We spent 2 glorious nights and 3 lazy days here in August, 2011. We were lucky enough to be the only guests at the time and stayed in the Hanoman suite. While the drive off the "main" road of this lovely village, Sumita, is unassuming (there is not even a sign indicating Toya!), there is a wonderful sense of serenity when you pass through the traditional entrance and into the beautiful gardens and buildings of Toya. The view from anywhere is gorgeous, not least from the pool area and from our suite, both overlooking a deep ravine, with sounds of a gushing torrent below, and the forests and rice fields opposite.
And then there is the staff: Delightful Bibi will most likely pick you up at the airport and you will see him around the gardens, and on Tuesday afternoon, in his local soccer team uniform in the village in the evening after a game! His lovely wife Naomida organises the kitchen, and her food is stunning - genuine Balinese dishes, freshly prepared and served. We also met their eldest daughter, Wayan, who offered to perform some Balinese dancing with friends from her dance school, and which we enjoyed the following evening (with no expectation of payment). We felt privileged to stay at Toya with such lovely people and look forward to returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Toya Retreat is an authentic and almost untouched paradise of exotic culture, rich in art and natural beauty. This private retreat, in central Bali in indonesia, combines authentic Balinese traditions with modern lifestyle and facilities. Toya-bali is the beginner of the paradise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Toya Retreat Ubud, Bali