), took a deep breath in, and sighed with an ease of knowing that this was going to be an epic place to stay.

      The days that followed were filled with morning walks around the property and swims in the infinity pool, a complimentary yoga class, and a complimentary rice trek through a nearby village (within walking distance to the villa). Mona (my rice trekking guide) and I walked slowly while I admired the rice paddy workers. We giggled over boys and traveling and having kids and getting married. 🙂

      I utilized the free daily shuttle service to go into Ubud city center. Sunarta drove me in the first time and even helped me get a country SIM card for my phone. I hadn’t taken any rupiah out yet but the place only accepted cash. Without even asking, Sunarta kindly used his own money to pay there, and to have me pay him back later. Amazing!

      I also indulged in a traditional Balinese full-body massage as part of their in-house spa. Yasnedi and Dewik were very kind and made suggestions as to the type of massage I might enjoy and allowed me to select a scented oil. After changing into my robe I was given a foot bath (traditional pre-massage ritual) and then one of the most amazing (medium-pressure) massages of my life! The spa massage room overlooks more incredible lush greenery, a soothing fountain induced a form of almost involuntary meditation, and the music they played was equally relaxing.

      Every person I interacted with at BeingSattvaa both in email and in person, were incredibly kind, generous, and helpful.

      Speaking of which, let’s talk about the food! One of the reasons I chose BeingSattvaa is because it’s a vegetarian establishment. As I’m vegan I figured this would be my best bet for vegan options! I was right! Bagus, the head chef was wonderful. He had prepared vegan carrot bread cake and veganized some of the meals I’d selected, with the utmost care.

      One of the most appealing things about his place is the free daily shuttle service. BeingSattvaa is about a 15-20 drive (by car or scooter) from the city center of Ubud. Which is no problem but having to rent a scooter or pay a driver could get pricey after some time. Plus, Ubud center is incredibly noisy and hectic. Since BeingSattvaa is located a bit north of the center, and off the main roadways, it’s incredible quiet and a nice escape from what can being head-spinning volumes of energy and noise when walking around, shopping, etc.

      All-in-all I give BeingSattvaa a 12 out of 10. 😉 Tranquil, peaceful, relaxing, beautiful, and a place you’ll be completely taken care of. I’ve already told them I’ll have my wedding here someday (ya know, after I get a boyfriend and all that). Haha!

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