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Hotel Highlights

  • Impeccable personal attention and privacy – there's just three rooms
  • Delicious global cuisine in a ravishing rustic restaurant
  • Astonishing and unique colonial architecture

Overview

Snuggled into the beachside mangroves of Jimbaran in southern Bali, The Shaba has boldly chosen to put all its eggs in one gorgeously designed colonial-mansion hotel. With only three rooms, you're guaranteed fabulous service – from the hands of your own butler. Weathered teak patina flooring gives way to Indian tile around the pillared courtyard, where a stone fountain shaped like an upturned bell bubbles away soothingly and hanging lanterns sway romantically from the sloped terracotta roof. It's a magical and, more importantly, utterly private place.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking The Shaba with us:

A 30-minute massage each; plus a bottle of Tunjunb Balinese sparkling wine for stays of two nights or more

Facilities

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The Shaba – Bali – Indonesia

Need To Know

Rooms

Three: two en suite deluxe rooms and a master suite. If you want you can rent the whole villa (as a three-suite piece, so to speak).

Check–out

Midday. Later check-out can be arranged, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $215.00, excluding tax at 20 per cent.

More details

Rates include breakfast, afternoon tea and one-way airport transfer.

Also

The Henna Spa is set above a lotus pond and offers an array of tantalising treatments, including massages for adults and children, flower baths, and manicures. Go for the three-hour Traditional Royal Ritual treatment if you're feeling indulgent.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 21 March 2015, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Full butler service, spa, library, DVD/CD selection, free WiFi throughout, billiard table. In rooms: plasma TV, DVD player, Bose sound system, pre-loaded iPod, bespoke Banyu Spa toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Each of the Shaba's three rooms radiates colonial glamour. The two Deluxe Rooms are positioned on either side of the central courtyard, opposite the stone fountain. At the head of the courtyard, the vast Master Suite shares its fellow rooms' 12-foot ceilings, freestanding claw-foot baths and antique teak floors. Expect Venetian mirrors, weathered wooden furniture, and calming, coconut-grove views.

Poolside

Decked with chunky teak and adorned with vast double sun beds, the area beside the 18-metre lap pool is made for lounging over cocktails, or even dinner – there's a full dining table too.

Packing tips

From bikes to beach bags, the hotel can provide almost anything you're likely to need – even sarongs, sandals and sun hats for mooching by the pool.

Also

The Shaba has a fleet of bicycles available for exploring the village and environs, but if pedal power proves a turn off, it can arrange a horse and cart.

Children

Under-12s stay free; extra beds can be provided for older children at US$75 a night. Children's menus, packed lunches and high chairs are available from the restaurant and babysitting can be organised for US$3 an hour.

Eco‐friendly

The hotel uses eco-friendly toiletries, recycles where possible and is a key player in Jimbaran village life.

Food & Drink

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The Shaba – Bali – Indonesia

Hotel Restaurant

A global smorgasbord of dishes with a southeast Asian bias is served at Asam Garam, the Shaba's irresistibly rustic restaurant. The curry-marinated scallops and five spice crème brûlée are particular triumphs.

Hotel Bar

The bar at Shaba is nowhere and everywhere; your butler can rustle you up a cocktail wherever you wish. Try the signature Shaba, a fruity champagne affair.

Last orders

Asam Garam closes at 10pm and the butlers go off duty at 11pm, but the villa kitchen is open 24-hours a day so you'll never be short of snacking opportunities.

Room service

Your butler is on hand between 6am and 11pm to perform every feasible request.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Relaxed but rarefied.

Top table

Plump for the poolside dining table for starlit-sky, moonlight-on-the-water romance levels.

Local Guide

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The Shaba – Bali – Indonesia
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…
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Jimbaran coconut grove

The Shaba

Jalan Uluwatu, Gang Gigit Sari, Jimbaran, Bali, 80361

Planes

Fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport, south of capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. If you need one, visas can be bought on arrival, so have cash with you if necessary. The drive to the hotel should take 15 minutes.

Automobiles

Jimbaran is a tradtional fishing village that’s close to the hotel. Further afield, Denpasar is a 25-minute drive away, and Ubud, Bali’s cultural and artistic centre, is an hour away.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Lyn Gardener , Interior design queen

Perhaps the last place you expect to find a French chateau is on the south-west coast of Bali in the fishing village of Jimbaran Bay. But, veering off the main road, down some very narrow back lanes, and along the tree-lined drive that leads to the Shaba hotel, that’s what Mr Smith and I see. This extraordinary, grand colonial mansion is surrounded by sprawling gardens dotted with day-beds.…
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The Shaba

Anonymous review by Lyn Gardener, Interior design queen

Perhaps the last place you expect to find a French chateau is on the south-west coast of Bali in the fishing village of Jimbaran Bay. But, veering off the main road, down some very narrow back lanes, and along the tree-lined drive that leads to the Shaba hotel, that’s what Mr Smith and I see.

This extraordinary, grand colonial mansion is surrounded by sprawling gardens dotted with day-beds. Being an interior designer, I’m almost hyperventilating to discover what lies beyond the vast terraces encircling the residence so I dash, despite the heat, past high walls and handmade tiles to the private inner courtyard, which flaunts a fabulous urn water feature. Open to the sky and scattered with cushions, it’s a serene spot for reading and relaxing.

Staff materialise from nowhere and settle us in our suite, one of just three rooms in the entire mansion, and the most spacious. Inside, the French-colonial theme reaches its crescendo: a luxurious bed with silky, indigo-blue accents is flanked by gorgeous Moroccan rugs, and a large writing desk tucked into a corner is ready should we be inspired to pen romantic poetry. French doors open onto a huge walk-in dressing room with wall-to-ceiling wardrobes, and through more French doors lies a bathroom, its pièce-de-résistance a claw-foot bath filled with freshly picked rose petals. There’s also a separate tiled shower room and two pedestal wash basins with a decadent mirror, so Mr Smith and I don’t have to share – unless we want to. Plus a choice of elegant chairs, perfect for sitting and chatting or powdering our noses. Hand-printed wallpapers, old wooden floorboards, beautiful glass jars of bath salts and chandeliers add to the fin-de-siècle feel.

A chilled champagne cocktail and ice-cold hand towels snap us out of our reverie. We drop our bags and explore the hotel. The central courtyard links all the rooms and soon we discover a kitchen, a library and a dining room filled with opulent candelabras, antiques and a communal table. However, you don’t have to eat with your fellow guests: all the meals are made on request when and wherever you would like.

On our first night we decide to have dinner next to the pool and we lose count of the small dishes in our Balinese rijsttafel, washed down with cracking cocktails. By day, the full-length swimming pool is dappled with sunlight from the massive trees surrounding it. Another memorable meal at the outdoor poolside table is fresh couscous with herbs and feta cheese for lunch, which I'm still craving; the Shaba’s chefs hold cookery classes if you want to try and repeat the experience back home.

Returning to our room we find the candles have been lit for a romantic night in. For the whole of our stay the Shaba’s staff are discretion personified: we never see a cleaner yet every day our room is spring-cleaned. Each suite has its own butler, who you can call on any time for breakfast (served with a glass of champagne), lunch or dinner. They even sew and mend your clothes, and offer a complimentary shuttle service via a vintage Volkswagen Safari.

Exhausted by our demanding routine, the next day Mr Smith and I indulge in a facial scrub and massage at the hotel’s Henna Spa. I add a manicure, a pedicure and later I’m unable to resist the 60-minute Reflexology foot massage. Pampering massages apart, being a guest at the Shaba is like being lucky enough to be invited to stay in a beautiful old house owned by very wealthy, distant relatives. Strolling in the grounds with Mr Smith, we decide we don’t want to leave this lovely place. So it’s with heavy hearts and perfectly manicured paws that we finally bid the Shaba adieu.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Shaba's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the isolation of the villa, the gorgeous shabby-chic décor, the breakfast, on-site spa, friendly nature of staff, proximity to Jimberan Seminyak, and quiet secluded grounds for the villa itself.

Don’t expect

More staff would be better; we often called for service and had no response.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The Shaba describes itself as a 'chic colonial mansion' but it is, in fact, the most wonderfully interior-designed villa, with just three rooms around a tiled courtyard, complete with fountain. The inside lounge area, overlooking the pool, is airy and stylish, with a long dining table and an open kitchen where the staff prepared us some wonderful meals. We had breakfast by the pool and then retired to the outdoor day beds. If we wanted a little more 'buzz', we walked up to the restaurant at Villa Balquisse, the sister hotel. The staff were wonderful and the food delectable. We ordered the Balinese feast for our last night and it was some of the best food we had all holiday. We stayed three nights and had the place almost entirely to ourselves – we couldn't believe our luck.

Don’t expect

It's so lovely to have the wonderful open kitchen, but a shame that the guests can't make the most of it. I would have appreciated being encouraged to help ourselves to drinks or fruit, perhaps with an honesty system to record what we used. This would add the feeling of being at home.

Rating: 10/10 stars