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“The True Bali” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Pantulan
Ranked #135 of 185 Hotels in Ubud
Vancouver, Canada
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“The True Bali”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

We are a family of 4 with two teenagers(age 17 & 15) and have just come back from the trip of a lifetime. We stayed 4 nights in the Villa Panulan and had the good fortune to have the place all to ourselves. We loved that is was a little way out of town in the village as it was extremely peaceful but close enough to go into town when you wanted. We spend Nyepi in Ubud and couldn't have been in a better place for "Silent Day" . Those of you who don't know what Nyepi is let me tell you. It is Balianese New Years and the following day you are not allowed to go outside of your home/hotel. Every thing is shut down from the airport to the television stations. We were in heaven as we relaxed by the pristine pool, read a book and just watched the birds in the rice field from the pool deck. Villa Pantulan is out of this world with the most comfortable beds , outdoor bathrooms and beautiful manicured grounds. What we fell in love with through was the staff! We cannot say enough about Eka Agus not to mention Marie, Kyloon (sorry , I know I have probably spelt your names wrong) who cooked our amazing breakfasts, Karma, Wayan ,and Phil (our safe driver) along with the others who I know I will spell their names wrong so I won't try. Eka went beyond his duties and took us out on a guided tour of the "true Bali" when we all rented scooters for the day. It was by far the best day we had on the whole trip! We saw places and people we would never have found by ourselves and we even had lunch in this breathtaking restaurant off the beaten path. We have memories that will last a life time and I hope a friendship that will also endure. The kindness and genuine goodness of the staff made us feel so relaxed , special, welcome and inspired. If you have a chance to stay in this amazing villa , you must treat yourselves to this wonderful oasis. It will be the best part of your trip to beautiful Bali I promise you!

from your friends in Canada , Melanie, Randy , Taylor and Emily

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

We rented the entire Villa with friends while in Ubud for a friend's wedding. The service was outstanding and the staff wonderful. This is a beautifully designed space, minutes away from Ubud with gorgeous views. One of the most beautiful places I have stayed. Ideal to rent with family or a group of friends. A true oasis that exemplifies the genius of Balinese hospitality.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

After a wonderful week at a villa in Seminyak, we recently stayed for 8 nights at Villa Pantulan, which is located in a rural setting 5 minutes by car from the centre of Ubud.
Our online booking had been so easy, everything sounded wonderful.
After a warm welcome by the staff, we were then shown around, and thought ‘this is heaven’.
Whilst the place is beautifully appointed with a lovely outlook, with breathtaking views over rice fields, this villa is managed like a hotel.
We were advised that any wine bought from outside would be charged corkage.
All drinks had to be purchased from the villa ie beer, spirits, mixers, bottled water, none to be brought in.
The criteria for choosing Villa Pantulan was from Trip Advisor recommendations.
Those people who have enjoyed special occasions, (we are pleased that they did), may not have stayed in a villa, in Bali, before. Breakfasts included, were delicious, cooked and served by the two lovely girls. Dinner and/or lunch - was limited to one combination. We were required to all have the same, which proved a difficult choice for those with dietary needs ie vegetarian and non -vegetarians in the group.
New Year’s Eve, was most enjoyable. The cocktails were nice, but the alcohol mix was minimal and drinks served in half glasses. Our preference was for larger glasses, which were charged at double. That’s ok it was the festive season.
We found during our stay, that we always felt uncomfortable, with the 24 hour constant physical, surveillance by the staff or security. Making an occasional cup of tea, filling up our water bottles with filtered water (was frowned upon). We were prevented from entering the computer room, and the locked TV room early in the morning. Fortunately we sorted that out with the Manager, Eka.
Our family consisting of 4 generations, are by no means liberty takers with ages ranging from the oldest 88 down to the youngest at 2 years old.
There is a driver available for only the Ubud area. Any further than 15 to 20 minutes travel away from Ubud, can be negotiated. We were ferried in and out of Ubud in stages in the one car, if it was for more than 7 passengers.
All meals, beverages, transport are subject to an additional 3% tax.
Having booked and stayed in villas in Bali previously, welcome, we have always worked well with our Chefs. We choose our menu each day, pay for the food, they buy and cook it, and the result has been of World Class. Everything is no trouble - all with a minimum of fuss. We have full use of the fridge at any time.
There is a driver as part of the deal, usually has a 10 seater van available for 10 hours per day for anywhere in Bali. We ensure that, in these villas, all staff and drivers receive generous gratuities.

In conclusion, it’s NOT about the money.
This review is about not having the run of the place, or the privacy.
We made the very best of the situation, with much enjoyment from the Elephant Safari, 40 km Bike Riding, motorbikes, painting galleries, a couple of great Ubud restaurants.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Sallaurlin
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Pantulan, Manager at Villa Pantulan, responded to this review, 14 April 2012
I am Budiyasa, the manager of Villa Pantulan. I am writing to response the above review:

It is very important for me to clarify that there must be misunderstanding here. At Villa Pantulan, as we explain at our website that we are not self catered villa but we always try to accommodate guest needs by providing the menu (yes It is very limited). We have 5 different set menu and 10 different a la carte including local food. We do not have full menu like a restaurant has. But, if guest want anything outside the menu, we always try to make it if we can and know how to make it even making vegetarian menu is never been a problem for us.

Once you rent a villa, the whole villa is yours to enjoy responsibly. It is our responsibility to make sure that the villa is nice, clean, neat, safe at all the time. We also want to make sure that all guest belongings are safe as you can see from the website that our villa is very open to the outside atmosphere and that is why our staff always there to make sure to serve you and make those all happen. We do not want to take any risk with the safety of our guests and their belongings. We have 2 night guards at night and we require require them to lock all unoccupied rooms including the TV room at starting from mid night.

We never prevent the guest from using the computer. The computer is there to use by guest (sometimes we need to use it also) and we never prevent the guest to use it. About the TV room, we must lock it after all guest sleep and open it again in the morning at 6 am. Or if guest want, they can just tell us not to close it. It is not about the guest taking something but we afraid.

We provide the guests with a car with 7 seats from 8 am to 12 midnight. This is free to use with a driver with in Ubud area. If you want a tour outside of Ubud area, of course we will charge you accordingly.

Villa Pantulan is a registered villa at the government office. Any sales and revenue, we must pay tax including food, beverages spa and other services. We can not fool around with the tax office. I can tell here that for the last 3 years, the tax office has been so strict and all villas are required to report their income and pay tax every month.
WE NEVER PROHIBIT OUR GUEST FROM BRING IN BEVERAGE TO THE VILLA AND PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE. If guest bring in wines, yes we charge them corkage fee. Other beverages, we do not charge them anything. We have 17 liters bottled water for guest free to drink and refill their bottle. But we also provide guest with smaller bottle that guest must pay if the take it. We have full items of beers, soft drinks, sodas etc for sale. If the guests consume it, yes we charge it. But if guest consume their own, we will not charge them.

I hope my response will clarify the situation.
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2011

My family of 10 recently came to Villa Pantulan for my uncle's 60th birthday and cousin's engagement. We had a fantastic time. The villa is absolutely gorgeous and overlooks beautiful rice fields. The villa itself is mostly open aired and is completely modernized with modern furniture and interior design. The bathrooms are open aired as well and we loved those!

The staff was wonderful, gracious, genuine, and always there to get us anything we needed. Eka was the head of the staff and was always willing to help us plan trips, and give us anything we needed. He also helped plan a Balinesian/ Hindu ceremony for my cousin's engagement! Always gracious, he even took us on a two hour walk through the rice fields. By the end, we loved Eka and we took him and one of the other staff to town for suckling pig!! They are extremely genuine and friendly people.

Villa Pantulan is luxurious, comfortable, sexy, and just fun! You will have a blast here and a memorable trip.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Shalin A
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Bungendore, Australia
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

We recently visited Pantulan in a family group of 10 adults, 2 kids and a baby. I had high expectations for Pantulan based on what we had seen on the website. Pantulan far exceeded all of my expectations.

The accommodation was immaculate, the gardens stunning and the setting rural and peaceful yet still close to everything.

The staff were very accommodating and always went out of their way to assist you in any way at all. Nothing at all was too much trouble. They really made us feel at home and so welcomed.
They helped us arrange a special family celebration and decorated the villa for the party. They also arranged a phenomenal suckling pig feast. There really isn't any words to express how wonderful they were.

The rooms and bathrooms were of the highest standard. The outdoor bathrooms were a real highlight and the rooms were cleaned and kept beautiful all throughout the day. I was at first worried about not having air conditioning but it was not a problem. The fans kept the room very comfortable.

The reflection pools and outdoor living was outstanding.

After 10 years in the travel industry and stays and some of the best properties in the world I can truely say that Pantulan is the best holiday I have ever had. For a group of friends or family it is amazing value for money. I cannot wait to get back to Pantulan.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Tenele P
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

We absolutely loved our stay of 5 nights with our grown up family of 12 to celebrate a special occasion. Ekar and the staff provided exceptional service and the food and facilities are first rate.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Pjc1912
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2011

Perfection personified. We did not want for anything as the staff were respectfully attentive and always willing to go the extra mile. Lush surroundings located just far enough from the hustle and bustle of Ubudi, the private Villas are luxuriously appointed and invited you to stroll around in your bare essentials - which we did!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank MartinandAnne_11
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Property: Villa Pantulan
Address: Lodtunduh, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#34 Family Hotel in Ubud
#72 Luxury Hotel in Ubud
#103 Spa Hotel in Ubud
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Pantulan 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Overlooking an ocean of verdant rice fields and Mount Batukaru, Villa Pantulan welcomes you to a world of enchantment, seclusion, and tranquility. Villa Pantulan has 5 bedrooms, private gardens, living room, library, entertainment room and bathroom, private T-House spa, gourmet kitchen and 25 meters swimming pool. Staffed with 10 people, we will make your stay a memorable one. Villa Pantulan accommodates up to 10 people and is ideal for families, small groups, weddings and retreats. ... more   less 
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