I loved getting away to Bali so much that we decided to build a house there!
Villa Tanah Barak is a very stylish villa with great amenities. If you wanted to stay put in the villa, there is a very complete kitchen, TV and internet. The internet can be very slow at times. The pool would be perfect for a refreshing dip. We visited during the wet season and the weather conspired against us having the opportunity to chill out in or around the pool.
Location wise, the villa is great if you want to get away from busy tourist areas. Seminyak is still only a taxi ride away.
Shelley was great to deal with. She was very accommodating and quick to respond to our questions/concerns.
Amazing! Stunning place, gorgeous pool, really fabulous service. House is VERY well stocked with cooking supplies, towels, pretty much anything you need. Oven, toaster oven, microwave, tons of pots and pans, etc. So incredibly relaxing. Villa staff is AMAZING. They come to clean twice a week but otherwise leave you plenty of privacy unless you need them. They are on call to cater to any request (they'll have a motorbike delivered to your house, or send a driver any time you need one, help organize day trips, etc.) The decor is beyond beautiful (really can't praise that highly enough, everything was just lovely) and all amenities are very comfy - beds, couches, cabana loungers. Couldn't recommend this more highly for a place to go to relax. I had a terrific time.
Only two drawbacks: One, you've got to rent a scooter or driver if you want to get anywhere central. The location is not within walking distance of any grocery stores (there are mini-marts and several good restaurants, though!) and you will not be able to buy much food to cook or bottles of wine / spirits unless you get a driver or a moped and take a while to go shopping. Two, there is wifi but the internet was slow to the point of being unusable. (website hidden) took about 5-10 minutes to load, and other pages needed to be loaded then left alone for about 5 minutes before you could see page content, so this would not be a good place to stay and work. However, the restaurants that are nearby all have great wifi so if you only need to do any real computing every few days, it doesn't matter.
The service is good. The villa is pretty complete with the necessities. It's a beautiful villa! The main discomfort is the walkway to the bedrooms which are not sheltered so that can be a challenge when it rains and the lighting around the dining and living area. The lighting is subjective since we prefer brighter lights especially with 2 young kids. We are not used to such dim lights while watching tv.
The Conceirge is excellent! Shelley is very prompt with her reply. I will recommend the villa anytime.
Our stay at Villa Tanah Barak was more than perfect! Shelley was very accommodating and quick to respond with answers to our many questions! The villa is beautiful and large! My favorite part was the ceiling in the main part of the villa!! Gorgeous! The 4 of us staying there had more than plenty of room to spread out! The house is in a quiet location which made for peaceful sleeps! About a 15-20 min walk to the beach or a 4 min scooter ride. The beach is more for surf, a little rough for swimming, especially if you have little ones! Restaurants nearby but the kitchen at the villa is equipped with all the proper hardware to cook up a feast! Overall, amazing experience! Can't wait to come back! Thanks Shelley for taking the stress and worry out of finding a perfect place to stay!
Response from Shelley:
Thank you, Monica very glad you enjoyed your time with us. Cheers Shelley
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Our stay at Villa Tanah Barak was a most enjoyable one. The villa lived up to all of our expectations and the management service was excellent. Shelley was very efficient and responsive to requests for info leading up to the stay and a pleasure to deal with. The proximity to Echo Beach was good, especially via scooter. We will definitely be considering a return visit.
Wow, what a villa! What a location! What a holiday!
My fiance and I just returned home from a stay in the beautiful Villa Tanah Barak, and are already dreaming of being back there. The location is perfect for those who surf – just a short motorbike ride from Echo Beach and a short walk away from the incredible Dues Ex Machina Cafe & Restaurant (one of our favourite places to eat in Bali). I loved the laid-back vibe of the area - far removed from the Kuta crowds yet central enough to drive into Seminyak for dinner or to take a day trip to Ubud or Uluwatu.
The villa itself is well equipped with everything you need and the decor is beautifully done. It was my birthday the day we travelled to Bali, and I was treated to a beautiful bunch of flowers upon arrival at the villa - which was a lovely and thoughtful touch. Our bed was so comfortable it was hard to leave it, and the pool was absolute heaven. We have only great things to say about this place, and we will most certainly be back.
Thank you to Shelley and the staff for all your help in ensuring we had a truly memorable and magical stay.
Having visited Bali many times before it was going to be difficult to impress us with anything new. However the villa has by far exceeded our expectations. The location was perfect, exactly what we were looking for, very close to Tugu and Echo beach yet perfectly secluded from the noise of the roads.
The living room is spacious with the most beautiful detailed temple-like ceiling, swimming pool and garden- small yet perfectly formed.
The kitchen is fully equipped and generally the villa has everything one might wish for, from cutlery to washing machine.
The staff was typically Balinese- friendly and smiley but not intrusive.
Thanks again so much for making this such a special vacation, we will be back next year for sure!