Not many villas offer a pool that creeps into the villa itself (OK, the villa's twin, Villa Raj, next door does), where you can sit in the refreshing water out of the sun and enjoy the company of friends or family with the huge patio doors folded back to ease in the breezes.
Set in the centre of a delightful garden surrounded by traditional Balinese red-brick walls and lined with all manner of tropical plants, the 12m pool complete with jacuzzis (one within the villa’s lounge), connects the outdoors with the inside. Sun beds litter the lawn and a pleasant corner balé (gazebo) is perfect for enjoying sundowners. The doors fold back to create an attractive open feel to the living and dining areas, off which are two of the three double bedrooms. A ‘floating’ spiral staircase leads up to the third. Vibrant paintings lift dark wood and rattan furniture, historic photos show a bygone Bali era and traditional statues add colour. Although not old (built 2005) Majapahit Beach – Villa Nataraja has a pleasant aged feel, not dissimilar to a Tuscan villa, with deep wooded floorboards and sepia walls. The net result is intimate and cosy.
Four similar villas make up the Majapahit Beach Estate. One of which (villa Maya ) is absolute beachfront and commands uninterrupted sea views. The 3-bedroom Majapahit Beach – Villa Nataraja and its near twin Villa Raj are set just back from the beach within private walled gardens. Out of the carved gateway and down high, brick-walled lanes reminiscent of traditional Bali villages is the sea and a small shared sundeck area complete with loungers and a shrine decked in black and white checked poleng. Here, guests can sit back and enjoy watching the surfers on the reef by the point.
There is a team of staff running the estate: some – cook, cleaners and butlers - are dedicate to a specific villa, and some are shared – chef, 24-hour security, masseuses and car/driver. The car and spa services are paid for on a usage basis. Provisioning can be done by the chef on guests account for a small fee. A priced restaurant-style menu is available although guests can choose whatever they wish (subject to availability!)
Guests who book five nights or more at Majapahit Beach Villas are treated to a complimentary trip aboard the villas’ private traditional Balinese fishing boat (max six people) to the idyllic snorkelling spot known as The Blue Lagoon. The boat is also available for other fishing and sight-seeing trips for a reasonable fee.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Private indoor pool|
|Pool||Private indoor pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3)|
|Outdoors||Private indoor pool|
Bali is Indonesia's most popular tourist location and is considered one of Asia's premier tropical island destinations. Steeped in history and renowned for its artistic way of life, Bali is a peaceful contrast to some of the more frantic destinations Asia has to offer.
The inner peace and creative talents of the Balinese has attracted artists the world over fascinated by local dancers, silversmiths, wood carvers, potters and painters that seem to pervade throughout the island. The abundant verdant fields and surrounding sea have long supplied Bali with an easy surplus of food leaving time for life's more artistic past times. As a result everything in Bali has a creative and religious element centred around the local Banjar (residents association) – little, adorned temples are everywhere, doors are covered in intricate carvings, huge kites ward off evil spirits and colourful roadside ceremonies bring traffic to a standstill.
Bali is a popular destination principally from Australia and Asia but also from all over Europe. The island welcomes thousands of visitors each year to a relaxing lifestyle, stunning beaches, world class surf, vibrant villages, and spectacular scenery all with an exquisite tropical climate. Located approximately two hours' flying time from Singapore the island is serviced by an international airport at Denpasar with direct flights to and from many major cities in Asia, Europe and Australia and many more via Jakarta, Indonesia's capital.
The island offers an impressive range of leisure and lifestyle amenities including world-class golf courses, wonderful seascapes for surfing, diving and snorkelling as well as luxurious spas, chic boutiques, tropical forests, towering volcanoes and international cuisine.
If Kuta is the energetic, crowded hub of Bali's tourism, the historical and easy going village of Sanur is its sleepy antithesis, sitting on Bali's south-east coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16 kilometres from the airport. Relaxed restaurants and bars line the road whilst a slew of resorts line the pretty beaches which are more protected than those on the west coast. They start from backpacking huts and progress to some of the original beach retreats, popular with celebrities of the '60s and '70s, which put Bali on the tourist map.
In common with many other tourist centres in Bali, Sanur has expanded, not always beautifully, and now boasts the 9-hole Grand Bali Beach Golf Course, a bowling centre and collection of spas and massage centres, supermarkets for provisioning, banks and ATMs, and a range of shops selling everything from simple postcards to sophisticated artwork. Bali's famous silver, teak, paintings, masks and more are all available in Sanur, which remains a charming, low key, relaxed destination.
Thirteen kilometres east of Sanur, the area collectively known as Ketewel includes a string of traditional fishing villages - Pabean, Saba, Lebih, Maceti and Ketewel itself - running along the coast. The construction of Sunrise Road (also known as the Klungkung bypass) in 2004 meant that the windswept black sand beaches of this part of the Gianyar Regency suddenly became a lot more accessible. Bounded by the River Wos, terraced rice fields, tobacco plantations, papaya and banana groves, the area is blessed with spellbinding views extending across the ocean towards the beaches of Sanur and Nusa Dua, the islands of Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida, and the mountains of East Bali.
Ketewel village itself is the origin of the celebrated Legong Bidadari Dance, and the neighbouring village of Saba produced the finest Legong dancers on the island. The nearby beach of Pabean was once a small port through which oriental traders brought their products; at low tide you can still see the structure of the old harbour, and a Chinese cemetery is located close by. Balinese Hindu purification ceremonies are held beside the ocean at the sacred Pura Segara sea temple, and the offshore reef is renowned for its surf breaks. There are no Western-style restaurants in this area, but there are plenty of local warungs (eateries), while international restaurants galore can be found just down the road in Sanur.