A Genuine Sanctuary


Reviews – Special Occasions

We made it back Thursday morning to London and have had a few days to recover before going back to work today. Thank you so much for a very wonderful honeymoon – we will treasure the memories for life. The villa, staff, service and quality of food are of levels I have not seen elsewhere around the world. Thank you to Little Made and his team – I hope you are very proud of the job you all do in such a gracious manner.

Alister Morrison (London, 2A)

Since returning from Bali we have all hit the ground running & I wanted to ensure my writing to you to offer my greatest thanks was not rushed at all as I didn’t want to leave anything out, I now finally have a moment to relive it all again & express my deepest gratitude for what I have been musing on all week. What an incredible time we all had at Villa Sungai & Sungai Gold!!! From the moment we saw Made’s smiling face greeting us at the airport, I knew we were in for something truly special. Every detail is absolutely impeccable at the Villa, truly, truly beautiful & with such touching & heartfelt care & pride & hospitality from the team, honestly they all felt like family. Each & every one of them bringing a personal touch & their skill & pride & smiles, so, so lovely, it’s a destination with heart & that can be a rare & precious thing to find, just beautiful.Our arrival at the Villa was like being transported to another world, the magical gardens & that beautiful dense Bali scent, being greeted by the gorgeous team & then stepping through into your oasis, at every turn we gasped & sighed, the abundant tuberose, the serenity, the smiles, the impeccable decor & the immaculate & inviting rooms, everything was a wow moment, evoking calm & bliss & delight in us all. As incredibly comfortable as those beds are, I found I had to be up with the sun as I didn’t want to miss a beat, from yoga by the pool, to sipping coconuts & styling, creating floral arrangements & magic for the day ahead, to indulging in spa treatments {which are of course absolutely world class, beautiful therapists & a wonderful range of treatments} all just perfection. I think we all found a seamless flow between creation & leisure, every shoot, every styling detail, every moment was truly bliss, we all love what we do & to bring our individual touches to the Villa & to work as a collective was so special for us all.The cuisine was absolutely superb, Wayan & his team are incredible, everything from the perfect tropical breakfast {loved the black sticky rice, always a favourite of mine} to exquisite canapés, the beautiful morning tea {oh my goodness, that chocolate cake!!!} & magical dinners, on arrival & over at Sungai Gold & of course the incredible, incredible feast prepared for the divine pop up dinner, all memorable & delectable & masterfully prepared. Our ‘pop up picnic’ in the rice terraces was magical, Made & the team went above & beyond in making it memorable. It was such a delight for me to style up the gorgeous little hut that was scouted out by Luisa & Made & a lovely touch that it was so close to the Villa & within Made’s village { loved the picnic basket too, gorgeous Pamela }. A definite pinch me moment & one I’m sure your guests may be keen to recreate. You can imagine my excitement on the morning before our pop up dinner, when I walked around the corner to see the flowers being delivered. Stunning. Herni provided a beautiful range, absolute perfection in what we had arranged & I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them & create some beautiful pieces for the dinner!!! Made & the team again went above & beyond in assisting me with every detail for the dinner, from the beautiful floating pool candles & additional tuberose petals to sprinkle with our pink frangipanis, organising the beautiful banana leaves & extra foliage from the gardens, { I also of course had to have a wander through the gardens myself }. It was such a delight to work with Made & the team & ensuring everything would be perfect. Putu was an incredible help on the day too in setting everything up, he must be a stylist at heart!!! He really has a great eye, all worth their weight in gold & so much fun too. I also have to mention Illuh, what a sweet heart, so lovely & she cared for us so beautifully, do pass on my greatest of thanks again to all of the team, beautiful, beautiful people.A big heartfelt thank you for having us & I had such delight in bringing my touch to our stay, can’t wait to share more!!!P.S. Pamela, it is a very special place you have created, with an incredible team & with an exceptional point of difference, Villa Sungai is a unique experience, world class, luxury with heart, impeccable.

Lisa Madigan (Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia. 6A)

Bali is all anyone is talking about – our trip seemed to have create waves on social media and throughout the weekend people asked where is that villa, how was the trip, when can I come. The girls are all buzzing we just haven’t had time to take a moment to reflect. Hopefully this week we will get some time to reflect and take it all in. The girls were in tears of happiness with how much they enjoyed Villa Sungai experience and the staff were beyond amazing

Natalie Hayllar (Sydney, 6A)

Samantha and Owen’s wedding week at Villa Sungai was the most beautiful week of my life. The beautiful setting of the villa, the serene and gracious staff, the attention to detail, the food and service were all above and beyond all expectations. Please thank everyone again for us for their excellent service and attention. We all hated leaving and became very attached to them all. The wedding was totally magical in every way, as was the ladies’ lunch. The food was the best I have ever had anywhere. It was our first visit to Bali – living in Canada makes it a two day trip – bit it is sooo worth it! – what a beautiful and heavenly island. We fell in love with it, and can’t wait to return. We look forward to returning to Villa Sungai. Thank you all for your kind and gracious hospitality.

Judy and Ted Steeves (Canada, 2A)

I wanted to thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your amazing Villa Sungai. We are
over the moon. My mom said it is the most beautiful place she has ever been to, and she has been everywhere. I am absolutely delighted, which is an understatement. I also want to let you know how incredible Made and the staff are!!! They are all wonderful, professional, polite, friendly, genuine people. They have made us feel right at home.The food is amazing. So are the cocktails. And the beds. And the pool, and the river, and even the roosters. I hope you don’t mind but I asked Made if he, and the staff (well whoever is working at the time), would join us at the wedding ceremony on Friday (amongst our family). I will speak to him tomorrow about that as Owen didn’t think he was comfortable with the idea. Hope it is ok? We are so excited for the wedding. It is going to be beautiful. Thank you again…

Samantha Bramson [Perth, 5A, 1CH (10mths)]

When hunting for honeymoon options, we looked far and wide for somewhere that would be comfortable, fun, a little bit extravagant, but still reasonably affordable. The images and descriptions of Sungai/Sungai Gold had us completely sold, but even then we couldn’t have imagined just how amazing it would really be.Walking into Sungai Gold for the first time, we were awestruck by the peace and beauty of the place. The glamorous layout, furniture and fittings left nothing to be desired from an aesthetic point of view, but after a short time you realise that these have all been chosen for function and comfort. Oh boy, the comfort!The service at Sungai is one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced, right from the moment we stepped off the plane we were assisted through the airport in a very streamlined process, which was most appreciated! Being our first time in Bali, we were still a little nervous, but meeting Made, the man who runs the whole show at a local level, set us instantly at ease. He is a friendly, open, and extremely likable man, and was full of little insights into the local villages, culture and people. His recommendations on day trips or meals never led us stray. That said, his entire team were brilliant, from the staff that you interact with directly, to those invisible staff responsible for the fresh incense sticks, new candles and clean laundry. The food and drinks at the villa were to die for. We barely went out for meals, why would you when there is restaurant quality (understatement!) fare being served where and when you want it?! As an aside, I can strongly recommend their Caprioska!To briefly sum up this little gush of exuberant praise, Sungai Gold was the most ideal honeymoon location my wife and I could have ever dreamed of. We still can’t get over the environment, comfort and stunning service. We’ll be looking for any excuse to go back. Thanks again to Pam, Made and the whole team!

Amanda and Patrick Donald (QLD, 2A)