#BuroGetaway: Our HomeAway from home, Villa Theo, Bali
Viva la villa
Last year was a #BuroRoadTrip to Ipoh and Penang. This year, it evolved to a #BuroGetaway in Bali and with that, so did our type of accommodation. With eight of us on the Buro 24/7 Malaysia editorial team and considering the destination we were headed to, it seemed only fitting to give the villa life a try so we looked to HomeAway Asia.
A social e-marketplace for vacation home rentals with over two million listings in over 190 countries, HomeAway makes it easy to look for an accommodation at your holiday destination and book it. We were spoilt for choice as we browsed through the site, wanting to stay at a lot of the properties listed before settling for Villa Theo. And we were not disappointed.
For starters, Villa Theo provides airport transfers both ways. It's a service as convenient as the location. Situated in a secluded area next to the village of Umalas in southwest Bali, it's about a ten-minute drive from the heart of Seminyak, seven minutes from the beautiful Petitenget beach, and 30 minutes away from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Upon our arrival, we were warmly welcomed by the villa manager and the rest of the staff as some of them promptly unloaded our luggage from the van and others served us refreshing drinks. Initial thoughts at the sight of our home for the next three days? "Wow." With traditional Balinese architecture—two authentic Joglos serve as the living and dining area—taking centrestage with modern touches subtly added, Villa Theo looks even better than in photos. Additionally, being surrounded by the cool and lush greenery, and seeing every room beautifully decorated—we spotted some of the decor items at Kim Soo—it felt like our own holiday home.
Every bedroom looks different from the others but the master bedroom is easily double the size of any of the others. It features a four poster bed, a study table, a huge walk-in wardrobe, a large bathroom with marble walls and a bathtub, and a washing machine. All rooms feature an open air shower and only two of them doesn't have an outdoor bathtub. Other amenities include cable TV, Wi-Fi, safety box, and daily breakfast (with a choice of continental, American or Indonesian).
There are also three security guards to patrol the grounds and entrance from dusk to dawn, a full-time cook and three maids to do housekeeping both in the morning and evening. For all other needs, be it having dinner at the villa, market excursions, car rentals or in-house spa experiences, tell them to the villa manager in advance and he'll be able to arrange it for you (at an additional charge for the service itself, of course).
It was lovely waking up in the morning to the peaceful scene of greenery and the tempting sight of the swimming pool. Come nightfall and after our adventures during the day, we returned to relax in the living room (or by the pool) and chat over snacks, drinks and music. If there weren't so many eateries to check out in the Seminyak area, we might have even asked for a barbecue night in the garden. So, again, what more could we have asked for? Nothing, really. It was a great HomeAway from home.