Hotel Villa Mathis Hotel 5 star
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Jalan Raya Bumbak No. 81, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonésie Kuta Beach, Indonesia
Amy Adejokun Section editor

Set amid the greenery, this property consists of 4 atypical villas that are both huge and well spaced out. The Villa Mathis is in fact run by a Belgian couple and is the ideal destination for a group holiday with friends or family, in beautiful, comfortable, and modern surroundings that reflect the colourful Bali lifestyle. You might be interested to know that you can hire out the entire villa for a private reception should you so wish. It's a shame though that the beach, which isn't exactly nearby, isn't suitable for water sports or swimming.

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Villa Mathis is located in Umalas, in the larger residential area of Seminyak, on a little road that happens to run through several paddy fields. The centre of Seminyak and the Ku De Ta (a very trendy bar/restaurant where both European ex-pats and Bali's gilded youth come to relax) are both around a 7 minute drive away.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    Every one of the eighteen guest rooms is decorated in different pastel shades, including midnight blue, dark purple, pink, purple, and cream. With no television or mini-bar and only temperamental Wi-Fi, you'll find that technology is not a luxury here. The owners assured us though that this was a deliberate decision. Some of the private terraces can feel rather hemmed-in, but the various little nooks and crannies dotted around the villas provide all the privacy you could need. A heavy yet elegant curtain conceals the dressing room in the bathroom and some of the rooms even have an outdoor shower or bathtub, which you'll find filled with warm water and flowers when you arrive. You might even be lucky enough to have a separate lounge area.

    Overview 9.45 /10

    A stroll around the 3 acre property is a real delight. At the entrance stands the main villa, its thatched-roofed bungalows overlooking a large, lagoon-like pool, the restaurant, the bar, and the spa, all set amid expansive gardens planted with frangipani trees. If you follow along the paving stones on the floor you'll come to the Villa des Sens, curled around a stunning swimming pool and furnished with soft cushioned sofas, a plasma-screen TV, old wooden trunks, and canvases by Balinese artists adorning the walls with gamelan music playing in the background. A few steps, pools, and blossoming trees away stand the Maison Rouge and the Villa des Rizières, their curtains swaying in the breeze under the watchful eyes of the giant Buddhas that stand alongside their swimming pool. Each tastefully-decorated villa has its own decor and ambience and guests are free to wander from one to another as they please.

    Food and drink 8.95 /10

    The main restaurant, the Nuit Baroque, which features 18th century-style customised armchairs and is done out almost entirely in black and white, from the curtains and net drapes to the chandeliers, is located in the largest of the villas, at the poolside. For a fun little twist, the hotel's 'table éphémère' (or 'fleeting table') concept gives guests the opportunity to dine wherever they please, alongside one of the four pools, on their terrace, or in one of the lounges, gardens, or relaxation areas dotted around the property. This being the case, it's quite common to see staff lugging tables at the request of their guests! With a quick flick of the wrist, they'll have set up a wonderful white tablecloth scattered with flower petals and candles for you to enjoy your meal in perfect surroundings.

    Beach 6.20 /10

    The rather disappointing beach club is around a 20 minute walk away or a 12 minute cycle through various paddy fields. Alternatively, you could make use of the free shuttle service provided. The hotel has a partnership with the Agung Kayu Putih warung (a warung is a casual outdoor restaurant), which is located close to the beach, so you can come here for lunch and dinner should you so wish. Nevertheless, to get from this little local restaurant to the huge and rather deserted beach you still need to cross a long bamboo suspension bridge. Do bear in mind though, that the two ropes designed to help you stay upright are completely rusty, and you really don't want to fall into the river below! In terms of amenities, you'll find two deckchairs at the warung and four on the beach, waiting in vain for the odd wandering tourist to pass by. Miles of fine, grey, and surprisingly clean sand stretch as far as the eye can see to either side, with the added bonus of no seaweed. The peace and quiet here, with only vegetation surrounding you and the warung in the distance, is solely disturbed by the incessant sound of the violent waves crashing against the extremely uneven shoreline. This area is not suitable for any water sports other than surfing due to the spectacular waves of the Indian Ocean (recommended for experienced surfers only, if at all!). Particular care should be taken if you wish to bathe in the sea as the waves and the ground swell (pulling out to sea) can very quickly consume even the strongest of swimmers! Furthermore, there's no supervision on the beach!

    To know

    A new chef had just arrived when we visited and was putting the finishing touches to his menus, so we can't comment on the quality of his food.
    The Villa can be difficult to access for the elderly and those with reduced mobility due to the many steps and different levels it incorporates.
    You can hire out the four villas for private use for a rate of £1,900 a night during the summer months.
    Unlike most hotels, you'll be taken straight to your room on arrival here, with no traditional check-in.
    Should you happen to fall in love with a set of Balinese garden furniture or a nice Balinese canvas, Bruno and Ilka can help you arrange transport.
    Rooms that aren't occupied are left open during the day so that curious guests can have a peek inside these little gems!

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      mountain bike, surfing, fitness

    • Safe

    advantage

    • The architecture
    • Everything is very well cared for
    • Ideal for relaxation
    • The decor
    • The level of comfort
    • The welcome
    • The 'table éphémère' (or 'fleeting table') concept whereby guests can dine wherever they choose

    disadvantages

    • No television or minibar in the guest rooms
    • It's difficult to get onto the Wi-Fi network
    • The beach is isolated and a long way off
    • Swimming is dangerous
    • No refrigerator
    • Limited choice in terms of restaurant services

    Traveller Reviews

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      • Package deals in octobre 2011 Posted on 2013-08-13 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Le paradis sur Terre. Un endroit paisible, un personnel au petit soin, une décoration magnifique. Tout est parfait, on y mange également très bien. Rien à redire

      • Advantages

        L'amabilité, la nourriture, le cadre, le calme, la navette

      • Disavantages

        Je n'en vois pas si ce n'est le prix

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
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