"As the director of a small nonprofit that is constantly fundraising, I've had the pleasure of working with Sojourn Ventures for over 5 years now. Working with Stacey and Rob has been easy for us and the packages generate a great return on our investment. I've spoken with many donors (including my in-laws) who have purchased trips to either Italy or Bali and they report that both Stacey and Rob are on point and always go the extra mile to help the traveler feel well taken care of and prepared to travel". – Pete MacFadyen, Executive Director , Big Sky Youth Empowerment, Bozeman, MT
I have recently returned from my travels to Bali and Lombok and loved every moment of my time in Amed. Golden Buddha is an AMAZING place and I am so grateful that you connected me to Wayan and his people. Not only was the stay lovely, but the people of Amed, in particular the people at Golden Buddha/Pazzo/Apa Kabar, were so wonderful to me and showed me the best that Amed and Bali have to offer. One night I was treated to an amazing Balinese evening, including a delicious traditional dinner, Balinese decor and two very special dances performed by several lovely and beautiful local girls...the experience brought tears to my eyes and made me fall more in love with the country. I was overwhelmed by the kindness and treatment of the staff towards me. Having traveled the world as a single female, I was touched by the attention of the staff...from making sure I was always comfortable, that I was well fed and that I made it back to the property safely every evening - this was above and beyond expectations. I felt like the staff took me under the wings and made sure I enjoyed experiencing the local vibe, hanging out at Pazzo, going to their local hangouts rather than just where the tourists spend time and soaking up the relaxing lifestyle Bali has to offer. I can't thank you, Wayan and all the people of Amed enough for offering me such an amazing experience...I hope to return some day!! And I will certainly forward Sojourn Ventures information to any and all of my friends that may get the travel bug!!"
We won an auction for a week in Bali and spent Christmas week 2013 there. I just wanted to let you know that our stay was beyond wonderful. In fact our week in Amed was the best part of our trip. The people who worked at Golden Buddha and Pazzo were amazing. The special dinner was our best in Bali. The food was incredibly delicious and all the work that went into decorating was awesome. Our daughter Jai enjoyed helping make some of the decorations. We so enjoyed the dancing as well. We didn’t want to leave and it has been a bit hard to adjust back to our life in Alaska!! It was one of our best vacations ever.
My wife and I have traveled to many destinations in the world over the years. This April we had the opportunity to go to Apakabar Villas in Amed, Bali. In one visit, this has become one of our top two destinations in the World to visit. The friendliness of the people and the beautiful surroundings are just amazing. It is a wonderfully peaceful place that takes you back in time. The Villas are a perfect blend of rustic comfort that represent the true feel of the island and are well maintained. The staff goes out of their way to make sure your needs were always taken care of and create a sense of 'family' throughout your stay. We quickly befriended some of the local fisherman that keep their boats on the beach in front of the Villas. They generously took us fishing,snorkeling and sailing Balinese style. We visited homes and met their families and got a better understanding of their daily lives. We were also able to enjoy the surrounding country side, hiking in the hills and visiting local markets and various temples. Time stood still during our time on Bali. All of the people we met so impressed us that we decided to bring our children back so they would have a chance to experience Bali and the people too. We have already booked the Villas for April 2013! I would highly recommend staying at Apakabar Villas and slow life down for awhile. "ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL"
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Villa in Amed. What a great house you have. I would definitely like to go back sometime. As there was only two of us, we certainly felt like we had enough space. We decided to sit at each location, the back yard, both the front and back areas upstairs and of course made good use of the pool. We named the gecko Larry, just as an FYI…and then it turned out that Larry had family. The people at the restaurant were lovely and fun to hang with. It turns out that they liked our music, so I was bringing them over my CD’s for their listening pleasure. It was cute to see how they lit up with the music. I am going to burn the CD’s and send to them, so next time you go, if you hear Sugarland or Blake Shelton you can thank the two girls from Washington. We did however want to strangle the frog in the front yard, who felt is necessary to croak all night…. Again, just wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your home away from home.
The trip to Bali was wonderful! Even on crutches, we did about everything you could do! The villa was wonderful with the pool steps away and especially the beach so close that we could watch the comings and goings of the locals. Wayan the driver was absolutely the best and also the little gal, Wayan inthe restaurant were people you can be extremely proud of. All those we metwere beyond kind and helpful. All your staff did a great job. The trips out and about around the hills in the little van was perfect forour group of 6. My daughter asked if they were to go would I recommend this place and I saidabsolutely. It is away from the commercial areas and laid back and perfectand the things you see are more typical than than hustle and bustle ofDenpasar area. We went to the water palaces, elephant ride, markets, temples, (I climbedall the way on crutches, because I didn't realize how far it was.) Snorkeling, dinners out and at your place, were wonderful...prices very cheap! Massages and Bensing and water to cool off in...we all had a great time. We would definitely stay at your place again and we would highly recommend it to anyone! We met others at the villa from our area to and they seemed equally as happy at your place as we were. Thanks, Patsy and gang
Thank you and all the Apakabar staff for a wonderful stay. From the diving, to the sightseeing, to the spa treatments, to the food - to the sketches that I created and photos! Great trip and so relaxing. I am telling everyone in Seattle that I know and will be sure to send them your way.
Well we're back from Bali and missing the beautiful villa, the pool and more importantly the folks who took care of us during our stay. You have a great staff, we are especially fond of Rege, Dex, Koman and Rio, they really made us feel at home. We left behind new friends, thank goodness for Facebook! And this year at the Dress for Success I bid on one of your Italy apartments. We're hoping to go in the spring next year. I'm not sure which one as I haven't received the certificate yet but we were thinking late May.
WOW. First, thank you for making your home available. Our group had an amazing trip and wonderful vacation. Your properties and team in Amed are world class. I just got back after 3 weeks on that amazing island, what a paradise. I have already begun work on the story (which will run in this falls magazine) and the Amed stories will dominate! I cannot tell you enough time how thankful we are for the people you have working for you in Amed, they made our trip extra special.
I just wanted to tell you that your Villa is simply out of this world!! Our family was elated with the beauty, the view, and with Cortona itself. We had an outstanding time… Christmas dinner around the table was such a treat. We cooked, laughed, drank Asti, and ate!! Thank you for making this available through the Blanchet auction. I probably would never have discovered it otherwise. My hope is that we can rent it from you again in the future!!! Dolce Maria was fabulous as well. Paola was so accommodating and nice to us; her dinner was out of this world. We really bonded with her!! Denyse was wonderful as well, so our whole experience was outstanding!! Again, thank you for allowing us to visit your Villa… Happy New Year!!