Puri Ganesha Villas, Pemuteran Indonesia, Bali
Puri Ganesha is a collection of four private villas on the remote North Western coast of Bali. Set in a beautiful tropical garden with views out over a tranquil bay the hotel is an incredibly personal and laid back way to enjoy traditional Balinese style and comfort.
Serviced in much the same way as any boutique hotel, the villas with their 12m long individual swimming pools, are models in unpretentious luxury and reflect the love, care and attention given to them for over 15 years by the English interior designer who owns and runs the property. A mix of one, two and three bedrooms, all of the villas have a large garden and indoor bathrooms, air-conditioned bedrooms, large downstairs living areas, big bedrooms and are furnished with locally sourced, wooden antiques and personally designed soft furnishings.
The organic menu is excellent and can be eaten in the villa or the beachfront main restaurant. The menu is sourced from local produce wherever possible and is always, simple, fresh and seasonal and changes daily. The service is wonderfully personalised and both the local staff and the owner, will do everything in their power to ensure that your stay is memorable.
This is a hotel in which you can very happily while away the days doing very little, taking in the stunning setting, lounging by the pool, reading a book, swimming in the inviting sea or going for a gentle stroll in the surrounding low lying volcanic hills. However, for those looking for a little more activity there are various treks, waterfalls, boat trips and diving and snorkeling expeditions available that can be easily arranged through the hotel.
Villa - The 'Villa' is a similar concept to the 'holiday home' in Europe, with some key differences. Our villas in Asia are always fully staffed with cooking and service provided for you. Staff will generally cook meals to your specification and purchase food and drink for you at cost price. They are generally pretty smart and luxurious too and feel in many ways like a small private hotel. Nonetheless, your villa is still effectively a home and therefore you cannot expect the same level of training, English speaking or slickness that you might expect from a hotel at a similar cost. As the owners are not generally holiday professionals we cannot guarantee the quality of a villa matches expectations in a way we can with hotels. That said, the personal local touch means villas are generally much more friendly and interactive than hotels and have much to recommend them. The privacy and space makes them wonderful for families, groups of friends or couples looking for privacy and relaxation.
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Six great and amazingly different hotels - we would happily recommend any of them. We had three excellent guides as well. And we lost track of the number of "Wow" moments. In addition to the obvious, including Paramban, Borobodur and Bromo, we would add our tour of the markets + rickshaw ride in Malang, and having coffee with Mr Rai at the Agung Rai Gallery in Bali. Our guide in Bali, Otok (?) was excellent at explaining local culture, and we left an offering at his family shrine.