SUITE DEPOT RECOMMENDATION IN ULUWATU, BALI
BY MICHAEL HEENAN
7 DECEMBER 2016
What: Hideaway Villas Bali
Where: Hideaway Villa is located in the Pecatu region of Uluwatu on Indonesia’s beautiful island of Bali. This area, in particular, is famous for its unspoilt white sandy beaches, sheer cliffs overlooking crystal clear water and lush rainforest.
From Ngurah Rai International Airport the journey takes just over 40 minutes winding through the luscious country. The entry to the hotel follows a meticulously manicured snaking driveway which is lined by ferns and palms up through a timber electric security fence. We arrived at the villas just after 2 pm and received a warm welcome with flower lais and fruity welcome drinks, and our luggage was swiftly taken from us and tagged to be taken to our room. A noticeable difference was the paperless digital check-in adopted by Hideaway, requiring guests to simply complete information via a Samsung tablet, with the aim to significantly reduce paper consumption just one of many environmentally friendly elements we noticed during our stay.
After completing our drinks we were taken down to our room, a one-bedroom villa. The first thing we noticed upon walking through the 7ft high solid timber door & climbing the stairs, was the pure tranquillity of the property. Each room has been judiciously designed to ensure guest feel as though they are the only ones staying in the complex. The room is just over 126 square meters an enormous space for just two people, with roughly a 6 by 4-meter private swimming pool, large open lounge room with kitchen and cooking facilities all looking over the tropical rainforest below.
After a long day flying we were tired and hungry, the perfect time to relax by the pool and decide what to order from the wide selection of both Balinese and Western items on the room service menu. We opted to sample both the beef and the chicken burger. Within 10 minutes of ordering our food had arrived wonderfully presented and enormously portioned.
Bali has always been famous for its sunsets, but it can often be hard to find a place that isn’t filled with people all trying to experience it at once. We were lucky enough to be able to simply draw our curtains back and watch as the sky turn an incredible shade of orange.
Before long it was time for dinner, for our first night we thought we’d try Hideaways’s Pudak restaurant located through the main foyer serving contemporary Asian cuisine. We chose Nasi Goreng and Beef Rendang, both of which were very fresh, flavoursome and well presented. The restaurant is tastefully decorated with elegant hanging glass lights, timber furniture and tableware adding to the authentic fine dining experience.
After a wholesome dinner, we retired to our villa relaxing by the pool listening to the sound of the animals in the forest.
The first night sleep was incredibly restful sinking deep into the mattress it seemed like it was morning in the blink of an eye.
In the morning of day two, we called reception who kindly arranged motorbike hire for us and we spent the day exploring the beautiful Padang Padang and Dreamland beach. After a long hot day swimming in the turquoise waters, we returned to the villas to rest.
For our second night, we opted to try one of the famous Pool Suites, located at the highest point of the hotel. Upon entering, we were again astounded by what was yet another breathtaking view. The Pool Suite is around 56 square meters and features a 6-meter slightly narrower infinity pool, which can be entered via the bedroom or bathroom. This room has enormous glass panel windows, which enable unhindered views across the escarpment and Mount Batu in the distance. All the rooms at Hideaway are fitted with modern technological conveniences such as Wi-Fi, digital phones and large LED TV’s with satellite channels.
We spent the afternoon cooling off in the pool admiring the view and sipping Bintang’s a truly heavenly end to the day.
The next morning we received a phone call to say our breakfast was ready. Minutes later a spectacular breakfast platter was prepared for us in our lounge room, consisting of croissants, muffins, bacon and eggs, fresh juices and breakfast cereal. A very high quality, fresh and filling breakfast.
Before too long it was time to depart our Uluwatu slice of heaven, but it goes without saying we will be coming back very soon.
HUNGRY HONG KONG IN COLLABORATION WITH HIDEAWAY VILLAS BALI
BY DANIEL HADDAD
17 NOVEMBER 2016
Hideaway Villas, located in beautiful Uluwatu, offers comfortable pool villas featuring sweeping views, refreshing infinity pools, a full kitchenette, and modern decor. We loved the floor to ceiling glass doors in each bedroom that looked out onto the pool and daily breakfasts brought to our villa each morning for our enjoyment. If you love sunsets as much as we do make sure to book their In-Villa BBQ for a romantic dinner or family meal and enjoy your villa’s stunning views while dining. Head to their rustic restaurant, Pudak, for delicious dishes created from fresh local ingredients and use their free local shuttle service to explore the surrounding area. A perfect spot to escape the busy parts of Bali and relax with your family or loved ones.
Hideaway Villas boasts stunning sunset views from their beautiful infinity pools and relaxing terraces so we took the opportunity to stay in one evening and enjoy their In-Villa BBQ. They have a chef on site to marinade and grill the seafood and meat perfectly for you and a romantic table and decor is set up for the ideal dining experience. We loved the juicy beef, fresh Mahi Mahi, perfectly grilled Sweetcorn, and fragrant pan-roasted Potatoes. The meal also includes fresh salads, fruit, and a mouthwatering dessert for a very satisfying and very memorable dinner. Highly recommended during your stay at Hideaway Villas.
Pudak Restaurant, located at relaxing and inviting Hideaway Villas, offers a welcoming and rustic dining venue featuring dishes prepared using the island’s freshest ingredients. The varied menu includes Indonesian favourites and Western classics so there is something for everyone. Highlights of the night included the fragrant and flavourful selection of Balinese appetizers, fresh and perfectly grilled Mahi Mahi, and the juicy Australian Beef Tenderloin.
Hideaway Villas, Gang Hideaway, Uluwatu, Jl. Bangbang Bendot, Uluwatu, South Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 4725455
BY ARNOLD TEJA
22 APRIL 2016
JL. BANGBANG BENDOT, GANG HIDEAWAY, ULUWATU | WWW.HIDEAWAYVILLASBALI.COM
The mention of a private villa brings most people weak in the knees, partly because most travelers think they’ll have to shell out excessive amounts of cash for a stay in a private villa. So you can imagine how happy we were when we found out about Hideaway Villas, a modern minimalist yet affordable villa in Uluwatu area. Location wise, Uluwatu has a different vibe to Kuta or Seminyak. It is where the green hills, the dramatic cliffs and some of Bali’s best beaches located. You can easily lose yourself and lose track of time here.
Hideaway Villas is brand new and very well laid out. The setup of the villa allows you to feel you are in a secluded villa even though all of the exciting Uluwatu hot spots are easy to get to, which is a huge benefit to those of us who just don’t like being surrounded by masses of other tourists whilst on a restful break. It’s like a hidden gem, waiting to be found; and we found it.
We were impressed by the service and attentiveness of all the staff at this villa from the moment we set foot in the lobby to check in until the minute we checked out. We were served refreshing welcome drink and washcloths to clean up while having our check-in processed by the receptionist, which was completed in no time, and we were then bad worded to our villa on a buggy.
Fun fact, all the staff in Hideaway Villas don’t wear name badges. “We want to develop a relationship between our staff and guests. We’re trying to make you – the customer and also the employee – feel like you’re in more of a peer-to-peer relationship”, said Aryo Indarto, the resort manager of Hideaway Villas, about their choice to not use name badges at their property. And we thought it was a nice and interesting touch to the villa, having less of a barrier between employee and guest.
We stayed in a One Bedroom Villa. When we entered the villa we were greeted by a private pool which was ideal for lazy afternoons if we want to relax and float into our dreams. If floating on the pool is not your thing, you can also choose to rest or even suntan on the two daybeds beside the pool. These villas are spacious with floor to ceiling windows allowing lots of light in. The bathroom was almost the same size as the bedroom with sink, a bathtub, and a rainforest shower. The dressing area and wardrobe were also of a considerable size. Unlike most hotel websites, the pictures on this hotel’s official website are quite representative of what you will see when you get there personally. There were no loud pounding music from any disco or lounge or screaming children to ruin the tranquility of my stay there – the environment was just what I needed to unwind.
We later had dinner at the in-house Pudak restaurant and the dining experience was exceptional. Breakfast daily was made to order and served to your liking, whether in Pudak restaurant or in your room, and consists of bread and pastries, butter and jam, a hot drink, fresh fruits, a fresh juice plus, according to your taste … hard boiled eggs, fried, scrambled, omelette and sausages or ham.
To make each guest’s experience unique and special, Hideaway Villas also provides an exciting program where you can go to the local market with a professional chef to pick the freshest ingredients and head back to Pudak Restaurant to prepare your meals. If you want a quite stay in a stylish atmosphere, Hideaway Villas is a perfect place for you. My advice is to book now, before everyone finds out about this fantastic new villa.
Arnold Teja was a guest of Hideaway Villas, all views and opinions are my own. A big thank you to Hideaway Villas Bali family for the hospitality!