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Villa Surya ~ tropical, exotic, tranquil 'hideaway' in East-Bali ~ Candidasa area (approx.10km)
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Villa Surya ~ tropical, exotic, tranquil 'hideaway' in East-Bali ~ Candidasa area (approx.10km)
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Villa Surya ~ tropical, exotic, tranquil 'hideaway' in East-Bali ~ Candidasa area (approx.10km)
Villa Surya ~ tropical, exotic, tranquil 'hideaway' in East-Bali ~ Candidasa area (approx.10km)
Villa Surya ~ tropical, exotic, tranquil 'hideaway' in East-Bali ~ Candidasa area (approx.10km)
Wake up to our view of Tranquility
Poolside Suite to Pool Terrace cared for my Alit
View down from Mezzanine Terrace
Pool Area to Poolside Suite and Living Room
Poolside or from the Bale Begong - beauty everywhere
Mezzanine Suite Teak KIngsized Bed
Mezzanine Suite Teak Daybed/ Single Bed
From the fishpond through the flowers
Living room formal dining area
Mezzanine Balinese open air shower/bathroom
Bath with a view - Mezzanine Suite
Seating Mezzanine Suite
Pool and Fish Habitat
Poolside Suite with flowers
A good place to 'work'? Poolside Terrace
Poolside Suite seating
Paddie A/C Suite with ensuite, private terrace and open air Bali style bathroom
12 meter 'Meditation' swimming pool, cool water with mood lighting at night
Our 'crowded' beach
Bringing in the rice harvest in front of the villa
Villa Surya and Holy Mount Agung
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Candidasa, Karangasem, Bali

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TibetanTi...
Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Welcome to the Family”
Reviewed 29 July 2015 for a stay in June 2015

I’ll be honest. We had some reservations about staying at Villa Surya.

Not because the villa isn’t beautiful.
No - it is special. The rooms and facilities are exceptional, and we especially loved the pool, the outdoor showers and the rooftop terrace. All set in beautifully maintained and secure gardens.

Not because of the location.
No - this villa is wonderfully situated overlooking the rice paddies to the ocean beyond. Far enough away from the traffic mayhem of Denpasar to ensure a more peaceful environment, yet close to many of the main attractions in eastern Bali.

Not because the food is average.
Absolutely not - Ketut served up beautiful dishes each evening from a varied menu. And she was ever willing to prepare breakfast at whatever time required as we set off to explore the island’s attractions.

Not because the pool was small or substandard.
No - this is a monster pool for a holiday rental. And surrounded by other pools with fish swimming alongside. Beautiful!

Our reservations centred around whether we could cope with other people being around the villa while we were in residence. On holiday we like our privacy and tend to be independent in our arrangements.

But this is Bali. Things are different here. And maybe more so at Villa Surya than some other properties. Mark and Petra have something special here.

Somehow they have created a ‘family’ from their staff and other contacts. You are welcomed into that family as soon as you arrive, and for however long you stay. Any reservations quickly disappear as you realise that these people are here to ensure your holiday is whatever you want it to be. And no-one is standing watching your every move, or invading your private space.

The level of contact with the owners (who live next door) is set to your preference. If you want to be left alone, then you are left alone. If you want to sit and resolve the world’s problems, then you can do that as well. Someone else has said that the owners are an asset to the villa, and that is so true. Two contrasting, but complementary, personalities, they combine to work wonderfully well for their guests. And they are both genuinely likeable people.

You could probably make arrangements for the various trips and activities by yourself, but these were made without any fuss or drama. Made the driver was ever punctual and must surely be one of the most patient and safest drivers on the island.

We have been asked what was the main highlight of our trip to Bali. The island has many beautiful sites, events and attractions, but our answer has to be ‘the people’. So thank you to Mark and Petra, Ketut, Alit, Kadek, Iluh and Made for providing some special memories on a wonderful trip.

Very highly recommended!

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Liked best: The rooftop terrace
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
20 Nov 2015
Humble could not express our gratitude for these glowing recommendations and we also have only one reservation and that is having to live up to this (almost) impossibly high praise. We will give it our best, as always, and ta very much Tibetan Tim (!?) :O)
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yearlytri...
Sydney, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“My Idea of Heaven”
Reviewed 17 November 2014 for a stay in September 2014

My Sister and I stayed at Surya in September and just loved it. It was my 6th time to Bali but my sisters first. Villa Surya was perfect and we both enjoyed ourselves immensely. We were waited on and spoiled by the wonderful staff who simply cannot do enough for you The Villa was lovely, one of the most comfortable beds I have ever sleep on in Asia, spotlessly clean and comfortable. The pool and gardens are just lovely and we spent every day swimming. I can also recommend their drivers, we did sight seeing every 2nd or 3rd day and they were very accommodating to our needs and knew some new places to visit which was wonderful for me. Mark & Petra were so helpful organising massages and even a shaman for my sister who was sick one day. She swore he made he feel 10 years younger and more agile than she had felt in years!
The Villa is only a short drive to Candidassa where there a lots of bars & restaurants although we ate mostly at the Villa. If you were after pubs and wild night life this would not be for you, but if you were seeking the true Bali experience then I recommend you stop awhile here. I would definitely stay at Villa Surya again

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Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
18 Nov 2014
Well girls many thanks for one of the very best reviews we've ever had and I think it gives us a lot to live up to. Ketut (Shaman) still mentions you and of course you are both heartily welcome back anytime you feel the urge. Never fear there is still sooooo much more to see and do we promise you won't be bored. For the photographer there's always more to "take". Keep well and happy. Alit, Kadek, Made, Ketut, Mark and Petra.
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Heather09...
Ballarat, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful, relaxing place in a gorgeous rural setting.”
Reviewed 14 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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We spent a wonderful 10 days at Villa Surya. We are a family with 2 teenagers looking for a break and it suited us well. I spent a lot of time looking at Trip Advisor reviews when I chose this place so I'll try to put info here that we would like to have known about.
Location - Villa Surya is located away from large towns. This means you aren't one of a hoard of tourists to be preyed on. The local villagers are happy to see you and you can see their activities, such as rice harvesting, happening around you. The downside to this is that you have to deal with the noise of dogs, lizards (more intrusive than you would think!) and roosters through the night,. Still, you have to deal with traffic noise elsewhere.
We found it a nuisance trying to get into town to go out for dinner etc. There is a driver but his prices were high compared to others so a trip into town just for a meal was out of the question. It was fine though if you wanted to go out all day.
Service - there are 4 staff just for you! The two cooks are amazing - they can cook up whatever you would like. You place your order early in the day and it's all ready at the requested time. You won't have to lift a finger the whole time you are there. The owners live next door and they drop in regularly. We found the presence of all these people around "our" villa took a bit of getting used to but we did get used to it. Mark and Petra were really helpful and lovely people to boot.
The Villa - the place was beautiful - every bit as gorgeous as it looks online. I wouldn't recommend it if you have small kids though. The main bedroom is downstairs and the other two bedrooms are upstairs, accessed by an outdoor staircase. If your kids need you during the night you won't hear them. Plus the upstairs balcony has no rail around it. The setup is perfect for teens though or two couples or a couple with a baby (you could all sleep upstairs). We all loved the indoor/outdoor bathrooms, the 4 poster beds and romantic mosquito nets (although there was barely a mosquito while we were there). The pool was fantastic.
If you're looking for a beach holiday, don't come to this part of east Bali at all. The closest beach is an hour's walk or a short drive away from the villa, although it's a fabulous beach! All the nearby 'beaches' are just rocks that meet the shore and the waves are pretty rough.
Other - the internet is very sporadic. Don't rely on it to be available when you want it.
To summarise, if you're looking for a quiet escape, where you can sit by the pool and read books and spend some days out exploring then this is perfect.

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Liked best: The rooms, the pool, the food, the staff.
Liked least: The expense to go anywhere.
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
28 Jul 2014
You were lovely and thanks for the great and comprehensive review. Next time we redo the website I will be asking for your help. And the best of it is that we learned a few things too - I will be talking to our drivers about their prices, bank on it. We find the hardest thing most people have to get used to is letting the staff do things for them and not cleaning the rooms before the staff can do it - girly thing?

Hope to see you all again soon and stay in touch on FB
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Lizzyrada...
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Serenity in the rice fields”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 for a stay in May 2014

We stayed for six days at the end of May 2014 having inspected the property in November 2013. What a wonderful experience far from the madding crowds of Seminyak. We were warmly greeted by the friendly staff and owners Mark and Petra who over the next six days did everything to make our stay a memorable one.
We were collected (and returned) from Seminyak by the villa driver making getting to this fairly remote location very easy. Well worth the trip to experience the wonderful idyll that is Villa Surya.
Surrounded by rice fields and a short walk to the beach we were happy to explore the local area by foot and experience the real Bali and the rhythm of village life. Swims in the pool, reading a book in the beautiful gardens under the trees was accompanied buy the sounds of the waves the birds and the roosters nearby. Just perfect!
This tranquility was enhanced buy the wide range of wonderful meals served to us ( just choose from the menu) both western and great authentic Balinese. Fresh fish bbq'd for us was delightful. You just fix up the bill on departure. Great arrangement for a really carefree break.
We were able to explore the local town of Amlapura with its market and Hardy's supermarket to stock up on essentials where required. Got some great utensils for my kitchen there! Candi Dasa is a 20 minute drive away and a must see were the water gardens Puri Agung well worth visiting.
There is plenty to do from Villa Surya but having been in this part of the world on other occasions we spent most of our time just relaxing by the pool and going for walks exploring the surrounds. Just beautiful.
The rooms are simply decorated, clean and comfortable with AC most welcome at night to escape the humidity. It is BYO entertainment at night after dinner - we took a jigsaw but the stars provided a spectacular light show from the upper terrace to the sound of the waves.
Ah Villa Surya- I spent so long looking forward to my holiday there and now it is beautiful memories. I hope I will return one day.
I thank Mark and especially the lovely Petra for sharing this beautiful place with us. A special mention to the gentle and beautiful staff and their kind and smiling faces that greeted us every day. A beautiful holiday destination and great to have this contrast to the busy streets of Seminyak.... Highly Recommend



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Liked best: Location. Pool and surrounds. Food. Tranquility. Walks. Everything......
Travelling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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Management Response
19 Jun 2014
Wow! Bit speechless (writeless?) really so I guess it's better to just say nothing but thanks so very much - good revues are the nectar of our life (apart from living in Bali, that is). Thanks for the nectar. We love people to agree with our good taste and style about Bali. Please come again.
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Perth, Australia
Reviewed 19 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Apr 2014
Thanks so much and we all hope you can manage longer next time - there's so much more to see and do that 8 days and nights only gave you a good start. Next time the kids will be older and be able to get much more from Bali and not just the villa.
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