First the good stuff: the staff are lovely and friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Breakfast and dinner were lovely, especially the bright green banana pancake, which I think was made using a banana leaf for the colour? Also, in a progressive move, the hotel offers a free water bottle filling service from a filtered water tank, instead of giving you fresh water bottles in your room, and uses bamboo straws for drinks - great initiative that other hotels could learn from.
Our dinner was accompanied by one of the young staff members playing some Balinese music, which was also nice.
The room, although quite dark, was specious, with a huge bathroom, great shower and nice balcony overlooking the rice fields.
We were given a map by the hotel and found the Banyuatis waterfall, which was deserted and rustic, but worth the climb down.
Now for the not-so-good. The Villa really is in the middle of nowhere, down a bumpy dirt track, and not in Munduk, as we first thought. This is fine, if you know what to expect, but we did get a bit of a shock. The village of Banyuatis is a short walk away, up a steep hill. We were heckled by some local guys on motorbikes, even though we were observing the conservative dress code, the one and only time this happened to us in Bali.
There is no airconditioning in the rooms, as the villa is quite high above sea level. There was also no mirror of any description in the room itself, resulting in my sister and I vying for the only mirror, in the bathroom.
At the end of our stay, their credit card machine wouldn't work, so I had to drive to the village with one of the staff, to draw money at an ATM. This was annoying as we had a full day tour booked, with the drive waiting, so this cut into our plan.
And the noisy.... although Atres Villas is in a remote location, the peace and quiet was punctuated continually by shouts and the banging of what sounded like pan lids being struck by a metal spoon by the farmers protecting their rice crops surrounding the villa, from birds. This starts at dawn, when the birds become active, and is necessary to scare the birds off when the rice ripens. It continues until dusk.
Worse: we were aware of the ceremony at the local temple, which apparently happens every year, and even went to see the temple. However, what we were not prepared for was the loudspeaker chanting that began blasting at 5am, first by a woman, who was joined after an hour, in a wailing duet by a man. This went on for another two hours. We were told this happens every morning.
We stayed At Atres Villas for one night, so may not have got the whole vibe, but I do believe this is something the villa should let visitors know when they book.
Nice and quite place amidst the ricefields. Staff is superfriendly and speaks perfect english.
All food seems to be home-cooked. We enjoyed hiking the nearby waterfalls, balinese massage and exploring the surrounding area by scooter. Would definitely come back here.
We stayed for 3 nights and absolutely loved it here. Staff were so welcoming and friendly and organised a driver to meet us at Denpasar airport. Room was enormous and bed so comfortable. Great to sit out on terrace and take in the sounds of nature, the beautiful paddy field, sipping a Bintang whilst playing backgammon. As a city dweller it was great to be lulled to sleep every night by geckos, frogs and cicadas. Clear skies meant an abundance of stars. We took a local walking tour with Dedi an engaging guide from the hotel and he gave us a great insight into the local area and the crops grown alongside rice which concluded with a refreshing swim in Banyuatis waterfall. Dedi also took us on a half day trek to the 3 main waterfalls in Munduk which was great. Would definitely recommend both of these walks. In summary this is a wonderful haven to recharge your batteries in peace surrounded by nature.
We stayed there for 3 night with 3 children and the grandparents. Everyone enjoyed the stay!
The beds were among the best we had. Room 5 is very big although further from the pool. Do not take the upstairs rooms if you have kids as the stairs are quite steep(we refused room 7 for that reason).
The view is wonderful. The swimming pool is great. Food was good and prices were fair. The children loved the chocolate pancake (a change from banana pancake).
But overall the staff was so smiling and so nice. They speak very good french. They are happy to help. A 5 star just for then!
Tea, coffee and water are available throughout the day.
Visited here for 2 nights while travelling around Bali. It’s in a great location for visiting Munduk and the surrounding area. As we approached we were unsure as the road to the villas is not great and it doesn’t look like much from outside but we were pleasantly surprised when we turned into the parking area.
Our villa was nice with a great view. The room and bathroom could be updated slightly but the bed was very comfy, crisp cleans and the sheets were very soft. The view from our balcony was amazing.
The staff here are really fantastic. They are warm and funny and speak English very well. The restaurant is really cute and romantic in the evening with candles on the tables, the atmosphere is really lovely. Breakfast was good too with lovely fruit grown in their garden.
The second night we ate at a nearby restaurant and there is a good amount of choice although you do need your own transport. Definitely recommend if looking for budget accommodation in the area.