The villa management had arranged an airport pick up (at a price) and we must have taken around 20 minutes to reach the villa complex from the airport. The approach to the villa from the beach road is pretty narrow and one gets the feeling of “where the hell are we going”. After a few twist and turns we reached the villa complex which brought a lot of relief to us as it was really peaceful, clean and green.
We had booked a 1 bedroom villa and I couldn’t wait to see how it looked like in reality. Well, I have to say that the villa looked exactly like how it is depicted in their website or probably prettier. My wife and I were all smiles when we saw the villa. It was just wonderful especially for the price we paid for it. Just as you enter the villa, there is a small water body (pond like) with fishes in it. The immediate area outside the bedroom (you can consider it as a modified verandah) consisted of a living area with a cozy sofa set & a small table on one side, a dining table in the middle which can accommodate 4 people and a kitchenette on the other end. Though the décor of this area was simple, it gives a relaxed & comfortable feel and all the elements put together made this part of the villa really charming. The kitchenette has all the utensils and culinary equipment you require for cooking and serving a full fledged meal. There is also a proper fridge (thankfully with ice trays) and a drinking water dispensing machine. So one can just buy a couple of water bottles and keep refilling it from the dispenser. The bedroom was of a commendable size and it had a big 2 door wardrobe, a 32” LCD, a dvd player and an iPod docking station. The villa also provides a beach bag, carpet and hat incase you decide to have a beach picnic of your own. You will find them in the wardrobe along with the safety box. The bed was very comfortable but to our surprise, no blankets or quilts were provided. We never bothered to request for one as it was pretty hot (though the split ac of the room was effective) and a simple double sheet (which was provided) was enough for us. I loved the layout of the bathroom, with sinks at both the ends, a black granite tub at the center, a separate enclosure for shower at one end and a toilet area at the other end near the sinks. The basic toiletries were provided in the bathroom. The best part of the villa was undoubtedly the private pool. The pool seems to be in the middle of a miniature garden outlined by many trees and it is definitely a 9m pool as advertized by the villa management. After seeing the pool pictures, one would think that it is just a big bath tub but actually it is a perfect pool for 2 people. A hammock and two pool beds are also provided. The pool and the villa is cleaned daily though the towels are changed only once in 4-5 days which is pointed out through a note kept in the bathroom. The villa at night is even more gorgeous and thankfully the pool has night lights.
The breakfast, which is inclusive in the villa rate, is a healthy one but wouldn’t appeal to the people who prefer eggs, ham, sausages, bacon and the other items that one can find in a buffet breakfast. It consists of a fruit plate (water & musk melon, papaya, banana & mango ;-)), assortment of breads, coffee, butter and 3 varieties of jams. One can always get eggs or maet cold cuts from one of the many grocery stores which are a 5-10 min walk from the villa or you can ask the villa staff to get the same for you. The beach is a 7 min walk from the villa and it is lined with seafood stalls or warungs and beach side restaurants of many good hotels & resorts. The jimbaran beach was a major disappointment as I felt that the beaches of Goa (in India) were better than it. The only good beach with clear blue water in Bali is Geger and Mengiat Beach (and probably dreamland) which are side by side in Nusa dua.
On the day of arrival we were greeted by Nicole, a Swiss national, and she gave us tips for Bali travel and also answered a lot of our questions/queries. The villa staff is very helpful as well. You will also find a file in the bedroom with list of restaurants which deliver food to the villa, car & bike hiring agents, spas, tours and etc. It was pretty handy especially if you haven’t done your homework properly before coming. I would recommend that you book the villa through Nathan hospitality (www.mangotreevillasbali.com) as they provide a free airport pick up unlike the villa management who didn’t offer the same even though we had stayed for 2 nights (they said u should stay 3 nights to avail it) which was the minimum stint during off season. I was dealing with Andrea on this matter and I felt it was poorly handled. I also felt that the villa needs a few touch ups like getting the painting in the verandah fixed (it is cracked), the showpieces in the verandah replaced or cleaned (they were stained with dirt), the black tiles around the swimming pool needs to be properly cleaned and the sink’s water taps need to be firmly fixed (one almost came out when I was using it). If you plan to go to kuta or airport or any other close destination in Bali then please book a blue bird taxi (villa staff can call one for u) and not hire a private car/suv/muv as they cost atleast twice more. A car/suv should only be hired if you want to go exploring many places on the same day like Kuta, Ubud, Uluwatu etc.
I would highly recommend this place to all couples who are looking to have a peaceful and relaxing time in Bali.
Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple