If you know me well, I am not one who seek glamorous luxurious hotels. No, I seek adventures, uniqueness, stories. I am not easily impressed by five star big luxurious chains that offers the same rooms to every customers. Big kingsized beds, carpets, automatic room keys, overcharged room service, I’ve been through it all. I am impressed by places like this, that tells a story, a story that I will not forget and could pass through to other people. Just like what I’m doing now.
This cottage is located in Balangan, which is pretty close to Uluwatu area. If you have been to the famous and dreamy La Joya Villa in Balangan (blog post for this coming soon!), then you have passed this hotel without even realising it.
The place is called Alchemist, after you open the wooden gate, you’ll encounter a place so unique. With only around 5 villas, this is a place like no other. The villas are unique to one another, the one I’m staying is completely different to the one across, despite being only a few steps away.
Not convinced yet? Look at my cottage here:
I mean seriously how beautiful is that. Its like a work of art. Not convinced yet? Take a look at the cottage across from mine!
I am sorry but that is just magical. Yes, the villa across is a two-storey treehouse! It’s so dreamy. Having been living in Jakarta for 16 years and England for 7 years, I have never seen or certainly stayed at these kind of places before! I'll tell you more details about this villa. Don't worry. But for now, let me go back to the villa that I stayed at. Just take a look at this place really.
Although the room itself is pretty basic, its unlike any other standard hotel room. I love how the villa is above the ground. Just see at the cute set of stairs below. It's so unique I love that you have a tiny space outside the villa where you can sit on enjoying the morning's fresh air. Everything in the villa is made from wood, where else can you find rooms like these?
Look at the carvings on the door. Please stop a minute and appreciate that. That's the best door I've seen in any hotel rooms in my life.
But the highlight to the room? The bathroom!
Come on take a look at that bathroom!
It's open aired, and it has an effin tree inside the bathroom. Ok just stop and actually appreciate that there's an actual tree in the bathroom. Mind. Blowing.
Did I mention that we have a swing on our backyard?
Ok I promised you that I'm gonna give you the details of the other villas. All of the villas are so unique it's one of a kind. I mean just take a look at the one across from mine:
I mean look at this room! Isn't it just the dream? I originally wanted to book this room however it was booked that night so I stayed at the cottage before. This doesn't even look real. This place actually looked like you know those amazing architectural photos from some kind of country on the other side of the world that you know you'll never go to for the rest of your life. But no. It's in Bali. It's actually here. and it's not even expensive. It's cheaper than the standard one bedroom villa in Seminyak. I mean come on.
Come on look at the first floor. Don't you just wanna quit your office life and just work remotely here?
Last but not least, is this villa right here. And this is called FairyTale Cabin.
And don't be fooled by the look of the exterior because it's actually pretty amazing inside:
It's a three bedroom villa! With two single bunkbeds on the first floor and a double bed on the second floor. And the bathroom is pretty amazing too.
Ok it seems that I'm getting out of words of this villas. It is just beyond what I've expected whenever I came across a hotel.
The Alchemist actually has a few more villas that is not advertised in Airbnb. It is much simpler and smaller than the villas that I showed here. But on a walk in it was Rp.500.000 when I was there in May 2017. Prices may changed. For availability please call The Alchemist. Phone number and details are on the end of the blog as usual :)
Let me just move on to the best part of the villa.
I am madly in love with the pool. The tiles, the design, the peace and quiet surroundings, everything! Jumping on the pool was the first thing I did after waking up, nothing beats this pool really! The design was perfection. Made me dream about the designs of my future swimming pool (lol vina you don't even have your own house yet).
What's great about a non five star hotel? (almost) private pool! Yes I almost had this pool for my own. It was only like the last half an hour that 2 other people joined. So for like 2 hours I had a private pool while paying less than a million. Worth it.
So if you guys are wondering, where is this gem actually? Good news, just type "The Alchemist Bungalows" on your google map and you're set. So it's basically near Uluwatu Area, probably around 20 minutes from the famous GWK. Again, if you have been to La Joya Villa for their to-die-for jacuzzi, then you've passed this place without even realising it.
How do I go here with public transport?
I would truly suggest renting a car to come here and not with public transport. Please bare in mind that in Uluwatu area, online taxis like Uber, Gocar, you name it, are NOT allowed to pick up guests here. So you'll be forced to use their "local" taxis which will cost you, a LOT. Like triple what you'd pay for with online taxis. Hell they don't even allow Bluebird taxis here. So it's best to rent your own car/ bike, or rent a car with driver. That will still be such a better deal than using the local taxis here.
Need help renting a car, bike with or without driver? Email me to firstname.lastname@example.org !
I have no more words for this beautiful gem. You just simply have to come here and see it for yourself!