Each morning when the swell is up, surfers flock to the point off Pabean Village to catch the waves. Villa Pushpapuri, part of the Pabean Beach Estate, sits right on the point with commanding views of the action over the black sandy beach. As the morning sun rises, sit on the terrace by the 20m infinity swimming pool or in the shade of the balé (gazebo) and watch the locals pulling snappy re-entries on a right hand break or use one of the villa’s body boards to have a go. In the distance Mt Agung and Nusa Penida can clearly be seen as can, on a clear day, Mt Rinjani on distant Lombok Island. A sprinkling of fishing huts with their pretty banca boats sit just over the adjacent river mouth where there is safer swimming away from the strong currents. In the evening and at weekends the villagers spill out onto the beach. Part modern, part traditional Villa Pushpapuri is beautifully laid out to maximise the sea views. Sliding Bangkrai doors and windows, Sirep roofs, teak terraces and touches of rattan on the furniture give a strong local wood feel enhanced by detailed stone carvings of Balinese scenes. The interiors are exquisitely finished with Thai silks of rich greens, purples, browns, and oranges. Intricate embroided elephants can be found throughout. With 4 bedrooms, a basement games room including darts and a pool table and given its beachfront location, Villa Pushpapuri is ideal for a pampered family vacation. Chefs, butlers, maids and 24 hour security guards, all charming and immaculately dressed in traditional attire, are included with the villa. A driver and car is available for an additional cost but is recommended given the villa is quietly isolated. A car is not essential though as the chef will do all the provisioning on the guests account for a small fee; and spa services and the like can be brought to the villa. All you need to do is relax.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|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||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|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 southeast coast just a short distance from the capital Denpasar and 16km 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 Kulngkung 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 Bededari 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.