About Ambalama

“A little piece of paradise”

Our Story

Designed with style by one of Southeast Asia’s leading architects

Ambalama is a Sinhalese (an ethnic group native to Sri Lanka) word that means ‘a welcoming resting place for weary travellers, explorers and adventurers’.

Ambalama Bali was opened in 2014, after the success of its sister villa in Sri Lanka, and was designed by Ernesto Bedmar – one of Southeast Asia’s leading architects for private homes. By virtue of its location, the Bali villa captures the ocean breeze and 360-degree views through the unique louvres in the Master Pavilion. The 1,486 square-metre villa home is set in 1.5 acres of lush landscaped with well-appointed villa features.

Based on Bedmar’s concept, the villa’s bespoke furniture was locally sourced and crafted. Sustainability measures include the recycling of rainwater for the watering of the over 100 varieties of plants and trees throughout the property, which lends a low environmental impact.

 

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“In Ambalama Villa Bali, I allowed myself to be led by images of the site and the emotions Bali evokes to create a unique space – one that is not merely lived in, but gradually discovered.”

~ Ernesto Bedmar

Our Team

At Ambalama Bali, we aim to repeat that sense of utter relaxation and discreet service in a space, which is not just a villa, but also a home.

Chris Kidd, Owner

Chris established the first Ambalama Villa near Galle, Sri Lanka in 2006 and continues to be involved in every aspect of the business.

With a varied corporate career behind him, Chris branched out into the hospitality after many years of working and living in Asia. He’s passionate about the villa homes he’s created and is committed to delivering a memorable experience for every guest at Ambalama.

Ayu, Bali Head of House

Ayu has been with Ambalama Bali since the beginning and is an attentive, warm villa manager who our guests love.

As a local Balinese and mother of two, Ayu’s bubbly personality makes her a wonderful personal advisor about the area. If you need anything while your stay, please don’t hesitate to ask Ayu. She’s always happy to help!

Tripadvisor Reviews

What Can I say: beautifully carved architecture combined with spot-on staff service! Tranquility at it's best! The villa is so beautiful and functional. Provides privacy when you need and at the same time, lots of space for you to hang out with your loved ones. I couldn't praise enough this place. I so much loved my time here that I'll will be coming back in a months time.
DindaStayed February 2017
The one thing that really sets this villa aside is the staff, the service is outstanding, they are barely visible making you feel like you have the place to yourself, however they are always there when you need them. Ayu and the rest of the staff have made the entire stay very memorable and incredibly relaxing.
Villa Guest Stayed April 2016
Paradise is a much overused word but Ambalama is indeed a paradise. The invitation extended by the beautifully designed website manages somehow to fall short as it attempts to say: Welcome to Heaven on Earth. With Balinese style, the well thought out neo-modernist architecture respectfully divides the earthly from the divine and the public from the private. Giant wooden louvred screens, columns of stone and wood, pavements and platforms, courtyards and terraces all conspire to echo the surrounding landscapes and to reveal fresh perspectives that suggest the mood of paradise.
Devon, United KingdomStayed October 2016