Everyone loves my Bali home. It will charm you with its Asian flair and European comfort, with its sun balcony overlooking a long tropical pool, its elegant double bedroom and lovely sitting room. It is quietly but centrally situated, near the beach.
A real escape from a busy life, this place combines the services of a hotel, such as 24 hour security and reception, a lovely 22 m pool, restaurants and bars nearby, with the total privacy and convenience of your own home. Forming part of a complex of similar houses built on two floors around the pool, it is individually furnished and has great (website hidden), DVD player, free Wi Fi. Get creative in the well-equipped kitchen, or simply (email hidden) and look forward to going for a delicious meal out. It's all yours, a wonderful pad for two people who like to share a most comfortable 2x2m bed, and who also like the space of living on two floors.
The house with its sun balcony is for you alone, the 22m lap pool is shared with the other houses. There is a book and DVD library at reception, and feel free to read my books you'll find in the house, but please finish reading them before you leave :-)
Interaction with Guests
I am not in Sanur at the moment. However, I have a driver, Ketut, who will gladly pick you up from the airport for a regular fee and take you to the house if you so wish, and who will be available in case of any problem. Otherwise the staff at reception and around the place are very helpful and friendly. Most importantly, there is Kadek, my 'Pembantu' (=helper in the house), who will come 2X3 hours (usually Monday afternoon and Thursday afternoon) to clean, wash up, change sheets (usually once a week) and towels, and generally keep an eye on things domestic.
Looking through the bathroom window at the back of the house, you will find a Balinese small holding with lots of trees, modest local life taking its gentle course. When I was last there they had some chickens and rabbits and a cockerel. The local people are friendly, quiet, and always busy sweeping the ground, and creating offerings to please the gods and the good spirits, and to pacify the bad spirits. These are laid out three times a day, as you will find out.
On leaving the compound, which is set back from the road, you walk through an open restaurant to reach the street. Along Jalan Danau Tamblingan you will find all manner of restaurants, shops, a laundrette just to the left, no end of massage places to be tried out. Also to the left is a place where one can buy ice cream, soft drinks and beer and all kind of other goodies. There is also a place to buy Simcards, etc.
Along the beach you can rent deckchairs usually from restaurants and hotels along the shore, or you can just lie in the sand, the sea shore is public. Check the tides, you might want to go surfing, although a trip to Kuta beach might be better, if serious surfing is your thing. Sanur beach is surrounded by a Coral reef, so when the tide is out, it is best to sunbathe or to go beach combing and wait for the water to come back before swimming. Walk along the beach and find your favourite spot, there is great variety! Do not miss the famous village ceremonies in Bali, observe the locals, listen to the sound of instruments passing along the streets, you might see a cremation ceremony, quite beautiful and often cheerful, as the deceased's soul is liberated from the burden of the body and the toils of life.
The pavements are often lined with young men who will offer you 'transport'. You can negotiate with them and go on a tour. Make sure your driver is insured, usually they are not. Best is to go to a Travel Agent, 'Nicktours' not far along the pavement to the left, and choose a trip and a driver to take you there. Much safer, and you can get good advice and ask any questions. Or, for shorter trips, Blue Bird Taxis are the most reliable and also cheaper than many others. Or, if you just want to go somewhere locally, take the Bemo, funny little open cars, usually green, who will take you for very little money, they stop along the road, when they see you, and let you out anywhere. No bus stop required. The taxis at the airport are controlled, so you have no choice, you will be given a ticket and the driver will take you to the address you show or tell him. Taxis are affordable, and they are the best way to get to hotels from the airport.
Other Things to Note
There are many things to see and do in Bali. A visit to Nicktours or an other Travel Agent will give you a good idea. Take your time and read through all the leaflets or take advice. Be aware that many unlicensed 'tour guides' might try to charge too much, on the other hand, competition is fierce, so you might find real bargains. Guests may want to ask where and when the next big cremation ceremony takes place, or how to see the special dances, or to take a tour around the island, or to the mountains. There are beautiful villages to see, just driving through and looking out is wonderful. Shopping is another big thing in Bali, lots of cheap and cheerful clothes to be found, and endless illegal copies of normally expensive items. One has to make up one's own mind whether one wants to risk a very stiff fine on entering one's home country or not. Personally, coming from England, I do not!
Please register at the reception on arrival, or the following day.
This is a much loved home with nice furnishings, books and other dear objects, and I am sure anyone staying at my house will respect it and treat it kindly and with consideration.
If anything breaks or gets damaged, please let me know, or if you can replace it locally, please do so.
There is an information sheet in the house for guests. Please read it.
Noise and music must be kept so as not to disturb others.
Washing is not allowed to be hung out on front balconies, please use the stand inside the bedroom or put it outside on the back terrace.
Please do not use the landline telephone, or if you do, please pay at reception. Mobile calls tend to be much cheaper.
Please no smoking inside the house. Thank you.
If guests are pleased with Kadek's help, she would be very happy if you showed your appreciation by giving her a small tip. :-).
Margaretta's villa was fantastic. It provided everything we could possibly have needed or wanted both in terms of facilities and location. Although ideally positioned for beach and town, her delightful accommodation is far enough back from the road to be a peaceful haven, undisturbed by the bustle of Sanur. Margaretha herself, although we didn't get to meet her, was very helpful, responding quickly to emails and concerning herself that everything was running smoothly with our arrival, stay and departure. We would recommend Margaretha's villa to anyone and would happily stay again if we are ever back in Sanur.
This was my 2nd time staying at Margaretha's and it was a great stay again. She is very responsive with the email communications. The apartment is great within a mini condo-tel complex. No hassles and quiet near all shops/services you need.
I stayed at Margaretha's place for 4 nights. It was great, quiet but with everything very close by that I needed.
The photos show what the accommodation is like. The unit is just off the main street and is very quiet and easy to access. All the usual household appliances are available. It was lovely to have fresh drinking water waiting for us at the unit. The instructions from Margaretha were spot on and very helpful. Her recommended driver was excellent. The bed is totally huge and comfortable.
The villa of Magaretha is just as beautiful as the picts. You will notice this Magaretha themselves often live in their villa and rented them only occasionally. Contact with Magaretha was just exemplary. I felt in her villa at home. The complex is very centrally located. In the immediate vicinity there are plenty of restaurants and shopping opportunities. The path to the beach are also max. 5 minutes. Her driver Ketut and her cleaning woman Kaded are always very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, during my next visit to bali Magaretha is itself in her villa, so I can not post this.
I have enjoy my holliday in Magarethas villa very much.
Great private and cozy place, clean and we'll located. Margaretha's villa is clearly a place that was build for the owner to live in and not as an investment to be rented out to tourists as many other accommodations on Bali, one gets the feeling that she just left yesterday and might come back any time. All small things can be found here that one would miss in a hotel type of accommodation. We enjoyed our stay a lot, check in and check out was easy and Ketut the driver was very reliable, simply a perfect week in Sanur.
The host is very helpful and her regular driver met me at the airport and was a great help with anything you might need. The housekeeper came once while I was there and was, also, very helpful. This is a beautiful apartment, in a very peaceful setting. It is also right in the heart of Sanur and you can walk to anything you might like. The beach is also very close.