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“Really lovely traditional Indonesian cottages in a beautiful garden”

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Desa Sanctuary, The Village
Ranked #275 of 652 Ubud B&B and Inns
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Desa Sanctuary was recommended by friends, and I booked it immediately when I saw photos of the unique, traditional Indonesian cottages and read the positive reviews. The staff seem lovely, the little I saw of them. They offered me my choice of the available cottages on arrival, so I stayed in my favourite. The garden is tranquil and full of flowers. Unfortunately, I was disappointed on several counts:

1. I e-mailed more than a week in advance to book an airport transfer but never received a reply (and there was no driver waiting for me at the airport)

2. There is a 20 minute walk along a busy road with no sidewalks before reaching the southernmost shops & restaurants of Ubud

3. Two mornings out of three there were no staff around when I wanted to order breakfast, and the breakfast is small (limited to one choice) and doesn't come with coffee or tea, which you are expected to make in your room for yourself using poor quality instant coffee powder or tea bags (with no milk provided)

The above points aside, I was actually thankful that, by staying so far south of Ubud, I was able to discover everything along the way that I had missed on a previous visit when I stayed north of Ubud. I think the Sanctuary would be a great retreat for a longer stay.

Room Tip: Each has its own charm!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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ArtlifePancakes, Owner at Desa Sanctuary, The Village, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2013

Hello HeatherfromCanada,
We are very sorry that we missed your request for an airport transfer. I understand that it was our fault and all I can say is "I'm really sorry".
The staff arrives at 8:00 AM, so no one would be there before that, but at 8:00 they promptly arrive as breakfast is a big part of our service. Our breakfasts are usually rated very highly...
2 eggs with toast
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yogurt with muesli and fruit
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banana pancakes with yogurt and honey
Coffee and tea is available in the rooms with milk powder packets.....Hotel standard for this.
You can always ask for Bali coffee to be served as well.

I thank you for your compliments to our adhering to an Bali look and feel for our Sanctuary.
Brenda

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

We had a great time at Desa Sanctuary. The staff were warm and friendly, and always helpful. They were like having a family away from home. The accommodations were affordable and clean. Breakfast was always delicious. Most importantly we always felt safe. We really miss it there and would love to go back someday!

Room Tip: Rumah Tinggi is comfortable for 2 people and likely has the best views.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

Desa Sanctuary was a fabulous place to stay in Ubud. We are a family of 4, two adults and two kids and spent 3 nights at Desa Sanctuary. It was perfect for our needs. Well priced as so many places around Ubud can be expensive, in a convenient location a perfect blend of being a bit away from the hustle and bustle but close enough to bike to cafe;s and restaurants etc, It was clean, quiet, beautiful pool, lovely rooms and had everything you need. The staff of course were lovely and helpful. A good choice for families and/or couples.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 July 2013

Desa Sanctuary was our first stay on a recent month long trip throughout Bali. The village is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, just a quick bike trip or walk from cafes, restaurants and shopping. I only wish we could have stayed longer! The staff was very warm and inviting, and constantly looking out for our needs. The bungalows were clean and comfortable, with traditional Indonesian-style architecture. We loved swimming in the pool every afternoon!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank AmyVanB
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

I loved staying at Desa Sanctuary. What a beautiful little oasis amongst an already gorgeous island. The rooms are pretty, clean, and comfortable. The service the best. We loved meeting the other guests, everyone was so friendly. I can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank Pennylanexox
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

I don't want to say too much or I will never get a booking again due to being packed out.
A gorgeous small resort of 6-7 units. nice, quiet and relaxing away from the hubbub off Bali, yet within a 20 minute casual walk to Ubud.
The accommodation was clean and airy and I loved the down stairs bed and both bathrooms.
The staff were on hand to offer advice of where to go and how to get there without being pushy.
Breakfast was delivered daily as part of the cost and other meals could be ordered in from outside venues if you couldn't be bothered moving after a hard day.
The pool area was cosy and intimate and one is not harassed by a thousand screaming children.
Yes I would go back again, in fact I'm hoping to get back there in August this year 2013.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Our stay at Desa Sanctuary was amazing and we would recommend it to anyone looking for a beautiful sanctuary in Ubud. The staff (especially Sak Ming!) goes out of their way to make sure you are well taken care of and that everything is to your liking. The houses are beautiful and there is something for everyone! My boyfriend stayed for 3 weeks to do some work and I stayed with him for a week and it was perfect! It's a little out of Ubud but if you get a motorbike or bicycle it's an easy few minute ride. We're already planning our trip back!

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Additional Information about Desa Sanctuary, The Village

Address: Jalan Pengosekan | Pejeng Kawan, Gianyar Bali, Ubud 80571, Indonesia
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Region: Indonesia > Bali > Ubud
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #275 of 652 B&Bs / Inns in Ubud
Price Range: $44 - $124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wonderland In Bali has Ubuds best kept secret Villa's. RiverView Villa is the Grand Dame of them all. Imagine waking up to the sound of the rushing river. Our home is perched in the tree tops, sharing the same views as the Maya Ubud, a five star resort. Eat, Dine and Rejuvenate. Our staff can provide traditional and contemporary meals served to your pleasure. A spacious grande room with ironwood floors throughout, is the perfect place for relaxing, yoga, reading & dining. ... more   less 
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