Yandabo Home: "A little luxury in a surprising location"
"Ok let's start at the beginning. Yandabo is a small village on the edge of the irrawaddy river. Its only recently got electricity and is home to a very traditional way of life with the local village making pottery by ways long forgotten by the western world!
So if you come here expecting fine dining, satellite TV, tarred roads and modern communication you might be disappointed.
The Yandabo is however very well equipped with fantastic rooms which surpasses most city rooms, with a cavernous bathroom and a bedroom that is simply luxurious. Comfort is without compromise.
The service too is fantastic with staff available and enthusiastic to give you as much as they can..
Food is of a very high standard too.
All in all the Yandabo has achieved a remarkable level of accommodation considering it's location and I would happily recommend anyone to stay here."
This was our favourite hotel in Java. Not only are the staff helpful and friendly and the food is wonderful, it is a museum. The 'exhibits' are in every room, including the room we stayed in. The collection is amazing. It was a very special experience. It is in an old Dutch colonial villa which has been built on to in order to house the owners collection. The room was large and comfortable, the bathroom quirky. I always appreciate the flowers and welcome drink. we can highly recommend this hotel and wish we had had the time to stay longer.
"I've started to miss Villa Song very much. We normally have a weekend there to escape from busy noisy down town, and get relaxing after heavy working days. It was pity that our last asking to stay there on the weekend of 12-13 August was unsuccessful, because ""our"" room 203 was occupied. It made me miss the sunset over the balcony to the river, dinners prepared by Chef Kevin with lots of creative tastes and caring. I really enjoy the room with the big bath room served with nice bathtub, and separate shower, and really comfortable bed under nice temperature. Last of not least, I can tell the foods made by Chef Kevin are the best in town. We can feel his heart on the dishes, his caring for the wine pairing. Kevin and the staff always make us the most warm welcome ambiance. We really feel like home there."
"We had a magnificent stay at Villa Song! I would totally return to this property and would recommend it highly. The staff was so accommodating and could not do enough for us! The chef, Kevin, was amazing and the food was superb!
Everything was perfect from our check-in (loved the watermelon juice, so refreshing after a hot taxi ride from the airport), wait staff, porters, housekeeping, etc!
I hope I have the opportunity to return to Villa Song one day!
Job well done, you should be proud!"
Nimmu House: "Absolutely wonderful"
Nimmu House is a boutique hotel 45 minutes from Leh. It's a wonderful place to stay: the charm of the old house, the fruit trees garden, the personalised service... The rooms are clean and beautifully renovated, as well as the rest of the house. The food is excellent and for all tastes. And the aperitif around the bonfire is a must!
Manda De Laos: "The mother off them all"
"Manda means mother in Lao. And Manda de Laos beats all (so called) fancy restaurants in LP. The scenery is romantic and beautiful. Then the service, so friendly and easygoing. I love the effort every staff member takes to please you. Oh yeah, and there was food as well. We had the Manda de Laos menu (3 courses with a lot of different dishes) to have a flight through the menu. From the first to the last bite I can say that we've enjoyed every bit! Don't complain it's expensive or something in that range. You made the choice to eat here so you know the prices. If not make sure you're well informed. To give you a heads up we've paid 965.000 kip/$118,- for the menu and two cocktails. Which is comparable to European prices. If you're up for a romantic evening (or lunch) with your significant other this is the place to be in LP."
Sanak Retreat Bali: "The absolute highlight of our Bali trip"
"Now this is not the ordinary 5 star luxury resort kind of thing, it is so much better. We had great expectations upfront reading all the positive reviews and honestly were still positively surprised. This place simply is beautiful. The view, the rice paddies, the pool, in fact the whole atmosphere is so relaxed and idyllic, that you can’t help getting in harmony with nature.
We stayed for four nights in a two bedroom villa, and it was nice and spacious, with a beautiful view from both balconies. Interior is basic and you won’t find aircon and other modern facilities like television etc. But you won’t need it, as temperature is very pleasant at night and the layout of the villa makes it possible to get fresh air during the day. Only room for improvement is the relatively limited closet space not matching a two bedroom villa, but we just kept most of our luggage in the suitcase. Bathroom and toilet is very basic and especially the toilet a little dark, also hot water is on/off most times, but not a huge issue for us.
The restaurant is really great with very good food and on top has an unobstructed view of the valley. Food is as mentioned really great and prices are very moderate despite the remote location. You are served free water everywhere, really a nice touch. Staying at the resort you will probably have most of your meals at the restaurant, and perhaps would like to see a slightly different menu for lunch to get some variation, but there are still lots of option on the menu to satisfy most guests.
We used the spa almost every day, and it’s a really great spa experience they offer at Sanak. Definitely the best spa we experienced in Bali. The spa has a really beautiful reception area and treatment rooms, nice welcome and very professional service throughout the spa treatment. Maybe a mirror to use after the treatment could be the final touch towards perfection.
The pool is beautiful and the view is fantastic, so you could easily spend hours here just enjoying the beautiful view. Not enough sunbeds though, so a little busy at times and people actually had to sit on the grass, but guess they don’t want to fill up the pool area with more sunbeds spoiling the otherwise exclusive settings. Maybe a few extra sunbeds as backup could be an idea.
But who wants to stay at the pool all day anyway, when surrounded by such beautiful nature. They offer a lot of different tours of northern Bali, we visited Bedugul and Jatiluwih but our favorite was the village trek with a local and very informative guide, absolutely a highlight.
If possible try not to miss the local kids practice dancing in front of the pool – really fantastic.
We have praised the villas, the restaurant, the spa, the pool and the local guided tours, but probably the best thing about Sanak Retreat is their wonderful staff. They are all smiling, positive, helpful and definitely a huge part of the total Sanak experience. They are all living in the local village and there’s no doubt that they are very proud of working at and supporting Sanak retreat, this is probably what makes this place so unique. From the welcome to the departure we were treated like friends.
We stayed many nice places around Bali but no doubt that Sanak was the absolute highlight of beautiful Bali."
The River Resort: "Wonderful, relaxing time in a truly peaceful environment"
"We stayed in The River Resort for - unfortunately only - 1 night at the end of July. We were truly amazed by what this hotel has to offer. The welcome was gracious and we were upgraded from a ground floor room to an upper floor room without charge. The room itself was simply beautiful with a private balcony, massive comfortable bed and very stylish decor. We particularly liked the two showers available - one outside and one inside connected by a door. What an unexpected, amazing surprise! We used the hotels bikes for free to bike to Wat Phu. After an exhausting day outside the calm, relaxed atmosphere of the hotel was exactly what we needed. We had dinner at the restaurant overlooking the river and enjoyed the views of the sunset. The food served was excellent (try the Lao style pork neck!) and our waiter very attentive to our every need. Drinks were delicious as well. Prices are in USD for easier comparison.
The breakfast the next morning was excellent also. The only minor complaint I have is that at nightfall there seems to be some sort of mechanism in place that emits really loud and high-pitched sounds (presumably to keep mosquitos away in an eco-friendly manner!). We would have chosen to have dinner an hour later if we had known about this feature. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our evening. We will definitely be returning to this amazing place and recommend a stay for anyone looking for some peace and quiet in this area."
"The most important thing for travellers to know is that District 2 is a fair ways from the centre of HCMC. However, the free shuttle boat ride along the river to the central docks was one of the highlights of staying at Villa Song. On the way back (the last return boat is around 7pm) you can easily hail an Uber for less than $10USD. When we first checked in, we were given room 101 which was small and dark. After speaking with the front desk, we were quickly moved to a room on the 3rd floor that was much bigger and full of light without any questions asked. That generally sums up the service: excellent. The included breakfast is also a real highlight, although recommend waking up early as it gets very hot by 9am. The hotel can also help organize boat trips to the Chu Chi tunnels with La Reve where the boat picks you up right from the hotel. Room Tip: Nothing on the 1st floor"
"This hotel was pretty special, we had a chalet style room with a verandah overlooking the lake with sun loungers, chairs and table. The room was excellent and the bathroom had ""his & her"" wash basins, a bath and an outside shower. There was a good restaurant, bar and swimming pool and we arrived by boat being rowed by the distinctive local leg rowing method.
Wifi only obtainable in reception and restaurant/bar areas