Somewhere along Bali’s rugged Tabanan coastline, west of Tanah Lot, a coconut-grove garden looks out over a lonely surf beach. Further investigation reveals a luxurious hideaway comprised of a series of single-storey pavilions including a master suite with private plunge pool, a two-bedroom guesthouse and an infinity-edge swimming pool, woven together by pathways, yet separated by ornamental ponds, flowering hedges and rustic walls. Kailasha, meaning Paradise of the Gods, is an appropriate name for this serene estate, which rests upon an expansive 1.1 hectares of hillside land, with Alila Villas Soori as its prestigious five-star neighbour.
Embracing contemporary-tropical style with elegant interiors, a blend of modern, antique and Dutch colonial furnishings, colourful fabrics and artwork, Villa Kalisha is as close to the beach as you can get without actually having sand tramped through the house. This villa offers guests an escape from the modern pressures of consumerism, congestion and overcrowding – there are no hawkers, no shops, no traffic jams and very few tourists.
The sweeping beach, with its river estuary, freshwater lagoon and a Hindu sea temple, is a mere three-minute stroll from the front gate. In the late afternoons, many of the locals congregate on the sand to bathe, paddle, hang out or play football; it’s a lively, happy scene. Colourful temple ceremonies are also a common spectacle, while inland from the beach visitors will find traditional villages and endless paddy fields. This is the Bali that everyone comes to see but surprisingly few get to experience.
In these gentle surroundings, guests will be charmed by the villa’s classic architecture, modern facilities, and an extraordinary amount of private space, complemented by a full team of caring staff who will attend to every need. Catering works on a system whereby guests choose dishes from a suggestion menu (in advance, so that staff can get to market and back in time) and a minimal amount is added to the cost of the provisions to cover petrol.
Villa Kailasha is ideal for a family or a small group of friends, while its velvety lawns are perfect for weddings, parties, and celebrations against the glorious backdrop of the windswept beach and the white capped waves.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 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||TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 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.
Tabanan has a 30-kilometre-long coastline, which presents isolated coves and rocky outcrops and is famous for its surf beaches, including Medewi and Balian, offering the longest point breaks in Bali. (The drawbacks if you're not a surfer are the sometimes-three-metre-high waves and the undertows). The beaches are sloping and lovely to walk along; covered with black sand which is regarded for its curative, therapeutic properties and especially helpful for arthritis.
The Regency is known as Bali's 'rice bowl' – the most agriculturally productive region on the island, with rice fields stretching from the coast to as high as 700 metres above sea level, where the terraces are reminiscent of amphitheatres. Besides rice, there are crops of coconuts, coffee, cacao, spices and tropical fruits. This area is also home to Mount Batukau (2276m), the higher slopes of which are alpine, with mountain streams, ferns, wildflowers, creepers and orchids, as well as the rare, black, leaf-eating monkey, the kijang (small forest deer), large butterflies and moths, flying lizards, the landak (porcupine) and the lubak (mongoose). It is also a bird watchers' paradise, habitat of the Bali black eagle.
There are no western-style shops or bars in this area, and restaurants serving international cuisine are few and far between, mainly adjoined to the region's limited number of small and remote hotels.