My family and I have just returned from a week’s stay in Villa Maya. This beautifully appointed Villa situated among the rice paddy fields, creates the tranquil atmosphere one hopes for when having a relaxing holiday. It makes for a wonderful retreat after spending time in busy Seminyak or after a long day sightseeing.
It is perfectly situated, only 15 minutes by car from Seminyak with its wonderful restaurants, cafes and shops. For the family it is a short drive to Berawa Beach and a short walk to Bali Equestrian Centre.
The living areas of the villa are open and very comfortable leading out to a beautifully landscaped pool area and furnished gazebo. It has a good sound system, large TV, DVD player and an extensive collection of movies both for adults and children.
The 4 bedrooms (2 with queen beds and 2 with 2 singles in each), like the rest of the villa are beautifully appointed. Each has its own ensuite, TV, ceiling fan and air-conditioning if needed. It was so nice waking in the morning and looking out to the view of the rice paddies behind the villa.
The staff were friendly and only too happy to assist. We had a chef and butler. There was also maid service and a groundsman both of whom kept the villa exceptionally clean and immaculate. Breakfast was ordered a day in advance from a set menu and served at whatever time we wished. We only had 2 other meals there. The first was a mixed BBQ ordered from a menu book that the chef then prepared. It was delicious but too much food. The other was a dinner of our suggestion which was also very tasty. These 2 meals were extras and so we had to pay cash for them at the time. There is a very well stocked supermarket (Canguu Station) close by where we could buy any other provisions we may have wanted to have in the villa.
Lastly, we had our own driver for 8 hours a day (8am to 4pm) included in the tariff which was great. The only thing we needed to pay for was the petrol. Our driver picked us up at the airport then delivered us back at the end of our stay. He drove a very comfortable, air-conditioned 7 seater. As we were a family of 5 adults we required a driver for after hours as well. He was only too happy to accommodate and we paid him accordingly.
I would certainly be very happy to stay at Villa Maya again. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to be away from the frantic tourist areas, who wants to be able to enjoy the peace and serenity Bali has to offer. I would also recommend it to families who want to have a great family holiday without staying in a resort.
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