Rabu, 22 April 2015

Hidden Gem : Villa Aman D'Sini

(Petunjuk jalan dalam bahasa Indonesia di bawah ;)

Hello peeps!

My birthday is coming soon and I've been busy planning for a little celebration since after 6 years I finally could celebrate it with my sister from another mother again. The last time we celebrate together was our sweet 16 birthday, and we are excited about another one.

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This year our plan is to just have a small gathering/sleepover since we all have been busy with work (yes, work! 22 this year, duh!). A short quality time is always a good idea, isn't it? So we were looking for villas near Bogor and Jakarta to spend the birthday weekend, and we came across to this villa which is said to be in Sentul City. I heard about it from a friend of mine and so we tried to google about this one villa. I thought Google knows everything, but apparently this villa is not really on the map (at least Google's map). We only managed to find only one blog with one picture, but we fell in love with the idea of a Balinese like villa with countryside atmosphere. 

I got so curious, I dragged my mom the next day to explore Sentul City, and ask around about the villa, as we only knew the villa is in Bojong Koneng. After asking few people, we managed to find the way:
From both directions of the highway (either Jakarta or Bogor), exit on Sentul Selatan to Sentul City. Just go straight all the way towards Taman Budaya. Right after Taman Budaya, there will be a sign saying La Vanoise, then turn right. La Vanoise will be on your right, but go straight. You will see a small bumpy road towards village area, and don't worry, you're on the right way. Just follow all the way, there will be no right and left turn yet. Pass Kampong Koneng restaurant, and still go straight. After around 15 Minutes drive, you will start to see huge villas on your left, and when you see a small signboard on your right with food menus written on it, look to the left, you have reached your destination.

You will see a huge gate upon entering the villa. The carpark could easily fit up to approximately 10 cars. The carpark and the villa area is divided by a small wooden door, typical Balinese villa. The garden is very spacious, great for little picnic or yoga with bunch of friends or maybe a team building activities. Look forward you will see the pool, which I think is very very beautiful. The pool reminds me of a luxury hotel in Bali, I could pretend I was in Bali for a short getaway. On the right is an elevated living room area, and if you go forward, you will realize there is a patio where you can sit down and chill. Right under the living room is a kitchen and Villa Aman D'sini opens their kitchen everyday from 8am to 5pm. They offer simple homecooked foods and drinks for affordable price.

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The villas is on the left of the pool, right beside the dining area. The whole villa only has 3 rooms in total, 1 on the top floor and 2 below. The room is very clean and comfortable. It is managed by the owner himself but the rooms are kept nice as if it was an international chain villa. I only checked one room but I think each room has a queen sized bed, TV area and undoubtedly spacious bathroom. Damn, I would love to stay here for a getaway!

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This place is great if your looking for a short and private getaway near the city. It is very quiet, so I think it's better for couples or families. If you're thinking to go with friends but you all cannot stay off the phone, better not go to this place. Reception is bad, does not matter if you use the best provider in Indonesia. Plus no wifi too! And so, also don't go with someone you don't feel comfortable in silence. No one likes awkward silence, right? 

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PS : better go NOT on rainy season as it is an open area kind of villas. It is a bit troublesome (and muddy) if you need to keep going from your room to the patio or carpark or any other room in the rain.

Villa Aman D'Sini
Sentul Hill 64, Bojong Koneng, Sentul City
Contact : Mr. Abdul (please email me as I won't put up someone's private number on the web)
Number of rooms : 3
Price (as per 21 April 2015) : Rp 2.500.000 for the single room (I guess the top floor room) and Rp 2.250.000 per room for the 2 bedrooms villa
Occupancy : 3 person max
Breakfast : Included
Family package : Rp 11.000.000 - Rp 13.000.000 for the whole villa, for around 15-20 pax
Gathering package : Rp 8.000.000 per 8 hours, food not included
Restaurant : yes, 8am-5pm
Pros : great view, good location, huge and private, clean
Cons : bad network, kitchen only opens until 5 and no restaurant around the area so you have to plan your dinner properly

Petunjuk Jalan :
Keluar tol Sentul Selatan, masuk ke Sentul City dan jalan terus ke arah Taman Budaya. Setelah Taman Budaya, ada petunjuk jalan ke La Vanoise, lalu belok kanan. La Vanoise ada di sebelah kanan, lalu lurus terus. Jalan menuju villa kecil dan harus melewati perkampungan, cukup untuk 1 mobil tapi 2 jalurnya 2 arah, jadi kemungkinan harus bergantian. Di jalan kecil itu lurus terus, cukup dengan mengikuti jalan. Setelah kurang lebih 15 menit, akan mulai terlihat villa-villa besar di sebelah kiri. Saat melihat papan menu di sebelah kanan, Villa Aman D'sini ada dikiri.

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Hope this would be helpful for you!


PS: Kabarnya mulai akhir Maret pihak Vila Aman D'Sini charge Rp 50,000 per orang untuk foto-foto di area vila. Foto-foto gratis kalau pengunjung membeli minuman di vila.