Nestled where two fresh-water rivers run into the Lembok Straights of the Indian Ocean, Villa Agung was selected as ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST's lead feature in the 'Exotic Homes Edition' in August 2009 for its unique design, luxurious appointments and magnificent setting. Designed by Linda Garland, built by a team of Sumatran master carpenters, the owners spared no expense in making the home environmentally friendly( built with all re-cycled wood) and seamlessly integrated into the natural setting.
The villa is actually six villas organized at the ocean's edge with 2500 square foot long house which serves as the living room/dining room house for the five bedroom villa.
Villa Agung, the master bedroom house, is another 2500 square foot long house with two bathrooms (her's has a bidet), a king-sized bed, living room area, two-person bathtub and both ocean and mountain view decks.
The villa come with the friendly staff of eleven people: A manager,two cooks, three house caretakers, three gardners and two night security men there all day to meet your every need, including cleaning, and providing a delicious breakfast a day provided in the price of the villas. Lunch and dinner can be arranged for an additional amount. They are all smiles and will climb the many cocoanut trees to give you some 'ayer kalapa muda,' young cocoanut milk, or fresh-sqeezed orange juice, Bintang beer or sodas all day.
There are surf breaks nearby and surf guides can be arranged by the staff and are recommended to insure happy integration into the line-up. The local break, Pura Delam, can generate waves from two-feet to double overhead depending on the season and the swells. You can see the break from the living room/dining room house to tell what the swell is doing. It's a five minute drive away.
There is snorkeling right out front for lobster and sea life observation and excellent diving all over the area including wreck diving in nearby Tabanan. Bali is a haven for all water sports.
Facials and massages can be had at the villas with notices to the staff and are highly recommended and inexpensive. Also, recommended is to hire a car and driver by the week so that your freedom of movement is assured. It is NOT recommended to drive in Bali as the traffic behavior is quite wild and unpredictable. Cars and drivers are also very reasonable in cost and can be arranged before or after you hit the island.
We can arrange the pick up at Denpensar Airport and drive you the 1 1/2 hours to Villa Agung where your smiling staff will greet you warmly and show you to your rooms.
A ten-minute drive away is a often deserted white sand beach (Pasir Putih) about a half-mile long with lovely swimming and a few warungs serving fresh seafood and cold drinks right on the sand. Massages and crafts are also available.
East Bali may be the last refuge of the true Balinese Culture where festivals, temple ceremonies, and rice farming abound as they have done for centuries. Women in sarongs carrying temple offerings on their heads along bamboo-lined back roads are sights that will linger in one's mind long after you are back home. Many villages in the area are craft-oriented specializing in silver jewelry, weaving, ikat, fishing, and baskets, all ready to be explored.
Many local restaurants abound and both the luxurious Alila Hotel and Aman Kila Hotels are located within 45 minutes and have a number of fine, gourmet restaurants should you want a change of dining pace.
Most of all, Villa Agung offers a chance at renewal, re-invigoration, romance, and recreation in uncommon amounts. Though the journey there may be long, upon arriving only the power of the destination will remain as you have successfully traveled into another world.
In front lies the ocean and behind towers Bali's main 12,000 foot volcano, Mt. Agung, the 'sacred mother of Bali.' To the north over the terraced rice fields is the Seraya mountain range whose cooling breezes blow in most nights. Thus the property is a 360 degree experience.
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Left on 11/22/2012 for a stay in November 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 22, 2012Stayed Nov 2012
I knew from the reviews that this place was beautiful but I was totally overwhelmed when I arrived at Villa Campuhan. This is truly a piece of heaven! The villa, as well as the rest of this small resort, is tastefully decorated with lovely furniture, antiques and art. The whole area is infused with beauty, serenity, tradition and spirituality. But it is also a lot of fun as there are tons of things to do in the area: one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali (White Sand Beach) is minutes away, Ubud (1h30mn drive) is a cultural, crafts and shopping heaven, temples and water gardens are within a few miles... The staff, including manager/chef Penelope Williams and the team of drivers, made sure all our desires were met and more.
The location, on the east coast, is perfect for whoever wants to avoid the hussle and bussle of Kuta and Seminyak and discover a more traditional side of the island. Yet, it is not too isolated with all major attractions within a reasonable drive (we rented bikes for short distances and used the vill's car service for longer trips).
This is a place for people who like to indulge in true, understated luxury. I would recommend it for romantic getaways and special events such as family or friends gatherings.
Left on 11/15/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Nov 15, 2012Stayed Oct 2012
Where do I start in trying to explain the paradise that is Villa Campuhan? We were lucky enough to spend our honeymoon here, staying in Villa agung for nearly two weeks. This is a location like no other! Don't think of this as a typical 5 star hotel (those exist all over the world) - this is something quite different and in our opinion, far far better. It is like a luxurious tree house, on the beach, which comes with its own staff and manager who happily look after your every need. The pictures do not do the place justice, it is even more remarkable and as a huge fan of interesting architecture, I found it to be a design treat. I realise they're just bathrooms, but we couldn't get over the two showers rooms, one of which is open to the ocean, the other with amazing views of the volcano. Tropical bathing can't be beat! The food was delicious, and freshly prepared by the onsite chef. Every meal was a little bit different, but equally as delicious. We enjoyed days lazing by the pool, listening and watching the surf. And some days we spent going on treks and tours organised by the onsite manager. At one point during our holiday we travelled to Ubud and stayed in one of the top rated hotels on Bali and to be honest, we were disappointed, and couldn't wait to get back "home". I couldn't recommend Campuhan highly enough - the only downside was having to leave. If you are thinking of a villa holiday on Bali seriously, look no further...
Left on 09/29/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Michael and AlisonReviewed Sep 29, 2012Stayed Sep 2012
It's easy to fall in love with Villa Campuhan...
The sheer drama of the place is breathtaking but at the same time it's welcoming and intimate. The balance between the stunning architecture, surrounding natural beauty and low key "Luxe" provides the whole property with an abundance of charm and character that is truly unique.
All the staff are attentive without being obtrusive and of course the food was amazing! Because of the isolation the food does become a focus so it has to be good, and it is! Dinner was plentiful with the focus on local cuisine and fresh produce all done with Penny's flair and style. Breakfast was delightful taken out on the bench table by the sea. The lunch menu is spot on as well so there's no need to ever leave the place once your there...so we didn't!
The masseuses came to the property as did our wonderful Yoga teacher Kawidana. Deciding which hammock to have a snooze in was about the biggest decision that would need to be made. Perusing all the incredible artefacts and art, watching the sunset with the volcano as a backdrop, laying in the huge bath overlooking the sea with the breeze gently wafting through...heaven!
We are looking forward to returning soon.
Left on 07/29/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Jul 29, 2012Stayed Dec 2011
One of the best hotels I've stayed in so far... awesome, awesome service (we were greeted by every staff member we walked past, all with a smile and a "how are you" or a "welcome home").
The room service was efficient (a tad too efficient at times) - each time we returned from our hotel room, the room was always cleaned and tidied up. once when we returned from our dinner, the bed was made up and pjs prepared ready for us to wear.
They were also attentive to our needs (my bf does not eat eggs and mentioned this to one of the staff), at breakfast the next day - they remembered and actually asked my bf if he was allergic to eggs and if it's okay for his pancakes to have eggs in there.
The hotel was peaceful and a fantastic place for one to relax. it may be a little off the city center but that adds to its serenity and beauty.
Food: breakfast was great, had the eggs pancakes and loved it. we tried room service twice (BLT was ok..)
I would highly recommend this for honeymooners, couples, partners.. for a romantic getaway.. for some much-needed rest
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