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King bedroom
Villa is surrounded by rice fields
Twin bedroom
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Ubud, Bali

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YorkFoodi...
rural West Aussie
Level 6 Contributor
69 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Could not have wished for better”
Reviewed 12 August 2011 for a stay in June 2011
4
people found this review helpful

After much searching on the internet, we chose Villa Agung Khalia as the place to stay for a family celebration. We hired Villas 2 and 3 as we needed six bedrooms, and the pool separating the two was reserved for our use.
Laura, who handled all the reservation details, was incredibly patient as we changed our booking back and forth due to different members of our group altering plans and vacillating. She was always friendly and helpful!
On arrival, we were met at the airport by staff drivers in two vehicles for the trip to Ubud. They organised all the luggage for us and produced bottles of cold water for us to drink, which were very welcome as we were acclimatising to the heat from a much colder Australia.
On the trip to Ubud our driver was very helpful, answering our questions along the way and making us feel safe in the somewhat chaotic traffic!
Arriving at the villa we were greeted by the manager and other staff members and shown to our villas, where more cold drinks awaited us. The villas themselves were amazing, surrounded by lush gardens within the walls and rice paddies outside. Two stories high, the master suite, living/dining room and kitchen were downstairs and two more suites upstairs with a large sitting area and balconies. Each bedroom had its own bathroom and fans. The master suite had an airconditioner which could be turned on for an additional cost, but we found the fans were more than sufficient to both keep us cool and discourage the mosquitoes.
The rooms were all comfortably furnished and spotless. Staff cleaned thoroughly every day and laundry could be arranged for a small fee. Masseuses could also be arranged to attend personally at the bales in the garden, of which there are several.
Breakfast (included in the tariff) was served in an outdoor dining area overlooking the rice paddies at the far side of the complex, just off Villa 3. Choices were good as was the food itself, and coffee, tea and juice constantly available. If we preferred, breakfast could have been served at our patio tables by the pool, as was lunch and snacks. When some in our group were leaving at 3am for a volcano climb, the staff came a little earlier with coffee and toasted sandwiches, above and beyond IMO :-)
We also had a couple of dinners at the villa, which we enjoyed.
Transport was available all day until 10pm at no cost to shuttle us in and out of Ubud itself, and we were given a pre-programmed mobile phone to call the villa for pickup when we were ready to come back. For a small fee we could have stayed out after 10pm but we were ready to come back by then as we had a baby in our group. Longer trips and tours could be arranged with the staff for a fee depending on distance.
The staff really made our holiday fabulous, the villa itself was great but the staff were all so friendly and obliging, nothing was too much trouble. During meals if baby was fidgetty one or another staff member would smilingly cuddle him and take him for a walk around the gardens so his parents could enjoy their dinner in peace. If we suddenly wanted coffee or a snack, we had but to ask. They also helped with restaurant reservations and recommendations. If only staff here at home were half as good :-)
We were very sorry to leave at the end of our time in Villa Agung Khalia, and hope very much to return. Fellow guests in Villa 1 have stayed there several times, I can totally understand why. It was so restful and relaxing there.

Value Rooms
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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Gary25510...
Perth, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The perfect place to stay.”
Reviewed 28 March 2011 for a stay in March 2011
1
person found this review helpful

The perfect location for a relaxing holiday. 10 minutes by car from the centre of Ubud and completely quiet and isolated when you return to the Villa. Agung, his family and staff go out of their way to ensure that you do have the PERFECT holiday. They even arranged fireworks for my son's birthday celebrations. All our excursions were arranged by the staff at significantly lower prices than we were quoted before leaving Australia. You will not be disapointed with a stay at The Villa Agung Khalia

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
Luxury-minded travelers Rugged travelers
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muddyrive...
Seattle, WA
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Villa Khalia Agung is a treasure!”
Reviewed 6 February 2011 for a stay in January 2011
3
people found this review helpful

From the moment you arrive you know you have made a choice to have an unforgettable experience. The Villas are stunningly beautiful, and sparkling clean. The staff is courteous and attentive, seemingly at any hour of the day or night. You are surrounded by hundreds od acres of rice paddies, yet only 10-15 minute free drop off to all the shops, spas and culture of Ubud.

We stayed in the HONEYMOON VILLA, which is gorgeous with a nice pool. Villa not much larger than a European Hotel room, with nice Veranda. A little small for us, but attractively priced. Just dont expect a huge living space.

We transferred to VILLA 1 for 3 days, and it was monstrous. I'm guessing 400sm, but not sure. Pool is huge and clean and inviting! Bedrooms Air Conditioned, Breezes flow through the house. Relaxing and spacious.

Agung and "Guru" (Nengah) will take good care you. Dewi (some call her Debbie) serves a basic but tasty hot breakfast with a smile.

Some Ideas:

I asked Agung to show me everything about cultivating and harvesting rice. This resulted in an impromptu 3 hour walking tour that started with planting, transplanting, weeding (I tried this in the mud for 15 minutes- wouldn't want to make a creer of it), all the way to harvest and processing.

Most tourists at some point see a traditional Balinese Dance and Music performace. We asked the staff what it would take to have one at the villas just for us. A 2 hour performance with barb b q and traditional costumed dancers, with large bamboo band including percussion set us back less than you would think. We did this the last night as a way to say thank you to the staff.

Also arranged for us was a 1 hour Yoga Class by an amazingly talented woman. Again, right at the villas, and very reasonable.

The Drivers were very good, and we never had to wait. Trips to town were way shorter than we imagined. 15 minutes tops depending on where you are going. We never felt isolated.

Owners communication was also prompt, helpful, and frequent. They really care about you and their staff and it shows.



SOME TIPS:

PHONE
Agung and Guru loaned us a phone so we could call when we needed a ride. I also needed to call the states for some important long conversations, and had spent over 500.00 US on "Resort Charges" in Seminyak. Agung too me to a phone store where I got an inexpensive phone and Sim Card. I could call globally for about 10 bucks an hour. We are new to distant travel, so we had no idea it was that easy. We will be taking this phone to Thailand later this month and just pick up a local Sim Card.

INTERNET
All Internet we encountered in Bali was slow by our standards, and there are backups and outages regularly. This is not the fault of anyone, it's just what it is. The WiFi here worked very well, and we had no trouble sending small pics or recieving email. Not fast enough for reliable SKYPE, which you don't need if you have a local phone sim card.

CRITTERS
I read every review here thoroughly before choosing, and saw one that mentioned a dirty bathroom. That's not exactly the case. When you are in the tropical climate, you will see some Geccos. They are GOOD! They eat the mosquitos. They also occasionally leave a little souveneir of their presence. We found one in the bathtub, which initially seemed like a cleaning issue, but after it was explained to us, we just laughed. We love Geccos.

AIR CONDITIONER
OK I am a wuss who lives in Seattle, where 70 degrees is warm. After a few weeks I became acclimated to Bali temperatures. Bedrooms are Air Conditioned. The air conditioner in the HONEYMOON SUITE did not seem to make it cool enough for me, at first. I asked, and the staff brought me a fan- that did the trick right away. Did not have any problem in Villa 1, in fact it was plenty cold in bedroom at night. Note to staff: Either I just got used to not being in Seattle, or Honeymoon Villa Air conditioner may be weak and/or need service.

TIPPING
Being from America, we would feel bad if we didn't tip. It is not required, and often not expected. We found that, thanks to Americans who have come before us, it is expected of us because we are American! :-) And that's OK. What we did in Bali generally was wait until the last day to thank the whole staff with a tip.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Large groups
Luxury-minded travelers
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REsurfer
San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Magical Bali Dream”
Reviewed 29 January 2011 for a stay in August 2010

Agung and his family/staff were wonderful and gracious hosts. The villa was spacious with beautiful vistas over the rice fields and foothills. At night under a full moon among the silhouette of the rice fields we heard an elderly gentleman chanting in the distance, frogs, crickets and the soft babble from the nearby streams made the evening magical. Air conditioning was never necessary since the villa is located in the foothills and cool breezes drift down from the mountains. Darren and Agung really operate a jewel and the website is accurate and honest. In August 2009, our family with 2 teenage daughters ages 15 and 12 visited the villa and enjoyed the swimming pool, bicycling through the rice fields, Ubud culture and food, and the warm hospitality from Agung and his family/staff. This was a "Magical Bali Dream".

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Family with Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
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Aparna886...
Mumbai, India
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Superb comfort, true Balinese Hospitality”
Reviewed 20 November 2010 for a stay in November 2010
2
people found this review helpful

We stayed here with our 2 kids (10yrs & 5yrs) from 3rd to 13th Nov 2010.
Plus Points -
1. It was exactly as described by the owner and reviewers online - no deception here. Lovely huge villas, friendly and helpful staff...thanks Agung, Guru, Putu, Dharma, Dewi et all :), good amenities, lots of peace and quiet.
2. Great massages in the quaint little pavilion beside the villa with the sound of flowing water in the background.
3. Our kids loved the pool which was well maintained, decent sized with a kiddie pool, lots of pool toys.
4. Breakfast was quite predictable especially since we were there for 10 days, but the always smiling staff and lovely setting of the breakfast tables more than made up for it.
5. We hired the villa car twice for trips to East Bali for snorkelling and then for a trip in and around Ubud -once we were taken around by Dharma, and once by Agung- we enjoyed the trips.
6. They provide you with a local mobile phone which you can keep with you and use for the duration of the stay - this was a great convenience.

Negative -
1. It's a good 10 to 15 min drive from main Ubud, so one cannot just saunter out - but the staff is very willing to drop and pick up to and from Ubud so we never felt tied down.
2. Limited lunch and dinner menu at the villas, which by the way has to be ordered 4 hrs in advance for them to get time to prep. We never really ordered in at the Villa - made our own Hot dogs, pastas from packets etc, or drove over to Ubud.
3. Many of the more popular international TV channels were not available like Star World, HBO and other cartoon channels etc, but there were 2 TV's and 2 DVD players, and a decent collection of DVD's at the villa, plus there are many DVD shops in Ubud where you can get super cheap DVD's so we never really had to worry about the kids getting bored.
4. The second last day my son got mildly bitten by Puti the villa dog when he was petting the animal and accidentally stepped on Puti's tail, so not really the dog's fault - they assured us that he is vaccinated, but we got them to drive us to the local clinic for Rabies shots given the high incidence of rabies in Bali, so that was a bit of a downer.

All in all a good holiday, plus centrally located in Bali so we visited places to the N.East, South, S.West from here, all day trips.

Suggestions -
One suggestion we would make is that the owners keep a collection of menus from various restaurants in Ubud who are ready to deliver food to the Villa so guests have that option too.
Also a second flat screen Tv upstairs would be nice - the present one is terribly dinky.

Value Rooms
Location Cleanliness
Check-in / front desk Service
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Young singles Friends getaway
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Families with teenagers
Tourists Large groups
Luxury-minded travelers
Was this review helpful? Yes
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