Villa Taman Ayu - a coastal retreat with pool
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Description from the owner
Description from the owner
We invite you to a tropical paradise; located two minutes walk from a marine coral reserve in the northern Balinese village of Bondalem. Experience the original feeling of the old Bali in our spacious house built with traditional Indonesian materials and a touch of Tuscany.
We are unique in having a fully walled and gated property so close to the beach yet completely private and away from the gaze of the many beach walkers. Our garden is extensive with a magnificent pool overlooking a multitude of tropical plants, flowers and fruit trees.
Enjoy an early morning walk to watch the sunrise or sunset into the Bali Sea or relax and enjoy the tranquil ...Read more
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Villa Taman Ayu - a coastal retreat with pool Bondalem, Bali, Indonesia
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The north of Bali is a far cry from the busy south. The central mountainous terrain drops steeply down to the north's little populated coast, the area filled with brilliant green rice paddies, rainforests, and the clear blue Java Sea. What also defines the region is the impact of foreign traders from India, China and the Arab world, as well as a strong Balinese Hindu influence which gives the culture a different feel to the south. Be enchanted by the beauty of this part of the island - a great contrast and an essential visit to round off your Bali holiday .
Take a 40 minute drive to the city of Singaraja, once the capital of Bali and seat of the old Dutch administration. Although the city is home to 100,000 people, it has wide avenues and a spacious feel. The covered market, Pasar Anyar, is filled with hawkers, providing a glimpse into Balinese life. You can enjoy one of the restaurants at the harbour (built on platforms out on the open sea with views of the mountains in Java), bathe in the hot mineral springs of Banjar, and on the way back stop in at the coastal resort of Lovina for a walk on the boulevard or stop at one of its many restaurants.
Highlights in the north include numerous temples, waterfalls,dive sites, parks, walking adventures, volcano climbing, dolphin watching, art markets. You can also visit other islands such as Java, Flores (includes Komodo Island), as well as taking a fast boat to the Gili Islands and nearby Lombok.
Another great excursion is to the artist's village of Ubud (about 90 minutes to the south) where you can walk through paddy fields, shop in the local market, enjoy fabulous restaurants and visit the local artists in their homes in nearby Penestanan. Perhaps climb Mount Agung, an active volcano, on the way back. White water rafting is another popular activity.
There are a large number of excursions available throughout the island. Perhaps contact us if you want advice or to arrange a driver, or do some research and design your own unique visit to the North.
It is worthwhile exploring the local area on foot, or by water. The beach, the village and the nearby mountains are all worth a visit. You will experience the openness of the Balinese people and enjoy the local culture. Be part of the early morning hustle and bustle at the village market, or take a trip out to sea on a local fishing boat at sunrise and encounter the resident Dolphins.
Enjoy reading a good book or simply relaxing and dreaming in our new Bale by the pool. Visit the many local temples and enjoy the festivals such as the full moon ceremony. Take a cycle trip or hop in a canoe and paddle around the local foreshores. Join the visitors at dawn to the many wellness centres in the region and watch the sun come up over the Java Sea - or stay in bed. You will find Bondalem a lovely area, well away from the usual tourist run. Enjoy!!
There are no meals included however we can organise for a team to come in and cook for you at a cost of US$7 per person per meal. This is also our second home and we buy enough food at the big supermarkets (45 minutes away) to cover breakfasts and lunches for a week or so and get our local friends to cook for us at the same price offered to you. Alternatively you can dine at any of the local restaurants located within the many resorts and retreats close by, or get street food up in the village.
Linen is cleaned ever 3 days and can be done more often at a cost. Transport and other services are available by negotiation or in the case of being picked up at the airport in advance via email. There will be a small bond to cover any damages returned to you at the end of your stay.
Bondalem is a 2 hour 30 minute drive from the airport at Denpasar, and we can arrange transport at $50 each way for a vehicle or you can arrange your own. A visit to the North can also be a nice addition to a stay in either the south (with its fine dining and surf beaches) or Ubud (known for its art, markets and mountain scenery) which is 1 hour from the airport and on the way to the North.
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Beach or lakeside relaxation, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: Denpasar, 50 miles
Car is recommended