My wife, myself and our 2 children stayed here for 2 weeks. We invited 5 more couples who all brought their children resulting in a total party of 12 adults and 18 children. After arriving we weren't just surprised, but completely blown away.
The resort, being built on the side of a small valley, has simply magnificent, uninterrupted views looking out a hidden paradise, while looking hard left and right you are immediately aware that you are buried in the Balinese jungle. I really can't find the words to describe this because there aren't any. You have to see it to appreciate it.
We were fortunate enough to have found excellent clear weather, which helped. Temperatures were in the low 30's Celsius, and humidity would have been around a tolerable (for this location and time of year) 70-80%.
The Sanctuary has gone to great lengths to ensure nothing is forgotten for guests and has established an amazing property. The gardens and lawns are all immaculately kept and a real credit to the management and staff. A nice touch is how they have landscaped the transition from resort garden to natural jungle.
It's a very family orientated place and the charming staff were all wonderful towards our young son and daughter, making them feel very special. The swimming pools are subtly integrated into the landscaping. There is a huge swimming pool with Jacuzzi and children area in the center of the property. The master bedroom has a private pool. A children safety net was provided around the main swimming pool.
If you're a group of people willing to stay together or a couple looking to get married this property is perfect!
Beach access was strictly by vehicle via a nice asphalt road with no traffic and the two drivers were always keen to ferry us up and down on request at any time of the day. They were impeccably punctual.
Architecturally, the photos of the resort speak for themselves. For a designer, it really is a paradise within a paradise and a credit to the design and planning skill of the architectural and engineering team. Construction and quality are very high and better than other properties we have stayed in Bali.
The staff is extremely friendly and they tried to be as professional as possible. The English was a minor issue at times with some staff, but it really wasn't a problem for us as the villa manager Edy is fluent. He looked after us as a real professional. My personal compliments to him!
A special tribute from us to Nyoman the driver is well deserved. He was always patient and on hand to assist us, extremely courteous, great with the kids and always keen to offer information when showing us around his beautiful island home.
Food was excellent and we all loved the barbeque! We couldn’t get enough of it! Try the seafood barbeque: no need to go to Jimbaran as you will find much better quality here! Breakfast was plentiful and variations suggested daily by the villa manager Edy. The menu is endless and the suggestions spot on. The pasta Bolognese and Soto Ayam were both excellent. The staff was wonderfully polite and professional. It's worth mentioning the view again because the dining table overlooks the stunning pool area and green Balinese jungle.
Our room was a highlight for us as we had the master bedroom in the property. We had a two level private villa housing one bedroom and en-suite bathroom plus private pool. Entry was from the ground level. The open terrace took maximum advantage of you know what - those stupendous jungle views. The room was spotlessly clean and the bed was extremely comfortable. The en-suite bathroom has a stone bath and outside shower.
All rooms have individual air conditioning controls and the system was highly effective. All rooms had ceiling fans also. I saw I pod docking stations in all rooms, TV and DVD player.
At all times we felt safe and secure and staff always respected our privacy. If you're the type that likes night life, you need to rely on your driver to take you to places like Kuta and Seminyak. This was included in the price and we only had to pay for gasoline. Transport was very flexible. When we asked for a tour to Ubud, we simply took the villa car and ordered extra APV’s for the day.
The beach close to the villa is Ecko Beach. It’s quite good although its standard is a bit of a step down from the up market feel of the villa. Good for surfing but not for swimming. The lava sand was clean and extended about 30 or so meter into the sea at low tide. Food and drink prices were very cheap, by Australian standards. A short stroll up the beach took us to an outdoor seafood restaurant which was a wonderful experience, eating on the ocean.
Good quality restaurants are found in Seminyak, which takes you about 20 – 25 minutes depending on the traffic.
Our stay in The Sanctuary was truly magnificent and one to remember. We will recommend it to others - as we have already done with family and friends here at home.
We would certainly return there if visiting Bali with a large group. I hope Frank, Edy, Nyoman and the staff read this because we would again like to say a big "THANK YOU" for helping to make our holiday so memorable.
Perth - Australia
I decided to stay at The Sanctuary with a group of friends and family to celebrate my 40th birthday in March 2014. In total we stayed for 5 nights with the 'party' taking place on our 3rd night there. I have stayed in many places before, including private villas in Bali, Pacific Islands, Thailand, etc… but never have I seen a place with the quality of The Sanctuary. The sheer scale of the place is enormous and the design is impeccable. The staff were very helpful, attentive but also discreet. The meal situations were made very easy and at the end of the 4 days we received a bill that was ridiculously cheap considering the amount of food and liquids consumed. The party was a great success and The Sanctuary helped to facilitate the external caterers and DJ that I hired separately.
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate recommending The Sanctuary to anyone. I just hope I can return one day to this stunning place !
Sydney – Australia
From the moment you step into the grounds at Villa the Sanctuary you are treated with the warmest of hospitality in a truly stunning setting. I defy you to feel anything other than utterly spoilt and relaxed within the peaceful and elegant surrounds. Our party was a group of friends looking to relax and connect and Villa The Sanctuary provided the perfect environment. Frank is a generous and thoughtful host with a discreet and attentive team who do all they can to make your stay a truly special. I would recommend Villa The Sanctuary for anyone who is seeking an extraordinary experience.
Perth – Australia
My Husband and I stayed at the Sanctuary Villa in February 2014 with a few friends who invited us along, it was our first time at a villa this size but our friends frequented Bali and have stayed at some of the best places there. From the moment we set foot on the property, we were absolutely blown away and so were they! We all fell in love with the peaceful retreat this villa offered. Set away from the hustle and bustle, it was the perfect place to unwind and relax, it was much needed at the time! The staff are first class, super warm and friendly and arranged everything for us. Nothing was impossible for them. We are vegan/vegetarians and the chef was so good, he created a special menu for us down to the the fluffiest eggless pancakes we've had! Both kids and adults were impressed. When you come here, you really want to make the most of the villa facilities and enjoy a restful time amongst friends and family. Massages at the Bale overlooking the raging river was just bliss! The massive POOL! omg - heaven. The kids swam for hours until they were all shrivelled up. Movie nights in the spacious and airconditioned media room was another fave spot for all. Love the backlit glass wall behind the TV! The guys specially loved their day trips with the villa driver to the nearest surf beaches. We definitely had a memorable time here. There was something for everyone. We hope to return with an even bigger party of friends next time, watch out Ketut! We can't highly recommend the Sanctuary enough. Thanks Frank for all your help with our stay!
Surfers Paradise – Australia
Every year we travel with our family to an exotic destination and rent a fully serviced private villa.
This year we decided to go to Bali and choose to stay in Villa The Sanctuary Bali based on the pictures of their website.
From the moment we arrived we were in awe! We never encountered such a “WOW” before. Villa The Sanctuary Bali is the true definition of paradise. The house is absolutely stunning. The design style and architecture were breathtaking. The whole property is huge! It seems like there is no end to it. You must come and see to believe it.
The staff took fabulous care of us! They were so much fun to be around. The villa manager ( Ketut ) made sure our stay was better than we could ever have imagined. He is an amazing and extremely sweet person and will try to do everything you wish for. Everything was well organized. The assistant villa manager Salam is knowledgeable and gives the service a five star touch.
As for the food – we were really surprised how delicious each plate was. Thank you to their chefs Nyoman and Gede. They gave our holiday that little bit extra.
Overall, the best place you can choose to stay with a large group! I would go back in a heartbeat.
Bonn – Germany
From the moment we arrived, this villa felt like a home away from home. The staff were always attentive, amazing food and what a location!!! We came to Villa The Sanctuary Bali to enjoy luxury and relaxation with our families and friends. We got sooo much more......... What a wonderful unspoilt place.
The staff were, without exception, most polite, always smiling and friendly. They got to know you and they certainly looked out for your every need. For example, when we wanted to take a trip to Ubud, they arranged everything and told the driver the places to stop off at, and he was very happy to give us all the time we needed at the monkey forest, the market and a dance performance. We also took some trips into Seminyak and we never had to worry about anything. Bookings were made and the hot spots were clear.
I’ve been a cook and I can say that the quality of food was high level. Everything the cooks prepared was delicious. We also ordered some dishes on special request which were not on the menu and these came out surprisingly good. Our highlight was a lobster night which was prepared with live cooking in the dining room on the barbeque. The chefs bought it on the wet market in Jimbaran in the morning and they were still alive and fresh before they started to prepare our dinner.
The rooms were delightful, huge and airy. I have to say it truly brought home to us the warmth of welcome, quality of service and attention to detail we had here. The experience was absolutely and totally excellent… The only bad moment we had, was the moment we had to leave…
Tokyo – Japan
We just spent a week hanging out at Villa The Sanctuary Bali in January 2014. Certainly the Villa is so much nicer than it even looks in the pictures. The villa, the gardens, and I think what we found most amazing was Ketut and the staff just could not do enough for you - if you asked for it - they got it or done it for you (whether it was shopping, massages, bookings, food, etc etc) nothing was ever any trouble. And the food was excellent as well. Congratulations and thank you to all, what an amazing professional and friendly group of staff.
For us, this was a family holiday experience to remember. We were 2 families totaling 19. To be able to be all be together in one lovely place and to be spoilt and treated by the staff was unforgettable. We truly loved lounging around the wonderful pool areas and living areas. It was ideal: plenty of room for all of us. The villa itself was in immaculate condition.
We couldn't have wished for a better place to be! You guys allowed us to enjoy our stay in Bali as best as we could!
Thanks again to the very helpful staff. It was difficult to leave, we will be back.
Doha – Qatar
We have just returned home from our dream wedding and honeymoon in Bali. We selected Villa The Sanctuary Bali as it looked cool online but having never been to Bali before our wedding we had trust the online reviews and the advice from our wedding planner Beyond Events. Coming from New Zealand, we have a big family with heaps of kids, so the kids room and the 8 bedrooms meant everyone was sorted. When we arrived at the villa, the staff were amazing, taking our bags, to the welcome drinks, they really made our first experience in Bali awesome and special. I like that the villa was big enough to have all the family together but not feel too big or too small. ‘Meet you at the pool’ that was our saying!! The manager (his name is Ketut) was great, nothing was too much to asked and trust me went on many Bintang runs! Thanks Villa The Sanctuary Bali, it’s a place I hope to come back to celebrate my 40th in 3 years - Recommend the villa to anyone looking to be amazed and impressed...awesome staff, awesome rooms, best wedding villa, best day of my life!
Taupo – New Zealand
I stayed at Villa The Sanctuary Bali for 6 days with a group of friends and we absolutely fell in love with the place. The scenery is gorgeous with a great pool which overlooks into the wild. The staff was very kind and welcoming. What I loved the most is the FOOD. I must admit that the chef is incredibly good and it is the best place where I ate in Bali. I would recommend Villa The Sanctuary Bali for big groups such as families because it can accommodate more than 20 people and there are plenty of entertainment areas such as the TV room or the pool table lounge next to the main pool. It's a beautiful Villa with lots to offer for anyone who wants to enjoy a little piece of paradise.
Montreal – Canada
We hosted our wedding in Villa The Sanctuary Bali. Our immediate family stayed on the property for 5 nights. We had over 80 guest in the area, whom stayed at multiple villas - depending on their group size...
Villa The Sanctuary Bali is breathtaking, the pictures do not do it justice. It is truly a world class property. The views and facilities are of the best that any of our 80+ guests, who travel frequently, have visited. This is truly a luxury facility with a luxury staff that caters to your needs as a group.
We cannot complement the staff enough. They had a clear motive, which was to enhance each guest experience. Especially Ketut and Salam went out of their way.
This is not an all inclusive / spring break / party-gooer area. If you are looking for luxury, top notch meals, beautiful beaches (about a 5-10 minute car ride) with world class accommodations - look no further than Villa The Sanctuary Bali.
-the villa is beautifully built overlooking jungle and river. Staying here is an experience as such and the “wow” factor is as big as the villa…I recommend to visit this villa so you understand what they offer. This is what made us take the decision to book Villa The Sanctuary Bali. It is impossible to put the size and feel into a picture. Once we had the inspection done we had no more doubt!
-the views are amazing as is the architecture of this villa. It has taken a lot of courage to develop and manage such a beautiful property tucked away in a local Balinese village. We will come back for many years to come as we just love Bali.
-the aura of the villa is priceless and the name of the villa does it justice. We loved it here!
-the rooms were very large and comfortable. We especially liked how the a/c was in every room so that you could individually control the temperature. In November the weather tends to get hot and dry.
-we especially loved the pool and Jacuzzi.
-the drivers brought the youngsters in and out Seminyak safe when they wanted to party so we didn’t had to worry at night..
-the food was impeccably prepared and fresh: every day.
-the location is perfect: I think it is almost impossible to find a villa in Bali with so much space and privacy. Seminyak is not far and the beach is less than 10 minutes away.
Last but not least:
We booked our wedding with a wedding planner recommended by Villa The Sanctuary Bali and we can only congratulate them of making our event so perfectly organized. It was beautiful and perfect. Thank you so much!
Sydney - Australia