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LOCATION
Santorini/Greece

KEYWORDS
Homely, Tropical, Traditional

THE RESORT
Our stay at Kalypso houses felt like entering a home away from home. Built and decorated in the traditional greek style, this three bedroom house, which can sleep up to six people comfortably was a relaxing zen den for myself, Chris and my best friend Beth while we explored Santorini. Located near the village of Kamari, the house actually backs onto Santorini airport. However, don’t let it’s close proximity discourage you, as we didn’t notice any planes during our stay and it didn’t bother us at all, perhaps because the planes fly without passing over. The house itself is very homely and is the perfect place for a groups of friends or a family to base themselves while exploring the island. We rented a car whilst there (you will need one) which made exploring Thera and Oia super easy and it was a drive to remember as we viewed the unique landscape and views from one of Greece’s most famous islands. We had a great time staying at Kalypso and the staff were warm and extremely accomodating.

OUR ROOM
We made ourself at home in the master bedroom, which was located at the front of the house and had it’s own ensuite bathroom complete with mini hotel style guest toilettes, which was a pleasant surprise as most homes skip that luxury. The other main room was occupied by our friend Beth, who also had an ensuite bathroom and we had one more room free, which would have usually been the spare room or children’s room as it has two single beds, but being us we made use of the extra space and used it as a luggage room. The rooms are all of generous proportions.

FOOD
Kalypso houses has a fair sized kitchen, complete with a mini dishwasher and when we say mini we mean mini, it was probably the cutest and smallest we had ever seen. There are multiple cooking areas both inside and outside, which makes it great for entertaining friends and those who like to get creative in the kitchen. The house manager kindly drove us up to the local shop which had the essentials for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are a few local restaurant and taverna’s close by, however it’s probably a little too far to walk to everyday, so we recommend getting a car for sure, usual cost per day is around 30-35euro.


FACILITIES
The house comes with everything you need. The biggest bonus of the property was our own huge swimming pool, complete with multiple sun chairs and chill out areas. It’s not often you get a house and pool that size for just yourself around the world, so we leaped at the opportunity to get some rays and lounge by the pool most days. We also had our own deck out the back over looking the pool with table setting, which made for a great dinner and breakfast spot as the weather was perfect our for the entire stay, even though it was right at the end of the season in October.

SERVICE
Our experience with the owners was really lovely and easy going. The house is part of a collection of properties on the property and there are two family members living in the surrounding houses, which makes it a very family orientated place and really homely.

WIFI
Santorini is rated as one of the slowest net speeds in the world, however you wouldn’t be able to tell here as our connection was really decent during the stay. I’m not sure how it would have performed if we had streamed a movie marathon while staying there, but for the basics of emails and social media we have no issues at all. #winning.

BOOK & FIND OUT MORE
http://www.santorinihouses.gr/en/
https://www.facebook.com/KalypsoHousesSantorini/
https://www.instagram.com/kalypso_houses/

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LOCATION
Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

KEYWORDS
Rice paddies, privacy, nature

THE VILLA
Jabunami Villa is a huge four bedroom Villa situated on the edge of Canggu, which in my opinion is one of the best areas to stay in Bali. It’s got a thriving community vibe, an abundance of rice paddies, easy access to the beach and great food nearby. The Villa itself is huge and perfect for families or groups of friends that are wanting to come to Bali. The living room features large sliding french doors, allowing for really open outdoor/indoor living.

There is a beautiful Pool located in the centre of the Villa, giving the place a nice feng shui flow. Some inflatable Pool toys, including one of those lux swans, made lounging here during the day a relaxing but fun experience.

Next to the pool there’s also a outdoor Gazebo, perfect for a lazy afternoon nap, or a refreshing meditation session.
The pool and outdoor area borders on a traditional Rice Paddy, offering a beautiful backdrop to this already stunning villa.

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OUR ROOM

Naturally with a four bedroom Villa all to ourselves, we chose the Master bedroom, which is situated in a detached building to the second bedroom and living and dining areas. This makes for extra privacy and gives you your own little bedroom oasis with high ceilings, a beautiful white linen master bed complete with large bedframe surrounded by one of the best mosquito nets we’ve ever experienced, when it comes to look and practicality. The bedroom also comes with it’s own huge master bathroom, which won’t disappoint. There are two separate stone sinks on either side, a waterfall head shower and a massive bathtub situated in a rainforest like backdrop with a half open roof.

FOOD

Jabunami Villas provides breakfast every day of your choosing from a range of traditional breakfast dishes, such as Nasi Goreng to western continental style breakfast, fresh fruits, smoothies, baked goods. It’s safe to say we were well feed and looked after our entire stay. The Villa’s staff were also available to to cook other meals if you wish and they have an extensive seafood grill menu, Indonesian menu and BBQ menu available to guests. While we didn’t use this service, we feel safe to say anything the staff prepare would be delicious judging from our breakfast meals ever morning!

SERVICE

Impeccable. If there’s one thing this Villa has that really sets it apart, it’s the staff, they’re attentive, onto it and caring. Jabunami Villa’s manager Made was such a pleasure to meet and made sure our every desire was met, from coconuts to cocktails and even chicken soup when I sadly got Bali Belly from some Mexican food elsewhere!

WIFI

For Bali Wifi (which is never 100% reliable in speed or connectivity) Jabunami Villa’s Wifi was more than okay and made emails, uploads and watching YouTube a breeze!

We highly recommend this accommodation option for your stay in Bali.

Website – www.jabunamivilla.com/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/jabunami/

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