This was our forth trip to Bali. The three previous trips we had stayed in Legian and a friend suggested we stay in Canggu. We chose Villa Allu because it catered for everything we were looking for.
On arrival at the airport we were greeted by their friendly driver Made. Within 45 minutes we arrived at the villa and we were greeted by the two villa staff with warm and friendly smiles and welcome drinks. Each of our three children had their own spacious bedroom with Queen bed with large ensuite. My wife and I had the master which offered abundances of space, a larger than life bathroom and opened up to a large deck area with sunbeds overlooking the ocean and rice paddies, giving the Balinese feeling that you are not offered down in Legian.
The staff made us feel right at home, constantly at hand to help with any request we had. Wayan, the manager made cocktails for us in the evening which were divine.
The whole family decided to hire scooters to get around town which was recommended by Megan. For 5 Australian dollars a day we were able to take in the sights along the coastline of the area with the freedom and flexibility that a taxi just doesn't offer.
A stones throw away was Old Mans beach. As a family we could go down to watch the surf, sunset and experience the culture that is Canggu firsthand. It was a step up from Kuta and Legian.
The pool and gardens of Villa Allu were always kept at a pristine standard and overall the cleanliness of the entire villa was above and beyond anything we had experienced before.
Thank you Villa Allu staff and Megan for responding without delay to any requests we had. See you in 2016.
Website mentioned villa overseeing rice paddy fields and ocean views but none spotted;
Faulty shower head & rain shower;
Toad hopping and rats roaming in villa;
Ants and mosquitoes everywhere;
Ceramic flooring at living & dining area were poorly maintained;
Timber floor in rooms were filmsy;
Leftover toiletries were in bathroom;
Stains - toilet bowls and basins;
Safe deposit boxes were locked, unable to use
Mould formed on the outdoor seats.
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We were a group of 6 who stayed at Villa Allu for 4 days this month. The villa is spotlessly clean, huge and lovely with super comfortable furniture and beds. Lovely pool. Amazing breakfasts. Location is about 30mins taxi from the main drag of Seminyak so worth factoring in taxi trips of about $8 each way - or $25 return for a group of more than 4 to your daily budget if you plan to eat at the great restaurants, shop etc. in town. Canggu itself has a very quiet and village feel. But the most wonderful aspect of this trip were the team at the villa - Wayan is the manager, ably supported by Kadek Ketut and co. I cannot describe how super they are - incredibly smart and professional but with immense generosity and warmth. I felt sad to leave. This was my 8thtrip to Bali but the best. Wayan - thank you so much and good luck for the future.
There is a lot to like about the Allu Villas in Canggu.
Location pros - You are only a few hundred metres from the surf beach. There are some good cafés, such as Betelnut, within walking distance. There are also French bakeries and small shops where you can buy essentials - like croissants and tonic water for your gin!
Location con - when the traffic is at a peak, the jam in the 'short cut' through the fields can take considerable time. Then again, it is bali traffic! The villa's driver will take you into seminyak or other places for shopping /restaurants for AUD$25.
Staff pros - All of the staff are lovely. The place is spotless, nothing is too much trouble, and we even had a fantastic dinner cooked for us one night. The staff took our friends with them to the market (at 6am) to purchase the food, then at our request, made satays, Balinese chicken, rice, veges, then black sticky rice to finish. A feast. They also arrange for massages on site. In short, the staff are wonderful.
Staff cons - none!
Villa pros - the villa itself is well planned with the communal areas spacious and beside the pool. There are plenty of chairs and lounges downstairs, plus another communal area with a BBQ upstairs. The rooms are large with king beds, air con, TVs, etc. there is plenty of water and it is not supplied only in small bottles, as in many the places we've stayed.
Breakfast is included and there are Indonesian and American versions. All good.
villa cons - most of these are minor and easily fixable. All the bathrooms need the shower heads replaced as the water went everywhere but down! Also, whoever thought glass toilets doors were a good idea was wrong. I love my partner but there are some things that don't need to be shared! In the kitchen half of the plastic water glasses are cracked and leak all over you. PThey need to be replaced. The bath takes about half an hour to fill up, so be prepared for a wait. I also though being allocated one pool towel for the entire stay was odd, plus only one bathroom towel per day.
They also organise massages on skate upon request for only 100K.
Overall, a very good option for Bali, particularly if you're in a group and want to g surfing.
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This is our familys third stay at Villa Allu Canggu. Over these visits we have seen the explosion of eateries and bars that have perfected the location of this very comfortable villa. The bedrooms are very very generous and all have large lovely bathrooms, 3 diffrent sundecks to get your alone time at anytime and also chase the sun. The staff are smiling, gracious and efficient and we are so glad that the same staff are here everytime we arrive, happy staff -happy villa. walking distance to the best of Canggu, old mans, betel nut, Deus, Crate and list goes on. Away from the bustle of seminyak , yet an easy drive in for the special dinners.
We will surely be back . Thanks Villa Allu xo