I recently had the pleasure of staying here with my family daughter/son-in-law and my three grandchildren. We all had the most wonderful experience on so many levels. The staff are beautiful, kind and thoughtful people how go the extra mile.
The food is pure Balinese as it should be.
This is rural Bali with the accompanying culture. I'm thrilled that the children have had such a wonderful introduction to Bali. We were there during the preparations for Sawaswati so Gamelan practices were heard over the rice paddies. Much nicer than the tram going past my place. And fireflies in the rice paddies at night. Our joy was to count them each night.
Then there was kite flying in the afternoons but we weren't as successful as the Balinese at this. Still there's ways next time. Thank you to each and every one of you. Staff, fireflies, geckos and gamelans made Bali come to life.
So many reviews of Villa Vajra mention the word paradise and there is no better way to describe it. We stayed for 11 nights and could have stayed forever. My entire family feel in love with the place and its beautiful, kind and generous staff. I am so thankful to Joel, Gusti and the entire Villa Vajra team for giving our family a holiday we will never forget. We can't wait to get back to you all.
Ok I must have been dropped off at the wrong Villa. Yes location ok (particularly if you enjoy howling dogs, crowing roosters at 3pm, non stop geckos barking yes barking)
1. One of the toilets was blocked the entire time.
2. Another toilet leaked the entire time.
3. Large ants fell from the roof.
4. Continual mossi's we ended up buying our own coils.
5. Staff always there, never left alone ever in the villa, some might like that but sorry I payed for privacy.
6. Staff member hawking art to my mother and daughter then guilted them into handing over nearly a million rupiah.
7. Hidden prices in food like paying for use of butter and tomato sauce.
8. Small portions of food and overpriced.
9. 30% service charge on top of food.
10. Oh and did I mention the noise, good lord I could have slept better at a rock concert.
Now I'm not a fussy person, I do like a bit of fancy occasionally, I've stayed at Club Med Nusa Dua and Febris and Bali Dynasty Kuta. However at $620 a night I would have expected a little more than this. I am amazed at the previous reviews, maybe you guys had a much better experience I am not sure. However I would strongly recommend not to book here if you are expecting the luxury you have payed for. I am bitter at the whole experience.
Wonderfull house and staff! We were 2 families with 4 young kids and a baby. The bedrooms are very spacious, the bathroom look like paradise...
For the kids, it was the house in the jungle but without critters or insects !
And the staff is just perfect, don't need to eat outside, the cook is like a 4 stars place!
The house is also well placed to see lots of things around Ubud.
clik without regret!!
Our second time at Villa Vajra (within 12 months!) was just as spectacular as our first. We were welcomed back by the gorgeous villa staff and owners as though old friends and we enjoyed every second of our 5 night stay. Having undertaken a few side trips and cultural excursions on our last trip, we were content to stay put at the villa for much of our time. However, we did do a few trips into Ubud with the ever-obliging villa manager, Gusti and our girls spent a lot of time with Narie, Gusti's wife and their beloved babysitter. In fact, their reunion with Narie was pretty much the highlight of their trip! She kept them beautifully occupied with fun games, swimming, craft, exploration and massages.
As always, the food prepared by Made and Ketut was spectacular. We re-requested one of our previous favourites, jackfruit curry, and were delighted to see Widi (one of the lovely house staff) hacking down a jackfruit from one of the trees in the garden - doesn't get fresher or more local than that.
Joel and Nirgrantha are the very best hosts and gave us a fabulous recommendation for a new restaurant in Ubud, Locavore, which we loved. They also arranged for us to get some wonderful biodynamic Balinese coffee from ethical growers in Kintamani. The perfect take-home souvenir.
The villas surrounds are as spectacular as ever and it was great to see the beautiful new ironwood path across the rice paddies, soon-to-be vine-laden pergola and beginnings of the organic garden. Nirgrantha's particular passion for the gardens is infectious and impressive.
Meditating in the wooden bale in the garden at dawn as the sun rises through the palm trees on the ridge beyond, the tok tok of the temple drum calls people to prayer and the jungle slowly comes to life rates as one of the most atmospheric, uplifting and memorable experiences I've ever had.
Gracious hosts and staff in a spectacular villa in a lovely little village in the hills. This is Bali at its best.