I recently had a wonderful 6 night stay at Ambalama with my sister. It was a fantastic setting around the pool area for a function that was held for approx 70 guests on one of those nights. Ayu and her team went out of their way to make our stay such a delight. Nothing is too much trouble .... from organising drivers, special meals, massages, and birthday cakes. As there are only a few villas we were usually the only people in the pool. Heaven! The pool is a perfect temperature and looks over to mountains and rice paddies. Only suggestion I could make would be for a mirror in the bedroom. There is a huge mirror in the outdoor bathroom but it gets a bit hot and sweaty out there. For somewhere to relax and if you wish, to be thoroughly spoiled, Ambalama is perfect.
Our family of twelve included elderly grandparents (over 80) and an active 4 year old. We fell in love with Ambalama Villa the moment we stepped off our minibuses and onto the villa's generous porch. The compound was inviting, modern yet rustic, and well maintained. Ambalama Villa is located about 70 minutes drive from Ngurah Rai Airport, along the southwestern coast of Bali and away from tourist bustle of Kuta and Seminyak. From the villa, a pleasant minute's walk down a driveway, is the coastline where a temple sits at the end of a pier. From the temple pier, each morning and dusk, we were able to enjoy the wind, the sea view, the breakers crashing onto the black beach of volcanic minerals, and the sunset. The design of the villa is pleasingly linear and uncomplicated with the complexes adequately spaced one to another. Acres of padi field stretch out from one side of the villa. The common areas, which include the pool, dining area, bar and lounges, are thoughtfully located and easily accessible. The rooms are spacious and private, centred with large comfortable four-poster beds draped with extremely light mosquito nets. The service staff, headed by Ayu, remained almost unseen during our waking hours, yet always seeing to our comfort and ever ready to attend to our most mundane requirements. This is helped that the kitchen, administrative office and smaller service rooms are tucked away together, along one perimeter of the villa, linked by a concealed back corridor. Ayu and her staff were impeccable hosts, always ready with practical suggestions to food, scheduling, sightseeing, transport and other logistics when asked. The chef's skill was beyond our expectation - I would dare say better than many of the famous local 'must-dine' restaurants. He was able to whip up anything we requested - local, other Asian or western cooking, including spicy, nonspicy or less spicy. It, therefore, made sense that we forewent most of our dine-out plans and, instead, chose to dine in, thereby avoiding the traffic congestion and transportation logistics of dining out. Our entire stay at Ambalama Villa was tranquil, wonderfully pleasant and stress-free. We were absolutely pampered from arrival to departure. Our only regret was that we did not plan for a longer vacation. I highly recommend a vacation at Ambalama Villa, Bali.
There is literally nothing bad someone could say about this place. The staff are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet and they go above and beyond to meet your needs. The pools, gardens and rooms are always immaculate with a beautiful view of the rice fields and mountains. This place makes you feel like you’re living a different life and I recommend anyone to go stay there even just to see the beautiful craftsman shop of the building
Situated north west of Seminyak along the coast towards Tanah Lot temple, the Ambalama villas more than provide in peace and tranquility what their location lacks in conveniences such as restaurants and bars -- if those are what you're after then you should stay in one of the towns but if you need a relaxing, peaceful, thoughtfully arranged and managed experience then you'd be hard pressed to find better accommodation than Ambalama.
Once you step over the threshold from the driveway and cross the bridge over the ponds and fountains to the entrance pavilion you will be welcomed with refreshing cold towels, drinks and canapes -- a charming and much welcome touch after the ardour of your travels.
You'll notice the beautifully landscaped gardens, planted with local trees and flowers that seem to grow effortlessly in the tropical climate and volcanic soils. You'll notice the extraordinary driftwood-style bench on which you will be sitting -- one of many pieces especially commissioned by the owners, Chris and Nick, for the resort. And you'll notice the architecture: bold and classically proportioned yet warmly and finely detailed, showcasing the exquisite craftsmanship and the unique local materials that Bali has. If you're observant you'll have noticed the small shrine by the front gate that the owners had erected -- a sensitive nod to the beautiful local cultural traditions of Bali.
You will be surprised by the generous proportions of the bedrooms, the warm materials used to furnish them, the lovely day bed overlooking your tranquil private pond and the gorgeous outdoor bathroom planted with verdant tropical foliage.
When you explore the common areas you'll be wowed by the 25 metre pool and relaxing poolside pavilion, the comfortable and quiet lounge area upstairs and the spectacular dining area with its fountains, view of the pool and extraordinary furniture.
And throughout, you will be taken care of by Ayu and her team of well-trained, kind and thoughtful staff for whom no request is too onerous, whether it be arranging a driver to tour the island or a special delivery of kweh cakes for an indulgent feast. The chef is good too -- try the fried duck (a local speciality). Ambalama is a gem of a place.
I can not even put into words how amazing the staff is at this place. They are so nice and so helpful. We stayed two nights and felt like the only ones there. The pool is so amazing and over looks rice fields. If you're looking to relax away from all of the busy streets this is the place for you.