"I just got back from my stay at Amanda Villa, and can't say enough great things. The place is beautiful. I lovingly called it my personal palace on the hill. It's situated at the top of the steps, just as you cross into Penestanan, the artsy side of town on the West side of Ubud (opposite town across from the Monkey Forest and Yoga Barn), and around a less than 10 minute walk to the center of town. Since this was my first trip to Bali, and first trip traveling alone I was a bit nervous about making the right choice on location. I had done a fair bit of research, but still was unfamiliar with Ubud. Turned out the location was perfect and Patrick, the Villa owner was amazing with recommendations. It really was close to everything I wanted (great Yoga studios - I recommend the Yoga House (amazing place!!), Vegan/Vegetarian restaurants - Clear Cafe and Alchemy, Spas - Sedona Spa is up the road about 10 minutes, and perhaps was my best massage while in Ubud, the Center of Town - Ubud Markets and Ubud Palace etc.), and above Ketut's home, where his family lives, who I was ever grateful for! They all made me feel right at home, which is a great feeling when you are brand new to a place. Wayan, Ketut's mother, is a phenomenal cook, and perhaps the sweetest woman on the planet, as was his sister who was visiting from out of town. As for the villa itself, since it's on top of the hill, the views are ridiculous. I don't think the pictures on the listing do it justice. The meditation room, upstairs from the bedroom, might be one of the highest points in Ubud, making for amazing morning and evenings overlooking Ubud. There is also two bathrooms, which was nice. One traditional with an outdoor shower, and the other upstairs attached to the bedroom that was indoors. The only thing I'd probably give feedback on, is adding additional draw down blinds to the North side of the room. I felt a little exposed without them, but I also felt that way pretty much everywhere in Bali since the Balinese aren't as big into privacy as the US is. Other than that, I wish I didn't have to leave (actually ended up extending my stay for two days before heading home to the states). It's an amazing place and if you stay there, know you won't be disappointing!"
Guest: Danica L.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: August 13, 2015